Gintama Gets New Video Game for PS4, PS Vita

posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
Bandai Namco Ent. develops "Project Last Game" action title

This year's 33rd issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine is revealing on Saturday that Hideaki Sorachi's Gintama manga is inspiring a new video game for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita. Bandai Namco Entertainment is developing the action title. Weekly Shonen Jump reveals the game under the "Gintama: Project Last Game" code name. Bandai Namco Entertainment will reveal a teaser promo video for the game on Saturday.

Gintama inspired its first smartphone game titled Gintama Kabukichō Daikatsugeki (Gintama Kabuki District Great Action Movie) for iOS and Android that launched last year. The manga has inspired previous games for the Nintendo DS, PlayStation 2, Wii, and PlayStation Portable.

Sorachi began the original Gintama manga in 2004 and it continues to be ranked among the top-selling manga in Japan. The manga has more than 50 million copies in print in Japan. Viz Media published the first 23 volumes in English. Shueisha published the manga's 69th volume (pictured at right) on July 4. The manga entered its final arc last July.

The manga inspired a television anime that premiered in 2006 and continued (with several extended hiatuses) until 2013. The fifth and latest Gintama television anime series premiered on January 8, before the reruns started airing in April. The anime will return with a "Porori Arc" in October.

Crunchyroll streamed the most recent series as it aired in Japan, and is also streaming English-dubbed episodes. 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 live-action film adaptation of the manga opened in Japan on Friday.

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