Peacemaker Kurogane, Saitou Hajime is a mysterious psyschic member of the
Shinsengumi. Although I am not very fond of this portrayal (they made my
Saitou a little creepy and not as sexy) they at least showed respect by
showing his katana prowess. Still Hajime is Hajime so I have learned to
love this portrayal nonetheless.
Peace Maker Kurogane really did
capture the Shinsengumi online community very early on since after RK,
we really didn't have any full pledge anime that was centered on the
Shinsengumi. So it was indeed a pleasant surprise to have PMK
announced around summer of 2003. The anime itself did not start airing
until October 2003 in Japanese network "TV Asahi" but being fans we
did get a sneak peak on Saitou... And a lot of us were surprised! Of
course we were mostly raised with the Rurouni Kenshin version so
seeing a different interpretation of the wolf kind of surprised us in
a way. However... What's nice about PMK Saitou is he "grows" on you.
Come to think of it I was not at all an avid fan of this Saitou but I
watched and watched and by episode 15 or so, I finally took him in.
WAIIII!!!!! Yes he looks rather sleepy all the time and I still can't
get over the fact that he sees and feels dead people but hey he's very
interesting and FUNNY! He is a Buddhist monk and samurai in PMK! In a
way he is like RK Saitou when it comes to humor, it's a little weird
and subdued but it's THERE! I swear he has a resemblance... And no
this version of Saitou-san is not lame at all... And if you call him
lame.. *waves her fake Ikeda Kishinmaru Kunishige (Saitou's katana) at
you* Consider yourself warned...