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Synonyms: Renai Bakumatsu Kareshi


Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Oct 5, 2018 to Dec 21, 2018
Premiered: Fall 2018
Broadcast: Fridays at 01:58 (JST)
Producers: TBS, MAGES., FuRyu
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Studio Deen
Source: Game
Genre: ActionAction
Themes: HistoricalHistorical, SamuraiSamurai, Time TravelTime Travel
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 5.711 (scored by 53645,364 users)
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Ranked: #107632
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #4523
Members: 24,584
Favorites: 34

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The Bakumatsu was an era in which the souls of young men burned with anxiety for their country's future. Takasugi Shinsaku, a soldier of fortune from Choshu, sneaks aboard a government ship with his comrade Katsura Kogorou in search of a mysterious "timepiece" with the power to manipulate time that he fears the government wishes to keep for themselves. Rather than allow such power to fall into the wrong hands, Takasugi plans to destroy the artifact, but having obtained it, the artifact is quickly stolen, forcing the pair to follow the mysterious thief to the seat of government in Kyoto. However, when they arrive in the capital, they discover that the government has been overthrown and the deity Susanoo now reigns in its place. The streets of the city and the people in them are much different than Takasugi and Katsura remembered. The times may have changed but their mission hasn't - Takasugi and Katsura resolve to reset time and save their nation from the nefarious forces trying to hijack it.

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Characters & Voice Actors



Opening Theme

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"Spiral Maze" by MIKOTO

Ending Theme

1: "Harukanaru Tabi (遥かなる旅)" by Eri Sasaki (佐々木恵梨) (eps 1-5,7,10-12)
2: "Part of Me" by Eri Sasaki (佐々木恵梨) (eps 6,8-9)

Episode Videos


Dec 1, 2018
Preliminary (8/12 eps)
i tried watching this anime out of no where really...i just decided to watch this because the characters seemed gorgeous :D

STORY 6/10 :okay..i agree....the story is not that impressive...but its not that you will not enjoy it at all...there are alot of jokes and fights there for you to watch
there are a bunch of guys who fight against the big bad boss of japan :D thats all really :)))

ART 10/10: art is really perfect...specially the three main characters Shinsaku Takasugi and Ryouma Sakamoto and Kogorou Katsura...other characters are really well animated too.

SOUND 9/10:actually i loved the soundtracks...op and ed both perfect *~*

Shinsaku Takasugi:a charming ...
Sep 16, 2023
Mixed Feelings
Bakumatsu is really intriguing.

I love the genre and especially the era so I quickly jumped into it. It's beautiful and the characters are endearing.

I would describe this first season as okay, average. The fights are surprisingly nice and everything seems logical, it's fluid, and even if the story can sometimes seem to get a little lost, the atmosphere and the relationship between our two protagonists makes up for its flaws. However, not enough to go beyond 5.

A little bonus point for the antagonist that I really liked. To better describe the anime and better reflect my rating of 5, I would say that it is ...
Dec 21, 2018
I chose to watch this anime as I've started going through a huge phase of loving the history of the bakumatsu period of Japan. First glance, the show looks colourful, the boys look pretty, and the plot line doesn't sound so bad. But that's where it gets you. You can see all my comments on kissanime and how much shade I give it every episode, eventually my comments saying "Me watching this show is now a running gag I have with myself." And that's exactly what this show was; a joke.

Playing with the element of time in any show has to be done well. It ...

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