Only a few more first impressions to go through! When I first read that Hakuouki was based on a romance adventure game for female players, I was skeptical as to whether I would like the series.
Three episodes later, I'm left impressed by the sheer amount of bloodshed and killing that went on. Although I should have known better since this is the Shinsengumi that we're talking about here.
The first two episodes felt fairly slow with the plot inching slowly forward and not much action to be had. A girl dresses up as a boy to go look for her missing father and sees something that she wasn't supposed to see. As a result, she is “imprisoned” with the Shinsengumi whose leadership and officers seem to solely be :Dcomprised of bishounens, which is to be expected considering the nature of the game. Now it's just a question of who she's going to end up with, or if the anime will take the inconclusive ending route.
The female protagonist seems to like charging headfirst into dangerous situations and never actually uses her weapon. Instead, a Shinsengumi member would come to her rescue. I would like to see her actually use the dagger that she wears apparently only as a decoration.
On a different note, Saito, as depicted in the image above, looks quite different from the Saito of Rurouni Kenshin. I don't think having his hair cover one eye would help him in battle.