The BEST Episodes of Gintama

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 24, 2021

Network: TV Tokyo

Gintama is a story of a handyman named Gintoki, a samurai with no respect for rules set by the invaders, who's ready to take any job to survive. He and his gang, however, are also among the very few who have not forgotten the morale of a swordsman. Wherever they go, all they do is to create troubles.

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Do something uncharacteristic, and something uncharacteristic will happen

#1 - Do something uncharacteristic, and something uncharacteristic will happen

Season 10 - Episode 16 - Aired Jul 30, 2018

Ensho's past is revealed, and Takasugi revolves to make a final stand to take him down.

star 15.00
2 votes
Writers: Taku Kishimoto
Always Hold On to Your Trump Cards

#2 - Always Hold On to Your Trump Cards

Season 10 - Episode 19 - Aired Aug 20, 2018

As Sadaharu fights to quell the rampaging ley lines, the gang puts it all on the line to take down Utsuro.

star 13.33
3 votes
Writers: Masaki Tachihara
The Creatures Known as Humanity

#3 - The Creatures Known as Humanity

Season 10 - Episode 20 - Aired Aug 27, 2018

The Odd Jobs are joined by old friends in their battle to save the Earth. Utsuro is surprised by a side of humanity he had never seen before.

star 13.33
3 votes
Writers: Masaki Tachihara
The Evildoers Who Do Good

#4 - The Evildoers Who Do Good

Season 10 - Episode 13 - Aired Jul 9, 2018

The other half of silver soul arc starts.

star 10.00
1 votes
Writers: Taku Kishimoto
Salvation

#5 - Salvation

Season 10 - Episode 24 - Aired Sep 24, 2018

Gintoki and Takasugi reveal to each other what they've been doing over the past two years, and decide to go save the one thing they never managed to save in the past: their teacher.

star 10.00
2 votes
Writers: Shū Matsubara
Farewell, Buddy

#6 - Farewell, Buddy

Season 7 - Episode 42 - Aired Jan 27, 2016

With the battle over, the survivors each go their separate ways. With Nobunobu appointed the new Shogun, Shigeshige and his retainers retreat to Kyo to regroup. For those left in Edo, there may be dark times ahead.

star 9.98
52 votes
Writers: Shū Matsubara
Ghosts Aren't The Only Ones Who Run Wild Around Graveyards

#7 - Ghosts Aren't The Only Ones Who Run Wild Around Graveyards

Season 5 - Episode 10 - Aired Jun 6, 2011

Pirako has double crossed Gin! Her real plan is to help Jirocho, her father, take over the town. Can Gin stop a war?

star 9.90
113 votes
Writers: Akatsuki Yamatoya
Don't Trust Bedtime Stories

#8 - Don't Trust Bedtime Stories

Season 3 - Episode 45 - Aired Feb 12, 2009

Gintoki arrives before Hosen, just in the nick of time. To restore the bond between mother and son that has been torn by the city of eternal light, Gintoki engages Hosen with fierce determination. But against the King of the Night’s awesome powers, Gintoki is beaten helplessly to the ground. “Go home to the world above with your mom…” Taking to heart the words left by Gintoki, Seita tries to escape from Yoshiwara with Hinowa, but…

star 9.65
99 votes
Writers: Akatsuki Yamatoya
Karma

#9 - Karma

Season 7 - Episode 49 - Aired Mar 16, 2016

Things come to a head on Kokujo Island, as death itself descends upon the battlefield.

star 9.60
47 votes
Writers: Shū Matsubara
'Tis an Honor!

#10 - 'Tis an Honor!

