Bakumatsu Kikansetsu Irohanihoheto

Intrigue in the Bakumatsu: Irohanihoheto

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Alternative Titles

Japanese: 幕末機関説 いろはにほへと
English: Intrigue in the Bakumatsu: Irohanihoheto
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Type: ONA
Episodes: 26
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 6, 2006 to Apr 6, 2007
Producers: Bandai Visual
Licensors: Sentai Filmworks
Studios: Sunrise
Source: Original
Genres: ActionAction, DramaDrama
Themes: HistoricalHistorical, SamuraiSamurai
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.091 (scored by 1233712,337 users)
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Ranked: #36672
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Popularity: #3449
Members: 38,286
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In the final years of the Bakumatsu, wandering mercenary Yojiro Akizuki travels the length and breadth of Japan. And while he employs his sword in the usual fashion, he also uses it to help him locate supernatural items which he pursues with single-minded determination, often with bloody results. In the course of his quest, he crosses paths with a traveling theater group whose members have their own dark agenda. Is it a chance meeting or the result of some, as yet, undiscovered conspiracy?

(Source: Sentai Filmworks)


The series was broadcast on the japanese video on demand service GyaO.

Characters & Voice Actors


Takahashi, Ryousuke
Director, Creator
Oohashi, Yoshimitsu
Fujino, Sadayoshi
Sound Director
Hayashi, Naotaka
Episode Director, Key Animation


Opening Theme

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"Kouya Ruten (荒野流転)" by FictionJunction YUUKA

Ending Theme

"Ai no Tsurugi (愛の剣)" by TAKAKO & THE CRAZY BOYS


Jan 2, 2018
The historical context of this anime is indeed demanding - you will have to wiki some names and battles - but the artistry and the theatrics employed are so great you want to keep watching the play until the right names come about.
It's best lays between episodes 1 and 13 (felt some disorientation in the argument after that point, like they were trying to pull up several storylines that would somehow converge in one single point in a map).
All the characters are immensely valuable, particularly the secondary ones like tayu, hijikata's right arm, nakaya jubei and the 4 english elite warriors that, as they ...
Aug 14, 2019
Mixed Feelings
✪ Genre: action (swordplay, gunfights), contemporary fantasy, historical drama, seinen

✔Positive Aspects✔

◧ By far the most impressive aspect of this series was its sound department. Beautiful and diverse melodies for every possible situation, keep the series afloat despite its multiple shortcomings (see below).

◧ I found the concept of this series very interesting, the blending of modern Japanese history (with a mostly accurate depiction of historical events) and contemporary fantasy elements, although it was not executed nearly as good as it could have been.

Aug 7, 2018
Basically this anime had a lot going for it at the beginning, but had to balance that with what it had going against it in the same timeframe. The scenes about the theater troupe and the writing involving Ibaragi and his plays was actually very engaging and made me want to see more. The very accurate portrayal of Japanese Kabuki theater was great and made me want to watch the show. I really liked the way they jammed a lot of plot into each episode and just expected you to keep up. But at the same time the anime was trying ...

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Sentai Filmworks Licenses Bakumatsu Kikansetsu Irohanihoheto and Hakuouki

According to their official press releases, Sentai Filmworks has licensed Bakumatsu Kikansetsu Irohanihoheto (Intrigue in the Bakumatsu ~ Irohanihoheto) and more

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It’s time to ditch the text file.
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