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Several of the major characters from Gin Tama as featured in the anime.

The characters from the anime and manga series Gin Tama were created by Hideaki Sorachi. The story is set in Edo, the "Land of the Samurai", which has been invaded by aliens named Amanto, who subsequently coexist with humans. Despite its year, there are various advanced technologies and even spaceships which allow people to travel across space. Although the series' story is commonly episodic, there are also a few story arcs which are developed through various chapters.

The story starts with teenager Shinpachi Shimura who is saved from a group of aliens attacking him by the samurai Gintoki Sakata. Shinpachi is amazed with Gintoki and decides to start working with him as a freelancer in order to learn "the ways of the samurai" while he helps Gintoki in work to pay the monthly rent from where he lives. Both also meet Kagura, a young female alien who belongs to the Yato Clan, one of the strongest Amanto races. The three of them become known as "Odd Jobs Gin" and while they work as freelancer, they also come to meet Gintoki's former comrades during the Amanto's invasion such as the terrorist Kotaro Katsura as well as Shinsuke Takasugi, a major antagonist throughout the series. They also encounter several times the police force Shinsengumi, who normally ally with Odd Jobs Gin in their works, since they commonly involve dangerous criminals.

When creating the series, Sorachi developed various characters based on the historical Shinsengumi, which he is a fan of. Additionally, other characters from the series are also based on real people. The characters from the series have also been features in pieces of merchandise based on their appearances as well as video games. Response to the characters has commonly been mixed, with various publication praising the comedy situations and criticizing the artwork used in the series.

Creation and conception

Before the start from Gin Tama's serialization, Hideaki Sorachi wrote various one-shot manga. Although he considered the story Samuraider very poor, the setting of such one-shot served as the base for Gin Tama such as the addition of alien characters.[1] While thinking of the name of a manga, Sorachi's editor commented "Do you think a silver samurai would be cool?" That inspirated Sorachi to write the main character from the series after deciding the series should be named Gin Tama.[2] However, the main character was originally meant to be Toshiro Hijikata as Sorachi was a fan of the Shinsengumi, most notably Hijikata Toshizō (the Shinsengumi who was the base for the one of Gin Tama), after he saw Burn! Sword!. When Sorachi could not "shake off" Hijikata's initial design, he decided not to use him as the lead character, but added him along with the Shinsengumi to the story.[3] The pilot chapter from the series had a different plot to the one from the serialization: Sorachi kept adding Shinsengumi to the story such as Harada Sanosuke. As all of these characters were older than most of the recurring ones from the series, Sorachi removed them thinking they were not entertaining.[4] When asked by a fan if all the characters from the series were based on Real-Edo life citizens, Sorachi responded he was right and mentioned that Gintoki was roughly based on Sakata Kintoki, but added that he did not mean to make Gintoki a descendant from Sakata.[5]


Odd Jobs Gin

Odd Jobs Gin, known in the Japanese version as Yorozuya Gin-chan (万事屋銀ちゃん ?, lit. "General Merchant Gin-chan") is the name of Gintoki Sakata's freelancer business. Gintoki runs his business from a second-floor apartment, which he rents from Otose.[6] As the name implies, such businesses involve performing odd jobs for a fee. Incidentally, he and Kagura also live there, and Shinpachi occasionally stays at the apartment.[7] In later chapters, Gintoki reveals that prior to meeting Shinpachi and Kagura he worked in Odd Jobs along with three people of African descent whom he threw to river when they planned to abandon him or started dating other people.[8]

Gintoki Sakata

Gintoki Sakata (坂田銀時 Sakata Gintoki ?) is a samurai living in an era when samurai are no longer needed. He is recognized by his natural curly hair and sweet tooth. He often blames his "perm" hair of sorts to be a source of some of his misfortune.[9] Gintoki lives with Kagura and Shinpachi, taking on odd jobs to make the world a better place and to pay their rent.[10] In the Joi war, he was known as the "White Demon" (白夜叉 Shiroyasha ?) due to his silver hair and white coat he wore in battle, which, combined with his impressive capabilities as a swordsman, made him famous among his comrades and struck fear into Amanto.[11] In the anime he is voiced by Tomokazu Sugita.[12]

Shinpachi Shimura

Shinpachi Shimura (志村新八 Shimura Shinpachi ?) is a teenager who joins Gintoki's freelancer business to learn the ways of the samurai. He stays at his family's dojo along with his older sister Tae Shimura. Both used to live there with their father who died when they were still children. In order to make their living, Shinpachi started working in a restaurant in which he met Gintoki when he was being tripped by aliens. Gintoki defeats the ambassador and his guards, not to stand up for Shinpachi, but to get revenge for his spilled parfait. Gintoki attempts to frame Shinpachi for the crime, and to make up for it, Gintoki helps Shinpachi save his older sister Tae from becoming part of a brothel as his father left them with an enormous debt.[9] Although he commonly criticizes Gintoki's lazy behaviour, Shinpachi comes to regard him as a very important person to him in the same fashion as Kagura.[13] Shinpachi also regards himself as the comic relief character from the series, but tends to take that as something important.[14]

Shinpachi is easily identified by his glasses which he wears as result of hypnotizising himself to eat Tae's poor meals.[15] When trying to identify Shinpachi, several characters tend to notice first his glasses even though he may not be using them; Gintoki comments that the reason for this is that most of Shinpachi's design are his glasses.[16] Despite his meek appearance, Shinpachi is a more than competent swordsman of his family's Kakidō-Ryu, the type of swordmanship his dojo teaches. In fights he also shows the ability to stick his fingers in his opponents' nostrils and throw them, making them nosebleed.[13] Shinpachi is also the captain of the "Otsu's Imperial Guard," a Otsu's fan club, and takes his role seriously. Other members of the fan club treat him with utmost respect, something he is not usually treated with.[17] His fanaticism for Otsu started prior to her career when he was inspired by the effort she gave in her songs.[13] In the anime, Daisuke Sakaguchi is Shinpachi's voice actor.[12]


