Hideaki Sorachi’s Gintama will get a short drama covering the Mitsuba Arc!
The main visual shows the cast of the drama, which is made up of the same members as the live action movie. Shun Oguri as Gintoki Sakata, Nakamura Kankuro as Isao Kondo, Yuya Yagira as Toshiro Hijikata, Ryo Yoshizawa as Sogo Okita, and Kie Kitano as Mitsuba. The trailer released alongside the poster includes from comical scenes in the beginning to scenes at a fired-up battle field and some training in the dojo. It’s an interesting mixture of serious scenes like sword fights and sickness and then Gintoki spitting fire.
Oguri, who plays the leading character, commented on this drama, ‘The best part of this work is Hijikata’s (Yuya Yagira) courage. And it was a lot of fun to shoot scenes with Okita (Ryo Yoshizawa).’ Director Yuichi Fukuda used all his strength to shoot this series alongside the live action version and said, ‘It is the story of passionate friendship, which the three actors played so well. It turned out a masterpiece. You can look forward to action scenes that are completely different to those in the movie. It is not what you would call acrobatics but is pure, manly fighting.’
The Gintama: Mitsuba Arc drama will have three episodes, which will be released all in one go on 15 July 2017 at dTV. Just like the Gintama movie, which will be released on 14 July 2017, the theme song will be ‘Decided’ by UVERworld.
Comment from Shun Oguri
‘The best part of this work is Hijikata’s (Yuya Yagira) courage. And it was a lot of fun to shoot scenes with Okita (Ryo Yoshizawa). Dear members of dTV,you can look forward to the cool Shinsengumi!’
Comment from Yuichi Fukuda
‘Unlike the movie, in the Mitsuba Arc the main focus is on the members of Shinsengumi and I heard that Hijikata’s popularity is founded on this story. Thanks to Kankuro, Yagira and Yoshizawa, the Shinsengumi are portrayed with a lot of charm. It is the story of passionate friendship, which the three actors played so well, it turned out a masterpiece. You can look forward to action scenes that are completely different to those in the movie. It is not what you would call acrobatics but is pure, manly fighting. We filmed this drama together with the movie and I still remember how physically exhausted I was from all the work. The previous day I worked on the movie, and started filming for Mitsuba early in the morning the next day. Until 11 at night I was in Tokyo and then drove to Tochigi and filmed until 5 in the morning. After that I had to go back to Tokyo and film for the movie from 10 in the morning. It can only be expected that I was exhausted. But the actors were working so passionately, I was able to go through with it and have fun.’
dTV Original Drama Gintama Mitsuba Arc
15 July 2017, 00:00 (3 episodes)
Director, Screenplay: Yuichi Fukuda