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Hakuoki: Season 1 (2012)

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4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Box set, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Section 23
  • DVD Release Date: September 25, 2012
  • Run Time: 300 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008DL4M52
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #107,598 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Disguised as a man, Chizuru Yukimura has come to Kyoto searching for her missing father, a doctor who developed a magical elixir that increases the drinker's speed, strength and healing abilities. Instead of her father, however, she stumbles across a battle between the Shinsengumi and the Furies, evil vampire-like creatures of their own making. As things turn out, the Shinsengumi are also searching for her father. And when they discover who she is, they decide to take her into their custody for safe-keeping. But her sex is not the only secret Chizuru has, and as more and more Furies begin appearing in Kyoto and the situation becomes ever deadlier, the Shinsengumi may find that the Furies are the least of their problems in Hakuoki!

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I'll have to kill you.... November 13, 2012
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I would give this about 4 and 1/2 stars. As far as the Animation goes it is by "Studio Deen" and as a whole is well above average. Take a little bit of Fate Stay Night with some Death Note animation and blend with the vibrant colors from Kanon and there you have it.
This series starts out in late 1863 early 1864 and keeps you informed as to the date. A month may pass and it will say June 1864 so it does not leave you wondering. Even though a month may pass it still plays as a continuous story and not stand alone episodes.
Voices are well done and no one seemed out of place. There are numerous characters that you are introduced to in this first part of the series. As for the main story it is about a girl whom goes looking for her father..the letters stop coming after he has been gone for sometime so she sets out to find him. Yet not dressed as girl but as a boy to attract less attention. However she encounters some trouble right at the start and sees something she was not suppose to see...enter the Shinsengumi...their strict code mandates that they kill her.
That is pretty much what happens in the first 5 or 10 minutes and I will not tell anything more other than this was very good watch. Its is in a widescreen format..the 3 discs come inside one case but each one is on one side of a flip case insert...so they are not stacked upon one another.
There is blood and you will see a limb or head come off and I do not really remember much bad language yet it says 17+ for the rating. As for me this was an excellent show it moved forward and never seemed to get bogged down. There are many characters yet all play an important part in the story. It blows having to wait till December 25th for the second part to come out and I believe part three is on Crunchyroll right now. This is a series I hope that keeps going, at least from what I have seen so far...it is well worth watching.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Historical Anime November 27, 2012
I was so happy when I first heard this series got and English dub though I do like the Japanese better, it still was worth getting for me. I fell in love with this series almost instantly after watching the first few episodes. It has many historical elements, great animation, fantasy & folklore, japanese culture, and mild rommance. I can't wait to get the second season. I recommend this series to anyone who enjoyed Rurouni Kenshin/Samurai X as well as peacemaker fans.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Too bad this was somewhat overlooked: great show May 18, 2013
By ls31
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I enjoyed this anime. I have not played the Otome game. The animation is pretty and story interesting. However, the amount of historical information can be overwhelming at times: not surprising considering this take place prior to the Meiji revolution. Whether or not this was intentional, the political chaos and confusion of the time is successfully conveyed in this anime.
The animation is beautiful and the Japanese vocal cast is great (English dub is available on DVD: it is not bad, but it falls somewhat flat compared to the Japanese language track).
The main character is Chizuru Yukimura who set out on a quest to find her missing father. In order to facilitate her search, she disguise herself as a man (doing a poor job at it). She is fairly helpless. After witnessing the unfortunate results of an experiment gone awry, she is taken captive by the Shinsengumi ( in a sense a militia). Being unwilling to dispose of her, she is kept in captivity at their headquarters (though the motivation for keeping her alive are not entirely altruistic: her father conducted medical experiment on some of the Shinsengumi members and went missing shortly thereafter. It could be easily argued that she is kept alive as a valuable hostage rather than sheer chivalry).
Regardless, the 12 episodes focus on the rise of the Shinsengumi and Chizuru relationship with them: moving from a captive to an ally (Stockholm syndrome anyone?). Romance is not at all prevalent, it is hinted at rather than expanded upon. The bonds between the characters are interesting and thankfully not romantic in nature.
There is some supernatural element, but it is more a plot device.
Anyway, this a great anime, I was very surprised that it would be this enjoyable (considering that it is coming from a dating sim game). There is something for everyone. Also, on the plus side: no fan service at all!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars It's Great Show! May 20, 2013
By Molly
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I've never played the original game. But / maybe because of that, any way I thought this show was great. Especially season 1, it's based on pretty accurate historical facts and details.
The only problem, I would say, it's only for people who like Shinsengumi. It's very subjective. Also the show is skipping very important historical incidents just because Shinsengumi didn't concern with those.
Personally I was disappointed how they treated "Sannan (Yamanami)". I thought it's very important for Shinsengumi what happened to him in the real history.
But all over, I really enjoyed the show and decided to get season 2 and OVA.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 12, 2014
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Great.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great for tween girls July 3, 2014
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This is stunningly beautiful, but I was hoping for more action. It glosses over most of the fighting and focuses on silly stuff. I was way interested in the history behind the story, and I figured samurai + zombies should = awesome, but this is a total girly fluff anime.
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I like this series because of the way it's different from other anime. It's historical. It relies more on characterization than conventional contrived anime drama. The characters are flawed in ways that make them seem more human. They make mistakes, and pay for them --sometimes with their lives. There's political intrigue, romance adventure and most importantly --sword fights!

