English: Haruka: Beyond the Stream of Time – A Tale of the Eight Guardians
Synonyms: HaruToki, Haruka 8, Haruka naru Toki no Naka de TV, Harukanaru Toki no Nakade - Hachiyosho -, In a Distant Time
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 6, 2004 to Mar 30, 2005
24 min. per episode
PG - Children
L represents licensing company
Score: 7.241 (scored by 3787 users)
1 indicates a weighted score
drama fantasy historical reverse harem
SynopsisAkane Motomiya and her friends Tenma and Shimon are pulled by a demon into another world, where Akane becomes the Priestess of the Dragon God. The people of this world tell her that she is the only one who can stop the demons from taking over; meanwhile, the demons want to use her power for their own ends. Luckily, Akane has the Hachiyou, eight men with powers of their own who are sworn to protect the Dragon Priestess.
Related AnimeAdaptation: Harukanaru Toki no Naka de
Summary: Harukanaru Toki no Naka de: Ajisai Yumegatari
Sequel: Harukanaru Toki no Naka de 2: Shiroki Ryuu no Miko, Harukanaru Toki no Naka de: Character Endings
Alternative version: Harukanaru Toki no Naka de: Maihitoyo
Side story: Harukanaru Toki no Naka de: Kokoro no Yukue
Spin-off: Harukanaru Toki no Naka de 3: Kurenai no Tsuki, Harukanaru Toki no Naka de 3: Owarinaki Unmei
Characters & Voice Actors
Harukanaru's plot--or rather, lack thereof--bothered me. Aside from the premise, which has to be taken with a grain of salt due to its inherent cliche nature [teenage girl is transported to magical era: see Twelve Kingdoms, Inuyasha, Fushigi Yuugi--all published before Harukanaru, firmly establishing the genre], the plot is badly constructed, forcing the story along at a jerky pace. The revelations were utterly predictable, and the only thing that was surprising was the lack of ingenuity and bewildering logic of some of the so-called "twists." I was never actually clear on the basic motivations of good and evil, because they were never actually stated. It's clear what the characters are doing--finding the Hachiyou, finding seals, causing angst/consternation--but they never say why.
The strongest thing this series has going for it is the characters, which, as it's based on an otome game, isn't terribly surprising. The main male characters are all at least a little engaging, despite how easily they are pigeon-holed into stereotypes; I found myself having sympathy for them anyway, increasingly over the course of the series as they each got a bit of backstory to bolster them. Akane, however, inspired nothing in me. As she is supposed to be the player-character in the game, I'm supposed to identify with her and feel her pain and cheer for her success. I found myself cheering for the Hachiyou because I actually liked them. Akane is erratic and nonsensical, blushing and worrying over the Hachiyou one minute, and then obsessing over her completely unexplained, irrational love for Akuram the next. She says she wants to go home, but she never says why--she never even gives an indication that she misses her family or her classmates [...does she actually have a family? or, like. friends?], and so at the end when she claims she wants to go back "to the world with the people I care about most," that should be Kyou, where she has at least eight utterly devoted men who would die for her and live to make her happy. But no, that world is apparently her version of Earth, with Shimon, Tenma, and Ran all dragged back with her, despite the fact that they all had purposes and futures in Kyou that frankly seemed more interesting than going to high school. It would make more sense if Tenma had persevered in trying to get them all home, as he seemed determined to do for a few early episodes.
The animation isn't bad. It has its wonky moments, but the fight sequences at least are nicely executed. The character designs are also interesting, especially to someone like me who is facinated with Heian designs--Tomomasa's sokutai in particular is very lovely. The one thing that pushed it too far was how the designs made it too easy to pick out special characters. Like how if a male character has a wildly unnatural hair color--green, blue, purple, bright red--then he is a member of the Hachiyou, thus making things a bit too obvious.
The voice acting is another strong point in this series. With actors like Tomakazu Seki, Kouki Miyata, Akira Ishida, Souichirou Houshi, Shinichirou Miki, and Kazuhiko Inoue, it's wildly impressive on paper, let alone actually on-screen, and they all naturally do a bang-up job. The music, composed by Yoshihisa Hirano, is also very strong; it has Hirano's trademark drama, and its simple melodies add much to the action.
Overall: this could have been so much stronger. The series has a lot going for it, but the plot and character development get tangled up in each other and it falls on its face. I personally think it would have been a totally awesome series if Akane actually used her supposed huge amount of power, spent time learning to control it, and her useless bodyguards against demon attacks were actually redundant and they had to protect her from herself instead, despite the fact that she's more powerful than they are. It would have been much more interesting than 26 episodes of Akane alternately plastering a smile on her face and crying. read more
Harukanary Toki no Naka de ~Hachiyo Shou~ is a dating sim-gone-anime type story, that leads any fangirl into a world of hot men, and engaging story. This anime, though only 26 episodes, I can easily see as an instant classic.
