Hakuoke

Posted: January 25, 2011 by Appy in Kpop
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Hakuoki
Hakuōki (薄桜鬼 〜新選組奇譚〜, Hakuōki ~Shinsengumi Kitan~?) is a videogame series by Idea Factory, first designed for the Playstation 2 and thenlater ported to Playstation 3, Playstation Portable, and Nintendo DS. It hasbeen adapted into two 12/10-episode anime series animated by Studio DEEN; the first began airing in Japan on the TV Kanagawa and UHF stations on April 4,2010. The second season began airing on October 10, 2010 and ended on December 12, 2010. The series has also been adapted as two different manga series.
Plot
Chizuru Yukimura heads to Kyoto to search for her father. While there, she witnesses a fight between Rasetsu and members of the Shinsengumi. The Shinsengumi take her into custody and, once learning she is the daughter of the doctor they are searching for, decide to keep her close at hand. Chizuru follows the Shinsengumi in their battles to help the shogunate.
Characters
Chizuru Yukimura (雪村千鶴, Yukimura Chizuru)
Voiced by: Kuwashima Houko
Chizuru is the main female character. She comes to Kyoto in search of her missing father, Kodou Yukimura (雪村綱道, Yukimura Kodou?), a Dutch-educated doctor who is skilled in Western medicine. Her father is the one who, under orders from the Shogunate, develops the “ochimizu“, a potion that increases the drinker’s healing abilities, speed, and strength but which also possesses an unfortunate side-effect of turning the drinker into a mindless, vampire-like monster called a Rasetsu. At the beginning of the series, she is seen being chased by two men, who were suddenly attacked by a Rasetsu. She witnesses Hajime Saitou kill off the Rasetsu and is then taken to the Shinsengumi headquarters by Toshizo Hijikata, where they allow her to stay,because they too were in search of her father.Chizuru herself also has a secret: she is in fact a pureblood member of the Oni Ichizoku (the Demon Clan), and the head of the Oni of the East is of Yukimura descent. Chikage Kazama is after her to make the strongest Oni, since if a pureblood mates with another pureblood or with the strongest Oni, they make an even stronger Oni (even stronger than their two parents). She is the wielder of a short sword which pairs with Kaoru’s longsword. They are part of the Yukimura’s heirloom.
Toshizo Hijikata (土方歳三, Hijikata Toshizo?)
Voiced by: Miki Shinichiro
Hijikata is the Vice-commander of the Shinsengumi and makes most of the Shinsengumi’s decisions. He is called oni-fukuchou (Demon Vice-commander) and is both feared and respected by his men. He is also often referred to as “Toshi” by Kondou. Hijikata is the one who brought Chizuru back to the Shinsengumi headquarters the night she witnessed a Rasetsu on the loose that began to attack two men chasing her. He is responsible for her welfare, and even though he acts as if this were to his dismay, he does care for Chizuru’s safety, as he is often shown protecting her during battles. He is based on the historical Hijikata Toshizō.Hijikata drinks the Ochimizu in order to increase his power to defeat Chikage, led by rage after seeing Gen Inoue dead, a fellow Shinsengumi warrior.Even though Inoue had been killed by Satchō warriors (Satsuma-Chōshū alliance),Hijikata takes it out on Chikage, starting a fight, which Chikage encourages.
Souji Okita (沖田総司, Okita Souji?)
Voiced by: Morikubo Showtaro
Okita is the First Division Captain and a brilliant swordsman. He suffers from tuberculosis, and is later visited by Nagumo Kaoru who gives him a bottle of Ochimizu which he takes so he can “cure” his tuberculosis.Although he is now a Rasetsu, the Shinsengumi discover that he heals from injuries caused by silver weapons at a human speed, thus discovering Rasetsu’s weakness. He is based on the historical Okita Sōji.
Isami Kondou (近藤勇, Kondou Isami?)
Voiced by: Tōru Ōkawa
Kondou is the Commander of the Shinsengumi. He is very emotional, but despite this, he has the trust, respect, and loyalty of his men. He is based on the historical Isami Kondō.
Keisuke Yamanami (山南敬助, Yamanami Keisuke)
Voiced by: Tobita Nobuo
Usually called “Sannan-san” (based on an alternate reading of his surname), he is Vice-commander of the Shinsengumi, along with Hijikata.
Both a scholar and a ruthless tactician, he is kind and caring, albeit a bit reserved. After an injury which resulted in him being unable to use his sword arm, he has become cold and suspicious of others. In the hope of regaining the use of his arm, he drank the Ochimizu, which he had spent time to research and improve on so the side effects wouldn’t kick in; he is the first of the characters introduced to do so. He is based on the historical Yamanami Keisuke.
Shinpachi Nagakura (永倉 新八, Nagakura Shinpachi?)
Voiced by: Tsuboi Tomohiro
Shinpachi is the Second Division captain of the Shinsengumi. He is usually very cheerful, especially when he is with his comrades. Shinpachi is
especially close to Harada and together they often pick on Heisuke. He is very skilled with the sword, but he is also a true alcoholic and womanizer, as he is seen breaking the curfew one night to be out drinking. He is based on the
historical Nagakura Shinpachi.
Sanosuke Harada (原田左之助, Harada Sanosuke?)
Voiced by: Yusa Kōji
Harada is the Tenth Division Captain and prefers the spear to the sword,but he is seen carrying both. He is based on the historical Harada Sanosuke.
Heisuke Todo (藤堂 平助, Toudou Heisuke?)
Voiced by: Hiroyuki Yoshino
Heisuke is a young member of the Shinsengumi. He is around the same age as Chizuru. He leaves the Shinsengumi, following Itou along with Hajime Saitou,but later returns. He too has taken Ochimizu to recover from injuries. He is
