'Final' Gintama Film Director Discusses Possible Continuation
posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Gintama director Yōichi Fujita remarked during a stage event on Saturday to mark the theatrical opening of the Gekijōban Gintama Kanketsu-hen: Yorozuya yo Eien Nare (Final Gintama: The Movie: Be Forever Yorozuya) film that "Even though we have been thinking that this film would mark the end, if the movie is a hit, I believe that the higher-ups would definitely not keep quiet about it." Voice actor Kenichi Suzumura also added that it is the wish of both the staff and the higher-ups that the anime franchise continue. The second film in the franchise had been touted as featuring an all-new "final" story written by original manga creator Hideaki Sorachi.
The film opened in Japan on July 6, and sold 221,469 tickets for 281,859,900 yen (about US$2.786 million) during its opening weekend. The film earned 40% more than the first Gintama: The Movie (Gintama: Shinyaku Benizakura-Hen) earned during its first weekend.