Hakkenden: Touhou Hakken Ibun – 01
OP: 「God FATE」 by Faylan
Supernatural mysteries and a plethora of bishies voiced by some of my favourite seiyuu – I’m in! This premise is definitely promising to me. As a fan of youkai anime, I knew I’d be watching this. But at the same time, I was wondering what to expect from it because this is based on a shoujo manga with a lot of shounen-ai vibes. Having seen the first episode, I can tell that there is a possibility for romantic feelings to grow between some of the characters, but this is not a shounen-ai anime. Even if there would be romance tendencies between the male characters, that is certainly not be something this story will centre on, and therefore I hope that people won’t disregard it for being something it isn’t. This is a fantasy adventure before anything else and should be seen as such.
So why is this promising then? To me, anything related to youkai is worth giving a try. But aside from that, this episode made way for some great story development. The characters have charming personalities and interesting powers. I think “inviting” is a good word to describe this introduction. If we leave the story itself; the visuals were very appealing as well. The art is absolutely gorgeous, but the animation could’ve been better. Still, it was a visual treat, especially the character designs. Something I think makes this anime even more attractive is its great cast. I don’t think it comes as a surprise to any of you that my favourite seiyuu happens to be Kakihara Tetsuya, but apart from him, the other voice actors are all fairly well-known and talented people. Aside from the ones already mentioned, we have some other prominent seiyuu such as Miki Shinichiro, Kamiya Hiroshi, and Namikawa Daisuke. And let’s not forget about the staff! We have Yamazaki Mitsue (Mawaru Penguindrum), and Yamasaki Osamu (Itazura na Kiss, Hakuouki) directing this show – but the most interesting staff member to me is Kuroishi Hitomi (CODE GEASS) whose wonderful music can improve most scenes in anime.
This anime had an enjoyable start that left me wanting more. I am most likely going to see this to its end, but as for now, this show is not being covered here on RC. Having said that, Hakkenden: Touhou Hakken Ibun looks like it’s going to be an intriguing adventure, and hopefully, the remaining episodes will be as entertaining as this one was.