Gomenasai – Gintama’ is Ending Too?

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According to the latest issue of Weekly Shounen Jump, the anime adaptation of Hideaki Sorachi’s Gin Tama original manga is drawing to a close this month. Gintama’ is the third shounen anime by Shueisha to be ending this month with Bleach’s final episode being announced for March 27 and Beelzebub’s – March 25.

The 252nd episode of he second series of Gintama’ will be airing until the end f the month as Gon (an anime about a small dinosaur who adventures around the forests and other locations) takes over Gintoki, Kagura and Shinpachi’s time (6:00pm on Mondays). Gon will occupy the slot starting April 2nd, 2012.

Now, we have a nice three days to cry for the coming end of shounen anime as March 25 (Beelzebub), March 26 (Gintama’) and March 27 (Bleach) will all end the reign of the genre on the small screen. Naruto, One Piece are still running, but for how long and will someone be able to replace them? Gon will definitely not work, in my opinion.

The title of the 252th episode will be “Gomen Nasai” (meaning “I am Sorry”). The title became known in this week’s issue of Shueisha’s publication as it was previously announced as a “To Be Determined”.


Comment? – The world does seem to be at its limit, doesn’t it? Shounen anime seem to be ending all over the place. I am aware that many people dislike shounen anime, I have never been an admirer of Gintama myself, but the end of as many such shows in a single week makes me flinch. Does the otaku world want only ecchi, romance and slice-of-life? Is there no need for a prodigy child or an always-ready-to-fight-back-and-win boy? I believe we should all hope, at least for the sake of diversity and variability, that the old ones will be replaced by something really, really good.


Source: Manga News Japon and TV Hokkaido

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13 thoughts on “Gomenasai – Gintama’ is Ending Too?

  1. they sure are getting rid of an awful lot of action packed anime it seems like.

    beelzebub was awsome at first but sort of fizzled out when it became more and more packed with filler-like episodes. it was going somewhere but was kinda boring near the end.

    gintama was as it normally is, huge amounts of random episodes, over-the-top dirty jokes, and alot about nothing and it still manages to entertain, if not for those those very reasons. The action packed arcs with a bit of flair are always nicely done and the highlights of the series, I have little fear, gintama will likely return.

    and then there’s bleach, one moment you’re in hell, the next you’re fighting your alter ego. very very confusing if you don’t understand whats going on. one area bleach never fails to deliver though – action. every showing has lots of action packed goodness, usually with a cause the viewer can empathize with too.

    all n’ all, I feel I’m going to miss bleach the most. Partly because i have so much history with it(365 showings) partly because of the missing entertainment value, but mostly because of how things ended. We never got to see the true potential of a few captains in a fight, namely Kenpachi and Urahara, Ichigos father or his history. So many questions left unanswered, so many interests left unexplored.

    On the plus side, I’ll continue to enjoy Fairy Tail and One Piece immensely and to a lesser extent, Naruto. Here’s hoping we’ll see something worthy of replacing it in the near future.


    1. I am very happy you did this planning-out of the shows! I can’t agree more.

      Bleach…I will miss it the most too, because it was the show I really liked with all the compatriots of mine – I love a good Shinigami anime/manga. I would hate to have it gone, because my people don’t usually participate in stories enough in my opinion. However, we have been promised (from a very old interview ago) that in the last arc we will see Unohana very angry and we are supposed to see Nel and other Arrancar (probably Grimmjaw) return and participate on the good side. Also, we have been given hints at new bankai and other – improved powers. We just need to see it in the manga and hope that the studios decide to animate that last arc in a season or two maybe.

      Gintama, after doing some reading in detail, would return, it is also my opinion, but I don’t know if it will be in October; I’d rather it next year, so that more chapters are available.

      I am hoping that the new manga by Akira’s creator will be a good shounen and prime-time material. It will definitely be great, it’s him after all, but I hope it is really long and really gets an anime adaptation.

  2. I think Gintama is only ending because the anime caught up with the manga…hopefully it is only taking an extended break :)

    1. But the Gintama’ show just started about 50 episodes ago…They should’ve thought of that. I do hope it’s just this, although they could’ve made fillers, as normal shounen do.

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