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.
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
can't be done in a way where the protaginists stumble upon an obsticle, overcome it, only for it to be restarted with the villain going back in time and replacing that obsticle once again MULTIPLE times. There's no advancement to the plot, the episode feels like a complete waste, and there is no tension built. Not once did this show leave me feeling jittery in anticipation of what was to happen next. All predictable and nothing left to the imagination of the viewer.
All throughout the episodes there are many things that don't make a sliver of sense in the way of logic. You could probably define it as ridiculously OP plot armour, or laziness on the writers' part. It frustrated me the amount of times the makers believed they can get away with not addressing some problem, or even how a resolution came to be, by literally putting it on the backburner and moving on to the next tihng without question. Even characters' intentions were blurry and hard to understand 70% of the time, or why even certain characters existed when they literally did nothing the entire series.
Overall, a waste of time. If you're looking for good story, action, tension and all the good parts that entices an avid anime lover to fall into the trap of "just one more episode" at 2:30am, you won't find it here. I literally only watched this for the ability to write my first negative review, and I have to say watching 12 terrible episodes over 12 weeks while it was airing, albeit leaving me in a laughing fit in disbelief of how terrible this show is, it wasn't worth it. Don't do it to yourself.
I may have loved this anime because I like Hakuoki. I was not bored. It was nice to watch. The story of the anime was beautiful. I was very happy when I heard about the 2nd season.And excited. Drawings are good. I love Shinsengumi samurai. Drawings are different from Hakuoki in this anime. I have my favorite voices. I have favorite seiyu.
Thanks for this lovely anime. :)
Bu anime'yi sevmiş olabilirim çünkü Hakuoki'yi seviyorum. Ben sıkılmadım. İzlemesi güzeldi. Anime hikayesi güzeldi. 2. Sezonu duyduğumda çok mutlu oldum.Ve heyecanlandım. Çizimler iyi. Shinsengumi samuraylarını seviyorum. Çizimleri bu anime'de Hakuoki'den farklı. Sevdiğim seslendirmenler var.
Yet another gender-targeting anime series I guess... (How many has it been?)
And out of the gender-focus based shows of 2018, Spring's Nil Admirari is my clear favourite, while Senjuushi and others like this are watchable, just that there's nothing pretty much to say about it. Heck, this really isn't bad, but the amount of hits and misses balance each other out just nicely.
I was constantly trying to think about the similarities between this and other relevant series to it for a long 3 months, and yeap, this has similar backbones to the Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru series - Evil forces pull the Steins;Gate troupe of turning
back time to change the past into the oh-so-desired world, and there's ONLY 2 main characters who can stop their nefarious plans. In another context, there are many male characters, where as Touken Ranbu went with the handsome men-sword existence, Bakumatsu changes that into the different light bandings of the male characters (and for what reason, I really don't know, go play the game to find out). Other similar findings are that they're always being friends and rivals for some discernable reason I really cannot figure out. The entire mobile app game was only released in Japan, so that eliminates our chances of seeing the orignal source material, so yeap.
The story was meh but not bad I guess. With VN-game adaptations, the source material was the 1 girl to many guys, but for this they decided to ramp it up and change it into the Steins;Gate (or much rather the Touken Ranbu formula), which I definitely will welcome this change against the former. It follows 2 MCs (and the other barrage of males) Kogorou Katsura and Shinsaku Takasugi, out to steal the artifact that would become the timepiece that can manipulate time for the government. Alas, it fell into another person's hands (their master's apparently) and the seeds of time were quickly replaced...so, with the time change but the same mission, it's redeeming time for both Shinsaku and Katsura to end this by hook or by crook. Nothing original nor captivating, but decently gripping the viewer in spite of trying to make out everything that is going on.
The characters are one lot way too many, even for an otome styled series, and for once I can pair this series up with Senjuushi for the same troupe that has caused the main culprit problem: characterization. But hold on, where Senjuushi fails is where Bakumatsu got that formula somehow right with the decent amount of execution. Susanoo, the Shinsengumi serving the evil forces, right down to Seimei with the same ability of time travel that serves as a gateway for both MCs to fight all the way to their cause.
I have never been impressed on Studio Deen's low budget art and animation, and though that is always a pre-warning to every Studio Deen series that I have come to expect, its effect on this series is really OK at best. For what the series was from initial to end, it served only to show and tell, and that is where things got through, so good job on that. Animation is as similar to Pierrot's where just the right amount of stuff is needed to captivate the story enough. Same goes to the music, MIKOTO's OP is just as good, if not OK, and Eri Sasaki comes back for a duo ED, which with her melodic and soothing voice is great as always. OST a bit lacking, but who cares really?
In the end, as much as I can appreciate the source material change, for one it is unfortunately lacking, but if you have the energy to stick to the plot and the character drama, you'll get something out of it. But for me, it just doesn't work to a T.
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
guy with a lot of energy and spirit to save the japan from the big bad boss...he acts recklessly all the time and thats what is interesting about him.
Kogorou Katsura:Shinsaku Takasugi's best friend...he is the cautious one...the smart one which thinks and acts :D but he always gets himself into the same troubles with Shinsaku Takasugi :))))
Ryouma Sakamoto: Shinsaku Takasugi's other friend who pursue this dream of a happy exciting country to build :D
others are just pretty characters running around them really :D :D
ENJOYMENT 7/10: i'm not gonna lie it was so boring for me to watch at first but i got used to the story and characters so it became enjoyable for me :D
OVERALL 7/10: so if you like pretty anime boys fight with swords and running around doing some crazy stuff to defeat the big bad boss of japan this anime is gonna be a good one for you :D