Intrigue in the Bakumatsu ~ Irohanihoheto/Bakumatsu Kikansetsu Irohanihoheto


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###Intrigue in the Bakumatsu ~ Irohanihoheto/Bakumatsu Kikansetsu Irohanihoheto

Genres: action, adventure, drama, fantasy, mystery, supernatural
Themes: historical, samurai
Objectionable content: Significant
Number of episodes: 26
Vintage: 2006-10-06 to 2007-04-06

Plot Summary: The Shogunate is in its final years, and war is fast approaching. When Yojiro Akizuki, a dark and mysterious mercenary, nears something supernatural with some kind of importance to him, the ornament on the end of his sword hilt waves in its direction, his eyes glow mysteriously, and he is driven to go after it. He comes across a traveling theater group who is out for revenge for the killing of the parents of the group’s leader, and whose mysterious playwright likes to secretly help along events of history. Yojiro joins them to lend them his skill against their enemies, while dark conspiracy continues to follow behind him.

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####SENTAI FILMWORKS LICENSES “INTRIGUE IN THE BAKUMATSU ~ IROHANIHOHETO”

HOUSTON, May 21, 2012 — Sentai Filmworks is pleased to announce their acquisition of Intrigue in the Bakumatsu ~ Irohanihoheto. This 26 episode thriller soaked in blood is created and directed by Ryosuke Takahashi (Gasaraki, The Cockpit, Armored Trooper VOTOMS) and features character designs by Yusuke Kozaki and music by Hideyuki Fukasawa (Nanaka 6/17, You’re Under Arrest: Full Throttle). Animation is produced by SUNRISE.

In the final years of the Bakumatsu, wandering mercenary Yojiro Akizuki travels the length and breadth of Japan. And while he employs his sword in the usual fashion, he also uses it to help him locate supernatural items which he pursues with single-minded determination, often with bloody results. In the course of his quest, he crosses paths with a traveling theater group whose members have their own dark agenda. Is it a chance meeting or the result of some, as yet, undiscovered conspiracy? Swords will swing and sorcery make itself felt in Intrigue in the Bakumatsu ~ Irohanihoheto Collection 1!

Intrigue in the Bakumatsu ~ Irohanihoheto will begin release through select digital outlets soon with a home video release to follow.

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Janice Williams has begun a Cast Guessing Game for this show over at the Fandom Post. If you’d like to play, please post your guesses over there, there will be a link at the bottom.

[quote]Intrigue in the Bakumatsu ~ Irohanihoheto

Director - Christopher Ayres

Characters to be Guessed:
Akizuki Yōjirō - The legendary Eternal Assassin, Akizuki Yōjirō is the bearer of the legendary sword, Getsuruitō (Moon Tear Sword), tasked with the quest of utilizing its blade to destroy the Head of the Conqueror, a supernatural object said to appear during times of unrest and revolution. Akizuki was once a close confidante, friend and bodyguard of the late Sakamoto Ryōma, whose assassination he failed to prevent and which continues to haunt him to the current day. During the midst of his quest to destroy the Head of the Conqueror, he visits Yokohama and happens to meet the Yuyama troupe, an adventuring kabuki group, and its leader Yuyama Kakunojō. It is also told that he seems to have some feelings to Yuyama Kakunojō.

Yuyama Kakunojō - A young woman and leader of the Yuyama troupe. Kakunojō’s parents, shipping and wholesale merchants, were murdered by Hario Genba as part of the Ansei Purges for being a staunch supporter for the Emperor, when she was still a young child. She was saved from death in the same incident by the brave actions of her late father’s acquaintance, Zagashira, and apprentice, Ebisu. With her home destroyed in the same fire, Kakunojō, along with Zagashira and Ebisu, formed the Yuyama troupe and visit various regions around the country, to seek Hario, those who murdered her parents and exact revenge upon them.

Ibaragi Sōtetsu - The extremely intelligent playwright of the Yuyama troupe, Ibaragi Sōtetsu is respected by each member of the group, who call him Sensei.

Kanna Sakyōnosuke - Born in London to a British royal navy vice admiral father and a Japanese mother, formerly a tayū in Yoshiwara, Kanna Sakyōnosuke is tasked with being the bodyguard of Katsu Kaishu, as part of a request from H.S. Parkes, the head of the British mission in Yokohama. He is an extremely talented fighter, armed with two guns, each of the Remington New Model Army Conversion type. He seems to harbor some feelings for Yuyama Kakunojō, who reminds him of his Japanese mother.

Shiranui Kozo - An actor of the Yuyama troupe under the stage name Yuyama Seijūrō, Shiranui joined the group after one of Sōtetsu’s plays saved him from being executed. He enjoys visiting the red-light district.

Kotoha - A tayū, highest rank of the oiran, who is the most famed and influential member of the Sekkakurō, a pleasure house located in the Yukaku, Yokohama’s pleasure quarters. She rivals the famous Yokohama oiran of the time, Kiyu from Gankurō. Her influential clientele include Katsu Kaishu and H.S. Parkes. Kotoha is also a staunch supporter of the Yuyama troupe, and during a discussion with Sōtetsu, arranges for the group to perform during a night at the Sekkakurō.

