Day 10 — Favorite Fighter Anime
A fighter anime is classified differently from person to person. I’m not sure if everyone else would view Peacemaker Kurogane as a fighter series, but I consider it one. Peacemaker Kurogane is action-packed with historical fiction and sword battles. The Peacemaker series revolves around the events leading to the changes in Japan’s revolution in social structure. The series chronicles what it means to change and grow up.
Set in the past, before the Meiji restoration and westernization of Japan, Peacemaker Kurogane revolves around a young boy named Tetsunosuke Ichimura, who is seeking revenge for the death of his parents. In the beginning Tetsunosuke becomes a page to Toshizou Hijikata, and he constantly begs to be allowed to fight; eventually, learning what it means to be a member of the Shinsengumi — a murderer. As the story goes on, we see changes in the adolescent Tetsunosuke as he learns the harsh reality of being a Wolf of Mibu (shinsengumi member). We watch Tetsunosuke grow and bond with members of the Shinsengumi; we watch him fall in love with a young, mute courtesan named Saya.
Peacemaker Kurogane has a colorful cast of characters that, for the most part, are based on actual historical figures during nineteenth century Japan. The series features names such as; Souji Okita, Toshizou Hijikata, Isami Kondo, and Ryouma Sakamoto – to name a few.
Personally, I am a huge fan of historical-based anime. I absolutely adore period pieces and stories about samurai. Naturally, I fell in love with Peacemaker when I first saw it on SHOwtime Beyond. Peacemaker Kurogane is important to me because it has a cast of characters that are lovable – even with their flaws. Souji Okita comes off as sweet and innocent but is one of the most deadly members of the Shinsengumi. Tetsunosuke starts out innocent and slowly grows, becoming a good fighter and falling in love.
Peacemaker Kurogane is an action packed series that, unfortunately, was never continued and strayed from the path of the manga. I really enjoyed the fight scenes in Peacemaker Kurogane that often blended character development such as Tetsunosuke’s struggles to learn to kill and his will to survive. Scenes in Peacemaker were beautifully animated for its time and the atmosphere of the anime draws you in. I enjoy Peacemaker as a fighter anime because it is less about fighting and more about character development. Peacemaker Kurogane is my favorite fighter anime because it blends historical events, a colorful cast of characters, beautiful art, and a lasting impression of the characters. I cherish Peacemaker because I could rewatch it a few times and not get tired of it. There is always something new and exciting that catches my eye in the series. It is one of my favorite historical pieces to watch and I would gladly own it on DVD.