I present to you Shinsengumi Keppuroku's Saitou that was shown in
TV Asahi back in 2000. Shinsengumi Keppuroku was adapted from
Shiba Ryotaro's novel of the same name. Although I'm not especially
happy about how much screentime nor plot involvement of Saitou in
this TV Series, it stands enough on it's own that the chanting in my
head... "Not enough Saitou... Going to smash the TV" left my head.
Saitou is pretty much non-existent in this one.
He only appears in a few episodes where one he assasinates Takeda
Kanryuusai and the other with Hijikata instructing him to spy on
Itou's splinter group. I was even surprised at his ending where it
says "Saitou Hajime dropped out". It's not really clear whether it's
an incorrect translation or if perhaps they alluded to another
controversy in history that he somehow opted to leave the
Shinsengumi. Amongst Japanese fans this is highly debated between
Saitou and Hijikata supporters. Well of course we don't know the
truth ne? So let's give them and the show the benefit of the doubt.
More to come when I get the other pages just the
way I like them.