About a month ago, Sentai Filmworks released the Gintama movie on DVD and Blu-ray, with an English dub. It’s the only English dub any piece of Gintama media has gotten, with Sentai’s release of the series being subtitled only. Needless to say, there was some concern about the dub, both based on the property itself and Seraphim Digital’s (the studio that does most of Sentai’s dubs) history of producing… less than stellar dubs recently. The dub isn’t really any worse than any other one they’ve released, but it’s not really great either, and has some really weird problems.
The first oddity is encountered early on in the movie, when the characters retelling the premise of the series. When Gin mentions the business he runs, Odd Jobs Gin, in the dub he calls it Yorozuya, the Japanese name. But that in itself isn’t terribly shocking. Needlessly leaving in Japanese terms is a thing that’s started creeping into official translations lately. But what makes it odd is that in the subtitles it’s referred to as Odd Jobs Gin. It just seems incredibly weird that it would be left in Japanese in the dub, but translated in the subtitles, when it being the other way around would sort of make more sense.
UPDATE: Fandom Post confirmed with Sentai that the movie will be dubbed
Sentai Filmworks announced today that it has licensed Gintama – The Movie. The movie is a theatrical remake of the Gintama series’ Benizakura arc, which sees series protagonist Gin going up against a former ally from his days fighting against the Amanto.
Odd Jobs Gin has taken on a lot of odd work in the past, and when you’re a Jack of All Trades agency based in a feudal Japan that’s been conquered and colonized by aliens, the term “Odd Jobs” means REALLY ODD jobs. But when some more than slightly suspicious secrets from the shadows of OJG founder Gintoki Sakata’s somewhat shady former samurai past and a new pair of odd jobs collide, the action is bound to get so wild and demented that only a feature film will do it justice! So if you’ve had the good fortune to see Gintama, Japan’s most popular science fiction samurai series before, get ready for more of the same on an epic scale! And if you haven’t seen Gintama before, well, this is your quick and easy introduction to why Gintama (the series) is the hottest thing to hit the Land of the Rising Sun since a certain large, green reptile whose name we can’t use due to certain litigious lawyers! So sit down, strap yourself in and make sure you’re not wearing anything too tight or constricting as the junior half of OJG takes on the task of tracking down a tenacious terrorist while their silver-haired slickster of a partner seeks out a certain sword in the side-splittingly silly GINTAMA- THE MOVIE!
Sentai will release the movie on DVD and Blu-ray later this year.