Bandai Namco Pictures announced on Monday that the “Baragaki” (Thorny) arc of the Gintama anime will also have compilation screenings. The “Gintama on Theater 2D: Baragaki-hen” compilation will open with a three-week limited engagement in Japanese theaters on November 10. The anime’s X (formerly Twitter) account reports that the screenings will have “new bonus video content,” but did not specify if the new video is story content, nor if it is animated.
The site also unveiled a visual for the compilation:
The compilation is part of the Gintama franchise‘s 20th anniversary celebration, with 2023 being the 20th anniversary of Hideaki Sorachi‘s Gintama manga debuting, and 2026 being the 20th anniversary of the television anime’s premiere. The Yorinuki Gintama-san rerun of the television anime also spawned two “on Theater 2D” compilations in 2012 and 2013.
3-Nen Z-Gumi Ginpachi-Sensei (Class 3-Z’s Teacher Ginpachi), Tomohito Ōsaki‘s spinoff novel series of Hideaki Sorachi‘s Gintama manga, will also have an anime adaptation.
Sorachi’s original “science-fiction period-drama comedy” manga began in 2003 and ended in June 2019 with over 55 million copies in circulation. The manga has inspired several television anime series with 367 total episodes, as well as three previous anime films. The latest anime series premiered in July 2018. The manga has also inspired various original video anime (OVA), event anime, two live-action films, and two live-action net spinoffs. Viz Media published the manga’s first 23 volumes in English.
Gintama THE VERY FINAL (Gintama: The Final), the third and last anime film based on the finale of the original manga, combined with new story elements, opened in Japan in January 2021.
Eleven Arts screened the film in Japanese with English subtitles and with an English dub in North American theaters in November 2021. Eleven Arts and Shout! Factory released the film digitally in January 2022, and on Blu-ray Disc and DVD in February 2022.
The manga also inspired a net anime special titled Gintama The Semi-Final with a story that served as a two-episode prequel to the film. The net anime premiered exclusively in Japan on the online dTV service in January 2021. The film also has a novel by Mirei Miyamoto that shipped in January.