This week, I find myself obsessed with Bakumatsu Rock, a music themed anime set in the Bakumatsu Era--basically the final years of the Edo period. It's an anime that combines modern concepts like rock and historical elements like the Shinsengumi. The idea actually reminds me of Samurai Champloo, an anime that combines hip hop and samurais.
Here's the plot summary for Bakumatsu Rock:
In the Bakumatsu era, at the end of the shoguns' rule over Japan in the middle of the 19th century: the Tokugawa shogunate uses the brainwashing Heaven's Songs by the top idols in Shinsengumi to subjugate the country and its people. In this Japan, writing or singing any songs besides the Heaven's Songs is a capital offence. Sakamoto Ryouma and the other rockers rise up and change the world with rock 'n' roll for freedom and justice.
I'm only two episodes in and already captivated by the story line and the humor. There are moments when the plot makes absolutely no sense, but there's something about it that pulls me in anyway. I guess it helps that Bakumatsu Rock has its fair share of bishōnens. I've got to have my pretty boy fix. Nothing creepy about that at all.
If you're a fan of music-themed anime and don't mind a little bit of quirk like a drag queen owning a pizza shop who loves watching the main character chop wood (abs galore), then try Bakumatsu Rock and let me know what you think: