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Hakuoki: ~Demon of the Fleeting Blossom~ Record Of The Jade Blood: Season 2 (2010/Sentai Blu-ray)

Picture: B+ Sound: B+ Extras: B Episodes: A-

PLEASE NOTE: This is not to be confused with the 'Theatrical Version' we reviewed here...


After the battle of Koufu, the Shinsengumi continue to face overwhelming odds and losing battles. Forced to retreat, Chizuru watches them as they fall one by one protecting their beloved Commander Hijikata. As the war worsens. it becomes obvious the Shinsengumi are on the losing side of the war. However, the Shinengumi also fight a secret war, the war against Kodo and his 'Furries' and the Oni in Hakuoki: ~Demon of the Fleeting Blossom~ Record Of The Jade Blood: Season 2 (2010).

Chizuru was once a captive of the Shinsengumi, now she can't imagine her life without them, specially with handsome Commander Hijikata. The Shinsengumi was an elite fighting force for the government and par-took in an experiment that gave them enhanced fighting and healing abilities, but when the government fell, the Shinsengumi were hunted enemies to the country. Even with of the 'Water of Life' which gave the Shinsengumi super strength and healing could not stop the changing times. Then they learn each time they used their powers, it shorten their life drastically. Chizuru must face her own past, as the last surviving female of the Demon clan, can she truly expect to live in peace side by side with the human she loves?

This was a historical fantasy of the handsome men of the Shinsengumi, while they were on the losing side of a war, they will always be remember for their courage and duty towards loyalty. This series is filled with heroic, honor and dishonest characters as our previous coverage bares out.

The 1080p 1.78 X 1 digital High Definition image here is not quite as good as the Theatrical Blu-ray, but is still pretty fine throughout, while the lossless DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 2.0 Stereo in English is passable, but the Japanese version sounds really impressive and both have Pro Logic-like surrounds as before. Extras deliver more this time and include Extra Chapter ~ Edo, Hakuoki Sweet School Life ~ Chizuru in Danger!?, The X-Day that Calls Forth a Storm, clean opening & closing animations, and trailers.

Episodes include (with some spoilers)...

Like a Flame - As the Shinsengumi regroups in Edo, Hijikata continues to worry about about the future of the Shinsengumi. Kondo returns with illusions of grandeur.

The Corridor of Setbacks - As Kondo leads the Shinsengumi into battle, but his decisions leads them to the slaughter.

The Distant Visage - As the Shinsengumi are surround once more, Chizuru suddenly meets with Kaoru, who reveals he is her brother. After failing to turn Chizuru to his side, Kazama appears and kills him.

Eternal Heartfelt Loyalty - The Shinsengumi discover that the powers of the fury are not infinite, it uses their life force and shortens their lives. Kondo surrenders himself to allow the other Shinsengumi to escape.

A Fleeting Dream - Kondo is executed. Hijikata continues to retreat with Chizuru and is forced to drink her blood to repress his fury impulses and faces off with Kazama again.

The Shinning Light of Daybreak - Harada and Shiranui teams up to fight Kodo's Furies. As Hijikata recovers from his wounds, Okita single-handedly defends the town they are hiding in, but turns to dust after the battle is over.

Blade of the Sun - Saito continues to defend Aizu and the Shinsengumi are temporary united, but with the fall of Aizu, Saito stays behind to to buy time for the others to escape.

Scattering Cherry Blossoms - Chizuru gets captured by Kodo, but Sannan-san infiltration allows Hijikata and Heisuke to rescue her, but Heisuke and Sannan-san turn to dust after using all their powers.

The Blooming Hepatica - Hijikata parts from Chizuru, but Chizuru chases after him and promises to stay with him to the end.

The Ephemeral, Pale Cherry Blossoms - Hijikata faces off with Kazama one last time. Kazama finally acknowledges Hijikata and declares him an Oni. Hijikata fights and defeats Kazama. Hijikata and Chizuru fate then fades off to an unknown future.

- Ricky Chiang


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