Here is the review for the Hakuouki OVAs! This post will be longer than my other posts because this has less episodes, I’m giving a summary of each episode, giving my thoughts on each episode and then my overall opinion on the OVA series.
Name: Hakuouki Sekkaroku
Japanese Name: 薄桜鬼 雪華録
Air Date: August 5 2011 – July 27 2012
Studio: Studio DEEN
Episode 1 – Souji Okita (CV: Showtaro Morikubo)
Chizuru Yukimura is goaded by Souji Okita to be an undercover geisha again. Souji’s tuberculosis starts to plague him. Commander Isami Kondou becomes worried and orders Souji to be grounded. Chizuru goes out with the gang to celebrate her successful undercover mission and Shinpachi Nagakura gets into a drunken brawl on the way back. Isami personally dices spring onion into the porridge he asks Chizuru to cook for Souji and the latter finishes it all despite his distaste for the plant.
Souji, why are you so adorable? If I counted how many times I giggled or fawned over you in that episode, it would probably be over ten times. That’s how much I love this man. Souji appears to be more manipulative and playful in this OVA than the anime. He’s obviously torn over his illness but he still tries to live life to the full by fighting. That’s the only thing he can do. He wants to be by Chizuru’s side but he doesn’t know how much longer he’ll be around for 。・゜・(ノД`)・゜・。Souji’s true personality begins to shine through here; it’s obvious that he’s devoted to Isami and he’s such a joker especially towards Chizuru. He also hates being kept behind during missions because of his health so he gets bored easily but he should realise that Toshi and Isami are only doing this because they care about him. They don’t want his condition to worsen because it was really difficult to cure tuberculosis in those days. Yes Souji, you are loved! Mainly by me (*´ω`*) I really enjoyed this episode as Souji’s personality cheered me up instantly and his facial expressions were adorable yet gentle. There was a hint of sadness and fondness in his eyes which made me realise that he’s suffering so much. I would wrap my arms around him and stay like that forever if that would comfort him. Souji is not the person I originally imagined at the start, he’s a strong character but he’s also weak. My only problem was that Saito appeared in this episode… too bad he did! His smile was so cute that I blushed; it was completely unexpected that I was taken back by surprise. Damn you Saito! I was praising my love for Souji and then you turned up *grumble* YOU’RE IN THE NEXT EPISODE SO WAIT PATIENTLY! Be a good boy please? This episode instantly cheered me up from my bad mood because I saw my beloved Souji, Saito and Harada again. And also the LOLs that came with it! Anyways, moving onto episode 2…
Episode 2 – Hajime Saito (CV: Kousuke Toriumi)
Hajime Saito is attracted by a fine sword in a display case and rattles on about the importance of a good sword to Chizuru, who starts laughing at his passionate outburst. Flashback at the Shinsengumi, Chizuru is asked to be an undercover geisha by Isami and Toshizo Hijikata. Chizuru becomes extremely uncomfortable at the thought of the dangerous mission, but Saito immediately proffers himself and Susumu Yamazaki as bodyguards for Chizuru. Two lecherous men try to get fresh with Chizuru and are grounded by Susumu and Saito respectively. Upon seeing the beautifully dolled up Chizuru, Saito becomes oblivious to the surroundings and prepares to stutter a declaration of love, but is rudely interrupted by his attacker’s allies. The next day, Saito and Chizuru converse on the road about what Saito wanted to say to Chizuru, but Chizuru wanders off to the topic of whether Toshizo suits having a beard. At night, Toshizo apologises to Saito for sending him off on a long and dangerous reconnaissance mission. The next morning, Saito admires the snow together with Chizuru, who gives him a snow rabbit.
Saito is unbelievably cute isn’t he? Unbelievably cute. He’s passionate about katanas and knows so much about them it actually baffles me, it must be because he is a fantastic swordsman himself! Here in the OVA, Saito is more relaxed and true to his feelings than the anime where he’s cold and pretty much keeps to himself. He smiles more frequently and I love that face when he does; it truly makes me happy! Who doesn’t fangirl when Saito smiles? When Saito, Susumu and Chizuru run into some trouble on their mission, Saito comes to Chizuru’s rescue however he gets caught in the moment and is blushing like the cutie he is (๑´ლ`๑) d’aww!! How can you resist that gorgeous face with one of the most adorable blushes ever? I found it hilarious when he was trying to confess to Chizuru because he punches the guy creeping up behind him as he continues his attempt to declare his love. Then the guy gets up again whilst Saito elbows him in the stomach as he tries to confess to Chizuru again xD Saito is a bit of clutz ❤ the guy’s allies arrive and Saito is obviously pissed off that they’re interrupting his ‘important’ conversation so he beats the crap out of them ヽ(*´ー`*)ﾉ you should never interrupt Saito when he’s talking… it’s a death sentence. The journey home was even funnier because Saito tries to confess to Chizuru again but being the dope she is, she rambles on about Toshi having a beard ( ಠ_ಠ) really? How did the conversation change from love to beards? Poor Saito…give up on the girl and settle with me. She’s clearly not interested if she steers the topic! Apart from the rudeness of a certain heroine *evil eye Chizuru* I really loved this episode! It is definitely my favourite one because Saito is friendly and warms up to the others; the complete opposite of his serious demeanor and hostile attitude which makes me love him even more! Also, he accepted the snow bunny from Chizuru which is so kind of him; a real gentleman who doesn’t care if it looks stupid… I LOVE YOU SAITO!!!