Kagura (神楽 ?) is the second person who joins Gintoki's freelancer business in the series. She is a young alien girl who belongs to the Yato Clan, one of the strongest and most bloodthirsty of the Amanto races, although Kagura rejects that part of herself. She came to Earth to earn money for her family, and to escape her violent Yato heritage. She found work fighting for a gang of hoodlums, but when they ordered her to kill her target, she ran away. Not long afterwards, she meets Gintoki and Shinpachi, when they accidentally run over her with Gintoki's scooter. After they help her to make a clean break from the gang, she intimidates Gintoki into hiring her.[7] Kagura and Gintoki have an odd father-daughter-like relationship and she commonly imitates his bad habits.[17] She is highly protective of Gintoki, and affectionately refers to him as Gin-chan.[18]

The Yato have "translucent" skin that is highly sensitive to sunlight, so Kagura carries a umbrella at all times. The parasol is also the Yato clan's weapon of choice; Kagura's is bulletproof and fires bullets from its tip. Because of her Yato blood, she is extremely strong and can stop a speeding motorscooter with one hand.[7] However, she cannot control her strength perfectly; most of her pets, with the exception of Sadaharu, have all met an untimely demise at her hands. Kagura also has an unusually strong appetite, making her capable of consuming large quantity of food within a matter of seconds. Nevertheless, her tastes are endearingly plain.[10]

Kagura is also somewhat of a tomboy, as she speaks in a blunt or perveted way. In the absence of Gintoki and Shinpachi, she is often seen partaking in games with various neighborhood boys. She regards Sougo Okita, captain of Shinsengumi's First Division, as a rival. She detests him, and tends to fight against him in any way.[19] Her speech often ends in -aru, characteristic of the Japanese's impression of a Chinese accent. In Japanese, Kagura speaks in a stereotypical dialect that is associated with Chinese immigrants. In the English-translated manga, she punctuates her sentences with "yup", "uh-huh", "nope", and the like. She is voiced by Rie Kugimiya.[12]


Sadaharu (定春 ?) is an abandoned inugami who is collected by Kagura. He is named by Kagura, after her first pet. He was originally owned by a pair of miko sisters (Ane and Mone) who left him due to economical problems. Sadaharu chomps on anything smaller than itself, such as Gintoki's and other people's heads. Kagura seems to be the only one who can control him, for she has immense strength.[20] Though he is dangerous when Gintoki first receives him, he becomes quite tame in the later chapters. He sometimes obeys Gintoki at certain points, and helps the main characters in many occasions. Kagura and Gintoki are often seen riding on his back, as he is big enough to carry two full-grown adults. After a certain period of time, even Gintoki (who originally did not want Sadaharu around) refuses to abandon Sadaharu or give him back to the Miko sisters. He is voiced by Mikako Takahashi.[12]


The Shinsengumi (真選組 ?) are the police force working for the bakufu, based on the historical counterpart, the Shinsengumi.

Isao Kondo

Isao Kondo (近藤勲 Kondō Isao ?) is the commander of the Shinsengumi. He is a bit goofy, but nevertheless good-natured and honorable. He takes his job seriously, and will not hestitate to sacrifice his life in order to protect the people.[21] The members of the Shinsengumi are fiercely loyal to him, seeing as they revere him for being the one to give them back their swords after the Sword Prohibition Act.[22] Shinsengumi Sougo Okita often remarks that Kondo's nice attitude is also his weak point as he never notices negative points about other people.[21] Some characters in the series often call him "gorilla" and although he is angered with this nickname, he sometimes uses such word to identify himself.[23][24] He has a crush on Tae Shimura and stalks her, to which Tae responds with merciless beatings. His crush is predicated on the fact that Tae answered yes when he asked if she would accept a man with hairy buttocks (which Kondo has).[23] Along the series, Kondo appears fully naked several times with his penis pixelized; Kondo becomes proud of this, noting that he ranked 15th in the character popularity poll from the manga despite how embarrassing this is.[25]

Kondo's character and name are based on the historical Kondō Isami while his original design was a mix between Taizo Hasegawa and himself.[26] He is voiced by Susumu Chiba.[12]

Toshiro Hijikata

Toshiro Hijikata (土方十四郎 Hijikata Toshirō ?) is the vice-commander of the Shinsengumi. He is the famed chain smoking, vice commander of the Shinsengumi so named by his subordinates, because of his fearsome demeanor. Purportedly the brains behind the force, he takes his work seriously, and is fiercely loyal to his leader, Isao Kondo. Hijikata has a reputation as a fearsome leader, earning the nickname of "demonic vice-commander" (鬼の副長 ?). He is also hot-tempered and often speaks of seppuku.[22] However, despite his cold exterior, he does have a more compassionate side. He also has a tendency to cry after watching movies that are not particularly emotional.

Hijikata is obsessed with mayonnaise, and thus has the nickname "Mayora" (マヨラー ?). He has been known to smother anything he eats under a mountain of mayonnaise, and he carries a number of objects shaped like jars of mayonnaise, such as his cigarette lighter. He was popular with girls until they discovered this obsession.[24] Hijikata also has romantical feelings for Sougo Okita's sister Mitsuba Okita but prior to joining the government he rejected her, believing that with the life of violence that he lives, he will not be able to provide happiness for her. Hijikata enjoys fighting and sees Gintoki as a rival in practically everything he does from drinking contests to rock, paper, scissors ever since being defeated by him in battle.[15] He is in constant danger of being killed by the attempts on his life by Okita. But, despite all this, he sees Okita as one of his close friends, and vice versa.

