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I sadly found out the last episode is now out, and I stupidly watched it on a work night--also too soon, I wanted to spread this tragic story, but I went and watched it -_-.

Even Facebook apparently knows how depressed I was after.....:

"In a string of intense emotional dramas, the last thing you need is one more, Scorpio. Unfortunately, it looks like you're going to get just that. Once again, an incredible romantic scenario is coming to a head, and your emotions are in turmoil. Hold still, wait for the hit, and then proceed. If you have the feeling that you're going to blow up at someone, simply walk away from the situation."


I will just tell you now-This was one of the MOST depressing anime endings I have EVER seen.
Why? well, besides the fondness I have for Shinsengumi and it's members, you really got to know them. Hijikata was so amazing: he was very strict when we met him, seemingly cold but he has a soft spot for his comrades. In reality, he is very purpose-driven and cares deeply for his friends (especially Kondou, as they formed the Shinsengumi together). As characters die, he starts to question what and why, and how they keep making him live instead of joining---because he is a symbol of his men's morale, and is feared by the enemy as well as some of their own allies.

Basically for Hakuouki--Hijikata becomes much softer as tragic events pile up, he becomes more fond of his allies considering the hardships--basically the bonds of the men and Chizuru become far stronger, and there is no question of loyalty between them (except for Sannan-san). As people fall at his sides and they lose battles, Hijikata questions the idea of fighting for their gov't and their lord, and instead puts his spirit of his Shinsengumi as his prime motivation--to not move forward as soldiers or warriors, but as Shinsengumi-with traditional samurai spirit in a dying age.

Also because this is based on romance, Chizuru is also quite important here.

As things progress, Hijikata frequently persists that she leave and live a new life, for her own good, as he didn't want her to follow them to their deaths. Knowing the battles were going getting harder and less likely to succeed, this did seem logical. I complete understand his concern for her safety,and he would generally not have to worry about her (Except Kazama is always on the loose >_>...she's better off with them).

I can understand his concern indeed regarding seeing her die (by their hands technically-self-blame would be at large), as well as her witnessing the guys die before her. Instead of causing her to break apart, it seems best to shoo her away with some food money, and let her gradually forget them (After all they went through?!...like hell), or if anything, not be troubled--they were going to war out of their own will as warriors, so she shouldn't have to be the one alone, taking in the grief and pain caused by their deaths--she should be happy, and not keep track of their status.

Not to say she knew they'd die...she has hopes, and I believe it's plausible to hope they'd survive just like before.

However, she is now no longer able to start a new life. Even if she did actually stay behind when they(Hijikata and his allies) set sail to Sendai, her living family has now been killed off---who would she turn to?
Also, Kazama manages to find her again...although doing nothing, but still.


Back to Hijikata: He shows great emotion behind his serious demeanor, and Chizuru is a witness to his every break down. I especially loved after he broke down when Kondou gave up his life. He moved me, and he truly gave the feeling that he was lost inside, and angry, he needed someone to help him remember why things turned out this way-and how he was supposed to guide his men alone. Chizuru comforted him quietly with her presence close behind him.
Hijikata also does smile a lot considering the image he gives, and truly does take value of his close comrades. HE also smiles quite faintly yet fondly at Chizuru, if anyone were to harrass him, he would say "shut up".....but we all know he likes her despite how mean he was in the beginning (I think the other boys know as well in the second season).

I really love Hijikata's affection towards Chizuru :) Only really showed in the last few episodes, it is just so cut and touching...it was only a matter of time, and there was just something about it whenever he did anything--Chizuru was often caught off guard, because he usually would try to be casual about things and just go back to business on matters...until what she says at times hits him, and he decided to hold her xp.

Hijikata was a very devoted character. He held his flag with all of this living and dead comrades inside him, even as one man standing in battle, he WAS shinsengumi. He would always protect his comrades and Chizuru.

