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  • Actor Allusion: A few that often even crosses over No Fourth Wall territory.
    • One of the 3Z Ginpachi Sensei omake has a funny one, in which Tomokazu Sugita tells about how he got a call from his mother after the Stand Inn arc was aired, telling him he really should work on his singing.
    • In Episode 65, Okita (voiced by Kenichi Suzumura) says "Mind if I beat you? Can't hear your answer!" and his eyes flash purple.
    • Two involving Hasegawa's voice actor, Fumihiko Tachiki:
      • Episode 150 includes a frame-by-frame parody of a scene in Neon Genesis Evangelion. Hasegawa takes the place of Gendou Ikari, also voiced by Fumihiko Tachiki. He also, sometimes does some mannerisms as Gendou.
      • In Episode 122, before he's revealed, the Eyecatch has his silhouette shaped like Bleach's Kenpachi Zaraki.
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    • Hijitaka says "LET'S PARTY!" in his introduction as hosts in the Takamagahara host club. The difference is, instead of a horse, Hijikata uses Kondo as his Harley Gorillason!
    • Upon Gedomaru's arrival in Episode 249, Gintoki yells "Saber!".
    • When Tsukuyo kicks Gintoki, Gintoki yells out "Kshatriya".
    • In Episode 258, after contemplating what to do after finding the shogun near dead, with Gratuitous English that ends with 'away' a lot of times, Gintoki resorts to something similar to the Joestar family secret technique, also with the same pose (in English), "RUN AWAAAYYYY."
    • In Episode 329, Shinpachi compares himself to Masaki Suda, the actor who plays him in the live-action adaptation. Gintoki and Kagura beat him up because of that.
  • All-Star Cast:
    • This was averted in the anime's first few years as the voice actors at the time were not well-known; jump to ten years later and the entire Japanese cast is now considered to be full of big names. For starters, there's Tomokazu Sugitanote , Rie Kugimiya, Daisuke Sakaguchi as the Yorozuya trio; and Kazuya Nakai, Kenichi Suzumura, Susumu Chiba as the main Shinsengumi police. There's also veterans and new-rising stars getting regular or guest roles either as allies (such as Fumiko Orikasa as Kyuubei, Keiji Fujiwara as Hattori, or Yuki Ono as the Shogun Shigeshige), one-shot characters (Mamiko Noto as Pandemonium) or villains (Kazuhiko Inoue as Oboro).
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    • The live-Action version consists of a mix between widely-known names in the Japanese Film and TV Industry like Shun Oguri, Yuya Yagira, Masaki Okada and Masami Nagasawa and new-rising actors in the same industry like Masaki Suda, Kanna Hashimoto, Masataka Kubota, Haruna Miura, and Ryo Yoshizawa.
  • Cash Cow Franchise: For Sunrise (and BNPictures). It leads to people not believing when they say they are "stopping" or "finishing" the animated adaptation once in a while. Gintama is one of the best sold anime series on DVD in Japan and merchandise comes and goes because of the franchise's popularity.
  • Casting Gag:
    • Sunrise and the anime staff took the Renho arc's Gundam fight between Elizabeth and Dark Vader to the extreme, when they got Toru Furuya and Shuichi Ikeda to voice each one, respectively, and when they made the battle to resemble the fight between Amuro Ray and Char Aznable in Mobile Suit Gundam. Elizabeth even pilots the RX-78 Gundam!
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    • Kintoki, a perfect and opposite version of Gintoki, is voiced by Gintoki's real-best friend, Yuuichi Nakamura.
    • Kensho Ono was invited to voice Kurokono Tasuke in the Joui Reunion arc, because he is the voice of Kuroko in Kuroko no Basuke.
    • The casting of Gender Flip Kondo makes more sense when you realize that Chiaking used to voice a genderflipped Kondo in another anime.
    • This isn't the first time Takahiro Sakurai did the role as a Shinsengumi member.
