Hey everyone! Since I’ve started my quest of watching all of Gintama recently, I thought it would be a good idea to make one of these for those of you that want to try the show out, but avoid filler as much as possible. Don’t worry, you can come back to them later with no repercussions. That’s doesn’t mean I’ve cut all of the filler though. Just the ones that may be a pain to get through on your first viewing. Anyways:


Note: This guide is incomplete and will be updated periodically as I go through the series. Also, please don’t kill me if I didn’t include your favorite episode in the to watch list........

Key:

Underlined episodes introduce a recurring character, items, and/or semi-important events.

Bolded episodes are directly linked with the overarching plot.

Italicized episodes deal with character backstories and personalities and are highly recommended for understanding what drives each one of them.

-These can and will be used in conjunction.-

All other episodes are (mostly) pure filler, but highly recommended.


Season 1 (Ep. 1-49):

3 (Naturally Wavy Hair), 4 (Chinese Girl), 5 (It’s Zura Katsura), 6 (Otsu L-O-V-E!), 7 (The Baka-Prince), 8 (A Stalker is Born), 10 (The Head-chewing Dog), 12 (Cat Ears), 14 (The Bakufu Princess), 15 (Katsura’s New Pet?), 16 (The MADO), 17 (Edo’s Greatest Inventor), 22 (Another Stalker is Born), 23 (AH HA HA), 24 (The Trannies), 27 (The Underground Arena), 28 (All Virgos will DIE), 30 (Idol Affairs), 31 & 32 (Memory Loss), 2nd Half of 35 (Matsudaira’s Daughter I), 38 (Snow Festival & The Fireworks Man), 39 (Katsura’s epiphany), 40-42 (Alien vs. Yato), Post-credits of 43 & 44 (Go-Ninja), 45 (Sadaharu’s Background), 47 (The Flower Demon), 48 (Gintoki & Hijikata and The Ninjas), 49 (The Peacock)

Number of Episodes to Watch: 31

Viewing Time: 12 Hours and 24 Minutes

Episodes Cut: 18

Time Cut: 7 Hours and 12 Minutes


Season 2 (Ep. 50-99):

51 & 52 (Gintoki & Child), 53 (Soap Bubbles), 54 & 55 (Hosts and Gutter Rats), 58-61 (Benizakura), 62 (Benizakura Aftermath), 64 (Katsura on Nation Television), 65 (Beetle Hunt), 69-71 (Tama the Robot Maid), 76-81 (The Yagyu), 83 (Hostess Club Insanity), 84 & 85 (Hard-Boiled Detective), 86 & 87 (Okita’s Sister), 88 (Tower of Babel), 92 and 94 & 95 (The Cowardly Assassin & A MADO’s Misfortune), 96 (Infomercials Embellish Things), 97 (Cat’s Punch & Gura-san)

Alternative: In place of watching the Benizakura arc, you can watch the film version (typically called Gintama: The Movie) of it instead. No new content is really added to it, but it does look and sound really good compared to the TV version.


Warning: DO NOT watch the ED during the Yagyu arc until the end of episode 80; there’s a blatantly obvious spoiler in there.


Number of Episodes to Watch: 32

Viewing Time: 12 Hours and 48 Minutes

Episodes Cut: 17

Time Cut: 6 Hours and 48 Minutes


Season 3 (Ep. 100-150):

101-105 (Shinsengumi Crisis), 112 (Tama’s Day Off), 113 (The Toilet Revolution, 114 (Matsudaira’s Daughter II), 139-146 (The Sun and Moon of Yoshiwara)

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Season 4 (Ep. 151-201):

165 (The Epidemic), 166 (Two is Better than One), 177-181 (The Red Spider), 186 & 187 (The Rokkaku Incident), 196-199 (The Onmyojis), 200 & 201 (Everyone is a Santa Claus)

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Season 5 (Ep. 202-252):

205 (ANPAN & Baseball), 206 (Catherine’s Romance), 210-214 + 215 (The Four Devas & Aftermath), 216 (The Factory Tour), 217 (Pool Party), Post-credits of 219 & 220 (Edo Bathhouse), 221 & 222 (Long-ass Named Monkey), 223 (Matsudaira’s Daughter III), 225 & 226 (Gintoki in Jail), 231 (Funeral), 232-236 (Elizabeth’s Background), 237 & 238 (Ski Trip), 239 & 240 (Scandal), 241 & 242 (Host Club Engrish), 244-247 (Thorny Boys), 249 (The Satan Festival), 250 (New Years Envelopes)

Recommendation: Watch all previous underlined episodes before watching the The Four Devas arc.


Number of Episodes to Watch: 34.5

Viewing Time: 13 Hours and 48 Minutes

Episodes Cut: 15.5

Time Cut: 6 Hours and 12 Minutes


Season 6 (Ep. 253-265):

257-261 (Courtesan of a Nation), 261-264 (Beam-saber Style), 265 (Stray Sadaharu)

Total Number of Episodes: 8

Viewing Time: 3 Hours and 12 Minutes

Episodes Cut: 4

Time Cut: 1 Hour and 36 Minutes


Gintama: The Movie: The Final Chapter: Be Forever Yorozuya

Note: This movie is really just a filler arc for the most part. Still fun enough though.


Runtime: 1 Hour and 50 Minutes


Season 7 (Ep. 266-?):

266 & 267 (Frozen in Time), 268 (Yamazaki’s Crush),