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I'm a spontaneous person by nature, which means that pretty much all the shrines I decide to work on are things that I probably didn't plan ahead of time and are powered by sheer obsession on my part. Mind Your Sugar Levels originally started as Gintoki's fanlisting, then eventually grew into my spontaneous and feeble attempt at shrining a character from a massive Jump series that I've loved for years now: Sakata Gintoki of Gintama. This site isn't here to detail every chapter of Gintama or give a play-by-play of different arcs (as a matter of fact, I tried my hardest not to re-read the whole damn series for this shrine!), because enough wiki pages and review blogs do that already. This site also isn't here to wax philosophical about Gintoki's hair color, his kabalarians name analysis, or dedicate sections to his appearance that any human with eyeballs can clearly see for themselves. It's not made with Jquery and none of the essays are going to come up in a Lightbox page. Rather than that, it's a humorous and at times serious look at Gintoki's character, his values, his relationships with others in the series, his still-mysterious past, and other retarded things I felt like including that make him who I think he is. This more likely than not includes potty jokes and jabs at other JUMP series, historical figures, and character shrines that people actually worked hard on.

I've divided the site into three main sections: the Silver Haired Samurai which contains basic information on Gin-san and his personality, Yorozuya Gin-chan which talks more about his relationships and the values that are revealed through the work he does in Kabukichou, as well as Shiroyasha, which focuses on what we currently know about Gintoki's past and how that's shaped the character he currently is in the series. I think what's great about Gintoki as a sort of "war veteran" character (if you will) is that the reason for his heroics runs deeper than most: he's not the usual up-and-coming angsty teenage hero who's trying to find their place in this world (the anime genre has enough of those damn mecha pilot brats), but rather an ex-hero whose current perspective on life and how to live it is shaped by the experiences he's already had.

That being said, I promise that this site will also have all the stuff that makes Gintama what it is: bathroom jokes, mosaic censors, more references that you can shake a stick at, and other things that will get me rejected at shrine directories and make all those stiffs at Amassment regret putting me on their active members list. I hope your stay will be both entertaining and enlightening!

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Gintama is a manga created by Sorachi Hideaki, currently serialized in Shueisha's Weekly Shounen Jump. Plot-wise it's a bit harder to pinpoint exactly as Gintama is rather episodic in nature, but to keep it general it follows the life of a naturally-permed samurai named Sakata Gintoki during Japan's Edo Period. Gintoki lives in an era where aliens called the Amanto have taken control of the Shogunate and samurai have been rendered useless due to an anti-katana law enforced by the Amanto. In order to pay the rent and keep himself occupied, Gintoki runs the Yorozuya with companions Shinpachi and Kagura, where the three work as freelancers and take almost any job for any price (and almost always costing them their dignity). Perhaps to summarize it a little bit better, Sorachi explained the history behind Gintama in Chapter 36 of the manga:

20 years ago, the Amanto came to earth. The frightened samurai valiantly fought back, but they got their asses kicked. Incidentally, around this time, Gin-san was a bald little baby. After that, the frightened Bakufu decided to close the country off. The Amanto went ahead and built their own terminal, so that they could come anytime they wanted, and also in large numbers. At this point in history, samurai were all over the place, rampaging over the country while they tracked down and killed Amanto. Around this time, Gin-san finally grew some hair (down there).

Soon, the Amanto slid themselves into the Bakufu. The samurai still tried their best. At this time, Gin-san was out and about, living an alternative lifestyle than a normal child. Hey, no, wait, I didn't mean it that way! Soon, utilizing their control over the Bakufu, the Amanto put out an anti-katana law, so that they could easily crush the rebel samurai. The ever-weakening force of the samurai was now barely noticeable, and those that survived still tried their best. Okay. This is the story of the samurai from about a decade earlier. In short, it was a losing battle. Gin-san and his group eventually gave up and attempted to live normal lives, as you can see now.

Gintama, Vol. 5 Ch. 36 (translated by Maximum7)

Gintama runs itself primarily by parodying other anime/manga series, along with video games, pop culture, historical references, or even mocking its own inadequacies. It's probably better known for it's gags and gimmicks more than it is alien invaders, furiously poking fun at other Jump series and throwing in a bathroom joke when all else fails. Arcs in Gintama are short and concise (the shortest one in the anime lasting a whopping two episodes), and despite being primarily a comedy, has its serious moments as well. Because of this, Gintama's arcs feel even more powerful than those that run for an entire season. Bringing all this to attention may make Gintama seem to lack amazingly in plot, but fans would beg to differ. Though Gintama may very well be just a collection of Sorachi's one shots, every short story teaches valuable lessons: everything from the importance of friendship and family, to the dilemma of taking a dump while handcuffed to your worst enemy.