Sporadic Sequential
Tuesday, January 08, 2008
The Quirky Charm of Gin Tama

As usual, David Welsh was right again: Gin Tama is an amusingly offbeat action/comedy manga. I've only read the first volume so far, but I was impressed enough by creator Hideaki Sorachi's madcap series to order the next three available volumes immediately. One of the high points of the series is the way in which characters derail dramatic scenes with irrelevant side commentary, often breaking the fourth wall in the process. Main character Sakata “Gin” Gintoki is most guilty of getting sidetracked like this during tense face-offs, usually to comment on his physical appearance:

Also entertaining is the interplay between the three main cast members, who frequently bicker and battle with each other. Here's a scene where Gin repeatedly criticizes cute but deadly Kagura for her ravenous appetite, only to suffer the consequences [click for super-sized spread, and remember to read right-to-left]:

It's the casual violence between co-workers that really makes the scene work.

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