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Hakuouki – Shinsengumi Kitan 1-3

April 21, 2010 Leave a comment

Episode 1: Link
Episode 2: Link
Episode 3: Link

Another anime about the Shinsengumi? Hell yeah!

Oh wait, no, never mind, it’s really just an anime that’s based of a manga, Hakuouki Junrenka, which is loosely based off of a popular otome game (AKA Dating SIM/VA for girls), Hakuoki Zuisouroku. So it’s a reverse harem, Shinsengumi, game-manga adaptation, reverse trap anime, and it has demons in it somehow. What a shitload of fuck. I like the OP music, it flows with the images p damn well, and it’s not AIDS to my ears. My favorite Shinsengumi character from the series is Saitou, as he is the male TEH REI character type. Nothing says sexy like an emotion-less stare. I think I just might play the game instead.

But the real question at the end of the day for a Shinsengumi anime is:

Does it actually have important Shinsengumi characters in it?

Saitou Hajime for GREAT JUSTICE.

(Yes) Commander : Kondō Isami
(Yes) General Commander: Sannan Keisuke
(Yes) Vice Commander: Hijikata Toshizō
(Yes) Military Advisor: Itō Kashitarō
Troop Captains :
(Yes) 1. Okita Sōji
(Yes) 2. Nagakura Shinpachi
(Yes) 3. Saitō Hajime
(No) 4. Matsubara Chūji
(No) 5. Takeda Kanryūsai
(Yes) 6. Inoue Genzaburō
(No) 7. Tani Sanjūrō
(Yes) 8. Tōdō Heisuke
(No) 9. Suzuki Mikisaburō
(Yes) 10. Harada Sanosuke
Spies:
(Yes) Shimada Kai
(Yes) Yamazaki Susumu

14/18, not bad. Peacemaker had a few more than them, but since it’s based off an otome game, it actually doesn’t disappoint here. One of the few places I can say that about this anime.

I definitively have no clue as to why certain troop captains are are left out and others aren’t, as they designed them as the pleased (maybe the names were cooler), but they got most of them.

Ep 1 is basically about the main character getting attacked by random fucks from nowhere, and then undead, evil, spirit monster things kill her pursuers. These Shinsengumi people save her, only to then kidnap her and threaten to kill her again. Yeah, that makes sense.

Just fucking kill it, the hell does it matter?

Anyho, they decide not to kill her, but they say she can’t be let go because SHE KNOWS TOO MUCH (yeah right). It then shifts to making the point more about her FITTING IN, whatever that does towards to plot I have no fucking idea (must come from the game), and you get her back story about how she is searching for her father.

Then episode 2 starts, and you get more of that FITTING IN bullshit, but they have this whole thing where they are hunting down rebellious groups that are going to burn down Kyoto. BUT ON TEH NOES, there are two places they could go, so they split up. Trap girl finds out they went to the wrong place, and so she starts running around in desperation to tell them.

Run bitch, run! You have an arbitrary goal to meet!

In episode 3 we have trap girl running around some more with EPIC MUSIC going on the the BG. The group of Shinsengumi that she is frantically chasing after are just killing people left and right, and we get some delicious blood and violence. FUCK YER. After some fighting, trap girl meets the other party and tells them to help out the other group, and they head on over. They beat the shit out of everyone, but Okita gets his ass handed to him by this badass GAR motherfucker with red eyes (I’m sorry Saitou, you just got beat in sexiness).

I would hit that like the angry fist of God.

The battle, or whatever you want to call it, ends, and trap girl goes out with these two characters I don’t know the names of, and they see some sort of festival. I don’t get the point, but whatever (must be more game shit). The Shinsengumi then start their campaign against the Choushuu with the backing of the Aizu clan (AKA LOL HISTORY TIME), and trap girl decides to go with them. Hurray?

Awww, they're holding hands~

On a side note: I was going to use Aoi-Wasurenai for screen caps/links instead of DB because they don’t FUCKING ENCODE TO AVI, so the pictures/videos would look nicer, but their translations are either off, or just fucking wrong. The rest of the sub groups doing this series don’t fair much better tl-wise, and your only real option is DB, but it’s not that beautiful H264 720p everyone loves.