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Gintama Manga's 65th, 66th Volumes to Bundle Original Anime DVDs

posted on by Jennifer Sherman
TV anime's main cast, staff return for OADs in August, November

Shueisha announced in December that the 65th and 66th compiled volumes of Hideaki Sorachi's Gintama manga will bundle original anime DVDs (OADs). This year's eighth issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine (issue cover pictured at right) confirmed details of the release on Monday. The 65th volume will ship in Japan on August 4, and the 66th volume will ship on November 4.

The two OADs will feature the manga's "Love Potion" story arc, which covers chapters 492-496 of the original series. Shueisha published the story arc in the manga's 55th compiled book volume in 2014. The upcoming OADs will be the first time that the arc is adapted into anime.

In the "Love Potion" story arc, a strange incense causes the people who smell it to fall in love with the first person they see. Tsukuyo tries to collect the incense, but the smoke affects her. The Yorozuya and the entire district fall under the love potion's influence.

The television anime's main staff and cast will return for the anime DVDs. Each volume with bundled DVD will cost 3,400 yen (about US$29). The manga will also bundle special postcards with original illustrations.

The manga's 58th volume bundled an anime DVD last April. The tagline for the bundled anime read, "It's time for all the Yorozuya members … to wake up just one more time."

Crunchyroll is streaming the Gintama' special event anime that premiered at the Jump Special Anime Festa 2015 tour in November. The Jump Special Anime Festa event tour also screened a one-episode Gintama' special in 2014. An event anime of comedy shorts debuted at the Jump Festa 2005 event.

Sorachi's Gintama action comedy 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 Crunchyroll is streaming the series as it airs 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.

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