Japan, July 1853. Scores of people lined the beaches at Uraga Harbor near the Shogunate Capitol of Edo. They came to get a glimpse of the American Fleet of Commodore Perry's infamous Black ... See full summary »
Japan, July 1853. Scores of people lined the beaches at Uraga Harbor near the Shogunate Capitol of Edo. They came to get a glimpse of the American Fleet of Commodore Perry's infamous Black Ships that arrived on Japan's shores to deliver an ultimatum to open the country from 250 years of Isolation. Among them a is an impressionable low ranking Samurai & fencing instructor named Kondo Isami (Katori Shingo) and another low ranking Samurai turned Medicine peddler & playboy Hijikata Toshizou (Yamamoto Koji) who were both frightened and awed by the sight of such military might that has sent the country into crisis. Together, they will join with the young sword progeny Okita Soji (Fujiwara Tatsuya) who will join a group of ronin that will head to the Imperial Capitol in Kyoto to help preserve order for the Shogun. Betrayed by their initial leader in Kyoto, factions of ronin form and alliances are forged into what became the Shinsengumi; The Special Elite Corps. Under the auspicious of the ... Written by
Louis E. Rosas
From the couple of episodes I have seen, I think this is an excellent series to watch if you have an interest in the Bakumatsu period.
The character information is thrown at you a little thick and fast at the beginning of the first episode, with many characters being introduced in a short time. So it is a little difficult to identify characters at the beginning.
After that though, it is a lot easier to follow as the next few episodes provide more background slowly. It is useful to know some of the history of that period/do a little research.
The acting, costumes and sets are quite good. The background music could have been better in parts, as it tends to be overpowering in some scenes.
On the whole - I think it provides thoroughly enjoyable insight into the Shinsengumi and the Bakumatsu.
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