Hakuouki 18 – carnage
November 24, 2010
Bad things happen. The story of the Shinsengumi could never have ended in triumph. Bad things had to happen. Well, bad things happen in episode 18 of Hakuouki Hekketsu-Rokku). I won’t discuss the tragic events. Instead my remarks are directed towards the artwork. When the first season began, there were some who doubted Studio DEEN would follow through, and that quality would drop late in the (first) season. My experience is just the opposite. I believe the consistency has been improved in the second season, so what had been a handful of really striking images per episode, are now more the norm.
I haven’t mentioned the title cards before. They are simple and elegant. This one reminds me of lacquered wood.
I continue to be pleased with this series. It has a tragic subject, so I don’t expect to come away excited and happy at the end of each episode. What I do expect is to have a rich visual experience and an evoked sense of pathos for the Shinsengumi and their fate as they struggled against the changes brought with the modern era.