Posted by psgels on 6 April 2007 with categories: Bakumatsu Kikansetsu Irohanihoheto

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Short Synopsis: This was definitely an Akizuki-episode, as he closes the story by defeating Kakunojou, Soutetsu and the Lord’s Head.
Good: Akizuki vs Kakunojou was so sweet.
Bad: What exactly was the role of the troupe in the later half of this anime again?
Overall Enjoyment Value: 8/10

And thus ends Bakumatsu Kikansetsu Irohanihoheto, one of the best series to hit last year’s fall-season. Again, the ending was as solid as ever. I loved the confrontation between Akizuki and Kakunojou, while Soutetsu’s fight was a bit predictable, though. The epilogue itself was nice enough, and I was surprised to hear that Kakunojou actually is using a fake name for herself. Soutetsu also reveals a final part of his background before he dies, which involves his meeting with Sakamoto Ryouma. It seems that Soutetsu told Sakamoto about the plans he had, though Sakamoto disapproved of them. I’m not sure what kind of effect this had.

Like I said, Bakumatsu has been a really solid series, but ever since Rook died, this solidness did show one disadvantage: the rather straightforward plot. Rook’s death, and Kakunojou’s cutting of Akizuki were the last major plot twists in this anime. After that, it’s been a straight race towards the finish, in which Akizuki catches up with Enomoto, all unimportant side-characters die, while the Lord’s Head and Soutetsu are taken care of in the final episode. While this does make for some very solid storytelling, it could have been more exciting. I would have loved a few major twists towards the end, like in episode 13 or 18, but alas.

Overall, I’m glad I watched and blogged this series. There’s no denying that for me, this was one of the highlights of the Fall-season. It’s not the best series of that season (that title goes to Red Garden), but it’s definitely been lots of fun watching this. Thanks w, for explaining some of the more difficult parts of the storyline.

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  1. w says:

    She would be going under a false name because Kakunojou is really a guy’s name (the “jou” part that they used is used for stage names for kabuki actors – who were all male if you remember).

    I like how the show ended without having to take the usual route, there’s separation and stuff…

  2. psgels psgels says:

    Well, it’s indeed hard to do a good ending. I mean, it’s not the first time separation has been used. But indeed, it could have gone way worse.

  3. Cagallisan says:

    sniiffff ….

  4. Christine says:

    I just finished watching. I was expected more of the two of them together, but I’m glad that it’s in a peace condition.

  5. Christine says:

    Also, I was excited to see our hero wearing a suit!! Doesn’t he look nice??

  6. Steven says:

    i thought it was a good anime, not the most exciting though, if only it was more exciting like fate stay night… *sigh*

  7. AYu says:

    I wonder what the real name of Kakunojou is… Does it have some connection with Youjiro? Like… they are siblings? Naah…

  8. psgels psgels says:

    Hehe, nice idea. But if she was his sister, she probably would have told him so, or either acted surprised when she first heard his name. :P

  9. AYu says:

    Hmmm… that makes sense. I just watched ep. 25 and 26 and began to think… Sakyounosuke Kanna always seemed to have deep feelings for Kakunojou. Also, the portrait of Kanna’s mother and Kakunojou’s face resembles each other. I hope Kakunojou’s not Kanna’s sister. Remember the lyrics of Temari no Uta, which tell about a boy and his sister? Imagine what Kakunojou will think if she finds out her brother was killed by the man she loves… Maybe I’m thinking too far, but if it’s true, that’s a new story to begin with. -sigh- I just want to know what Kakunojou’s real name is… (it’s bugging my mind :I)

  10. CO says:

    yup ur absolutely rite Red Garden was a great anime and Bakumatsu was as well

  11. Peggy says:

    Does the two of them really do like each other that its a great poss of them gettin married ;>

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  • Bam
    (Monday, Sep 22. 2014 01:40 AM)
    @Ninja: Flay I believe was meant to be antagonized, specially pass the 2nd act. As for Makoto, I never had the displeasure of watching School Days.
  • Emma
    (Monday, Sep 22. 2014 12:56 AM)
    Does any one remember Utauwerumono on here? I can recall some of its arcs were quite watchable, had an actually intelligent, adult male lead. Animation could have been alot better if I recall correctly, ending was a mess however.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Sep 22. 2014 12:50 AM)
    @Emma: ooooh Velvet Glove looks trippy! Will do, thx.
  • Emma
    (Monday, Sep 22. 2014 12:15 AM)
    @Bam: Try Black hole and Like a velvet glove cast in iron.
  • Emma
    (Monday, Sep 22. 2014 12:12 AM)
    @Realist: I believe so yes as far as I remember she hated the co-ordinators, she was pretty much an outright racist and representative of that theme in the show.
  • ninjarealist
    (Sunday, Sep 21. 2014 11:48 PM)
    @Emma But do you think Flay was intended to be hated?
  • Emma
    (Sunday, Sep 21. 2014 11:32 PM)
    I reckon flays name is a good indication of what should be done to her. Makoto I still see, for as a how much a guilty pleasure classic school days as unique among harem lead male characters.
  • ninjarealist
    (Sunday, Sep 21. 2014 11:05 PM)
    @Bam lol, but let me ask, in what category would you place a character like Flay from Gundam Seed or Makoto from School Days?
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Sep 21. 2014 11:03 PM)
    @Ninja: well to each his own.
    In regards to the virtue of hated characters it is important to distinguish between characters that are meant to be hated (Griffith) and the characters that are unintentionally resented (Kirito).
  • ninjarealist
    (Sunday, Sep 21. 2014 10:41 PM)
    @Emma Even though, like most people, I’m often frustrated by her consistently poor decision making with narratives (this is really her fatal flaw) I love most of her characters although I admit she’s written some of my most hated characters. But strong negative feelings towards characters can also be a sign of good writing.

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