Gin Tama, Vol. 1 (Gin Tama, #1) by Hideaki Sorachi

Gin Tama, Vol. 1 (Gin Tama, #1)

The samurai didn't stand a chance. First, the aliens invaded Japan. Next, they took all the jobs. And then they confiscated everyone's swords. So what does a hotheaded former samurai like Sakata "Gin" Gintoki do to make ends meet? Take any odd job that comes his way, even if it means losing his dignity.

Details Gin Tama, Vol. 1 (Gin Tama, #1)

TitleGin Tama, Vol. 1 (Gin Tama, #1)
Release DateJul 3rd, 2007
PublisherVIZ Media LLC
GenreSequential Art, Manga, Fantasy, Humor, Comics, Science Fiction, Shonen, Comics Manga

Reviews Gin Tama, Vol. 1 (Gin Tama, #1)

  • Ilias
    It's just amazing. I don't know of any other manga that can make you laugh like a lunatic and sob like a baby, all in the same chapter.
  • Prachi
    Edo period Japan has been taken over by aliens and the once-strong Samurai lie defeated, their swords now outlawed under the new regime. That is the setting in which our heroes – Gin, a former Samurai with a love of sweets and manga (a drop in his blood sugar levels means trouble for everyone), Kagura, a crazy (and) strong umbrella-weilding mercenary chick who can't stop eating, and Shinpachi, the one (and possibly only) sane man around trying ...
  • Yue
    Umm... wot? For a parody manga, I did not laugh at all much. I did not care for the characters, the plot was all over the place (historical fiction but set in the future; monsters, UFOS, katanas)... the good stuff is the artwork, which reminded me a little bit of Gokusen. I've read that it is the same with the anime... the first episodes isn't much but you have to persevere to understand the hype.
  • Rory
    One of the weirdest manga I’ve read (In a good way); Gin Tama is a hilarious take on the Shonen genre with fantastic characters.
  • Sesana
    Gin Tama is hard to describe without sounding like you're mashing together half-remembered pieces of several, very different manga. It's set in the Edo period, that's been taken over by aliens. The technology and culture is mostly modern (at one point, the main character cuts out of the storyline to buy the new Shonen Jump) but with a few SF-ish touches here and there for the sake of the storyline. And it's the sort of comedy series that will thr...
  • James
    The greatest Manga ever written!
  • Anirudh
    A manga set in two worlds. It's funny but not as amazing as some other manga I've read.Adding another star as I begin to appreciate how funny this series is!
  • Issei Miyata
    This manga is “Gintama”. This manga is so funny. And the battle scenes are good. The characters are so attractive. The setting is interesting. The time is Edo era but there are many alien on the earth. But there are many many words in one page. So it takes long time to read this manga. I was so tired. If you read this manga, be careful
  • Koichi Mashita
    I have seen this anime of this manga before. I am a fan of this. I like this manga' s setting. This manga is related to history, so it set in Edo period in Japan. Venues attacked this country, of course this country was lost by them. This manga' category is gag manga, so you feel so interesting when you read this manga. Please enjoy reading and think about what Samurai is.
  • Craig Lotter
    Nobody with Naturally Wavy Hair Can Be That Bad – The samurai didn’t stand a chance. First, the aliens invaded Japan. Next, they too all the jobs. And then they confiscated everyone’s swords. So what does a hotheaded former samurai like Sakata “Gin” Gintoki do to make ends meet? Take any odd job that comes his way, even if it means losing his dignity…Sleazy alien moneylenders, monsters on the rampage, and a ticking time bomb may all b...
  • Chihiro Ito
    Actually "Gintama" is my most favorite series of manga. I read it when I was 10 years old and I noticed a fascination of manga. I think the gap of joke's stories and serious stories are interesting. Also every characters are sooo funny. I want to read next one as soon as possible!! If you like a "gag manga" you will be a fun of "Gintama".
  • Elizabeth (Elzburg)
    Gintama is one of my favourite anime so, naturally, I wanted to try out the manga as well. Seeing as, you know, I like reading and all. I actually don’t have that much to say about this… It was… Gintama all right. This volume was basically just an introduction to the characters, and even in the anime it doesn’t really get good until past episode 30, so I really don’t think I can talk about this volume in an unbiased way that isn’t tai...
  • Soujisblackcat
    This manga series is amazing, mostly because it has so many levels. It's an entertaining read to begin with, because it has some Shonen-style action sequences and lots of wacky humor. Sometimes it's a little sophomric, but most of the humor comes from pure randomness. Even the premise is sort of random. It's set in an alternate reality Japan, where instead of just foreigners breaking in at the end of the country's long isolation, it's aliens! So ...
