- Bakumatsu Kikansetsu Irohanihoheto
- Ryōsuke Takahashi and Sunrise
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Bakumatsu Kikansetsu Irohanihoheto (幕末機関説 いろはにほへと, Bakumatsu Kikansetsu Irohanihoheto) is a Japanese anime series, created by Ryōsuke Takahashi and Sunrise. It premiered October 6, 2006 on the Japanese internet streaming channel, GyaO.
The Shogunate is in its final years, and war is fast approaching. When Akizuki Yojiro, a dark and mysterious mercenary, nears something supernatural with some kind of importance to him, the ornament on the end of his sword hilt waves in its direction, his eyes glow mysteriously, and he is driven to go after it.
He comes across a traveling theater group who is out for revenge for killing the parents of the group's leader, and whose mysterious playwright likes to secretly help along events of history.
Yojiro joins them to lend them his skill against their enemies, while dark conspiracy continues to follow behind him.
The end of the Edo era marked the last time men would live as samurai and fight entrusting their lives and beliefs to the sword. The peace of the Tokugawa Shogunate begins to crumble with the arrival of Western influence.
Amidst this upheaval, the youth of the nation seek a new era, but something else will bring turmoil and chaos. It is called Hasha no Kubi; the Head of the Conqueror. It is said that he who can obtain the Head shall rule over the whole country.
However, another shadow being called “Eternal Assassin” is destined to oppose Hasha no Kubi. These two beings have been in eternal conflict, affecting the course of history from the shadows, influencing those who craved power. Some want it for their own, some want it for revenge, and some want it to fulfill their own ideal.
The wills of men intersect over the Hasha no Kubi. They combine and move together like complicated gear wheels of an engine pushing events towards the future.
Akizuki Yōjirō (秋月耀次郎, Akizuki Yōjirō? Voice Actor: Daisuke Namikawa)
* Age: 17
The legendary Eien no Shikaku (永遠の刺客, Eien no Shikaku? lit. Eternal Assassin), Akizuki Yōjirō is the bearer of the legendary sword, Getsuruitō (月涙刀, Getsuruitō? lit. Sword of Lunar Tears), tasked with the quest of utilizing its blade to destroy the Hasha no Kubi (覇者の首, Hasha no Kubi? lit. Head of the Conqueror), a supernatural object said to appear during times of unrest and revolution. Akizuki was once a close confidante, friend and bodyguard of the late Sakamoto Ryōma, whose assassination he failed to prevent and which continues to haunt him to the current day.
Yuyama Kakunojō (遊山赫乃丈, Yuyama Kakunojō? Voice actress: Rina Satō)
A young woman and leader of the Yuyama troupe, Kakunojō's parents, shipping and wholesale merchants, were murdered by Hario Genba as part of the Ansei Purges for being a staunch suppporter for the Emperor, when she was still a young child, and was saved from death in the same incident by the brave actions of her late father's acquaintance, Zagashira, and apprentice, Ebisu. With her home destroyed in the same fire, Kakunojō, along with Zagashira and Ebisu, formed the Yuyama troupe
Ibaragi Sōtetsu (茨木蒼鉄, Ibaragi Sōtetsu? Voice actor: Kazuhiko Inoue)
The extremely intelligent playwright of the Yuyama troupe, Ibaragi Sōtetsu is respected by each member of the group, who call him Sensei.
Kanna Sakyōnosuke (神無左京之介, Kanna Sakyōnosuke? Voice actor: Kousuke Toriumi)
Born in London to a British royal navy vice admiral father and a Japanese mother, formerly a tayū in Yoshiwara, Kanna Sakyōnosuke is tasked with being the bodyguard of Katsu Kaishu, as part of a request from H.S. Parkes, the head of British mission in Yokohama, and is an extremely talented fighter, armed with two guns, each of the Remington New Model Army Conversion type.
Shiranui Kozo (不知火小僧, Shiranui Kozo? Voice actress: Junichi Suwabe)
An actor of the Yuyama troupe under the stage name Yuyama Seijūrō, Shiranui joined the group after one of Sōtetsu's plays saved him from being executed. He slept with a policeman's wife. The police killed his wife and framed him for murder. He enjoys visiting the red-light district.
Kotoha (琴波, Kotoha? Voice actress: Mie Sonozaki)
A tayū, highest rank of the oiran, who is the most famed and influential of the Sekkakurō, a pleasure house located in the Yukaku, Yokohama's pleasure quarters. She rivals the famous Yokohama oiran of the time Kiyu from Gankurō. Her influential clientèle include Katsu Kaishu and H.S. Parkes. Kotoha is also a staunch supporter of the Yuyama troupe, and during a discussion with Sōtetsu, arranged for the group to perform during a night at the Sekkakurō.
Ebisu no Zukin (恵比須の頭巾, Ebisu no Zukin? Seiyū: Masashi Yabe)
One of the actors of a troupe, Ebisu was an apprentice of Kakunojō's household, who had treated him very well. When the household was being burnt and Kakunojō's parents were murdered before his very eyes by Hario Genba as part of the Ansei Purges, Ebisu attempted to protect Kakunojō, and while doing so, he was burnt by the resulting fire, forced to live the rest of his life with bandages covering his face and body.
Kakashi no Keishin (案山子の恵信, Kakashi no Keishin? Seiyū: Kenji Nomura)
The strongman of the Yuyama troupe, Kakashi is a good-hearted person who joined the group for a similar reason to Shiranui.