Hijikata carries a sword that is cursed with the spirit of a hikkikomori otaku nicknamed "Toshi" (トッシー ?) whom was murdered by his frustrated mother. The sword causes Hijikata to act like an otaku, and made him behave in strange and cowardly ways. After a long inner-struggling between both, Toshi disappears from Hijikata during contest to decide which group will be Otsu's official fan club.[27] Based on the historical Hijikata Toshizō, Hijikata was originally meant to be Gin Tama's main character, but with his appearance being identical to the one of Gintoki.[3] He is voiced by Kazuya Nakai.[12]

Sougo Okita

Sougo Okita (沖田総悟 Okita Sōgo ?) is the best swordsman in the Shinsengumi. Although he is a master of kenjutsu, he frequently uses a bazooka.[11] He tends to be light-hearted and somewhat childish, though his speech is heavily deadpan. In comparison to Hijikata, Okita is very lazy when it comes to his job as he is often seen taking naps when he is supposed to work.[28] He is also known as a sadist, being highly skilled in torturing people.[24]

Okita displays an annoyance and dislike of Toshiro Hijikata, and continuously tries to heavily wound, embarrass, or even kill him whenever he has the chance in order to take his rank of vice-commander. Losing his parents at a young age, he was raised by his sister, Mitsuba. Consequently, despite his sadistic personality, Okita adores his sister and does everything he can to please her. He is also very fond of Isao Kondo, who took him under his wings when he was little. It is due to the fact Mitsuba was rejected by Hijikata and that Kondo became very interested in Hijikata that Okita hates him. Nonetheless, Okita still thinks of Hijikata as one of his friends. Okita also regards Gintoki, whom he addresses as "boss", as one of his three friends (with the other two being Kondo and Hijikata) with the two finding common grounds in their love of torturing and humiliating Hijikata. He also regards Kagura as a rival after an unfinished rock-paper-scissors duel during a sakura-blossom party. He states that he'll "be the only one to defeat her", and usually calls her "China".[29]

In the original Japanese manga he likes to end his sentences in '~desaa' and "~desuzee'. Sorachi originally designed Okita as a female, and wielding an umbrella, but had to change it to a male since only men are allowed in the Shinsengumi. His name is based on the historical Okita Sōji.[30] He is voiced by Kenichi Suzumura.[12]

Sagaru Yamazaki

Sagaru Yamazaki (山崎退 Yamazaki Sagaru ?) is a spy, whose specialty is naturally gathering intelligence. Yamazaki is often caught by Hijikata playing badminton by himself during the time he should work, and he is subsequently beaten.[21] Sorachi commented that he has no plans in explaining this gag since if he does it, "it'll ruin the joke".[31] Despite having a rivalry with Shimura Shinpachi, they most often see eye-to-eye out of their respective groups.[15] He is often seen cosplaying as a badminton-playing version of Ryoma Echizen from The Prince of Tennis. He is voiced by Tetsuharu Ohta.

Kamotaro Itou

Kamotaro Itou (伊東鴨太郎 Itō Kamotarō ?) is an advisor to the Shinsengumi who is later revealed to be a traitor whose ambitions of desiring to be recognized were used by Shinsuke Takasugi in an attempt to destroy the group from the inside. Unknown to Itou, he was merely being used as a sacrificial lamb by Takasugi, who never had any intention of letting Itou join the Kiheitai. As a child, Itou was neglected by his family for being a second born not worthy to be an heir despite his gifted nature, and by classmates jealous of his talents. As such, Itou grew to be cynical towards everyone. He considers himself a rival to Toshiro Hijikata and manages to get him suspended from the Shinsengumi, later attempting to assassinate Isao Kondo. However, his plan is foiled by the members of the Shinsengumi and Odd Jobs Gin. After losing his left arm and being defeated by Hijikata, he begins to realize how important the bonds he formed in the Shinsengumi were to him and how foolish it was of him to try and betray his dear friends. He is allowed to have one last duel with his old rival and is allowed to die as a friend and a warrior. He is voiced by Mitsuaki Madono.

Katakuriko Matsudaira

Katakuriko Matsudaira (松平 片栗虎 ?) is the daimyo who acts as the direct superior to the Shinsengumi, though they often regard him as a violent nutcase. He has extremely violent tendencies, often seem wielding a pistol, or occasionally heavier weapons. He also believes that people who wear sunglasses are usually assassins, even though he himself wears them. He believes in other abnormal things such as righteousness is what makes up 80% of old men and the police being not more than a group of mafia community. He is also extremely protective of his daughter, Kuriko, recruiting the Shinsengumi to carry out a hit against his daughter's boyfriend. He is also a party-person and gets lewd when he is drunk. He is voiced by Norio Wakamoto.


The Kiheitai (鬼兵隊 ?, Demon Soldiers Army) is secret volunteer army amidst the Jōi faction lead by Shinsuke Takasugi. In existence since the war with the Amanto, they remain the only section who remain devoted to the original mission of violently freeing Japan from the grip of invaders, whether it be by the recruitment of soldiers or the development of weaponry that would destroy those who face them. The actions of Takasugi and the Kiheitai antagonize those who either have come to terms or who have blended in with the new society such as Gintoki or Katsura.