Ebisu no Zukin - One of the actors of the troupe, Ebisu was an apprentice of Kakunojō’s household, who had treated him very well. When the household was being burnt and Kakunojō’s parents were murdered before his very eyes by Hario Genba as part of the Ansei Purges, Ebisu attempted to protect Kakunojō, and while doing so, he was burnt by the resulting fire, forced to live the rest of his life with bandages covering his face and body.

Kakashi no Keishin - The strongman of the Yuyama troupe, Kakashi is a good-hearted person who joined the group for a similar reason to Shiranui.

Zagashira - Zagashira simply means the head of the troop. His real name remains unknown. The manager of the Yuyama troupe, Zagashira looks after the group’s accounts. He used to work for Kakunojō’s father. Zagashira saved Kakunojō from the fire that destroyed her household.

Benimaru - One of the child actors of the Yuyama troupe, Benimaru, along with Kobako, was saved by Akizuki from a near fatal incident, and are both grateful to him for saving their lives.

Kobako - One of the child actors of the Yuyama troupe, Kobako, along with Benimaru, was saved by Akizuki from a near fatal incident, and are both grateful to him for saving their lives.

Saigō Takamori - The chief of staff of the newly formed fully modernized Imperial Army (or the new government army) and a samurai from Satsuma. Under the authority of Prince Arisugawa, he was in charge of capturing Edo where the 15th Shogun Tokugawa Yoshinobu resides. Saigo Takamori is a firm believer in the privileges of the samurai class.

Katsu Kaishū - The chief of staff of the Shogun’s Edo army and a native of Edo city. He is working desperately to avoid bloodshed in Edo. He was formerly the Navy Magistrate of the Shogun’s Navy. Kaishu was mentor to Sakamoto Ryōma (who initially attempted to kill him, however, instead became his bodyguard).

Sakamoto Ryōma - A famous liberal and progressive samurai from Tosa, Sakamoto Ryōma is greatly respected by Akizuki, who was his bodyguard and close confidant. Sakamoto negotiated an alliance between Chōshū-han and Satsuma-han, two Imperialist clans who had traditionally been bitter rivals towards each other.

Nakaiya Jūbē - A mysterious Yokohama merchant formerly known as Kuroiwa Sennosuke, Nakaiya Jūbē was presumed to be dead after the fire at his company headquarters the Bronze Palace in 1861. Nakaiya Jūbē mysteriously reappears in 1868 in a secret auction inside the Shanghai Club trying to sell the Head of the Conqueror. Nakaiya seems to know about the Ansei Purges, and is well acquainted with British merchant T.B. Glover, from whom he acquires his weapons.

Hario Genba - A swordsman, Hario is a bearer of the ancient Jiwari-ken technique of swordsmanship, which attempts to create a continuous fissure within the earth’s surface as a result of the vertical movement of one’s sword, but which is stopped with the application of water within its path. He later serves in Yokohama as Kawai Tsuginosuke’s bodyguard. After witnessing Akizuki’s attempt to destroy the Head of the Conqueror, Hario becomes very intrigued with Akizuki.

Saiga Magozō - A sniper working for Nakaiya Jūbē. He is a descendent of the Saiga Ikki warrior clan, who once rebelled against Oda Nobunaga during the Sengoku period.

Koma no Shōten-sama - A well-respected high priest of the village of Koma-no-Sato in modern day Saitama Prefecture. He is a direct descendent of the 3000 men and women mission led by Xu Fu, the immortal mage to seal and dispose the Head of the Conqueror in Japan. He enjoys good food and simple village life.

H.S. Parkes - The head of the British mission in Yokohama. He arranges for Kanna Sakyōnosuke to be the bodyguard of Katsu Kaishū.

T.B. Glover - A Scottish arms merchant and industrialist based in Nagasaki. He works closely with Nakaiya Jūbē and often supplies him weapons, including Saiga’s sniping rifle.[/quote]

Source: The Fandom Post


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[quote]Intrigue in the Bakumatsu ~ Irohanihoheto
Director - Christopher Ayres
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I was pretty sure about this one after I thought about his interview hint a little more.


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[quote]Intrigue in the Bakumatsu ~ Irohanihoheto

Director - Christopher Ayres

Characters Already Guessed:
Yuyama Kakunojō - Voiced by Emily Neves - A young woman and leader of the Yuyama troupe. Kakunojō’s parents, shipping and wholesale merchants, were murdered by Hario Genba as part of the Ansei Purges for being a staunch supporter for the Emperor, when she was still a young child. She was saved from death in the same incident by the brave actions of her late father’s acquaintance, Zagashira, and apprentice, Ebisu. With her home destroyed in the same fire, Kakunojō, along with Zagashira and Ebisu, formed the Yuyama troupe and visit various regions around the country, to seek Hario, those who murdered her parents and exact revenge upon them.

