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Peacemaker - Complete Collection (DVD)

Braden Hunt (voice), Luci Christian (voice) and Tomohiro Hirata (director)


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Review

Set during the troubled times between the arrival of Admiral Perry in 1853 and the Meiji Restoration of 1868, Peacemaker (2003) often feels like a prequel to Rurouni Kenshin, but from the politically opposite side. Tetsunosuke "Tetsu" Ichimura initially seems like an anime stereotype: the irrepressible half-pint who wins out through sheer determination. At 15, Tetsu is stubborn and impetuous, but he's wrestling with personal demons. When his older brother Tatsu becomes a bookkeeper for the Shinsengumi, a group of samurai the Shogun organized to protect the capital, Tetsu decides to join the quasi-military corps. His resolute spirit charms fey swordsman Souji Okita, who coaxes iron-willed vice-commander Hijikata into accepting the boy as a page. Tetsu becomes the unofficial mascot of the goofy but deadly ronin of the Shinsengumi: they call him "Puppy Boy," tease him about being cute, and even speculate that Hijitaka keeps him around for sexual favors. As the series progresses and the conflict with the anti-Shogun forces nears, Tetsu must decide whether to avenge his parents, who were murdered by Imperialist agents, or become a "Peacemaker," as his father desired. The spectacularly choreographed battle scenes show just how grueling a trial Tetsu faces.

Many of the characters and incidents in Peacemaker are based in fact, although the filmmakers take considerable liberties and the story rambles. But it's the interaction of the characters that gives the series its appeal: Even the minor samurai feel like credible individuals. Writer Hiroshi Yamaguchi and director Tomohiro Hirata refuse to offer facile solutions to Tetsu's inner conflict, which gives Peacemaker a satisfying depth. The boxed set lacks the many extras--both on video and in print--that were included with the individual discs. (Rated 15 and older: violence, alcohol and tobacco use, nudity, risqué humor) --Charles Solomon

Release Note

For 15-year-old Tetsunosuke Ichimura childhood innocence has given way to a blinding thirst for revenge. Haunted by the vicious slaying of his parents Tetsu decides to seek out the Shinsengumi an elite group of swordsmen sworn to protect the capital. The Shinsengumi are engaged in a brutal conflict with the Choshu rebels the same ruthless killers who murdered Tetsu s parents. In the name of justice and against the will of his older brother Tetsu desperately hopes to join the Shinsengumi.But an incident late one night forces him to face reality. The Shinsengumi show themselves capable of the same brutality as his parents murderers. Wading through a sea of espionage intrigue and flowing blood the young boy must decide whether to shed his humanity and become a demon of the Shinsengumi or to relinquish his hatred and become a Peacemaker in the spirit of his father. Revenge is sweet but is it worth losing your soul? Other Information: Running Time 600 Mins.Format: DVD MOVIE


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