Shinsuke Takasugi

Shinsuke Takasugi (高杉晋助 Takasugi Shinsuke ?) is a former comrade of Gintoki and Katsura during the Amanto invasion, and a major antagonist throughout the series. He leads a radical Joi faction called the Kiheitai and is known amongst the Shinsengumi as one of the worst criminals. He is easily recognisable through his bandaged left eye, his colorful kimono, his eerie smile, and the pipe he is often seen smoking. After the war ended, he vanished, and has since gained a dangerous reputation due to his assassination of many of the Bakufu's main officers and his planning of a large-scale coup d'état.[32]

Unlike Katsura, he does not seem to be interested in saving the country: rather, he believes that the only way to save it is to destroy the "rotten" post-Joui war world. He is particularly resentful about this, as he claims that it has stolen their teacher- Shouyou Yoshida, who instructed him, Katsura, and Gintoki on the ways of the samurai- away from them. His antagonism with them drove him to make dealings with the space pirates "Harusame" in order to drive them off, offering Gintoki and Katsura's heads as the ticket to join.[33] Sorachi himself mentioned in the character formula book that he "hates change", which provides another reason for his hatred of the changes that the Amanto brought about. He is voiced by Takehito Koyasu.

Bansai Kawakami

Bansai Kawakami (河上万斉 Kawakami Bansai ?) is one of the strongest swordsmen of the Kiheitai and the "right-hand man" of Takasugi. Bansai carries a shamisen and is skilled at playing it; it also doubles as a tool for tying others up or as a weapon similar to a garrote, and he carries his hidden katana inside it.

On top of being famous as a skilled swordsman, Bansai is also a talented songwriter. He works as a music producer under the name "Tsunpo" (つんぽ ?), and Otsu's newer songs are written by him. Overall, Bansai is shown to have an extremely calm demeanor, although he is capable of violence when necessary and appears to take an interest in potential challenges to his skill. He has a strong sense of duty, and as such accomplishes the orders given to him by Takasugi- however, he is shown to interpret and carry them out based on his own values. He admires strength and spirit in others, and it was on this basis that he spares Yamazaki's life when Itou leaves him to finish him off. He speaks in the Japanese humble manner by using "de gozaru" at the end of the sentences and referring to himself as "sessha," a notably antiquated way of speaking. Despite this, he seems to use modern language when in his "Tsunpo" role. He is voiced by Takumi Yamazaki.

Nizo Okada

Nizo Okada (岡田似蔵 Okada Nizō ?), known as the "Butcher", is a blind hitokiri working for Takasugi. He seeks to destroy everything in the world, similar to Takasugi. His level of swordsmanship is such that he can slash an opponent without the latter seeing him unsheathing his sword. However, Nizou's sword was broken by Gintoki during their initial encounter. Nizou later returns and severely injures Katsura and Gintoki using a demonic sword, "Benizakura" (紅桜 ?, lit. crimson cherry blossom) which transmogrifies his arm and fuses the blade with it. The Benizakura acts like a parasite, slowly taking over Okada's body, which causes him to eventually become nothing more than a crazed monster. Due to the sword, his body has undergone several modifications. He later reveals that his entire upper torso has similar cybernetic modifications. He is eventually defeated by Gintoki. Though his fate is unknown, he is assumed deceased due to the effects of the Benizakura. He is voiced by Yutaka Aoyama.

Matako Kijima

Matako Kijima (来島また子 Kijima Matako ?), known as the Red Bullet (紅い弾丸 Akai Dangan ?), is the only female member of the Kiheitai and is skilled in using a pair of pistols. She is fiercely loyal to Takasugi. She is quick-tempered and prone to screeching when she's upset. This is evident when she has a "spitting fight" with Kagura after she spat at her and when she starts yelling at Kagura after her underwear is said to be stained. She interacts the most with Takechi, the schemer of the Kihetai, calling him "senpai" out of respect, but also calling him a "pervert" and a "lolicon" for sparing Kagura instead of killing her. Kijima's fate is unknown after the Benizakura incident. She is voiced by Risa Hayamizu.

Yagyu Family

Kyubei Yagyu

Kyubei Yagyu (柳生九兵衛 Yagyū Kyūbei ?) is an aristocratic young lady who was brought up as a male in order to succeed her family's clan. She dresses and behaves like a boy due to her upbringing, but occasionally shows her more feminine side. These facts cause several characters to mistake her as a boy during her first appearance. She was close friends with Tae Shimura when they were children, and lost her left eye protecting her when they were young. As a result of this incident, Kyubei now wears an eye-patch across her left eye. The incident also left her with the determination to make herself stronger, and for many years she was training hard to improve her skills. When she returned shortly before her appearance in chapter 110, she has already mastered the Yagyū-Ryū sword technique, becoming the second strongest member from her clan below her grandfather. She is voiced by Fumiko Orikasa.

Ayumu Tojo

Ayumu Tojo (東城歩 Tōjō Ayumu ?) is Kyubei's servant, who is extremely dedicated, if not obsessive, in his concern for his young master. He generally speaks in a very polite (original Japanese dub) manner, using -masu and -desu instead of the short dictionary forms usually employed in a normal male-speech. He addresses Kyubei as waka, which means young master, and has for years kept a diary recording Kyubei's activities. Kyubei is usually indifferent to Tojo's excessive attention, although she did kick him when he commented that gothic lolita clothes would suit her. Tojo's eyes are normally closed unless he is surprised or under emotional distress. He has an obsession with beating a raw, unbroken egg yolk on his rice for meals (as shown when the egg yolk broke, and him going into a berserk rage quite uncharacteristic with his usual demeanor). He is voiced by Koji Yusa.

Kabuki District's Residents

Kabuki-chou (Kabuki Town) is the place where the Yorozuya and Otose Snack House is set up at. It is unofficially under the jurisdiction of Kabuki-chou's elite four members, the Four Generals.

