The series has been adapted into an original video animation (OVA) by Sunrise and was featured at Jump Festa 2006 Anime Tour in 2005. This was followed by a full anime series, which debuted on April 4, 2006, on TV Tokyo and finished on March 25, 2010. A sequel titled Gintama‘ first premiered in Japan on April 4, 2011 and ended on March 26, 2012, before returning once again for a brief run from October 4, 2012 to March 28, 2013. A continuation of the TV anime series titled Gintama° began airing on April 8, 2015, and ended on March 30, 2016. Two animated films have also been produced. Besides the anime series, there have been various light novels and video games based on Gin Tama. A live action film adaptation of the same name is scheduled for release in Japan in 2017. A new anime series continuing after the events in the Gintama° anime series, named Gintama. premiered on January 9, 2017.
The anime and its DVDs have been featured, at various time, in Top Ten of their respective media, while TV Tokyo has announced that the first Gin Tama anime was responsible for high sales overseas along with the anime adaptation from Naruto. Publications for manga, anime and others have commented on the Gin Tama manga. Positive response have focused on the comedy and characters from the series, while negative responses concern the manga’s artwork.
Two original video animations (OVA) of Gin Tama were developed by Sunrise for the Jump Festa Anime Tour 2005 and 2008. The first one, having the same title, is composed of various autoconclusive stories meant to introduce the characters from the series. The second OVA titled Shiroyasha Kotan is initially set in the war between aliens and samurais and it is later revealed to be a hoax. On September 30, 2009, a DVD named Gintama Jump Anime Tour 2008 & 2005 was published by Aniplex. It contains the 2005 and 2008 OVAs and an audio commentary. On Weekly Shōnen Jump‘s 34th issue of 2014, it was announced that Gin Tama anime will return for a one-episode special for the year’s Jump Special Anime Festa tour. The anime special DVD will be bundled with limited edition of the 58th manga volume to be released on April 3, 2015. It was announced in Weekly Shōnen Jump‘s 8th issue of 2016 that the 65th and 66th volumes of the manga will be bundled with an original animation DVD each, the 65th manga volume scheduled to release on August 4, 2016, and the 66th manga volume scheduled to release on November 4, 2016. Both OADs will adapt the Love Potion arc in the manga.
An anime adaptation by Sunrise debuted on TV Tokyo on April 4, 2006. The first ninety-nine episodes were initially directed by Shinji Takamatsu. Episodes 100 to 105 were directed by Takamatsu and Yoichi Fujita, while the following episodes are being directed only by Fujita. The subtitle for the Gintama anime could be loosely translated as “The starting point is the utmost importance for anything, so trying to outdo oneself is just about right.” During January 2009, Fujita mentioned he was not going to work in the fourth season of the series starting in such year. However, in February 2009, it was confirmed that the anime would continue for a fourth year, once again directed by Fujita. The series ended on March 25, 2010 with a total of 201 episodes.
In Japan, Aniplex distributes the anime in DVD format. A total of thirteen volumes were released for the first season, between July 26, 2006 and June 26, 2007. The second season was released over another set of thirteen volumes between July 25, 2007 and July 23, 2008. Season 3 was also released in thirteen volumes from August 27, 2008 to August 26, 2009. The fourth season was collected released in thirteen DVD volumes from October 28, 2009 to October 27, 2010.
In November 2008, an agreement was reached between TV Tokyo and the streaming video service Crunchyroll. Crunchyroll would stream English-subtitled episodes for free one week after they had aired in Japan. Paying subscribers can watch new episodes an hour after they air in Japan. On January 8, 2009, Crunchyroll uploaded their first episode (episode 129) to the service. Alongside new episodes each week, Crunchyroll also uploads episodes from the beginning of the series. The anime is licensed in North America by Sentai Filmworks, with distribution from Section23 Films. Section23 Films’ Chris Oarr commented that only the first two seasons were licensed, with an option on the rest. The first collection containing thirteen English-subtitled episodes was released on DVD, April 27, 2010. Only 49 episodes were released before the releases stalled. However, shortly after licensing the Gin Tama film, Sentai Filmworks announced that based on the film’s performance, they would consider releasing more of the series in North America, possibly with an English dub. An English subtitled version of the series began airing on Shorts HD on July 12, 2015. On July 1, 2016, Crunchyroll announced that they will re-release the series on Blu-ray and DVD with an English dub.
