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.
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!
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.
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.
For a lot of anime viewers, the name Ufotable conjures up high expectations of quality. With works such as Fate/Zero and Kara no Kyoukai under their belt, it would be difficult not to blindly trust the studio to deliver masterpiece after masterpiece, especially considering how little they release compared to other studios . While many seasoned viewers have already learned this lesson, Katsugeki/Touken Ranbu is the show that really helped me understand that you shouldn’t buy into the hype and excitement simply because of a big name, as even legendary studios can deliver a clunker or two.
For what it’s worth, Ufotable fulfilled their end of
the bargain. Katsugeki’s art and animation are very much on par with what I expected from this studio after seeing their adaptation of Unlimited Blade Works. The art is crisp and simply beautiful. Though much of the background art is smoke and clouds amidst a night sky, all other scenes are filled with incredible detail. The character designs themselves are beautifully and meticulously detailed and varied. Their facial expressions are vivid and the character movement in battles flows without any awkwardness. On the topic of battles, the choreography felt light in the early episodes, but is well disguised by the flashes and flying particles of the sword clashes. As I have not played the game that acted as the source material for this show, there is little that I can say about faithfulness to the design of the original. It may be because of this that I have a much harder time enjoying anything this show has to offer with its story and characters.
From what I can gather, the story is about a bunch of historical swords that were collected by some unknown force that breathed life into them and gave them human bodies. These living weapons are now given the task of preserving time and history from the evil Time Retrograde Army that seeks to twist history by killing important historical figures. With a cool premise like that, I was rather shocked with just how boring of a slog it ended up being. The show simply doesn’t frontload enough information to let the audience get invested in its story. After 6 episodes, I still don’t know why the Time Retrograde Army wants to change history, nor do I know anything about its leaders or who the soldiers actually are. They look like shadowy samurai zombies and they are about as effective as villains as zombies typically end up being in modern media. Occasionally they are joined by some CG skeletons, but those do little to make them interesting adversaries.
Likewise, little is known about the actual organization that is leading this crusade to keep history intact. Despite their clear goal, the early episodes contain numerous scenes of our characters brushing aside their duty to preserve history by saving people that should have died. Perhaps that will be something explored in later episodes, but so far it seems a little too lax despite being the premise of the show. There is, however, hope for the show. As well as the debate of “savings lives vs preserving history”, the show brings about the question of whether or not the blades are serving the right master. If Katsugeki can stop meandering from one random battle to another, then perhaps it can deliver on some legitimately interesting plot points. It will still need to do something about its characters though.
The most saddening aspect of Katsugeki is that despite its varied cast of beautifully designed characters, not a single one of them is capable of holding my interest. To give a brief rundown of their personalities: Kanesada is the serious, idealistic leader. Kunihiro is the naïve kid with a strong sense of justice. Tonbokiri is the big, papa-bear. Yagen is the strong, silent type. Yoshiyuki is the reckless, annoying goofball. Despite these somewhat varied personalities, the team seems to have no chemistry. Much of the dialogue between them is stiff, serious and devoid of any charm. This is especially disheartening for Kanesada and Kunihiro, as their particular relationship should have at least some sort of personal touch to it. On the flipside, the arguments between Kanesada and Yoshiyuki tend to bring me out of a scene with just how annoying they are, even though they should be building a sense of tension. This is all wrapped together in a bow of some really awkward attempts at humor, especially from Yoshiyuki and the team’s fox mascot Konnosuke. Yammering on and on about food wasn’t funny when Goku did it years ago, and it isn’t funny now.
Though the show has a lot of merit seeing as it comes from Ufotable and a lot of promise considering the potential of its blooming plot and characters, there just isn’t enough shown to convince me that it’ll all work out somehow. When as a viewer you watch the shit hit the fan and feel nothing for the struggles of the characters, you know that the show just isn’t working for you. It doesn’t help that Katsugeki immediately follows up this “thrilling” episode with a whole lot of sitting around the Citadel and talking. Though this might be a treat for fans of the game or people who really like pretty anime dudes that occasionally do samurai stuff, I think that Katsugeki/Touken Ranbu will likely end up as one of the disappointments of the Summer 2017 season.
There are anime you can watch without knowing anything about them beforehand and there are others anime that, sadly, need you to do some more effort before you can actually enjoy them to the fullest. As crazy as that sounds, katsugeki touken ranbu is part of the latest group of anime. Theres no other way to put it: you need to read about the game or at least some summaries about what touken ranbu is before you can watch this series. Otherwise you'll find yourself confused about the swords, their purpose and everything that is going on in the episodes, tho not very much happened
Like hanamaru, katsugeki was made for people who already know about touken ranbu OR want to know more about it.
The story itself is pretty simple: history is getting f*cked up and swords who now have human bodies have the duty to fix it. Some episodes are slower than others, some might feel like being a little dragged on, but so far i feel like its very enjoyable (at least for the people who already know what kind of setting touken ranbu is, like i already said.). The little slice of life moments also make the anime very enjoyable and kinda reminds me of Hanamaru!
I must say at first i didnt really like it, but after some episodes i kinda grew attached to it. The characters look good and waaaay more better than the previous adaptation. Sometime the backgrounds look kinda... weird, but its not bothering me too much honestly. Overall i'd say the art fits the atmosphere and the characters well.
I saw a huge fuss coming out because of the opening, some people like it, others hated it. Personally i really like it. It kinda gives me those epic-ish vibes i was expecting from this series, same goes for the ED (bless you kalafina, you are literal goddesses.). The ost itself doesnt sound too bad, but i'll need to listen to the full tracks more once it comes out to 100% enjoy it.
Here we go. Okay, so, how the characters are portrayed in katsugeki is totally different from how they were in hanamaru and how they are in-game. So what is the canon? You choose it. Playing the game made me like certain characters, and watching the 2 anime adaptations made me like some minor characters more. Personally, i love Tonbokiri because he's the sweetest guy around but Izuminokami and Mutsunokami (who's my starter in the game ah!) are also faves. Jiji is a reaaaaaally interesting character here in Katsugeki, i really like how they are portraying him. Anyway, theres PLENTY of characters for you to choose from, if you watch the series + read about them on the wikia i'm sure you'll end up loving two or even more. As for people saying the charas and the anime itself is fujoshibait... why don't you cater your attention on something else? Sure there might be some 'shippy' moments here and there, but those arent the main focus here. I can't really say the characters have extra deep personalities, but some of them are indeed interesting. I'd love for people who start the anime to not have their mind already set like 'It's gonna be bad anyway and the characters are just fujobait' because its not like this. Give these touken danshi a chance, c'mon.
Being already a fan of touken ranbu sure helped me enjoy more this (and Hanamaru). Maybe sometime its a liiittle bit slow and i wonder how they'll wrap things up, but i'm definitely liking it!
Katsugeki for me it's a solid 7/10. Not too good but not bad either. Maybe it'd be more of a 7.5 because i have to be honest and admit that there are things i REALLY like about it, but that probably arent enough for me to give it a full 8. Anyway i think a 7 is a fair score for Katsugeki and also well deserved! If the anime ends with too much of an open ending i hope we'll get a 2nd season to complete it.