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Shout Out: Gintama
"One of these days, we're going to get sued."
Shinpachi Shimura

Many thanks to Rumbel subs for pointing out plenty of the shout-outs.
  • Constant shout-outs to other Shounen Jump series like Dragon Ball, Naruto, and Bleach, especially in the episodes featuring the suffering editors of Gintaman.
    • Gintama Shippuden!
    • The other series are known in the Gintama universe as Beruto (the villains as Bakazuki) and One Park.
    • Episode 89 is full of references to and parodies of Bleach.
      • Toyako, the spirit of Gintoki's sword, looks a lot like a less cool Zangetsu.
      • The Shinsengumi's Victory Goddess looks a lot like a long-haired Orihime.
      • And to top off all the cameos, a lookalike of Ichigo himself—in shinigami form and Hollow mask—appears near the end. To introduce a ton of other gods.
      • Zenkai and Fuusenmaru sound familiar...
    • In episode 115, when she was eating the Hijikata Special, Kuriko says something along the lines of "I have found the One Piece of flavors!"
    • Nobody really knows what the goal of Gintama is, so Gintoki sets it to "become the Samurai King".
    • The end of Episode 203 has Gintoki somehow be able to use Final Getsuga Tensho. Particularly funny after a couple of episodes spoofing the idea of a time-skip showing characters as stronger, improved, etc. Gin's reaction at the end of the episode is something like; "No helping it, I'll just have to go with this" Cue transformation.
    • Episode 209 during the Ginpachi-sensei segment. "Kakashi-sensei from class N had his Sharingan stolen. Anyone know anything?"
    • There are also a few shout-outs to Yoshihiro Togashi's work. Prince Hata is a walking shout-out to Level E (he's even called "Prince Baka" all the time!) although he looks like Fat Buu, and there's an exchange where Gintoki has cornered a villain that is a hysterical parody of the flashback where Sensui and Itsuki meet (sorry, paraphrased):
    Gintoki: Do you have anything to say before you die?
    Villain: If you'd let me live for one more day, I'd like to watch my favorite TV show.
    Gintoki: That! Won't! WORK!!! (proceeds to kick bad guy's ass)
    • During the Shinsengumi Rebellion arc, Hijikata compares himself to Yamcha, while Gin tells him that he's Vegeta, not Yamcha.
    • There's an entire chapter dedicated to how no one likes "Namcha."
    • In an early episode of the anime Shinpachi dresses up like Sena from Eyeshield21 when trying to "play" with Sadaharu.
  • Studio Ghibli's films are another popular reference that spawned the recurring characters Pedoro and Hedoro, but reference to Laputa is the most common
    • An episode title: Laputa's still good after seeing it so many times. The episode itself has a small part where Kondo, Okita, and Yamazaki discuss their favorite Ghibli films and their different aspects.
  • Kagura wears Bruce Lee's outfit from Game of Death.
  • The planet they stranded on in episode 23 is awfully similar to Gunsmoke.
  • In episode 25, Gintoki quotes Itachi. They're fighting over nabe.
    "You should hate me more, curse me, and detest me! Then you should take the power of that hatred and use it to survive this rotten world."
    • Same episode as above, to finish up the strategizing that was going on, Ryuk appears at the end.
  • In episode 28, Sacchan mistakes Kondo for the monkey in Speed Racer.
    • Sacchan, Matsudaira, and Kondo then steal a bike from the Doronbo gang.
    • Later, assassin-paranoid Matsudaira and blind Sacchan both start seeing Otose and Catherine like they're from Fist of the North Star.
  • Episode 30 is pretty heavy on the crime-solving/detective references, so there's plenty of Detective Conan references. Like the eponymous detective making a quick appearance, only with a topknot/chonmage. Gintoki even grabs a sleeping Mouri look-alike just so he can do Conan's normal routine.
  • The cat girl that cons Shinpachi in one episode leaves behind a calling card that says she is the Mysterious Thief Cat's Ear.
  • It's not "Kondo", it's Hitman Gorilla 13. Oh, and it's not "Sougo" either, it's Hitman Sougo 13.
    • And Golgo 13 reference popped up again in Chapter 444.
    • Don't forget Warrior of Love Mayora 13!
  • The second half of episode 43 and episode 44 (which has the aforementioned Gintama Shippuden Shout-Out) also has Gintoki yelling, "SATSUGAI SURUZO!"
    • Same episode, when infiltrating the location that Elizabeth is in, Gintoki and the rest of the ninjas go through trials that look like the ones you see in Takeshi's Castle.
