First Impressions: BAKUMATSU

This is an anime involving samurai, magic clocks, and really bad fashion choices. You’ve been warned.

This show is weird. It’s not a bad weird, necessarily, but it is a distracting weird. The art style is nice, the the animation is a little simplistic, and I like the music, the pacing keeps jumping around, so you’re never sure where anyone is unless they outright say it, and the costume design for some of the characters can best be described as ‘ridiculous’. Seriously, what is up with the hair symbols? They’re not highlights, since they’re there even in the dark, and everyone’s is different. It’s distracting.

As I said in the beginning, BAKUMATSU is a show about samurai (or at least, sword fighters), who stumble on a magical clock that can do a great many things, including send people through time. Except it’s more of a side hop into an alternate dimension, technically, where most things are the same, but history has changed, robots are real and serve as targeting systems for cannons, and did I mention the fashion? Also there’s a Lady Ninja who seems pretty cool, though she never speaks and her fashion sense is as bad as everyone else’s. Fortunately for everyone involved, the show at least seems to be aware of it’s strangeness, so that’s something, at least.

If you’re looking for a slightly off-putting show, and you don’t mind not having a firm grasp on what’s going on, you could probably do a lot worse than this one.

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