Peacemaker, Vol. 1: Innocence Lost
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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.Read more ›
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.
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.
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 characters...so 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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The series starts off with a bang, an obvious glimpse into the future of the young man who happens to be the protagonist. Read morePublished on September 25, 2005 by Adam Miller
Peacemaker is a strange series at first glance. As some commentaries point out, it is odd to see the Shinsengumi as the protagonists in a series. Read morePublished on August 25, 2005 by Ensure2134
Evidently, the reviews for this series have turned into a debate over the relative merits of this series and of the Kenshin saga. Read morePublished on August 21, 2005 by John H. Spencer
Tesu the 15 year old who is a young, eat your heart out Kenshin. He wants revenge on the people who killed his parents. He also has duty to protect the capital. Read morePublished on June 11, 2005 by Ronnie Clay
Hahahaha, first off let me be the first to openly laugh at the "A Kid that Hates Peacemaker" review. Last time I checked, Samurai X was a japanese anime and so was Pokemon. Read morePublished on April 11, 2005 by Attila S. Korom
I thotally hate peacemaker it copied off of samurai x. that show was wwaaay better than this it copied so bdad i mean look it has kenshin and saito and that okina guy with th... Read morePublished on March 24, 2005
I wasn't going to write a review for peacemaker but for any of you that have seen this show know as well as I that this show deserves a lot more than 3 stars. Read morePublished on December 31, 2004 by Keith A. Jones
Well, well, I'd like to say something about this anime. I'm from Choshu (Yamaguchi), and still proud of those guys who fought for Meiji Restoration in Japanese history. Read morePublished on December 2, 2004 by Michiko