Although traumatized by witnessing the murder of his parents by one of the Choushuu, Ichimura Tetsunosuke's thirst for revenge leads him to desire strength. At the age of 15, Tetsunosuke approached the Shinsengumi, wanting to become one of its members. However, Tetsunosuke lacked the skill, mind, and will to emotionlessly cut down whoever threatened peace and the Shinsengumi. Even with the support of his brother Tatsunosuke and his newfound friends of the Shinsengumi, little did Tetsunosuke know the blood and pain he would have to face being part of this historical group.
If you haven’t read the manga up to and including Vol. 7, and/or know your history of the real Shinsengumi, this is going to leave you confused and frustrated. There are but fragments of parts of the story while others are omitted completely. For example, it leaves out huge chunks of Suzu’s story which will make it seem as if he’s just another annoying run-of-the-mill psycho. There is no explanation given to Sannan’s whereabouts. What is up with Heisuke, you will wonder. Crucial parts of Saito’s story are compressed in a manner that left even me confused at first because it had been a while
since I’ve read those parts of the manga. The movie places too much emphasis on Saya’s story, but even here they mix it up. I love Saya, but she is not the main story of Peacemaker Kurogane. Lastly, we are given flashbacks to Ayumu’s fate. Now, as heartbreaking as her story was, did we really need those time-consuming flashbacks? We already got most of it in the anime series. I would’ve preferred a few stills over those flashbacks, and instead be given more insight pertaining to at least Itou and Suzu. Suzu’s story is vital to the path he’s chosen. The mention of Itou, as seen in the movie, will seem like a waste of time to anyone who hasn’t read the manga.
Basically, this movie compresses almost 7 volumes of the story in about 20 mins top, and then spends the remainder drawing out the happenings of the end of Vol. 7 and most of Vol. 8.
Peacemaker Kurogane is one of my favourite manga. The anime series was one of my favs back when it came out.
This movie was a huge disappointment, in my opinion.
The animation isn’t the best either, at least not for a movie.
The colours are too bright. In the anime series, they were more subdued.
The music is forgettable.
This is for fans only, and even then it’s more of a disappointment, really.
If you decide to watch this, better read the manga first.