The items featured in Gintama range far and wide from traditional japanese items to incredible sci-fi machinations. Being based in ancient Japan after its invasion by aliens, the series manages to mix more historic items such as katana and traditonal style architecture with modern ideas like convenience stores, mopeds and television, not to mention the rather liberal application of science fiction, primarily Edo's terminal station which features high tech design, numberous airships nearby and some form of teleporter system. Over all, Gintama somehow manages to bring together these three styles into the working world of Gintoki and his friends
Used by Katsura Kotarou. A round metal ball with a digital counter on it above a few buttons, this is the typical explosive used by Katsura in his Joui activities. Despite being quite liberal with these devices early in the series, as Katsura became less extreme in his methods, he tended to use them less to avoid innocent casualties, as shown in Episode 120 when he decided against blowing up an exclusive Amanto-only restaurant.
Used by Hijikata Toushirou, this sword, borrowed from the swordsmith while his own sword is being repaired, is possessed by the vengeful spirit of an Otaku. When first aquiring this sword, Hijikata underwent a transformation into the spineless otaku "Tosshi" When the Shinsengumi was in danger, he finally overcame the curse and helped save Shinsengumi from being destroyed by Kiheitai. Despite overcoming the curse, Hijikata occasionally suffers some of the side effects. The otaku spirit is finally laid to rest in Episode ? of the Otsuu Fan Club Chapter.
Used by Okita Sougo, this sword had a built in MP3 player and made a much deeper bass note when swung than other swords.verify: it says bass sounds diff, not deeper?
Offers continuous playback of 124 hoursverify: memory card?
Used by Kondou Isao, this sword had a hair-removing roller attachment. Feeling outdone, Okita asked to try out the sword, only to end up snapping it against a rock. This sword is named as such because the real life person Kondou is based off supposedly wielded a fake Kotetsu sword.
Made by Murata Tetsuya and used by Okada Nizou. A Cyber sword that collects data and learns as it fights. Previously suspected of being a demon sword, it is just highly advanced technologically. After being used by Nizou for some time, it eventually fused with him, robbing him of his sanity and turning him into a living weapon. Despite being able to destroy several Anti-Foreigner faction ships with this blade, the Cyber Sword Benizakura was eventually beaten by the sword made by Murata Tetsuko.
The Benizakura bio-mechanical sword as part of Nizou's arm
Used by Sakata Gintoki. A katana forged by Tetsuko, it looks fairly standard except for the ornate guard shaped like a dragon coiled just above the hilt. The fact that the coiled dragon looks like the typical Japanese depiction of faeces is something Tetsuko is quite aware and seemingly embarassed about as she struck Gintoki for saying it before he had even finished his sentence in Episode 61. The katana's blade broke after defeating Benizakura at the end of the fight with Nizou.
Used by his former teacher, Yoshida Shouyou and was given to Sakata Gintoki as a young child in the battlefield surrounded by dead corpses. Seems very important to Gintoki since he always had it with him as a child and also used it during the war as the Shiroyasha. (Episode 180)
Gintoki having just received Yoshida Shouyou's katana
Used by Kagura, this is a seemingly plain olden style umbrella. Kagura's umbrella both protects her from rain and the sun on her supposedly sensitive skin (She claims its just what the producers say) It is also her primary weapon in combat as she uses it for both melee combat and fires in like a machine gun with the stem of the umbrella acting as the barrel. At one point Hiraga Gengai upgraded to umbrella to fire a powerful energy shot, but the umbrella required recharging after only one round. It becomes a temporary soy-sauce dispenser while charging. This function has seemingly never arisen again since.
Saburou 三郎 is a large robot built by Hiraga Gengai. It is rather bulky with a giant cylindrical torso, small bucket shaped head and long misproportioned arms. It was named after Gengai's son and at one time sported a cannon. It later returns equipped with a special type of hammer in Episode 167 in order to shrink down the Yorozuya so that they can enter Tama's body and 'cure' her virus.
Tama is a Robot Maid who was created by Professor Hayashi. Looking much more human despite the headphone-like protrusions in place of ears, she was originally discovered as just a head in the trash by Gintoki who promptly freaked out. However, after a series of events, Tama soon came to work at Otose's bar. She works hard, has become one of the regular minor chacters and possesses a ridiculous attachement to RPG videogames, particularly referencing Dragon Quest normally.
A virus that causes the victim's eyes to go blank and to grow a bushy "m" shaped unibrow. Anyone afflicted in this manner and will attack others, spreading the virus. Other than the violent behaviour toward the uninfected, the people with the virus will typically act like useless old men, taking up residence in Pachinko parlours, bars and other establishments where stereotypical old men tend to hang out.