Kishin Mademoiselle Saigou

One of Kabuki Town's Four Generals. His real name is Saigou Tokumori. Originally a member of the Joi resistance, Saigou left a legacy etched in history as he was able to single-handedly take down an Amanto warship during the Joi War. As he only wore a white fundoshi when he battled on the warship, he also became known as "Shiro-fun no Saigou" (White Sumo Thong Saigou).

Saigou has a son, called Teruhiko. He also currently owns an okama bar, and is the "mama" of the place. As his wife died when Teruhiko was still young, he decided to take up both the roles of father and mother to Teruhiko, and his outlook on gender therefore became blurred. However Saigou has no regrets about what he has become, as it was for his son's sake, and has said he would continue to live as he is.

Saigou is also against anyone who makes fun of okamas. In episode 24, both Gintoki and Katsura were dragged to his okama bar to work as they insulted him as a "freak". After knowing Saigou's true identity however, Katsura regards him as the Joi faction's dai-senpai. He is voiced by Hisao Egawa.

Taizo Hasegawa

Taizo Hasegawa (長谷川泰三 Hasegawa Taizō ?) is introduced as an official working for the Bakufu, but after an incident with Amanto dignitary Prince Hata, whom he was assigned to serve and protect,[6] his superior asked him to succumb to his shame and commit seppuku, hearing which he ran away from his quarters. Although his wife, Hatsu Hasegawa (長谷川 ハツ Hasegawa Hatsu ?), also left him, they never get divorced as both are still in love. He initially believed that humans should focus on appeasing the Amanto, but after his encounter with Gintoki -whom he hired to calm Hata's pet, but Gintoki was forced to kill it-, his mindset changes. Since then, he has been living a life of somewhat like a loser, getting fired almost every time he gets a new job, mostly due to the unfavourable look his sunglasses and goatee give him. No matter what, he refuses to remove his sunglasses because it is the only thing he had left to remind him of his successful past. He is often referred to as "Madao" (マダオ ?), which stands for "totally useless middle-aged man" (まるでダメなオッさん marude dame na ossan ?) in Japanese. He and Gintoki become friends and spend most of their free time gambling.[34] He is voiced by Fumihiko Tachiki.

Gengai Hiraga

Gengai Hiraga (平賀 源外 Hiraga Gengai ?) is Kabuki District's greatest mechanic. He wears a welding mask that covers his eyes, he has no hair and is recognized by a grey beard. His son's death left him with a deep emotional scar, and Takasugi took advantage of that and used him. He makes ugly and crude machines, and has a bad habit of telling important parts-of-a-messages later, which usually gets Gintoki mutilated. Now he is seen making machines and fixing Gintoki's bike, although he is still a fugitive from the law. He also helps in repairing Tama, as well as help Yorozuya to stop the rogue robot from destroying the space port in the same arc. He is voiced by Takeshi Aono.


A homeless man who wears large glasses and an orange cap without pants. He seems to have many talents, including badminton. He's very similar to Hasegawa in that they are both often seen doing various oddjobs. Musashi has the eyes of a Samurai. Despite looking completely different otherwise, he is sometimes mistaken for Gintoki due to their similar hairstyles. In the credits, he's usually listed as "Musashi-like person." He is voiced by Kōichi Sakaguchi.

Katsuo Kurogama

A small boss of the yakuza group Dobunezumi. Kurogama's group tries to harass and extort money from the Takamagahara host club, but their plan is thwarted by the Yorozuya trio. Kurogama also owns a female daschund called Meru-chan, which he dotes on a lot, and recently Sadaharu has fallen in love with Meru-chan. As Sadaharu had saved Kurogama from drowning, the latter gave Sadaharu the approval to date Meru-chan. Kurogama also believes that the primary law in the universe is that things have to be in the ratio 7:3. He is voiced by Katashi Ishizuka.


The number one host in Kabuki Town. He runs the Takamagahara (高天原) host club, which he opened together with his good friend Hachiro. Kyoshiro's real name is Hachiro Kuroita. His mother came to Edo to try to find him, but he was too ashamed to reunite with her, as he was too ashamed that he had undergone plastic surgery and had changed the face his parents had given him. However his mother had recognised him, but she was not angry; instead she left him a note to tell him that she would always be proud of him as her son. He is voiced by Atsushi Kisaichi.


The bodyguard at the Takamagahara (高天原) host club, and a good friend of Kyoushirou. He has a gigantic afro and his moustache is connected to his nose hairs. However, this was the result of a failed plastic surgery, and Hachiro was originally a girl, whose name was Hanako. He is voiced by Hidenari Ugaki.


Tsukuyo (月詠 ?) is a blonde-haired woman with a scar over her forehead and left cheek. One of the better known Hundred Blooms of Yoshiwara, a law enforcement squad of Yoshiwara that consists of all females, deployed by the Night King Hosen. Despite appearing to be a heartless person when approached by Odd Jobs when he arrives to Yoshiwara, throwing a fake kunai to their foreheads, she later becomes friends with them. She has a difficult past being orphaned as a child, only to be picked up and raised by a ruthless and deadly assassin, Jiraia. While the original motive for Jiraia was to instill every bit of despair and tragedy of his own life into Tsukuyo, of who he refers to as his art or perfect creation, Tsukuyo ended up growing attached to what he did not manage to do. That is "Friends, A Home, and Precious Things To Protect" as told by Jiraia. Her loyalty and home lies with Hinowa in the underground city of Yoshiwara. She has ties with Hinowa, who also helped raise her like an older sister/mother through her childhood. She is voiced by Yūko Kaida.

