This post is old, so what you see here may not reflect my current opinion and mindset, certain information may be outdated, and links may be broken.
In the last few weeks, I have given up my soul to these six + five un-pictured characters from Hakuouki. Long story short, I went to Japan in October 2010, and Otome Road was doing a major publicity stunt on the second season of this series, a series I never heard of, but was still captivated by the bishounens. I left Japan with a lot of Hakuouki merchandises without knowing the series name. It wasn’t until in 2011 that I researched and found this series. By then, I learned that Aksys was going to release the video game in North America, and I eagerly bought it for my PSP in February 2012.
Now, ten months later, I finally played the otome visual novel, and I’ve become a die-hard Hakuouki fan. I even ordered the anime series on DVD and just finished watching them. I’m glad I watched the anime after I played the game because the anime, while a good addition to the franchise, would have been confusing otherwise. I love both, though. The plot, the characters, the history of the Shinsengumi (hugely fictionalised, but it has introduced me to them!), the whole Bakumatsu era . . . they were all engaging for me.
Playing the game and watching the anime have made me go through a very cathartic journey, but it is a journey I do not regret. Do I recommend this to others? The game, yes — the anime only after playing the game. The game is a visual novel, so it requires a lot of reading, so technically it is not a game, per se, but it is definitely more interactive than reading an actual novel.
Ah, getting involved with a series that has taken over my life . . . I’ve certainly ended 2012 with a bang!