Posted by psgels on 18 April 2010 with categories: Hakuouki



Okay, so now it is getting a bit annoying to see the lead character run everywhere, only to get protected. You can see that she really wants to help, and I can very much understand that she’s not going to get good at swordsmanship in order to be able to take on a number of adults, but when she runs into a building in which there are ton of angry guys waiting to kill everything that has to do with the Shinsengumi, she just jumps into the realm of the stupid.

In any case, with this episode it’s pretty much clear that the creators just plan to use the setting of the Shinsengumi for their own story: apparently Shinpachi Nagakura and Toudou Heisuke died of their wounds later on. Here, they pretty much survive. I doubt that the characters are actually going to Ezo at this point, but who knows. With the sub-par acting, it’s really going to depend on the character-development and the series’ ideas for its plot.

I didn’t like how the unnamed members of the shinsengumi are pretty much just cardboard cut-outs. Seriously, they don’t do anything; they just stand there and play for furniture that can draw swords. For the main plot, I really do want a bit more depth on the villains at this rate. At this point I’m still struggling a bit with the believability of this series: with some series it’s apparent that the creators did their research. Here it is not. It’s also the way in which the characters heal within like what? A week?

However, damn, that soundtrack was really good! When you just look at the pacing, then this episode was quite good. This is one of those series that you shouldn’t watch for its fights, but for its atmosphere, but that one was really good. The voice acting is bad at times, but the characters are getting fleshed out by their dialogue. This is one of those series that could get really good later on. Or it can just remain forgettable and a waste of time.
Rating: (Enjoyable)

11 Responses

  1. Forwho says:

    …I feel like dropping this show. Is it worth it, besides the fact that there’s the shinsengumi and the japanese samurai history and also the bishounens? XD

  2. psgels psgels says:

    Forwho: unfortunately I can’t say at this point. I too have no idea whether it’s going to derail or get awesome.

  3. PL says:

    I enjoy it as pure fun, I’m not expecting much in the form of character development or anything, just fun…I compared it to scooby doo for grown ups at one point, that’s kind of how I feel about it.

  4. you-tachi says:

    None of the main characters die because of this incident IRL. Shinpachi actually lives the longest (along with Saito), and Heisuke becomes a traitor later on.

  5. azula says:

    Couldn’t you just drop this show and pick up Kaichou wa Maid-Sama again? *makes puppy eyes*
    I mean, you at least enjoyed KwM so far and only dropped it in favor of the rest (or so it seemed)… so if Hakuoki is already giving you the doubts… wouldn’t it be better to switch again?

  6. psgels psgels says:

    Azula: the thing I’m worried about is Maid-Sama’s potential as a shoujo-series. I’m not sure about whether it’s going to remain great.

    I’m not excluding the possibility of re-picking it up, though, because as you say: Hakuouki also doesn’t have much going for it in the potential-department. I first want to watch Uragiri’s second episode though. Based on the first episode it did seem more solid and creative than both of them, but that al might just change with the second episode.

    But is Kaichou wa Maid Sama really going to have a lot of potential for later on?

  7. PL says:

    psgels, Maid-sama makes me feel good when I watch it, but it seems to already be falling into a predictable formula. I don’t see it going anywhere truly interesting. That doesn’t mean its not a fun watch, but I just don’t see a lot of blogging potential…
    Hakuoki also, what is there to say about it? uragiri, though, has a lot of interesting things going on if it continues the way its first episode did. I definitely see it as having the most blogging potential of the three.

  8. Tiffany says:

    The series is indeed lacking that something extra right now. But it just started, right? So I think it has the ability to become a good series.

    Shinsengumi history is a really good plot base, but it all depends on how they manipulate it.

    The way things are going now…it’s not looking so good for this series (clueless protagonist, afterthought bg characters, etc). You can see a really clear difference between the game and the anime. But only time will tell.

    For now I will forge through with this series and see where it goes.

    PS: Theme songs = Best thing ever. Ever. Ever. -echo-

  9. erialis says:

    *SPOILERS* Google-sama told me that this series was based on an otome DS game, hence the harem nature of the anime. Basically, the Shinsengumi have taken some elixir which is made of demon’s blood or something and while it allows them to regenerate like a cut tuber (and fast, too), it takes years off their lifespan, explaining why all the Shinsengumi died young. Just thought I should explain why they recover so fast. ^^

  10. Toz says:

    I’d just like to point out a slight mistake – Nagakura Shinpachi lived until 1915, when he was in his seventies, rather than dying from his Ikeda Jiken wounds.

  11. Happy!! says:

    Saw the last episode. Chizuru didn’t change much. The ending was just so sad. It was a tearjerker. There will be a second season.

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  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 10:22 AM)
    hehe … that’s why you don’t get me started on Eva or Berserk.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 10:20 AM)
    It also delved into the depth of what a desperate goodie-two-shoes people-pleaser protagonist would actually be like, and the reception he would get from his peers, specially the women. That alone right there was a deconstruction of the majority of shonen main characters.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 10:00 AM)
    There was no hype machine back then. The internet was still in its infancy. So when a show became this popular there was certainly some merit to it. The organic/machine hybrid mecha was relatively new, and the scene construction and cinematography was for the most part immaculate. There’s a reason why the mecha genre is divided to “pre-Eva” and “post-Eva”.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 09:53 AM)
    It also didn’t hurt that the character, costume and mecha designs were slick and attractive, done by the under-appreciated Yoshiyuki Sadamoto.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 09:31 AM)
    It came up with clever scenarios to common mecha tropes, and answered the questions that would arise from them:
    -Why do we use mechas with melee weapons against alien invaders instead of conventional weapons? AT fields on Angels.
    -Why use kids to pilot them? The Gehrin Project.
    -What happens when you put kids in sever combat situations? Extreme PTSD.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 09:27 AM)
    These types of deconstruction shows that are run-of-the-mill now didn’t really exist back then. Eva did afterall became the tropemaker for Gainax endings. To see the creator’s psyche twist in front of our eyes was incredible. The show went from a regular monster of the week mecha series to a deranged psycho-thriller by the end of it.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 09:23 AM)
    Eva was fresh and quite unique for its time. Not that everything they did was original, but they certainly put their own twist on it. I also enjoyed the “fuck-you” ending of the tv series. Anno always defended it as intentional, but we all know it was really a budgetary constrain. well, at least we got the amazing End of Evangelion movie to supplement it.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 09:21 AM)
    @K-of: yup Eva geek here, guilty as charged. In my defense, I watched it week-to-week when it aired back in 96, and the landscape of anime was a lot different back then.
  • Bam
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 09:19 AM)
    @Kaiser: sorry I was gone for a bit.
    I saw all the other shorts, and have saved the new ones and will get to them soon as well. Thx, I usually always enjoy your recommendations- we share a similar taste in a lot of stuff.
  • AidanAK47
    (Sunday, Jun 26. 2016 04:57 AM)
    Space patrol Luluco > kokoro connect > Kiznaiver.

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