What I love on Chizuru's part was her loyal determination to Hijikata. No matter in what name or form he ordered her to stay out, she would always come back, or say "I cannot do that", and continue to support him in her own way. Hijikata really needed a shoulder during the main ending events, Chizuru was there for him, no matter what, or where. She was willing to go to battle at his side, even if she herself did not fight or had skill--as long as she was beside him, she felt she was where she was supposed to be--even if it means seeing his death.

question is....after his death (rasetsu form obviously shortens his life, so even if he did survive his wounds, it would have took him eventually :()......what will Chizuru do?
she has no parents, no friends (the 2 other girls being forgotten and all, I don't know if they count), Chizuru did walk the life she set for herself by being loyal and stubborn to the end (Because she loved them all in her own way, and Hijikata deepest),  she now has to deal with the sorrow at losing the life she saved, and saw it being taken away moments later----how can she go on? she is a positive girl, but....such things are so traumatic :(. She would probably eventually find another guy as she is very young still, but I can see Hijikata's face appearing, no matter what she does, or where she goes.

Bittersweet is what this anime is----very, very bitter and cold, yet, you want to see it, even if it breaks your heart :(....yet, you don't want to.

I hate how the last episode seemed so full of spirited energy between the characters and their morale was high (Hijikata was experiencing his earlier years of the dojos and shinsengumi---it raised his spirits quite a lot)---even after some romantic scenes ( I highly enjoy seeing 2-3 in an episode....but the rush was also a foretelling that worse things were coming, and they had to seal the emotional bond that was about to break :()
If you watch the first 2 minutes vs the last 2, there's so much difference that it makes me depressed----how can something so happy, so well-earned from pain, turn into something so dark, cold and tragic--in all a mere day of their life.

Maybe I over thought about it....but you know, this anime really moved me at the end--for worst as well, because I honest to God was so depressed it showed up the following day (today), I felt cold at the last scenes, like I witnessed it too personally.

I enjoy living in the characters, but sometimes it has it's drawbacks...and those are what hit me hard. I mean, we are there for the story of their lives, and they are made to be believed for a reason, characters who are believable are the best ever---is it so wrong or embarrassing to say depression hits? Especially when you realize, most of these people died in real life in similar ways, whether it be tragic and short-lived, or long-lived yet unfulfilling, they were real once...and this is how their age ended, and how they didn't win the last battle.

If westerners didn't come to Japan with guns and tradition-killers, they probably would have lived longer, and died more valiant deaths-by the sword. Tragic death is being a icon of samurai spirit and determination--only to die by a bullet.
I realize everything ends......but I wish he didn't have to die this way.


Chizuru and Hijikata have a uniquely strong bond. Her strongest asset was her undying loyalty, and her different opinions that held the men together and made them rethink about going off to die--lives are more valuable than pawns, and Hijikata understood this the more his friends fell. If it wasn't for Chizuru, Hijikata would have been severely depressed, and his morale would have been so low that the battles he did still win would have resulted in disaster--he didn't need her to defend herself, he needed someone there for him- and to remind him why he still fights.



You know what made me sad though too?
We were shown a reference to the happy ending for Hijikata--with sakura trees, and Chizuru saying the same words she doe in the game from what I read-----but it was short-lived, and Kazama had to make our tragic hero who finally got the girl and a possibly-well earned happy ending.........but in this battle, Hijikata took the last of his life to fight, and in the end now, Chizuru is alone, and the only witness to his quiet end.
I cried :(.

I got a fair message out of it:

No matter who you are, what you become or what you do.....you can't cheat death, because it will come for you sooner or later--especially if you did something taboo that challenges death--it will come to claim what it did the day you gave up your normal life--when he drank the rasetsu potion.

I wish she at least met up with Saito after, because he's still supposed to be alive-we didn't actually see him die, and history tells us he lived past the war--it would be far less depressing, and than they would still have each other's support--it's best to be alone together than face the world feeling like a homeless spirit-where would her heart lie?

I can see Chizuru joining a new area and trying to establish herself in a new life, but always remembering the ones who died, and probably talking to Hijikata every day, even if he isn't there(although the anime shows us his spirit was still with her)-at least if anything, she'd feel less alone and would recuperate more stable.



Sad truth, but true it is :(
That is my discussion/view after watching this. I really hope there is another adaption to this game/anime series :(...with happy endings.

