Print Review: Gintama volumes 1-3

Gintama volumes 1-3
Warpshadow

Review Gintama volumes 1-3Written by WarpshadowRating good/ very good

Gintama is a story that is kind of pathetic and funny, and just to clarify I mean pathetic in a good way. Itís a comedy that is a bit different and I sort of liked it.

When the aliens invaded Edo the samurai didnít stand a chance. Now the country is practically run by the aliens and the samurai are out of work and have had their swords taken away. Gintoki Sakata is one of those ex samurai who lives the second story of a bar where he runs his odd jobs business. He was a famous swordsman of the exclusionist faction but is now little more than a sugar loving curmudgeon. With the help of his sidekick Shinpachi and the Yato warrior Kagura can accomplish any mission necessary to pay the rent.

Of all the genres out there comedy is the hardest one to codify into review form simply because the concept of funny is one that is so different from person to person. In the case of Gintama the brand of humor is one that often centers around jokes that break the fourth wall or jokes that depend on a cast of comedic pathetic characters. I found the comedy to be pretty funny in spots but as with any comedy the mileage may vary. To look at the story more closely the manga is tinged with a sense of melancholy and loss which you rarely see in something billed as a comedy. I found Gintama to be interesting and quirky; I wasnít completely enthralled with it but I think it is funny enough to at least take a look at.

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