Now, it’s time to meet the people responsible for this glorious saga!
Earlier today, the official Gintama (2017) anime website updated with a new visual. The image features Gintoki, Kagura, Sadaharu, and Shinpachi standing against a night shot of Edo. The image was previously shown in Weekly Shonen Jump, along with an announcement of the show’s theme song performers.
In addition, the site updated with the show’s core staff memers. Chizuru Miyawaki is returning to the director’s chair, with Shinji Takeuchi (Fairy Tail, Mazinger Edition Z: The Impact!) reprising his role as character designer. Yoichi Fujita, who oversaw the production of the previous three shows and Gintama: The Movie, will return as supervisor.
Other crew members include:
- Chief Animation Director: Shinji Takeuchi
- Design: Yumi Nakamura
- Art Director: Nami Maniwa
- Art Director: Takayoshi Fukushima
- Color Design: Ritsuko Utagawa
- Director of Photography: Yuki Teramoto
- CGI DIrector: Tomomi Suzuki
- Editor: Takeshi Seyama
- Music: Audio Highg
- Sound Supervision: Katsuyoshi Kobayashi
- Sound Director: Shinji Takematsu
- Supervisor: Yoichi Fujita
The show’s opening theme, Kagerou, will be performed by all-female rock group ?eaL. The ending theme, Silver, will be handled by Rize.
Gintama will air on TV Tokyo, TV Hokkaido, TV Aichi, TV Setouchi, and TVQ Kyushu on January 8. The series will technically air on January 9, at 1:35 AM. TV Osaka will carry the show a day later, on January 10 at 1:05 AM. This is a change from previous titles in the franchise, which aired in the 6:00PM slot on TV Tokyo and its affiliate stations.
Hideaki Sorachi’s Gintama manga began in the pages of Shueisha’s Weekly Shonen Jump in December 2004. The ongoing series currently spans 66 collected volumes, with the most recent hitting stores on November 4. The title is currently in its final arc, which kicked off in July.
The Gintama anime adapts Sorachi’s work. The first series began airing in April 2006, and ran through March 2010. The most recent title aired from April 2015 through March 2016. A total of 316 episodes have been produced to date.