Gintoki Sakata is the main protagonist of Gintama. Gintoki spent his
childhood learning from Shoyo Yoshida alongside Kotaro Katsura and
Shinsuke Takasugi. During his adolescence, he fought alongside Katsura,
Takasugi, and Tatsuma Sakamoto in the Joi Wars against the Amanto,
earning the title of the White Yasha. After the end of the war, he opens
up Yorozuya (Odd Jobs) Gin-chan, taking all manner of requests. Gintoki
is irreverent, lazy, and self indulgent; he never pays his rent, he
never pays his employees Shinpachi and Kagura, and he blows all his money on
pachinko, sweet treats and booze. Nevertheless, he has the silver soul of a
samurai, an unbreakable sword that draws many to his side.
When Sentai Filmworks dubbed the Benizakura compilation movie, Chris
Patton played Gintoki. Crunchyroll then gave the third series of Gintama
to Ocean Productions, where Michael Daingerfield portrayed him.
For the Hulu dub of the first series, Gintoki was played by Roly
It's difficult to exactly depict this in a one minute clip, but Chris Patton's Gintoki is all over the place. The pitch of his voice, the texture, the attitude, it never really focuses on one thing and is just all over the place. Sometimes he's low and gritty, sometimes he talks almost like an old-timey superhero and it doesn't always even manage to fit the specific scene he's in.
Michael Dangerfield gives a much more consistent and charismatic performance. He is slick and natural, almost like a halfway convincing conman, while still being able to rise to Gintoki's heroic moments and having the comedic skill to deal with the many, many strange situations Gintoki finds himself in.
Roly Gutierrez's voice fits Gintoki pretty well, having a voice low enough to dish out some biting snark, while also holding steady whenever Gintoki is loud or exasperated. He's easily the best performance in the dub of the original series, although he doesn't reach the level of polished professionalism that Michael Dangerfield brings.