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4 items from 2014


Hakuoki: Ova Collection DVD Review

4 May 2014 2:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Osamu Yamasaki,

Starring: Hiroyuki Yoshino, Greg Ayres, Houko Kuwashima, Brittney Karbowski, Koji Yusa, Illich Guardiola, Kousuke Toriumi, Leraldo Anzaldua, Shinchiro Miki, Andrew Love, Showtaro Morikubo, Blake Shepard,

Running Time: 180 minutes

Certificate: 12

Hakuoki returns for a brief Ova (original video animation). OVAs can go either way, having more time and effort put into them without the worry of TV limitations, or being cheaper and rushed. Hakuoki seems to fall into the second category, but only in terms of animation. The look of this set of episodes just doesn’t compare with the three seasons that preceded it; colours aren’t as vibrant and the movement seems stilted at times. It’s far from unwatchable though, and fans will enjoy revisiting key characters.

Most impressed by this set of episodes will be fans of the original games, as we now focus a lot more on the female protagonist Chizuro (Kuwashima/Karbowski »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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Hakuoki Season 3 DVD Review

4 April 2014 10:07 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Osamu Yamasaki,

Starring: Hiroyuki Yoshino, Greg Ayres, Koji Yusa, Illich Guardiola, Kousuke Toriumi, Leraldo Anzaldua, Shinchiro Miki, Andrew Love, Showtaro Morikubo, Blake Shepard,

Running Time: 300 minutes

Certificate: 15

After wrapping things up in the previous season, season 3 of Hakuoki is a prequel. Prequels don’t always spell success, often dragging out a story and revealing way too much of the past which was better left to the imagination. There’s also the tricky issue of knowing where the story’s going, which can lead to the plot becoming very disinteresting. Thankfully, Hakuouki avoids all of these potential traps in storytelling. Instead we get a riveting stand alone tale that can easily be enjoyed on its own merits.

In fact, it could be argued that is the best season so far, as it gives a huge amount of development to the male cast. The original series focused on a female having »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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Hakuoki Season 2 DVD Review

2 March 2014 5:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Osamu Yamasaki

Starring: Hiroyuki Yoshino, Greg Ayres, Houko Kuwashima, Brittney Karbowski, Koji Yusa, Illich Guardiola, Kousuke Toriumi, Leraldo Anzaldua, Shinchiro Miki, Andrew Love, Showtaro Morikubo, Blake Shepard

Running Time: 300 minutes

Certificate: 15

The second season of Hakuoki is quite similar to the first. There is still a strong emphasis on the relationship between Chizura and the many men in her life. Fortunately, the series still refuses to make this the main focus. Rather than having a romantic mystery surrounding who Chizura will end up with (if anyone), it instead focuses on each relationship and how important it is. All the men in her life have a connection to her i some respect, but neither her nor them are completely obsessed over love. If it happens, it happens, and that is a rather mature outlook especially for an anime .

When not focusing on the characters, we have a lot of history to be catching up with. »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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Hakuoki Season 1 DVD Review

31 January 2014 10:53 PM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Osamu Yamasaki,

Starring: Hiroyuki Yoshino, Greg Ayres, Houko Kuwashima, Brittney Karbowski, Koji Yusa, Illich Guardiola, Kousuke Toriumi, Leraldo Anzaldua, Shinchiro Miki, Andrew Love, Showtaro Morikubo, Blake Shepard,

Running Time: 300 minutes

Certificate: 15

Based on the popular video game series mostly aimed at females; well, completely aimed at females, Hakuoki in anime form tries to appeal to a much broader audience. The Playstation and Nintendo franchise is an otome game, which is basically a dating-sim with a story and multiple endings. The game sees the player choosing different story paths and eventually ending up with the man of their choice. Not the easiest idea to adapt to an anime, especially when the games play up to the fulfilment of romantic fantasies and the anime has to tell a much more balanced tale.

Chizura is a young girl disguised as a boy in feudal Japan. She searches for her father, which leads her to the Shensengumi, »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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