Uesugi Clan's Sword Exhibit Collaborates With Tōken Ranbu Game
posted on by Jennifer Sherman
Sano Art Museum in Mishima, Shizuoka is holding the "Uesugi-ka no Meitō to Sanjū-go Koshi" (officially titled "Treasured Swords of the Uesugi Clan" in English) exhibit of famous and historical swords from January 7 to February 18. The event is collaborating with the Tōken Ranbu Online game, and the city of Mishima revealed more details of the collaboration on Monday.
The event will display life-size cutouts of the game's characters and offer collaboration goods. Mishima is also holding a related stamp rally around the city.
The exhibit will display swords, including some from emperors and shoguns, that the Uesugi clan has kept since the Kamakura period (1185-1333). The focal point of the exhibit will be the Fudō Yukimitsu sword, and the event will mark the first time it will be on display in about 40 years. Other featured swords will include the Kenshin Kagemitsu and Gokotai. All three swords are also characters (seen above) in the Tōken Ranbu Online game.
DMM's original Tōken Ranbu Online "sword personification training game" takes famous swords from Japanese history and interprets them as bishōnen. Nitroplus designed the characters and scenario. The game launched in Japan in 2015, and it has more than 1.5 million registered users. The game has acquired a large female fanbase and inspired a wide range of merchandise, as well as several anime, manga, and stage productions.