English: Hakuoki: Demon of the Fleeting Blossom
Synonyms: Hakuoki,Hakuouki: Shinsengumi Kitan
Apr 4, 2010 to Jun 20, 2010
23 min. per ep.
R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
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SynopsisThe protagonist, Yukimura Chizuru, is the daughter of a doctor who works in Edo. The father leaves Edo to work as a volunteer doctor and moves to Kyoto without his daughter. As time passes by, Chizuru starts worrying about losing contact with her father, so she decides to go to Kyoto in search of him. On the way, Chizuru is attacked by few criminals and witnesses a fight between an oni and the Shinsengumi. Taking her into custody and saving her, the Shinsengumi debate on what to do with Chizuru when they discover that she is the daughter of the doctor they are also looking for. So they decide to become Chizuru's protectors and help her look for her father (the doctor). Lots of events happen while she stays with the Shinsengumi, as they discover mysterious secrets and also fight against the Bakumatsu group. The story is overall romantic with a historical and political background.
(Source: Hakuouki official website)
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Characters & Voice Actors
Opening Theme"Izayoi Namida" by Aika Yoshioka
Ending Theme"Kimi no Kioku (君ノ記憶)" By Mao
Ignoring the fact it's been a game, and the main female character is the most frustrating, ignorant and helpless ever, this is a brilliant anime.
Even if you find the story a little...sparse at times, the reason you should /definitely/ watch to the end of every single episode is the male characters - both the drawing of them and the personalities themselves. They aren't, like a lot of mangas based on games, guys who may be hot but are stupid, masochistic and aloof. They are warm, funny, incredibly good looking (a major bonus) and, of course, incredibly protective of the female protagonist.
Chizuru (the female protagonist) is the only reason (alongside the plot sometimes having holes big enough to drive a truck through) you might find this a little tiresome. She is, considering her 'powers' (something you'll find out about) incredibly helpless and unable to fend for herself - something I find most INFURIATING in girl characters.
I sticked through it because I thought there would be some sort of 'Kick-ass' moment where she'd begin to shine, but so far nil-but maybe there is hope for the second series?
However, the guys do make up for it tenfold. A few I feel I should mention is Saitou, Okita and Heisuke.
Saitou is just...brilliant. He's more than adequate for man candy but also a brilliant swordsman and very smart. One of your serious glasses types (but obviously without the glasses)
Okita is a lovely character, he gets fleshed out a lot more than the others seem to (for instance, from what I can gather so far it seems as if she's getting together with Hijikata, but nothing has been developed in his character for you to warm to him at all.). I really enjoyed the episodes with him involved, and he's a sight for sore eyes!
Heisuke is my personal favourite. He's the youngest, same age as Chizuru, but utterly brilliant.
All in all, you should watch for the fight scenes (guys), and the man candy (girls) and just the characters! I highly recommend it. read more
*Spoiler warning* Do not read story section unless you've finished the series.
"Hakuouki" is based on a PS2 romance adventure otome game (games targeted toward girls).
The story starts with Yukimura Chizuru, daughter of a doctor in Edo (Tokyo's old name), arriving Kyoto in search of her father. She is saved by two Shinsengumi members from zombie-like demon, and gets taken into custody. Eventually she gains their trust and helps them out while looking for clues of her father.
Shinsengumi is an organization that actually existed in the late-Edo-period that acted as a 'special police' that served to suppress any anti-government movement in Kyoto. The actual organization only existed for less than a decade, but their legacies have been depicted in various novels, movies, and TV doramas that they have become something of a symbol of justice in the Edo-era. The latest Shinsengumi hit has been the NHK Taiga dorama "Shinsengumi!" starring SMAP's Katori Shingo in 2004. NHK, the government-owned TV station's Taiga dorama series are known for practically guaranteed 15%+ viewership ratings and A-list actors.
This anime's events and characters are inspired by the actual Shinsengumi, but the story is completely fictional.
