New Gintama Anime Premieres on January 8, Switches to Late Night Timeslot
posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
TV Tokyo's official website for the Gintama anime series announced on Saturday that the new anime series will premiere on January 8. The series will technically premiere on TV Tokyo, TV Hokkaido, TV Aichi, TV Setouchi, and TVQ Kyushu Broadcasting on January 9 at 1:35 a.m., and then will premiere on TV Osaka on January 10 at 1:05 a.m.
The previous Gintama anime series aired on TV Tokyo and its affiliate stations at 6:00 p.m.
Hideaki Sorachi began the original manga series in 2004 and it continues to be ranked among the top-selling manga in Japan. Viz Media published the first 23 volumes in English. Shueisha published the manga's 66th volume in Japan on November 4, and the manga entered its final arc in July.
The manga inspired a television anime that premiered in 2006 and continued (with several extended hiatuses) until 2013. The latest Gintama television anime series premiered in April 2015, and ended in March. Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired in Japan. The manga also inspired two anime films, including the "final" Gekijōban Gintama Kanketsu-hen: Yorozuya yo Eien Nare film that opened in 2013, and various OVAs and event anime.
The manga is inspiring a live-action film adaptation starring Shun Oguri, and directed by Yūichi Fukuda (live-action HK/Hentai Kamen, Mr. Nietzsche in the Convenience Store). The film opens in Japan in 2017.