The first big anime offering of ABS-CBN this 2010.
Gintama premieres on ABS-CBN’s Team Animazing block, starting January 18, Weekday Mornings at 09:15am.
Plot Summary (Wikipedia): The story of Gin Tama takes place in Edo (known today as Tokyo because of its name change in 1868), Japan, which was conquered by aliens called Amanto in the late Edo period. The samurai of Japan fought the aliens, but after their defeat the Amanto placed a ban on carrying swords in public. The plot is focused on an eccentric samurai, Gintoki Sakata who helps a teenager named Shinpachi Shimura save his sister Tae from a group of aliens who want to make her part of a brothel. Impressed with Gintoki, Shinpachi becomes his apprentice and works with him as a freelancer in order to pay the monthly rent where Gintoki lives, as well as to know more about him. The two of them rescue a teenage alien girl named Kagura from a group of Yakuza who wanted to use her superhuman strength to kill people. Kagura joins Shinpachi and Gintoki to work as freelancers and the three become known as “Odd Jobs Gin”. While doing their job they encounter the police force Shinsengumi several times, who normally ally with Odd Jobs Gin in their work since they commonly involve dangerous criminals. They also come to meet Gintoki’s former comrades during the Amanto’s invasion, including the terrorist Kotaro Katsura who maintains a friendly relationship with them despite his ambitions to destroy the bakufu. On the other hand, Shinsuke Takasugi acts as a major antagonist throughout the series, as he wants to destroy the bakufu in a more violent way than does Katsura.
The anime programme, together with Soul Eater and the third season of Eyeshield 21, had a first 5-episode preview during HERONation 2009 last November 30, 2009.
Though some animé otakus and “die-hard” Gintama fans have a different take on the airing, stating that parts of the anime programme have references on Japanese Pop-culture, and those reference may be “Filipinized” which ruin the essence of the Anime. But since the programme has been previewed on HERONation, and there had been no immediate concerns on the dubbing which had been directly said to ABS-CBN, they have pushed-through the airing.
It is interesting to note that coincide that premiere of Gintama is also the premiere of a big telenovela on ABS-CBN, “Kung Tayo’y Magkakalayo”
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