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It is the Edo period, an era when samurai are still of great importance - at least they used to be, until all sorts of aliens called the Amanto decided to take over the government and revolutionize Japan so it wouldn't be so uncivilized. In Edo, now a city where anachronism is the rule rather than the exception, Gintoki, a former samurai, tries to make a living doing odd jobs. During the course of his work, Shinpachi, a would-be samurai; and Kagura, an absurdly strong girl, join him. Of course, he has them work for free, how else would Gintoki be able to buy Shonen Jump and strawberry milk, let alone pay for unimportant things like rent if he has to support someone other than himself?
Both Gintama and Sket Dance are centered around the same idea. A group of three people, which include a violent girl, a nerdy boy, and an atypical useless leader, take on odd jobs and services for the help of other people. You can't get more similar than the same plot structure. If you like one you will like the other.
Apart from the surprisingly similar characters from both series, Sket Dance and Gintama are very similar to each other; although Sket Dance has a possibly more mistery than the more light-hearted and absurd sci-fi setting of Gintama, both manga relate around a group of free-lancers with unique members, such as overtly violent girls, only apparently useless leaders that turn out to actually have quite amazing skills and so on, all with a heavy use of humor and a plot which remains hidden behind the various gags...
Both involve a group of three people trying to help out others. One is the boss who seems like a good-for-nothing but pulls through at the end. The other is an otaku and the last is a girl with fierce strength. Both are comedic and have parodies. They have similar feels.
They are both similar in terms of humour, which focuses mainly on randomness. Both series also have 3 main characters (2 males, 1 female). Both focus on helping others, sket dance as part of their club activities while gintama as part of their job. They have a lot of common, while being very different at the same time. If you like one of those series, go ahead and check the other one.
Both are gag manga with a similar style of comedy (though Gintama has a lot more sexual jokes than Sket Dance). The author of Sket Dance was previously an assistant of the author of Gintama, and it really shows when reading/watching both.
Sket Dance is essentially a milder version of Gintama.
Both make excellent use of toilet humour.
Both feature a trio that do odd jobs, and are largely episodic.
Both are very good at making you emotionally connect with characters very quickly, and then using that connection to emotionally punch you in the gut. Both shows can go almost instantly from hilarious to sad and back without it feeling jarring. Both are mostly hilarious though.
Both feature supernatural elements, Gintama to a much larger extent though.
author was an assistant on gintama and gintama characters appear in the manga, it also really emulates the style of gintama with whacky humor and some serious scenes when it needs to be
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