Bakumatsu Kikansetsu Irohanihoheto

Alt title: Intrigue in the Bakumatsu: Irohanihoheto

TV (26 eps)
3.24 of 5 from 2,688 votes
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It is the era of Bakumatsu – the last years of the shogunate. In the general turmoil caused by warring groups with different political interests, a curious theatrical group known as the Yuyama Troupe is set out for revenge. They come across a mysterious young swordsman, Akizuki Youjirou, who seems to be burdened with a dark past. Thrown around by currents of history, powerful people from different factions and personal relations, Akizuki tries to fulfill his mission to destroy an ancient, cursed relic, the Lord’s Head, which has caused chaos and bloodshed for thousands of years.

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  • A Foul Star in the Sky image

    Episode 1

    A Foul Star in the Sky

  • The Earth-Splitting Sword Laughs image

    Episode 2

    The Earth-Splitting Sword Laughs

  • Ballad of Stone Crane Mansion image

    Episode 3

    Ballad of Stone Crane Mansion

  • Anecdote of an Underhanded Scandal image

    Episode 4

    Anecdote of an Underhanded Scandal

  • Shureiki Unleashed image

    Episode 5

    Shureiki Unleashed

  • The Closing Performance Burns image

    Episode 6

    The Closing Performance Burns

  • Sotetsu Moves image

    Episode 7

    Sotetsu Moves

  • Satisfactions for Revenge Achieved image

    Episode 8

    Satisfactions for Revenge Achieved

  • The Black Cat Cries image

    Episode 9

    The Black Cat Cries

  • Ueno Falls image

    Episode 10

    Ueno Falls

  • The Troupe at a Provisional Stage Again image

    Episode 11

    The Troupe at a Provisional Stage Again

  • Ryoma’s Message image

    Episode 12

    Ryoma’s Message

  • The Head of the Conqueror With a Soul image

    Episode 13

    The Head of the Conqueror With a Soul

  • To the North image

    Episode 14

    To the North

  • The Secret Sword Resonates image

    Episode 15

    The Secret Sword Resonates

  • Accompaniment of the Four image

    Episode 16

    Accompaniment of the Four

  • Unnecessary Deliberation image

    Episode 17

    Unnecessary Deliberation

  • Pathetic Destiny image

    Episode 18

    Pathetic Destiny

  • Bright Inverted Pentagram image

    Episode 19

    Bright Inverted Pentagram

  • There Were Waves image

    Episode 20

    There Were Waves

  • Crossing Over the Strait image

    Episode 21

    Crossing Over the Strait

  • An Encounter in the North image

    Episode 22

    An Encounter in the North

  • Hakodate Is Red image

    Episode 23

    Hakodate Is Red

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    Episode 24


  • Goryokaku Emerges image

    Episode 25

    Goryokaku Emerges

  • To Go Towards the Sea image

    Episode 26

    To Go Towards the Sea

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Bjoli's avatar by Bjoli on Jun 4, 2012
Score 6/10

Dealing with the Bakumatsu era, or the final years of the Shogunate, BKI is an interesting, if unsatisfying anime - based largely on actual historical events such as the secession of the Republic of Ezo and including fictionalisations of its leaders.  Well animated and researched, the show looks well, and gets the look of the period right, evoking the wider political conflict by presenting the incursion... read more

snivets's avatar by snivets on Nov 21, 2012
Score 7.5/10

This is a cool show I watched a loooong time ago, and for some reason today I discovered that it wasn't on my AP list. The following review content is edited from a review I wrote on Crunchyroll. I would like to start by mentioning the fact that I find Japanese history to be convoluted and generally boring, involving rice, taxes and land laws. This show, much like any other historically-based show, made me... read more



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