okay, so considering i finally finished the OVAs last night, i felt like i should post a commentary/review for the episodes (thank god there's only six) :'D
if you haven't seen the OVAs yet, PREPARE FOR SPOILERS. if you like spoilers, then read on, yeah?
Episode 01: Okita Souji
as the title goes, the first episode is from Souji's POV. i love Souji as a character (not the historical version), he's cocky and funny and smart and need i mention hot? x'D anyway, so the episode is told from his POV, scenes with Chizuru, playing with kids, etc. not to spoil anyone who hasn't seen the OVAs all ready, but he doesn't get to see Chizuru dress as a geisha for the second time because of his "cold" (early onset sign of tuberculosis). he does see Hijikata sneak the girl back to HQ because she has a sprained ankle, he kind of heckles Hijikata's nerves and then leaves. there's a small bit i forget, but the ending scene shows Souji and his squad going on patrol and he has Chizuru tag along.
Episode 02: Saitou Hajime
again, it's from an individual POV, but this time it's from Hajime's. most of the episode takes place at Shimabara as he and Yamazaki infiltrate and act as "body-guards" for Chizuru while she's there posing as a geisha to extract info from a party of rogue samurai. there's one part, and i believe it's in the middle of the episode, where he (Hajime) spazzes out for at least two minutes as he notices Chizuru's geisha dress and claims he has to tell her something important. from what i read on the comments concerning this scan, i think he wanted her to drop the formalities and call him by his first name. i personally think it's cute that he spazzed out like that in the scene, but were i my OC, i'd be jealous. |'D anywhoo~ lol in the end of the episode, Chizuru asks Hajime what he wanted to tell her back at Shimabara and he blows it off, telling her that it wasn't so important for him to remember it. :'D typical Hajime.. lol
Episode 03: Harada "Sano" Sanosuke
Sano's POV in this episode. this one kinda hit home for me because Sano's character reminds me soo much of my old friend from high school that i grew up with since we were.. nine, i think? Raichumaru knows who i'm talking about. anyway, sorry to sound conceited! unintentional, honest. but the episode takes place at a checkpoint leaving the outskirts of Kyoto, where the Bakufu guards and Shinsengumi officers work together to check people's passport papers (try saying that five times fast x'P) before they leave Kyoto; something about "for fear of letting a Choshuu spy slip by". some paranoia line from the Bakufu monkeys. either way, Chizuru and Sano are there most of the episode. Sano sticks up for one of the tourists by telling the Bakufu monkeys that the man had his papers stolen by someone in town and he sends one of his subordinates along with Chizuru to retrieve the papers; if they don't return with the papers, Sano vows to commit seppuku. Shiranui makes a brief cameo towards the end of the episode, beating down the ronin that stole the tourist's papers and walking away from the scene, allowing Chizuru and the subordinate officer along with the tourist to leave unscathed (the only person Shiranui ever was interested in cutting down was Sano, anyway.); no blood is shed, much to the girl's relief. anyway, they return at sunset with the man's papers and the Bakufu reluctantly let him leave Kyoto without much trouble. Sano gets scolded by Hijikata and Itou-san when they return to HQ, and Hijikata lets Sano off the hook with a dock in pay for six months (or something like that..). the episode ends with Sano and Shinpachi leaving Chizuru on the steps of the main small building to go drinking (again).
Episode 04: Todou Heisuke
Heisuke's POV. ah Heisuke... i LOL'd soo much in this episode, i'm not kidding. poor Heisuke, he got the blame for two instances in the episode, and Hijikata brained him on the same instances. one was for getting the outside of the doors covered in snow (it had started snowing, btw) and while it was his, Shinpachi, and Sano's fault, they left him to die (quite literally) by a certain demon fukutaishou's hand.. |'D that was funny. the second instance was enough to give ME gray hairs! *cough* Heisuke and Chizuru had caught a couple of live ducks and made them into duck stew (which actually looked good, but that might've been because i was hungry at the time.. D'x); if you've seen the normal episodes, you know that Heisuke and Shinpachi always fight over the food like puppies.. well, they were playing tug-o'-war with a piece of duck meat (i think.. it looked like a squid tentacle, but then i don't know what duck meat looks like in stew..) and the chopsticks; the meat slipped from between their chopsticks and did a sort of backflip in the air as it sailed high into the air... just as Hijikata and Kondou were entering the room to eat. those with imaginative minds who are reading this, you can now start freaking out like i did when i saw this scene. poor Heisuke, he has the worst luck in this episode... yep, you guessed it. the piece of meat landed smack-dab on Hijikata's forehead. he threw the piece away as Heisuke faced against him.. alone again, as Shinpachi cowered over by Sano as he was drinking tea. the cowardly git.. lol anyway~ Hijikata just stared at him (Heisuke) as he fumbled to explain the situation, and it's like there was a dark malignant aura that enveloped the room when he just stared at the kid... the scene closes out of the room as you hear a hard fist land and Heisuke cry out 'OW!'. i swear, i fucking laughed my ass off at that. poor Heisuke-kun.. anyway, the rest of the episode kind of goes back to the Shimabara incident with Chizuru and he's all worried and crap about the poor girl getting molested or something by the "drunkards" that she's serving/ leaking information out of.
