Way of the Samurai
This month’s anime challenge is the anime Hakuouki Reimeiroku. Hakuouki Reimeiroku Is the third in a series of a three season anime, but it is a prequel to the first two seasons. The whole series consists of Hakuoki, Hakuoki: Hekketsuroku (second season) anime and Hakuoki: Reimeiroku (third season and prequel). For Hakuoki Reimeiroku, the opening theme was “Reimei” by Maon Kurosaki and the ending theme was “Hana no Atosaki” by Mao.
The anime takes us to the year 1863, Japan is victim to violent waves of street clashes and murder and the Tokugawa Shogunate sends the Roshigumi, a new force of masterless samurai to aid the Aizu forces in Kyoto. This new ‘police’ force is split between two opposing factions, respectively led by Serizawa Kamo and Isami Kondo. A man named Ryunosuke Ibuki, forced to be a slave by blood debt hates the samurai and what they stand for, and hopes that there will be a chance for both himself and Japan, if Kondo can beat the rabid Serizawa.
Hakuouki Reimeiroku was directed by Osamu Yamasaki and produced by Asuka Yamazaki, Mitsutoshi Ogura, Suguru Iwasaki and Hohei Hayashi. Its original run was from July 9, 2012 – September 24, 2012.