Anime review: Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru

Hello people! So there’s a review finally again! Sorry that I forgot previous time, but I’m just a human too that can forget (^_^)”. Anyways, now this anime. Originally from a game. I think it’s sort of a card game, though I never looked too deeply in it. Just a summoning game in the form of cards, but become 3D too? I think I’m only imagining it’s like another mobile game I played before. Anyways, let’s start, because I’m getting off track.



The year is 2205. The “historical revisionists” have begun attacks on the past in their plot to change history. The Saniwa, who have been charged with protecting history, can imbue life into objects, and has the ability to bring famous historical swords to life as male warriors. Strongest among these are the Touken Danshi. The story centres around their cheerful lives.

Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru opens on the life of Yamatonokami Yasusada, Souji Okita’s beloved uchigatana, as he begins his first day at the Saniwa’s citadel. Soon reuniting with his old friend, Kashuu Kiyomitsu, the two are caught up in the daily antics of their fellow sword warriors. They never miss an opportunity to have fun, whether it be through wild snowball fights or introducing their newest comrades to the citadel. Of course, when the government calls, the swords are always ready to fulfill their mission of protecting history.



I thought it was first only those episodic stories, which have the same characters and setting, but entirely different adventures. Well, it has indeed that, but it also has little character building in each story and throughout the whole anime. It’s nice to have such things done, so there is actually a goal instead of nothing and there are only little ties that binds them together. Due to me seeing, reading and playing historical-related things, I sort of know most people they’re talking about (mostly otome games, which have a historical background, for example, Hakuoki). Though of course, not everything is a fact with what I know. I think I know the general knowledge that is indeed correct. So, it was really interesting to see swords with their real names to be made like that. Naming sense is also pretty easy, because they’re just being called by how the swords are named. Also that the characteristics are definitely seen of the blade and personised. I think the concept is original and definitely well made, considering it’s coming from a game. What also surprised me is that a lot of Seiyuu (Japanese voice actor(s)) have participated in it and some I really like are in it too. It was definitely a big project considering how many characters were in the anime. The short stories were filled with little facts about the swords or owners themselves and how they deal with it. There were some fighting scenes, which were actually pretty well made. They didn’t last that long, you clearly see superiority at the characters against evil, but that’s normal considering it’s normally a game. I really enjoyed the anime. The concept is original, good animations, nice little character development, even attention to the characters and the story was well made. I’ll give this a 7.5/10. Though the whole story throughout the series wasn’t much, it’s still nice that it’s available. It’s nice to enjoy this if you want a little bit of drama, but just light and don’t want to watch a whole anime series with a plot.

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