close to the ending of the episode Heisuke starts a fight with some of the ronin at Shimabara in order to let the girl escape with Hijikata. the ending i kind of forget, so i apologize for that.. ^^
Episode 05: Hijikata Toshizou
Toshi's POV. this one was my favorite. the episode starts with he seeing Kondou, Inou-san, and Shimada-san playing in the snow and he verbally says a small haiku; Souji and Chizuru overhear him, making him get embarrassed and annoyed at Souji for hearing him, he shooes them out of the room and pulls out a notebook from his desk drawer, writing down the haiku in the notebook (i knew he kept that thing! now it makes me want to do a short story with the notebook~ |'D). later on, he and Kondou discuss allowing Hajime to spy on Itou-san for them because of rumors they've been hearing, and it's interrupted when Heisuke runs in and complains that he isn't happy with Chizuru serving drinks to the ronin at Shimabara. Hijikata finally goes with the boy to check on the girl just as he hears Shinpachi and Sano starting a fight with the men there (at Shimabara); he makes it to the inn just in time to see Chizuru being escorted out by Hajime. call me crazy, but i think he was momentarily stunned at seeing her in a kimono and seeing her look so.. girly. and pretty. xD i'm sorry, i ship this pairing for the win; they're so cute together~. anyway~! he sneaks Chizuru out as Hajime attends to the situation inside the inn; Chizuru falls back because of her sprained ankle, forcing Hijikata to fall back to check on her. he assures her that she'll be fine within two or three days, and comments that she doesn't talk the same as the geisha in Shimabara and she talks like her usual self; she tries to sound alluring and makes him smile at her attempt, before they continue on to the exit. a man stops them and tells Hijikata that he needs to buy Chizuru's freedom in order for them to leave peacefully; well, you know Toshi... -_-; he gets pissed off (now who's the hothead~? xDD *huggles Hijikata*) and states that as the fukutaishou of the Shinsengumi he'd never elope with a geisha (which explains this cute moment scan in a nutshell). the man lets them pass for fear of getting killed by the demon fukutaishou of the Shinsengumi. towards the end of the episode i forget what happens; there's a little skirmish betw Hijikata and Kazama but it's stopped by Amagiri and Sannan-san. the end of the episode is funny; Kondo and Inou-san bring dango to Hijikata as a treat, and "having a keen nose" Souji and Sano show up soon, and then Hajime, Heisuke and Shinpachi also show so it's basically a party. Chizuru shows up with tea for the guys as they begin to eat into the dango. Hijikata is seen beginning to put away his notebook but Souji snatches it from his desk, making him look panicked for a minute. Souji reads an excerpt from his notebook, making him pissed off. He chases Souji around the room, ordering him to give him back his notebook; everyone laughs at the scene and that's where the episode ends. again, that explains this funny-as-hell scan i found. on a side note, in Peacemaker Kurogane, Souji also steals the same haiku notebook from Hijikata and he and Tetsu (well moreso Tetsu) play keep-away with it, which makes the angered fukutaishou even more angered. either way, it's a funny filler episode.
Episode 06: Kazama Chikage
Kazama's POV. now i was never really one to like Kazama because he's the main antagonist, but after this episode i felt some sort of like for him. he comes on to Chizuru at Shimabara and tries to kiss her; Sen and Kimigiku show up as Sen whacks him on the head with her fan, allowing Chizuru to escape. he forcibly sits down with Sen and lets her lecture him about not being so malshovanist and being more in tune with what women want instead of being... well, like himself. lol i love Sen, she's funny. anyway, he leaves them and later on bumps into Chizuru in the inn as she's running away from drunken ronin; he lets her slip away as he acts as a diversion. a few days later he sees her again at the temple for New Year's; he escorts her out of the crowded streets and mentions something that doesn't make him sound like a total asshole, so in a way it redeems him to me. anyway, later on he has the run-in with Hijikata and their would-be death match is halted by the appearance of Amagiri and Sannan-san. towards the end of the episode, he, Amagiri, and Shiranui have a run-in with Kaoru (dressed as a girl, the little runt..) and Kaoru threatens to fight Kazama and Shiranui. i forget what they said to each other aside from insults, but that's all i remember. Kazama and Amagiri discuss the future plans for Kyoto in the end of the episode.
whew.. that was the longest review i've ever written. lol my fingers.. xD
anyway, comment if ya like.
:: Huntress ::