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 think I'm officially done with all that samurai nonsense. Throw in the Steins;Gate time leap mechanic, and what you have is just a show that is better than last season's boring and baseless Senjuushi, but by no means it impresses.
Rather than sourcing the original content which was an otome game (which would have fared much worse), the producers opt to go for an action-adventure base story that has the usual group of samurai that have existed since ancient times, and with the flip of a button on the device that controls time, it warps the main duo (Takasugi and Katsura) into an alternate future
Japan that is very Edo-like, with resemblance to the overall characters crossing through time nonexistent to thwart yet another evil source (the Shogunate) once again to make things right. Again, not sure where the producers want to take this mechanic forward but I'll just spur on.
Some concepts that are similar to Senjuushi are the all-male cast with different markings on their own (notice the light "bands" on their hair), that makes it easier to distinguish who's who, along with their quirky personalities as all these people try to fight over their "worthy" cause.
Studio Deen's art and animation isn't exactly the greatest, but they're passable I guess. Guess for a show that's so lowly rated, it comes off as no surprise that many compromises have been made, but it's by no means bad.
Music is so-so really. Nothing memorable I guess, but props to Eri Sasaki for another song here, so yea.
Not a recommendation though. Just an average to mediocre production all around.
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