Other characters

Ayame Sarutobi

Ayame Sarutobi (猿飛あやめ Sarutobi Ayame ?) is kunoichi nicknamed Sa-chan from the Oniwabanshū. She meets Gintoki when she falls through his roof. When she tries to convince him that he had inappropriate relations with her, he briefly plays along despite knowing that she was lying to get his help. Ever since that incident, she has become infatuated with him, much to his exasperation.[35] Her feelings for him seem to be encouraged, as she enjoys being put down and threatened by him, due to her extreme masochism.[36] She often follows Gintoki and the rest of Odd Jobs around much to his knowledge, throwing objects at her to come out when he needs her help. However, as the manga continues, Sa-chan's appears less frequently in the series which tends to irritate her. She is severely short-sighted and often loses her glasses. Her attacks are mostly based on natto and bondage. She is voiced by Yū Kobayashi.[12]

Zenzo Hattori

Zenzo Hattori (服部全蔵 Hattori Zenzō ?) is a highly skilled ninja who sports a light-brown/dark-blonde mop top and a goatee. Initially introduced as a cloaked ninja assisting in the fraudulent "Dreamcatcher" scheme, his first notable appearance was when he and Gintoki attempt to fight to the death over the last remaining issue of a Christmas Double Issue Akamaru Jump.[37] Like Sa-chan, he too was originally a member of the Oniwabanshū. He is the first ninja in the series to apparently equal obsessive devotion to Jump. He apparently suffers from piles. He commands a freelance ninja team known as the "Shinobi 5." His father is said to be the strongest man in the Oniwabanshū, and an instructor to many of his peers, including Ayame Sarutobi. He is voiced by Keiji Fujiwara.


Jiraia the Spider (蜘蛛手の地雷亜 ?) (real name Danzou Tobita (鳶田 段蔵 Tobita Danzō ?)) is a former member from the Oniwabanshu as well as Tsukuyo's teacher. He was born in the country side to Iga Samurai, and had a talent fo ninjutsu since he was a kid. During a fight, his family was destroyed and only Danzou and his sister survived. In order to protect his sister, Danzou had to work under the people he hated. Her sister, knowing that she was the problem, threw herself from a cliff. Jiraia he burned his face and lived a life in solitude. He tried to kill the Shogun, but Hattori's father stopped him. In the end, to stop his pain, he decided to get killed by someone who resembles him. So he raised a student, Tsukuyo, and taught her everything he knew. So Jiraia came back to Yoshiwara to take Tsukuyo. He burned Tsukuyo's other weakness, Yoshiwara. But thanks to Shinpachi, Kagura, Hattori and Hinowa, the fire was extinguished. Gintoki went to save Tsukuyo from Jiraia, and the fight began. Jiraia was defeated by Gintoki, but he was killed by Tsukuyo, like he wanted. He was the strongest man in the Oniwabanshu, and the one who created the Hyakka.

Kotaro Katsura

Kotaro Katsura (桂小太郎 Katsura Kotarō ?) is Gintoki's former comrade during the Joi war. Even after the Amanto take-over of Japan, Katsura continues to resist the Amanto, and has amassed a band of followers. Although he is an expert swordsman, his weapon of choice is a grenade. He is a wanted man due to his involvement in terrorist activities against the Bakufu, and is constantly on the run from the Shinsengumi.[11] Although his initial methods were originally more violent in nature (for instance, sending a bomb to an Amanto embassy), Katsura has gradually grown to believe that there are people important to him in Edo, and decides that he no longer wants to destroy the country, but believes there should be a way to change it without causing sacrifices.[33]

Since he is a wanted man, Katsura is often seen wearing disguises, although his identity is often still easily found out. One example of a disguise he seems to be fond of is a pirate's costume, complete with an eyepatch over his left eye and a scar on his right cheek, and using this he calls himself "Space Captain Katsura" (宇宙キャプテン・カツーラ Uchū Kyaputen Katsura ?).[38] Katsura sometimes works odd jobs to raise money for his terrorist activities.[18]

As a common gag in the series, Katsura is often called "Zura" (ヅラ ?, In the first English volume, Gintoki calls him "Casserole," or "Cough syrup").[28] Katsura indignantly replies "Not Zura! It's Katsura!" whenever he is called something other than his name. His name is based on the historical Katsura Kogoro.[39] He is voiced by Akira Ishida.[12]


Elizabeth (エリザベス ?) is Katsura's pet being a present from Katsura's former comrade, Tatsuma Sakamoto. He resembles a giant white duck or a giant penguin. Although many people consider Elizabeth to be insane and extraneous, Katsura has named the ambiguous avian "Elizabeth" and dotes on it.[40] Also, Elizabeth uses signboards to "communicate", as well as an occasional means of attack.[41] Although the true identity of Elizabeth is uncertain, it appears to be a man wearing a duck costume. In its first appearance, hairy legs are seen underneath her sheet and the body of a humanoid with glowing eyes is revealed as her mouth is opened just as it fell during another battle between Gintoki and Katsura. Although Katsura seems shocked at what he really is, he subsequently remains by his side.[40][42] In various episodes from the anime, Elizabeth's true identity is Shinji Takamatsu, the director for the Gin Tama anime.[43]

Tatsuma Sakamoto

Tatsuma Sakamoto (坂本辰馬 Sakamoto Tatsuma ?) is a former member of the Joi, where he was a comrade of Gintoki during the fight between samurais and Amanto. He is a good-natured man and optimistic to the point of being ridiculous, even in the most dangerous situations. His favorite phrase is "AHAHA! It must be _____". He also has a tendency to misspell names; he calls Gintoki "Kintoki". Gintoki often corrects him, citing that if he were named Kintoki, the series would be named "Kintama" (which means "Testicles"). Despite his goofy nature, Sakamoto is actually a successful businessman in the galaxy.[44] He believes that business is a way of protecting his country. He has a private, well-equipped defensive business fleet. He also believes that sacrifices should be made for the good of the community, which is why he chose to abandon his comrades on Earth to travel into space.[45] Due to his seasickness, Tatsuma's business is mostly run by his first mate Mutsu (陸奥 ?). He is voiced by Shinichiro Miki.