The title "Hakuouki" is a made-up word comprised of kanji "Light-colored Sakura" and "Ogre". It describes the fictional vampire-like white-haired (light color) undead (Sakura) demons (ogres) in this series. Sakura (Cherry blossoms) symbolizes death or short-lived beauty for the short span in which the pink flowers blossom in spring. (Sakura also symbolizes farewells and new meetings since they bloom during graduation and new school year, which is April in Japan, but that is probably not the case in this series)
Animation in general lacked detail, and characters' faces were really deformed in some scenes while they were extremely well-drawn in close up and action scenes.
One thing they really succeeded in this show was use of lighting to create mood. From hazy moonlight to orange glow in the daytime to bloody red sunset, the light always seemed to shine from one direction, and matched the atmosphere they were trying to create.
One fatal flaw in the animation... was character design in the sense that they were all too idolized. Sure, all the main characters wore Shinsengumi uniforms with swords around their waist, but all I saw was a bunch of host and a school girl in cosplay. It all comes down to fan service, and they all seemed out of place amid peasants and lowly Shinsengumi members who looked legitimately from the Edo-era.
They even went as far as trying to have Chizuru pass for a boy. I know back in the day, it was unthinkable for a girl to be dressed like a boy, but please, you must be joking.
Main characters looked like hosts, at least they sounded like hosts too. Despite the fact that they were totally out of place, they stayed consistent by speaking modern Japanese the whole way and and all the characters sounded like they should.
Music in slice-of-life scenes had a serene, calming flow that worked very nicely in the background, which intensified in plot twists or confrontations, enhancing drama in every occasion. Powerful drum beats are added in action scenes, which not only fit the era well, but also made them all that more exciting.
Theme songs were ridiculously good for this series. OP song was epic with extremely catchy tune, elegant lyric, and great vocal. Amazing piece of contemporary Jpop-Enka hybrid that really blew me away. ED was pretty good, the somber song worked nicely for this series since many episodes ended with a tragedy. Sound and Marketing department sure have a lot of work ahead of them if they're to match or surpass the theme song quality and compatibility in season 2.
Before we even get to the story... there was a major problem with power balance in this anime. I can accept Oni villains being insanely strong because they're not human, but how are some of the Shinsengumi members able to fight almost evenly against them? What's even more puzzling is that those fighters struggle against lowly samurai when outnumbered. From their performance against the Oni, they should be able to easily defeat 10 minions by themselves.
This leads to the main problem with the story: Irrational character motives and too much sudden story developments between events.
- Oni can so easily penetrate Shinsengumi's defense, as proven by Kazama and Nagumo. Why didn't they just come in and kidnap Chizuru anytime they wanted? There was nothing there to stop them from second or third tries after the first attempt failed. (Why did it even take that long to make the first attempt?)
- I didn't exactly see how Chizuru fell in love with Hijikata. Seemed just like Hijikata was being excessively strict few times, and got persuaded by other members to bend the rules. It was a WTF moment for me when Chizuru started blushing when her twin sister asked her if she's staying for love.
- Overly gullible characters. Gets tricked so easily by villains and has no self-discipline when given the choice with the elixir. These guys are definitely not leader materials, and it's a wonder Shinsengumi can last so long with such incompetent commanders.
- You're trying to kill Chizuru for seeing a classified subject, and the next second, you're trusting her to send messages in a life-or-death situation.
- Chizuru, do not walk toward vampires when you're bleeding! Use common sense.
- Chizuru, run when you see danger! You're helpless, and you staying around is not going to help the injured or dead.
- Chizuru, PLEASE TRY TO ACTIVATE SELF-DEFENSE INSTINCT OF YOUR BRAIN! Help will not always arrive out of blue.
- Hijikata drinking elixir in the last episode came out nowhere. Where did he even get it? And his motive makes no sense, I mean... you're not human anymore, just because someone (who you knew didn't kill your best friend) provoked you.
Making a non-cheesy fictional story based on historical events is difficult. Add vampires, Oni, rushed storyline, and this feat becomes practically impossible.
