Gintama Goes Live

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While I did recommend the anime Gintama for my last recommendation, the live-action came as a complete surprise. Never in my wildest dreams did I believe a Live-Action version was on the horizon.

A Character Driven Story

Gintama will always be known as a character driven story. When adapting to Live-Action the VA’s (Voice Actors/Actresses) will always be subject to change. In case you were wondering, here is the trailer for the upcoming movie.


My biggest problem is the fact that the cast is based on looks, standard for Japanese movies. Based on the trailer and cast it looked like Hiroyuki Miyasako, a popular Japanese comedian was in it. However, for the most part, every actor was chosen for looks which is why Japanese films tend to fall short.

Gintama Without Gintoki

Gintama lives and dies by the voices and without a single original voice how does the story live on? Simply put, it doesn’t. Choosing to re-tell the Benizakura Arc cuts out a majority of comedy in favor of action. This is what kills it in my opinion. Gintama will never be about a single arc, but rather the story behind it. Fans don’t re-watch the Benizakura arc. Instead, the focus is on the small stories in between. It’s almost the same as if Gintoki was never included in the movie.

Steer Clear of this Live-Action

Okay, I can guarantee that it will not be as bad as the Dragonball Z Live Action. This being said, the movie is only intended for true fans or people who love the VA’s. They won’t find too much joy in it but instead poke holes in the story that is put forth. You won’t find me watching it though, I’d rather watch another arc where I can enjoy Yorozuya to its fullest.

David Harada
A weeb in hiding by day, an avid Manchester United supporter by night. Living on both sides of the coin, David has graduated with a Liberal Arts Degree in Philosophy and Writing from Soka University of America. With a strong background in Japanese culture and being able to speak the language to boot, this man straddles the line between full-time nerd and sideline athlete. To him, as long as it is interesting he will watch it!


  1. You’re wrong dude….Oguri shun can basically do anything . .
    .plus more unseen characters are gonna be added too….there is gonna be action,there is gonna be comedy. .

    • I do agree that Oguri Shun is a great actor, but there are some things that do not transition well. Was his performance as Nanba Mutta the best? No, it wasn’t terrible either though. Gintoki however is a different character altogether. Do I think there is a possibility for Oguri to play the role correctly? Yes, but a lot of it also depends on how they design the script, which will almost definitely use action as the selling point. However to put all of the load onto one main character who is a great actor doesn’t bode well either. My main point however is that Gintama is a show that might have the hardest time being adapted to Live Action.

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