The staff and cast of the anime based on Hideaki Sorachi’s manga Gintama gathered for the Gintama Haru Matsuri 2016 event on Sunday, to make an important announcement about the well-beloved samurai sci-fi comedy. As it celebrates its 10th anniversary, and the manga approaches its final arc, they confirmed that the anime will come to a close this month, sharing their own thoughts on leaving the show behind.

Gintoki’s voice actor Tomokazu Sugita said “A lot of things are celebrating anniversaries. Congratulations to Sengoku Basara for its 10th anniversary, Cardcaptor Sakura for its 20th anniversary, and the Gintama anime for its 10th anniversary. The first step to the 11th year has already begun.” Shinpachi’s voice actor Daisuke Sakaguchi added “I don’t really feel like 10 years have passed. My feelings and mental age haven’t really progressed since that first recording session. I’m sure the next 10 years would be the same.” And Rie Kugimiya, who voices Kagura, stated “I’m really happy I was able to celebrate the 10th anniversary with everyone here. It’s been 10 years I’ve spent with people I love and all of you, and the roller coaster of emotions that comes from the fraudulent ‘the series is ending’ announcements. Here’s to more Gintama in the future!”

The bright side is that the cast appears to confirm that this shouldn’t be the end of Gintama by a long shot, and Yoichi Fujita, who directs the show, is also looking ahead to a reunion. Beginning in 2006 and carrying on through to the second anime series after a hiatus-filled first, it seems everyone involved, as well as the fans, holds it too close to their hearts to let it drop now.

Below, you can see the photos Sadaharu and Tsu Terakado’s voice actor Mikako Takahashi, and Sarutobi’s voice actor Yuu Kobayashi, posted of themselves and their friends celebrating at the event.

Yuu Kobayashi and Sugita Tomokazu

And with Shigeshige Tokugawa’s voice actor Yuki Ono

And finally, with Mikako Takahashi



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