Kasei Yakyoku

Nightsong of Splendor

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Alternative Titles

English: Nightsong of Splendor
Synonyms: Night Song of Splendor, Starlight Nocturne, Gasei Yakyoku
Japanese: 華星夜曲


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: HistoricalHistorical, DramaDrama, RomanceRomance
Duration: 28 min. per ep.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity


Score: 6.681 (scored by 521521 users)
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Ranked: #50262
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Popularity: #9046
Members: 1,999
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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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Characters & Voice Actors


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


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Ending Theme

"Ima wa Serenade (今はセレナーデ)" by Kae

Jun 12, 2019
AzizA93 (All reviews)
This had so much potential, but was poorly executed on different levels. Makes me wonder and 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 art and story. I just love these works where they try to make characters look and act as real as possible, competing with films and theater even. Curiously, plenty of such examples are found in manga compared to anime.

Imagine if this was done by some talented drama-noir director/writer, my rating would definitely go higher than 6.
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
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 faithfullness 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 reach 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 read more

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