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.