Tsu Terakado

Tsu Terakado (寺門通 Terakado Tsū ?) is a famous idol pop singer from Edo. Her song lyrics are often very dirty or controversial and sometimes have to be censored. She started her career singing on the sides of streets.[13] Her talent was recognized by Bansai Kawakami, and she has since gained popularity. Her mother manages her, and her father is serving time in prison. When she was younger, her father made a bet with her, saying that if she became famous, he would bring a number of roses to her first concert. He broke out of prison specially for the occasion, and although he couldn't give her the roses, he gave her a single flower. He donned a paper bag over his head, so he wouldn't trouble her with his presence, yet she knew it was him, and thanked him with tears in her eyes.[17] She is often referred to as "Otsu" due to her habit of making words using the last letter of previous words (Terakad-O-Tsu). She is voiced by Mikako Takahashi.

Prince Hata

Prince Hata (ハタ皇子 Hata-ōji ?) is a Majin-Buu-like, purple alien living on Earth. He has an eccentric habit of collecting rare pets, but as he is incompetent in managing them, they often attack him or escape to cause havoc in Edo.[6] The Prince is often known as "Baka Ōji" (Stupid Prince) due to his simple-mindedness and lack of responsibility with his animal collection. He is often accompanied by his butler Jii (じい ?) who is also annoyed by him. He is voiced by Kōichi Sakaguchi.

Mitsuba Okita

Mitsuba Okita (沖田ミツバ Okita Mitsuba ?) is Sougo's older sister, and took care of him since their parents died when they were children. Sougo cares deeply for Mitsuba, and is uncharacteristically polite and docile when around her. She is acquainted with the rest of the Shinsengumi, and regularly brings them extra-spicy senbei, which she herself enjoys. She suffers from tuberculosis, and often requires medical treatment, which Sougo used to send money for. She has romantic feelings for Hijikata. Although it is revealed that Hijikata does in fact love her, he feels that he is unable to give her happiness, that is why he treats her coldly. She dies in chapter 132 of the manga after a brief conversation with her brother. She is voiced by Sumi Shimamoto.


Ikumatsu (幾松 ?) is the owner of a ramen restaurant. She had a deep grudge against Joi participants, as her husband was killed by terrorism. Katsura worked at her restaurant when he was injured and hiding from the Shinsengumi. He repaid her favour by helping her during a crisis. Although she now knows his identity as a Joi participant, they are on friendly terms. Katsura's subsequent television interview was carried out at her restaurant. She also has a quite friendly relationship with Gintoki, as he's mentioned to frequently visit her store. She is voiced by Mayumi Asano.

Tae Shimura

Tae Shimura (志村妙 Shimura Tae ?) is Shinpachi's older sister, referring to her as "Big Sis"(姉上: ane-ue). She runs the Kakidōkan Dojo, the family dojo, with her brother, working part time to pay for the upkeep. She is usually addressed as "Otae" (お妙); the "お" (O) is an honorific used to refer to women. Kagura always addresses her as "Big sister" (姉御: ane-go) or "Boss". Despite her sweet face, she is one of the most violent characters in Gin Tama. She mercilessly beats up Kondo Isao and Gintoki whenever they anger her.[23] Her weapon of choice seems to be a naginata, a Japanese spear.

Her cooking skills are terrible, with her "special" tamagoyaki being so inedible that Kondo suffered amnesia after eating it and others are barely able to swallow it down. She has strong principles and believes in maintaining what is precious, even if it means throwing away honor and dignity. She believes that if apologies were enough, seppuku would not exist.[9] She is voiced by Satsuki Yukino.


Umibouzu (星海坊主 Umibōzu ?) is the father of Kagura and Kamui and one of the last members of the Yato clan.[46] Like Kagura, he fights using an umbrella, but is also shown to be strong in his own right. He has a cybernetic arm due to his son claiming his original in battle. In such battle, Umibouzu almost killed Kamui which left him scared of his powers to the point he decided to abandon Kagura and his dying wife. He first appears in the series trying to make Kagura leave Gintoki and Shinpachi afraid she would be unable to control her powers and that she would kill them. However, after knowing Gintoki and how Kagura is able to use her powers to protect people, he allows her to stay in Earth.[47] After he leaves to travel the galaxy hunting aliens, he's next heard from in the form of a letter. He is voiced by Shō Hayami.


Kamui (神威 ?) is Kagura's older brother. He is the leader of the space pirates Harusame's 7th squad. He left his family after challenging his father and managing to cut his left arm.[47] Although he usually shows a cheerful face, he is in fact a violent fighter who lusts for blood, like the majority of the Yato clan.[48] Therefore, he starts showing great interest in Gintoki's skills after he defeats the Yato Clan member Housen claiming him as his prey.[49] He is voiced by Satoshi Hino.

