Gintama is a anime adapted from a manga of the same name. As of May 2016 the manga has sold over 50 million units. The anime adaptation by Sunrise debuted in April, 2006 and ended in 2010 with over 200 episodes.
The story is set in a late Edo period where “humanity is attacked by aliens called and the samurai of Japan join the battle against the aliens, but when the shogun realizes the power of aliens, he betrays the samurai and surrenders to the aliens called the Amanto. The shogun writes an unequal contract with aliens which allows the aliens to enter the country and places a ban on carrying swords in public. The swords of samurai are taken away so they can no longer resist the aliens. After that, the shogunate becomes a puppet government.” – Wikipedia
I found the story of Gintama to be far too inconsistent. The arcs are barely connected. The main protagonists Gintoki is a samurai that works doing “odd jobs.” His crew features, Shinpachi and a Amanto girl named Kagura. Some people find the writing to be the highlight of the series. Gintama switches from humor to drama, I find that shift in tone to be difficult to square. It’s difficult to go from joking about testicles to stories about child sex slaves.
I found the humor to be terrible. I personally hate bathroom humor, Gintama has plenty of that. Someone defecates in their pants, bloody anuses, or jokes about testicles. A lot of the humor is so juvenile that I couldn’t find it funny. Sometime this humor can work but I found it largely lacking. Finally, the animation was average at best. Gintama could of have been better, I found the idea of a samurai sci-fi anime to be interesting in theory, Gintama just did executed it well.
A popular anime franchise that I often hear about is the Fate series. The Fate/Stay series is based on a Japanese visual novel from Type-Moon. The Fate series has a number of different installments, the first anime was released in 2006. I heard good things about this series but could never get into it.
First it’s not well animated in my opinion, the characters are stiff. The show is largely dull. While I have seen some of the fighting scene and enjoyed them, I can’t bare to watch the series and have to wait for someone to edit the scenes on YouTube. I just find the story to be soulless and therefore pointless. I won’t say it’s terrible but I certainly didn’t care for it.
The anime designed to sell merchandise is common, and most children fell for because . . . well we didn’t know any better. Still some offerings were superior than others. The most prominent of these series is of course the Yugioh series. Like this series, Duel Masters has several different spin-offs, given titles with letters like “XD” or numbers like “Zero.” Duel Masters has several series called Duel Masters: Revolution, Duel Masters Versus, Duel Masters Versus Revolution, and Duel Masters Versus Revolution Final.
I point this out only to illustrate the issue I had with this series, it’s so clearly created for commerce that it’s painfully generic. Now to be fair most if not all anime is filled with troupes of some sort, but Duel Masters takes the cake. Furthermore, the animation is terrible, the character designs are uninspired and they use CG monsters, that’s if they bother to animate the monsters at all. This is understandable on one hand, if your goal is not to entertain but to get children to beg their parents for the latest card game it works.
I’ll admit that I also played Duel Masters, but it never quite caught on the way Magic or Yugioh did. If I can compare this series to the Yugioh series that preceded it, I will say that while they both served the same purpose, Yugioh was a by far more complete series that at least made you feel that they cared that you enjoyed it AND then wanted to buy the cards. With a proven template Duel Masters should have done better, and comparing the two series only made me dislike Duel Masters even more.
It’s been two weeks since my last post, largely due to studying and finals. However, that’s all over (for this semester) now I’m able to focus back on blogging. Anyway, looking around the anime blogger sphere for some ideas to better my blog I stumbled onto Fueled by Smiling. After exploring the site I’ve decided to do more anime challenges and create some lists. So I going to try the Salty Anime Challenge. A couple of years ago I completed the 30 Day anime challenge. Unlike the 30 day anime challenge, the “salty” challenge focuses what you don’t like about anime. I think this challenge maybe be difficult for me, but we’ll see. I’ll start tomorrow.
Day 1: Least favorite anime
Day 2: A popular and/or hyped anime that you didn’t care for
Day 3: Anime with an over ‘8’ rating on MAL that you disliked
Day 4: The first anime that you hated and/or dropped
Day 5: What is something that you would change in your least favorite anime that would make you like it?
Day 6: A show that you wanted to like (due to the synopsis) but couldn’t
Day 7: A character that ruined (or almost ruined) a show for you
Day 8: Least favorite genre(s)
Day 9: Least favorite anime trope(s)
Day 10: What is something that you dislike about a show you love?
Day 11: Least favorite art style or art technique
Day 12: Least favorite male/female/sidekick character
Day 13: A sad anime that made you feel nothing
Day 14: An anime that shouldn’t have been as long as it was
Day 15: In terms of story, characters, animation, voice acting, etc… what is something that you find yourself always avoiding. (Example, an anime with bad animation will make you turn away even if it may have rave reviews. Or you’ll stay away from short animes, because 2-7mins isn’t enough time to develop anything)
Day 16: Least favorite OP or ED
Day 17: An anime that you have no desire to watch, even though it’s popular
Day 18: An unpopular anime that deserves being unpopular
Day 19: Least favorite -dere character
Day 20: What is an anime argument that you absolutely hate hearing?
Day 21: An anime that you thought you’d hate (due to genre/tropes), but actually love
Day 22: An anime that everyone hates and/or has a low score, but you love
Day 23: What a weird day to end this on, but that’s what salty challenges do. They end on a weird number. So, how did you find this challenge and what is one last thing that you’d like to be salty about?
Will you give it a try? Meanwhile, check out, Fueled by Smiling and Anime Madhouse’s challenges.