At the Nitroplus panel at Sakura Con in Seattle, Washington today, Aniplex of America announced the acquisition of Katsugeki TOUKEN RANBU for their summer 2017 line up. Based on the popular game Touken Ranbu ONLINE developed by DMM Games/Nitroplus, the series will be produced by the ufotable, known for their work on Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works and God Eater.
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About Katsugeki TOUKEN RANBU:
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… With beautifully illustrated scenes and action packed sequences, Katsugeki TOUKEN RANBU explores the complex personalities, stories, and relationships of these characters as each episode unfolds.
Original Works: DMM GAMES/Nitroplus
Director: Toshiyuki Shirai
Music: Hideyuki Fukasawa
Animation Production: ufotable
Sword Fight Animators: Mitsuru Obunai, Masaru Kimura, Masayuki Kunihiro
Historical Research: Tatsuya Yamamura
Sword Fight Supervisor: Kougyoku Watanabe
Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain’t It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.