June Compilation Screenings for Gintama Anime’s Courtesan of the Nation Arc
The official portal for the anime adaptation of Hideaki Sorachi‘s Gintama manga publicized on Sunday that the “Ikkoku Keisei” (Courtesan of the Nation) plotline will also receive compilation screenings. The rollout for the Gintama on Theater 2D: Ikkoku Keisei-hen consolidation will start in the month of June for a restricted time frame in cinemas. Further details will be available on a dedicated website due to be launched in the future.
The plotline covers episodes 257-261 of the anime series.
This announcement comes after a three-week limited engagement for the “Baragaki” (Thorny) plotline was shown in Japanese cinemas from November 10 onwards.
The compilation is a significant event in the 20th-anniversary celebrations of the Gintama series. 2023 marks two decades since Hideaki Sorachi‘s Gintama manga was introduced, and 2026 will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the tv anime’s premiere. The Yorinuki Gintama-san rerun of the television anime also gave rise to two “on Theater 2D” compilations in 2012 and 2013.
Sorachi’s innovative “science-fiction period-drama comedy” manga launched in 2003 and wrapped up in June 2019, having more than 55 million copies in circulation. The manga inspired several television anime series totaling 367 episodes, in addition to three previous anime films. The latest anime series premiered in July 2018. Besides these, the manga also inspired several original video anime (OVA), event anime, two live-action films, and two live-action internet series. The first 23 volumes of manga were published in English by Viz Media.
Gintama THE VERY FINAL (Gintama: The Final), the third and concluding anime film film based on the finale of the original manga, intertwined with fresh story elements, released in Japan in January 2021.
Eleven Arts screened the movie with Japanese audio accompanied by English subtitles, and also an English dubbed version in North American theaters in November 2021. The movie was released digitally by Eleven Arts and Shout! Factory in January 2022, and on Blu-ray Disc and DVD in February 2022.
Additionally, the manga stimulated the creation of a net anime special titled Gintama The Semi-Final, constituting a two-episode precursor to the film. The net anime debuted solely in Japan on the online streaming platform dTV in January 2021. A novel by Mirei Miyamoto linked to the film was also released in January of the same year.