This has been bothering me for a huge time. If you look at My Anime List, you can see that the newer ratings of Gintama have decreased. Majority of Gintama seasons had ratings over 9, but now the newer seasons are getting ratings lower than 9. I have thought about 3 reasons why the rating is getting lower, but I need your help.
1. Higher Ratio of Gintama Haters.
I'm pretty sure the ratio of Gintama haters to Gintama lovers has increased. These guys usually love animes with plot shown in every episodes (as compared to gintama). Or...they just don't like Gintama beating their Anime by score.
2. People Forgot About Episodes.
In an anime like gintama (which is episodic), it may seem like the previous episodes don't matter. THAT IS 100% NOT TRUE (I can't stress that enough). Because of breaks, Gintama fans have forgotten about previous episodes. However, each episode of Gintama contributes to how much you like it. It's like "spend more time with your friend, and you'll get closer to them." Each episode plays a part in getting closer to each character, and people are forgetting about previous episodes because of the Gintama breaks. I'm pretty sure that those who rewatched the anime several times during those breaks rated the anime higher on MAL.
3. Gintama is less popular now on MAL
If you look at the number of votes on the newer seasons, it is lower. Haters will rate animes a rating of 1 to the end of time, but I can't say lovers of Gintama can rate it 10 to the end of time.
In Conclusion, I think the main reason of why this is happening is because of the second reason. People forget about moments with characters. Also, gintama has less people supporting it on MAL now (which is evident from the number of votes). I believe that Gintama is still Gintama, and that it is still amazing. I hate to see it getting lower and lower ratings. People say it is average now, but in reality they themselves have changed...not Gintama.
Thank you. Please comment your thoughts.