Top 10 Things About Gintama → #07 Tackling the Complicated Things

Anime often tends to avoid things that are often concealed in Japanese society—things such as homosexuality, bullying, transvestites, etc.  Honestly, I can think of very few mainstream shows that have, for example, an openly gay character. Even if there is one, even in the show they’re usually just treated as the butt of a joke and aren’t looked at seriously.

 It’s hard to define how many “unusual” characters are in Gintama, but, even if you compare it to American shows, there’s a hell of a lot. And the amazing thing is, these characters aren’t strictly there for jokes. They have stories and struggles and they’re treated just as “human” as everyone else. Even better, the anime shows the audience how these people are just as normal as they are, and that they shouldn’t be looked at with disgust or confusion. Gintama’s has one of the most progressive views on many issues that I’ve seen in anime, but Sorachi doesn’t try to make a big deal out of it or anything. Cause it’s, you know, normal. Or should be.



Sengoku Basara Judge End - Episode 10

Favorite Scene #2 - Tenkai and Kingo

Ok, now this scene really did something for me. The small bit of tenderness Tenkai displayed…it was so unexpected. I remember last episode Kingo remarked that Tenkai was the only person who’d ever been truly nice to him. Now I can believe those words…

Just goes to show you can’t always judge a book by its cover.