    • In Ocean's dub the Piccolo parody is voiced by Scott Mcneil who previously voiced him in Ocean's dub of Dragon Ball Z.
    • Sacchan's voice actress Yuu Kobayashi voiced her historical counterpart, Sarutobi Sasuke, once in the infamous Musashi Gundoh.
    • Sakamoto's voice actor Shin-ichiro Miki would later go on to voice Sakamoto Ryōma from AkaSeka.
  • Channel Hop: The manga ran in Weekly Shounen Jump for all of its alloted run, but moved to Jump GIGA to wrap up the story, and then again into a web serialization.
  • Cross-Dressing Voices:
    • Yuko Sanpei as Seita.
    • Mikako Takahashi as Team Pet, Sadaharu (who is a male dog).
    • During the Dekobokko arc, the only ones who retained their male voices when they are genderflipped are Hijikata (Kazuya Nakai), and Yamazaki (Tetsuharu Ohta). Conversely, Otose (Kujira) and Catherine (Yuu Sugimoto) keep their female voices when flipped to males.
    • Gintoki, Katsura, and Takasugi are voiced by women when they are kids in their flashbacks — Asami Yaguchi, Yuki Kaida, and Houko Kuwashima, respectively. Similarly, Chika Anzai and Aoi Yuuki voice the young versions of Kamui and Oboro, during their respective flashbacks.
  • Fan Nickname: Considering Japanese fans were trying to make out how to spell the various punctuation in the anime seasons, they naturally came to a couple of common conclusions themselves. Season 2, for example, is referred to as Gintama Dash.
  • I Knew It!: As for the fans who are expecting Sorachi to lie on the manga ending its serialization is ultimately confirmed that the series that the "Last" page and chapter announces that the manga will continue to be published at Giga Jump.
  • Name's the Same: Kagura has the same name, same fighting style and even the same voice actress as another Kagura.
  • Network to the Rescue: Initially Sentai Filmworks rather infamously only ever dubbed the first Gintama movie, to rather mixed results. The remainder of the franchise would be left undubbed until a few years later. Crunchyroll announced that they would be commissioning a brand new dub for Gintama to stream on their platform, starting with the first 12 episodes of Gintama°. This dub was provided by The Ocean Group.
  • No Dub for You: Gintama as a whole currently has a really tricky licensing issue. Currently, there are four official Gintama series note  and two animated movies note . Sentai Filmworks officially holds the Licenses for the first series and movie and has only dubbed the movie, while Crunchyroll only has the license for the third series which they have dubbed. The remaining content has yet to ever have an official dub.
  • No Export for You: Although averted with some dubs (such as Spain, Mexico, and Phillippines) and official manga releases in some countries (such as Germany and Italy), this is (or was) played straight with the English releases.
    • Prior to Crunchyroll releasing the dub of Gintama° in February 2017, the only dub release was the Benizakura movie done by Sentai Filmworks. Additionally, outside of Crunchyroll streaming, the only home releases with English subtitles were done by Sentai Filmworks and only for the first season, meaning the rest of the episodes are yet to be available in home release form. (Crunchyroll has announced their intention to release Gintama on DVD and Bluray, however.)
    • The manga was initially translated by Viz Media, but it was cancelled after Volume 23 for both low sales and because there were some translation difficulties (killing also the possible adquisition of licenses for similar comedy series that rely mostly in the wordly dialogue and Japanese jokes such as Sket Dance, Beelzebub and The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.).
  • Official Fan-Submitted Content: The first half of episode 67 was based on the winning submission for a contest to create an Amanto character.
  • The Other Darrin: Characters have had their voice actors replaced twice.
  • Playing Against Type: Show Hayami as Umibouzu, one of his few roles where he is not evil or a Manipulative Bastard, even though Umibouzu's morals (as a space hunter) are usually in the grey zone, with the obvious exception of the love for his family.
