The blade arts of the "Devil" tasked with striking down evils threatening a peaceful Edo! Heizou Hasegawa, upholding the role of chief officer protecting against crime and arson! In 1783, the heart of the Tenmei era, Hasegawa held the office of chief director of the department charged with sustaining safety in the region, suppressing the most vile of thieves and criminals, an individual largely feared, renowned as Devil Heizou...
Classical samurai film story arcs with fanciful animation and a killer kung-fu soundtrack, what more do you want?
A couple of episodes in, I'm finding this to be one of the best non-comedy series I've seen come out in a long time, more reminiscent of anime from the late 80s and 90s. A pulpy atmosphere that you can tell is heavily inspired by samurai, kung-fu and western film archetypes, with the traditional arc of setting -> reveal -> hero action -> consequences. You learn about the "problem", how the characters are associated with the problem, their inner-feelings and personalities, the mysteries keeping the problem from being solved, and once the mystery is revealed, BAM, doors get kicked down and in comes the samurai squad to deliver some bushido justice. Afterwards, you experience what the characters interpretation of the event was, or how they've perhaps changed from it.
Elegant and beautiful. I'm sad to see in discussion that people are caught up in negligible details. Coming from someone who only watches moe comedy with an occasional seinen action/drama, I'm very excited to be watching this series and I highly recommend it.
If you don't like old samurai movies, you probably wouldn't like it. If you do, you're in for a fantastic time.read more
Right off the bat, if you liked Ruroni Kenshin you will probably like this. Even if you didn't, or are like "wtf is that?," I still recommend giving it a try if you are down for some historical action.
I would be very much surprised if many people were watching Onihei, because the description is fairly boring and the art for the poster of the series is pretty bland and uninspired as well. I picked it up because I though it was probably going to suck and I could tear it apart but that it had the potential to be pretty decent if a small miracle happened.
It was a pleasant surprise, therefore, to discover upon watching the first couple episodes that I was actually really enjoying myself. It's very of reminiscent of Ruroni Kenshin, with a focus on swordsmanship as a serious martial art, and also kind of similar to Mushishi, in that it is so far fairly episodic but full of strong, interesting characters. It is also kind of a police procedural drama at times. As alluded to before, it is like Law and Order x Ruroni Kenshin.
As of the third episode, it has been a series of engaging vignettes that have kept me both interested and excited to see more. It looks good, it sounds good, and it's well written. In what seems to be a pretty mediocre season thus far, this is one of the things that I am most interested in seeing develop.
Highly recommend giving it a try. Might not be a little slow and plodding for some, but I am consistently quite enjoying myself while watching it. read more