Anison Corner #1: Gintama’ OP1 – serial TV drama “Tougenkyo Alien”

In the very first of my new review series, Anison Corner, I’ll be taking a look into what makes an anime song and its counterpart visual so good (or so bad). From its relation to the anime’s story, to its technical aspects such as the song, the animation, and how it translates to the viewer, Anison Corner will take all these details and score them up just like any of my regular reviews, and I’ll give you my recommendations for each anison on this site! Whether it’s openings or endings, or even inserts and OST tracks, you’re guaranteed to see a variety of anison moving forward.

First up is an opening from a series that doesn’t seem to drop in score on MAL, and it’s a series that just almost seemed to never see its end in sight, with its various anime and live-action films, and its various title changes… you know I’m talking about Gintama! For the first review, I’ll be taking a look at the alien-like world of Gintama’, the series’ second ‘season’, and its first opening. Read on!

銀魂’ OP1

Tougenkyo Alien
Shangri-La Alien

serial TV drama

Translated as “Togenkyo Alien“, the first opening of the second coming of the ever-popular ever-comedic anime series Gintama, released in 2011, is perhaps the best way to bring back a well-loved series. It is everything you liked from the first series: the humor, the heavy rock vibe, the characters, and lastly, the sick-ass action sequences. Let’s delve in.

The song is great. It’s hard and tough as nails but has the vocal range so suited for something like Gintama, with serial TV drama’s vocalist going above and beyond in a very loud and theatrical tone. Its instrumental is totally catchy, and it goes all out. It’ll have you going DA DA DA following the end… it’s for this reason alone that this opening has landed itself into my top 101 list of anisongs (just visit my YouTube channel… same name!).

Following that, the song meshes so well with the visuals of the opening sequence, with every little hint of a beat matching with a humorous part – especially that of Elizabeth’s ‘Uh!’. Hell, even that first part with the pervy faces is on point (and is great). The animation is not so bad, as well, as is the case for Gintama episodes. What really slays this is the transition into the chorus – as with its first season, Gintama goes from comedy to seriousness in tone, and it’s portrayed here so nicely. You know what you’re going to get from this show: humor and action. It’s a shounen, but a good one!



Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

I don’t really have much more to say, but while I haven’t completely watched all of Gintama, you can already tell based on what you see here what kind of characters you get, their traits, and what’s to really come for this season. It’s a great opener, and one I cannot stop recommending to others. It doesn’t help that the song itself is such a banger of a track – it’s a go-to karaoke song for me, especially when I first went to Japan.

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