Episode 3 – Sanosuke Harada (CV: Kouji Yusa)
Sanosuke Harada takes Chizuru out shopping for groceries and meet Bakufu inspectors on the way back ripping apart the belongings of civilians during checks and roughing them up. Chizuru becomes affected and so does Harada. When a man loses his letter for home, he is stopped by the inspectors and accused of treason. The incensed Harada attacks the officers trying to arrest the hapless man and vouches on seppuku that he will bring the letter back. Kyou Shiranui sees the commotion while on a watchtower and helps a flustered Chizuru overcome the man who stole the letter. The letter is brought back and satisfies the gruntled inspectors, who lodge a complaint to Toshizo. Harada takes a half-year pay cut as punishment, but keeps mumbling about the incident. Shinpachi takes Harada out for drinks.
Pwahaha! Now that was funny! Harada and Shinpachi are having a drink when a geisha comes in and talks to Harada. When she leaves, Shinpachi is very annoyed at how Harada is popular with the ladies… well of course he is, he’s a ladies man! Women always flock to him! The two talk about how they shouldn’t say the Shinsengumi name so loudly as it could put Chizuru in danger. That’s right, she’s on an undercover mission to collect information. Harada then dismisses it saying that Heisuke is with her and that they shouldn’t worry, suddenly that said person opens the sliding doors and screams “where’s Chizuru?!” ﾌﾟｯ(※థэథ)∵.*.∵ LOL. The two were dumbfounded and ashamed at the same time! Harada is pretty much the same in the OVA; he’s still the lovable and gentle man I love! However, his determination stands out the most in this episode. A man wants to travel to see his sick mother but the inspectors say that he doesn’t have an official document. Harada gets really angry so he steps in front of the man and tells him to look for the document which had been stolen by a suspicious man earlier. The man and one of the Shinsengumi members dash off to search for the guy who stole it. The head inspector asks Harada what he will do if the man doesn’t return so Harada boldly declares that he will commit seppuku. So Chizuru runs off to help find the stolen document keeping in mind that Harada’s life is on the line. When they find the guy who stole it, they chase him only to lose him. Then Kyou Shiranui comes to the rescue and beats the crap out of the guy claiming that he “bumped into him without apologising”. Kyou’s not being honest! Again, I really loved this episode because Harada is a true gentleman and he’s always helping others even if his life is at risk (๑´ლ`๑) I will never tire of you Harada! You’re the perfect example of a man!
Episode 4 – Heisuke Toudou (CV: Hiroyuki Yoshino)
Heisuke Toudou gets into a brawl on the street while out with Chizuru. Chizuru tries to stop him, but Harada holds her back. Heisuke later catches a duck for dinner and Chizuru makes stew with it. While snatching a piece of duck with Shinpachi, the meat flies onto Toshizo Hijikata’s forehead. Shinpachi quickly moves to another table while Heisuke makes things worse by rattling non-stop and ultimately blaming Toshizo for it. Toshizo gives Heisuke a thrashing. Flashback to the geisha episode, where Heisuke barges into Chizuru’s room in the geisha house and is overcome by her beauty. He dashes off to demand Isami and Toshizo take Chizuru off this dangerous mission. In his absence, Chikage Kazama arrives and tries to kiss Chizuru, but is whacked by an abrupt entrance by Osen on the head. Chizuru flees. Meanwhile, back at Shinsengumi headquarters, Heisuke complains loudly to Isami and Toshizo the inappropriateness of Chizuru’s mission. Isami gives his go ahead to terminate the mission, and Heisuke runs back to Chizuru. Finding her not there, he hears the voice of Susumu Yamazaki upstairs and joins him in the fight with the drunken lechers. Next morning, Heisuke has a snowball fight with Chizuru, Shinpachi and Harada, but the latter two grab Chizuru and hide behind a tree when Toshizo appears demanding to know what happened to that the tattered screen doors.
