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|1. ||Comments by occultangle [Rating: 6/10]|
Three year epic historical masterpiece, or at least it's supposed to be. The problem is that it's just not really that good, and not really for any particular reason. They sort of get the epic part right, big budgets and special effects, and the historical locations seem so real, lots of big battle scenes with epic music that always seem to end in the most anti-climatic sorta wins or sorta losses, while on the other hand major victories and defeats are often glossed over and abbreviated by simple narration. None of the characters are interesting, and they'll spend too long on them doing trivial things, occasionally melodramatic stuff happens, then they'll switch to the older brother you haven't seen in ages and he will be told "go be the badass cavalry that you are", they will go off riding on horses with epic music playing and a map with a line on it is superimposed on the screen, and then they arrive somewhere and it'll be like "cool we arrived somewhere." Then they'll spend an eternity with some random historical figure who has no importance to the plot other than he's a historical figure, but since he's a historical figure they feel the need to put every poem and letter to friends he ever wrote up on the screen. There is lots of romance going on but none of it is any good, except maybe the dude who goes to Russia but he's only supposed to be a side character, but he's ten times more interesting than the main characters. In the first series farting seems to be one of the main plot devices and it feels like a Japanese comical adaption of Star Wars, then in the third series it's a bloody, graphic depiction of war in excruciating detail. I could go on and on, but my analysis will turn into what this is: an epic long mess.
I really wish I liked this as much as I would like to like it.
|2. ||Comments by xploring [Rating: 8/10]|
Excellent production and acting performances. There are major leaps in plot development at times, but the pacing I felt was just about right, and the story and characters were engaging. If there is a drawback, it's that almost all the Japanese characters seemed so upright and courageous, but it didn't fail to show the cruelty of war and compassion for the fallen.
|3. ||Comments by gaijinmark [Rating: 7/10]|
Liked the parts having to do with Kagawa and Kanno best. Great graphics for the battle scenes but they never did clearly explain why the war got started. I kept asking myself, "Why are these people killing each other?" Abe, Matsu, and Ishihara's talents completely wasted.
|4. ||Comments by snow_san [Rating: ?/10]|
There's 5 episodes (90 mins. each) for 2009. They'll be 4 more for 2010 and 4 for 2011. The first episode was wonderful. 2nd dropped a bit. Half way through the 3rd I was so bored, I said enough. Absolutely no interest to continue.
|5. ||Comments by Signo [Rating: 7/10]|
interesting view on the meiji time, but too long fighting scenes.
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|14. ||Comments by Sun_Shang_Xiang [Rating: 8/10]|
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