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...
Ever since Unlimited Blade Works was produced, ufotable's overall production went downhill. Their modern anime works lack story quality and having these poor character executions. Tho I highly praised them with their stellar visuals.
As of now, Katsugeki/Touken Ranbu is struggling on pacing, characters, plot and heck, very poor introduction on the pilot episode. Sure, the fight scenes were very fascinating but I just can't ignore the fact that the series already show its major flaws in the first 4 episodes. The show is like forcing you to understand and feel bad for the characters without giving you any major knowledge about them. I've
seen other people playing the original game ( mostly are girls ) talking like "Meh, you don't play the game ofc you won't understand it!~","Omg, kyaaah, Tonbokiri my love is here *fangirl screech*"."Stop saying that the show is very confusing, play the game first!~". So what? I don't care about the game, all I care for is the anime adaptation itself. Heck, I didn't knew Fate series was a thing until ufotable produced such great adaptation about it.
The thing is, where is the 2011 ufotable who made such interesting series/movies like Fate/Zero and Kara no Kyoukai? Tho I woudn't blame them fully.
But for now, All I can say that the series lacks alot, noticeable flaws somehow making the series predictable. Although the show is very pretty but I don't know if people would like this show or not. Do I recommend you to watch it? Yeah sure, why not for starters or for you guys who just love action but I won't recommend this for people who takes anime as a serious subject/medium.
Well i don't really know what to say about this Anime, it has been a mixture of feelings and thoughts.
At this moment I can say that I'm not really enjoying the series, the graphic style is not totally to my liking and what I'm not really enjoying at the moment is the anime sound content I find it quite monotonous.
In some moments the story is spectacular but some times the story gets a bit confusing.
So we just need to keep whatching and w8 till the next episode.
At the end of this season i will edit this review with more details.
//update// It gets kind of boring after the first unit takes over, the watchers are suddenly introduced to new characters with little knowledge of them and all the build up from the previous episodes are destroyed. All the characters you got to know in the previous episodes are replaced. Episode 5 is the most interesting episode, but after that it goes downhill...
Note: While it's definitely not a ✧spectacular✧ anime, I definitely wouldn't say that it's horrible. For a game adaption, it's actually quite good. The game itself has little story, more or less just grinding to kill the Time Retrograde Army's monsters, so the anime
added an interesting backdrop to the game. To really enjoy the anime (and be less confused), it would really help to know the game. However, even if you don't play the game, it can still be an enjoyable watch. It's also almost too early in the season to judge the anime (only 4 eps released when this was written), so I would say watch it or keep watching. I mean, what could go wrong, they're pretty sword boys...
//Will edit as the eps are released//
Badass swords try to prevent the Time Retrograde Army from changing the course of history! Why do they care? Cause their master told them to do it! (more on this later)
6.5/10 - Okay, not too bad
Good for an adaption of a game with very little story. Adds another layer *to the game*. Without playing the game, it's harder to be invested in the anime, as the people the game already are interested in the characters. Even as a stand alone anime, the story isn't bad, it's just not one of those "wow this is a ground breaking anime" kind of thing. Honestly, even though I've seen some *quality* time travel anime, I still found the story of this one to be enjoyable and cute. Main guy has potential to push some pretty interesting character development for himself (and maybe the others) as he actually asks questions! (I wonder if my standards have lowered...) Unexpected turns occur later in the story, so keep watching! //upate// main guy is gone, so is story :(
Cool leader dude, clever trainee, hot headed guy who eventually warms up to leader dude, nice tough guy, calm+collected guy, mysterious white haired badass???
7/10 - Has potential!
The main characters themselves are actually not as one dimensional as you might expect. Izuminokami (Leader/mentor guy) seems like the causal and jokester ish type at first, but stepped up as leader and had to keep the course of history, even if it meant casualties. I mean you can say that's just cliche, but it's a pretty hard thing to do if you don't particularly enjoy killing people. His foil (Mutsunokami), on the other hand, is very similar to him but would rather save lives, so the two have an interesting relationship. The Leader's trainee (Kunihiro) seems to be the only one that questions their master and asks "why am I doing this", so he has potential to become a v e r y interesting character indeed.
//update// they are gone D:
PRETTY SWORD BOYS
9/10 (nothing can compare with your name's or a silent voice's animation t_t)
*cough* great animation, so pretty, please watch it *-*
like the most bias part of the already bias (kinda lol) review
9/10 - I like this stuff
+I play the game, I like the anime, it makes sense
It has exciting fighting sequences, funny/cute sequences in between the more significant moments, all the good stuff. It's just not ground breaking, but it does it's job. There's really no other anime like it. It's like bishounen fanservice (where it isn't harem/romance) with enjoyable story so you can really watch it for the plot.
7/10 - Worth a watch, better than a lot of other anime in the ~6.9 range.
-Anime meant to support + give depth to game, you'll enjoy it more if you played the game, but still enjoyable as a stand alone anime.
-It's really your expectations- it's obviously *not* one of those grand masterpieces (yet? ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)), so don't go in expecting that. It's an enjoyable watch with likeable characters that aren't just generic 1D eye candy.
-It has a lot of potential with the plot/characters, actually if they do it right.
-The story is fast paced with breaks inbetween, so weird pacing? but it doesn't take away from the overall anime.
A good anime is an anime that does it's job, and if this anime's job is to make the game more appealing and to make money, gg (would buy merch again).
CONCLUSION: Give it a watch, just know it's purpose and not to expect something mind blowing and you'll hopefully enjoy it! ^^
Thanks for reading! Play the game too, it's oddly satisfying?
I didn't really plan on watching much at all this season nothing really peaked my interest but someone told me about this and I thought I'd give it a go since I have nothing better to do after all bahaha. wish I was kidding
The show is pretty much what I expected was a little confused during the first episode but heaps of swords and some weird shadow harry potter type of things getting cut up so can't really complain if there were any less sword's in this show I think I'd hate it but because obviously I froth over sword fights in the 1800's
in anime 10/10 lmao enjoy.