December 7, 2010 at 1:31 am Comments (50)
「夢幻の薄桜」 (Mugen no Usuzakura)
“Light Cherry Blossoms of Dreams”
With Koudou dropping out of the picture earlier than I expected and Kazama intent on settling his score with Hijikata, the possibility of this series ending on a promising note looked rather bleak. In addition, the series has been faithfully adapting the Shinsengumi’s historic events up until now, so Hijikata’s fate looked like it was more or less guaranteed.
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December 3, 2010 at 4:00 am Comments (21)
「散ずる桜花」 (Chizuru Ouka)
“Falling Cherry Blossoms”
Progression-wise, the continuation of the Hakuouki story has been good, but has yet to struck an emotional chord with me like the finale did in the first season. That is, until this episode, which was undoubtedly the most powerful one to date. What’s even better is that it was full of good twists — ones that no understanding of history could have foreseen.
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November 21, 2010 at 1:40 am Comments (28)
「輝ける暁光」 (Kagayakeru Gyoukou)
“Shining Light of Dawn”
The Shinsengumi casualties are piling up one after another as the Bakufu continues to fight a losing war against the New Government forces. It’s admittedly a bit depressing at this point as the story approaches its inevitable conclusion, but I’m completely caught up in the depiction of their final hours both fictionally and non-fictionally.
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November 7, 2010 at 8:11 pm Comments (28)
「誠心は永遠に」 (Seishin wa Towa ni)
“Devotion is Eternal”
Following the revelation of Koudou’s demon revival plans and the departure of Nagakura and Harada, the situation only gets worse for the Shinsengumi. Amagiri explains to Saitou that Rasetsu destroy themselves by expending all their life energy over a short period of time, prompting Hijikata to forbid the further use of Ochimizu to expand their secret unit.
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October 20, 2010 at 4:12 am Comments (42)
「蹉跌の回廊」 (Satetsu no Kairou)
“The Cloister of Failure”
While I originally planned to go with a short manga-style post with a handful of screen caps using the filmstrip layout, I had taken so many after watching these two episodes that arranging them nicely would’ve been more work than just going with the usual format. If I continue taking so many caps, I’ll likely be sticking with this going forward as I cover this series on a bi-weekly basis. If nothing else, the latter gives subs a chance to catch up so that people will actually read my posts. :)
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April 4, 2010 at 2:24 pm Comments (46)
「雪華の都」 (Sekka no Miyako)
Being based on a female romance adventure game, Hakuouki is one of the series I knew the least about coming into its premiere episode, but may just prove to be a dark horse this season.
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