The least they could've done was provide more backgrounds to each incident rather than "XXX advanced their troops to Kyoto", battle scene, "And this will eventually come to be known as Battle of YYY" before jumping to another historical event.
I think they should've just used the Edo-era setting with original events rather than try to camouflage an actual event.
The DBZ-style talking during battles, or talking for so long that backup arrive certainly didn't make the story any more believable.
Another unrealistic jidaigeki, I would have to say this is girl's version of "Sengoku Basara". Instead of mindless battles, you have mindless melodrama, which starts to get pretty predictable even without knowledge of Japanese history. In the end, it was a bidanshi cosplay fest, as expected of a shoujo anime. The story jumps from one historical battle to another, it's easy to tell this is just another "Rurouni Kenshin"-inspired piece that hopped on bandwagon of the latest Shinsengumi craze initiated by the 2004 NHK Taiga dorama.
However, I have to say that the characters are charming as intended, and the Oni villains are cool enough to have me watch this season to the end, and if I have a lot of time to kill, I'll be able to tolerate another season just to see how bad it gets. read more
Japan's history is written mostly in blood rather than ink, which represents the source of interest for many people, with me proudly among them.
The story evolves around the Shinsengumi, the late Tokugawa Shogunate secret police.
They are followed in their struggle against the changing times where the old samurai ways of fighting and living are replaced by the incursion of western culture.
In Hakuouki the concept of time is well determinate, meaning that events don't unfold day after day and neither do battles so from that point of view its a plus.
Being a historical inspired tale ensures a certain continuity of the episodes while presenting key elements of that historical period.
I was literally enthralled by the fighting scenes because they aren't just flashed at great speed and because they add up to the fluidity of the series.
Also they are not displayed in the form of a white cut on a black background all while being dynamic and thrilling.
Artwork is a great combination of lighting and details that not only provides a great enviroment but also presents some of they best made individual characters I have seen in all my time since I started enjoying anime industry.
Characters have their own ideals struggles or rivalries but at times they merge into a single personality, for example when they all gather under one roof. They act according to their traits and each of them is faced with interior problems.
Since the army factor is very relevant to the series, the series display certain scenes that follow the morale of the support cast.
In the end if you enjoy a good action drama and historical tale then Hakuouki is definitely a good choice for you. It is very enjoyable while providing a good image of the events that unfolded during the fall of the Tokugawa Shogunate
Hakuouki is an anime made by Studio DEEN, who have, in recent years, gained infamy for putting their names to a variety of very poor shows in recent years, as well as making a horribly butchered adaptation of Umineko. So, does Hakuouki enter the ranks of awful DEEN series, or does it redeem the studio? Well, put simply, it is terrible. It is a perfect example of why DEEN are a bad studio. There isn't a single good thing about it.
But before I get into the details about why Hakuouki is horrible, let's just sum up what Hakuouki is about for those not familiar with the series. The series is introduced with a young "boy" trying to escape from a strange vampire-like demon. At the last minute, "he" is saved by a group of samurai, who then take "him" hostage. As it turns out, the "boy" has seen more than he should have done, and is now being held captive by a large group of suspiciously attractive men. As it also turns out, the boy is named Chizuru and is not a boy, and is a girl disguising as one. If this sounds cliché to you then that's probably because it is.
As it turns out, Chizuru is looking for her father, a doctor who went missing in Kyoto. Later on, it turns out that her father is involved with the medicine that turns men into the aforementioned vampires that are never once called vampires in spite of being nocturnal creatures once human but now superhuman who lust after human blood.
