Gintama Manga Reaches 'Climax' of Final Arc
posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
This year's ninth issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump magazine revealed on Monday that Hideaki Sorachi's Gintama manga will reach the "climax" of the final arc in the magazine's 10th issue, which will ship on February 5.
The 10th issue of Weekly Shonen Jump is also celebrating the 14th anniversary of the manga. Gintama will be featured on the cover of the issue, and the chapter on February 5 will include a color page.
Sorachi began the 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 71st volume on December 4. The manga entered its final arc in July 2016.
The current anime series premiered on October 1, and began with the "Porori Arc" story. The anime began adapting the "Silver Soul" arc, the final arc of the manga, on January 7. Crunchyroll is streaming the series as it airs in Japan.
Crunchyroll streamed the previous anime 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 manga also inspired a live-action film that opened in Japan on July 14. The film will get a sequel this summer.