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!
Kenji likes to think that he and his gang of friends are the bad boys of their school. That is, until he meets the four insane girls of a game-making club whose personalities are all super weird (and a little on the violent side). When Kenji’s forced to join their little group, his life quickly takes a turn for the outrageous.
If you enjoy this show for being dialogue, character and comedy driven, you'll definitely enjoy the other. The biggest similarity comes in the type of humor they choose to employ, both relying heavily on the classic "straight-man" and "funny-man" tropes.
If you loved the humor in one, do yourself a favor and check out the other.
Although Gintama takes their humor a bit further, it's basically the same kind of humor. So if you liked one of these you'll definetly like the other.
F City, F Prefecture: the battleground where good and evil have finally chosen to decide once and for all who will rule the world…or at least that's the general idea! Neither side seems up for the task, as surviving the brutality of everyday life is enough of a chore. On the side of evil is the organization of Across, its only member the loudmouthed and abrasive Excel who struggles just to put food in her stomach; on the side of good, three disenfranchised, unemployed bachelors whose only pursuit in life is romance. Add in alien invasions, jungle warfare, and Mexican immigrant laborers to Japan, and this war doesn't seem likely to be ending soon!
Unashamed parody of every anime/film/whatever genre at hand without holding anything back? Check! Hilarious characters you will get inevitably attached to? Check! The Fourth Wall getting smashed more often than you change your pants? Check! Randomness with the same sheer, sidesplitting spontaneity of a stripper sneaking in during a football match and scoring THE BEST GOAL?? Check, check, check, rinse and RECHECK!!
Gintama and Excel Saga are the flagships of the random humor anime at its best. If you like such a comedy, with these you will laugh, laugh, laugh and then laugh some more, only pausing the video to get your broken ribs fixed every now and then. Give them a try!
Whether you like Gintama or Excel Saga, you'll also like the other because they're both funny animes that'll make you laugh until your heart stop and there's almost no plot in the story in either of them.
In both anime's there is the character who tries to act all cool in fights, then runs away and later you find out he is supper strong (Kon and Gintoki) Both anime's have similar jokes. As well as, they both have two sides of main characters. The group of three (Kon, princes with the other two and Gintoki, kagura and shinpachi) and (the incognito and the shinsengumi) if you liked the jokes and story of gintama, you would love ixion saga, or the other way around.
The humor in Ixion Saga reminds a bit of the humor in Gintama. . .so if ur a fan of Ixion Saga u should give Gintama a try.
And if ur a fan of Gintama i think u'll enjoy the somewhat random moments in Ixion Saga, and, of course, the comedy.
She’s smart, talented, and the newest teacher at Momotsuki Academy; but she’s also… 11 years old?! Named Becky Miyamoto, this pint-sized MIT prodigy wants nothing more than to be a respectable educator, but all her students do is treat her like an adorable child! With space aliens, a class full of stereotypes (and one girl who is normal!), and a quick temper standing in her way, Becky will try her best to shape the eager young minds of tomorrow before she hits puberty!
Parody means unrestricted genre access. Both shows go from giant robots to magical girls via a huge cast of real characters. Every reference increases the warm feeling about anime in general. If you're a fan in a slump, meta-series are what you need!
There's something about breaking the fourth wall that I just find so incredibly amusing. Both of these animes do it so well.
Paniponi Dash's super fast jokes and gags can really fly past you if you aren't paying attention. One of the fansub groups actually includes an accompanying PDF with references for the visual gags. You do need a deep history in Anime to get some of the humor in Paniponi. That's not to say the show isn't accessible, though. The humor is so over the top and the random moments so mind boggling that I found myself cracking up a lot. This falls right in line with the type of humor you'll see in Gintama. Inside jokes, obscure references, and straight parodies are what these two series do well. Though, Gintama is still going; while Paniponi crammed everything they could into a single 26 episode season. It works, though; because Paniponi was never created to cover more genres than comedy and a little action. As such, you won't find much depth in the characters. They are who they are and they play to their strengths very well. Maho~.
If you've enjoyed Gintama's large catalog of OPs and EDs, you'll like what you hear in Paniponi. They've got a really fun soundtrack that covers a diverse field of music.
Life is simply not worth living for down and out school teacher Itoshiki Nozomu. He has no hope of progress, no prospect of promotion, no chance at happiness… he is in despair! Even his name spells 'zetsubou' – 'despair', when compressed. But when the time comes to end it all, Itoshiki's attempted suicide on the first day of the new school year is foiled by relentlessly positive Fuura Kafuka. This saves Itoshiki long enough to meet his new class, and the quirky range of students under his care. Will Itoshiki Nozomu depress his students with his anguish? Or will Fuura show Zetsubou-sensei the joys of life and hope?
The humour in Gintama and Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei is one of the same kind. The characters are totally out of touch with reality and are all messed up lunatics in their own way. Another similarity is that both series hint at or have parodies on other anime series or Japanese society in general.
Basically the authors of both series use the series to have a good laugh and make fun. :) I would describe Zetsubou as the Gintama version of Great Teacher Onizuka. :)
Both stories are very eccentric and are also very enjoyable. The settings differ and so does the comedy stye, however both anime are very funny.