Hakuouki

Alternative Titles:
薄桜鬼 / Hakuouki Shinsengumi Kitan
薄桜鬼 碧血録 / Hakuouki Hekketsuroku
薄桜鬼 黎明録 // Hakuouki Re-Mark

Hakuōki (薄桜鬼 〜新選組奇譚〜 Hakuōki ~Shinsengumi Kitan~, Demon of the Fleeting Blossom: The Mysterious Tale of the Shinsengumi) is a video game series by Idea Factory. It has been adapted into two 12/10-episode anime series animated by Studio Deen; the first began airing in Japan on the TV Kanagawa and UHF stations on April 4, 2010. The second season began airing on October 10, 2010 and ended on December 12, 2010. Two new films were released in 2013–2014. Film 1 was released in August 2013 and is released on DVDs February 2014. The film is supposed to be a retelling of both seasons in greater detail and with a slightly different ending. The second film was released on March 8, 2014.

The story evolves around the Shinsengumi, the late Tokugawa Shogunate secret police. They are followed in their struggle against the changing times where the old samurai ways of fighting and living are replaced by the incursion of western culture. In Hakuouki the concept of time is well determinate, meaning that events don’t unfold day after day and neither do battles so from that point of view its a plus. Being a historical inspired tale ensures a certain continuity of the episodes while presenting key elements of that historical period. I was literally enthralled by the fighting scenes because they aren’t just flashed at great speed and because they add up to the fluidity of the series. Also they are not displayed in the form of a white cut on a black background all while being dynamic and thrilling.

Opening Theme:
Hakuouki Shinsengumi Kitan:
“Izayoi Namida” by Aika Yoshioka
Hakuouki Hekketsuroku:
“Maikaze” By Yoshioka Aika
Hakuouki Re-Mark:
“reimei” by Maon Kurosaki
Hakuouki Sekkaroku (OVA):
“Yume no Ukifune” by Aika Yoshioka
Ending Theme:
Hakuouki Shinsengumi Kitan:
“Kimi no Kioku” by mao
Hakuouki Hekketsuroku:
“Akane Sora ni Negau” By MAO
Hakuouki Re-Mark:
“Hana no Atosaki” by mao
Hakuouki Sekkaroku (OVA):
01 夢幻 -a true love tale- [ED 1st]
02 風花 -The whisper of snow falling- [ED 2nd]
03 蘭 -The end of struggle- [ED 3rd]
04 光 -I promise you- [ED 4th]
05 真実 -The light lasting- [ED 5th]
06 比翼-Contract with you- [ED 6th]
Hakuouki the Movie:
1. “Kurenai no Ito” by Aika Yoshioka
2. “Soukyuu no Hata” by Aika Yoshioka
Original Soundtrack:
Hakuouki OST: Ibuki no Sora
Hakuouki Hekketsu-roku OST:
Hakuouki the Movie #1 OST
Hakuouki the Movie #2 OST
Hakuouki Character Song:
Hakuouki Shinsengumi Kitan: Kaisoroku Jou Vol. 1
1. Character CD Bakumatsu Kafusho: Soji Okita
2. Character CD Bakumatsu Kafusho: Toshizo Hijikata
3. Character CD Bakumatsu Kafusho: Hajime Saito
4. Character CD Bakumatsu Kafusho: Sanosuke Harada
5. Character CD Bakumatsu Kafusho: Heisuke Toudou
6. Character CD Bakumatsu Kafusho: Chikage Kazama
7. Character CD Bakumatsu Kafusho: Yukimura Chizuru

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