Hakuouki Hekketsu-Roku 13 – return of the Shinsengumi
October 15, 2010
Season two of Hakuouki (Hakuouki Hekketsu-Roku) has begun. I’ll follow the convention of numbering the episodes as continuous to season 1, hence this first episode is episode 13. Being the first episode of the new season, this was mostly a setting things up episode.
Jen at Anime Instrumentality has a post up about the new OP, which is pretty decent J-pop. The one part that excited me musically is the fast part (as Jen describes it, “fast, repetitive notes between 0:55 and 1:01”). I have to say I let out a cheer when Chizuru was revealed in her Western-style uniform (see image directly above). The one complaint that Hakuouki season 1 kept facing (besides “LOL bishies”) was that Chizuru was too passive and was always being saved. Maybe Chizuru can break out of that role this season?
As we begin, the Shinsengumi are in Edo, still recovering from the disastrous events that ended last season.
As a reminder, Souji Okita is extremely sickly. Not only does he have TB, he also was shot with silver bullets, causing a wound that won’t heal. At this point he is confined to bed.
The artwork was pretty decent in this episode. Studio DEEN did a good job of keeping the quality up in season 1, so I’m hoping for more of the same. In particular the following sequence, in which Sannan asks Chizuru for a donation of blood, was very effectively planned.
Everyone now seems to be aware of the threat that Sannan poses. Actually he is such an obvious threat, that I wonder if he isn’t being developed for a surprising redemption. Either way, he is a much more interesting character than he was in the first season.
The only other thing I wanted to comment on is that the incidental music was very good. In particular I liked the percussive march as the Kouyou Chinbutai (a new name given to the Shinsengumi) head for Koufu Castle.