Wednesday, June 20, 2007

1st Impressions: Bakumatsu Kikansetsu Irohanihoheto

So far I've watched the first seven episodes of Bakumatsu Kikansetsu Irohanihoheto (man that was a mouth-full, let's just call it Bakumatsu for shot).

Bakumatsu is a historical/action anime that takes place during the Bakumatsu period in Japanese history (hence the title). The Bakumatsu period are the final years (ie. downfall) of the Shogunate and the beginning of the Meji Era. To explain briefly, Bakumatsu is about a mysterious mercenary named Akizuki Yojiro, who is on a mission to destroy a mysterious object. During his mission, he meets a traveling theater group who is out for revenge for the killing of the parents of the group's leader. Yojiro joins them to lend them his skill against their enemies, while a dark conspiracy continues to follow behind him.

The overview is a bit vague but I didn't want to give too much away. Definitely do not use the overview to determine if you'll watch Bakumatsu or not.

First of all, the first three or so episodes as a bit confusing. Bakumatsu is a historical anime so it would help if you knew a bit about the Bakumatsu period. Once you watch more episodes, the main plot is revealed and you'll get a better idea about what's going on. However, don't let the confusing plot to steer you away. The animation and action is top-notch. The aspect that stands out the most are that the characters are very interesting. Every episode introduces at least "bad guy" and all of them are so unique that you'll be wishing to see them fight against the the good guys. The music is also very good.


  • Interesting characters
  • Top-notch animation and fight scenes
  • Classic Edo period-style music
  • A bit confusing at beginning
Watch Bakumatsu if you enjoy historical animes with plenty of action!


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