On April 5, 2010, TV Tokyo stations began airing high-definition reruns of older episodes of Gintama under the title Yorinuki Gintama-san, the title being a parody of the “best of” reruns of the anime Sazae-san. In addition to being broadcast in HD, new opening and ending animations and themes have been made. The opening and ending for episodes 1-9 are Does’s “Bakuchi Dancer” and “Bokutachi no Kisetsu”. Starting with episode 10 and going to 26, the opening was changed to Joe Inoue’s “Kaze no Gotoku” and the ending was changed to Vijandeux’s “WAVE”. Starting with episode 27, the opening changed to Chiaki Kuriyama’s “Kanōsei Girl” and the ending changed to Azu’s “IN MY LIFE”. Starting with episode 40, the opening changed to FLiP’s “Karto Niago” and the ending changed to Piko’s “Sakurane”.
In March 2010, Yoichi Fujita hinted the anime would continue once the staff get enough material to work on it. Shinji Takamatsu claimed the TV series “is absolutely not over. It hasn’t even begun yet! It will definitely return.” In December 2010, Shueisha stated that the Gintama anime would resume in April 2011. Gintama‘, the sequel to the original Gintama anime, premiered in Japan on April 4, 2011. The main staff from the first TV series remain in Gintama‘ with Fujita as the director. Crunchyroll simulcasted the premiere of Gintama‘ to subscribers from its site. The first DVD from the series was released on July 27, 2011. The episode released on September 26, 2011 contains Sket Dance as a crossover special. The series ended on March 26, 2012 with a total of 51 episodes, which were collected in thirteen DVDs by Aniplex.
The series premiered in TV Tokyo on October 4, 2012. It is a continuation of the second Gintama’ anime that ended in March 2012. The main staff from the second TV series remain in Gintama with Yoichi Fujita as the director. The series ended on March 28, 2013 with a total of 13 episodes The episodes were collected in a total of four DVDs from December 19, 2012 to May 22, 2013.
On December 21, 2014 during Jump Festa’s super stage event, it was announced that a new Gintama TV series was in the works for an April 2015 premiere. Cast of Yorozuya; Tomokazu Sugita (Gintoki), Daisuke Sakaguchi (Shinpachi), and Rie Kugimiya (Kagura) attended the event. A key visual was also revealed.
The new series aired on TV Tokyo and its affiliates for 51 episodes from April 8, 2015 to March 30, 2016, which also aired the previous seasons.
Crunchyroll began streaming an English dub of the first 12 episodes of the series on February 1, 2017. 12 additional episodes will be added weekly.
A new season of Gintama was announced via Weekly Shōnen Jump in September 2016. On November 27, 2016, it was announced that the new season would premiere on January 9, 2017 on TV Tokyo and its affiliates. The staff from the Gintama° anime series will return to reprise their roles in the new season.
There have been two films based on the franchise. The first one is Gintama: Shinyaku Benizakura-Hen, a retelling of the story arc from Gin Tama in which Kotaro Katsura is attacked by a member of the army Kiheitai, and Odd Jobs Gin start searching for him. One of the TV commercials of the film teases that the “true last scene” of the anime is in the film. It premiered on April 24, 2010, picking up US$2.118.342 on 90 screens during its first days, and earned US$12.86 million in total. Sentai Filmworks released the film in both DVD and Blu-ray format in North America on May 29, 2012 as Gintama: The Motion Picture. Manga Entertainment distributed the film in the United Kingdom while Madman Entertainment published it in Australia.
A second film was announced in August 2012 by the Weekly Shonen Jump with the script being written this time by Hideaki Sorachi. It is titled Gintama: The Movie: The Final Chapter: Be Forever Yorozuya and follows Gintoki as he travels to a future where he has to deal with a mysterious group of sorcerers. It was released in Japan on July 6, 2013. Although the film is marketed as “Final” director Yoichi Fujita commented they would make a continuation if it became a hit. The film managed to surpass the success from its predecessor.
In June 2016, Shueisha announced the series will have a live-action adaptation of the series. It is slated to premiere in 2017. Direction of the film as well as the script is being handled by Yūichi Fukuda. Additionally, Shueisha said that Gintoki will be portrayed by Shun Oguri.