Posted by psgels on 11 April 2010 with categories: Hakuouki

As for the series I’m not going to blog:
– Lilpri is ridiculously stupid, but it has its heart at the right place: you can see that it’s really trying to do something. It just fails horribly at times, but it’s ridiculously entertaining for both the right and wrong reasons. However, me blogging it? Nah.

In any case, I was in a lot of doubts about whether or not to blog Hakuouki. I intended to fill this slot by either one of the three bishie-series this season (Uragiri, Rainbow and this one). While I can’t say anything about Uragiri yet (if that one does turn out awesome I may have to drop either this one or Angel Beats), but the thing with Rainbow is that while it’s got an awesome concept, the acting is utterly terrible. On top of that, I actually doubt that Madhouse is willing to spend enough time to fully animate all of the novels. Normally I love Madhouse, but they have made their share of flops, and the director of these flops is now in charge of that series.

Hakuouki on the other hand is just annoying: it’s one of those series with those few hints of potential that might or might not hint at something better. But I’m deciding to give it a chance, because if it does manage to get everything right it has the potential to become awesome. The biggest reason for this is the dialogue: it really tries to flesh out the characters with it. While the voice acting itself isn’t that special, with that kind of dialogue we really have the potential to get to know our characters. It’s now all going to depend on how the characters are going to develop.

However, do note that I WILL drop this series as soon as I find out that there are only going to be 13 episodes. With these kinds of premises, you really NEED those 24 or 26 episodes to really get somewhere. At this point it’s too late for this series to really stand out if it’s just going to run for one season: it’ll just end up as another forgettable samurai adventure with a bit of random action.

Speaking of the action, that was one of the other reasons that this series caught my eye: it’s damn tense! Well built up, and they’re short but powerful. Most of the time Studio Deen’s animation wasn’t anything special in this series, but that scene in which that guy charged on Yukimura was really well animated. At the same time it shows what the creators are capable of, and yet it’s not one of those cases in which they obviously blow all of their budget in the first episode. Speaking of Yukimura: she has a lot of potential IF (and only if) she manages to grow. At this point, she’s still that typical useless lead who can’t do anything. However, this episode just kept dropping hints that “you know what? This girl is going to develop into a dependable woman.” What I got from her was a strong urge to learn and understand everyone. Standalone, this is just useless, pointless and rather annoying. With development however: ah, the potential.
Rating: * (Good)

8 Responses

  1. Not certain if Rainbow is considered as a bishie-series…. well, they’re young…. but pretty? Hhhhmmmm…. maybe it’s just the art style

    I like Uragiri more than the one though. Couldn’t wait anymore that I watched it raw xD Haha

    Oh yeah, Yukimura, develop? From how I see her at Hakouki: Jurenka…. nah.

  2. psgels psgels says:

    Wait, Uragiri’s first episode is already out? Where did you find it?

    Also, it’s a bit of a shame to see that Yukimura didn’t develop in the manga. I hope that the anime will at least do this better.

  3. * I like Uragiri more than this one though
    My typos =_=

    You already saw the episode when I noticed this reply ^^; Anyway, when I posted that comment, Uragiri was already out in some anime streaming sites (like

    The Hakouki manga I’ve read seems to be a sequel… either that or an alternative universe because the shinsengumi guys are wearing western outfits. Ah well, I hope the anime does changes on her character. She was… so disappointing in the manga =_=

  4. chounokoe says:

    I don’t think the anime will change her character in any positive way. She’s the heroine in a bishie dating-sim…meaning she has to be utterly useless, uncapable and basically unable to live without any support those men can give her. Then at the end, she might make a 180°turn once she is in a character-ending.

    I think I’ll keep watching Hakuouki, just for the lol’s and to see how much one can mess up history in favour of pretty boys.