based on the historical Tōdō Heisuke.
Hajime Saito (斎藤 一, Saitou Hajime?)
Voiced by: Toriumi Kōsuke
Saito is the leader of the Third Division and a master of the left hand sword technique. He is silent and a taciturn but also very loyal, polite, and
wise. He often analyzes the situation before attacking to figure out which actions are necessary to complete the mission. Saito left the Shinsengumi apparently to join Itou’s group, but later it turns out that he was commanded by Hijikata to infiltrate Itou’s group for information concerning Itou’s plans.He is based on the historical Saitō Hajime.
Kaoru Nagumo (南雲薫, Nagumo Kaoru?)
Voiced by: Hasumi Itō
First seen as a lovely dressed young woman who is prettier than Chizuru,Kaoru is actually Chizuru’s twin brother who was separated from her during childhood. He’s made to dress as a woman but is seen as a boy near the end of the first season of the anime. He is one of the strongest Oni. He wants to make Chizuru suffer because when they were separated, he was taken in by the Nagumo family who treated him harshly for not being a female. He also hates that Chizuru forgot about him and about her even having a twin brother at all.
Because of this, he wants Chizuru to feel the pain he felt.Later on, though, he admits that he truly loves Chizuru and that everything he had done was to meet Chizuru again. In addition, he asks Chizuru to go with him, because he is the only one who has the power to protect her.
Chizuru refuses to go, since she had promised to the Shinsengumi that she would protect Kondou, and Kaoru decides that if things had come to that, his only option would be killing her. Right after they start fighting, though, Chizuru
is cornered and saved by Chikage, who kills Kaoru.Kaoru is the wielder of the long sword that is pair with Chizuru’s short
sword, which are the Yukimura clan’s heirloom.
Chikage Kazama (風間千景, Kazama Chikage?)
Voiced by: Kenjirō Tsuda
Member of the Bakumatsu, enemies of the Shinsengumi. He is the strongest Oni of the West and is after Chizuru, so that they can mate and create stronger Oni. His reasons for this are unknown, but his attempts to take Chizuru have so far been thwarted by the interference of the Shinsengumi. Despite being arrogant and cynical, he is not entirely cold-blooded, as he later saves Chizuru,although this might have been for his own purposes. Kazama is usually followed by his two demon companions Amagiri and Shiranui, and it is implied that he might be of royal blood, like Sen-hime. In his Oni form, he grows white horns and his hair fades to match. His eyes also become yellow.
Amagiri Kyūju
Voiced by: Ryū Yamaguchi
Kyūju Amagiri is a very strong red-haired Oni, who prefers to fight with his fists instead of a sword. He’s usually seen by Kazama Chikage’s side, since he works for him. Strangely, Amagiri seems to dislike fighting needlessly and often tells his opponents not to fight him, in a polite manner. He is rather respectful of his enemies, not even taunting them when in battle. He is also a member of the Satsuma Clan.In the second season of the anime adaptation, Kazama, Amagiri, and Shiranui unite against Koudou and his army of Rasetsu, which he manages to improve and now can fight efforlessly in broad daylight. Moreover, Amagiri reveals to Saito that, since the source of the Rasetsu’s power is not of divine
origin -unlike the power of true demons-, their superhuman strength, reflexes and regenerative abilities are all derived from their own life energy.Therefore, Rasetsu are simply using in advance energy that was originally meant to be expended over the decades of an ordinary human life, and their lifespans are shortened every time they use their powers.
Kyō Shiranui
Voiced by: Hiroaki Yoshida
Kyō Shiranui is a cocky, arrogant Oni who prefers guns to swords. He has long, purple wavy hair which he wears in a ponytail. Initially, he fights alongside Kazama Chikage and Amagiri Kyuuju against the Shinsengumi (andparticularly, Harada), in order to abduct Chizuru under Kazama Chikage’s orders. Later on, Harada and Shiranui call it a truce and join forces to defeat Koudou’s newly created Rasetsu, after Koudou’s betrayal. In fact, Shiranui sacrifices’ himself so that the Shinsengumi can escape the battlefield,opening a path for them. Afterwards, he informs Harada that Koudou is willing to start a war only to get blood for his Rasetsu army.
Sen-hime (千姫, Sen-hime?)
Voiced by: Ayano Ishikawa
She is a pretty young girl around Chizuru’s age, with long brown hair.She is a pureblood Oni, but because of Kimigiku, her bodyguard, Kazama Chikage doesn’t chase after her, going after Chizuru instead. Sen is first introduced when she protects a child and is threatened by a group of men. Chizuru jumps in, forgetting that she cannot fight very well, and Saito Hajime steps in,knocking the men out with the blunt side of his blade, referring to a swordsmanship lesson he had with Chizuru. She later explains to Chizuru who she is and Chizuru’s real heritage, even offering twice for Chizuru to come with her and Kimigiku to be better protected.
Media
Video Game
The Hakuoki series of Otome games were released for the PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable and Nintendo DS by Idea Factory. Another game was released in September 2010 for the PlayStation 3.
    • PlayStation 2 – September 18, 2008
    • PlayStation Portable – August 27, 2009
    • Nintendo DS – March 18, 2010
    • Hakuoki: Zuisouroku (薄桜鬼
      随想録?)