Lake Toya

The Spirit of Lake Toya (洞爺湖 Tōya-ko) possesses the sword that Gintoki carries. He attempted to teach the Yorozuya an ultimate technique, the "Jumbolic Magnum," which sends the target flying into the sky with a single punch. A side-effect of the attack forces the victim to shed bodily fluids from his body. Unfortunately, none of the gang ever manage to learn the attack.[50]

The spirit lives with his parents. His mother has an afro hairstyle with a white beard, and his father is constantly looking for a job. His father also has a sure kill technique, called the "Jack Nicolle," in which he shoots a beam from his bald spot. Toya also keeps a pet, and it sheds a large amount of curly hair. It is said that he was a fellow student to Taikobou, the main character of Hoshin Engi. Lake Toya enjoys eating fried cuttlefish, as evidenced by the contents of his wastebasket. He claims the contents of his trash, strange smelling hardened tissue paper, are the remnants of the occasional cuttlefish feast, although Gintoki thinks otherwise.

Ms. Otose

Ms. Otose (お登勢 ?) is Gintoki's landlady. Despite constant arguments over Gintoki's general inability to pay his rent, she is confident in his defense of her.[6] They both met shortly after the end of the war between samurais and Amanto when Gintoki swore to protect her after he ate food offerings that were meant for her dead husband.[10] Otose is in fact her "genji" alias while her real name is Ayano Terada (寺田綾乃 Terada Ayano ?). She was very pretty when she was young and worked at a restaurant. She secretly fed poor children dumplings for free, and was fired.[51] She is apparently one of the four "emperors" that rule the Kabuki District and has the personal title "Empress of the Kabuki District," probably meaning she has the most influence over the District. She is voiced by Kujira.


Catherine (キャサリン Kyasarin ?) is an amanto who resembles a cat. At first, she seems to be a diligent worker at Otose's snack shop who is trying to support her family, but soon reveals herself to be a thief.[10] Despite this, Otose hires her again after she was released from prison, and Catherine has since then become extremely loyal to Otose. She used to work as a thief with three other catlike amanto males. She speaks Japanese with an accent, represented by katakana characters in the place of hiragana; she is the only member of her former crew to speak this way. She is voiced by Yuu Sugimoto.


Tama ( ?) is an android found as a disembodied robot head by Gintoki. She was named by Kagura, who was obsessed with eating egg on rice at the time. She also seems to have some rather strange main functions, such as imitating the Dragon Quest RPG. Tama was originally a robot created by Professor Hayase, to provide his sickly daughter with a companion. Hayase tried to implant the personality of his daughter - Fuyou - into Tama, but the experiment killed his daughter in the process. Tama however, possesses the element known as the "Seed", and therefore retains some of Fuyou's personality and is capable of human emotions.

When Tama was first found, she had lost her memories prior to becoming only a head, and was at that time framed for the murder of Professor Hayase. The android Hayase later begins a robot uprising, even hijacking the Terminal, in order to retrieve the Seed and Tama, whom he saw as the copy of Fuyou. Tama then sacrifices herself to save Odd Jobs Gin. Despite reconstructing her, Tama already lost most of her memories during the showdown at the Terminal, remembering only that samurai are her friends. This had been her earlier conclusion after having been saved by Shinpachi while being chased by killer maid robots. Her body is recently rebuilt, allowing her to become a complete robot maid again working at Otose's snack house. Acknowledging Gintoki's strength, Tama creates in her body a type of antiviruses with the strongest and the leader of them, Leukocyte King (白血球王 Hakkekkyū Ou ?), being identical to Gintoki.


Various types of merchandise have been developed based on the characters from the Gin Tama series such as plush, key chains, pins and figurines.[52][53][54] Kagura's character was also part of Bandai's "∞ Puti Puti Petit Moe", a series of key chains featuring characters voiced by Rie Kugimiya which simulate Kugimiya's voice.[55] Apparels from the characters include t-shirts with images or phrases from Gin Tama, Shinsengumi uniforms and bags for cosplay.[56] In addition, they have appeared in several video games and trading card games based on Gin Tama.[57][58] Besides video games from Gin Tama, Gintoki and Kagura also appeared in the crossover titles Jump Super Stars and Jump Ultimate Stars, which feature characters who appeared in manga series published by Weekly Shōnen Jump.[59][60]


The characters from Gin Tama have been commented by publications for manga, anime and other media. They were praised for being very comic by Carlos Santos, writer for Anime News Network, who remarked Gintoki's personality as one of the main sources of comedy, noting his talking and reactions. However, he criticized the characters artwork as "the characters look more like they're doing static freeze-frame poses rather than actually moving."[61] While reviewing volume 4, Santos noted Gintoki, Kagura and Shinpachi to have the only interesting stories from the manga, noting that "Nobody cares" about the ones from others characters such Catherine.[62] Although writer Deb Aoki agreed with Carlos about the problems concerning the characters artwork, she mentioned that was the only part which distracted her from enjoying the comedy from the series. She also added that the large number of characters featured in the manga has "lots of future comic possibilities."[63] writer Leroy Douresseaux praised the large number of aliens character appearing in the series, remarking Sorachi's artwork.[64] However, in a later review he mentioned the "storylines here are mostly free of appearances by strange looking aliens", but noted "the mélange of criminal ruffians and rowdy samurai makes up for it".[65]'s Katherine Dacey did not find the running gags from the first volume to be funny, but instead she commented the strong point from Gin Tama was the characters. She mentioned the characters "add visual interest and life to every panel, keeping the reader invested when the stories stall" and found her favorite character to be Ms. Otose.[66] The character development appearing in later volumes received mixed comments by Isaac Hale and Sam Kusek from the same site. While they commented that due to the fact the series is focused on its comedy, some characters' stories are not very deep, they added that series "succeeds by combining the two genres in a fun way."[67] Alex Hoffman from commented on the large number of featured characters in the series, noting each of them have "distinct personalities" and make several appearances throughout the volume he reviewed. Despite criticizing the illustrations from the characters, Hoffman found that "the banter between characters is amazing."[68]


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