The original run was 25 episodes… gaaah… what a way to entice buyers/collectors… the producers pulled the same stunt for Darker than Black too (-_- ||) sheesh~ Since I’m already broke from collecting DtB, etc… and I doubt Koutetsu Sangokushi will be licensed anytime soon… Hopefully the subs surface real quickly!
Sweet Scent of BL (BLの香り)
In case you’re not familiar with this series, Koutetsu Sangokushi was aired in 2007 and is very loosely based on the hugely popular and well-loved Chinese historical novel, Romance of the Three Kingdoms (三國演義) but given a very, VERY slashy treatment. Well, it can’t be helped, no? The warring period was filled with warriors and hot men :D LOL~ Oh~ the potential! Even Koyasu Takehito who voiced one of the leads, Shoukatsuryou Koumei (諸葛亮孔明) commented on his blog about the “Scent of BL (BLの香り)” within the series. *snickers* :3
The story revolved around Rikuson Hakugen (陸迅) (cv. Mamoru Miyano. Tamaki in Ouran High School Host Club *hearts*), the disciple of Shoukatsuryou Koumei. (erm, historically it wasn’t so… but anyway, don’t sweat the details hehe) Rikuson’s family had a mysterious treasure that granted great power to anyone who possessed it. The treasure was stolen and used to wage war in the states, causing devastation to the once peaceful lands. Rikuson embarks on a journey to retrieve the treasure, hoping to end the suffering among the people, and finds himself embroiled in an elaborate plot hatched by his beloved master…
I had very high hopes for this series when it first aired but initally I was like o_O with the trippy costumes, weapons, WTF/OMG characterisations for some of the leads… Watch it to be amazed xD But once I stopped imposing my own expectations on the series, I began to appreciate and look forward to how far/weird/crazy the producers were going to go with this…. LOL~ One thing tho’, they did follow the historical timelines quite faithfully although they seriously went wild with the storyline.
Overall I enjoyed this series because of the seiyuus, character interactions, humour and drama. Yep, once you get over the initial shock, its kinda fun. The opening song sequence contains a not-too-subtle “ass-grab” just before the anime starts ^^” I was like woah~ (so you get to see that every week, woohoo LOL~) and BL fans can spot all the potential pairings from Episode 1 onwards hahaha… There are quite a number of cliches that a BL fan can detect from a mile away, especially if you’re familiar with the type of characters that some of the seiyuus usually get cast in BL dramas *fufufu* But of course, not all seiyuus in this series have voiced BL dramas tho’ almost all the main characters (for e.g. Ishida Akira, Koyasu Takehito, Yusa Kouji, Itou Kentarou, Miki Shinichirou, etc) have done so, except for Miyano Mamoru and a few others.
Not to forget, the songs were lovely too. Given songs suitable to his vocal range, Miyano Mamoru can really deliver a touching tune. He sang the ending song and you’ll so want to squeeze this Rikuson real tight and smother him with hugs and kisses :) Well, his character can be annoying at times but I grew to like him quite a bit towards the end.
Watch Miyano-san sing Kuon live at a Koutetsu Sangokushi event
And btw, Miyano Mamoru won the Best Male Seiyuu in Leading Role at Seiyuu Award 2007 for his work in this series ^^
In episode 25,
Rikuson’s desperate cry that he does not want to be separated from his master again, took my breath away. It was so heart-felt and so heart-wrenching. Little wonder Miyano Mamoru was given the award.
I want to watch episode 26!!! xD
Update: 6 May 2008
Found a youtube video link to the episode 26 trailer.