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Peace Maker Kurogane

Peacemaker Kurogane will tell you the tale of Ichimura Tetsunosuke. A boy who wantes to join the Shinsengumi in order to avenge the deaths of his parents wich was killed by a member from the Choshu clansman, Yoshida Toshimaro. Tetsunosuke gets accepted as a member of the Shinsengumi as the page of Hijikata Toshizo, wich is one of he vice-commanders of the Shinsengumi.

The show is a great series that depicts the two opposing clans during the war between the Shinsengumi and the Choshu clan. If you have ever watched Rurouni Kenshin you should atleast be already be familiar with the shinsengumi, at least in vague and you should find this series quites intressting since it will give you a picture from the shinsengumi’s perspective. What makes it even better is the face that there are some real historical character in here such as Hijikata Toshizo, Saito Hajime, and Okita Soji.

But it is not all good, there almost never is. An example is the many plot thread that is presented and then just dropped like they never happend. They spend to much of the time on this by setting someting up that will never pay of. This time could have been used Tetsunosuke’s revenge and preventing a rebel plot to burn Kyoto to the ground. If they took away the flaws mentioned above they could have removed half of the episodes to tell this story.

The characters you will most likely find yourself to be charmed by. I found that they where were quite likeable. Each one of the had their own personality. Each one had their own reasons for what they did.

The very good animation made by Gonzo is shown as highlights with the use of small CG on things such as birds, blades and coins, Insteed of showing of what they could do the small bits will accutate the 2D world that is surronding them. The fight scenes are someting that is really good in this series. They are very fluid and well-presented by Gonzo, in these scene they use more CG but only for the backrounds with the angle in constant motion to present a more immersive and detailed view of the situations, whether it be a rooftop duel between shinobi or the bloody swordfighting at the Ikeda-ya.

If you are as easily charmed by sweet characters you can most likely se past the wierd pieces of the plot, and even because of this i will still recommend that you watch Peacemaker Kurogane at least once. If you insist on coherent plot, you might want to stay away or just catch of few episodes to look at all the pretty.

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