I suppose this is my first "historical" anime series, set in the late period of the Samurai just before the Meji Restoration. The series is a fictional retelling of a historical legend involving the greatest assassin who ever lived and his lover/wife (whom he rescued after killing her fiancee). The story is involved, but easily deciphered with the background material on the disc, and the animation and action is nice (though this is the bloodiest series I've ever watched). I like the dialogue - so many ancient sayings about sake and flowers. I'm looking forward to seeing the rest of this series!