Licensed by Funimation
Seven Arcs Pictures Studios
Genres: Historical, Samurai, Period, Romance, Politics, Violence, Martial Arts, Conflict, Drama, Action, Adventure, Incest
This anime starts out dark, just like the original one; it starts with a fire and talk of death, and then it follows into telling the background of the story; it tells the conflict between two shogun brothers who fought for the throne. This fight brought the two ninja families that supported the shogun brothers, the Iga and the Kouga ninjas, into conflict as well. This conflict led to a lot of death and conflict, so this anime tells the different stories that have been told about what really happened between these two ninja families.
This anime has heightened, more vibrant colorful graphics compared to the first one. The imagery of the mountains and the forest are beautiful in this anime. With the beauty though, there are a lot of fighting scenes as well, so you can see many ninja techniques. There are many child ninjas; even the leaders of both the Iga and the Kouga clans are mere children, siblings. Both clans are at peace with each other now, and the leaders of these clans are being pushed by their guardians to marry and love each other, so that they can continue the bloodline.
This anime centers around the siblings' relationship over time as it is affected by the conflicts happening around them, as well as themes of love, power struggles, internal conflict, and self discovery.
Genres: Historical, Period, Fantasy, Romance, Paranormal
The graphical designs in this anime really appeal to me also, but the appearance of Tokimiya is especially one of my favorite character designs in this anime. I also love the feel of the time period. There is much beauty in this anime, but the plot is a bit dark, though there is little violence.
The plot of this anime surrounds cursed books that took in the emotions of their writers. These books cause those who possess them to commit suicide. The main female character, Tsugumi, fought with her brother over her upcoming marriage, which would save their family from poverty. This argument led to her brother using one of the cursed tome books, and setting himself on fire in an attempt at suicide.
Witnessing her brother's attempted suicide makes Tsugumi develop psychic-like abilities, so Tsugumi is now able to see the curse on these books. This leads Tsugumi to work for the organization, Fukurou, which is responsible for finding these cursed books and preventing the suicides.
This anime centers around Tsugumi's experiences and adventures with Fukurou, it's members, and the cursed tomes.
劇場版 はいからさんが通る 前編 ～紅緒、花の17歳～
Nippon Animation Studios
Genre: Historical, Shoujo, Romance, Political, Military, War, Comedy, Period
This anime's focus is on traditionalism vs modernism. The traditional upbringing and education of girls in Japan at this time focused less on knowledge, and more on domestication; learning things like sewing, cooking, etiquette, domestic tasks, and preparing for marriage.
This anime's main character is a modern woman named Benio Hanamura, so this anime is about her ideals, beliefs, and experiences with friends, first love, loss, and her own arranged marriage to someone that her father chose for her.
This anime is very sweet, and Benio's personality adds a lot of quirkiness that makes you laugh throughout the movie. The vibrancy of the colors and the graphics are very beautiful as well. This is just such a fun, adorable, meaningful, inspirational, feminist anime to watch with the whole family; it has themes focusing on acceptance of differences, love, personal growth, and maturity.
What is your favorite historical anime?