The Shogunate is in its final years, and war is fast approaching. When Akizuki Yojiro, a dark and mysterious mercenary, nears something supernatural with some kind of importance to him, the... See full summary »




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The Shogunate is in its final years, and war is fast approaching. When Akizuki Yojiro, a dark and mysterious mercenary, nears something supernatural with some kind of importance to him, the ornament on the end of his sword hilt waves in its direction, his eyes glow mysteriously, and he is driven to go after it. He comes across a traveling theater group who is out for revenge for the killing of the parents of the group's leader, and whose mysterious playwright likes to secretly help along events of history. Yojiro joins them to lend them his skill against their enemies, while dark conspiracy continues to follow behind him. Written by ANN

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The "Irohanihoheto" in the title is actually the first line of a famous poem called the "Iroha" for short. The special thing about this poem is that each letter of the Japanese syllabary (kana) at that period was used only once in the entire poem, making it a sort of alphabet. This would make "Irohanihoheto" the equivalent of "ABCDEFG". The poem was in fact used as an alphabetical order for a time, and while this use has ceased now, it still remains in things like the numbering of seating for opera/theater houses, which is apt considering that many of the main characters in this show are part of a theatrical troupe. The line "Irohanihoheto" would be read in modern Japanese as "Iro wa nioedo", roughly meaning "the brilliant flowers", which is reflected in the opening animation. See more »

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Great story within a story
11 October 2012 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

The shogunate era is coming to an end with the rifle and gunpowder. Though many samurai thought their world would endure another thousand years with the sword, it became unlikely through America's and Britains brash involvement of introducing the gun. Faced with oblivion, the wandering Samurai and odd Ronin must face their new great enemy and threat head on. Yet within this turmoil of power and greed, a mysterious Ronin Akizuki Yojiro is on the hunt for a dreaded cursed head which he must destroy at all costs, or have the peaceful lands of japan fall into chaos. Using his sword as a guide with a talisman on the hilt, it points in the direction to what he is seeking. His eyes are also a dead giveaway which glow, yet his hidden powers come from the head itself. Through his ordeals he faces other opponents who hide in the dark shadows to make sure he does not succeed. But for his ambitious treks, he falls in the middle of a travelling theatre group who puts on plays for the public to hear of the rash shortcomings of the palaces scandals. The leader of this troupe Yuyama Kakunojo puts herself in grave danger with each production her script writer (Ibaragi Sotetsu) develops. With this in mind, Akizuki now keeps his new found friends safe at the same time he is on the lookout for the fabled head. Thrust into the scenes are other members who had faced such past turmoils with Yuyama to call it revenge and thus all are involved in one way or another. But to defeat a new shadow Akizuki must find the head in order for the palace to fall once and for all. If not, then the western powers who use the head to gain monetary riches will win. I like the fact that this series was taken place during the near ending of the Edo period. To see samurai's use their swords with accuracy, poise, and pride. It is not often to see such a good show use the theatre as well to mix in with the actual story line. The music, battles, and the mind bending twists and turns will give the audience something to really hold onto. I found this a refreshing anime, great characters, excellent fights, and how the characters use the theatre to tell their story which puts their own lives in mortal danger from conniving wolves lurking in the dark. Recommended to those fifteen and over, not for those under that age for violence, and some cursing.

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