Ibaragi Sōtetsu - Voiced by Illich Guardiola - The extremely intelligent playwright of the Yuyama troupe, Ibaragi Sōtetsu is respected by each member of the group, who call him Sensei.

Ebisu no Zukin - Voiced by Greg Ayres - One of the actors of the troupe, Ebisu was an apprentice of Kakunojō’s household, who had treated him very well. When the household was being burnt and Kakunojō’s parents were murdered before his very eyes by Hario Genba as part of the Ansei Purges, Ebisu attempted to protect Kakunojō, and while doing so, he was burnt by the resulting fire, forced to live the rest of his life with bandages covering his face and body.

Kobako - Voiced by Brittney Karbowski - One of the child actors of the Yuyama troupe, Kobako, along with Benimaru, was saved by Akizuki from a near fatal incident, and are both grateful to him for saving their lives.

Characters to be Guessed:
Akizuki Yōjirō - The legendary Eternal Assassin, Akizuki Yōjirō is the bearer of the legendary sword, Getsuruitō (Moon Tear Sword), tasked with the quest of utilizing its blade to destroy the Head of the Conqueror, a supernatural object said to appear during times of unrest and revolution. Akizuki was once a close confidante, friend and bodyguard of the late Sakamoto Ryōma, whose assassination he failed to prevent and which continues to haunt him to the current day. During the midst of his quest to destroy the Head of the Conqueror, he visits Yokohama and happens to meet the Yuyama troupe, an adventuring kabuki group, and its leader Yuyama Kakunojō. It is also told that he seems to have some feelings to Yuyama Kakunojō.

Ibaragi Sōtetsu - The extremely intelligent playwright of the Yuyama troupe, Ibaragi Sōtetsu is respected by each member of the group, who call him Sensei.

Kanna Sakyōnosuke - Born in London to a British royal navy vice admiral father and a Japanese mother, formerly a tayū in Yoshiwara, Kanna Sakyōnosuke is tasked with being the bodyguard of Katsu Kaishu, as part of a request from H.S. Parkes, the head of the British mission in Yokohama. He is an extremely talented fighter, armed with two guns, each of the Remington New Model Army Conversion type. He seems to harbor some feelings for Yuyama Kakunojō, who reminds him of his Japanese mother.

Shiranui Kozo - An actor of the Yuyama troupe under the stage name Yuyama Seijūrō, Shiranui joined the group after one of Sōtetsu’s plays saved him from being executed. He enjoys visiting the red-light district.

Kotoha - A tayū, highest rank of the oiran, who is the most famed and influential member of the Sekkakurō, a pleasure house located in the Yukaku, Yokohama’s pleasure quarters. She rivals the famous Yokohama oiran of the time, Kiyu from Gankurō. Her influential clientele include Katsu Kaishu and H.S. Parkes. Kotoha is also a staunch supporter of the Yuyama troupe, and during a discussion with Sōtetsu, arranges for the group to perform during a night at the Sekkakurō.

Kakashi no Keishin - The strongman of the Yuyama troupe, Kakashi is a good-hearted person who joined the group for a similar reason to Shiranui.

Zagashira - Zagashira simply means the head of the troop. His real name remains unknown. The manager of the Yuyama troupe, Zagashira looks after the group’s accounts. He used to work for Kakunojō’s father. Zagashira saved Kakunojō from the fire that destroyed her household.

Benimaru - One of the child actors of the Yuyama troupe, Benimaru, along with Kobako, was saved by Akizuki from a near fatal incident, and are both grateful to him for saving their lives.

Saigō Takamori - The chief of staff of the newly formed fully modernized Imperial Army (or the new government army) and a samurai from Satsuma. Under the authority of Prince Arisugawa, he was in charge of capturing Edo where the 15th Shogun Tokugawa Yoshinobu resides. Saigo Takamori is a firm believer in the privileges of the samurai class.

Katsu Kaishū - The chief of staff of the Shogun’s Edo army and a native of Edo city. He is working desperately to avoid bloodshed in Edo. He was formerly the Navy Magistrate of the Shogun’s Navy. Kaishu was mentor to Sakamoto Ryōma (who initially attempted to kill him, however, instead became his bodyguard).

Sakamoto Ryōma - A famous liberal and progressive samurai from Tosa, Sakamoto Ryōma is greatly respected by Akizuki, who was his bodyguard and close confidant. Sakamoto negotiated an alliance between Chōshū-han and Satsuma-han, two Imperialist clans who had traditionally been bitter rivals towards each other.

Nakaiya Jūbē - A mysterious Yokohama merchant formerly known as Kuroiwa Sennosuke, Nakaiya Jūbē was presumed to be dead after the fire at his company headquarters the Bronze Palace in 1861. Nakaiya Jūbē mysteriously reappears in 1868 in a secret auction inside the Shanghai Club trying to sell the Head of the Conqueror. Nakaiya seems to know about the Ansei Purges, and is well acquainted with British merchant T.B. Glover, from whom he acquires his weapons.

