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Katsugeki! Touken Ranbu Anime's Ad Promotes 1st BD/DVD Volume

posted on by Rafael Antonio Pineda
Anime premieres in July, 1st volume out on July 26

The official website of the Katsugeki! Tōken Ranbu (Action Picture! Touken Ranbu) television anime series began streaming a commercial on Saturday for the anime's first Japanese Blu-ray Disc and DVD home video volume. The first volume is slated for July 26, and will include the first episode, with limited editions including a CD and a booklet. (Note: The YouTube video in the link above is region-locked to Japan.)

The series will premiere in Japan in July on Tokyo MX, BS11, Gunma TV, Tochigi TV, and MBS. Aniplex of America will stream the series beginning this July.

The previously announced cast includes:

The show has eight character designers, each handling the animation design for a different character:

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...

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.

Honami Tsuda is launching a manga adaptation of the series in the August issue of Shueisha's Jump SQ. magazine.

Thanks to Dennis R for the embedded video.

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