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.
If you thought Season 1 was a snooze, you're right. But as a completionist, I'd have to say, the moment that this series had a Season 2, like literally "TBC" right after Episode 12, this baffles me. With just an addition of a word plus some 12 odd episodes, I could not see this entire series being 2-cour with the amount of time that the production team and Studio Deen had on their hands. It was literally just "I have free time on my hands, give me some work to do!" And "work, work, work, work, work" they did.
Bakumatsu "CRISIS" is as definite as it
comes: A continuation from Season 1 where the main protagonists realized that the main object, the chronometer has a life on its own, creating time-space drifts anywhere and anytime (plus anyhow) it wants to show off...more characters (the Susanoo commanders). Oh, and plus a "new" Mugensai. Great.
Unfortunately (and fortunately for people who skip this, I applaud you), these 12 episodes create EVEN MORE snooze, and for completionists or people who wanna know what's this season has to offer, only the last 3 episodes provide the answer, and then again, is a drastic step down. AND I MEAN IT, because that is all it does.
I won't go into the characters because there are too many, and they all have the same personality that these people started out with in Season 1. At least now with the power of the chronometer that oversees their future, they have plans now. Yay progress. Plus, their own chibi-style "Petit Clover" at the end of each episode, really is filler and serve no purpose other than to degenergate from the episodes, its runtime.
And then again too, I don't need to talk about low-budget Studio Deen. Even with the production team staff change from Season 1, it really wasn't necessary, but in the case of creatives, it was the widest of long shots. And let the misses fire one after another. Art and animation? Crappy, unfinished (obviously unpolished) and lazy work. Even the action scenes were the same, if not worse than the prequel.
In hindsight, the sound department got an upgrade with a tad better OP and ED, songs that suit the series' core so much better, and I actually like them quite a fair bit. If only the quality of the anime is as good as these songs.
Overall, those 6 months watching the prequel and the sequel here just felt so wasted, but it's not surprising given the negativity that Season 1 has harboured (plus the higher MAL score count). There was so much that the team behind this could do in a Steins;Gate-ish setting (as opposed to the otome setting that the game advertises), and they missed it so badly off the charts.
Six episodes into the 2nd season and already my predictions have come true. This series has no idea where it's going and it feels like every episode is being made up as it goes.
I've had issues with Bakumatsu ever since the 1st season. I didn't think it was a standout anime and a lot of the complaints about it were valid. I personally thought the 1st season wasn't good. I didn't hate it, but I wasn't in love with it either. I figured it would end with 12 or 13 episodes. But when it was announced that there would be a second season, you could
hear the people who even bothered to watch it give one big massive, "Are you kidding me right now?"
I am a completionist and despite not liking the 1st season, I wanted to give the Bakumatsu Crisis a chance because compared to the first season, Crisis sounded like it would put more focus on the story because of what happened in the last episode of the previous season and the several events that could affect the timeline Takasugi and Katsura are currently in.
After six episodes, I can conclude that it's even worse than the 1st season. Given that we are only 6 episodes in, I will air out a lot of the issues I have with the story, characters, and just overall lack of planning and story structure so far. Anything after will be updated once the series is finished.
I stand by my claim earlier when I said that this series has no idea where it's going and how each episode is being made up. The crisis revolves around the Chronometer and yet with the obvious dangers that are happening and the threat of time being permanently altered, it feels like the characters don't care what is happening. Or, if a crisis is happening, it gets solved and doesn't add anything to the plot. Especially with episode 6. At this point, I knew that the producers and writers don't know where to go with the story. Halfway through and yet nothing is solved or even being remotely solved. This is my biggest issue because there is a problem the characters are up against and yet they go through the series like it's a slice of life anime with the Chronometer being swept under the rug like it isn't even an issue. There is no rising action or climax to anything.
With each episode so far, they seem like completely different stories. I sometimes forget I'm even watching Bakumatsu Crisis and am watching something else entirely. That is not a good sign.
Then we have the characters and they lack any personality. Rather, it seems like they have just one personality and that is their entire character. Basically, characters devoid of a personality, let alone characteristics that stand out. They are boring and easily forgettable. They're hot, yes, but being hot doesn't make up for a lack of personality.
Since there are six episodes left (please let this end with 12 episodes and no season 3), I will see if my opinion has changed and if it'll try to fix the issues but if it doesn't, then Bakumatsu Crisis will no doubt be one of the worst anime I have seen.