My Heart Got Hooked by Hakkenden

Typical of many anime fans, I have an ultra-long “to-watch” anime list.  I think that being an emotional watcher makes it worse for me because I only watch a new anime whenever “I feel like it.”  I also tend to re-watch my favourite anime over and over again, so months (even years) may come and go, and I end up not watching a new series.

I’m comfortable with my watching style.  The important thing for me is to have fun and to enjoy anime.  I dislike the feeling of being “forced” to watch something.  Nevertheless, I’m eager to listen to fellow anime fans’ suggestions and recommendations.  I’ll add them to my “to-watch” list, and who knows when I’ll actually watch them?

This past month, however, I finally had the urge to tackle some of the titles from my “to-watch” list.  I focused on the short ones, with episodes ranging from 10 to 26.  One of my favourites so far is Hakkenden:  Tōhō Hakken Ibun/Eight Dogs of the East (八犬伝 ―東方八犬異聞―).

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There’s nothing original about the story, but I really liked the development of relationships between the characters.  Not to mention that the majority of its cast are some of my favourite seiyuu.  I’ll be writing a more thorough analysis of Hakkenden in the near future, but let me just say that the focal point for me is the harem of bishounen and the hint of shounen-ai.  Ah, my fujoshi heart is singing and dancing the rumba.

I’m really glad that I decided to watch some of the titles from my “to-watch” list.  It’s still ultra-long, but at least I feel satisfied at having watched and enjoyed Hakkenden.   It’s not the best anime out there, but it’s undoubtedly entertaining and deserving of every fan girl’s attention.

Have you watched Hakkenden yet?  If so, what do you think about it?  If not yet, I recommend that you do.  And finally, what’s your anime “to-watch” list like?

Hakkenden Official Anime Website (Japanese)

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Published by Arria Cross

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  1. Arria-chan! You’ve written another post that mentions some of our similarities in our watching habits and preferences! >.< Like how much we pay attention to the seiyuu cast (and a great bonus if they’re our favorites–mostly the veterans), like how much we’re comfortable with our lax viewing schedule, like how I watch anime when I only feel like it…

    Hakkenden was supposedly a series I would watch back when it was airing, but it wasn’t in my top priority list so ultimately I didn’t watch it.

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    1. High five, Miha-chan! Oh, we do adore our favourite seiyuu. And yes, I think that in this stage of our life, unless we’re getting paid real money to watch anime, it’s important to enjoy all the anime we’re watching. I also think that the least we can do for the hard work the creators put into the anime is to take our time and thoroughly enjoy their works, right? If we don’t “feel” like watching them, that greatly cuts our enjoyment level.

      You’ll watch “Hakkenden” sooner or later. The cast of seiyuu is great. I think that for that reason alone, you’ll watch it (on your own time, of course). As usual, thanks for dropping by, Miha-chan! Have a great weekend. Cheers!


  2. Re: “tend to re-watch my favourite anime over and over again,”

    Yes, that is why they are our enduring favorites. It is a big investment of time to commit to a new series. Sometimes there are so many on my suggested list that I do not know where to start.

    … and when you only have a little free time at the end of the day, why not go back to one of your favorites?

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    1. Indeed, you’re exactly right. Watching an old favourite anime calms me, and I think that many people feel the same way. I agree that it’s a big investment of time to commit to a new series because you still don’t know whether you’ll like it or not. If you do, hurrah! But if not, oh well. You feel so disappointed. Anyway, thanks for sharing your thoughts. Keep on watching anime. Cheers!


      1. I agree with Mr. Flawfinder in this respect. For me, watching my favourite anime over and over again is like getting a good massage after an exhausting day. Thanks for sharing the link!


  3. I really need to check this one out. I started reading the manga, but wasn’t really “in the mood” at the time ( I also am an extremely moody consumer of anime/manga I’m afraid). But I absolutely loved Komatta Toki ni wa Hoshi ni Kike, which is by the same mangaka, so I’m sure Hakkenden is good. 🙂

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    1. I know what you mean. I haven’t checked that series yet. “Hakkenden” doesn’t have the best story, but it’s entertaining, especially since it’s filled with lots of hot guys and awesome cast of seiyuu. I recommend that you try watching it, if you have the time. Anyway, thanks for dropping by. Cheers!


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