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Why I didn’t walk out of Gintama

In the last year or more, the Event Cinema group have started airing more and more Anime and Live action Japanese films at their cinemas around Australia. So, when the live action adaptation of Gintama arrived here in Brisbane, I of course was going to see it. I am not a big fan of the Anime or Manga, but in order to “vote with my wallet” and show that I want more Japanese films, both Live action and Anime in cinema’s here in Australia.

Despite my noble cause, I almost wish I hadn’t spent the money on the tickets to go see Gintama.

As someone with a passing familiarity with the series and its sense of humor, I knew what I was getting into, or at least I thought I did. The slapstick sense of comedy that is the core of the show, when its story is flagging or non-existent, does not translate well into live action. Especially when they try to recreate the actual effect of the joke.

In saying all that, I did find some of the film to be actually funny. Some jokes are able to transcend the culture gap and also display well in live action cinema. But the handful of actual funny moments do little to make up for the poor attempts at acting and comedy that make up the majority of the film.

If you are a dedicated fan to the series then this film is probably exactly what you are looking for as an adaptation and from that viewpoint I could have probably really enjoyed the two hours I spent in the cinema. Sadly, while I am an anime enthusiast, it is not a blanket license for all anime to entertain me and Gintama has never appealed to my sense of humor.

Overall, the movie was Ok. And that is being generous and lenient because of potential culture differences that put me off the film as a whole. If you want to support that continuation of Japanese films coming to Australia then be sure to buy a ticket, but unless you’re a fan of the series, I don’t recommend actually walking into the cinema to watch it.

Phill is a huge anime and video game fan (read Blizzard Fanboy). In his free time he’s either playing WoW, Overwatch or Diablo 3, or watching Anime on Crunchryroll and Animelab. He likes to write reviews about both his passions and sometimes thought pieces on a particular topic an episode may bring up and how it was dealt with. When it comes to the games he plays, he’s always on top with the latest news int he industry and keeps up to date with the latest updates and patches in 3 out of the 6 Blizzard games. Phill started playing games back when the only game he had on his computer was Mind Maze in Encarta ’95 and has been an avid fan of computer entertainment for almost his whole life. Anime is a fairly recent, last decade or so, obsession of his. He’s also a movie enthusiast. You can find more of his work on his website Mildly Awful Gaming right here.

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