Anime Review: Hakuoki Season 1: Demon of the Fleeting Blossom Collection by Aisha Anime

Hakuoki season 1

Hakuoki season 1

It was only recently when i went to Japan I understood how popular the series Hakuoki was and that Europe was lucky to get two titles released here and the anime series. Hakuōki  Demon of the Fleeting Blossom looks like a harem or Bishounen anime to the naked eye.

Actually, the anime series is a well grounded anime with lots of interesting characters and plot based on history and with real character name , locations and contex The story revolves around the female lead  Yukimura Chizuru who has gone in search for her father. But runs int Ronin who fall to prey to the Shinsengumi or so she thinks, theses were much worse - the 'furies', a strong superhuman race with defining features of white hair and red eyes. Luckily before Chizuru comes to any harm, the real Shinsengumi come to her rescue.

Once Chizuru is in their custody it's either die by their hand or be a prisoner to their dastardly needs (if only). A greater purpose for her encounter with the Shinsengumi soon begins to unfold as the story develops. Both parties have the same mission in that they're both looking for Chizuru's father. To this end, Chizuru inadvertently joins the Shinsengumi (more a prisoner than comrade).

During the course of the series, she  forms bonds between her and some of Shinsengumi, but to be honest there are more battles with the furies and other armies than there is romance in this series. The battles come frequently on a large scale and the Shinsengumi prove themselves to be more than just good looks and charm. In fact I feel Chizuru is redundant apart from being the cook and nagging.

The Shinsengumi 

The Shinsengumi 

The plot I think is highly engaging, I wasn't gripped by the first episode and the shiny animation was a bit off putting, but once the character started to introduce themselves I really got into the series. Politics, strategy and action are the main themes of the anime, with occasional outbursts of slapstick comedy. It's really well balanced for something so serious.</p>

The furies are a topic of taboo to begin with and slowly learning about them changed the whole series for me. Who would have known there would be supernatural themes to take over in this historical setting? Throughout the series the Shinsengumi face many furies and you begin to learn some are 'real demons' and the man made ones have a 'sell by date', so to speak. Later on, you also begin to learn more behind the mystery surrounding Chizuru's father and his intentions. Being a series based on history and conflict, you'll find that some characters actually die, sometimes in nasty, artistic and realistic ways. Aside from the battles putting the series in historical context, it was eye opening to see disease as a way of slow death. Characters you may have favoured at the start also begin to change their ways and ideals throughout the series as a consequence of power, money, leadership and pride.

Definately an anime to invest in and season 2 and the OVA is already out and I hear there is a third season *fan girl screams* FOr more info on MVM UK titles go here:

~Aisha Anime~

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Review: Chrome Shelled Regios by Aisha Anime

Chrome Shelled Regios

Kōkaku no Regios (Japanese)

Running time: 24 minutes per episode

Number of episodes: 24

Genres: adventure, drama, fantasy, romance, science fiction
Themes: harem, martial arts, superpowers

Chrome Shelled Regios was originally a Japanese light novel series by Shūsuke Amagi, with illustrations by Miyū. From these humble beginning it was adaptated into a Manga. A second manga adaptation was then made drawn by a different artist Nodoka Kiyose. A third manga adaptation drawn by Watari then lastly a four-panel comic strip adaptation drawn by Masumi Futaba in 2008. After many adaptation, Zexcs,produced an anime in 2009 which was thenlicensed by Funimation Entertainment.

Weirdly this a dated anime but you don't really feel it upon watching, probably becuase the anime is based in the future in post-apocalyptic polluted earth overrun with mutated beasts. Humanity is forced to live in large mobile cities called Regios and learn to use weapons called DITE and harness the power of Kei to defend themselves against 'Filth Monsters'

In the Academy City of Zuellni, students are being trained to support their worlds as farmers, carpenters and fighters. The Student Council President and Nina Antalk, a Military Arts exentric and someone physcho at times  take a fancy to the new student, Layfon Alseif. He on the other hand came to the academy to to start a new life without Military arts - NOT HAPPENING. It is like the student council president has already caught the stench of blood on the innocent looking Layfon.

Nina makes it her duty to force on her heavy fighting regime and generally harass poor Layfon. The series pretty much follows Layfon's life in Zuellni and shows us random bursts of flash backs in his life in Glenden, which I am curious to find out about. Leaving his doting girlfriend behind and looking at his general attitude this guy can't be the ultimate fighting machine...can he?

By the way if you didn't know 'Regios' is used to describe the large mobile cities the humans created and live on. Each city is named after the Electronic Spirit that controls the Regios. I am not quite sure how I feel about this anime. It's quite serious and suddenly you have a slap stick joke. I don't think it gels well. Mostly the american dubbing is off putting. We have vocal talents of was Kimihiro Watanuki from xxxHolic. As much as I love the voice talents of Todd Haberkorn it was like a dead husk listening to Lafon. Not relating with a protagonist puts me off !

MVM Entertainment released the first volume of Chrome Shelled Regios on Monday April 21. If your a fan of the hugely popular light novel series and manga then you need to watch this anime. If you like fighting and slice of life, keep the Japanese audio on and enjoy ^_^

Aisha Anime

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ef - A Tale of Melodies, far too much Japanese for our language to handle by shadebug

A short while back I did a review of ef - A Tale of Memories and there was an almighty clamour for a review of the second season. But how could I do that if the second season hadn't been released on DVD? Well, MVM heard your cries so they'll be releasing it in September. Luckily, they let me get my mitts on a copy beforehand so I can let you know whether you need it in your life. So stick about to see how ef - A Tale of Melodies compares to its predecessor.

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