Gintama Figure Line Plans Poll for Anniversary Release

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MegaHouse's GEM line of figures covers a variety of anime series, but it has specifically released characters from the Gintama anime for the last seven years. To celebrate, the figure line opened the "G.E.M. Gintama Commercialization Election - 7 Year Edition" website. Four figures are up for vote to mark the event.

The selection includes:

Kagura (Two years later version)

Sōgo Okita (gender-swapped version)

Tōshirō Hijikata (gender-swapped version)

Shinpachi Shimura (with a horse)

The GEM line first released Gintoki in 2009 and followed with Toshiro Hijikata, Shinsuke Takasugi, Elizabeth, and many others. A gender-swapped Gintoki was offered last year after an episode reimagined the whole cast.

Voting opens on October 10 and will last until mid-November. The results will be revealed at the MegaHobby Expo 2016 Autumn event in Akihabara on November 26.

Hideaki Sorachi began the Gintama manga in 2004 and it continues to be ranked among the top-selling manga in Japan. The manga now has more than 50 million copies in print in Japan. Viz Media published the first 23 volumes in English. Shueisha published the manga's 65th volume in Japan on August 4. The manga entered its final arc on July 11.

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.

Staff are currently shooting a live-action film starring Shun Oguri as Gintoki Sakata.

Source: Comic Natalie

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