Heisuke sure likes to pick fights doesn’t he? *Sigh* and it’s no help that Harada and Shinpachi don’t do anything to stop him. Toshi scolds Heisuke for being reckless. Later on Chizuru wants to cook duck stew for the others so she and Heisuke go to catch some ducks. Heisuke’s way of getting ducks is quite…extraordinary if not a bit strange! When everyone is eating the stew, Heisuke and Shinpachi grab the same piece of duck with their chopsticks and a fight between men ensues! Heisuke and Shinpachi are as childish as each other since a normal person would get another piece… but not these two ヽ(*´ー`*)ﾉ this is where it gets funny because the duck slips out of the chopsticks as Toshi opens the door. And guess who gets hit? Toshi. Haha! He was not pleased at all xD Heisuke tries to explain himself and starts to blame Shinpachi who’s now sitting with Harada acting civilised unlike a certain person! I like Heisuke, not just because he’s funny but also for the fact that he never backs down. He goes into things head on without thinking about the situation which gets him into trouble but even though he does that, I like his resolve and determination. I also love his bond with Harada and Shinpachi! They’re like brothers as the older two constantly tease and mess with Heisuke, real brotherly love there! Heisuke is a child at heart as he puts his own feelings above everything else but sometimes it can be for the best especially regarding to Chizuru dressing up as a geisha and infiltrating the geisha house. This makes him pure which is what appealed to me about Heisuke. My favourite part of the episode was the snowball fight at the end where Shinpachi boasts about his muscles being able to cope with the cold weather only to have a snowball thrown at his chest by Heisuke as he shivers from the coldness xD another good episode! Let’s hope it continues…
Episode 5 – Toshizo Hijikata (CV: Shinichiro Miki)
Toshizo Hijikata wakes up to first snow and sees Isami inviting his comrades leaving their first foot imprint in the snow. He composes a haiku and is overheard by Chizuru and Souji, and Souji teases him about it while asking Chizuru to compliment on his poetry. Toshizo becomes embarrassed and covers it up with angry words. Chizuru and Souji leave for breakfast. At night, Isami and Toshizo discuss about the defecting Edo, and Toshizo tells Isami about his plan to ask Saito to defect. Heisuke barges into their room and Toshizo leaves to take care of things. He arrives at the geisha house to be greeted by chaos. Saito tells Toshizo to take Chizuru away, and her dressing causes a commotion when Toshizo is walking with her towards the door. A man demands money from Toshizo for taking away a geisha, and Toshizo flares up, declaring his status as Shinsengumi vice-captain and yanking Chizuru away. Upon return, Souji teases them at the door, and Hijikata hurriedly asks Chizuru to hide away. The next day, Souji catches Toshizo hiding in a back alley observing Harada on his gate duty with the Bakufu inspectors. Saito and Shinpachi are invited for a drink with Itou, and Shinpachi is highly irritated. Toshizo meets Chikage Kazama on the streets and draws his katana when Sannan appears and stops him. Next morning, Kondou brings dangos to Toshizo’s room and everyone suddenly appears to share them. Souji grabs Toshizo’s haiku book on the table and starts reading the haiku of the snow from that one morning. He then compares it to the dango he has in his hand and Toshizo becomes embarrassed and tries to grab his book back from Souji, much to the amusement of everyone.
My my! Toshi, what is there to be embarrassed about? He is so easy to embarrass, just like me (๑´ლ`๑) I think that he’s a romantic person in general although he doesn’t look it. I say that because he writes haikus and in my opinion, poems are ways of communicating your love of someone or something. I sounded very old fashioned there! No wonder though, poems are indeed romantic and Toshi’s voice perfectly suited the haikus well. It’s rare to see him smile so I was glad to see him do something that made him happy. Ah, the wonders of poetry! When Toshi sneezes and shivered because of the cold weather, I randomly said “aww” out loud. What? It was a cute sneeze. Toshi is a considerate man but he too rushes into action as he walks back to headquarters, he draws his sword when he sees Chikage Kazama. He is also the type of person who doesn’t deal with popularity well especially with women because he was hiding to keep an eye on Saito when some women spot him and gossip about him resulting in Toshi hating his new found popularity. This all happened because he was walking Chizuru home whilst she was still dressed as a geisha causing rumours to go round. Thanks a lot Chizuru for troubling poor Toshi At the end of the episode, everyone barges into Toshi’s room to eat dango that Isami brought back and the former appears very annoyed. However, I think he’s hiding that he’s glad to have company! Then Souji takes his haiku book and reads it aloud for everyone to hear ヽ(*´ー`*)ﾉ Toshi pulls a really attractive face here xD it was amusing to see Toshi getting flustered and chasing Souji around to get his precious book back ﾌﾟｯ(※థэథ)∵.*. he acts like a child here which I thought was really sweet. I love Toshi as a character and I was glad to see many sides of him in this episode. From kindness to bluntness, this man is definitely in my top 3. If only Souji, Saito and Harada didn’t appear and take the spotlight… THIS IS TOSHI’S EPISODE! YOU HAD YOUR OWN!
