Gintama Characters 'Apologize' in Monster Strike Collab Videos
posted on by Jennifer Sherman
XFlag's "pulling hunting RPG" Monster Strike launched a collaboration with the Gintama anime on Wednesday. Despite the characters' enthusiasm for the project in its announcement video, which debuted in April, it seems the Yorozuya gang has not quite been able to live up to the hype for the collaboration so far. XFlag began streaming Gintoki and Kondō apology videos on Wednesday.
In the Gintoki video, Gintoki, Shinpachi, and Kagura appear wearing suits and serious expressions. The video explains that due to "different ball pulling hunting," the commercial has been changed to still images for its broadcast. The kanji character used for "ball" is pronounced "tama," which is also part of the anime's name but with a different kanji. Additionally, the video lists a phone number for inquiries that fans can call to listen to characters.
The similar Kondō video also offers an apology and explains that the nudity-loving character was busy in "cooperative play" in "the form [he] was born in."
The collaboration's website features a "Gintama Pulling Hunting Isao Kondō Strike" mini-game offering prizes. In the mini-game, players pull a naked image of Kondō to defeat enemy characters, similar to the actual Monster Strike smartphone game. The second wave of the campaign is offering character wallpapers to people who win the mini-game.
For the collaboration, Gintama characters are available to use in play in the game. A related Twitter campaign allowed fans to unlock in-game bonus items. The collaboration's website is streaming four episodes of Gintama anime series for a limited time, and the entire promotion will end on May 17.