Gintama-Collection 1 (2010)
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Editor's NoteThis two disc set includes the first 13 episodes of the wacky anime series GINTAMA, following the story of Gintoki Sakata, a former samurai wandering feudal Japan without purpose - because the aliens who landed have outlawed swords . Extras with the set include storyboards, production art, and more.
Just like what mifty said, gin tama means 'silver balls' but the japanese kanji that the author used literally means 'silver soul'. Keep in mind that the Japanese can say a word that homonyms but has a different meaning altogether. As for my review, when I first saw Gintama 4 years ago, I thought it was about a man who has to fight the evil using his trusty sword along with his companions. I was half right and half wrong. Gintoki already fought the evil guys but failed, so now he's living the life of a lazy bum. Gintama contains comedy and pure awesomeness, drama and spine-tingling fights. It will make you roll on the floor while laughing but when it comes to drama, it will make cry or shed a tear. I'm pretty sure that some of the heavy parts are not included in this set since the first and second episode are just fillers (or special), which means that it never happened in the manga. The actual canon episode starts at the 3rd episode. It is where Gintoki and Shinpanchi are introduced. 4th is where Kagura is introduced. If you really wanna know just how good and awesome gintama is, I suggest that you just continue on watching Gintama until you get past the 50th episode. Or if you want to see some action, watch the 58th-61st episode or the movie Benizakura.
Gintama will parody anything and everything and every episode is hilarious. Gin and his two associates take on any job to try and keep from being eternally penny-less and make fun of both Japanese and Western culture while doing so. Some arcs have extremely good battles, up there or above any other shonen titles. The quality on these two DVDs is excellent. Subtitles seem accurate. Note, it only has Japanese audio track, but then again it'd be too hard for anything to really translate over. Another thing is that they have subtitles that explain some of the inside jokes and references, but those do seem to disappear too quickly, so you'll likely have to go back and pause it to read that. I highly recommend this series. Right now it's taking a break in Japan since it ran too close to the manga material, but it will take a while before these catch up and by then they'll be doing more episodes there.