      • PlayStation 2 – August 27, 2009
      • PlayStation Portable – August 26, 2010
      • Nintendo DS – February 17, 2011
    • Hakuoki: Yuugiroku (薄桜鬼
      遊戯録?)

      • PlayStation Portable – May 13, 2010
    • Hakuoki: Junsouroku (薄桜鬼
      巡想録?)

      • PlayStation 3 – June 17, 2010
    • Hakuoki: Reimeiroku (薄桜鬼
      黎明録?)

      • PlayStation 2 – October 28, 2010
    • Hakuoki 3D (working title)
    • Nintendo 3DS – TBA 2011
Hakuoki: Shinsengumi Kitan (薄桜鬼〜新選組奇譚〜?)
Manga
There are two manga adaptations of Hakuoki: Shinsengumi Kitan. The first, entitled Hakuouki Junrenka, is serialized in the shojo
manga magazine Dengeki Comic SYLPH, and is an anthology of the different
endings available in the video games. Another adaptation is currently
serialized in Comic B’s Log Kyun!!.
Anime
The following is a list of episodes of the Hakuoki: Shinsengumi Kitan and Hakuouki:Hekketsuroku (the second season) anime. The series uses four pieces of theme music, one opening and ending per season. The first season’s opening theme was Izayoi Namida by Yoshioka Aika and ending was Kimi no Kioku by Mao. The second season’s opening is Maikaze by Yoshioka Aika and its ending theme is Akane Sora ni Negau by Mao.
List of episodes
Hakuouki: Shinsengumi Kitan
  1. Snowflake Capital”
    “sekkano miyako” (雪華の都)
  2. Seeds of Upheaval” “dōran
    no hibuta”
    (動乱の火蓋)
  3. Twilight Blossom” “yoiyami
    ni saku hana”
    (宵闇に咲く華)
  4. Those Who Come From the Darkness” “yami
    yori kuru mono”
    (闇より来る者)
  5. Conflicting Swords” “sōkoku
    seshi yaiba”
    (相克せし刃)
  6. The Demon’s Lifeline” “oni
    no meimyaku”
    (鬼の命脈)
  7. Fate of a Fetter” “shikkoku
    no unmei”
    (桎梏の運命)
  8. Fleeting Dreams” “asaki
    yumemishi”
    (あさきゆめみし)
  9. The Trails of Carnage” “shura
    no wadachi”
    (修羅の轍)
  10. Where the Bonds Lead” “kizuna
    no yukue”
    (絆のゆくえ)
  11. Fallen Ones” “koboreochiru
    mono”
    (零れ落ちるもの)
  12. On Opposite Sides of Arms” “kengeki
    no kanata”
    (剣戟の彼方)
Hakuouki Hekketsuroku
  1. Memories In Kyoto” (京都回想録)
  2. Like a Flame” “homura
    no gotoku”
    (焔の如く)
  3. The Hallway of Setbacks” “satetsu
    no kairō”
    (蹉跌の回廊)
  4. Distant Shadow” “tooki
    omokage”
    (遠き面影)
  5. Undying Sincerity” “seishin
    wa towa ni”
    (誠心は永遠に)
  6. Fleeting Dream” “tamayura
    no yume”
    (玉響の夢)
  7. Shining Light of the Dawn” “kagayakeru
    gyōkō”
    (輝ける暁光)
  8. Blade of the Sun” “tendō
    no yaiba”
    (天道の刃)
  9. Scattering Cherry Blossoms” “chizuru
    ōka”
    (散ずる桜花)
  10. The Blooming Hepatica” “yukiwarisō
    no hanasakite”
    (雪割草の花咲きて)
  11. The Pale, Dreamlike Sakura” “mugen
    no haku sakura”
    (夢幻の薄桜)
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