Here´s to the second campiest anime of the season -perhaps the year – Bakumatsu Rock, which is a show about feudal Japan, idols, ilegal rock bands and horrendous CGI. No. Seriously. It´s awful.
Set in the Bakumatsu Era, the Tokugawa shogunate uses the top idol group in Shinsengumi to brainwash the people using Heaven´s Song. With this, every other song is a capital offense. Thus, passionate Rock n´ Roller Sakamoto Ryouma goes on a journey to change the world and overthrow the Shinsengumi idols with the power of Rock n´ Roll!
I wasn´t kidding when I said that Bakumatsu Rock is campy fun. It´s so ridiculous, I don´t even know where to begin.
First of all, the power of Rock n´ Roll can awaken your Ultra Soul, which, judging by the anime, basically means that your shirt and possibly your pants will spontaneously combust into thin air just to – somehow – be back in one piece right when your wannabe passionate CGI rock song ends.
I´m not sure what the creators were thinking and/or smoking and/or drinking while plotting this out, because in all honesty I´m not sure if I could live with myself knowing that my job consists out of making a show with CGI shirtless boys in feudal Japan. But whatever, man, whatever.
I wonder if the drama in this show was supposed to be comedy. I say that because everything is so cheesy and ridiculous. This ain´t a bad thing, though, because despite my skeptical words I did kind-of-sort-of enjoy Bakumatsu Rock. If it weren´t for the God awful CGI that they just openly mixed with 2D animation.
I mean, yo, you can say shit about DRAMAtical Murder, but those are rookies, this is Studio DEEN, which probably been around since sliced bread. Unfortunately they don´t have a lot of self respect (or they just really don´t care) to try, but this was a serious turn off.
The characters, who are supposed to carry the show are equally stupid, but a bit lovable. We have the red headed Sakamato Ryouma who is basically a shonen protagonist with a guitar and an uncanny love for rock. His nakamas Cindy and Sensei exactly what you expect them to be: two dimensional pretty boys who sing the same song for 12 episodes.
Hey, yo, Bakumatsu Rock ain´t bad, it´s actually kind of fun, and if pretty CGI boys getting their shirts ripped in concert and have instruments appear out of thin air sound like yo´ thing, then by all means do watch it, ´cause objectively looking, it´s a total mess.
Personally, I give Bakumatsu Rock a rockin´ 5.9 out of 10, a recommendation to check it out if it sounds like something you´d enjoy.