    • Gintoki and Hattori's battle somehow has a pause in the action when they try to imitate the Pegasus-Comet-Fist and the Kignas-Dance.
  • Each episode tends to throw in a reference or two, but episode 50, where the characters suggest improvements to the show, takes the cake.
  • A sign for the town doctor, White Jack appears in one of the places the Yorozuya stop by in their job in episode 54.
  • Yamazaki shows off his badminton skills in episode 62, and after he beats his opponent, he says, "Mada mada dane".
    • In the second movie, Gin says he doesn't remember Shinpachi being a "Seigaku pillar" because of his new resemblance to the character Tezuka.
  • This is like enrolling in school and having the teacher tell you to kill all the other bastards!
  • A line spoken in episode 67, and also the title of the second half of the episode: The Ideal Girlfriend Has to be Minami-chan!
  • In the same episode, also the second half, Gintoki compared Sacchan's treatment of him to the woman in Misery.
  • During Katsura's driving test: "Maybe... there's a bomb that will explode if we go less than 50 km/h, planted by a Joui member!"
  • Episode 74 is all about references to Kochikame—most prominently, the "zombies" shown in that episode share the same eyebrows of the protagonist.
  • One of Catherine's old gangmates looks a lot like another thief.
    • An old heist of Catherine's as shown in the episode also looks like a scene from the first movie of Charlie's Angels.
  • In episode 77: "Where's the 100%? Shouldn't it be Yagyu 100%?"
  • During the girls' weight-loss camp: "A hunter is most vulnerable when he is about to capture his prey."
  • Hasegawa goes on trial because he's accused of doing the Kinniku Buster.
    • Same episode arc also throws in a lot of Heidi.
    • And then Heidi suddenly looks like something from The Ring.
    • A depressive ghost girl living in a cursed Blu-Ray disc is first seen appearing out of a well and approaching the screen, making Gintoki compare her to Sadako.
  • In the episode with the Bentendo Owee, Gintoki's trying to bribe the other people in the line to change places with him, claiming that "In order to gain something, something of equal value must be given."
    • Same episode: they play a game called Bakiboki Memorial.
    • Katsura also cosplays a certain humble plumber.
    • And the characters play pixellated vomit Tetris.
  • In one of his travels, Umibouzu runs into Char Aznable, and becomes a commander of his army.
  • Episode 109 has a weird fixation with Jackie Chan. And his nose. Oh, and Jack—I mean, Dragon Leader himself appears.
  • Gintoki scolds Hasegawa in episode 120, saying that he's probably cursed. "Ippen shinde miru!"
  • "[Shinpachi] if you're going to upgrade your character, at least give yourself a Psychogun."
  • The Screwdriver arc is all about the trouble Monkey Hunter-obsessed aliens cause.
  • In episode 167—the episode where Tama gets a virus—you can see a replication of Aerith's death and other Final Fantasy moments playing behind Gintoki while he's ranting about the use of long-ass CG cutscenes in games.
    • In addition to that, the rest of the images also depict cutscenes from various Playstation era games, including a Metal Gear Solid codec sequence, the Opera scene from Parasite Eve and the scene where Squall sees Rinoa for the first time in Final Fantasy VIII.
    • In chapter 426, Gintoki is even cosplayed as Cloud because he is also carrying a big sword (an "alien slayer", according to him, a reference to manga series, Berserk).
  • Episode 204 has Gintoki asking "Is that your final answer?" And of course, it wouldn't be complete without Shinpachi going "Final answer! Wait, can I ask the audience?"
  • Episode 207-208 bears a striking resemblance to Kill Bill, including the music and naming of the assassin assassins.
  • In episode 213, Host club manager Kyoshiro is a master of "Hosto Shin Ken". He then gets challanged by Agomi, the self proclaimed "Ken-Oh" of the Okama faction. Upon defeat, Agomi's facial features change and he delivers a version of Raoh's phrase ("I have lived a life without chins!").
    • Then in Chapter 362, Kyoshiro decide to change his shop to Plamo-kyo Shiro.
    • Not to mention, the spoof song of the original "Ai wo Torimodose", with lyrics "I AM SHOCK!"
  • The entire Renho arc is a shout out to Space Operas - particular with Gundams ("Even Bright-san had never hit me!").
    • Chapter 356 features the trump card weapon the Renho (Elizabeth's race) plan to use to invade Earth: the "white devil" mecha, which have blue color at the top, very blockish looking, and features beam saber and beam rifle - or as Shinpachi said, "It's not Renho army, that's Renpo Army!