Season 5 - Episode 13 - Aired Jun 27, 2011

Jirocho and Gin battle Kada's elite Harusame forces while the rest of the denizens of Kabuki-cho take on her main forces in the streets. Kada is utterly stunned when her elite forces are beat by just these two humans, and flees the scene. Gin then helps Jirocho resolve his issues regarding Tatsugoro; Otose and Jirocho reconcile at the hospital. Outside the hospital, Kada desperately launches one last feeble attempt at conquering Kabuki-cho, but is stopped in her tracks by Pirako and the Yorozuya - Kada settles for swearing that the Harusame will be back, and flees yet again. At the very end, Jirocho denounces all other names he has ever been called except for Father of Pirako, and goes with his daughter back to the country.

star 9.58
76 votes
Writers: Akatsuki Yamatoya
Pinky Swear

#11 - Pinky Swear

Season 6 - Episode 8 - Aired Jan 31, 2013

Just when it looks like all is lost, the Shinsengumi and Mimawarigumi arrive to lend their aid to our heroes. Sadasada attempts to escape but Gintoki is hot in pursuit.

star 9.55
73 votes
Writers: Akatsuki Yamatoya, Michiko Yokote
Those Who Protect Against All Odds

#12 - Those Who Protect Against All Odds

Season 7 - Episode 39 - Aired Jan 6, 2016

Past histories are finally confronted for Gintoki and Kagura as they face off against Takasugi and Kamui.

star 9.39
51 votes
Writers: Taku Kishimoto
Life Is About Making Consecutive Decisions

#13 - Life Is About Making Consecutive Decisions

Season 3 - Episode 43 - Aired Jan 29, 2009

As Gintoki and the gang head toward Hosen’s lair, they encounter Abuki, one of Kamui’s subordinates, and are overwhelmed by the incredible fighting power of the Yato Clan. On Shinpachi and Kagura’s urging, Gintoki heads out to face Hosen alone. The remaining two fight desperately against Abuki, only to be cornered by the overwhelming difference in power. In the midst of the fierce battle Kagura renews her feelings toward her older brother Kamui and her reason for fighting. But with Shinpachi’s life in danger, Kagura goes through a dramatic transformation…

star 9.37
101 votes
Writers: Akatsuki Yamatoya
The Lost Rabbit

#14 - The Lost Rabbit

Season 8 - Episode 9 - Aired Mar 5, 2017

As the battle between Utsuro and Umibozu comes to a head, Kamui reflects on his childhood, where he had to deal with an increasingly sick mother and an increasingly absent father.

star 9.36
44 votes
Writers: Shū Matsubara
Everybody's a Santa!

#15 - Everybody's a Santa!

Season 4 - Episode 51 - Aired Mar 25, 2010

The contest has finally begun but instead of a real contest to decide who's the real Santa, Kagura, Otae and the five Santas together with Shinpachi and Hasegawa are shown in various scenes playing a role like a school girl and not fighting each other like in a real contest. In each scene they imagine, the Santa has to show his kind of version what he would do as Santa and this is judged by Kagura, Otae and Hasegawa. Although in the end none of the Santas has any desire to continue with this contest so they all quit. The episode ends with Kagura, all along figured out the identity of everyone, wishing everybody a Merry Christmas.

star 9.36
92 votes
Writers: Akatsuki Yamatoya, Michiko Yokote
The Line Between Tenacious and Annoying Is Paper-Thin

#16 - The Line Between Tenacious and Annoying Is Paper-Thin

Season 10 - Episode 4 - Aired Jan 29, 2018

The encounter with Utsuro leaves Gintoki feeling more helpless than ever before. That's when he receives a very powerful reminder.

star 9.35
54 votes
Directors: Shûji Miyahara
Writers: Chizuru Miyawaki, Masaki Tachihara
Sworn Enemy

#17 - Sworn Enemy

Season 7 - Episode 40 - Aired Jan 13, 2016

As Gintoki and Takasugi continue their frenzied fight, the past they shared together with Katsura is revealed, as well as the fate of their teacher, Shouyou.

star 9.35
46 votes
Writers: Taku Kishimoto
Santa Claus Red Is Blood Red

#18 - Santa Claus Red Is Blood Red

Season 4 - Episode 50 - Aired Mar 18, 2010

It's Christmas in Edo and Kagura writes her father a letter. She is sad that Santa Claus never visited her. Moved, her father Umi Bozu dresses himself up as Santa and hides watching Kagura, Otae, Shinpachi and Hasegawa celebrate Christmas. When he finally jumps out of the bushes to surprise her there is another Santa, a dressed up Gintoki. Both of them think that their counterpart is real. They start punching each other when another three Santas show up (Sachan, Kondo and Kyubei). Kagura decides on a contest to see who's the real Santa.

