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Touken Ranbu's Shokudaikiri Mitsutada Becomes Honorary Station Master

posted on by Lynzee Loveridge

The railway station master title isn't just for cats anymore, now katana can run the joint too.

The Japan Railway granted Touken Ranbu character Shokudaikiri Mitsutada the honorary title of JR Stationmaster on Wednesday. The character, the embodiment of a sword once held by Date Masamune, was given the title as part of a larger collaboration between JR East, Mito city in Ibaraki prefecture, and Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru.

Starting on February 16, a Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru stamp rally will start and riders on the "Rapid Shokudaikiri Mitsutada" train will receive a postcard of Shokudaikiri in his stationmaster uniform. The special train will also offer themed bento lunches, head rest covers, and other themed decorations.

The event itself will have two parts. The first part ends on March 1 followed immediately by the second part that will run until March 24. The stamp rally prizes and goods will be different for each part.

The Mito station will feature pop-up illustrations and different Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru character voices over the intercom during the campaign.

The Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru television anime ran for two seasons. The first premiered in 2016 followed by the second season in 2018. The anime is inspired by DMM's "sword personification training game" that 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.

Source: JR Mito collaboration site via Nijimen


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