    • Episode 236 gave us The Last Shot delivered by not-Amuro-Ray-but-still-has-his-voice Elizabeth.
    • The leader of the Renho race is also Dark Vader, voiced by Char.
    • The anime of the same arc includes small shoutouts to characters from other anime, through the Renho wearing their iconic hairstyles or accessories. An example: look for Kotetsu and Barnaby here.
    • Only Zura can make Newtype reactions ridiculous.
    • Of course we have GaoGaiGar... I mean, Kaien, VS. a giant Renho that has a drill for its weapon. Seems like Sunrise just decided to go crazy on all its mecha shows.
    • Some people in 2ch even call this the only Gundam show this year.
    • [1] This video shows a visitor that was suspiciosly similar to Kai Shiden talking to a man that looked like General Revil talking about Katsura's exploits, only for the Not!Kai Shiden beating the hell out of Not!Revil for talking instead about the 30th anniversary of Gundam.
    • Of course, Fumiko is a complete shout out to Fujiko Mine.
    • Don't ask why Tama ended up in a Guntank body. All we know is she move faster this way and can detach her coreblock.
  • During the Tsusengumi Arc, Shinpachi and Hijikata play a card game with "Otsuu Cards" that is suspiciously like Yu-Gi-Oh!.
  • Episode 216 has some random Metal Gear shout-outs, with the "Patriots" being composed of the "naked" and "solid", which need to be "jacked" in with a stick. Gintoki also refers to strawberry milk as "Meso Gear".
  • Episode 217 has Gintoki trying so use Inception as an excuse to take a nap.
  • Because Hijikata and Date Masamune share a voice actor, there are a few shout-outs to Sengoku Basara.
    • In one Popularity Ranking episode, Katsura and Otae try to goad Hijikata into saying one of Masamune's signature Engrish phrases and ask him if he's excited since SB was about to start its second season.
    • In chapter 363, Hijikata rides in on a nearly naked Kondo (who has motorcycle handlebars taped to his head like Masamune's horse in the anime) yelling "Here we go! Okay! Let's Party!"
  • Episode 228-229 (chapter 347 - 350) is an entire arc about Love Plus.
  • Chapter 372 begins the arc that deals with a villain who made himself the best friend of everyone in Kabukicho in place of Gin. Incidentally, the name of the arc, aside from being "Kintama", is also subtitled as "The Lost Substitute Odd Job Arc". Unlike other shout-outs, the arc is played with a more serious tone. (of course, being Gintama, the solution is still plenty of toilet humor).
  • In the first episodes with Hedoro, Gintoki pushes Kagura around in a wooden cart like Lone Wolf and Cub.
  • Chapter 403/Episode 262 introduces a former instructor of the Shimura family Dojo, Obi Hajime. His nickname is Obi-One. and not only that, the people who "saved him" and transformed him into a cyborg are reminiscent of Yoda as well.
  • The Stand arc in episodes 131-134 is a parody of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, though, of course with Artistic License of some takes, though there are some real references such as the Star Platinum lookalike Star Silver, and the Rapid-Fire Fisticuffs in the battle between Okami and Gin. It's hilarious in hindsight now, too, since Tomokazu Sugita, Gintoki voiced Joseph Joestar (Battle Tendency, Part 2), as well.
    • There's also a reference to Hirohiko Araki as well, mentioning that he is a fairy (maybe discussing his memetic inverted age process) compared to the Gorilla of their author (Hideaki Sorachi).
  • Chapter 416 makes a huge shoutout to famous copywriter Shigesato Itoi and one of his most famous creations, Mother, when the Yorozuya is formulating a publicity poster. They use an image from the commercial for the first game as the basis for their poster initially (Along with its tagline), then randomly start putting pictures of Itoi himself on the poster, as well.
  • The arc between chapters 233-236 plays a huge reference to Saw when Hijikata & Okita are chained in a room by a man with a mask called Jiguzou and both of them have to prove the strong bonds that they have... but it proves to be a stunt set by Okita to get rid off Hijikata.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist is referenced, even with the transmutation circle and quotes in episode 69.
  • Even though she's a Gender Flip of Sarutobi Sasuke might Sacchan's real name (Ayame) and haircolor be a reference to Ayane from Dead or Alive.
  • Mantama's Bait-and-Switch Credits opening contains various parodies of several anime series like K-On! and Magical Girl series like Pretty Cure. This is justified of course, because of the fake ending that the main series had at the middle of episode 256 and it was just an illusion world created by Tama for Kintoki.
  • The color page cover of chapter 296 is a homage to Street Fighter II.
