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Travel back in time to stately medieval Edo (the former name of the Japanese capital, Tokyo), a grand city in an antique time where samurai swords still flash, supernatural dog spirits get up to mischief, alien spacecraft fill the skies, teenagers chat on cell phones… hey, wait a second. Okay, this isn’t the Edo of Japanese history, or rather it is, 20 years after the invasion of the conquering Amanto aliens. Edo has been turned upside down, futuristic technology and strange happenings are commonplace, rebellion and violence lurk around every other corner and the once-proud samurais, banned from carrying their swords, are broken and defeated. Well, not all of them. Silver-haired swordsman Gintoki still has the skills, the spirit, the code of Bushido in his heart. He’s taken the goofy teenager Shinpachi and the tomboyish alien girl Kagura under his wing, and the three have become the talent for hire under the banner of Odd Jobs Gin—if there’s trouble brewing, and the price is right, they’re the trio for the task.
In 2003, Hideaki Sorachi debuted his manga “Gintama” is the popular weekly anthology Shonen Jump—the same magazine that introduced “Naruto” and “One Piece” to the world—where it quickly became one of the more enthusiastically followed series due to its boisterous, surreal, often ironic and self-referential humour mixed with dashing action and a dose of serious drama. In fact, its collections frequently rank among the top 10 bestsellers. An animated TV series followed, surely enough, and now at last comes the feature film. Its full title translates to GINTAMA THE MOVIE: REVISED EPISODE “BENIZAKURA” and it is indeed a revisiting and embellishment of one of the series biggest and most popular story arcs. The Benizakura, a weapon crafted by a master swordsmith, has gone missing, and if it’s fallen into the hands of the extremists, expect the worst. Sounds like a job for Odd Jobs Gin!