Based on Hideaki Sorachi’s gag manga, Gintama was the most successful live-action movie of 2017. The movie starring Oguri Shun, Suda Masaki, and Hashimoto Kanna earned more than 3 billion yen at the Japanese box office and more than 80 million yuan at the Chinese box office. This 2018, the hilarious cast, with director Fukuda Yuichi at the helm, will return for its sequel called Gintama 2: Okite wa Yaburu Tame ni koso Aru (Gintama 2: Rules are Made to be Broken).
If you enjoyed the first Gintama movie, then here are three things that will make you want to look forward to the sequel:
— 映画『銀魂2』公式 (@gintama_film) June 21, 2018
Two famous live-action lead actors join the cast to play the baddies.
Known for playing Kazehaya Shota in Kimi ni Todoke and Eren in Attack on Titan, Miura Haruma will take the role of Gintama 2‘s main antagonist, Ito Kamotaro. He is the treacherous political advisor who aims to become the head of the Shinsengumi no matter what it takes, even if it means eliminating Vice-Commander Hijikata Toshiro and Commander Kondo Isao. To achieve this goal, he joins forces with the Kiheitai, the Jouihashishi (攘夷派志士) extremist group led by Takasugi Shinsuke.
Many viewers (including me) were probably disappointed when the Kiheitai was introduced without Kawakami Bansai in the first movie. Masataka Kubota plays the cool music producer-cum-assassin with teal hair. He has already displayed his acting skills as the lead in the live-action adaptations of Death Note (the 2015 series) and Tokyo Ghoul. He’s also reliable when it comes to films and dramas that require motorcycle riding and action stunts. He makes a perfect Bansai!
The Gintama live action already has Oguri Shun, Suda Masaki, Okada Masaki, Yagira Yuya, Yoshizawa Ryo, and Domoto Tsuyoshi. The addition of Miura Haruma and Kubota Masataka will certainly result in an explosion of star power and impressive visuals.
— 映画『銀魂2』公式 (@gintama_film) July 13, 2018
The first movie introduced the series’ main characters and adopted the Benizakura Arc. The plot revolved around the legendary demon sword that possesses its wielder.
This time, Gintama will focus on its historical aspect as we get to meet the Shogun and Police Commissioner Matsudaira Katakuriko. In the Shinsengumi Crisis Arc, the arrival of Ito Kamotaro causes internal conflict in the Shinsengumi and the loyalty of its members are put to the test. If the live-action movie follows the original, we can expect some satisfying sword action featuring Shinsengumi’s best swordsman, Okita Sougo, as well as an impressive fight scene between Sakata Gintoki and Kawakami Bansai.
— 銀魂 京都ブルルン滞在記【公式】 (@gintama_kyoto) August 12, 2017
Gintama will once again collaborate with Kyoto City to give fans a chance to explore the movie’s filming locations and enjoy various events. Gintama promises that the stamp rally, the food and drinks, exhibit, merchandise, and the specially-designed trains are going to be better and more exciting than 2017’s.
The Gintama-Kyoto Collaboration Event (Japanese only) will be held at Toei Kyoto Studio Park and will run from July 21 until September 17, 2018. The entrance fee is 2,200 yen for adults and 1,100 yen for children.
It was said that the 2017 movie was going to be the first and last Gintama live action. But apparently, they were just trolling. Gintama 2: Okite wa Yaburu Tame ni koso Aru premieres on August 17, 2018, in Japan. Are you excited to watch this movie?
Gintama 2 Website *Japanese only