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Gin Tama, Vol. 1 (Gin Tama #1)

4.1  ·  Rating Details ·  3,379 Ratings  ·  74 Reviews
The samurai didn't stand a chance. First, the aliens invaded Japan. Next, they took all the jobs. And then they confiscated everyone's swords. So what does a hotheaded former samurai like Sakata "Gin" Gintoki do to make ends meet? Take any odd job that comes his way, even if it means losing his dignity.
Paperback, 192 pages
Published July 3rd 2007 by VIZ Media LLC (first published April 2nd 2004)
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Jessica Yes, it is. However, it is a bit slow-paced especially in the first volume but every once you read the arcs, they're all awesome! And if only you find…moreYes, it is. However, it is a bit slow-paced especially in the first volume but every once you read the arcs, they're all awesome! And if only you find out what's happening lately in Gintama, you'll be totally go rampage! I say, give it a try. :) (less)

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Feb 28, 2015 illias rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
It's just amazing. I don't know of any other manga that can make you laugh like a lunatic and sob like a baby, all in the same chapter.
Gin Tama is hard to describe without sounding like you're mashing together half-remembered pieces of several, very different manga. It's set in the Edo period, that's been taken over by aliens. The technology and culture is mostly modern (at one point, the main character cuts out of the storyline to buy the new Shonen Jump) but with a few SF-ish touches here and there for the sake of the storyline. And it's the sort of comedy series that will throw everything at you in the hopes that something w ...more
Umm... wot? For a parody manga, I did not laugh at all much. I did not care for the characters, the plot was all over the place (historical fiction but set in the future; monsters, UFOS, katanas)... the good stuff is the artwork, which reminded me a little bit of Gokusen. I've read that it is the same with the anime... the first episodes isn't much but you have to persevere to understand the hype.
✿ cassandra ✿
I really enjoyed this! It was so freakin' hilarious! The characters are pretty awesome and I like the story so far.

I'm not sure if I'm going to watch the anime though. :/
Craig Lotter
May 25, 2010 Craig Lotter rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
Nobody with Naturally Wavy Hair Can Be That Bad – The samurai didn’t stand a chance. First, the aliens invaded Japan. Next, they too all the jobs. And then they confiscated everyone’s swords. So what does a hotheaded former samurai like Sakata “Gin” Gintoki do to make ends meet? Take any odd job that comes his way, even if it means losing his dignity…

Sleazy alien moneylenders, monsters on the rampage, and a ticking time bomb may all be in a day’s work fo Gin, but a drop in blood sugar level mean
Dec 10, 2013 Siti rated it it was amazing
This is a manga where one could really enjoy it and another to really hate it, especially for someone who didn't like Stephen Chow's sense of humour. (If you guys realized it, both have similar traits of joke presented). However much it is focused on humour, it has several arcs with a serious theme and a really well-coordinated art made for fighting scenes,there are a lot of lessons taught in several episodes though sometimes the author made a complete joke out of a serious scene. What's more, I ...more
Helly Truong
Nov 18, 2014 Helly Truong rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
This review is applied for the series, not only this volumn.

This manga is simply amazing. At first I didn't really understand what was it about, everything seemed pretty confusing. However, after reading a few chapter I was completely in love with this manga. For most of the time the characters are funny, silly, acting like idiots which make me laugh until there are tear in my eyes, but in some serious chapters, I cry because the plot is so touching, every characters have their stories, their ha
Feb 28, 2015 Indi rated it it was amazing
Este es el primer manga que leo en mi vida, y puedo decir que es lo primero que leo en mi vida que me hizo reír tanto todo el tiempo. Después de ver el anime y leer el manga, sólo puedo tener amor eterno por Gintama
May 07, 2015 Mike rated it it was ok
Quick thoughts: Meh. Premise isn't bad, but the execution's all over the place, the humor's off, and most of the characters annoy me (except Kagura, who I find surprisingly amusing). I've heard this improves, so I may give the next volume a chance.
Jul 10, 2013 Almira rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was insane. I swear to god missing Gin is not a good thing. I was aiming for the anime, originally but realizing I could not watch it anyway (busy schedule), google gave me the manga. Haha craziness, damn it.
Jan 12, 2015 Chia rated it really liked it
hahahahahahahahahahahaha crazy~
Anhie Greenish
Jan 30, 2017 Anhie Greenish rated it really liked it
There's a LA movie coming this July 2017!

