Peacemaker Kurogane

Peacemaker Kurogane

First English edition of Peacemaker Kurogane, published by ADV
(Pīsu Meikā Kurogane)
Genre Adventure, Drama, Historical
Written by Nanae Chrono
Published by Enix
English publisher


Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Monthly Shōnen Gangan
Original run May 1999September 2001
Volumes 5
Written by Nanae Chrono
Published by Mag Garden
English publisher
ADV Manga (formerly)


Demographic Shōnen
Magazine Monthly Comic Blade (2001-July 2014)
Monthly Comic Garden (September 2014-ongoing)
Original run 2001 – present
Volumes 11
Anime television series
Directed by Tomohiro Hirata
Music by Keiichi Oku
Studio Gonzo
Licensed by
Network TV Asahi, TV Kanagawa
English network
Original run October 7, 2003 March 24, 2004
Episodes 24
Anime television series
Studio White Fox

Peacemaker Kurogane (Japanese: PEACE MAKER鐵 Hepburn: Pīsu Meikā Kurogane) is a historical fiction manga series written and illustrated created by Nanae Chrono (黒乃 奈々絵 Kurono Nanae). It is unrelated to the Peace Maker manga by Ryōji Minagawa. The story begins in 19th century Japan before the Meiji Restoration, a chain of events that led to enormous changes in Japan's political and social structure while the seeds of the revolution are being planted. The story follows the boy protagonist, Tetsunosuke Ichimura, who joins the Shinsengumi (initially as Toshizō Hijikata's page) while seeking strength to avenge his parents' death at the hands of a Chōshū rebel.

The prequel of Peacemaker Kurogane is Shinsengumi Imon Peace Maker (新撰組異聞PEACE MAKER Shinsengumi Imon Pīsu Meikā) was published by Enix in the magazine Monthly Shōnen Gangan. Shinsengumi Imon Peace Maker is licensed in North America by Tokyopop.[1]

A live-action adaptation of the manga was aired on TBS entitled Shinsengumi Peace Maker (新撰組PEACE MAKER Shinsengumi Pīsu Meikā). It premiered on January 15, 2010, until its conclusion on March 19, 2010.[2]


The story is focused on the main character, Tetsunosuke Ichimura, who is an energetic, short, and very childlike fifteen-year-old. He and his older brother Tatsunosuke are left to fend for themselves after the vicious murder of their parents. While Tetsunosuke wants to get revenge, his pacifist brother is not so inclined. "Tatsu" joins a special police force dubbed the Shinsengumi, as an accountant to earn a living, his brother "Tetsu" wishes to join as a soldier to seek his revenge. The story chronicles Tetsu's trials and tribulations as a struggling page craving redemption. He develops relationships with all the legendary members of the Shinsengumi army helping them with their various struggles as he constantly battles his own against himself. At the story's climax, Tetsu discovers himself and the overwhelming responsibility the power he is searching for holds.



Peace Maker

Peace Maker was published in Japan by Enix before it was transferred to Mag Garden.[3] It is licensed and published in North America and Germany by Tokyopop.[4][5] The manga is also licensed and published in Italy by Star Comics and in France by Kami.

Mag Garden released all 5 tankōbon volumes of the manga on September 10, 2005.[6] Tokyopop released Peace Maker's 5 tankōbon volumes between August 14, 2007 and November 4, 2008.[7][8] Later, Tokyopop re-releases the manga through Madman Entertainment. The first volume was released on November 10, 2008.[9] The second was released on February 10, 2009.[10] Tokyopop Germany released the manga's 5 tankōbon volumes between December 2005 and June 28, 2006.[11][12] Kami released the manga's 5 tankōbon volumes between September 20, 2006 and July 11, 2007.[13][14]

Peacemaker Kurogane

Peacemaker Kurogane itself was started as a new series in Mag Garden's Comic Blade in 2001.[15] It was later licensed by ADV Manga,[16] which released three of the five volumes before putting it on hold indefinitely. After the license lapsed, Tokyopop acquired it.[17] The manga is licensed and published in France by Kami,[18] and in Germany by Tokyopop.[19]

Mag Garden released the manga's 5 tankōbon volumes between October 10, 2002 and March 10, 2005.[20][21] ADV Manga released 3 volumes of the manga between October 4, 2004 and March 22, 2005,[22][23] before putting the volume on hold indefinitely. After Tokyopop acquired the license, it releases the manga's first volume on March 10, 2009.[24] Tokyopop Germany released the manga's 5 tankōbon volumes between June 1, 2005 and October 1, 2005.[25][26]