Now, the biggest problem with Hakuouki is, rather simply, that it is boring. Throughout the entire 12 episodes, the show held my interest for maybe 5 seconds at most. Despite being a show about swordsmen and demons, there is very little action. While a similar statement can be made of Saraiya Goyou, a similarly themed show that aired at the same time, the fact is that while the latter keeps the viewer's interest with a quirky style, fascinating dialogue, and originality, Hakuouki does nothing of the sort. Hakuouki is rather bland, having no real selling point other than the cast of bishonens. Stylistically, the themes that run through Hakuouki have been done before many times, and better. And the worst complaint that can be said of it is the dialogue. Hakuouki is an adaptation of a visual novel, but it doesn't seem to understand the "adaptation" part of that. Everything in this show is just talking. The action is almost never focused on, and is completely weightless when it is. The plot has no intrigue or suspense. It is just talking. This could have been forgiveable, but even worse is that the dialogue isn't even good. It's just boring and lifeless, and it begs the question of why this was taken from a VN at all when it simply acts exactly like one.
Now, I said before that the selling point of the show is the bishonens, but there's a problem with that too. As a heterosexual male, I know that I am not the target audience, but there are still some clear problems even taking that into account. For a start, there isn't a single character in this show with a likeable or memorable character trait. Every single one of them is completely one-dimensional. None of them are developed on, very few of them go through any kind of personal struggle, and at the end of it almost every character is simply forgettable. To make things worse, the character design in Hakuouki is extremely weak. It is often completely impossible to tell one character apart from another, with them all being uniformed, alongside many of them sharing various features with other characters, and combined with my previous complaint it can often make the show confusing out of a lack of basic knowledge for which character is which.
The only character who is actually worth mentioning here is Chizuru, the shoddily disguised centre of our reverse-harem. But don't mistake my meaning, she is by no means a good character. For the most part, she is only memorable simply for being the only girl. But due to her being in focus, unlike 90% of the cast, she becomes memorable, and her faults become noticeable. For one, she does not help the plot at all for most of the series, except towards the end, in which her only role is to become a living MacGuffin that the enemy forces want. When thrown into combat, she is completely useless, and seems to have no self-defence instinct whatsoever, leading other characters to become injured in her stead while she just stands there.
The ending is one of the few moments where the show is actually interesting, but it may also be the worst for the complete contradictions we are shown. Now, I don't want to spoil anybody, but it's going to be hard to discuss the ending without doing so, so if you are particularly spoiler-sensitive and want to watch this series for whatever reason, I would advise you to skip the rest of this paragraph. Basically, one of the samurai is killed in front of Chizuru, and a member of the enemy force is nearby at the time, though he was not the one responsible. Another member of the samurai sees this, blames the demon, and drinks the potion that turns people into the not-vampire creatures so he will have the strength to kill him. Now, there are several problems with this. For a start, a very curious question is raised... where did he get the potion? The potion is not supposed to be easily accessible, for obvious reasons. He had no reason to plan for an event like this, so he would not have prepared it. There is no foreshadowing or reason that suggests he was already considering the change. It simply doesn't make sense. But on top of that, after the battle, he reveals that he knew that the man wasn't responsible for his death. Which now means that the drinker just sentenced himself to a life as an undead monster to get revenge on a man he knew wasn't even responsible.
Sadly, Hakuouki repeatedly proves itself to be a terrible show without a single redeeming feature, but just to put the cherry on top, DEEN are giving it a sequel in the fall. Yes, you heard that right... somehow, this mess of an anime has gathered enough of a fanbase to warrant a sequel. So sadly, we haven't even seen the end of this series.
I'm sure I've made this clear by now, but my verdict on this anime is simply a no. It does not deserve to be watched by anybody, and if there is any justice in the world it will have been completely forgotten by the end of the year... at least if DEEN don't end up making a third series.
Final Words: I'd have more fun watching paint dry.
Overall: 2/10 read more
Both of these Anime contain reverse harem and is of the supernatural genre. They also have similar art format.
Well it's simple to see what they have in common:
• the art style is similar? of course, the artist is the same
• both tv series come from an otome game, with reverse harem genre
• as being reverse harem they both show the usual pattern of a group of boys having somewhat to protect the female protagonist
• still, both series share a strong supernatural factor who doesn't pass on background throught all the story
If you liked one of those you might want to give a try to the another as well!
