Flash animation studio DLE's official YouTube channel began streaming the first episode of the Hakuōki: Otogisōshi television anime on Tuesday. The three-minute episode has two parts titled "Otōsama o Sagashite" (Search for Your Father) and "Zoku - Otōsama o Sagashite" (Search for Your Father Continued).
The episode introduces Chizuru, who spends the episode trying to find her father with no success. She first searches for him within the Shinsengumi headquarters, which leads to Hijikata telling her to spread out her searching area. After leaving, she mistakes anyone bald for her father, but then even mistakes round inanimate objects for him, including a statue and a watermelon. Despite her day of failures, Chizuru says she will not give up. The video plays Renka's theme song "Don't Cry."
The end of the video is an ad for the DVD and Blu-ray Disc releases, which will ship on July 13 with all 12 episodes for 3,800 yen (about US$34) and 7,000 yen (about US$63), respectively. The Blu-ray Disc will include a booklet, and first printings will also include an outer case and three rubber straps.
The series premiered on April 5, and will air on Tokyo MX on Tuesdays at 9:55 p.m., on Mie TV on Tuesdays at 11:10 p.m., and on Sun TV on Wednesdays at 2:30 a.m. The show is also streaming on YouTube, Niconico, and bilibili.
Parako Shinohara is directing the series and handling series composition with Yukiko Nonomura.
The cast includes:
Houko Kuwashima as Chizuru Yukimura Shinichiro Miki as Toshizō Hijikata Showtaro Morikubo as Sōji Okita Kousuke Toriumi as Hajime Saitō Hiroyuki Yoshino as Heisuke Tōdō Koji Yusa as Sanosuke Harada Kenjiro Tsuda as Chikage KazamaToru Ohkawa as Isami Kondō Nobuo Tobita as Keisuke Sannan Tomohiro Tsuboi as Shinpachi Nagakura Norio Kobayashi as Genzaburō InoueTakayuki Suzuki as Susumu Yamazaki Takeshi Ohba as Kai Shimada Ryusaku Chijiwa as Kashitarō Itō Ryū Yamaguchi as Kyūju Amagiri Hiroaki Yoshida as Kyō Shiranui Hasumi Itō as Kaoru Nagumo Ayano Ishikawa as Senhime Akiko Katsuta as Kimigiku
The series of anime shorts features the characters from the Hakuōki games in chibi form, and features a completely new story with the theme "A normal every day that might have existed."
The story of the game franchise and its anime adaptations center around the historical Shinsengumi samurai group in Kyoto during the 19th century.