Thursday, April 12, 2012
The show we've been watching avidly, though, and this is one of those Bad Parenting Anime Moments, is Gintama, based on the manga by Hideaki Sorachi. It's a gag manga, and the anime follows the manga pretty faithfully. I like how it takes place in an alternative Edo (the continual return to Edo in Japanese media has been an interest of mine), where aliens come to earth and take a liking to Japan and so they settle there. The samurai fight back but are overpowered by the alien technology, and now samurai have been discredited and restricted from having real swords. So Gintama, a former freedom fighter against the aliens, is an odd jobs samurai who is helped by an alien girl named Kagura and a student samurai, Shinpachi. DJ is still wrapping his head around the aliens in Japan and the fact that Kagura is an alien yet Gintama is okay with her, but he loves the overall story.
The show's for older teens and adults, kind of like Bleach, and there is actually more adult situational stuff than I'm comfortable with. But I can't help it, it is a funny show and even though some of the humor is geared towards 10 year-old minds, it's not something 10 year-olds should probably watch. Maybe I'm being too much of a prude, but that's kind of a moot point, anyway.