Have fun watching~
The same artist that created hakuouki created hnk so the style is almost identical. Also the story line is pretty similar with a bunch of guys protecting this one girl. You get the same feel from both even though the settings are different.
There are lots of guys protecting a female protagonist who is considered special in both of these animes.
There is fighting,also with supernatural powers and the setting is similar (although Hakuouki is set in the Edo era).
Handsome guys protecting cute and special girl, a lot of action and good romance stories.
Good drawing, music and environment but a disappointing boring development, and with a stupid protagonist, who only expected to be protected and never helps those who protect her, just "looking at them" in fights and giving them moral support. Two series with two very frustrating protagonists.
To put it simply , both of them are of shoujo genre and contains reverse harem. Super hot demons are also present in the anime.
Both have a heavy history telling background.
Both series has Edo period, katana-wielding action. Both have a more or less an aesthetic look to it (meaning it's a bit on the "pretty" side). Both series has a pretty interesting supernatural element to them. Both have a strong historical, driven plot line, yet the accuracy of the history used is naturally debatable.
both are historical animes with a supernatural twist. there is also a "narration" of events that occurred during the period, which in Hakuouki is provided by Chizuru and Bakumatsu Kikansetsu Irohanihoheto by an actual narrator. later on in BKI events from Hakuouki "clash", such as Hijikata meeting with the other leaders, etc, are mentioned in both animes.
Similar idea - different execution. In Hakouoki art is a little better, but Bakumatsu has no annoying female characters.
Bakumatsu focuses mostly on the history adding a supernatural story-line as an attraction, whereas Hakouoki is using history as a background and focusing on the characters.
Both are set in the same period of Japan's history and have some overlapping characters - Okita and Hijikata mainly but Kondou is mentioned briefly too. Both also have a heavily history-based storytelling with hints of supernatural elements to spice it up a notch.. without overdoing it.
If you loved one of these you will probably love the other too!
Both have a strong historical background (the ending of the swords' era and the beginning of the guns' era)
Lots of sword fights
A fantasy element
Both shows are set in a historical time period with characters who are involved in the supernatural. I think that I enjoyed Bakumatsu more, but both shows give off a similar feel of tense fighting embroiled with supernatural elements.
Both anime talking about the samurai in the Edo era, and the story talks about a group of people work in kill , wearing the same clothes
Same Shinsengumi characters, but different plot, and exact same time period and location, Kyoto. In both shows, the Shinsengumi Vice-commander, Hijikata Toshizo, takes in a young person and is placed under the care of the Shinsengumi. The most obvious difference is that in Peacemaker Kurogane, Hijikata takes in a 15 year old boy, Ichimura Tetsunouske and makes him his page, instead of a young girl.
Both about ancient samurai, and there is similarity in the names of some characters
It's about the history of japan (politically). Both show unique personalities of the shinsengumi.
So far it seems as though it might be just as gory as peacemaker.
I would definitely recommend this anime if you liked Hakuouki.
Both are about the Shinsengumi. If you don't consider that the characters are drawn differently, and that the main characters are different, (Tetsu and Chizuru), then Hakuouki can almost be considered a "sequel" to Peacemaker Kurogane, (in a way), as the Ikedaya Incident was the final event in Peacemaker Kurogane, while it is one of the first events in Hakuouki. They're both awesome!
Both about Shinsemgumi, both has characters called okita xDD
People get ill, fighting and both very very good!
both take place in the shinsengumi and they consist of a character that something happened to them leading to them joining the shinsengumi. in hakuouki the main character joins after witnessing a drug test going out of control where as the main character in peacemaker kurogane joins after his father is killed in search of revenge leading him to desire strength.
Both feature shinsengumi, though Rurouni Kenshin's shinsengumi happen to have been that in the past, where as the characters in Hakuouki happen to be members in the now, reflecting their differing time periods. Also, they have varing generas, but the art is detailed.
Both Rurouni Kenshin and Hakuoki are set in the similar time period, with many of the characters being skilled swordsmen, also with attractive qualities. The romance and action is paced well and very enjoying to watch unfold.