Hario Genba - A swordsman, Hario is a bearer of the ancient Jiwari-ken technique of swordsmanship, which attempts to create a continuous fissure within the earth’s surface as a result of the vertical movement of one’s sword, but which is stopped with the application of water within its path. He later serves in Yokohama as Kawai Tsuginosuke’s bodyguard. After witnessing Akizuki’s attempt to destroy the Head of the Conqueror, Hario becomes very intrigued with Akizuki.

Saiga Magozō - A sniper working for Nakaiya Jūbē. He is a descendent of the Saiga Ikki warrior clan, who once rebelled against Oda Nobunaga during the Sengoku period.

Koma no Shōten-sama - A well-respected high priest of the village of Koma-no-Sato in modern day Saitama Prefecture. He is a direct descendent of the 3000 men and women mission led by Xu Fu, the immortal mage to seal and dispose the Head of the Conqueror in Japan. He enjoys good food and simple village life.

H.S. Parkes - The head of the British mission in Yokohama. He arranges for Kanna Sakyōnosuke to be the bodyguard of Katsu Kaishū.

T.B. Glover - A Scottish arms merchant and industrialist based in Nagasaki. He works closely with Nakaiya Jūbē and often supplies him weapons, including Saiga’s sniping rifle.[/quote]

Source: The Fandom Post


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[quote]Intrigue in the Bakumatsu ~ Irohanihoheto

Director - Christopher Ayres

Characters Already Guessed:
Yuyama Kakunojō - Voiced by Emily Neves - A young woman and leader of the Yuyama troupe. Kakunojō’s parents, shipping and wholesale merchants, were murdered by Hario Genba as part of the Ansei Purges for being a staunch supporter for the Emperor, when she was still a young child. She was saved from death in the same incident by the brave actions of her late father’s acquaintance, Zagashira, and apprentice, Ebisu. With her home destroyed in the same fire, Kakunojō, along with Zagashira and Ebisu, formed the Yuyama troupe and visit various regions around the country, to seek Hario, those who murdered her parents and exact revenge upon them.

Ibaragi Sōtetsu - Voiced by Illich Guardiola - The extremely intelligent playwright of the Yuyama troupe, Ibaragi Sōtetsu is respected by each member of the group, who call him Sensei.

Kotoha - Voiced by Carli Mosier - A tayū, highest rank of the oiran, who is the most famed and influential member of the Sekkakurō, a pleasure house located in the Yukaku, Yokohama’s pleasure quarters. She rivals the famous Yokohama oiran of the time, Kiyu from Gankurō. Her influential clientele include Katsu Kaishu and H.S. Parkes. Kotoha is also a staunch supporter of the Yuyama troupe, and during a discussion with Sōtetsu, arranges for the group to perform during a night at the Sekkakurō.

Ebisu no Zukin - Voiced by Greg Ayres - One of the actors of the troupe, Ebisu was an apprentice of Kakunojō’s household, who had treated him very well. When the household was being burnt and Kakunojō’s parents were murdered before his very eyes by Hario Genba as part of the Ansei Purges, Ebisu attempted to protect Kakunojō, and while doing so, he was burnt by the resulting fire, forced to live the rest of his life with bandages covering his face and body.

Zagashira - Voiced by Carl Masterson - Zagashira simply means the head of the troop. His real name remains unknown. The manager of the Yuyama troupe, Zagashira looks after the group’s accounts. He used to work for Kakunojō’s father. Zagashira saved Kakunojō from the fire that destroyed her household.

Benimaru - Voiced by newcomer Kalin Coates - One of the child actors of the Yuyama troupe, Benimaru, along with Kobako, was saved by Akizuki from a near fatal incident, and are both grateful to him for saving their lives.

Kobako - Voiced by Brittney Karbowski - One of the child actors of the Yuyama troupe, Kobako, along with Benimaru, was saved by Akizuki from a near fatal incident, and are both grateful to him for saving their lives.

Sakamoto Ryōma - Voiced by Andrew Love - A famous liberal and progressive samurai from Tosa, Sakamoto Ryōma is greatly respected by Akizuki, who was his bodyguard and close confidant. Sakamoto negotiated an alliance between Chōshū-han and Satsuma-han, two Imperialist clans who had traditionally been bitter rivals towards each other.

Characters to be Guessed:
Akizuki Yōjirō - The legendary Eternal Assassin, Akizuki Yōjirō is the bearer of the legendary sword, Getsuruitō (Moon Tear Sword), tasked with the quest of utilizing its blade to destroy the Head of the Conqueror, a supernatural object said to appear during times of unrest and revolution. Akizuki was once a close confidante, friend and bodyguard of the late Sakamoto Ryōma, whose assassination he failed to prevent and which continues to haunt him to the current day. During the midst of his quest to destroy the Head of the Conqueror, he visits Yokohama and happens to meet the Yuyama troupe, an adventuring kabuki group, and its leader Yuyama Kakunojō. It is also told that he seems to have some feelings to Yuyama Kakunojō.