Episode 6 – Chikage Kazama (CV: Kenjiro Tsuda)
Chikage Kazama stumbles across Chizuru at the geisha house where she’s working undercover. The two are alone in a room and Chikage tells Chizuru that she can’t fool his eyes. He says she’s beautiful enough to be his wife as he draws closer to kiss her. Osen interrupts and hits Chikage on the head telling Chizuru to run. Osen then talks to Chikage telling him what a woman wants as he dismisses it saying he doesn’t need her advice. Ignoring what Chikage says, Osen continues talking about Chizuru to which Chikage responds with how Chizuru is from the original bloodline and how the birth rate of female Oni is very low. Their conversation is stopped by the disruption of Chizuru escaping. Osen leaves the room to see what is happening, telling Chikage to wait as their talk is not over. Chikage leaves afterwards. Next morning, Chikage announces to Kyuujyu Amagiri that he will not support the Satsuma clan. The next day, Chikage meets Osen in the forest where they are overheard by Kaoru Nagumo. After a tense confrontation Kaoru demands that Chikage, Kyuujyu and Kyou leave Chizuru alone. Kaoru flees. Chikage then says the snow will fall and in his mind asks Chizuru what she will do once Oni cut off relations with humans. Next day, Heisuke and Chizuru go to the temple to pray on New Years. Heisuke goes off to fight whilst Chizuru bumps into Chikage. Chikage walks Chizuru back to headquarters but Chizuru thinks he’s acting weird. Ideals clash as both have different views on humans. They reach headquarters and Chizuru thanks him. As Chikage leaves, he talks about destiny as he walks towards Toshizo.
Chikage has a deep, sexy voice. Enough said. My body temperature has risen, not because I have a heated blanket on my lap – which I must say is very lovely – but because of Chikage. I loved him in the first two seasons but now I love him even more! Is it a crime to be so hot? Let me love you baby! Ahem, sorry about that. Shall I continue properly? This episode mainly continues from the previous OVA episodes and one episode from the anime. Chikage may seem coldhearted but he’s also kind at the strangest times. Honestly, I never saw that coming. I’m used to seeing him being a complete jerk towards Chizuru and the Shinsengumi so it was an absolute shock to see him being so nice. I prefer that side of him rather than the coldhearted persona. From this OVA, he is very different than the anime; his intentions are revealed unlike the anime where it was shrouded in mystery. In fact, he cares about his own race and is willing to use anyone to help him reach that goal. There are so many things that I want to say about Chikage but the list is practically endless! I often wonder what he’s really like personality wise and my conclusion is that he’s lonely. What? Does that sound extremely weird? I shall explain… have any of you guys noticed how he never smiles around anyone? Or that he always speaks in a cold manner even to his subordinates? Well that’s what I mean. He only smiles at Chizuru and geninely shows her his gentle side through the smallest things. Like how he walked her back to headquarters because it was dangerous for a woman to be walking around on her own. I may be looking into this too much but that’s how I see it. I really love Chikage and I’m surprised at how many people like him; he’s a popular character. His looks are intriguing too, especially his red eyes. They’re captivating ❤
My overall opinion will be quite short as I’ve written quite a lot already!
Hakuouki Sekkaroku was an astounding OVA series complete with gorgeous bishounens, wonderful animation and fantastic music. I loved every single bit of it!
Every episode never failed to make me smile, giggle or laugh out loud. I honestly have to say that for an OVA series, this has done me proud. It was unique too as each OVA episode was based on the dateable characters from the otome game complete with their own ending theme song at the end of each episode. The songs suited the characters well and fit with their personality etc. Character development was good this time round! In the anime series, there was practically none at all really so it was nice to see the characters letting loose and having a breather here. We all need it sometimes! Studio DEEN have really made the effort this time round!
Hakuouki Sekkaroku is an OVA series that I would recommend for all! It’s light and not too heavy compared to the anime which is good when switching in between the second season and the third season. Of course you’d need to get the serious stuff out of your mind before moving on and you just want to relax a bit. Definitely give this a try, you won’t regret it at all! The characters alone are good enough to make you watch this (^^) I will watch this over and over again… that’s how much I love these OVAs!