A New GINTAMA Anime Special Has Been Scheduled For Early-2021

Japan's popular Gintama franchise has announced plans for an anime special that will stream exclusively on NTT Docomo's dTV streaming app in early 2021. It will tie-in with the upcoming Gintama anime film.

The official Twitter account for the upcoming Gintama anime film has announced that a new anime special will air in early-2021 that will also tie-in with the franchise's third anime film, which is also currently slated for release in early-2021. Details on what the special and the anime film will cover currently remain under wraps though fans are speculating that the film will tackle the last few chapters of the manga.

Hideaki Sorachi's popular sci-fi manga series was serialized in Weekly Shonen Jump from 2003-2019 before ending its run last year at 77 volumes. To date, the anime adaptation has released 367 episodes and 6 OVAs.  Two anime films have also been produced, along with two live-action adaptations.

Recently, Hulu produced an English-language dub that began streaming back in December.

Gintama is one of the top 40 best-selling manga series of all-time with other 55 million copies in print.  The series has a strong, loyal fanbase that are excited for the anime to cover the last few chapters of the manga. Though only 41-years-old, Sorachi decided to retire as a manga artist though there's speculation that he may continue his career as a writer while someone else handles art duty.

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The Amanto, aliens from outer space, have invaded Earth and taken over feudal Japan. As a result, a prohibition on swords has been established, and the samurai of Japan are treated with disregard as a consequence.

However one man, Gintoki Sakata, still possesses the heart of the samurai, although from his love of sweets and work as a yorozuya, one might not expect it. Accompanying him in his jack-of-all-trades line of work are Shinpachi Shimura, a boy with glasses and a strong heart, Kagura with her umbrella and seemingly bottomless stomach, as well as Sadaharu, their oversized pet dog. Of course, these odd jobs are not always simple, as they frequently have run-ins with the police, ragtag rebels, and assassins, oftentimes leading to humorous but unfortunate consequences.

Who said life as an errand boy was easy?

The Gintama manga from Hideaki Sorachi began circulation in Japan back in 2004 and consistently ranks as one of the industry's bestsellers. There have been several anime adaptations, stage plays, video games, live-action films and spinoff manga released over the last 15 years.

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