Kasei Yakyoku

Nightsong of Splendor

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Synonyms: Night Song of Splendor, Starlight Nocturne, Gasei Yakyoku
Japanese: 華星夜曲
English: Nightsong of Splendor
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Type: OVA
Episodes: 4
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Mar 25, 1989 to Sep 25, 1989
Producers: Tokuma Japan
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Magic Bus
Source: Manga
Genres: DramaDrama, RomanceRomance
Theme: HistoricalHistorical
Duration: 28 min. per ep.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity


Score: 6.671 (scored by 721721 users)
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Ranked: #55012
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Popularity: #9220
Members: 2,606
Favorites: 8

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The story takes place in old Tokyo, the Tokyo of August-September 1923 (Showa 12). At this moment in time, the city is a mixture of extremes... past and present, rich and poor, good and bad. This is a city where we see both horsecarts and motorcars, swords and pistols, lords and businessmen.

A wealthy woman from an upper-class family finds herself attracted to a handsome young man, Taka. He and his younger brother seem to be allied, perhaps not entirely willingly, with some of the city's criminal underground (Yakuza). The lady's lovely young maidservant, Sara, meets him too, and a conflict ensues which can only lead to tragedy, passion, and dishonor. But, as events move on, and the days pass, the viewer sees a terrible date coming closer... that unforgettable day of September 1, 1923, at 11:58, when the Great Kanto Earthquake and tidal wave struck Tokyo, causing the death of almost 100,000 people, one of the greatest disasters in human history.

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Dezaki, Satoshi
Dezaki, Osamu
Director, Storyboard
Yamada, Etsuji
Sound Director
Shinohara, Toshiya
Episode Director


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"Ima wa Serenade (今はセレナーデ)" by Kae

Feb 19, 2016
inessprincess (All reviews)
It's a beautiful love story, although it's a bit short and has an open end.
It shows faithfulness and pure love despite hard circumstances and poverty, and that love can't be bought or forced ...

It also shows the sadness of both poor and rich people (how poor people have to work hard to live and not choose the easy way to earn money by throwing away their dignity and selling their bodies, and how rich people have difficulties to live free of the family obligations and formalities and to trust people...)

The end was clever, it wanted to show that people can begin from zero and change read more
Feb 25, 2019
sorcery (All reviews)
As ever, feel free to to skip most of this review down to the last paragraph before the colophon, if you want to avoid any spoiler and just know whether it is recommended by the house.

How much sacrifice are you ready to consent in the name of love? It is a simple question Kasei Yakyoku offers to answer through the pang of four characters, during a tumultuous era of Japan. KY [thank you to banish on the recess of your mind any salacious joke in relation to a certain brand of condoms] is a original Josei tale geared around the very idea of emancipation. Indeed, read more
Jun 12, 2019
azizsahar (All reviews)
This had so much potential, but was poorly executed on different levels. Makes me wonder and eager to search more for the ideal work by Dezaki. I'm really interested and fan of two things in this: the historical period it is dealing with, and realistic anime, both in the art and storytelling. I just love these works where they try to make characters and situations look and act as real as possible, competing with films even. Curiously, plenty of such examples (and far better) are found in manga compared to anime. Imagine if this was done by a talented group specialized in noir, my rating read more
Feb 15, 2022
Kamezuki (All reviews)
With aesthetically pleasing character designs, a Taisho era setting, and intriguing tales of romance against the backdrop of a natural disaster, “Kasei Yakyoku” is a decent OVA. However, with only four episodes, it is far too short to provide necessary character development and a satisfying resolution to the story.

The character-driven plot involves a rich young woman named Akiko; her maid, Sara; Kiyosumi, the wealthy banker that Akiko is being pushed to marry; and Taka, a handsome member of a crime syndicate. All of the characters, rich or poor, are restricted in some way. They yearn for freedom and independence, and think that the others have read more

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