Tōken Ranbu Browser Game Gets 2 Anime Adaptations
posted on by Crystalyn Hodgkins
A stage event at AnimeJapan revealed on Saturday that DMM's Tōken Ranbu online browser game will get two anime adaptations.
The first adaptation (pictured at left in image above) is a television anime series titled Tōken Ranbu: Hanamaru that is slated to premiere in October. Takashi Naoya (Luck & Logic co-director, Selector Infected Wixoss animation director) is directing the series at Doga Kobo. Junichiro Taniguchi (Natsuyuki Rendezvous, Prison School) is designing the characters, and Pierre Sugiura (Barakamon) is writing and overseeing the scripts. Confirmed cast members include Mitsuhiro Ichiki as Yamatonokami Yasusada and Toshiki Masuda as Kashū Kiyomitsu.
The second adaptation (pictured at right in image above) is tentatively titled Tōken Ranbu, and it will be broadcast in 2017. Ufotable is producing the anime.
The Tōken Ranbu "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 last year, 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 manga.
The game is also inspiring both a stage and a musical adaptation. Marvelous is adapting the game into a "straight play," while Nelke Planning is adapting it into a stage musical. The musical held its trial run on October 30-November 8 last year, and it will debut on May 27 in Tokyo, and in Kyoto on June 23. The play will open in Tokyo's Theater 1010 on May 3, and will move to Osaka's Mielparque on May 17.
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