Used by Shinsengumi members, most often by Okita Sougo. Oddly enough, despite being considered the best swordsman in the Shinsengumi, Okita posesses a strange habit of producing a bazooka from nowhere and firing it. As many of these weapons have appeared in the hands of the Shinsengumi, it would appear they are the standard artillery for the group, but it still doesn't explain Okita's constant uses of it.
Used primarily by Sakata Gintoki, but driven illegally by Kagura in Episode 97 (she is underaged). Originally a simple motor scooter, Hiraga Gengai modified it with several functions including a booster and the ability to fly, although the final function drains the battery very quickly, only allowing it to stay airborne for about a minute.
Gintoki's white Vespa scooter (after modification by Gengai)
Driven by Hiraga Gengai, it is equipped with a turret, Gengai described it as a "Man's machine" compared to the android maids which it flattened quite easily. Gengai had a CD on hand which when fed into Tama played the theme from Rocky, however, this may not be limited to the Caterpillar vehicle.
Gengai's caterpillar-track off-road vehicle
Sakamoto's Space Shuttle which ran out of gas and crashed into Yorozuya Episode 31
parfait - A delicious sundae-like dessert, the spilling of which led to Sakata Gintoki and Shimura Shinpachi's first meeting. While attempting to create Sushi, Gintoki somehow ended up making a chocolate parfait, despite starting with none of the necessary ingredients.
Sukonbu - pickled seaweed, it is rare to see Kagura walking around without some. Aside from Gintoki's copy of Jump, a box of it was the only thing left behind when Shinpachi was confronted by Nekoemon.
Tamago Yaki / 'Dark matter' - The only thing Shimura Tae claims to be able to cook, this dish whose appearance has been likened to a coal briquette has caused poisoning and even memory loss at different points during the series.
Otsuu chips - Bags of potatoe chips sold under the Otsuu brand name. They supposedly tasted pretty bad, and were labeled as "Indian Corn Poop" flavour, but each packet of chips came with a booster pack of trading cards. When it came to the showdown between Shinpachi and Tosshi to become Otsuu's official fanclub, Gintoki and Kagura had to rush out to buy some as Shinpachi was previously unaware of their existence and had no deck to battle with.
Dishes drowned in mayonnaise - A favourite of the Demonic Vice-Commander Hijikata Toushirou, he puts it on everything and has even used a lighter and bazooka shaped like mayo containers. This more often than not repulses everyone around him. At a local restaurant, his regular meal is smothered in mayonaise and is dubbed the "Hijikata special". Other people less enamoured of it called it "Dog Food".
mayonaise-heaped noodles? rice? called "Hijikata Special"
nmaibo - Food sticks that are a parody of a popular Japanese corn snack, Katsura Kotarou claims to eat them constantly as their compact nature and long shelf life make them perfect for life on the run. Whilst being interviewed for Television, it was revealed that not only him, but several members of the Joui faction had these food sticks. Katsura, quite strangely, was capable of using a dried out Nmaibo to create a smokescreen to escape the Shinsengumi.
A type of bread prefered by Yamazaki Sagaru during stake out missions. He claims the God of Anpan gives good luck on stake outs, but the longer he goes eating nothing but anpan, the more delusional he becomes. He really hates the stuff.
A "safer" alternative to Otae's tamago yaki is the dish tamagokakegohan, literally (raw) egg poured over rice. It only requires cooked rice and some soy sauce if preferred. Kagura loves it so much she "cooks" it everyday when it was her turn to do the cooking in Episode 193.
bought for him by his wife for his first day of work, after disgracing himself, his wife went to apologise to his employer for him. Seeing this, Hasegawa shredded his own suit and went with her. It has since been fixed, but is distinctly ill fitting.
Hasegawa Taizou's Sunglasses - Supposedly they make up everything he is. The only expensive thing he had left after he was fired. According to the "Spouzer" Kamenashi had, when Hasegawa puts on Kamenashi's sunglasses, his fighting powers are over 600k. (k is for konbu, meaning kelp), but once the glasses are removed, his powers dropped to 1k.
Spouzer - A parody of the Scouter in Dragonball Z, it measure's male power levels in K units (K syands for konbu, meaning kelp) and female power in O units (O stands for Oppai meaning boobs). The average K points for humans is 360, O is something "cuter" used to measure girls, so it is presumably measured on the same scale just with a different name.
Bentendo's Owee game console - A console which is a parody of the Nintendo Wii. It was in high demand and Gintoki, Shinpachi, Kagura and Katsura had to take on the Shinsengumi in a gaming battle in order to win one. The Store Manager when the console was released was a parody on the Narrator from G Gundam. It is also the preferred game console of the bee citizens from Planet Royal Pudding in Episode 185.
Atlus Neo - hair growth solution featured in 30-minute hair commercial starring Umibouzu in Episode 96. When this product is ordered through the hot-line displayed in the commercial, it comes with a free-gift key chain umbrella similar in design to Umibouzu's.