Hikaru is a seventeen year old student living in contemporary
Tokyo, little does she realise that she is the living embodiment
of her ancestor from the Heian period. Unfinished business
has drawn the spirits across time and space. Hikaru continues
her quest to find her missing brother, Raiko, with the help
of Urabe a fortune teller, Sadamitu a writer, and Tsuna a
tenant of hers in the Minamoto Heights apartment complex.
Things are finally coming to a head as Hikaru gets closer
to an answer both past and present collide. Her friends finally
work out that Hikaru might be in danger as she tries to prevent
Circle is the sixth disc in the rather excellent Otogi
Zoshi series and contains the remaining five episodes
of the series. The disc is a bit of an oddity, but great for
those who want to complete their collection, as the broadcast
show actually ends at episode twenty-four. The remaining Special
was produced for the Japanese DVD release.
Episode 22, Ookubo, and the show is heading towards
its fruition. With so many story strands still to work out
its surprising that very little actually happens in this episode.
Hikaru finally understands that the past and present are colliding,
and that if she does not fix it the whole of Tokyo will be
destroyed. Her friends also finally work out what is happening
and go in search of her, but time is running out.
Episode 23, Marunouchi, The search for Hikaur's missing
brother is finally over as Hikaru and her friends search for
the distortion, which is starting to affect Tokyo. Urabe reveals
that she has seen the future and that only Hikaru can stop
what is about to happen. But things do not go as planned.
Their way is blocked by security. When they finally make it
to the deepest levels of the railway station Hikaru's gem
opens up a passageway which leads to the Heian period and
Episode 24, Manseibashi, and Hikaru and Mansairaku
finally have to confront their part in the tragedy that has
played out through the two time periods. With so much to explain
and resolve, this episode is heavy on dialogue and short on
action. Whether Hikaru can repair the damage, well I won't
spoil the ending for you, except to say it made a satisfying
end to this wonderful series.
Episode 25, Kimon - TV Special that gives a little
of the Tokyo back-story. Set a year before the Tokyo story
it focuses on Urabe.
Episode 26, Minato - TV Special, and this time the
focus shifts to Mansairaku and his role as protector of the
Once again the extras seem to have disappeared, leaving only
a bunch of trailers, it's a shame really as the series started
out so strong. The show is presented in its original 4:3 aspect
ration with a nice selection of either English/Japanese stereo,
5.1 and DTS.
This was always a series that repaid close attention, it strove
for historical accuracy in an effort to raise the level of
the shows reality and to a great extent it was successful.
There were many elements which raised the show above the crowd,
excellent characterisations and vocal acting; it's just a
shame that the extras tailed off. Still there is the inevitable
box set to look forward to, hopefully with all the extras