Hakuoki: Stories of the Shinsengumi
- Street Date:
- May 6th, 2014
- Game Release Year:
- ESRB Rating:
- M (Mature)
- Aksys Games
- Idea Factory
Hakuoki: Demon of the Fleeting Blossom, an otome visual novel for Playstation 2, first gained popularity in Japan due to its rich character designs from renowned artist Kazuki Yone, powerful over-arching story, and noteworthy voice actors. A year later, after fervent fan clamoring, a fan disc entitled “Hakuoki Zuisoroku” was released. The two titles were united in 2010, remastered with improved graphics for the Playstation 3, and now, finally, are available in English in the United States as Hakuoki: Stories of the Shinsengumi.
Japan’s Edo Period was drawing to a close.
The shogunate, who’d held power in the country for more than 200 years, found itself challenged by the imperial court, and by several domains who had chaffed under shogunal rule.
In the midst of this political unrest, an organization rose to prominence: The Shinsengumi. Originally formed to protect the streets of Kyoto from masterless samurai, they came to represent the last, tragic bastion of the honor-bound samurai culture that had defined much of Japan’s history.
A young woman by the name of Chizuru comes to Kyoto in search of her missing father, and soon encounters danger and the Shinsengumi in quick succession. When it becomes clear the Shinsengumi are also searching for her father, Chizuru is put under their protection.
But odd things are afoot in Kyoto—possibly even supernatural things. Can Chizuru navigate this maze of mortal danger and political intrigue? Amidst so much misery and death, can she find romance?