Update 27 February 2012: New Hakuouki TV anime and OVA announced for 2012 and 2013 respectively!
Also do support the English version PSP game (with original voices): Hakuoki: Demon of the Fleeting Blossom (localised by Aksys) too.
Title: Hakuouki Reimeiroku 薄桜鬼 黎明録 (Prequel, 2012)
Date: Summer 2012
Summary: Set in historical Japan, Yukimura Chizuru has come to Kyoto in search of her missing father. While running away from her pursuers, she witnesses a fight between her pursuers and some demonic humans. Rescued in time by the Shinsengumi before she was attacked, she is taken into custody by them. While the Shinsengumi debate on what to do with Chizuru, they discover that she is the daughter of the doctor they are also looking for.
Comments: The first episode has already been aired and it sure looks beautiful. Animated by Studio DEEN, you can see that they definitely have quite a good budget ^^ The beautifully animated characters look almost exactly like the gorgeous illustrations that original game graphics illustrator, Yone Kazuki has drawn. I’ve not played the game yet but I’m a fan of her artwork. I believe fans of the game shouldn’t have a big reason to complain because the quality looks pretty awesome in the first episode. Let’s see if they can keep that up :)
As someone who really hates whiny heroines, I’m pleasantly surprised by the protaganist so far, well, granted this is only the first episode… it is a good start for me.
Anyway, like with all otome games (and anme), a stellar male voice cast is a must. In this anime, you’ll find the likes of Miki Shinichirou, Morikubo Shoutaro, Toriumi Kousuke, Yoshino Hiroyuki, Yusa Kouji as the leads.
In the game, you as the protagonist, meets these guys who are part of an organisation named Shinsengumi. The objective of the game is to be paired up with any one of the game while solving the mystery of your missing father who the guys at the Shinsengumi are also searching for. Correct me if I’m wrong but the anime seems to be sticking quite close to the original game plot.
Director: Yamasaki Osamu
Music: Ootani Kou
Character Design: Nakajima Atsuko
Sound Director: Iwanami Yoshikazu
桑島法子 Kuwashima Houko as Yukimura Chizuru 雪村千鶴
三木眞一郎 Miki Shinichirou as Hijikata Toshizou
森久保祥太郎 Morikubo Shoutaro as Okita Souji 沖田総司
鳥海浩輔 Toriumi Kousuke as Saitou Hajime 斎藤一
吉野裕行 Yoshino Hiroyuki as Toudou Heisuke 藤堂平助
遊佐浩二 Yusa Kouji as Harada Sanosuke 原田左之助
大川 透 Ookawa Tooru, as Kondou Isami 近藤勇
飛田展男 Tobita Nobuo as (Sannan-san) Yamanami Keisuke 山南敬助
Official website: http://www.geneonuniversal.jp/rondorobe/anime/hakuoki/
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