  • At the beginning of episode 183, the opening of Fist of the North Star is parodied. The music and the setting was reused in the second movie.
  • Chapter 420 brings us Umibouzu and Gintoki dressed in HUGE ADULT bodies, based on Yoichi Takahashi's drawing style of Captain Tsubasa's fame.
  • The many, MANY references to B'z, one could assume that it's one of Tae's favorite (Real World) j-music bands... but even Kagura has referred to them in ocassions (even the in-world reason of the formation of the band: Two sorcerers fighting a demon with lyrics as spells. 'Bad Communication' indeed...)
    • Not only them, but TOKIO has also been mentioned a pair of times. And also people from Johnny's Jimusho agency.
    • And Perfume isn't saved at all either - the unit that Tae, Kyuubei, Saachan and Tsukuyo form in the Popularity Poll arc are named "Diamond Perfume", who came back during the HDZ 48 arc.
    • In the Yoshiwara arc, Yorozuya gang's self-introduction as new members of Hyakka is a parody of Perfume's self-introduction.
    • In the arc of the Galactic Idols, mentions about AKB48 are also valid, especially since Otsu seems to be losing popularity by herself as an Idol Singer than, being in an unit like this one... besides the whole fact that she has to fight the top galactic unit of 'idols', GKB48.
    • In the second movie, Otsu have joined Oedo Muscats, a parody of Ebisu Muscats, which compose of AV actress and gravure idols, and shot videos for SUTEKI - considering it's a parody of Muteki, it's extremely likely to be an AV video. Meanwhile Gin was concerned that Yorozura broke up just like The Checkers and worried that one of the two had wrote an "autobiography" to smear the other one.
  • Chapter 436 brings up the Burakkumas. Plainly rip-offs of Rilakkuma intended to be a set-up trap from Tae for Katsuo, as being part of the new generation of the Four Devas to 'clean up' the bad influences on Kabukichou.
  • In the Diviner arc, Gintoki's balls have individual names: Yusuke and Sasuke. Mind you, that they are meaningful names (Yusuke being for 'Right Hand' and Sasuke for 'Left Hand') BUT, they are also indeed Sket Dance references too (AND spoilerish, by the time this chapter was published, it was revealed that Bossun aka Yusuke and Tsubaki aka Sasuke were twin brothers). That is, also because Kenta Shinohara was an assistant of Hideaki Sorachi for a time before creating his series.
  • In one of the Next Episode Preview of the Gintama' Enchousen season, the Yorozuya jokes around about making a parody of Kuroko no Basuke. Some months later, in the recent arc of the Party Reunion (and a bit hinted at the end of the Gintama: The Final Chapter: Be Forever, Yorozuya, which was directly written by Sorachi himself) we get to know about the Miracle Generation of the Joui War, conformed by Gintoki, Katsura, Sakamoto and Takasugi... and about a fifth 'Phantom' member of name Kuroko no Tasuke.
  • Not so much longer after that, To Love-Ru is even mentioned (and compared to Gintoki's "old days of Jump" when I"s was published, sort of generation thing between his and Shinpachi's manga soft-porn) and Saint Seiya is also referred. Cue to Gintoki's "fear" of being sued just because it was three series parodied and referred in a row from Weekly Shonen Jump's past and present authors.
  • The second part of gambling episode, where Kada is being introduced, is the whole Akagi series, concentrated. It's all about mahjong, naturally. "ZAWA!"
  • Thanks to Hijikata-in-Gin's body, from Chapter 471 to 473 Shinpachi, Kagura, and a bunch others became like Saito Hajime from Rurouni Kenshin, complete with strict hairstyle and his signature style/attack, the Gatotsu.note 
    • Sougo dressed up like Kenshin in the second movie.
  • The names of four Kyubei's bodyguards (including their leader, Tojo) are based on the names of the four main girls in Strawberry 100%.
  • In episode 209, Kagura suggests airing the same episode eight times.
  • Chapter 486 becomes a huge Street Fighter parody once Shinpachi starts trying to use his dojo's secret technique (Which had its instructions written as a fighting game command). Among other things, it has Kyuubey using Guile's Flash Kick, and displays a parody of the results screen from Street Fighter II whenever Shinpachi tries and fails to use the technique against his opponent.
  • In episode 153, Gintoki and Kagura listened to a radio program with DJ Junnijiro as its host. Obviously, Gintoki's fear of the supernatural made him unable to sleep at the end of the episode.
  • Katsura as Ill Smith.
    • "YES WE CAN!"

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