Great news for Gintama fans! Bandai Namco Pictures has just revealed that the “Baragaki” arc of the Gintama anime will be getting special compilation screenings. The “Gintama on Theater 2D: Baragaki-hen” compilation is set to hit Japanese theaters on November 10, and it’s going to be a three-week limited engagement.
What’s particularly exciting is that these screenings will include “new bonus video content.” However, we’re still in the dark about whether this new content will be part of the story or if it’s going to be animated.
This compilation is all part of the Gintama franchise’s 20th-anniversary celebration. 2023 marks 20 years since Hideaki Sorachi’s Gintama manga first made its debut, and 2026 will celebrate 20 years since the TV anime first graced our screens. It’s quite the milestone!
But that’s not all. There’s even more Gintama goodness in the works. “3-Nen Z-Gumi Ginpachi-Sensei,” which is a spinoff novel series based on Sorachi’s Gintama manga, is getting an anime adaptation too.
Do you know that Kyoto Animation has just revealed details about the highly anticipated Sound! Euphonium season 3? Fans are ecstatic. If you’re a devotee of the series based on Ayano Takeda’s light novels, mark April 2024 on your calendars, because that’s when a brand-new plot will be introduced:
For those unfamiliar with Gintama, it’s a manga that began back in 2003 and wrapped up in June 2019, amassing over 55 million copies in circulation. It’s inspired numerous TV anime series totaling 367 episodes, as well as three previous anime films. The most recent TV series kicked off in July 2018.
And if that’s not enough, the Gintama saga also gave birth to original video anime (OVA), event anime, two live-action films, and two live-action net spinoffs. Viz Media even published the first 23 volumes of the manga in English.
If you’re a fan of the Gintama universe, you probably already know about “Gintama THE VERY FINAL,” which is the third and final anime film based on the manga’s conclusion. It debuted in Japan back in January 2021, and it brought some fresh story elements into the mix. In November 2021, Eleven Arts screened the film with English subtitles and an English dub in North American theaters. And in early 2022, they released it digitally, followed by a Blu-ray Disc and DVD release in February.
There’s also a net anime special called “Gintama The Semi-Final,” which serves as a two-episode prequel to “Gintama THE VERY FINAL.” This special premiered exclusively in Japan on the online dTV service in January 2021. Plus, there’s even a novel by Mirei Miyamoto that ties into the film, and it hit the shelves in January.
So, it’s safe to say that Gintama fans have a lot to look forward to in the coming months. The “Baragaki” arc compilation screenings are just the tip of the iceberg in this 20th-anniversary celebration!