Harukanary Toki no Naka de ~Hachiyo Shou~ is the story of a modern day girl, Akane, and her two friends Shimon and Tenma. On the way to school one day, Akane is called to the world of Kyou as the "Priestess of Ryuujin" in the country of Kyou. Shimon and Tenma attempt to stop her from being pulled in, but fail, and join her as well.
Akane must gather the eight hachinyou of the four gods to help her protect Kyou from Akram, an evil demon out to take control of the world.
The purpose of my rating is though as the story goes along, it gets better, the basic plot reminded me way to much of Fushigi Yuugi.
The animation style fits the series well. While it's not the most top notch, it does have well done colouring, and nicely done backgrounds and landscapes. While some of the colour scheming seems a bit odd in the clothing, the show is based off an game, so they did remain true to the original style.
I enjoyed the music in this series quite a bit. The opening theme is incredibly catchy, with a good ending theme that matches the opening. The in series music was well done, and I did enjoy the occasional snippets of character image themes.
Though we did not hear Akane's song, or for that matter, two of the four villians, it did give us a taste of the characters themselves, because they occured in their 'special' episodes. All the characters were decent singers as well, which is always a bonus.
This is where the series truly ranks above and beyond. While the series makes me think of Fushigi Yuugi, it is above and beyond in the character developement. All the characters got an episode or two to themselves, and they did their best to keep no one from disappearing in the shadows.
While I was reminded of other anime characters (Tenma was lovingly nicknames 'Kyo', Shimon was for awhile known as 'Shimizu' and Akane by 'Kahoko') each character did develope well, and had their own personality. While Tenma bugged me with how much he looked and acted like Kyo from Fruits Basket, I suppose he was a necessary character since many of the other characters had a bit more toned down personalities.
The anime also favourited Tenma, and Yasuaki, I found. Tenma was favoured as a possible love interest, while Yasuaki was favoured as a simply cool character. Even though these two were favourites, everyone else did develope still.
I at first was a bit unsure of this series because of my obvious bias towards it being a Fushigi Yuugi rip, the series, in my opinion, developed better in many aspects. The characters in this all developed, while in Fushigi Yuugi, some characters pretty well disappeared. The music in both series' are well placed, but I feel the this series did better in their use of it's mood effecting power. Though I did have one fairly major issue with this series, I do feel my enjoyment was at its highest by the end of the series.
Overall / My Comments / My Feelings
Overall, it was a well thought out, and developed story. I enjoy the characters Eisen, Yasuaki, and Shimon the most, but of course I can't think of anyone I truly didn't like (other than their annoying mascot-like friend..)
My major issue with the series is the four gods. In actual history, they were known as 'The Genbu Turtle of the North', 'The Azure Dragon of the East', 'The Red Bird/Pheonix of the South', and 'The White Tiger of the East'. In Fushigi Yuugi, Yuu Watase CREATED the names Genbu, Seriyu, Suzaku, and Byakko for the Gods. This series used those names, which... I suppose is okay, but are technically the rights of Watase. Oh well, no real harm done.
The one thing that hindered my enjoyment of the series at the beginning however, was Tenma. He looks, and acts SO much like Kyo, I always referred to him as Kyo as I watched the series. I didn't know his real name for a while because I was calling him Kyo. Also, Shimon and Akane look similar to Keiichi Shimizu and Kahoko Hino of La Corda. Another ehhhh...
However, some of the character similarities I embraced. Such as Yasuaki being like a completely personality-less Chichiri. Or perhaps Eisen reminding me so strongly of Amiboshi at first because of his flute. Should I mention Yorihisa looking so similar to historical pretty boy Ranmaru Mori when shown in his flashbacks? (I'm referring to the Koei interpetation of Ranmaru).
As my sister had mentioned, I greatly enjoyed the lack of 'friend gone evil rival' in this series that most teleport to another world stories seem to have. Though Ran's appearance kind of turned out to be like that, she wasn't half as bad as some other stories (*coughYuicough*).
All in all, I reccomend this anime to anyone. I do mean that. It's not so overly Shojo that a guy will be scared off, and it's not so overly Shonen that some girls will loose their attention span. Their is a good mix of fighting along with a bit of sexual tension (though nothing comes out of this in the end). I personally think any guy will simply enjoy the coolness that is Yasuaki, he is also very appealing to us fangirls. The series brings a bit of both worlds into a good mix, and is being delivered for us to watch. So do it. read more
These two shows are extremely similar. A couple of high school students are transported to a "different" world and the girl is chosen as a priestess. No difference! What you need to know are the differences, which are: in Fushigi you have a harem anime with tons of romance and the love triangles/squares/whatever are blatantly obvious, plus lots of comedy. In Harukanaru there is a much more serious tone and much less romance (well, it takes much longer to be revealed and then it's much more discreet). Other than this, the plot is almost identical.
