The first season of the Japanese anime television series Gintama is directed by Shinji Takamatsu and animated by Sunrise. It aired on TV Tokyo from April 4, 2006 to March 29, 2007 with a total of 49 episodes. The anime is based on Hideaki Sorachi's manga of the same name. The story revolves around an eccentric samurai, Gintoki Sakata, his apprentice, Shinpachi Shimura, and a teenage alien girl named Kagura. All three are "free-lancers" who search for work in order to pay the monthly rent, which usually goes unpaid anyway.