I went looking for an anime that was a little more adult oriented. My daughter's getting older now and so the cutesy animes she used to watch are giving way to more adult stories. (Thank goodness. No more Pretty Cure!). I wanted to find something that required a bit more intellect to watch and this is one of them.

As I understand it, this anime is based off a game for girls --sort of like a reverse harem. You can see it right away because most of the characters seem bound to Chisuru in one way or another. The discussion has already started on who we each would like to see her end up with. I like the young girl who is the center of the story. She's not an invincible warrior, nor is she a lovable clueless clutz. When the story begins you can see the hints of her character and inner strength even though it's not always apparent on the outside. I like the fact that in the midst of all the conflict, she's struggling to find her own way among the Shinsengumi.

I had to look some things up in order for the story to become clearer. It may help those of you watching it. The Shinsengumi were sort of like a cross between the police and special forces. Unlike other Samurai they did not serve feudal lords --but rather were tasked with protecting the city so they can also be referred to as Ronin.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love it! Perfect. Thank you:)
Published 26 minutes ago by Kavarr
4.0 out of 5 stars Good quality, good anime.
It's a very good price and it was nice quality. My sister loved it as her gift so I am very happy with the purchase.
Published 10 days ago by Crystal
5.0 out of 5 stars dvd
i really love it very much this dvd i have been watching it i really love i very much karen
Published 10 months ago by Karen Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars Anime was Good
its came in good condition with no problem it is an excellent anime and it was amazing to watch and see
Published 11 months ago by Mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars Hakuoki~ >w<
I love this series its great if your into a bit of history and romance, i got the game too and i cant wait for remeiroku to come out on dvd im definitely buying
Published 13 months ago by Julisa
4.0 out of 5 stars Great series
I really enjoyed this series. I thought I was buying the original version with subtitles, so I was disappointed a little bit at that. Read more
Published 14 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Good anime
Ok, first of all before you buy this anime be aware it is one based off a romance game geared towards a female audience so the game isn't going to just be awesome cool samurai... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Laura
5.0 out of 5 stars A Time Of Strife A Time Of Civil War And A Time For Bravery
The series is extremely entertaining and very under looked one too, the series story focuses mainly on the the Shinsengumi a young waif girl Chizuru Yukimura who searches for her... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Rich(Anime&Games Will Always Prevail!)
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