'Gintama' Live-Action Movie Announces U.S. Theatrical Run
Gintama fans have been waiting to hear news of the live-action movie, especially now that the series is soon coming to an end, and now they'll get their eyes on it very soon.
Not only will fans be able to soon buy it on home video, they'll be able to see it in theaters as it was intended.
Film distributor Azoland Pictures has partnered with Well Go USA and has announced they'll be screening the live-action Gintama film in theaters in both the United States and Canada January 19, 2018.
Well Go USA also has recently announced they will be releasing the film on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD in North America on March 6 next year. The Gintama live-action film opened in Japan on July 14 and earned about $8.9 million USD in its first four days of release.
The reception was so positive, it inspired a live-action webseries on Japan's Docomo dTV service one day after the film's release as well. The film has already screened in Canada at the Fantasia International Film Festival, and has been so successful over all that director Yuichi Fukuda and star of the film Shun Oguri recently teamed up to announce that a sequel film, tentatively titled Gintama Part 2, will open in Summer 2018.
Hideaki Sorachi's Gintama is one of the most popular manga series in Japan with 50 million copies printed since it began in 2004. It has gained fame among fans online with its balance of humor, drama, and action while still jokingly referencing other popular Shonen Jump series like Dragon Ball. Its largely episodic nature has been a hit with fans, especially when it dives into longer story arcs like the final "Silver Soul" arc.
The series has seen different forms since its initial anime run from 2006 to 2010, with a second series airing from 2011 to 2013 with sporadic hiatuses in-between, a third series running from 2015 to 2016, two feature-length animated films, a few OVAs, and even a live action film releasing in Japan last July.
Gintama has recently teased some kind of crossover project with fellow Weekly Shonen Jump gag manga, The Disastrous Life of Saiki K. Which is getting ready to air the second season of its anime as well.
Gintama Season 4 recently began airing on October 1 with the "Porori" arc, and you can currently find subbed episodes on Crunchyroll. The "Silver Soul" arc, which will serve as the series' final story, will begin airing January 7.