  • ✧Hessa✧
    Since I'm so obsessed with the anime , I enjoyed this so much Gintoki is of my favorite character.Its hilarious , action packed and full of enjoyable characters
  • Siti
    This is a manga where one could really enjoy it and another to really hate it, especially for someone who didn't like Stephen Chow's sense of humour. (If you guys realized it, both have similar traits of joke presented). However much it is focused on humour, it has several arcs with a serious theme and a really well-coordinated art made for fighting scenes,there are a lot of lessons taught in several episodes though sometimes the author made a co...
  • Helly Truong
    This review is applied for the series, not only this volumn.This manga is simply amazing. At first I didn't really understand what was it about, everything seemed pretty confusing. However, after reading a few chapter I was completely in love with this manga. For most of the time the characters are funny, silly, acting like idiots which make me laugh until there are tear in my eyes, but in some serious chapters, I cry because the plot is so touch...
  • Gavin Abdollahi
    Hilarious!So... Gintama takes place in a futrish modernish Japan full of aliens. Gintama is a samura with a natural perm who lives in an age where the samurai are all but extinct...At a first glance, Gintama may seem like nothing more than a slapstick comedy, meant only to make you laugh... But on a closer glance, as you read on, you'll notice that there's a story unfolding..Very good manga, highly recommended, second in comedy only to Yotsuba.
  • Faye
    It was insane. I swear to god missing Gin is not a good thing. I was aiming for the anime, originally but realizing I could not watch it anyway (busy schedule), google gave me the manga. Haha craziness, damn it.
  • Mike
    Quick thoughts: Meh. Premise isn't bad, but the execution's all over the place, the humor's off, and most of the characters annoy me (except Kagura, who I find surprisingly amusing). I've heard this improves, so I may give the next volume a chance.
  • Paul Spence
    The hosts of the Manga Mavericks podcast rave about this series. I decided that it was time to see if Gin Tama lives up to its hype. Initially, it is simply OK. I did not think that volume 1 was great. I have since read volumes 2 and 3 and the series really picks up after this first instalment. This series is really a genre mash up that is done very well. Gin Tama is like a combination of every genre that I like: comedy, trolling, action, and dra...
  • Alan
    I'll admit I've in a run of trying to find some new, or newish, manga to enjoy. I mean there's plenty of stuff to re-read, but what about branching out to explore new worlds and seek out new frontiers (yes, a nerd joke on purpose).Unfortunately, another manga series that didn't do enough to make me comeback for a second volume (or at least in the near future). The concept is workable at the least, but humor does not always translate across cultur...
  • Suhail
    Gin Tama is a great comedy. However I feel like the first part is not it's best so 3 stars for volume 1. This first volume does a good job introducing the main characters and some of the important side characters. It also gives you that mix of comedy, drama and action that is so typical for this series.I read the edition from 2017 (first printed in 2007) and it has Dandelion as a bonus chapter. Dandelion was Sorachi's first Manga. It's a one shot...
  • Kassandra (A Spectacular Reader)
    This manga makes you cry out of laughter in a hundred different ways. Its also one of the exceptions where I felt the anime was better even though it had added scenes that were not in the manga, or at least for the beginning. Sometimes there's violence for the sake of humor, which was sometimes uncomfortable. 💙 This manga makes you cry out of laughter in a hundred different ways. Its also one of the exceptions where I felt the anime was bett...
  • Tianna
    I'd started watching Gintama as an anime and I can't tell you how funny it is. It's such a strange sense of humour though - breaking the fourth wall, making jokes about perms, all those odd sorts of things. It's overall a very funny book, with the odd serious moments strewn throughout. It is only the first book, but I personally like it a lot.
  • Steven
    A fun read.
  • gabi
    Um, well, I don’t really know what to say about this. There was nothing really wrong with it. It just was very strange.
  • Yharim Briceño Morales
    Curiosa historia alternativa
  • Pritesh Shrivastava
    I'd already watched the anime a few years, but still reading the manga brought back all the fun memories. Gintama is fun as always !!
  • Marcy Thomas
    Didn’t work for me. There was too much craziness to be fully absorbed.
  • Ana Louisa