Katsugeki/Touken Ranbu

Katsugeki Touken Ranbu

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Alternative Titles

English: Katsugeki Touken Ranbu
Japanese: 活撃/刀剣乱舞


Type: TV
Episodes: 13
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jul 2, 2017 to Sep 24, 2017
Premiered: Summer 2017
Broadcast: Sundays at 00:30 (JST)
Licensors: Aniplex of America
Studios: ufotable
Source: Game
Genres: ActionAction, HistoricalHistorical, SamuraiSamurai, FantasyFantasy
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 6.731 (scored by 2402924,029 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #48692
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Popularity: #1497
Members: 103,394
Favorites: 373

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In 1863, Izuminokami Kanesada and his partner, Horikawa Kunihiro, arrive in the streets of Edo from the future to investigate their master's reports of an upcoming enemy invasion. As humanoid manifestations of the famous Toshizou Hijikata's swords, they have been tasked with protecting history from the Retrograde Army that seeks to alter it. Soon enlisting the help of other sword warriors, they continuously battle the mysterious army throughout the Bakumatsu period.

However, their journey will not be an easy one. Fraught with blood and betrayal in the chaotic era closest to their hearts, the duo will be forced to make difficult decisions with everything they care about on the line.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Kondou, Hikaru
Producer, Sound Director, Planning
Usa, Yoshiki
Shirai, Toshiyuki
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard, Key Animation
Miura, Takahiro
Episode Director, Storyboard


Opening Theme

"Hikari Tatsu Ame (ヒカリ断ツ雨)" by Soma Saito

Ending Theme

"Hyakka Ryouran (百火撩乱)" by Kalafina

Sep 24, 2017
PaladinAlchemist (All reviews)
I have issues with Katsugeki/Touken Ranbu. I honestly have no idea how UFO Table managed to take such a fantastic premise partnered with stunning animation and make it so incredibly dry.

This is my first (and probably last) experience with the Touken Ranbu franchise. I have never played the game, nor seen the other anime adaption.

It didn’t take long to get the gist of it. The two dudes with unique designs were fighting baddies to prevent history from changing. Later on, you learn what time period they’re in and that they aren’t human, but famous weapons. And . . . that’s it.

Why are the read more
Sep 27, 2017
Anetheia (All reviews)
I choose to watch this anime on a whim and wasn't disappointed. . At the beginning it was difficult to understand at times because it is based on a game, so the viewer is expected to have previous knowledge of the mechanics of this world. I pieced it together myself, but otherwise I recommend finding a quick summary of this universe, because it can be complicated.

Story: 7/10
The story itself was pretty good. The concept for the anime was different, and though I had read it was similar to drifters and was intrigued, it was different enough to be interesting. For the first few episodes I read more
Sep 23, 2017
Polkadottedsky (All reviews)
If there's one thing I'm grateful, it's that the game got adapted into the anime. I've literally enjoyed this series a lot, and now let's get on with it.

Story: 7
I would say that the theme is basic, preventing time traveling alternating the history in terms of major events. Simple, right?, right. I gave this a 7 because of the characters influencing the plot throughout the series, and their "background". Sadly not a lot was the other characters got covered but that's somewhat expected for a 1 cour series if you ask me.

Art: 9
Honestly, usually for any series, I'd give a 7 in terms of read more
Sep 24, 2017
riorangel21 (All reviews)
Recently, Ufotable's production is just not that great, having these very poor/one sided characters and somewhat very linear story making some of their modern shows very predictable. It's just the same for Katsugeki/ Touken Ranbu. I'd rather say that this show was produced just to advertise the original game. I don't blame ufotable that much on this one because they really can't control the content by themselves but I do think the studio can do better than this. Ever since Unlimited Blade Works was produced, ufotable's overall direction went downhill. Tho I highly praised them with their stellar visuals but it's not the same read more

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