Agak telat karena baru baca komik ini padahal ceritanya kocak abisss.
Mengambil setting dimana negara Jepang diinvasi oleh Alien dan mengakibatkan punahnya generasi Samurai. Karena ini baru buku pertama, tiap chapter kita akan diperkenalkan dengan tokoh baru.
Ada Gintaki, mantan samurai yang kini bekerja sebagai "freelancer" dan Shinpachi, anak berkacamata yang selalu mengikuti kemana Gin-chan pergi. Kemudian ada Kagura, cewek yang luar biasa kuat.

Setiap k
Feb 18, 2017 Kagura rated it it was amazing
If I could only rate more that 5 stars, I would've rated it more.

Gahd, I cant believe it took me ages to finally decide to read the manga. Honestly, I'm not really into reading manga, but I love the anime series. In fact, it's my all time fave anime series that's why I decided "finally" to try and read it.

The artwork is not really impressive, to be honest, but the humor is still there and it's still effin' funny just like in the anime. I really enjoyed reading it as I'm just revisting my earlier
Hessa  ☽
Feb 20, 2017 Hessa ☽ rated it it was amazing
Since I'm so obsessed with the anime , I enjoyed this so much Gintoki is of my favorite character.
Its hilarious , action packed and full of enjoyable characters
Dec 09, 2016 James rated it it was amazing
The greatest Manga ever written!
Sydney Zietlow
Jan 08, 2017 Sydney Zietlow rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
Really liked the humor of Gin and it made this first volume a lot more interesting. Other than that the story was ok. I enjoyed it but I don't plan on picking up any further volumes. I'll probably just watch the anime instead.
Gavin Abdollahi
Sep 29, 2016 Gavin Abdollahi rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga, funny, shounen, comedy, 2016
So... Gintama takes place in a futrish modernish Japan full of aliens.
Gintama is a samura with a natural perm who lives in an age where the samurai are all but extinct...
At a first glance, Gintama may seem like nothing more than a slapstick comedy, meant only to make you laugh... But on a closer glance, as you read on, you'll notice that there's a story unfolding..
Very good manga, highly recommended, second in comedy only to Yotsuba.
Jul 05, 2009 Soujisblackcat rated it it was amazing
Shelves: manga
This manga series is amazing, mostly because it has so many levels. It's an entertaining read to begin with, because it has some Shonen-style action sequences and lots of wacky humor. Sometimes it's a little sophomric, but most of the humor comes from pure randomness. Even the premise is sort of random. It's set in an alternate reality Japan, where instead of just foreigners breaking in at the end of the country's long isolation, it's aliens! So we have samurai vs. alien battles, space-drug traf ...more
May 10, 2013 Kelly rated it really liked it
Shelves: manga
I started this anime series on the suggestion of a very good friend I only watched a few episodes and then something else new and shiny came along, and Gintama lay long forgotten in a drawer.

This past week (month) I’ve been suffering from readers block, I have exams and life is generally stressful at the moment, so when I do get some free time I prefer to watch some TV or play a game. However, I had a bit of the flu, and when I’m ill I like nothing better then to rest on the bed and read, so loo
Nov 06, 2011 inga rated it really liked it
Recommended to inga by: my sis
One of the most hilarious manga series I've ever read. I'm glad I heeded my sister's advice and started reading it.

This drags a bit in the earlier chapters, and takes some time to pick up. I contemplated not going on reading, but I'm glad I did, because the characters are so special. Yes, Gin's actions, Shinpachi's deadpan manner, and Kagura's exaggerated's perfect. And just plain lovable.