The manga was later adapted into an anime series by Gonzo Digimation and produced by Geneon ran for 24 episodes, which aired on TV Asahi between October 7, 2003 and March 24, 2004. The US license for the anime is held by ADV Films under the title Peacemaker.[27] The anime mostly follows the plot of the manga, but also introduces characters that are only shown in the sequel of the story. The anime aired in the United States on Showtime Beyond,[28] alongside Chrono Crusade. On June 25, 2010, anime distributor Funimation Entertainment announced on their online panel FuniCon 4.0, that they have acquired rights to the series along with 3 other ADV title, after ADV's shutdown in 2009.[29] The anime was broadcast in France by Déclic-Images.[30] It was broadcast in Spain by Buzz Channel.[31] It was broadcast in Saudi Arabia by space power, in the Philippines by QTV and Hero.

The anime uses two pieces of theme music. "You Gonna Feel" by Hav is the opening theme, while "Hey Jimmy!" by Hav is the ending theme of the anime.[32]

Gonzo Digimation released the anime's seven DVDs between December 21, 2003 and June 25, 2003.[33][34] Gonzo Digimation released the DVD box set, containing all 7 DVDs, on December 22, 2004.[35] ADV Films released the anime's seven DVDs between September 14, 2004 and September 13, 2005. ADV Films released the DVD box set, containing all 7 DVDs, on November 15, 2005.

On April 14, 2016, it was announced that the manga will receive a new anime adaptation produced by White Fox.[36][37]

Drama and Animation CDs

On December 21, 2003, Geneon released an animation soundtrack CD for Peacemaker Kurogane.[38] Geneon released a set of 5 Drama CDs for Peacemaker Kurogane. The first CD was released on December 21, 2003,[39] the second CD on January 23, 2004,[40] the third CD on February 25, 2004,[41] the fourth CD on March 21, 2004[42] and the fifth CD on April 23, 2004[43] The songs were sung by Mitsuki Saiga, Yuka Imai, Joji Nakata, Takaya Toshi, Junichi Suwabe, Kappei Yamaguchi and Kenji Nomura. On November 25, 2005, Geneon released a Drama CD for the second season of Peacemaker Kurogane. The songs were sung by Mitsuki Saiga, Joji Nakata, Takaya Toshi, Kappei Yamaguchi, Kenji Nomura, Kousuke Torimi and Takahiro Sakurai.[44]

On March 10, 2004, a soundtrack CD was released for the opening theme of Peacemaker Kurogane, "You Gonna Feel" by Hav.[45]

Reception's Megan Levey commends the tension and emotion of the second volume of Peacemaker Kurogane that "seems to just ring from the pages".[46]'s Megan Levey commends the third volume of the manga for its "very close facial expressions" in its artwork but criticises the manga's color pages for coming "across as extremely flat and somewhat washed out".[47]

Peacemaker was ranked 9th as the "Favourite Anime Series" in the 26th annual Animage readers' poll.[48] THEM anime reviews comments that the "drama of the series is paramount" but its comedy is lame.[49] criticises the protagonist of the series, labelling him as "an annoying brat that cries and moans when he doesn't get what he wants".[50]'s Chris Beveridge commends the anime for its slowly revealed "supernatural elements" as well as the simplicity and comical nature of Saizō the pig.[51] John Sinnott at DVD Talk praises the first DVD of Peacemaker for its original language version over the English dub because Ayumu's English voice actress uses "one of those fake southern accents that are really horrible".[52] DVDtalk's John Sinnott criticises the fifth DVD of the anime for "the lack of focus this series has".[53] Brian Hanson at Anime Jump criticises the anime for aping Rurouni Kenshin as well as not displaying the qualities of other Weekly Shōnen Jump anime when it becomes "surprisingly violent".[54] DVD Verdict's Judge Jeff Anderson commends the anime for its "CGI that blends well with the animation" and English dub that has a much more dynamic sound than the original Japanese track.[55] Science Fiction Weekly's Tasha Robinson commends the anime for its "highly textured, detailed and beautifully rendered semi-historical drama, very much in the spirit of Rurouni Kenshin" whenever Tetsu "drops to the background" or "shuts up for a few scenes".[56]


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