Hi everyone. It’s Mokugyo, your manga and anime loving writer from MANGA.TOKYO. The live-action movie adaptation of Gintama premiered in Japan on 14 July and was very successful in the Japanese box office. As a long-term fan of the manga ever since it began its run in Weekly Shonen Jump, I am quite emotional to see the manga adapted into a live-action movie with a star-studded cast and become such a mega-hit, In this article, I’m going to give you my impression of the movie characters and how they compare to the characters from the anime and manga. I won’t be giving any spoilers for the movie, so don’t worry if you haven’t seen it yet!
What is Gintama?
Let’s refresh our memory on what Gintama is first. It’s a sci-fi comedy manga with a heartfelt story, which is currently running in the manga magazine Weekly Shonen Jump. It became a big hit when it was adapted into a TV anime series. It captivates readers with its funny jokes, powerful sword action scenes, and unexpected storylines.
The manga has entered its final arc, and is approaching the grand finale. the live-action movie Gintama adapted the popular Benizakura arc, which contains funny jokes, impressive action, and heartfelt story. Although many live-action movie adaptations attract controversy, it can be said that the live-action adaptation of Gintama is a success. I’m going to introduce each cast member to you and make comparisons with their manga versions.
The Energetic Shun Oguri as Gintoki Sakata
Shun Oguri, who has been starring in popular movies and TV dramas for the last 10 years, portrayed the protagonist, Gintoki Sakata. He appeared in some anime and manga adaptation works including Rui Hanazawa in Hana Yori Dango, which was his breakthrough role. There is a scene in the movie in which Gintoki calls Kagura’s name out with the signature voice and action of Hanazawa. The scene made audiences laugh in cinemas. Another spoof scene is Gintoki saying ‘I’d like to live longer than Nobunaga’, which is derived from Nobunaga Concerto, a live-action drama and movie based on the manga, starring Oguri as Nobunaga.
Gintoki is said to have eyes like a dead fish. However, Oguri’s rendition of Gintoki was much more energetic and lively.
Masaki Suda Faithfully Brings to Life the Funny Shinpachi Shimura
Shinpachi Shimura was played by Masaki Suda, a young actor who has become increasingly popular over the last couple of years. He has appeared in many live-action movie adaptations of manga, including Karma in Assassination Classroom and the cross-dressing Kuranosuke in Princess Jellyfish.
He is regarded as a good-looking actor in Japan, though he is equally good at a comical roles like Shinpachi. He faithfully portrayed Shinpachi with funny tsukkomi (comedy straight-man) scenes. There were some scenes which didn’t exist in the manga, like him fastening a snap button on his kimono (for context, this is like having velcro on your shoes).
Kanna Hashimoto as Kagura is really cute
Kanna Hashimoto is a popular idol as well as an actress. She made her debut as a member of a local idol group. One of her fans took photos of her singing and dancing, and uploaded them on social media, titled ‘a beautiful girl who comes only once in a thousand years.’ The photo went viral, making her a national idol. At the beginning of the live-action movie, Kagura played by Hashimoto posed with her making her fingers into a square shape in front of her. The pose was the same as the photos which made the audience laugh as well.
She spoke in the same unique accent as in the anime, and she looked cute in the movie.
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