The 13 Best Anime Like Gintama

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Vote up the anime that you'd most strongly recommend for Gin Tama fans.

Gin Tama has been airing since 2006, and during that time it's become one of the most popular anime to exist, period. It follows Gintoki, Shinpachi, and Kagura as they take on odd jobs and try to get along with alien lifeforms - and occasionally save the world.

With well over 200 episodes under its belt, fans may not need an anime similar to Gintama for a while - but once they get through its extensive offerings, they may want something new. If you're done with Gintama or want something else fun to watch on the side, these anime like Gin Tama will help. Some shows, like Arakawa Under The Bridge and Osomatsu-san, feature the same zany humor and references to other anime that makes Gintama so great. Other shows, like Getbackers and Noragami, possess one of the Gin Tama's most important plot elements - a team working odd jobs in order to make ends meet. No matter what you liked about this smash hit shonen parody, there's something similar out there that should appeal to you.

If you've seen any of the anime described below and think that they're a good next watch, vote them up to help guide other Gintama fans. 

  • The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.
    Photo: J.C.Staff

    Saiki is a powerful psychic who thinks that his incredible gifts are a total drag - they stop him from doing what's truly important, eating sweets and reading manga. His blase attitude toward life is a lot like Gintoki's, as is his clear talent for the things he refuses to focus on. Both shows are hilarious, but Saiki's episodes are just five minutes long, so if you're a Gintama fan without much time on their hands, choose this show.

    363 votes
  • Daily Lives Of High School Boys
    Photo: Sunrise

    Daily Lives Of High School Boys is a hilarious anime that routinely breaks the forth wall with meta commentary. It doesn't exactly have a continuous plot, but you won't miss it because you'll be laughing too hard to care. Though Gintama actually does tell a serious story, many of its episodes are standalone comedy pieces that are more focused on telling jokes than adding to a linear plot. If your favorite episodes of Gintama are the sillier ones, check out Daily Lives Of High School Boys.

    219 votes
  • 3
    171 VOTES

    Tatsumi Oga is a juvenile delinquent whose primary mission in life is to defeat his classmates in combat - but all that changes when he finds himself in charge of Baby Beel, the child of Satan. The storyline is pretty different from what can be found in Gintama, but the two possess the same random, fourth wall breaking sense of humor. Also, both can put aside the hilarity for some seriously gripping fight scenes. 

    171 votes
  • 4
    232 VOTES

    If the Yorozuya was your favorite part of Gintama, you'll probably dig Noragami. Just like Gintoki, Yato runs an odd-jobs business where he takes on jobs that range from fighting demons to plunging toilets. Also like Gintoki, Yato is a scatterbrained, sarcastic guy who earns the love and exasperation of his coworkers. He's also hiding a dark past that informs his emotional life, but which he rarely speaks about openly. 

    232 votes
  • 5
    164 VOTES

    Sket Dance is what you get when you take Gintama and fuse it with the high school slice of life genre. The Sket Brigade, which consists of the super-strong Hime Onizuka, the bespectacled genius Kazuyoshi Usui, and the eccentric leader Yuusuke Fujisaki, are committed to performing odd jobs around their school - but more often than not they're just getting into bizarre shenanigans. This already sounds a lot like Gintama, but the similarities don't end there. In fact, characters from Gintama have actually made crossover appearances in Sket Dance, perhaps owing to the fact that it was created by one of  Hideaki Sorachi's assistants.

    164 votes
  • Though Gintama is best known for its absurd humor, it does have an underlying story that gets pretty dark - and it's that story that bears similarity to Rurouni Kenshin. Both Gintoki and Kenshin were once formidable warriors who were known not just for their battle prowess but for their sheer ruthlessness. Both of them have resolved to leave their former selves behind as much as possible. Though they'll fight in order to defend others, they generally dedicate themselves to peace, and use weapons that handicap their fighting abilities in order to keep whatever remains of their former selves in check.

    80 votes