TMS Music announced a brand new original drama CD series, Shinsengumi Hakusyouden ~ Shinseirakuraku, which means "Shinsengumi's journey north, dispersed like stars after daybreak".
Although there are many situation CDs, drama CDs, and cellphone games using Shinsengumi setting, nearly all of them are centered on the very first Shieikan members, and depicting Shinsengumi's golden era in Kyoto.
But Shinsengumi's story didn't end in Kyoto! This series is focused on how Shinsengumi members continued fighting and remaining faithful to their ideal in the adversity after Meiji Restoration. This is a series that depicts their attitude to life, and their heartrending love story with the heroine.
~ Characters ~
Vol.1 - Saitou Hajime (CV: Ishikawa Kaito), to be released on June 25, 2014.
Vol.2 - Nomura Risaburo (CV: Kishio Daisuke), to be released in Aug. 2014.
Vol.3 - Soma Kazue (CV: Namikawa Daisuke), to be released in Oct. 2014.
Vol.4 - Ichimura Tetsunosuke (CV: TBA)
Vol.5 - Hijikata Toshizou (CV: TBA)
~ Vol.1 Saitou Hajime ~
In Keio Year 4 (1868), after losing their commander Kondou Isami, Shinsengumi's battle continues in Aizu. One day, Saitou saved a lady from the hands of ronin. She seemed to know him, and visited him often since. Although Saitou didn't care about anything other than Shinsengumi, he became attracted to her strong heart as opposed to her delicate appearance. However, when the war closed in upon the castle, and Aizu Castle was on the verge of falling, Shinsengumi decided to withdraw. Saitou, who had always followed every order faithfully, can't agree this without doubt. What would his decision be?
"I don't need anything that's not necessary for Shinsengumi."
"Shinsengumi will fight to death for Aizu's sake. I can't stay by your side to the end."
"You must live, no matter how difficult it is. Live. One day we will take Aizu back."
2. Dango Store and Naginata
3. Report and Truth
4. The Battle of Bonari Pass
6. The Night of His End
9. The Night of Marriage Ceremony
The staff expressed their surprise on fans who guessed who the heroine is with just the info above. But really, the track list is a big giveaway.