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In Gintoki's Japan, the arrival of the various space races known collectively as the Amanto ended the era of the samurai. The Amanto's highly advanced technology resulted in total conquest and a severe economic shift. Now, former samurai such as Gintoki scrape together whatever livelihood they can. Gintoki's profession of choice is that of a yorozuya: he'll complete any job for money. However, he’s unmotivated; and spending most of the day on the couch with the latest issue of Jump and a carton of Strawberry Milk is his preferred pastime. It turns out that his new unpaid employees, Shinpachi and Kagura, are going to interfere with his pastime even more than with his "work"! Of course, none of this means he has really given up on his samurai ideologies!

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Gintama 2004 Original Manga
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Shinji TAKEUCHI Character Design
Shinji TAKAMATSU Director
Yoichi FUJITA Director
Audio Highs Music
Hideaki SORACHI Original Manga Creator
Atsuko KOBAYASHI Producer

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Sket Dance

Sket Dance

At the Kaimei Academy three classmates, “Bossun” Yusuke, “Onihime” Himeko and “Switch” Kazuyoshi have established their own club: the Academy Activity Support Club. Known as Sket-Dan for short, the trio accept any odd jobs that come their way in the name of maintaining a peaceful life for the students of the academy. Whether identifying a graffiti artist, fixing the school gym shed or helping a new student fend off his childhood bullies, no task is too big and no job too small for the Sket-Dan.

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Both Sket Dance and Gintama are gag series about people trying to help each other. Both have a protagonist who seems like a good-for-nothing but really cares about his friends, and both sometimes stop the hilarious comedy for a serious or really sad episode. Oh, and both ran in Shonen Jump, so both have the common themes of "friendship, hard work, and victory".


Gintama and SKET Dance maybe polar opposites when it comes to the timeline on which their respective stories are set, but don't be fooled.

First, the very purpose of the Yorozuya and SKET-dan are the same: they do anything for their clients.

Second, both groups are composed of three members (exclude the pets) with similar characteristerization: one leader figure, one freakishly strong female, and one megane character.

Third, Gintama and SKET Dance have similar comedy and sense of humor. Both series parody other anime series, as both main protagonists are very well conscious of their status as main character (and both don't want to be outdone by other characters). Gintama's famous randomness can also be seen in SKET Dance.

If you love the characters, the randomness, common humor, you'll surely love both series! Without a doubt, SKET Dance is the modern-campus-life Gintama!


Both Gintama and Sket Dance revolve around a group of three interesting characters who help others. One is the leader, the other is an otaku and last is a girl with fierce strength. Both are incredibly funny as well.


Both Sket Dance and Gintama are parody anime's (shows that make fun of other forms of media. manga, games, shows, etc) Also ironically enough the creator of Sket Dance used to be a assiasstant to the creator of Gintama before his own series got serialized. Both series's are about group 3 friends that help each other. These two series's have so much in common that it practially screams "We're one in the same!" Also, the 3 main cast members of each show seem to have similar personalitys. Overall these two shows go hand and hand and a fan of one should without a doubt be a fan of the other


Both shows are about people helping other people generally in a hilarious way. Gintama takes parody to a whole new level where Sket Dance is set in a school but both have very serious sides to them along with the laughs and wacky adventures. Try one if you enjoy the other.


Despite a considerable difference in setting, both Gintama and Sket Dance use a similar comedic style. Each has a great cast of characters, well developed and likable. In short if you enjoyed one series you will likely enjoy the other. My preference is with Gintama but both of these are still a "must watch" in my opinion.


Sket Dance is Gintama in highschool settings and Gintama is Sket Dance in Edo-period settings.

Both are hilarious, has a lot of funny parodies and they've even made 2 crossover episodes! Both also have those very serious moments. Gintama has more fighting than Sket Dance and more fantasy elements (like Aliens).

Gintama is superior, but Sket Dance is definetly also worth a watch.


The author of Sket Dance was the assistant of Gintama. The manga and anime even crossover. Good enough reason. If you watched or read the crossover, they themselves give the explanation of their relations. Sket dance is more appropriate though.


What I thought of when I first saw Sket Dance was that it was very similar to Gintama.  The parody and the comedy parts are especially hilarious.  Plus, the all-around spirit of helpfulness is there.  Really, only the themes are different:  alien samurai era vs. school life.

Want an overdose of insanity?  Make sure to check out both of these anime productions!  XD


The main characters are technically the same! A super-strong but very cute girl, megane dude, dumb leader who comes thru when it matters. Gintama is in Edo period with aliens so no school and Sket Dance is at school. The mangaka of Sket Dance even used to be the assistant of Gintama's mangaka! I think assistant was very influenced by Gintama-mangaka.

Oh and the genres are the same. Comedy is hilarious (main genre), bad past?, and 'friendship effort and victory' Thats what i think.

I forgot the story!! Even story is same. Gintama is the 3 mains are Yorozuya, they do anything for money (help people and in the end they dont get money), Sket Dance, the 3 mains set up a club that helps people!  I like Sket Dance a little better maybe cuz I dont get some of the 'adult humor' in Gintama xD But these are both my favorites!! So go watch them~


These anime are one in the same.  They focus on a group of 3 people and one pet whose jobs are to help others.  Both are fantastic comedies and long running series.  While Gintama has more crude humor and action, Sket Dance is more relatable at points and goes about everything in a calmer way than Gintama.   They also have a crossover episode, so if you start one, you can get an idea of the other.  Also the writer for Sket Dance worked with Sorachi on Gintama before he made Sket Dance, which is where a lot of the inspiration of the show comes from.  Some even call Sket Dance "The poor mans Gintama" though both series are very alike. 