Kanna Sakyōnosuke - Born in London to a British royal navy vice admiral father and a Japanese mother, formerly a tayū in Yoshiwara, Kanna Sakyōnosuke is tasked with being the bodyguard of Katsu Kaishu, as part of a request from H.S. Parkes, the head of the British mission in Yokohama. He is an extremely talented fighter, armed with two guns, each of the Remington New Model Army Conversion type. He seems to harbor some feelings for Yuyama Kakunojō, who reminds him of his Japanese mother.

Shiranui Kozo - An actor of the Yuyama troupe under the stage name Yuyama Seijūrō, Shiranui joined the group after one of Sōtetsu’s plays saved him from being executed. He enjoys visiting the red-light district.

Kakashi no Keishin - The strongman of the Yuyama troupe, Kakashi is a good-hearted person who joined the group for a similar reason to Shiranui.

Saigō Takamori - The chief of staff of the newly formed fully modernized Imperial Army (or the new government army) and a samurai from Satsuma. Under the authority of Prince Arisugawa, he was in charge of capturing Edo where the 15th Shogun Tokugawa Yoshinobu resides. Saigo Takamori is a firm believer in the privileges of the samurai class.

Katsu Kaishū - The chief of staff of the Shogun’s Edo army and a native of Edo city. He is working desperately to avoid bloodshed in Edo. He was formerly the Navy Magistrate of the Shogun’s Navy. Kaishu was mentor to Sakamoto Ryōma (who initially attempted to kill him, however, instead became his bodyguard).

Nakaiya Jūbē - A mysterious Yokohama merchant formerly known as Kuroiwa Sennosuke, Nakaiya Jūbē was presumed to be dead after the fire at his company headquarters the Bronze Palace in 1861. Nakaiya Jūbē mysteriously reappears in 1868 in a secret auction inside the Shanghai Club trying to sell the Head of the Conqueror. Nakaiya seems to know about the Ansei Purges, and is well acquainted with British merchant T.B. Glover, from whom he acquires his weapons.

Hario Genba - A swordsman, Hario is a bearer of the ancient Jiwari-ken technique of swordsmanship, which attempts to create a continuous fissure within the earth’s surface as a result of the vertical movement of one’s sword, but which is stopped with the application of water within its path. He later serves in Yokohama as Kawai Tsuginosuke’s bodyguard. After witnessing Akizuki’s attempt to destroy the Head of the Conqueror, Hario becomes very intrigued with Akizuki.

Saiga Magozō - A sniper working for Nakaiya Jūbē. He is a descendent of the Saiga Ikki warrior clan, who once rebelled against Oda Nobunaga during the Sengoku period.

Koma no Shōten-sama - A well-respected high priest of the village of Koma-no-Sato in modern day Saitama Prefecture. He is a direct descendent of the 3000 men and women mission led by Xu Fu, the immortal mage to seal and dispose the Head of the Conqueror in Japan. He enjoys good food and simple village life.

H.S. Parkes - The head of the British mission in Yokohama. He arranges for Kanna Sakyōnosuke to be the bodyguard of Katsu Kaishū.

T.B. Glover - A Scottish arms merchant and industrialist based in Nagasaki. He works closely with Nakaiya Jūbē and often supplies him weapons, including Saiga’s sniping rifle.[/quote]

Source: The Fandom Post


#6

The cover art for Collection 1 has been posted.





#7

The next round will be the final round. So far no one has guessed the main character.

[quote]Intrigue in the Bakumatsu ~ Irohanihoheto

Director - Christopher Ayres

Characters Already Guessed:
Yuyama Kakunojō - Voiced by Emily Neves - A young woman and leader of the Yuyama troupe. Kakunojō’s parents, shipping and wholesale merchants, were murdered by Hario Genba as part of the Ansei Purges for being a staunch supporter for the Emperor, when she was still a young child. She was saved from death in the same incident by the brave actions of her late father’s acquaintance, Zagashira, and apprentice, Ebisu. With her home destroyed in the same fire, Kakunojō, along with Zagashira and Ebisu, formed the Yuyama troupe and visit various regions around the country, to seek Hario, those who murdered her parents and exact revenge upon them.

Ibaragi Sōtetsu - Voiced by Illich Guardiola - The extremely intelligent playwright of the Yuyama troupe, Ibaragi Sōtetsu is respected by each member of the group, who call him Sensei.

Kotoha - Voiced by Carli Mosier - A tayū, highest rank of the oiran, who is the most famed and influential member of the Sekkakurō, a pleasure house located in the Yukaku, Yokohama’s pleasure quarters. She rivals the famous Yokohama oiran of the time, Kiyu from Gankurō. Her influential clientele include Katsu Kaishu and H.S. Parkes. Kotoha is also a staunch supporter of the Yuyama troupe, and during a discussion with Sōtetsu, arranges for the group to perform during a night at the Sekkakurō.