  • Real-Life Relative: In the Mexican Spanish dub, Gintoki and Catherine's voice actors (Jesús Barrero and Banny Barrero respectively) are married in Real Life, not to mention Banny Barrero is also the voice director of that dub.
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  • Role Reprise:
    • Though the actor is different, the voiceover for Shouyou in the first live-action movie is done by his anime voice-actor Kōichi Yamadera (the actor's face is never shown so it works out).
    • The anime voice-actor for Hasegawa, Fumihiko Tachiki, also acts for him in in the second live-action webseries.
  • Talking to Himself:
    • LITERALLY. Both as an in-universe example and in real life, Tomokazu Sugita voices both Gintoki and the Leukocyte King (as Tama modeled him after the strongest person she knows, aka Gintoki).
    • Rie Kugimiya voices both Kagura and her mommy, Kouka, as the former is said to look and sound like the latter a lot.
    • Episode 227 (Gintama' Episode 26) invokes this when characters from Sket Dance meet the Yorozuya gang, such as Tomokazu Sugita voicing both Sakata Gintoki and Switch. It's well pointed out in their correspondent crossover anime episodes, where EVERYONE (with the exception of Kagura) talked with themselves. Yes, even Ryoko Shiraishi who got casted as the monkey (Jugem-monkey).
  • Throw It In!: When the initial title of "Yorozuya Gin-san" was rejected by Hideaki Sorachi's editor, another one was urgently needed. Expecting that his other ideas would be shot down too, Sorachi decided to play a little joke and submitted a random title his dad had made up: "Gintama".
  • Trolling Creator: Sorachi is known as the greatest troll on the other side of Japan. There's even a special idiom for him, "Gorilla is playing with the reader's crotch again."
  • Troubled Production: As Gintoki explains a little too honestly (and in hilarious fashion) in the final episode of the Silver Soul anime adaptation, Gintama゜(2015) was created because the anime staff were told by the manga team that the series was ending. Originally intended to be the final anime series that would end at the same time as the manga, things went downhill when it became clear Sorachi was most definitely not finishing the manga any time soon thanks to continuously expanding the plot; therefore, the anime staff made many adjustments to be able to keep the anime adaptation going, and the cycle continued. Cue a 9-month break after Gintama゜, Gintama. (2017) (intended final anime 2.0), another break (with the Yorinuke reruns taking its place), Gintama.: Porori Arc (intended to be a buffer while the the rest of the anime adaptation was planned/produced), and finally Gintama.: Silver Soul (2018) (split cours, intended final anime 3.0)... which still didn't get round to finishing the series off thanks to the manga being unfinished at the time.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Hideaki Sorachi once wanted to do the series based on the Shinsengumi, and he is a declared fan of them. In fact, Shinpachi and Gintoki were once conceived as police units of the group. Hasegawa would eventually lead them (he was replaced by Kondo), and a girl who ended up being split into Okita (which original design was reused for his genderbent identity in the Dekobokko arc, nine years after the serialization started), and Kagura (her weapon was an umbrella, which became the defacto weapon for the Yato clan).
    • The title of the manga was originally going to be "Yorozuya Gin-san", reflecting the nature of Gintoki's odd-jobs shop, but the editors of the magazine didn't like it, so it ended up being "Gintama".
    • The "Be Forever Yorozuya" movie was originally stated for a release in Spring 2013, just after the anime new season (originally consisted of reruns, plus the airing of new such as the Kintama arc, and the Courtesan of the Nation arc) ended. However, as proved in the anime previews, the script seems to have suffered many changes in the process, making it move until a more proper release in Summer.
    • On one of the Gintama segments during Animemashite special, when the seiyuus talked about their first time recording, it was mentioned that Sugita thought Suzumura was planning on giving Okita a cutesy voice based on his appearance. Suzumura was later told to go for a lazy voice instead.
  • The Wiki Rule: The Gintama Wiki.

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