Aniplex USA Adds Katsugeki! Touken Ranbu TV Anime Series (Updated)
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Aniplex of America announced at the "The World of TOUKEN RANBU by Nitroplus" panel at Seattle's Sakura Con event on Friday that it has added the Katsugeki! Touken Ranbu (Action Picture! Touken Ranbu) television anime series to its summer 2017 lineup. Aniplex of America plans to stream the series starting in July. The company showed a trailer for the show at the panel.
Aniplex of America describes the series:
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...
The anime will star:
- Ryohei Kimura as Izuminokami Kanesada
- Kento Hama as Mutsunokami Yoshiyuki
- Junya Enoki as Horikawa Kunihiro
- Seiichirō Yamashita as Yagen Tōshirō
- Tooru Sakurai as Tonbokiri
- Sōma Saitō as Tsurumaru Kuninaga
Toshiyuki Shirai (Fate/Zero, Tales of Zestiria the X animation director) is directing the series at ufotable. Mitsuru Obunai, Masaru Kimura, and Masayuki Kunihiro are the sword fight animators. Tatsuya Yamamura is in charge of historical research, and Kōgyoku Watanabe is the sword fight supervisor. Hideyuki Fukasawa (Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works, Flowers of Evil) is composing the music. Sōma Saitō is performing the show's opening theme song, and Kalafina is performing the ending theme song.
The series will premiere in Japan in July on Tokyo MX, BS11, Gunma TV, Tochigi TV, and MBS.
Honami Tsuda is launching a manga adaptation of the series in the August issue of Shueisha's Jump SQ. magazine.
Update: Trailer added.
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