I read another girl was also miserably depressed, so it makes me feel better knowing I'm not the only one--Hijikata's voice actor was so good, I felt like he really died and left someone alone.
  • Mood: Depressed
  • Listening to: nothing
  • Reading: shinsengumi history
  • Watching: Hakuouki: Hekketsu-Roku
  • Playing: nothing
  • Eating: nothing.....
  • Drinking: nothing at this moment
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JopaoProtecrimson Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015  New member
the reason he didn't turn to ash was because he died as a human. Heisuke and Sannan san turned to ash while hey were still in they rasetsu form. Hijikata san changed back to his human form and died so he obviously wasn't going to turn to ash.
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JopaoProtecrimson Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015  New member
It was totally the best anime.
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Da-Drawing-Cat-601 Featured By Owner Edited Jul 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This was truly a heartfelt anime. It was really emotional and sad, and I remember crying at the end. The bond between Hijikata and Chizuru was really sweet. It was very heartbreaking to see Hijikata die in front of Chizuru like that. Characters like Saito, died on the battlefield or died fighting. This is one of the few animes that I feel bitter and happy about.. :(

However, I think that atleast Saito and Hijikata survived, but Saito probably didn't.. (He was one of my favorite characters, with his strong and wise personality, plus his looks :3) Hijikata was shown alive, he didn't turn into dust. Souji.. died aswell.. ; A ; Even if he did survive, he would die from tuberculosis, since they didn't have a cure... It sucks.. ;_;
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omgasuna Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2014
Heart I seriously LOVE this anime soooo much that I am watching it over and over and over again.  Boyfriend calls me crazy now.  Anywho, I strongly agree with Ashaman65.  First of all, Hijikata was given an oni name "Hakuouki" by a REAL demon Kazama.  He was also told that he is now a real demon.  Not only that, furies or rasetsu, when they die, they turn into dust; Hijikata DID NOT.  This alone makes me believe that he is still alive.  But to make things even better, I honestly feel that drinking Chizuru's oni blood had an effect with Hijikata and this somehow is what helped him become a real oni.  I feel that the human hijikata died but the demon Hakuouki is alive.  I am hoping for another season and it will probably focus on the survivors including Saitou, Shinpachi, Chizuru and HOPEFULLY HIJIKATA.  Yes, the history stuff is over and I truly believe that if they were to make another season, it would definitely just be about demons or so, none of the history stuff anymore. But omg. I am patiently and eagerly waiting for ANOTHER SEASON OF HAKUOUKI!!! :)
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shinhbang Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Best anime ever! It's sad with a bitter ending, but I can't stop watching it! 
I refuse to believe that Hijikata-san died. It seemed like an open ending. I thought
since he was the only one drinking Chizuru's blood, perhaps her blood 
sustained his life and pushed back his limited time as a Furie. 
Somewhat sound, right? 
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ldyptzr Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2014
i can't even describe how sad i was but after reading ashaman65's comment, i'm going to think the same... thx!!! made me feel so much better
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Ashaman65 Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014
I like to think he survived myself. The fact that he was given an oni name and then defeated a pureblood in combat, I like to imagine that made him a true Oni himself.
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heather-wbr Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2014  Student
I like to think he survived.  The previous characters died while in oni form before turning to dust, while Hijikata transformed back to human meaning he could have lived, just been extremely weakened.
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JopaoProtecrimson Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015  New member
Hello :)

