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If you're curious about Gintama and would like to know more about the story, I'd suggest reading my obnoxiously long Gintama info post!!

The series may take a little while to get into - it doesn't really pick up pace until around episodes 30-50! The earlier episodes just introduce characters, for the most part.

This guide will primarily cover episodes I'd personally recommend watching.

I'll be posting a second, abridged guide at the end if you don't want to slog through all of these episodes, lolol.

(The "-" dash symbol indicates watch through. So: "watch episodes 1 through 5" = "watch episodes 1-5".) (Lol, I'm sorry for the explanation, I just want to make that concise for people.)

So, without further ado:

The series actually has 300+ episodes, but  I only selected about 228 episodes for the (more or less) full watch, here.

SEASON 1

SKIP episodes 1 and 2. They're filler and irrelevant to the story. (Episode 3 kinda sucks, too, but it introduces Gintoki, Shinpachi and Tae and is a very necessary watch.)

WATCH EPISODES: 3-10, 12-17, 20, 22-23, 25, 27-29, 31-33, (this is where it really starts to pick up more, sorta, lol) 38-46, 48

SEASON 2 (AKA: Benizakura Arc time!!!)

WATCH EPISODES: 50-62 (Watch the first Gintama movie after this - Benizakura Hen - it basically retells the arc, but with fancier, really good animation. :p + REALLY GOOD FIGHT SCENES AND GOOD MUSIC + some flashbacks to Gintoki's past. DO WATCH IT.) 63-65, 68-73, 75-81, 83-87, 90, 96-99

SEASON 3 (The Yoshiwara in Flames plot is the biggest arc of this season and VERY IMPORTANT.)

WATCH EPISODES: 100-105, 107-110, (skip the first half of 111 IT'S NOT GOOD. BUT THE SECOND HALF IS REALLY GREAT.) 112-119 (not a great arc here, but it has some funny moments) 121-123, 125-128, 131-134, 139-147, 150

SEASON 4

WATCH EPISODES: 151-152 (optional.......) 153-154, (the otaku arc is in-between this and while it has some fun moments, I think it drags on a little much, so I'm excluding it) 165 (optional) 166-170, 173-174, 177-187, 189-201

SEASON 5 - GINTAMA' (idk a good portion of this season has even more yikes-ish jokes than usual and they're harder to avoid, so be careful.)

WATCH EPISODES: 202-203 (optional - there are some gross transphobic jokes so. skip if you wish.) 204-222, 225-226, 230-242, 244-247, 250

SEASON 6 - GINTAMA': ENCHOUSEN (another major and very important arc in this season!)

WATCH EPISODES: 253-265 (Watch the second movie after this! Gintama: Be Forever Yorozuya.)


SEASON 7 - GINTAMA° (THE BIGGEST AND MOST PLOT-TWIST-Y DAMN ARCS OF THE SERIES) (toward the end of the season) 

WATCH EPISODES: 266-268, 269 (only watch the first half of 269 tbh) 270-273, 274 (first half only) 275-277 (UGH. SO. I probably wouldn't recommend this arc. Maybe just watch 277? Basically, it's a Rule 63 arc (idk what the better term for that is?) and it's really........ PROBLEMATIC.) 278-285, 286 (first half only) 287-297, 299-316
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SO. LET'S SAY YOU JUST WANT TO SKIP THE INANE JUNK AND GET INTO JUICY PLOT STUFF, WELL HERE IS THE GUIDE FOR YOUUU: (I would probably recommend eventually watching more of the series, though, just to get to know the characters better.) This is very, very abridged and I have cut out a lot here. This only covers the bare essentials and you won't get to see as much character development in some areas. Also, again, the earlier eps are kinda shaky and just introduce the characters, so try to hang in there, lol.

There are about 105 episodes I've selected for the abridged watch.

SEASON 1

WATCH EPISODES: 3-5, 8-10, 13, 14 (second half of 14 only) 17, 23, 27, 31-32, 40-42

SEASON 2


WATCH EPISODES: (First, just watch the first Gintama movie, Benizakura Hen, here - it's canon material and shorter than the full anime arc.) 69-71, 76-81, 86-87, 98-99

SEASON 3


WATCH EPISODES: 101-105, 139-147

SEASON 4

WATCH EPISODES: 177-181, 186-187

SEASON 5 - GINTAMA'

WATCH EPISODES: 210-215, 232-238, 244-247

SEASON 5 - GINTAMA': ENCHOUSEN

WATCH EPISODES: 253-264

SEASON 7 - GINTAMA°

WATCH EPISODES: 271-272, 279-281, 283-284, 290-291, 300-316

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