Ebisu no Zukin - Voiced by Greg Ayres - One of the actors of the troupe, Ebisu was an apprentice of Kakunojō’s household, who had treated him very well. When the household was being burnt and Kakunojō’s parents were murdered before his very eyes by Hario Genba as part of the Ansei Purges, Ebisu attempted to protect Kakunojō, and while doing so, he was burnt by the resulting fire, forced to live the rest of his life with bandages covering his face and body.

Zagashira - Voiced by Carl Masterson - Zagashira simply means the head of the troop. His real name remains unknown. The manager of the Yuyama troupe, Zagashira looks after the group’s accounts. He used to work for Kakunojō’s father. Zagashira saved Kakunojō from the fire that destroyed her household.

Benimaru - Voiced by newcomer Kalin Coates - One of the child actors of the Yuyama troupe, Benimaru, along with Kobako, was saved by Akizuki from a near fatal incident, and are both grateful to him for saving their lives.

Kobako - Voiced by Brittney Karbowski - One of the child actors of the Yuyama troupe, Kobako, along with Benimaru, was saved by Akizuki from a near fatal incident, and are both grateful to him for saving their lives.

Sakamoto Ryōma - Voiced by Andrew Love - A famous liberal and progressive samurai from Tosa, Sakamoto Ryōma is greatly respected by Akizuki, who was his bodyguard and close confidant. Sakamoto negotiated an alliance between Chōshū-han and Satsuma-han, two Imperialist clans who had traditionally been bitter rivals towards each other.

Nakaiya Jūbē - Voiced by John Swasey - A mysterious Yokohama merchant formerly known as Kuroiwa Sennosuke, Nakaiya Jūbē was presumed to be dead after the fire at his company headquarters the Bronze Palace in 1861. Nakaiya Jūbē mysteriously reappears in 1868 in a secret auction inside the Shanghai Club trying to sell the Head of the Conqueror. Nakaiya seems to know about the Ansei Purges, and is well acquainted with British merchant T.B. Glover, from whom he acquires his weapons.

Koma no Shōten-sama - Voiced by John Kaiser - A well-respected high priest of the village of Koma-no-Sato in modern day Saitama Prefecture. He is a direct descendent of the 3000 men and women mission led by Xu Fu, the immortal mage to seal and dispose the Head of the Conqueror in Japan. He enjoys good food and simple village life.

Characters to be Guessed:
Akizuki Yōjirō - The legendary Eternal Assassin, Akizuki Yōjirō is the bearer of the legendary sword, Getsuruitō (Moon Tear Sword), tasked with the quest of utilizing its blade to destroy the Head of the Conqueror, a supernatural object said to appear during times of unrest and revolution. Akizuki was once a close confidante, friend and bodyguard of the late Sakamoto Ryōma, whose assassination he failed to prevent and which continues to haunt him to the current day. During the midst of his quest to destroy the Head of the Conqueror, he visits Yokohama and happens to meet the Yuyama troupe, an adventuring kabuki group, and its leader Yuyama Kakunojō. It is also told that he seems to have some feelings to Yuyama Kakunojō.

Kanna Sakyōnosuke - Born in London to a British royal navy vice admiral father and a Japanese mother, formerly a tayū in Yoshiwara, Kanna Sakyōnosuke is tasked with being the bodyguard of Katsu Kaishu, as part of a request from H.S. Parkes, the head of the British mission in Yokohama. He is an extremely talented fighter, armed with two guns, each of the Remington New Model Army Conversion type. He seems to harbor some feelings for Yuyama Kakunojō, who reminds him of his Japanese mother.

Shiranui Kozo - An actor of the Yuyama troupe under the stage name Yuyama Seijūrō, Shiranui joined the group after one of Sōtetsu’s plays saved him from being executed. He enjoys visiting the red-light district.

Kakashi no Keishin - The strongman of the Yuyama troupe, Kakashi is a good-hearted person who joined the group for a similar reason to Shiranui.

Saigō Takamori - The chief of staff of the newly formed fully modernized Imperial Army (or the new government army) and a samurai from Satsuma. Under the authority of Prince Arisugawa, he was in charge of capturing Edo where the 15th Shogun Tokugawa Yoshinobu resides. Saigo Takamori is a firm believer in the privileges of the samurai class.

Katsu Kaishū - The chief of staff of the Shogun’s Edo army and a native of Edo city. He is working desperately to avoid bloodshed in Edo. He was formerly the Navy Magistrate of the Shogun’s Navy. Kaishu was mentor to Sakamoto Ryōma (who initially attempted to kill him, however, instead became his bodyguard).

Hario Genba - A swordsman, Hario is a bearer of the ancient Jiwari-ken technique of swordsmanship, which attempts to create a continuous fissure within the earth’s surface as a result of the vertical movement of one’s sword, but which is stopped with the application of water within its path. He later serves in Yokohama as Kawai Tsuginosuke’s bodyguard. After witnessing Akizuki’s attempt to destroy the Head of the Conqueror, Hario becomes very intrigued with Akizuki.