Zagashira (座頭, Zagashira? Seiyū: Takashi Nagasako)
Zagashira simply means the head of the troop. His real name remains unknown. The manager of the Yuyama troupe, Zagashira looks after the group's accounts. He used to work Kakunojō's father, Zagashira saved Kakunojō from the fire that destroyed her household.
Benimaru (紅丸, Benimaru? Seiyū: Etsuko Kozakura)
One of the child actors of the Yuyama troupe, Benimaru, along with Kobako, was saved by Akizuki from a near fatal incident, and are both grateful to him for saving their lives.
Kobako (こばこ, Kobako? Seiyū: Yuki Matsuoka)
One of the child actors of the Yuyama troupe, Kobako, along with Benimaru, was saved by Akizuki from a near fatal incident, and are both grateful to him for saving their lives.
Saigō Takamori (西郷隆盛, Saigō Takamori? Seiyū: Hiromi Sugino)
The chief of staff of the newly formed fully modernized Imperial Army (or the new government army) and a samurai from Satsuma. Under the authority of Prince Arisugawa, he was in charge of capturing Edo where the 15th Shogun Tokugawa Yoshinobu resides. Saigo Takamori is a firm believer in the privileges of the samurai class.
Katsu Kaishū (勝海舟, Katsu Kaishū? Seiyū: Shouto Kashii)
The chief of staff of the Shogun's Edo army and a native of Edo city. He was working desperately to avoid bloodshed in Edo. With support from the British and French representatives, he arranged a meeting with Saigo Takamori in Edo to negotiate for peace on behalf of the Shogun Tokugawa Yoshinobu. He was formerly the Navy Magistrate of the Shogun's Navy. Kaishu was mentor to Sakamoto Ryōma (who initially attempted to kill him, however, instead became his bodyguard).
Sakamoto Ryōma (坂本龍馬, Sakamoto Ryōma? Seiyū: Kōichi Yamadera)
A famous liberal and progressive samurai from Tosa, Sakamoto Ryōma was greatly respected by Akizuki, who was his bodyguard and close confidante. Sakamoto negotiated an alliance between Choshu-han and Satsuma-han, two Imperialist clans who had traditionally been bitter rivals towards each other; However, he was later assassinated in a Kyoto inn in 1867.
Nakaiya Jūbē (中居屋重兵衛, Nakaiya Jūbē? Seiyū: Tetsuo Komura)
A mysterious Yokohama merchant formely known as Kuroiwa Sennosuke, Nakaiya Jūbē was presummed to be dead after the fire at his company headquarters the Bronze Palace in 1861. Nakaiya Jūbē mysterious reappear in 1868 in a secret auction inside the Shanghai Club trying to sell the Head of the Conqueror. He sent Hario Genba to protect Kawai Tsuginosuke and the Gatling guns the latter bought during the same auction. Nakaiya seems to know about the Ansei Purges, and is well acquainted with British merchant T.B. Glover, from whom he acquires his weapons.
Hario Genba (針尾玄藩, Hario Genba? Seiyū: Hiromi Sugino)
A swordsman who murdered Kakunojō's parents and attempted to kill her -- whose face would never be forgotten Ebisu.
Hario is a bearer of the ancient Jiwari-ken technique of swordsmanship, which attempts to create a continuous fissure within the earth's surface as a result of the vertical movement of one's sword. The technique stops with the application of water within its path.
He later serves in Yokohama as Kawai Tsuginosuke's bodyguard, as ordered by Nakaiya Jūbē. Hario is instantly recognized by Ebisu, who moves to inform the rest of the troupe and later traces him to an underground auction held in the Shanghai Club, where Hario had been accompanying Kawai.
After witnessing Akizuki's attempt to destroy the Hasha no Kubi, Hario becomes very intrigued with Akizuki and attempts to find and kill him the next day.
Later, Hario is cornered by Akizuki and the Yuyama troupe in the midst of a sun-brazen wheat field, and when they attempt to kill him, a sniper (Saiga Magozō sent by Nakaiya) attempts to shoot him, and Hario soon dies.
Kawai Tsuginosuke (河井継之助, Kawai Tsuginosuke? Seiyū: Takeharu Onishi)
A retainer of the Nagaoka clan in North East Japan, Kawai Tsuginosuke arrives in Yokohama to purchase two Gatling guns in order to ensure the armed neutrality between the Shogunate and Imperial forces that had maintained by the Nagaoka clan.
Saiga Magozō (雑賀孫蔵, Saiga Magozō?)
A sniper working for Nakaiya Jūbē, Saiga Magozō is first seen firing a critical shot at Hario Genba, as per Nakaiya's orders. He is a descendent of the Saiga Ikki warrior clan, who once rebelled against Oda Nobunaga during the Sengoku period.
Koma no Shōten-sama (高麗の聖天様, Koma no Shōten-sama? Seiyū: Kousei Yagi)
A well-respected high priest of the village of Koma-no-Sato in modern day Saitama Prefecture. He is a direct descendent of the 3000 men and women mission led by Xu Fu, the immortal mage to seal and dispose the Head of the Conqueror in Japan. He enjoys good food and simple village life.
H.S. Parkes (H･S･パークス, H.S. Parkes? Seiyū: Tomomichi Nishimura)
The head of the British mission in Yokohama. He arranges for Kanna Sakyōnosuke to be the bodyguard of Katsu Kaishu.
T.B. Glover (T･B・グラバー, T.B. Glover? Seiyū: Tōru Ōkawa)
A Scottish arms merchant and industrialist based in Nagasaki. He works closely with Nakaiya Jūbē and often supplies him weapons, including Saiga's sniping rifle.
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