Let alone the side characters: Kondo, Hijikata, Okita, Katsura, Tae. They're not your average
Feb 16, 2014 Alexandra rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: People who love a good laugh
Shelves: favorites
This has got to be one of my favorite manga. Set in the late Edo period during the sword ban and after the Jouishi war, it depicts famous (Japanese) historical figures such as the Shinsengumi, Sakamoto Ryoma, Katsura Kogoro in a... rather unique way. But that's about where Gintama's relationship to reality stops. The Americans didn't force the doors to Japan open - aliens did! But even weirder is the fact that, though it's like, the nineteenth century or something, the main character rides aroun ...more
May 09, 2012 Sophie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga, comedy
I admit that at first I didn't know what to think of this at first. I checked out the first chapter a couple of months ago already and just found it really, really weird and figured that was it. But over and over I came across Gin Tama doujishi, so I figured I'd give the anime a try. And I loved it. It's completely insane, and ridiculous, and silly, but it's also really really funny and a joy to watch. So I decided to give the manga another try. I have to say that I didn't enjoy it quite as much ...more
Jun 09, 2015 Tumchenmamentumlein rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
excerpt from detailed review here:

One can say Gintama repackages the social issues of today (AI ethics, capitalist imperialism, terrorism, government vs. police corruption, stereotyping the Other, etc.) into 20 pages of metaphors and parodies involving pudgy aliens, virtual worlds, obsessive fans, and altogether WTF-ness that explodes onto the page.
Thus, one needs not really think too much to enjoy this series, though it can make you think if you let it. I
Amitav Chris
Dec 31, 2014 Amitav Chris rated it it was amazing
An anime/manga fan? As far as my voice goes, this is a must read for all of you. This is the best parody and comedy can bring. Our titular character Sakata Gintoki, who has a very awesomely awesome past that is still being explored, will be your next favorite icon. He runs the Odd Jobs 'Yorozuya' Gin-chan. This is set in a futuristic Edo period where the Amanto, an alien federation invades and conquers Japan. This series is the perfect blend of everything. What are you looking for exactly? Laugh ...more
Dec 06, 2010 haetmonger rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i did not expect to like this series nearly as much as i do, but at some point i fell in love with it. for a while i thought the more serious, longer stories paled in comparison to the short comedy-centric chapters, but for whatever reason the yagyuu story worked really well for me, although maybe that's just because it had some pretty good gags in there.

giving this a 5 for the text density, for sorachi's ear for dialog, and for the balls i imagine it must take for sorachi to pull himself away f
Jun 07, 2016 Christie rated it really liked it
I read the whole book and am still not exactly how to classify it. Several times I asked myself "What on earth am I reading?" And quite a few times I laughed and reread a line and laughed again. This bizarre, mixed-up tale of samurai, aliens, and sisters in danger of being panties-less takes dark subjects and throws pure silliness at them until they put their hands up in surrender. I love the way the fourth wall is broken, but if you hate that sort of thing you might not want to read this manga. ...more
May 05, 2015 Harsha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: manga, humor, favorites
As a hard core fan of Gintama lemme say this: Nothing I've found so far beats this!Not the books or other comics or manga.

Even with the mediocre drawing style and some ridiculous gags, this is an Imperial Gem! Don't let the slow beginning deceive you, as the manga moves each character develops momentum and meaning. Even characters with least appearance manage to make an impact. With each arc, the you fall more and more in love with The Yorozuya, Shinsengumi, Cabaret club, Host club, the four Dev
This series is not meant to be taken seriously, though it has its serious and bad-ass moments as well. It's mostly full of hilarious trolling, reference bastardization, and genre-mixing. It's by far one of the funniest series I've ever read, and I force it on everyone I know.

The major story elements remind me of the old Mystical Ninja game for the Nintendo 64. The setting is Edo, Japan, but aliens called Amanto invade, take control of the country, and outlaw samurai swords. As a result you have
Mar 15, 2015 Jessica rated it it was amazing
This is my overall review for this manga.

If I were to describe Gintama in one word, it would be eccentric, like its creator. I recalled someone saying that Sorachi-sensei was either a prodigy or under the influence of drugs when he created Gintama. It is a little offbeat as compared to your run-of-the-mill shonen anime and/or manga. So if you fancy a shonen anime and/or manga whose protagonist has a mindset of being the most remarkable hero of all time, I'm afraid this one is not for you. But i
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Hideaki Sorachi (空知英秋, Sorachi Hideaki?) is a Japanese manga artist best known for his work Gintama.
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