Basically the same show, where a miko travels to a different timeline and is surrounded by handsome protectors, except the miko serves a different god.
Well you have your celestial warriors and then theres your love connections between each one of them to the priestess and well.....
Similar in almost every way. The only difference is the length; HaruToki is shorter with only 26 episodes while Fushigi Yuugi is longer.
Like Fushigi Yuugi,the most important character in Harukanaru Toki no Naka de is a girl called to another world,Kyou. Her name is Akane,and she has been chosen as "Ryūjin no Miko" or in english: Priestess of the Dragon God. The one who called her to the new world is Akuram,the Demon lord. With Akane,her friends Tenma and Shimon is also dragged with her to the new world. There,she must fins all 8 Hachiyō (Hachiyou.) The 8 Hachiyō protects the Miko,with their life. But all of them starts to realize that she means more to them then just being the Miko. And,will Akane be able to control her new-found powers? More importantly,will she and the 8 Hachiyō be able to defeat Akuram?
The anime is based on a game,and in the game you will be able to chose how it ends. This is important to know,so you wont be confused when watching the anime-end.
Same basic show and premise.
Very similar themes - a miko recruiting warriors who are represented by Seiryuu, Suzaku, Byakko and Genbu
They both have a girl that is pulled into another world. They both have the same four gods - Suzaku, Byakko, Genbu and Seiryuu. The girls are both made mikos - Miaka is the Suzaku no Miko and Akane is the Ryuujin no Miko. Both Mikos are surrounded by men and they are both of their GUARDIANS - both have signs (Tamahome and the others have chinese signs, Tenma and the others have jewels). Also, more than one character falls in love with the main character - like Tamahome and Hotohori and Tenma and Yorihisa.
A girl in present time goes back to the ancient world to be a miko. Reverse harem theme. Fushigi yuugi is longer and has more depth, while Haru toki is shorter so you don't get dragging. Similarity: 3 1/2 *
In both Fushigi Yuugi, and Haruka the main girl gets transported to a new world. They become, priestesses to protect the world from chaos befalling the land. Plus they each have several protectors who help them in tight situations.
both of them revolves around a girl from another world n they have many good looking guys who is protecting them so it kinda look similar in many ways. there s also romance involved n adventure..anyway i prefer fushigi yuugi cuz its wayy better but i enjoy watching both of em. gudluck >.<
they are both about a priestess and about 4 gods/people
just like in fushigi yuugi, the main character comes from a different world, but instead of appearing to the feudal era by book its by a well. the two are both priestess who have to search for the celestial warriors who are to help her in her mission to save the world from some sort of disaster. the warriors all have a relationship weather it be romantic or a relationship in which they hold her dear and want to protect her with their lives, just as fushigi yuugi. it is pretty much the same thing- except the romance is dimmed down.
There's a girl who travels through time in both series and she has to collect seven mens to protect her and save the world. And both are priestesses, in Haruka; Ryuujin no miko and in Fushigi Yugi Suzaku no Miko. The theme is actually quite the same!
Girl transported to an ancient world and is the chosen Pristess, has to find her warriors to complete her role as the Pristess.
It has the same theme. They both are almost the same but still very diffrent.
While both of these shows have completely different settings (La Corda focuses on classical music while Harukanaru is a fantasy and magic anime) they are both anime based on dating sims by the same creators. These two shows are both reverse harems, meaning a female character surrounded by a lot of males. The settings are different by the main focus is still present, that you the viewers will wonder who the female lead will end up with .
Reverse Harem + Bishounens for all those girls. o_o Also made by Koei, as well.
La Corda is the same type of anime as Harukanaru, both drawn by the same artists. La Corda is about a girl who doesn't know anything about music and with some magical help starts excelling in playing the violin and there are loads of hot guys around her. Harukanaru Toki... is also about a girl with many other male characters who are hot, though it is set in the past. There's also magic in it. They're both cute, and they're both enjoyable anime so watch them
Both are adaptions of a Neoromance game by KOEI, and they both have a reverse harem.
both have a girl surrounded by pretty guys and they both have fairy thing in it
Opening Theme"Haruka, Kimi no Moto e" by Tomokazu Seki, Naozumi Takahashi, and Kouki Miyata
Ending Theme#1: "flowin' ~Ukigomo~" by Yuu Asakawa and Houko Kuwashima
#2: "Tsuioku no Mori ni Sasagu" by Shinichiro Miki (ep 7)
#3: "Millefeuille Dream" by Kouki Miyata (ep 15)
#4: "Kazemachi Tsuki ni Fuku Kaze wa" by Shigeru Nakahara (ep 20)
#5: "Kageri no Fuuin Hachiyo-Sho Version" by Akira Ishida (ep 23)
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