I really enjoyed this anime. I was not really sure what to expect when I started it, but was drawn in quickly. It is hard to give a specific genre to this anime other than historical. It seems realistic in conparison to other animes, even though it has fantisical elements. It is a romance, but not like your typical shojo romance. It is very heartfelt, but not overly dramatic. It is bloody and contains lots of sword fights, but there is more to it than war (even though war is what takes place in the anime). Somehow, aside from all "action", my girly side was still apeased. Beautiful animation and music. The only reason I don't give it full points, is because there were still a few questions I had after the second season was over (but not enough to make me unhappy with the ending).
In the end if you like swordfights and historical elements, you will like this anime.
If you like lots of handsome men protecting one girl, you will like ths anime.