Saturday, November 5, 2011

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Chrono Nanae Peacemaker Kurogane and Shinsengumi's
The next series is a little more recent, dating from 2003. Peacemaker Kurogane is an anime series Shinsengumi oriented, directed by Tomohiro Hirata. Established during the Tokugawa period, is a fictional story after Tetsunosuke Ichimura, a fifteen year old boy who is desperate to join the Shinsengumi to avenge the death of their parents. Fortunately, because of this, many of the aforementioned members of Shinsengumi make an appearance in this series.

The first makes its appearance is captain Okita Saji ... and the bat in one episode, it looks like a woman (and also the voice of a woman in the Japanese dub!). I think that, as discussed previously, due to Saji's 'split personality' - a demon fighter in battle and a good hearted person out of the battle - and also because of his age, which is often portrayed as effeminate. But I have a hunch it was not really portrayed as effeminate as Peacemaker Kurogane on. In the series, seems to have a close relationship with Kondo Isami sufficient because of his personality Saji is very good Shinsengumi warrior his Happy-Go-Lucky personality. I think the interpretation of Chrono Saji goes a bit over the top, but could also be a critique of the current captain of the Shinsengumi.

The following is Kondo Isami, the leader of the police force famous samurai. He is depicted as an older man, and as a person rather indifferent. When Tetsunosuke shown in the headquarters of the Shinsengumi, and requests to become a member, Kondo given permission to take the exam without two seconds of thought. Could this be a criticism of the way Kondo was perhaps too lenient with the Shinsengumi?

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And then that leads us to the next character introduced Shinsengumi, Hijikata Toshizo. This character is very far from looking effeminate, nor even look like a good person. He is first briefly introduced in the episode, but it leaves an impression, however -. Fighting evil 'tall, with a mean-looking, and tight, oozing But is that really how Hijikata was? With the fact that he is the creator of the Rules of Shinsengumi possible, can not be further from the truth. The only person who seems comfortable, however, Isami Kondo, demonstrating a strong link between the two characters.

Compared to Hajime Saito Watsuki deliveries in its series Rurouni Kenshin, Hajime portrayed in the Peacemaker Kurogane is far from being the same image. In this series, which is not sadistic at all, is rather portrayed as a relaxed person, being a Buddhist monk and dealing with the supernatural. Perhaps this radical change of Watsuki version criticize Hajime real personality - Peacemaker Kurogane portrait of him could be helping to correct the previous version of Shinsengumi captain Watsuki.

And while many other members of Shinsengumi, made their appearance, I call attention to Susumu Yamazaki character. Historically, as I mentioned before, it was a spy for the Shinsengumi, and it is often portrayed in the anime and manga. In this particular series, which is often seen in spy missions - and at the same time in these missions, which is also often seen transvestism. Disguise, as well as other tactics less "honorable" is one of the oldest tricks in the book - for samurai and ninjas alike. It is commonly known that the warriors were to go the extra mile, even if it meant dressing as a woman to infiltrate enemy bases. With that being said, Yamazaki is the cross-dressing is quite historically accurate.

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And now for something completely different: Gintama is not the usual, the former Shinsengumi oriented anime. Yes, it is set in the Edo period in Japan ... but the twist? Aliens have taken over the small archipelago, banning samurai swords to carry around in public. (Is it me or there is an obvious parallel between foreign invaders in this series and the foreigners who came to Japan during the Tokugawa period?)

The author of the original manga series Gintama originally planned to do this work revolve around the Shinsengumi. In the final product, however, the main objective was not the Shinsengumi, but still play a role in this series.

Now, unlike the two previous series mentioned, the main aim is definitely not Gintama historical accuracy. However, I think the radical (and humor) representation of the Shinsengumi in this series is noteworthy.

Due to the sci-fi twist, the Shinsengumi not even wear his iconic and famous light blue haori uniforms - rather, they are modern, Western-looking military uniform, which could be a sign of "assimilation abroad. law in episode one, the viewer is introduced to several knock-off versions of the actual members of the Shinsengumi.

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Among the first to appear are Toshiro Hijikata (based on Hijikata Toshizo) and sago Okita (based on Okita Saji). Both retain their normal portraits: Hijikata be the vice-captain and the "brain" of the police samurai, and Okita be captain and the "greatest swordsman in the nation." And, although not as surrender feminine Peacemaker Kurogane in Okita, Okita Gintama is still not the virile character of the future of the group. With Hijikata, the author plays with his knowledge of the historical figure, becoming the "demonic vice-commander" and talk about it quite often seppuku. This could be passed in its emphasis of the Rules of Shinsengumi.

The other main character is knock-off Shinsengumi Isao Kondo, obviously based on the current Commander Isami Kondo. He returned the Shinsengumi their swords, despite the ban on foreign sword in its place - this is the reason why members of the samurai police are loyal to him. It also appears that his pleasant demeanor is his weak point when it comes to judging people.

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With any anime program, your first goal is to entertain. Although, as we have seen the series mentioned above, you can incorporate historical elements in a fictional story, without straying too far from done and still serve its purpose of entertainment.

At three in the series that I chose, it is clear that the authors tried to include historical facts in order to portray the original members of the Shinsengumi. However, since all three stories are fictional, not every little detail is taken into consideration, and some elements are transformed into something more appropriate for the story.

Still, however, I think with the anime series like this (despite its historical inaccuracies), awareness of the Shinsengumi is growing - the first time I've heard of them was in my Rurouni Kenshin day. Hopefully this series will have to make the fans look at the history of this group of samurai from the police, as I did.

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