Katsugeki! Touken Ranbu Anime Launches Film Project
The Katsugeki: Touken Ranbu television anime ended on Sunday with an announcement that a theatrical film project is launching. The announcement does not specify the number of films in the project.
Aniplex of America describes the story of the television anime:
The year is 1863 as the tumultuous samurai era is coming to an end, Japan is split between the pro-shogunate and anti-shogunate factions. The fate of the world is threatened as an army of historical revisionists are sent from the future to alter the course of history. In order to bring these forces down and protect the real history, two sword warriors, spirits who are swords brought to life by Saniwa (sage), rush to Edo. The polite and thoughtful Horikawa Kunihiro and the short tempered yet skillful Izuminokami Kanesada, who served the same master, confront the invading army along with a lively gang of other warriors including Mutsunokami Yoshiyuki, Yagen Toushirou, Tombokiri, and Tsurumaru Kuninaga.
As the fate of history lies in these hero’s hands, what meets the blade is yet to be uncovered…
The cast includes:
- Ryohei Kimura as Izuminokami Kanesada
- Kento Hama as Mutsunokami Yoshiyuki
- Junya Enoki as Horikawa Kunihiro
- Seiichir? Yamashita as Yagen Tōshirō
- Tooru Sakurai as Tonbokiri
- S?ma Sait? as Tsurumaru Kuninaga
- Junko Minagawa as Saniwa
- Takuma Nagatsuka as Konnosuke
Toshiyuki Shirai (Fate/Zero, Tales of Zestiria the X animation director) directed the television series at ufotable. Mitsuru Obunai, Masaru Kimura, and Masayuki Kunihiro were the sword fight animators. Tatsuya Yamamura was in charge of historical research, and K?gyoku Watanabe was the sword fight supervisor. The show had eight character designers, each handling the animation design for a different character.
The series premiered in Japan on Tokyo MX, BS11, Gunma TV, and Tochigi TV on July 1 at 24:30 (effectively July 2 at 12:30 a.m.) before airing on MBS at 3:08 a.m. Aniplex of America has been streaming the television anime series on Amazon‘s Anime Strike streaming service.
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