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Published on Aug 9, 2008
The Shinsengumi raid in the amazing Kenshin OVA, is one of my favorite anime sequences.
It was probably inspiried by this part of the 1971 japanese movie called "Shinsengumi: Assassins of Honor"
It actualy matches more than you just see in this video, becuase in the anime the Shinsengumi are looking to raid on an important Imperialists gathering (based on real like historic events), but catch the wrong gathering (while the real historic gatheting took place in a different location), in the movie it is the same, and is shown in an identicle manner.
Watch how in the anime the candle is being cut down to bring about darkness, to allow an advantage for the defending group who are out numbering the Shinsengumi. In the movie it is the exact same. The fight is just longer. And you see Okita spitting blood due to his illness (in the anime it is shown towards the end, in the very last epic fight sequence between Kenshin and Saitou).
This clip is of an actual historical incident known as the "Ikedaya Jiken" or "Ikedaya Affair," which occurred on July 18, 1864 during the struggle between the Shinsengumi, a police force loyal to the Tokugawa Shogunate Forces, and the shishi, masterless samurai employed by the Choshu and Tosa clans, anti-foreigner forces loyal to the Emperor. The shishi were allegedly plotting to burn down Kyoto and kidnap the Aizo caln daimyo.
The movie this scene is taken from is "Shinsengumi" from 1969.
It is not the best Shinsengumi movie I've ever seen, there are SO MANY movies in Japan about Shinsengumi. But the raid in this one is just so much like the Kenshin anime :-)
If you want to see a nice new movie with Shinsengumi, watch the 2004 amazing movie "When The Last Sword is Drawn"