This was a VERY interesting Sunday night INDEED.
So because I am currently obsessing over everything and anything Hakuouki Shinsengumi, and I had left my PSP charger at my boyfriends place, I was up all night looking for images, other games, reviews for games etc. I had recently watched on youtube, the Live Seiyuu Specials that they had, which were SO RIDICULOUSLY AMAZING that I was thrashing around in my bed giggling like a schoolgirl. It was absolutely hilarious and sweet! And that was the frist time actually i was like “OMG THESE SEIYUU’S VOICES ARE TO DIE FOR!”
ANYWHO, after searching around I found out that people were reviewing Hakuouki Drama CD’s and I got excited! So I googled, looking for downloads… and I found that someone had put up 2 sound files named “Hakuouki Drama CD.” One with an image of Saito, and the other of Sannosuke. They are coincidentally my two favourite characters… although I do think that Okita’s voice makes me feel like I want to melt into a puddle of moe-happiness on the floor.
This is what happened after that – in comic form.
That was literally what happened – well if I were an anime character of course. But i know ya’ll know what I mean.
If you want to listen to it to understand what I went through its here. IT IS an M/R18 Rating and Not suitable for anywhere other than hiding alone in your room. I’m so lucky I was using headphones and I was at home when I found this.
I was like so shocked and alarmed that stuff like this existed (and that i didn’t even know it for such a long time!) and I had to find an explanation because I just didn’t understand what this was… LOL – I guess it was too much to take in at the time.
So I looked it up, haven’t figured it all out yet though, but I’m sure that these audio were not specifically from the Hakuouki series itself but of something else – Perhaps an R18 OtomeGame Audio CD – that had the same Seiyuus as the voices. If you listen to them (*cough* ahem *) again you get clues like, the way the character speaks, the kind of words and formalities they use, and voice pitch in the audio. They don’t align with the actual Hakuouki characters Saito and Sannosuke. Plus, (*cough*) beds were not used but futons…. so the creaking bed noise is a dead give-away.
I’m still shocked that I came across something like that so…unprepared lol.
But that’s the story of how I was trust headfirst into a sea of Seiyuu Audio Dramas… a sea that I am doomed to secretly and obsessively drown in for the rest of my life. ( I don’t mean specifically R18 Audios… I mean ALL audio CDs – I’m not that much of a pervert!)
I have to admit I haven’t been keeping up with watching anime for a while now. It’s been a while since I have found something that I was easily able to obsess with, such as “Fruits Basket”, “Ouran HighSchool Host Club”, “NANA” etc. I been leaning towards more Asian Dramas and such. I came across this anime while looking at Otome-game videos (my current obsession as you can tell by all my other blog posts) and decided to watch it because it was based on a very popular game. I also wanted to watch it because the drawings looked amazing and knowing its an adaptation of a game there would be a ‘reverse harem’ theme somehow imbedded into it.
I would probably call that decision one of the BEST DECISIONS IN MY LIFE!
After 2 episodes and learning about all the male characters and such I completely fell in love! I love how this anime is funny and action packed. Every character is beautiful, handsome and easy to fall in love with. The drawings are amazing and the male characters all have unique and amazingly adorable personalities. I am a big fan of period anime as well, ones with ninja and samurai, swords and chivalry. the ideas of Honor, Chivalry ,and sword fights and the famous Shinsengumi all are so interesting in my opinion. This is loosely inspired by real events in that very crucial time in japan’s history. It reminds me of Rourouni Kenshin, but instead of one sexy cute samurai there are SO MANY OF THEM! It’s not like i don’t like High school anime – I love Fruits Basket and Ouran and Skip Beat and School Rumble – but adding the element of lives being lost and a revolution talking place makes the Romance part of it so much more exciting! However, I wouldn’t even consider this a Romance anime… The romance I’m talking about is about ME (the Viewer) falling in love with the characters! I think this was the whole goal of the writers of this anime – to make the viewer fall in love with the characters by using Chizuru (the girl protagonist) as a catalyst to showcase the amazing personalities of each Male Character WITHOUT developing an actual romantic relationship with her.
My favourite character has to be Saito Hajime. He is the whole package! Understated, mysterious and yet very talkative and so serious. I love his hair and his coolness in personality and yet how awkward he is when it comes to women it’s so cute! Sexy, cool and cute all at the same time!
Also can I say that the voice actors in this anime have the SEXIEST VOICES EVER!!! Kazama and Souji’s voices make me melt! Saito’s voice actor is also very good and suits his character very well. I also end up having daydreams about Sannan-san. I have a thing for glasses and long hair, and his kind voice…it makes me so bitter when he gets upset to hear his voice say mean things!
Chizuru as a main character does kind of put me off because she is so innocent and helpless. I’m more into the more feminist and independent female characters, but that may be perhaps because I grew up in North America and had some very strong and independent and amazing female figures to raise me. I try to be girly but it just doesn’t really work lol. Chizuru really doesn’t do anything on her own and completely relies on the guys for help, I guess she tries, but is never really successful.
The plot in my opinion is very fast paced and written well. We get a good amount of character development and plot development and action. Now that I’ve been playing the game ‘Hakuouki: Demon of the Fleeting Blossom’ the story is extremely similar to the game’s story. Exactly the same in fact (Hijikata’s route) – the only difference being that there are different tangents in the game that change the story and who you end up with depending on your choices. The drawings are to die for! Even the fight scenes are drawn in great detail! Lately anime has gotten better but I found for a while, the style of popular anime was too simple in style of drawing and colour. I’m glad that detailed drawings and such are making a comeback =)
This particular anime is a definite ‘BUY’ in my opinion. Once AnimeNorth comes around I will be looking to buy a BluRay/DVD set of this. I like it that much. I liked it so much I went straight to watching the second season… Hakuouki: Hekkestu-roku… which I will review later because… well…everything does a 360 from there…and many hearts are broken…including mine!