Bakumatsu Rock

Title:Bakumatsu Rock
Samurai Jam -Bakumatsu Rock-
幕末Rock (Japanese)
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Notables: MORIKAWA Toshiyuki
ONO Kenshou
SUZUKI Tatsuhisa
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.
(Synopsis courtesy of ANN)

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Unevaluated Stretch [series:2911#628]
(One episode watched):

Well, dammit, here's a show with a nutty premise which by all rights ought to be a lot of fun; and yet I felt distinctly underwhelmed after watching. The main problem is that it's not particularly funny; a show of this sort would need to be funny, wouldn't it? It stands to reason. Yet the jokes were so pedestrian that I found myself wondering if BakuRock might be trying to be a serious, plot-driven show. It's painful to watch such a bodacious show play out and yet stir so few laughs (the number the three guys performed at the end almost made me laugh-out-loud). Reviewing anime has taught me that being a good joke writer must be one of the rarest, most in-demand skills there is, at least in the anime industry. Maybe almost all of the good ones are quickly snapped up by the live-action entertainment industry. Also, the synopsis above makes what's going on much more clear than episode one itself did. This is going on in a sort of parallel universe in which the samurai era and the rock-and-roll era overlap somehow. But as much as I like the basic premise, BakuRock desperately needs to either be a good deal funnier, or have an engaging and sophisticated plot (better yet, both), and I didn't see much evidence of either.

Last updated Tuesday, September 16 2014. Created Saturday, July 05 2014.

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