The online dTV service streamed a video for the new anime special episode in the Gintama franchise on Tuesday. The video revealed that the all-new special anime episode will release on January 15, 2021, one week after the release of the anime franchise's third and final film, Gintama The Final on January 8. It will be streamed exclusively on the Japanese streaming service dTV.
The special episode will have a story that will tie into the film.
dTV's official YouTube channel has posted an 80-second announcement PV narrated by Gintoki Sakata, but no specifics about the episode are revealed. In the video, Gintoki gripes that the upcoming Gintama The Final anime film's billing as the "finale" of the franchise is yet another scam to hype up the film. He also complains that the video itself has nothing but his voice with no video and no new visual, and really only contains an announcement of the net anime's debut date.
Gintama The Final will open in Japan on January 8. The film will be based on the finale of the original manga, combined with new story elements.
Gintama is written and illustrated by Hideaki Sorachi. The manga started in Shueisha's Weekly Shōnen Jump on December 8, 2003. Shueisha published the first chapters of Gin Tama online on their Weekly Shōnen Jump official website. It ended with its 77th volume, published on August 2, 2019. It has over 55 million copies in circulation. The latest anime series premiered in July 2018. The manga has also inspired various original video anime (OVA), event anime, two live-action films, and two live-action net spinoffs. Viz Media published the manga's first 23 volumes in English.