Saiga Magozō - A sniper working for Nakaiya Jūbē. He is a descendent of the Saiga Ikki warrior clan, who once rebelled against Oda Nobunaga during the Sengoku period.

H.S. Parkes - The head of the British mission in Yokohama. He arranges for Kanna Sakyōnosuke to be the bodyguard of Katsu Kaishū.

T.B. Glover - A Scottish arms merchant and industrialist based in Nagasaki. He works closely with Nakaiya Jūbē and often supplies him weapons, including Saiga’s sniping rifle.[/quote]

Source: The Fandom Post


#8

VAs already guessed for the Main Male Lead, Akizuki Yōjirō:
Michael Ali
Leraldo Anzaldua
Greg Ayres
Josh Grelle
John Gremillion
Illich Guardiola
Jay Hickman
Andrew Love
David Matranga
Vic Mignogna
Chris Patton
Blake Shepard
David Wald

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#9

[size=16]English Dub Cast List[/size]

[quote]Intrigue in the Bakumatsu ~ Irohanihoheto

Director - Christopher Ayres

Akizuki Yōjirō - Voiced by Houston Hayes - The legendary Eternal Assassin, Akizuki Yōjirō is the bearer of the legendary sword, Getsuruitō (Moon Tear Sword), tasked with the quest of utilizing its blade to destroy the Head of the Conqueror, a supernatural object said to appear during times of unrest and revolution. Akizuki was once a close confidante, friend and bodyguard of the late Sakamoto Ryōma, whose assassination he failed to prevent and which continues to haunt him to the current day. During the midst of his quest to destroy the Head of the Conqueror, he visits Yokohama and happens to meet the Yuyama troupe, an adventuring kabuki group, and its leader Yuyama Kakunojō. It is also told that he seems to have some feelings to Yuyama Kakunojō.

Yuyama Kakunojō - Voiced by Emily Neves - A young woman and leader of the Yuyama troupe. Kakunojō’s parents, shipping and wholesale merchants, were murdered by Hario Genba as part of the Ansei Purges for being a staunch supporter for the Emperor, when she was still a young child. She was saved from death in the same incident by the brave actions of her late father’s acquaintance, Zagashira, and apprentice, Ebisu. With her home destroyed in the same fire, Kakunojō, along with Zagashira and Ebisu, formed the Yuyama troupe and visit various regions around the country, to seek Hario, those who murdered her parents and exact revenge upon them.

Ibaragi Sōtetsu - Voiced by Illich Guardiola - The extremely intelligent playwright of the Yuyama troupe, Ibaragi Sōtetsu is respected by each member of the group, who call him Sensei.

Kanna Sakyōnosuke - Voiced by Clint Bickham - Born in London to a British royal navy vice admiral father and a Japanese mother, formerly a tayū in Yoshiwara, Kanna Sakyōnosuke is tasked with being the bodyguard of Katsu Kaishu, as part of a request from H.S. Parkes, the head of the British mission in Yokohama. He is an extremely talented fighter, armed with two guns, each of the Remington New Model Army Conversion type. He seems to harbor some feelings for Yuyama Kakunojō, who reminds him of his Japanese mother.

Shiranui Kozo - Voiced by David Matranga - An actor of the Yuyama troupe under the stage name Yuyama Seijūrō, Shiranui joined the group after one of Sōtetsu’s plays saved him from being executed. He enjoys visiting the red-light district.

Kotoha - Voiced by Carli Mosier - A tayū, highest rank of the oiran, who is the most famed and influential member of the Sekkakurō, a pleasure house located in the Yukaku, Yokohama’s pleasure quarters. She rivals the famous Yokohama oiran of the time, Kiyu from Gankurō. Her influential clientele include Katsu Kaishu and H.S. Parkes. Kotoha is also a staunch supporter of the Yuyama troupe, and during a discussion with Sōtetsu, arranges for the group to perform during a night at the Sekkakurō.

Ebisu no Zukin - Voiced by Greg Ayres - One of the actors of the troupe, Ebisu was an apprentice of Kakunojō’s household, who had treated him very well. When the household was being burnt and Kakunojō’s parents were murdered before his very eyes by Hario Genba as part of the Ansei Purges, Ebisu attempted to protect Kakunojō, and while doing so, he was burnt by the resulting fire, forced to live the rest of his life with bandages covering his face and body.

Kakashi no Keishin - Voiced by Steve Fenley - The strongman of the Yuyama troupe, Kakashi is a good-hearted person who joined the group for a similar reason to Shiranui.

Zagashira - Voiced by Carl Masterson - Zagashira simply means the head of the troop. His real name remains unknown. The manager of the Yuyama troupe, Zagashira looks after the group’s accounts. He used to work for Kakunojō’s father. Zagashira saved Kakunojō from the fire that destroyed her household.

