I find the premise of Meiji Gekken 1874 interesting, as I’m a sucker for samurai tales set in the Meiji Era. But there’s just too much of- well, everything. Too many plot threads, too many characters (some historical, some strictly fictional), too many damn names. And much of it is not really joined properly, for lack of a more elegant way to phrase it. Things just sort of happen one right after the other and characters react to them. If ever there was a script in need of an editor, in my humble opinion it’s this one.
Another issue is that the production values are pretty choppy. All that no-face stuff this week is never a sign of a healthy production. That’s not a deal-breaker but if the action sequences start to really crater (so far they haven’t), that could be fatal for a swordfighting anime. All this is too bad because I do kind of like the series, parts of it anyway. I suspect I’ll keep watching for a while at least but this is probably it in terms of blogging. But as always, I’m open to having my mind changed by what happens on-screen.