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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~

Hakuoki Boys 2

Oh; Hi, Rule. by Steve Russell


Finally, after what feels like forever for gamers worldwide, Nintendo have finally announced the latest in their long standing franchise with the reveal of The Legend Of Zelda for the Wii U today, announced during their Nintendo On Demand event for E3. And, my, is it gorgeous in a cell shaded, stylised way. Enough talk, check it out for yourself below if you haven't already.

What do you guys think? Is it everything you wanted in a next gen Zelda (not forgetting Hyrule Warriors as well)? And, most importantly, is it enough to convince people to actually buy a Wii U? Sound off below!

Steve "The Other Guy" Russell // @stevetendo

You can listen to Steve Russell each Monday, as he hosts a roundup of the weeks oddest news stories over @ The Totally RanDumb Podcast


President Obama Commends 'The Witcher' Game by Aisha Anime

Barak Obama

In his trip to Warsaw on 3rd June 2014, the world’s most powerful man highlighted his praise for The Witcher and accredited it to the talents of the Polish people.
Here’s what the president of the United States had to say about the world’s most powerful RPG:
“The last time I was here, Donald (Polish prime minister) gave me a gift, the video game developed here in Poland that’s won fans the world over, The Witcher. I confess, I’m not very good at video games, but I’ve been told that it is a great example of Poland’s place in the new global economy. And it’s a tribute to the talents and work ethic of the Polish people as well as the wise stewardship of Polish leaders like prime minister Tusk”
Read the full Remarks by President Obama and Prime Minister Tusk of Poland on the official White house website:
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is out on PS4, Xbox One and PC in February 2015.

Click the image to see some more exclusive footage from the new game. More information on The Witcher Wild Hunt from:

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