January 16, 2004

Peace Maker Kurogane Episode 1

Peace Maker Kurogane

"Cherry Blossoms"

For the first two minutes of the show, I could have sworn I was staring at recycled backgrounds from Rurouni Kenshin.

Obviously, this show is going to suffer a lot of comparisons to Kenshin. We've got the same time period (different point of view), a very similar art style and design, and some of the themes found in Kenshin. Also, the main character, so far, seems a lot like Yahiko, even down to the "I just want to be stronger," talk.

The animation of the show is pretty good, but during action sequences, cost-cutting makes the scenes look very cheap. Again, the show is probably suffering from comparisons to Rurouni Kenshin (especially the OAV, which most likely had a tremendously larger budget). Something that stuck out to me, also, was the way the characters' mouths move when they talk. From some angles, only the lips animate (no facial changes), which further exemplifies some of the corners cut in the animation process.

The show follows the story of Tatsu, who wants to join the Shinsengumi so that he can avenge his dead parents. Of course, he also wants to be the strongest man in all of Japan. Kind of hard to do when you're just a kid though, especially when your first challenge is to fight one of the Shinsengumi's best swordsmen.

It's always hard to judge the content of a show from its first episode, with so much setting establishment and character introduction, but the first episode of Peace Maker Kurogane doesn't really grab me as something special. However, I have to imagine the people who created this show know that it will invariably draw comparison to Kenshin, so it remains to be seen what their take on this period of Japanese history is.

Rating: C

Posted by Kei at January 16, 2004 11:36 PM

i havent watch the anime yet...but i read the manga...,what makes the shinsengumi interesting is that because it was taken from the real histroy so the shinsengumi character were all taken from the real life ppl except for Suzu and some other fiction characters.. well thats what make this story much more interesting and unique to me and i really really LOVE the manga and would be soon the anime...i cant really remember which episodes or is it in the OVA where kenshin had a sword fight with the shinsengumi and Saitou Hajime was there, he is a member of shinsengumi and with (i can't remember his name the one that cough alot while fighting)...well so it is shown that the Kenshin actually crosses with the story of Peace Maker Kurogane in the same period. But than the kenshin tv series supposely should be 10 years after Meiji Restoration (1867) .... so the only shinsengumi which is supposely to be still alive would be Saitou Hajime...in real history..well im not really sure ...and i think i make myself confuse..is it between or after meji restoration.....well anyway to me shinsengumi is a must watch and read manga ...i recommend it even i havent watch the anime yet...but went i read the manga for the first time it really capture me and from there i started getting hooked with Chrono Nanae work...just love her artwork and storyline ..... shinsengumi and kenshin r two different story and they have their own unique storyline just with the same period time....so dont dont dont miss it...

P/S...sorry for my bad english...

Posted by: ark at February 13, 2004 12:28 AM

Peacemaker Kurogane is Far and above a much greater anime than Kenshin in terms of style, animation, voice acting and most importantly story and content. As the above has mentioned, the story is set around the Shinsengumi who were A group of Samurai police from real Japanese history. Many of the sub plots and tales may be ficticious, although it is true to history in many ways. I can't stress enough how better this is than Kenshin! It can be enjoyed from a simplistic, childish level and from an intellectual standpoint! I love it! Please disregard what has been said about this series by the person who has only watched the first episode and sadly made all to easy comparisons on what is a fasntastic and must see anime! hurrah!! peace

Posted by: Kenny Love at May 11, 2004 04:34 AM

the story follows TETSU not TATSU. Tatsu is his brother.

Posted by: bob at February 28, 2005 03:12 PM

HIs name is Tetsu not Tatsu Tatsu is his brother.

Anyways peacemaker drawings arent that similer this author is much more detailed and the scenes of fighting and blood is much more relistic

Posted by: at June 1, 2005 05:56 PM

man you got to be crazy giving the first episode a c it deserves a A in my opinion. I just saw the first episode today and it is amazing in everyway i love the music and art, and i dont like comparing this to kenshin even though i own all the ova's and the ova's are awsome but i dont like comparing and the story has some emotional feelings in it sometimes it can get serious and sometimes its just plain old comedy which i love i lke those type of animes another anime like this would be trigun and if you can watch that you would love it so pretty much disagree with your c grade you gave to peace maker.

Posted by: Ariq at June 27, 2005 12:55 PM

No offence, but comparring this show to Kenshin is just plain mean! Because seriously, did RK REALLY revolve around the Shinsen Gumi all that much? Maybe a little. When Kenshin fought Okita. But that's practically it! PMK is the best anime/manga out there in my opinion. Pmk is Pmk. There is NO comparrison. Trust me, I would know. Sorry if I sounded like a know-it-all b.i.t.c.h., but its just what I really think. Anyway, Sayonara!

Posted by: Ayuki-chan at August 15, 2005 08:01 PM
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