Hulu announced that they will stream Gintama on their digital platform. According to the site’s “New This Month” section, the first forty-nine (49) episodes of the title will be offered in subtitled and dubbed formats. The episodes will be presented as the first “Season” of episodes, with TV Tokyo listed as the licensor on the project.
Previously, Gintama hadn’t received an English dub for its first seasons. The show’s third season (Episodes 226 – 278) was released on Blu-Ray in 2018. The release, which was a co-publication between Funimation and Crunchyroll, was dubbed by Ocean Media.
The Gintama manga launched in the pages of Weekly Shonen Jump in December 2003, and ran through June 20, 2019. The series spans 77 volumes, the last of which will stores on August 2.
Viz Media holds the rights to the title, which they describe as:
Back in the old days, samurai walked the streets as if they owned them. But then an alien race landed in Japan and stripped the samurai of their status and their swords. In the world of Gin Tama, history takes a wrong turn: samurai in this alternate Japan must live alongside aliens – not to mention guns, TVs, cars, and spaceships.
Sakata “Gin” Gintoki is a goofy former samurai who’ll take on any odd job to make ends meet. His greatest wish is to protect Japan from yakuza and dishonorable aliens, and return Japan to its former glory – all with a wooden sword!
Since its debut, the Gintama manga spawned six anime TV series from Sunrise and Bandai Namco Pictures, as well as a pair of live action films.
Chizuru Miyawaki directed the newest anime series at Bandai Namco Pictures, with Shinji Takeuchi (Fairy Tail, Mazinger Edition Z: The Impact!) providing character designs. Crunchyroll streamed the show as it aired in Japan. They describe Gintama as:
In a world where aliens have invaded Edo Period Japan, skyscrapers, trains and motor bikes have replaced the simple life of Earth inhabitants. One man however, still carries the soul of a samurai, Gintoki Sakata, otherwise known as Yorozuya Gin-san. As reckless as he is, Gintoki carries his own resolve and is ready to take on any challenge with his fellow companions.
The latest film, Gintama 2: Okite wa Yaburu Tame ni Koso Aru (Gintama 2: The Laws Are Surely There to Be Broken) opened on August 17. Yūichi Fukuda returned to the director’s chair on the project and, like the first film, wrote the script.