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!
During the mid 19th century, the people of Edo were banned from experiencing a luxury lifestyle (including dealings with fireworks, inventions, and performances). Regardless, Seikichi Tamaya, fireworks artisan, can’t live without creating bigger and better fireworks. One day, the monotony was broken by the arrival of two powerful beasts; and while one was defeated, the other escaped due to the distraction caused by Seikichi’s fireworks. Subsequently, a beautiful and mysterious girl soon appeared and asked Seikichi to create fireworks that can reach the moon! Now, while trying to discover the truth behind the girl and the beasts, can Seikichi succeed at creating fireworks that can fly into the depths of the sky?
Although they approach the theme from two completely different angles, both Gintama and Oh! Edo Rocket are constructed around the recurring gimmick of deliberately anachronistic technology set against Edo-era Japanese civilisation. In both anime, a strong undercurrent of humour plays off against moments of seriousness. You may not like one if you liked the other (I didn't), but you can't help but find it interesting.
In an age when samurai enhanced their bodies mechanically, a great war broke out. After the war's end, these "Bandits" (having become mere robbers) have lost their samurai code and now rob villages for their rice and women. The peasants of Kanna Village are filled with despair and agree to hire some samurai to retaliate, but with only rice in their food stores and no money to offer, it seems that time is running out. Now, the villagers must set out to look for samurai willing to accept such a deal -- but are there still such men that abide by the samurai code, and protect the weak?
Samurai 7 and Gintama may not seem like similar anime, but they are, in fact. Both have samurai that want to fight for the greater good; although, in Gintama, a certain samurai acts a bit silly... In both, there was a war that occured in the past, and because of this, advanced technology has come to both animes.
Be it slaying a mammoth or simply getting a good seat in class, Harima is still outdoing himself in order to confess his love to Tenma, only to stumble upon a simple fact: he cannot make her realize there is no reason to support a Yakumo-Harima relationship! As for Yakumo, things take a strange turn. Having always been idolized, she has never had many close contacts, yet now she is suddenly approached by two girls. One is named Sarah, who wants to become close friends with Yakumo; the other is a ghost that wants to know Yakumo's opinion about boys...
Like School Rumble Gintama is completely random and very funny. Each episode is its own story, but still features the same backstory. Both series are extermely absurd but very enjoyable.
There’s never a dull day in lives of the Hekiyou Academy student council! President Kurimu has a sweet tooth and neglects her duties with ease, while secretary Chizuru skillfully manipulates those around her. Otaku Mafuyu obsesses over writing online walkthroughs, and is constantly hounded by Ken, the only male of their crew and an eroge addict who has the ultimate goal to turn the entire council into his harem. Luckily for Mafuyu she’s protected from his advances by Minatsu, her sporty and tomboyish sister! Together, the five repeatedly struggle in their fight against boredom, making constant otaku references and fighting against the journalism club along the way!
Rather than breaking the fourth wall, these shows don't even have that freaking wall. The contant spewing of self abusive and real life referencing jokes is plenty in either of these shows. They are both extreme comedies with a very awesome cast and hardly any primary followed plot. If you liked one you would surely like the other!
In a bizarre fantasy world, students known as meisters are trained at the illustrious Shinigami Weapon Meister University; but the tools they wield are no ordinary weapons! Each meister is paired with a human-like being who can transform into a weapon at will; and after defeating a pre-kishin - a human whose soul has darkened - the weapon eats the soul within it. A meister's ultimate goal is to collect ninety-nine pre-kishin souls and one of a witch so that his or her partner will become an all-powerful Death Scythe. Maka and her partner Soul Eater; Assassin Black Star and his partner Demon Blade Tsubaki; and Shinigami's son Death the Kid and his partners the Demon Twin Pistol Thompson Sisters each vie for their ultimate goal, but plenty of challenges and adventures lie in their way!
Both shows are very amusing and worthwhile. A huge cast of interesting & memorable characters, action and lots of humor makes these series very similar to each other. So if you liked the action/comedy ratio of one series, you will surely enjoy the other as much. Be sure to check it out!