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Gintama Manga Ends in 5 Chapters

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Hideaki Sorachi's long-running action-comedy began in 2004, inspired anime, films

This year's 38th issue of Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump revealed on Monday that Hideaki Sorachi's Gintama manga will end in five more chapters. If there are no delays, the manga will end on September 15.

Sorachi began the manga in 2004 and it continues to be ranked among the top-selling manga in Japan. The manga has more than 55 million copies in print in Japan. Viz Media published the first 23 volumes in English. Shueisha published the manga's 74th volume (seen right) on August 3.

The manga entered the "Silver Soul" arc, its final arc, in July 2016.

The current anime began last October with the "Porori Arc," before it entered the "Silver Soul" arc in January. The anime began a hiatus in March but returned in July for the "climax" of the arc. Crunchyroll is streaming the anime 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, and various OVAs and event anime.

The manga also inspired a live-action film that opened in Japan in July 2017. The film also got a sequel that opened last Friday in Japan. The first film screened in the United States and Canada in January prior to a March 6 home video release from Well Go USA.

Source: Weekly Shonen Jump issue #38

Update: Date of last issue corrected due to holidays.

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