the reason he didn't turn to ash was because he died as a human. Heisuke and Sannan san turned to ash while hey were still in they rasetsu form. Hijikata san changed back to his human form and died so he obviously wasn't going to turn to ash.
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Ichigomi Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2013
best and most sadest anime eveeerrrrr, i'm crying so much (again). i watched the hakuouki series more than once and i still want to believe that hijikata is alive because he DIDN'T turn to ash like the othe rasetsu *crying* I WANT HIM TO BE ALIVE AND WITH CHIZURU AND SO IS IT MAN
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dreaizzle-lov-kero Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2013
I wished they'd both died together in each others arms....but other then that it was good and im still crying Pikachu Crying Plz 
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Gracie1124 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013
and someone reached up to wipe away the tear on chizuru's face so wasn't that hijikata?
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Gracie1124 Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2013
but I thought oni cant die? and in the end kazama called hijikata an oni.
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JopaoProtecrimson Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015  New member
the reason he didn't turn to ash was because he died as a human. Heisuke and Sannan san turned to ash while hey were still in they rasetsu form. Hijikata san changed back to his human form and died so he obviously wasn't going to turn to ash.
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dbrpth Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2013
I just watched this series through twice. I am totally in love with it. I love Hijitaka and Chizuru. It was really sad at the end. The fact that Hijitaka didn't turn to dust in the end mean that he could still be alive? I think they kinda left you guessing there.
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lisanlightning Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah this was such a tearjerking anime! i really cried!! but did Toshi really die? he didnt turn into dust... maybe there's hope?!!
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JopaoProtecrimson Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2015  New member
the reason he didn't turn to ash was because he died as a human. Heisuke and Sannan san turned to ash while hey were still in they rasetsu form. Hijikata san changed back to his human form and died so he obviously wasn't going to turn to ash.
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MonkeyFeather7 Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
To me I don't think that hijikata didint die at the end like how honeymei said in the game of Hakuoki demon of the fleeting blossom its show what happen to hijikata.in the game they were togther watching the cerry blossom and saying romanctic stuff togther
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honeymei123 Featured By Owner May 11, 2013
Did anyone realize that those pictures in the ending theme song( except for the last episode of course) of Hakuouki Hekketsuroku is based from the order of their deaths. Starting from Kondou to Hijikata. the last picture was exactly the same as what happens to the ending ... where hijikata calls chizuru name then they kiss.. So i think that's a clue to the viewers that hijikata didnt really die. Go check out the the ending theme again ;)
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superwolfgirl96 Featured By Owner May 9, 2013
thank you for this discussion view, i really loved the shinsengumi, and respected all of them. i cried my heart out as well at the end, it was tragic, but at least they all died with the shinsengumi flag held high in their hearts. i will miss them all. sorry if im rambling, i just really love all my anime characters, down to the last beat of my heart.
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lisanlightning Featured By Owner Aug 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
yeah i recognize your feeling! i just finished Hakuouki and now i feel a little lost inside T_T really depressed...gonna miss em
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fluffydoll08 Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2013  Student General Artist
This anime is really depressing yet I still keep on rewatching it, stupidly hoping that the ending would change...
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chibichewy-a Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I didn't really like Chizuru in the beginning, seeing as how she couldn't protect herself with her sword and had everyone else go out of their way to help her [or maybe I'm just jealous... LOL :D]
But it got really touching and emotional towards the end and now I'm obsessed with the anime and I want to get the game!
Just reading your journal really touched me as I know now what happens at the end of the anime, I just need to watch it and cry :'(
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madhatter8D Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2012
I don't think he died the ending is kinda confusing but they are coming out with a third season of the show and another ova, also there is a two part movie coming out :o so maybe somewhere in there there's a happy ending :D
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Kakunoji Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
apparently it doesn't follow the actual anime ending---chiruzu won't be included :(
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Kakunoji Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
wow, neat...I'll check that out :)

thanks
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Nifriel Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I've found your journal entry when I was searching for some info about Hijikata's dead or not. :( I couldn't sleep at night because of the anime, I tried to convince myself that he is still alive. (that scene when he wipes away Chizuru's tear) But deep inside I know that it's impossible due to his wounds. and that gesture and saying her name possibly were his last. It would be better for Chizuru if they weren't in love. :( Gosh I'd like to see something optimistic, but "life is a piece of shit when you look at it". Chizuru was annoying at the beginning, but the more she appeared, the more I liked her devotion. I'll never watch any anime again. Never! :(

And I love Hijikata x Chizuru pairing. All those romantic scenes, especially when he drank her blood. Gosh nooo! :cries:
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Kakunoji Featured By Owner Aug 13, 2012
aw, I know how you feel
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Kittysdaone Featured By Owner Apr 17, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Yeha I just finished watching it. I was so sad everyitme one died I would just say, well they can't kill anymore now can they?! But they did... I was a bit confused in the end. I couldn't tell if Hijikata had actually died or not. I was kind of trying to convince myself he hadn't. But I don't know how Chizuru would go on without ANY of her friends, or her love. Like honestly I would just see her dying of sadness right then and there to be with them! But I suppose that isn't the imposed ending. Thanks for posting this so I could figure it out!
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Rini-Hayashi Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Actually, Hijikata live since he never turned into ash like the others.
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USoSora Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2012
Just as you said...fate repeats throughout every single warrior codex, be it heroic, chivalric or samurai. You can't escape WYRD, she will eventually come for her fair share. What must happen will happen. That's how it is...life I mean, transient and fragile.

