Watch the Making Of Video for the Thunderbolt Fantasy x Tōken Ranbu April Fool's Joke

posted on by Lynzee Loveridge

Earlier this month, the Thunderbolt Fantasy puppet fantasy drama teamed up with Tōken Ranbu for a special April Fool's joke video. Like most April Fool's collaborations, the video is no longer available. However, the puppeteers at Taiwan-based Pili International Multimedia uploaded a behind-the-scenes video showing how the joke video was made. Take a look at some of the impressive set pieces and practical effects used to bring the characters to life.

The Thunderbolt Fantasy television series began airing on July 8 in Japan, and Crunchyroll streamed the series as it aired. The anime also streamed on Bandai Channel and other streaming services. A sequel has been green-lit.

Crunchyroll describes the first episode:

In an ancient kingdom, a vicious warlord is on the hunt for a magical sword. Forced to escape his soldiers, the young girl who guards the sword is hunted until she receives some unexpected help from a pair of odd strangers.

Gen Urobuchi (Madoka Magica, Fate/Zero, Psycho-Pass, Aldnoah.Zero) was credited with the puppet show's original work, and also wrote the scripts and served as chief supervisor. Nitroplus was credited with the character designs, and Good Smile Company was credited as the "modeling adviser."

The Tōken Ranbu mobile game reimagines famous Japanese swords as attractive male characters. The game inspired Tōken Ranbu: Hanamaru television anime last year and is the basis for the upcoming Katsugeki! Tōken Ranbu television anime. Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru will also receive a second anime season in January.

[Via Nijimen]

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