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Original run: 11 Jan 2004 – December 2004

Country of origin: Japan

Genre: Drama

Network: NHK JP

Watched by: 81 of 673 658 0.01%

Total running time: 1 day 13 hours 16 minutes

Episode duration: 43 minutes

IMDB rating: 8 of 10 107

MyShows rating: 4.12 of 5 33


The arrival of Commodore Perry's "Black Ships" rudely awakened Japan from 300 years of peaceful isolation from the world. Men set their eyes beyond Japan and began to demand change in society. Old clashed with the new, and thus began an age of turmoil. Amidst this confusion, one group remained true to the old ways and risked their lives to preserve the traditional shogunate system. Led by their charismatic captain, Kondo Isami, the Shinsengumi upheld the code of honor of the samurai. Tales abound of the feats of men like Kondo, Hijikata Toshizo, Saito Hajime, and Okita Soji.

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