* Remake of the Kyoto story arc from the original manga and the previous anime adaptation.
Told from the perspective of Makimachi Misao, this alternate retelling of the Kyoto arc chronicles the adventures of wandering swordsman Himura Kenshin and his quest in putting a stop to the evil Shishio Makoto and his plot to take over Japan.
Note: The first part played in Japanese theatres in December, 2011. It ran for one week only at Tokyo's Cinema Sunshine Ikebukuro theatre and Osaka's Cine-Libre Umeda theatre.
The stage is the close of the Edo period, an age when, not unlike our own time, both natural and man-made disasters left chaos in their wake. Manjiro makes a living helping the people of the troubled capital city, but behind the scenes, he also works in secret to take back precious belongings stolen from the people by unjust political powers and conspiratorial menaces. The people call him "Get-backer Roman."
Set in Tokyo during the early part of the 20th century, Doomed Megalopolis tells the disturbing story of a powerful mystic's obsession with his conquest of "The greatest City on Earth". Unfortunately for the evil wizard Kato - his dark arts awaken the long dead Masakato - the legendary guardian of Tokyo.
Unable to stand alone against the power of Masakato, the calculating Kato "violates" an unsuspecting woman in hope of producing an offspring capable of challenging the divine strength of Tokyo's mystical protector. But Kato never counted on the effect that a team of unlikely heroes would have on his sinister plans. Nor could he anticipate the destruction his spells would cause to millions of innocent citizens.
A story set in the mid-1800's about a young doctor who has been trained in Western-style medicine and a young samurai who is trying to live up to the old traditions of his class and culture. The story is actually based upon real people—the doctor, Ryo-an, was Tezuka's great grandfather.
During the Second Year of Ansei (1855) in Edo's Koishigawa are two young men, Manjiro Ibutani and Ryoan Tezuka. Ibutani is a low-ranking samurai who is a gifted swordsman and has straightforward strong sense of justice. Tezuka has a more carefree attitude. He has an eye for the ladies, but he is passionate about becoming a doctor. The two opposite characters come of age during the backdrop of the turbulent end of the Tokugawa Period (1600-1868 CE).
In the middle of the 19th century, Japan was still closed off from the outside world. There were just the beginning signs of reformation in the long regime of Shogun Tokugawa.
In the remote countryside, on the island of Shikoko, a young boy named Ryoma is growing up in a lower-class Samurai family. A decade later, he is to become on of the leading figures to topple the Shogun's reign and open Japan to the western world.
Our story begins with Ryoma, a dreaming kid of seven years. Ryoma is an honest and tenderd-hearted boy who hates any sort of violence and brutality. He is so sensitive, and a bit naive, that he often cries from pity when he sees even the simples act of violence such as another kid trampling a tiny insect. The kids and even his family call him a "cry baby". However, he is not a coward - not a "chicken" at all. His distress comes from a desire to prevent unreasonable acts and the wrong doings in life.
His older sister is the only person who understands his depth. She recognizes that her brother is gifted with a special talent and she does her best to protect him and cheer him up.
* Based on the josei manga by Takayama Shinobu, serialised in Comic Zero-Sum.
Ordinary high school student, Rikugou Tokidoki, has to take supplementary History classes, to boost his failing grade, at a state-of-the-art museum. This museum allows the visitor to use high-tech virtual reality to reconstruct a realistic Edo of the Bakumatsu period. However, once the simulation begins, Tokidoki is attacked by a strange creature. After something happens to his left eye, he realizes that he is not wearing the VR goggles - it is no longer a simulation; he's trapped in the virtual world and has no way of getting back.
* Based on the real life events around Yevfimy Vasilyevich Putyatin, a Russian admiral noted for his diplomatic missions to Japan and China, his voyage to Japan, 1854 Ansei-Toukai earthquake, and the signing of the Treaty of Shimoda in 1855.
Note: Spasibo (спасибо) - "thank you" in Russian.
Hakuoki: Demon Of The Fleeting Blossom - Dawn Of The Shinsengumi
En route to the capital, Serizawa Kamo, one of the Miburoushigumi leaders comes across Ibuki Ryuunosuke who had been attacked by bandits.
The Roushigumi are a group of people who share the same ideals, working towards the goal of becoming true samurai. As he observes the efforts of Kondou Isami and Hijikata Toshizou as they work to improve the prestige of the group, Ryuunosuke, who despises samurai, begins to question his way of life.
~ translated and adapted from official site by Cranston
Note: A pre-aired version was shown on AT-X on 01.07.2012. Regular broadcast started earliest on 10.07.2012 on Yomiuri TV.