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 watchanimeon.com)

    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

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  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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  • Bam
    (Friday, May 22. 2015 04:42 AM)
    Even Anno admitted that Evangelion’s success was heavily reliant on Yoshiyuki Sadamoto’s unique and attractive character design. It was familiar but still original. Rei and Asuka’s designs as well as the plug suits and the look of ye Evas had a huge impact in the industry and inspired a whole slew of future animators. You could’ve done the same exact series with a cruder art style and it wouldn’t have been nearly as good.
  • Bam
    (Friday, May 22. 2015 04:19 AM)
    @Aidan: art-style is integral to the overall quality of a product, that’s why it irks me so much when Type-Moonies endlessly praise Nasu and underappreciate Takeuchi as if he didn’t contribute all that much to Fate’s success.
  • AidanAK47
    (Friday, May 22. 2015 02:38 AM)
    @Bam, it’s a rough style admittedly. But mate I played Umineko with the original artwork. It’s hard to find anything worse than that…expect Higurashi’s artwork…(shivers)
    Ryukishi, great writer but not an artist.
  • Bam
    (Friday, May 22. 2015 12:24 AM)
    You guys made me want to go see Fury Road in IMAX now.
  • Bam
    (Thursday, May 21. 2015 10:13 PM)
    @Aidan: you know I tried looking into Muv Luv since it’s supposedly a seminal LN, but that character design is horrendous. The story sounds interesting but there’s such a divide between that and the art style that there’s no way I can get into it.
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    (Thursday, May 21. 2015 02:04 PM)
    Another Muv luv spinoff gets an anime adaption. Sure, lets adapt everything except the work that made it famous in the first place.
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    (Thursday, May 21. 2015 04:10 AM)
    Muthafuckas cancelled the Constantine tv adapatation…
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    (Thursday, May 21. 2015 03:45 AM)
    Come to think of it, Tsugumi’s personality at odds with her monster design. I’m getting reminded of that mech from zone of the enders dolores that had the personality of a young girl .
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    (Thursday, May 21. 2015 03:43 AM)
    @Aidan: The bear will be explained as it was done so recently enough in the manga, Ochiai remains however a very dull villain.
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    (Thursday, May 21. 2015 03:27 AM)
    You know when grabbing screenshots Sidonia really does look better when you look at it in still images. I really do think that if they just gave the models more natural movement then it would look metric tons better.

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