But this anime, this kind of spirit, devotion, loyalty, modest love, tradition, and phylosophy...it made me think, was there really in the world people, nation and culture like that, because comparing to them, all other nations, peoples, countries are nothing, zero!

The age of the samurais and their dusk will sure make you wonder...what have we become...
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XxRavenUchihaxX Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
i dont wanna believe that was the last episode TT.TT i think she may have gone to either saitou or kazama. i do believe the oni would protect her well... kazama isnt as much of a jerk as he seems to be.
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Kakunoji Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2010
well, Kazama is dead now anyway xp...I did hope Sen would come along though and offer her a home :(
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XxRavenUchihaxX Featured By Owner Dec 21, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
i dont think oni die? :o dunno, well either way hes out, so saito would probably be the smartest choice
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xPrincessBladex Featured By Owner Dec 14, 2010
Ahhhh, I just finished reading your post and it made me want to cry. T_T I agree with every sentiment of your post, save one thing: I'm honestly not convinced he's dead. ^^" I don't know if it's me being in denial or not (lol), but part of me just can't accept the fact that Hijikata's dead.

The writers really rushed through episode 22, I think. They could've easily stretched out Hekketsuroku to 11 or 12 episodes, but then again, the pacing last season (which was 12 episodes) was painfully slow so I'm glad they hastened it some. ((Also, it kinda brings to light how tragic war is - you don't much time to mourn your dead comrades, you just have to pick up and move on, kinda like how this season was! ^^"))

Since they were trying to fit in just about everything for the original story and the corresponding history, I feel like it wasn't really thought out. For instance, Hijikata got shot twice in episode 16 and he's fine, but he gets shot ONCE in the same spot this episode and he's dead at the end? >< What also bugged me was the fact that Chizuru sees all the Shinsengumi in the sky (implying that Hijikata's gone to join them, basically), including the ones whose fate weren't explored in the anime (Saitou and Shinpachi, the two who survive to see beyond the end of the Boushin War). Lastly, if the scene after the montage immediately followed the end of the battle with Kazama, why's he all immaculate and pretty and intact? T_T

I probably AM in denial, but little details like that bother me and have made me think he's not dead lol. XD Anyhow, to me, it seems so cruel to have Chizuru live a life alone. At the same time, if they pursued the happy/good ending from the game where Hijikata definitely lives, I think it would've felt out of place. Also, given this ending, I have a feeling game sales will boost. =P

I'm so glad to know you're a fan of the Hijikata/Chizuru pairing too! XD As much as I love the other boys, it seems like the romantic relationships Chizuru has with them in the games all lack the depth that the Hijikata/Chizuru relationship has. Everything you said about them individually and as a pair is absolutely true. <3

Love to Hakuouki. This series is one of the most overlooked and underrated this fall. It's so beautiful and moving. I will miss watching it every week, but I am holding out for more games or anime episodes of some sort lol.
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Kakunoji Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2010
:) I know what you mean about small details, some of them bothered me too, including the loss of Sen and the other girl, who could have prevented his death or took Chizuru home with them.

Shinpachi and Saito's unclear end and with history saying didnt die also makes me assume they are alive, it's too bad Chizuru dumped them all together as dead--she should have gone looking for Saito at least :/....i mean, maybe they woldnt pair up at that point, but at least they'd have some emotional support and stuff, and maybe eventually they would be together after they accept that Hijikata's really gone, and that they have to move on in some way--she couldve been happy with Saito for Hijikata and the other boys, at least they stayed together, right? and someone was left to take care of her.
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