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Peacemaker, Vol. 1: Innocence Lost

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Tetsunosuke was the smallest kid in his village, but witnessing his parents' murder by an evil assassin, he vows to avenge their deaths. Now, at 15, he joins the army to become strong, but he's unknowingly chosen a demonic army! Will he forsake his very humanity for demonic powers? The roads to vengeance and hell may be one-and-the same in Peacemaker.

Set during the troubled times between the arrival of Admiral Perry in 1853 and the Meiji Restoration of 1868, Peace Maker (2003) feels like a prequel to Rurouni Kenshin. Tetsunosuke "Tetsu" Ichimura has sworn to avenge the murder of his parents by anti-Tokugawa agents. He's determined to join the Shinsengumi, a group of ronin (masterless samurai) the Shogun organized to protect the capitol. At 15, Tetsu is brash, stubborn, and impetuous: qualities that bring him into conflict with the iron discipline of vice-commander Hijikata. But Tetsu's resolute spirit charms the effete swordsman Souji Okita, who intercedes with Hijikata: The Shinsengumi warriors conceal their deadly skills behind goofy behavior. Although Tetsu can be annoying, Peace Maker has an historic sweep that is difficult to resist. Many of the characters and incidents are based in fact, although the filmmakers take considerable liberties. (Rated 15 and older: violence, tobacco use, risqué humor) --Charles Solomon

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English, Japanese
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Section 23
  • DVD Release Date: October 12, 2004
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002S648W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #251,285 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Heather Richards on October 15, 2004
Format: DVD
It would seem like Peacemaker would be retreading material that Rurouni Kenshin so admirably portrayed in that series, but Peacemaker is fresh and new in a way that draws you in and fascinates you. Both series deal with the turbulent Meji Era and the civil war tearing the country apart, but each one comes at the story from a different angle.

Tetsu is a short, fiesty 15 year old who wants desparately to be included in the Shenshingumi so he can avenge the murder of his parents. Tetsu is stubborn and loud mouthed and attracts the interest of Souji Okita, an androgynous looking and acting member of the Shenshingumi. Okita is also an incredibly deadly swordsman, despite his looks. He intercedes for Tetsu with Hijikata, the tough and unforgiving commander of the fighting force who wants to send Tetsu packing. Okita wins the arguement and Tetsu is now Hijikata's page. Tetsu is desparate to prove himself and as events start getting more violent, Tetsu has to decide what he really wants when it comes to revenge.

Tetsu is a bit of a brat, but you can't help rooting for him in his stubborn quest to be a member of the Shenshingumi. His relationship with his older brother Tatsu, is a sweet tough, as Tatsu, not a fighter at all, tries to protect his younger brother. Hijikata is commanding and unbending, but has his men's best interests at heart, even if he's harsh about it. He's also absolutely lethal to people who cross him. Okita is sweet, kind and has an adorable pet pig, but he too is a monster when fighting. Hajime Saitou (yes, based on the same character that Saitou in Kenshin was) is a genuinely admirable character here. A deadly swordsman on the one hand on a level with Okita, yet also able to communicate with spirits of the dead and in his own quiet way fond of Tetsu.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Orchid_Malevolence on November 8, 2004
Format: DVD
I'm writing this mainly to offset M. Henke's ridiculous review; the fact that he liked Spriggan and Vampire Hunter D makes any point he could make about anime moot in my opinion, but I digress... I feel Peacemaker Kurogane definitely deserves a look from anime fans.

One noteworthy aspect of the series (that no one else has mentioned yet) is its interesting musical score, which is heavily influenced by J-rock... a refreshing, and interesting change of pace - the score really grows on you if you're willing to approach it with an open mind. Samurai Champloo is similar, in that is uses a hip-hop soundtrack that seems rather unorthodox at first.

With that out of the way, PMK is shaping up to be quite an intriguing series. The animation is typical Gonzo stuff (very good for the most part), but I don't foresee them topping Last Exile for a while. I prefer the Japanese audio on this series - the voices just seem to fit the characters better. I'm currently collecting about 6 anime series' right now, and Peacemaker Kurogane is quite high on my list of priority. Recommended viewing.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By majormeg7 on March 28, 2005
Format: DVD
Several reviewers have compared this to Rurouni Kenshin, but I think it should be considered as it's own work. Some people complain that it is copying Kenshin, but really now, stop being morons, both series are based on the same events in history from different perspectives.

I'm not going to summarize the series here, as there are plenty of websites that will do that for you, but I would like to praise the elements of history that have been worked into the series.

Some people complain that the Choushu are portrayed badly in this series, but that's only because we are seeing the series from the point of view of the Shinsengumi, obviously we would be led to sympathize more with them. Also, if you are clever, you can spot references to the fact that both sides aren't so different. Both the Shinsengumi and the revolutionaries did heroic things, as well as things that could be considered villainous. The first DVD only has a few of the episodes on it, don't judge a series by only these few episodes (though they are a great starting point.) Before you complain about historical perspective, check out the rest of the series and observe Suzu's character.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Bullard on May 28, 2005
Format: DVD
First of all, Peacemaker Kurogane is not really like Kenshin in any way. Though some of the characters are the same, that is purely because they were referenced from real historical figures. Other than that...Kenshin, being a wandering ronan who was once the battosai, has little to do with Tetsu, a young child who wants to join the Shinsengumi to avenge his parents deaths.

That being said, when you first begin this series, you think of Tetsu as a bratty little child. However, keep watching, he is actually a lot deeper and stronger than you will realize at first. Once again, this series is really about character development, and it excels at this. There are also some hints of boy-boy love, though not openly admitted. But for those of us with a keen eye out for it, you will notice it. There are a lot of great many, it's hard to talk about them all. I must say that my favorite character was another young boy, about the same age as Tetsu, who is much more troubled, but so darn cute...

Overall, the battle scenes are kind of few, but that's alright, when they do occur, they are fun to watch. A lot goes on in a small amount of time, so it is never boring. It also kind of ends abruptly without really explaining the "peacemaker", but oh well...we can live with that.
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