Just finished Gintama: The Final Movie and don't know what to do with life? Midway through Gintama and wondering if there's anything like it at all?
Craving parodies or slice-of-life comedies? Or just in need of a good old Gintama cackle?
Here's a list of four anime that are quite like Gintama!
What if you were the most terrifying delinquent fighter of Ishiyama High School? Nobody dares get in your way. You have a reputation.
Then one day you rescue a man floating on a river, only for the body to get split into two and a baby to crawl out of him.
Now imagine this baby is the son of the demon lord, known as Kaiser de Emperana Beelzebub IV, soon to be the future king of the underworld.
Don't forget you're the most vicious delinquent of your school.
Now imagine you've to raise this demon baby with Beelzebub's demon maid besieged by evil forces and derelict students.
All of this might remind you of the baby Gintoki arc, but it's more than that.
Beelzebub is just as hilarious as Gintama and ready to entertain you.
The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.
One of the longer anime in this list, the Disastrous Life of Saiki K. brings to you, as the title suggests, the disastrous life of Kusuo Saiki who has a dream team of superpowers — telepathy, x-ray vision, clairvoyance, invisibility, mind control, pyrokinesis among the many others.
But as it turns out, the dream is more like a nightmare, and the only thing Saiki wants us to live a normal life without attracting much attention.
And that's exactly what doesn't happen. In every episode, his powers get him into some sort of pickle, often attracting attention from his classmates/weirdos.
It seems that living a common life is far from easy, and Saiki learns it in the most comedic ways.
Daily Lives of Highschool Boys
Unlike Saiki's disastrous life, this slice-of-life explores the ordinary life of three friends in Sanada North Boys High school — Tadakuni, Hidenori Tabata and Yoshitake Tanaka — who do things that high school boys do best — discussing girls, pranking people, wasting the day at a friend's home, exaggerating things, and allowing their imagination to fly wherever.
At just twelve episodes, this anime creates a comedy of a lifetime. The humour is situated in the mundane and the everyday.
There isn't any plot, just skits that make you laugh — something that Gintama does best. Short and creative.
Sket Dance centres a high school club called the SKET Brigade. This club's sole objective is to help the students and teachers at school.
There's hardly any work though and the group members have to laze away their day.
Those who come seeking help from the SKET Brigade have mostly odd jobs that involve lots of comedy and weirdness.
Ring a bell? They are the perfect high-school versions of the Yorozuya, aren't they? Minus the bizarre sci-fi extraterrestrial Gintama universe of course.
They're in fact so similar that SKET Dance and Gintama had a crossover episode (Episode 227).
The SKET Brigade is composed of the leader Yuusuke Fujisaki who has total concentration power, the genius otaku Kazuyoshi Usui who only speaks through a speech software and the rowdy and strong Hime Onizuka.
Together, they raise hell of the best kind, just the right scratch for that Gintama itch.