Perhaps inspired by my new fascination with the JIN drama, I decided to check out Bakumatsu Kikansetsu Irohanihoheto which is a fantasy anime set in the same era (after all, I'd already seen both Rurouni Kenshin and Peacemaker Kurogane).
The set-up: The series is set in the Bakumatsu era, with the Shogunate being in its final years, and war fast approaching. When Akizuki Yōjirō, a dark and mysterious mercenary, nears something supernatural with some kind of importance to him, the ornament on the end of his sword hilt waves in its direction, his eyes glow mysteriously, and he is driven to go after it. He comes across a traveling theater group who is out for revenge for the killing of the parents of the group's leader, and whose mysterious playwright likes to secretly help along events of history. Yōjirō joins them to lend them his skill against their enemies, while dark conspiracy continues to follow behind him.
Hopefully it will be good.