Today is the day Gintama ends…kind of.
Jump Giga published their final chapter of Gintama, which wasn’t the manga’s official last chapter. Instead, the “real final chapters” will now be published in a free Gintama app — Sorachi has that kind of clout!
This isn’t the first time Hideaki Sorachi faked out the manga’s finale. Gintama was supposed to end last September in Weekly Shonen Jump, but it was transferred to Jump Giga to give Sorachi a little more time. Jump Giga gave Sorachi a higher page; the magazine’s first Gintama chapter was 54-pages long!
However, Sorachi couldn’t finish Gintama in time. Sorachi wrote another apology today and revealed that he planned to end Gintama during the past three chapters, but he couldn’t write a satisfying conclusion. His editor was worried since they announced the final chapter on Jump Giga‘s cover, but they were able to transfer Gintama to a dedicated app.
Still, Shueisha is adamant that Gintama will end for real in the manga’s 77th volume. The “final” volume will ship this June. We’ll have to wait to see if this will be manga’s true ending or if it’s just another ploy by the gorilla.