Gintama Light Novel Spin-Off 3-nen Z-gumi Ginpachi-sensei Gets Anime Adaptation

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© Tomohito Oosaki, Hideaki Sorachi / Shueisha

An anime adaptation of the Gintama spin-off light novels 3-nen Z-gumi Ginpachi-sensei has been announced at the Gintama Ato no Matsuri 2023 event. More details about the anime’s production team will be announced at a later date, and a teaser trailer has also been released. 

BN Pictures will handle the animation production for the 3-nen Z-gumi Ginpachi-sensei anime. The light novels were previously animated as bonus shorts towards the end of several Gintama anime episodes.

The new adaptation will be part of Gintama‘s 20th anniversary celebration, which will include the launch of several projects from 2023 until 2026. It will commemorate the serialization of the original Gintama manga series and the airing of the long-running anime series. 

The spinoff novel series is written by Tomohito Oosaki, with illustrations from original creator Hideaki Sorachi. It was published from February 3, 2006 to September 4, 2013 and is published under Shueisha’s Jump J-Books imprint. Seven volumes have been released in total, as recently as 2018. 

Sorachi first launched the Gintama science fiction comedy manga in Weekly Shonen Jump from December 8, 2003 to September 15, 2018. It was then moved to Jump Giga from December 28, 2018 to February 22, 2019. The manga then continued in the free Gintama app from May 13, 2019 to June 20, 2019. 

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© Tomohito Oosaki, Hideaki Sorachi / Shueisha

The manga has inspired a television anime series that consists of 367 total episodes, as well as three anime films. It has also inspired several OVAs, event anime specials, two live-action films, and a live-action web miniseries. Viz Media has released the manga’s first 23 tankoubon volumes in English.

The most recent Gintama: THE VERY FINAL anime film is the third and final installment for the franchise as a whole. It is based on the original manga’s finale, combining new story elements. It was screened in Japan in January 2021.

3-nen Z-gumi Ginpachi-sensei takes place in Gintama High School and follows the everyday school life of teacher Ginpachi Sakata and his students. Unfortunately, Ginpachi’s personality and appearance does not match the characteristics of a normal teacher. 

Source: Comic Natalie, Gintama Movie Official Anime Twitter

William Moo is a freelance writer who has previously written for OTAQUEST and MANGA.TOKYO. He enjoys watching lots of anime every season and reading from time to time. You can follow him on Twitter @thewriterSITB.
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