Benimaru - Voiced by newcomer Kalin Coates - One of the child actors of the Yuyama troupe, Benimaru, along with Kobako, was saved by Akizuki from a near fatal incident, and are both grateful to him for saving their lives.

Kobako - Voiced by Brittney Karbowski - One of the child actors of the Yuyama troupe, Kobako, along with Benimaru, was saved by Akizuki from a near fatal incident, and are both grateful to him for saving their lives.

Saigō Takamori - Voiced by Rob Mungle - The chief of staff of the newly formed fully modernized Imperial Army (or the new government army) and a samurai from Satsuma. Under the authority of Prince Arisugawa, he was in charge of capturing Edo where the 15th Shogun Tokugawa Yoshinobu resides. Saigo Takamori is a firm believer in the privileges of the samurai class.

Katsu Kaishū - Voiced by David Wald - The chief of staff of the Shogun’s Edo army and a native of Edo city. He is working desperately to avoid bloodshed in Edo. He was formerly the Navy Magistrate of the Shogun’s Navy. Kaishu was mentor to Sakamoto Ryōma (who initially attempted to kill him, however, instead became his bodyguard).

Sakamoto Ryōma - Voiced by Andrew Love - A famous liberal and progressive samurai from Tosa, Sakamoto Ryōma is greatly respected by Akizuki, who was his bodyguard and close confidant. Sakamoto negotiated an alliance between Chōshū-han and Satsuma-han, two Imperialist clans who had traditionally been bitter rivals towards each other.

Nakaiya Jūbē - Voiced by John Swasey - A mysterious Yokohama merchant formerly known as Kuroiwa Sennosuke, Nakaiya Jūbē was presumed to be dead after the fire at his company headquarters the Bronze Palace in 1861. Nakaiya Jūbē mysteriously reappears in 1868 in a secret auction inside the Shanghai Club trying to sell the Head of the Conqueror. Nakaiya seems to know about the Ansei Purges, and is well acquainted with British merchant T.B. Glover, from whom he acquires his weapons.

Hario Genba - Voiced by George Manley - A swordsman, Hario is a bearer of the ancient Jiwari-ken technique of swordsmanship, which attempts to create a continuous fissure within the earth’s surface as a result of the vertical movement of one’s sword, but which is stopped with the application of water within its path. He later serves in Yokohama as Kawai Tsuginosuke’s bodyguard. After witnessing Akizuki’s attempt to destroy the Head of the Conqueror, Hario becomes very intrigued with Akizuki.

Saiga Magozō - Voiced by Christopher Ayres - A sniper working for Nakaiya Jūbē. He is a descendent of the Saiga Ikki warrior clan, who once rebelled against Oda Nobunaga during the Sengoku period.

Koma no Shōten-sama - Voiced by John Kaiser - A well-respected high priest of the village of Koma-no-Sato in modern day Saitama Prefecture. He is a direct descendent of the 3000 men and women mission led by Xu Fu, the immortal mage to seal and dispose the Head of the Conqueror in Japan. He enjoys good food and simple village life.

H.S. Parkes - Voiced by Brett Weaver - The head of the British mission in Yokohama. He arranges for Kanna Sakyōnosuke to be the bodyguard of Katsu Kaishū.

T.B. Glover - Voiced by Scotty Fults - A Scottish arms merchant and industrialist based in Nagasaki. He works closely with Nakaiya Jūbē and often supplies him weapons, including Saiga’s sniping rifle.[/quote]

Source: The Fandom Post


#10

While the final cover art is nice, I have to say that I like the original more. That one was less “dramatic” but knowing the total sausage fest that this show is, it was nice to have visual proof before opening the box that there was indeed someone without a Y chromosome in this show. :wink:

In regards to the total sausage fest it reminds me of Baccano, though it seems like this Yuyama Kakunojō could actually get a fair number of lines (unlike the women of Baccano).

Though I am extremely concerned that this will turn into a really, really, really bromantic “reverse harem”. I remember what that Dutch guy said about Japan in Samurai Champloo…

Please tell me that it isn’t.


#11

So this show has been out for weeks and weeks now (technically 6 days if you didn’t use rightstuf) but it won’t be streaming on here in any capacity for 11 more days?!

How am I supposed to know if this is a show that I want to buy until I can stream it? I’m actually rather shocked, I thought that previous Sentai releases had at least an ep up before the physical media release. Why’d this show get the shaft?

I bought Number Six after 2 episodes of the dub, which were streamed here.


#12

There was a show recently that had it’s media up for two weeks before the stream came out (30 ova at that! I thought it would at least be a an hour long thing)


#13

[size=16]Watch Intrigue in the Bakumatsu ~ Irohanihoheto On Anime Network Online[/size]

[url=http://www.theanimenetwork.com/Anime/Intrigue-in-the-Bakumatsu-Irohanihoheto/A-Foul-Star-in-the-Sky/Watch][/url] [b]Episode 01 (Dub) is now LIVE![/b]

#14

The cover art for Collection 2 has been posted.