star 9.34
88 votes
Writers: Akatsuki Yamatoya, Kento Shimoyama
Sign

#19 - Sign

Season 10 - Episode 21 - Aired Sep 3, 2018

Two years have passed, and Gintoki has shut down the Odd Jobs business and gone off to do something only he can do. Shinpachi has other ideas, though.

star 9.33
3 votes
Writers: Masaki Tachihara
Two in Girl Years Is Equal to Ten in Man Years

#20 - Two in Girl Years Is Equal to Ten in Man Years

Season 10 - Episode 23 - Aired Sep 17, 2018

Okita and Kagura's daughter (?) rekindle their rivalry, and Okita senses something is off. Meanwhile, Gintoki runs into an old friend.

star 9.33
3 votes
Writers: Masaki Tachihara
Those Who Stand on Four Legs Are Beasts. Those Who Stand on Two Legs, Guts, and Glory Are Men

#21 - Those Who Stand on Four Legs Are Beasts. Those Who Stand on Two Legs, Guts, and Glory Are Men

Season 3 - Episode 44 - Aired Feb 5, 2009

Amidst the fierce battle, Kagura awakens to her Yato instincts and defeats Abuto. Thanks to Shinpachi’s desperate plea, Kagura is able to return to her senses and together they head after Hosen. Meanwhile Kamui has brought Seita before Hinowa, who is confined to her quarters. “Mom, let’s go home together!” Seita shouts out to his beloved mother. However, unexpected words leave Hinowa’s mouth…

star 9.31
91 votes
Writers: Akatsuki Yamatoya
The More Precious the Burden, the Heavier and More Difficult It Is to Shoulder It

#22 - The More Precious the Burden, the Heavier and More Difficult It Is to Shoulder It

Season 4 - Episode 30 - Aired Oct 22, 2009

Gintoki strikes down Jiraia and frees Tsukuyo from his twisted web. Chiding Tsukuyo for trying to shoulder every burden herself, Gintoki goes on to say that rather than throw away your life to die beautifully, it’s far better to live and be yourself – even if your life is not a pretty one. And finally, Gintoki expresses his anger toward Jiraia for betraying his own student, despite calling himself a master.

star 9.30
94 votes
Writers: Akatsuki Yamatoya
Ogres Are Weak Against Tiny Heroes Like the Inch-High Samurai

#23 - Ogres Are Weak Against Tiny Heroes Like the Inch-High Samurai

Season 10 - Episode 8 - Aired Feb 26, 2018

The Kabuki District is under siege, and the fearsome Dakini race arrive on the scene. How can the District and its residents cope with this onslaught?

star 9.29
55 votes
Writers: Shū Matsubara
When Breaking a Chuubert in Half, the End with the Knob Should Be Better. It's Also Tasty to Drink from There

#24 - When Breaking a Chuubert in Half, the End with the Knob Should Be Better. It's Also Tasty to Drink from There

Season 3 - Episode 50 - Aired Mar 19, 2009

As the bombing of the Shinsengumi headquarters nears, Hijikata and Okita are still unable to find any means for escape. Only one key exists to unlock the shackles chaining each other. But if the key is used, it will set off a bomb to kill the other. The rule of the devil begins to stir distrust between the two. Though he commends them for not betraying one another, Jigzaw pressures them to make the final decision by displaying a certain item.

star 9.27
91 votes
Writers: Akatsuki Yamatoya
Chains of a Warrior

#25 - Chains of a Warrior

Season 5 - Episode 11 - Aired Jun 13, 2011

Pirako is pleased to hear that Otose, the reason for Jirocho's attachment to the Kabuki district, has been eliminated. With Otose gone, the balance of power among the Four Devas has crumbled and a war is in the works in the Kabuki district. Meanwhile, the Odd Jobs crew is watching over Otose when Saigo appears and informs them that the bar will be destroyed by the Four Devas. He urges them to leave this town, now that they've lost their home...Finally, the day comes for them to leave Snack Otose.

star 9.27
97 votes
Writers: Akatsuki Yamatoya