  5. ibramoufich says:

    [Aoi-Wasurenai] Hakuouki Shinsengumi Kitan EP 02 sub eng 720p mkv


  6. Kyosei says:

    Hard to say if one can consider Rainbow a bishie series, unless of course you consider the character designer is a woman and that is your only criteria.

    As for keeping up with these series, I think the Japanese history geek in me is going to keep me watching. Personally, I’m surprised they’re already doing the infamous Ikedaya Incident. Usually in Shinsengumi-related media, Ikedaya is a big thing reserved for some sort of climax or huge turn of events. That fact they’re already doing it makes me wonder about the plot and how that’s going to pan out.

  7. Ehm says:

    Hakuouki makes me soooo frustrated. :/ I’m not above gushing over bishies, and truth be told, the guys actually really appeal to me, and I like watching them in action, but the absolutely useless stereotypical cry-emotional-support-fainter of a main character girl just—she’s nothing but an eyesore that makes me yell at the screen, “WHY ARE YOU SO USELESS”.

    Except without her, maybe the bishies wouldn’t be so cooooolll? D:

  8. need help says:

    do you know when the makers made the anime ? if so please tell me

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  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Monday, Nov 30. 2015 10:31 PM)
    I’m trying not to get my hopes up however, given that it wouldn’t be surprising if he gave us another filler chapter like he did with that pointless flashback.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Monday, Nov 30. 2015 10:26 PM)
    I enjoyed this chapter of berserk and it made me immediately think “Finally now we’re getting somewhere”. I have been flicking through older chapters of the manga and wow, this really has turned into something fairly different. Bam is right about Gut’s reason to go to elfland. I think its impossible now to get a satisfactory ending out of berserk though we’ve been waiting too long.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Nov 30. 2015 10:14 PM)
    The alternative is that Miura wants to bank on this till he dies; can’t blame him cuz you can always bet on black (swordsman).
  • Bam
    (Monday, Nov 30. 2015 10:13 PM)
    @Aidan: I think the point was originally to heal Caska (hence Farnese showing hesitation in fear of losing Guts when Caska is back) but then so many people tagged along that I don’t think the party knows anymore why they’re going there, just that they were supposed to. I have said before but I’m sure that either Miura doesn’t know what to do or has serious doubts about the ending.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Nov 30. 2015 09:52 PM)
    Fairy dust, stargate, riding dragons, ruby slippers…anything to get Gut’s back on track to taking revenge. Miura needs to end this. He’s sick of making it and we are sick of waiting yet he drags the thing to high heaven.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Nov 30. 2015 09:48 PM)
    It’s been so long I can’t even remember why they were going to elfhelm in the first place. Also was that a one piece joke?
    I like his art but yes, going simpler for moving the story along would be a better idea. Even if he needs to downgrade to the level of one punch man webcomic standards to bring weekly releases.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Nov 30. 2015 09:14 PM)
    I just hope they teleport back to Midland or something, or ride faeries or whatever, I don’t Gove a damn, just anything but the boat. #NoMoreBoat
  • Bam
    (Monday, Nov 30. 2015 09:13 PM)
    The artistry remains incredible, with every frame filled to the brim with details, almost to the point of tiring the eye. It looks great and all, but I wouldn’t mind some simplicity for the sake of more frequent Berserk. I swear Guts’ entourage has grown so numerous and colorful that they’re almost like a traveling circus. I didn’t even remember that Roderick and a whole bunch of other people are also on the boat.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Nov 30. 2015 09:06 PM)
    I enjoy Rickert but this chapter made me remember how better the story gets when Guts is back in the picture. This was a primer chapter and spent most of its time touching bases and getting the story back on track, and it did that wonderfully and humorously.
  • Bam
    (Monday, Nov 30. 2015 09:01 PM)
    I was tryna stay spoiler free, but you’re goddamn right they got there! Few months back when Miura got it running again I said I believed that if Guts didn’t get to Elfhelm before the next hiatus then the series will probably never end. I really did feel that way and had little hope, but alas, rejoice indeed.

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