Gintama and Sket-dan are pretty similar, in a good way. They both are willing to do a lot for their clients. They both have a glasses character and an original heroine. The main characters have traits that make them seem like their good for nothing but end up saving and helping lots of people. They both have quite a big cast. And lets not forget their great humor.

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Binbougami ga!

Binbougami ga!

On Earth, humans live unaware of the many gods who watch over them and help maintain a sense of balance. But one day, a very special girl named Ichiko Sakura will come face to face with one in the flesh – Momiji, the goddess of misfortune! For Ichiko is unknowingly sapping good fortune from those around her, sporting abnormal levels of beauty, intellect, athletic skill and wealth, and it's up to Momiji to help put things back into order. There's just one problem: selfish Ichiko is fully satisfied with her life, and wants nothing of the sort! Determined to keep her mojo safe from the cranky goddess's giant syringe and wide array of bad luck "devices", Ichiko now must deal with a whole host of supernatural lunatics and the fact that her new tormentor has moved in as an unwanted house guest, all the while trying her best to stay as fabulous as possible!

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Both animes are pretty similar in the style of humor. I am not a 100% percent on this but I believe that these anime/manga are made by the same guy. So if you like the one, you will like the other.


Both are shows by studio Sunrise with exactly the same type of comedy: over-the-top, aggressive, heavily relying on parodies... and not particularly clever. I didn't enjoy either; however, if you like the one, make sure you check the other.


Sunrise is the studio, and Yoichi Fujita is the director behind both of these series, and it really shows in the main selling point of both shows, the comedy.

The type of humour is very similar in each, with a lot of over the top gags, parodies of other anime or manga, shouting, sometimes random, and physical humour. The characters don't feel too similar for the most part, but i will say that the main characters from each show, Momiji and Gintoki, have moments that make them seem not too dissimilar from each other. 

Most of the other area's in each show are very different from each other, but it's the comedy that people love these two shows for, and the similarities are pretty obvious if you ask me. So fans of one should get some good laughs out of the other.


Although Gintama and Binbougami ga! have their differences, the comedy is very similar. It's persistent, overly dramatic, and even a bit crude at times. However, both shows are not afraid to show a serious side; they're willing to throw in some life lessons along the way. The shows may be different in all other areas, but if you enjoyed the comedy mixed with a dash of seriousness in one, you'll most likely enjoy it in the other. 


Both Binbougami ga! and Gintama are damn funny and at times they can be very random. If you like top-notch comedies, then these are are for you! 

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Arakawa Under the Bridge

Arakawa Under the Bridge

Holding strictly to his family's creed, Kou Ichinomiya has never once, in his life of privilege, owed anything to anyone – that is, until a self-proclaimed Venusian named Nino saves him from drowning in the wake of a dire accident involving Kou's pants. Eternally indebted to the supposed extraterrestrial, Kou moves into her little community under the bridge along the Arakawa river. Ripped from his life of luxury and success, the young Tokyo U graduate now must adjust to his well-appointed hovel, strange new neighbors, and peculiar lover, Nino.

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Both shows share similar sense of humor, grinding on an edge of insanity. Voice acting also has a bit of similarity. If you liked Gintama or Arakawa, watching the other one is a sure hit


Like random characters with odd personalitys? Then both will entertain you.

Both share the same random humor ^^


Both series have similar sense of humour and are full of quirky characters. With their crazy antics, you won't get bored easily. 

The amazing voice acting brings LIFE to these characters.


Both Gintama and Arakawa are very random comedy with very characteristic seyuus. If you liked humor in one, you definitly ought to watch the other.

I'm guessing Arakawa is in Kabuki district.

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Cuticle Tantei Inaba

Cuticle Tantei Inaba

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These two comedic shows both revolve around a set of characters operating a small business, and are sure to entertain you with their wacky characters. Cuticle's sense of humor and gag delivery/timing is very similar to Gintama's, so if you like either show, check the other out.


In both shows you get a main character with two side kicks a guy and girl who solve incrediblely funny crimes.  You also get a a crazy police/inapector and their own insane crew of side kicks. In both shows you have a lot of jokes, puns, and slap stick moments. It is safe to say if you like one you would like the other.


Both of these anime have the same exact kind of wacky spaztic "what the heck is going on here?" humor that you just kind of have to learn to expect and not question, which is what makes it funny. Kei and Shinpachi also both have exactly the same role of the straight man and usually point out the fact that nothing makes sense, personally I like Kei better though just because I think he's a better character and he's funnier. Hopefully Cuticle Detective wont run forever and get stale though like Gintama sort of does, depending on your preferences.


Both are funny animes and have the abilirty to have both a plot while not really have one in a way. If you enjoy comedy watch Gintama and Cuticle Tanei inaba.

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Daily Lives of High School Boys

Daily Lives of High School Boys

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If you enjoy a good laugh you will enjoy these two series!  The Comedy style is nearly the same in both Gintama and in Daily lives of Highschool Boys, it will have you tearing from laughter for the whole episode!  Daily Lives of highschool Boys cut's its episode into sketch like snip-bits that are arougn 5 minutes long.  Gintama though devotes a whole episode or more to a whole subject, with many jokes inbetween.  The voices of some of the main characters are also shared between the two series. 


These two animes have a very similar sense of humor. If you enjoy a good comedy anime, you'll like either one!

And if this matters to you at all they share a number of the same voice actors. Gintoki's voice actor is Hidenori, and Sougo's is Yoshitake. 


Same voice actors and the same manner of blowing small things way out of proportion for comedical impact. Not that it's a bad thing, it's what makes these two shows very fun and a very worthwhile watch you will not regret.


Basically, Danshi Koukousei is a school life sketch show from the creators of Gintama (the same studio, the same director and even the same voice actors involved); therefore, while the series have different settings and different format of episodes, the comedy in both is rather similar and will likely appeal to the same audience.

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