It looks like 2017 will be an excellent year for live-action anime adaptations. In the spring, Ghost in the Shell will get its Hollywood debut when Rupert Sanders premieres his take on the iconic series. Other films like Fullmetal Alchemist are also set to debut, and even Hideaki Sorachi’s Gintama will get the live-action treatment next year. Now, fans can see just a bit of the film thanks to its official website. A teaser trailer for the Gintama movie has hit the web, and it has fans everywhere feeling hyped.
If you are wondering when the film will debut, then you need to mark you calendars. The film is slated to hit theaters in July 2017. Yūichi Fukuda is directing the film and also penning its adapted script. Filming has already wrapped on the project as Fukuda confirmed actor Shun Oguri has finished his work as Gintoki.
As for the rest of the cast, Masaski Suda will play Shinpachi Shimura while Kanna Hashimoto plays Kagura. Masami Nagasawa was cast as Tae Shimura, Masaki Okada as Katsura, and Tsuyoshi Muro as Gengai Higara. Toshiro Hijikata is played by Yuuya Yagira, Shinsuke Takasugi by Tsuyoshi Domoto, and a slew of other characters will also feature in the film.
If you are not familiar with Gintama, it is never too late to get acquainted with the franchise. The series debuted in 2004 when Weekly Shonen Jump began serializing Sorachi’s manga. The manga is on-going and is one of the most popular series in Japan. In 2006, a full-length anime adaptation of Gintama was created by Sunrise and ran until 2010. A series of other anime series have also aired with the most recent debuting in April 2015. A brand-new anime is set to air on TV Tokyo next year starting on January 2017.
Gintama follows a young samurai named Gintoki Sakata during Japan’s Edo period. However, the historical period is not the one we are familiar with; The story’s world has been overrun by aliens called Amanto, and they are not too friendly to Earth’s natives. The series follows Gintoki and his friends Shinpachi Shimura and Tae as they do odd jobs to survive. The series is primarily episodic by nature though it has a few well-received story arcs which see Gintoki take on his country’s ruling class head-on.
So, what do you think? Are you ready to see Gintama hit the big screen as a live-action venture? Let us know if you will be watching it in the comments below!
[H/T] Anime News Network