According to official websites of Japanese television Sunrise and TV Tokyo, it was now confirmed that sci-fi/comedy anime series Gintama will be returning starting October 4 with new episodes.

Series will air every Thursday at 6:00 p.m in Japan. There will be also a repeat of selected anime episodes.

A film adaptation of the anime is set to premiere next year.

The story focuses on an eccentric samurai, Gintoki Sakata, his (partial) apprentice Shinpachi Shimura, and a teenage alien girl who’s from one of the strongest races in existence: Kagura. All three are “free-lancers” search for work in order to pay the monthly rent, which usually goes unpaid anyway. The story takes place in the Edo Period, but instead of the Europeans invading in the late 1860s they are invaded by aliens, which they call Amanto. [MangaFox]