These are both about the same time period, but are told from different sides of the war. This Hakuouki is more serious than the Kenshin TV series, but similar to the Movies.
If you watched Rurouni Kenshin and you liked for Japanese history, then you'll like Hakuouki. It's all japanese history (adding some fantasy) and also historical characters.
To sum it up, both are samurai and amazing. The main character protects the girl with romance development. Do not miss out! Also, please make sure you watch Hakuouki Hekketsuroku, the sequel to Hakuouki as well, since Hakuouki is really incomplete without it. Season 2 finishes up all the build up Hakuouki started and is ten folds better.
Both feature the Shinsengumi and some epic fight scenes! The character of Chizuru can be somewhat annoying, but no (in my opinion) any worse than Kaoru. Hijikata, like Kenshin, is a lovable main character, and it's amazing to see some of the events that happened before the timeline of Rurouni Kenshin. +10 for historical accuracy (with some additions, of course)
Both of these Anime contain a female lead who is sought out by both the bad guys and good guys. They both have very mild personalities and both anime have bishonen.
Samurai bishies with powers.Many fights. Main heroine is weak and naive although she possesses a unique power.
Samurais, bishonens, powers, similar era, drama and romance.
1- Beautiful, attractive, powerful, amazing and sexy male characters.
2- Both stories are developed in the Edo era of Japan.
3- Both main characters protect a woman from 'evil forces'.
4- Fights, magical powers with swords, etc, etc.
6- The Shinsengumi takes part of the plot.
7- I recommend it to every fangirl.
This is my first rec so bear with me.
Both of these have a reverse harem-like feeling where there is a female lead with many male characters surrounding her. In both stories, the main character is protected by a group of samurais or ninjas. They both are set in the past and have mystical or supernatural influences.
Many of the characters are also similar in looks, personality, or purpose.
Saizo and Hijikata are alike in looks and personality. They are both quiet and stern and give off an indifferent or aggressive vibe towards the female lead but turn out to be quite caring and kind.
Sanada and Kondou are similar in looks, personality, and purpose. They are both the "leaders" of the group of warriors and brought them all together. They are also both silly, carefree characters who both enjoy chasing after women. They are also both understanding and gentle towards the female lead.
Rokuro and Saito are also similar in all three traits. They are quiet and mysterious and tend to be the shadow and right hand man of the leader of the group. They both show traits of loyalty and quiet determination to accomplish the goals and protect their leader.
Although they are different in some ways, Kamanoske also reminded me of Okita with his looks and personality. While he was a bit more eccentric than Okita, he displayed Okita's indifference/preference towards violence and killing. They were also both a bit hostile towards the female lead when first meeting her.
Both shows are among my favorites and I thought of Hakuouki numerous times while watching brave 10. However ....SPOILER ALERT.... while I enjoyed Hakuouki more for it's intensity, I liked brave 10 more because it had a happier ending.
The two shows have a female lead who has mysterious circumstances revolving around her and she is protected and sought out by a string of bishounen samurai's. While Brave 10 was good, I personally prefer Hakuouki. Either way I couldn't help but think of these two shows as I watched them.
In both anime, lots of bihies and one main girl involved with them. I think the art is also somewhat similar to eachother. The plots are different, but if you enjoy this you enjoy the other! (There's also a second season for Saiunkoku Monogatari)
In both series a tender, but brave and clever girl is being involved in historical events together with a bunch of hottest bishies ^^ Saiunkoku Monogatari's deliberate narration deals more with details and sometimes creates a rather philisophical mood, while Hakuouki is more compact and brings mostly action. One more to add: the main heroine is voiced by the same seiyu in both anime.
They both take place in old times Japan, and have girls that pretend to be guys.
They are both reversed harem, and both Chizuru and Shuurei have the same voice actor!
If you wanted an anime on the more historical side- this one is for you. A girl surrounded by guys... dont expect steamy scenes lol
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