It's not that I don't want to watch Gintama 1. It's just that I won't catch up in time in order to share the discussions. I want to do more than just lurk at the thread, so I need to be watching what others are watching.
I didn't know Gintama was your favorite ever. But I was pretty sure that it was high on your list.
I watched a few episodes of it. Not many though. The last one I remember was the one about the ex-con father of the pop idol. Manju feels that I can step into season 2 without too much trouble though. I'm sure any questions I may have will be eagerly answered by fans.