In the year 2205, a special sage known as Saniwa has the ability to breathe life into inanimate objects. At the same time, dark forces have initiated a plot to travel back in time and change the course of history—and the only ones capable of stopping them are the Saniwa and their strongest animations: historical Japanese swords, in the form of handsome young men.
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.
Protip: don't start watching this if you don't know anything about touken ranbu.
Protip2: watch it immediately if you're a saniwa
Reason? In short, you're most probably not going to enjoy it. In long, this anime obviously assumes that the watcher is familiar with either the characters or the concept of tkrb. It is too short to properly explain anything and half of each episode is dedicated to a different character. Needless to say, character development in ten minutes? I don't think so.
But the thing is, I've played the game ever since it came out so all the swords are very dear to me. Seeing them being
animated like this made them more tangible for my smol saniwa heart. I recommend it to all fellow saniwas out there because this anime is seriously so heartwarming. (I hope you like Yasu-kun though bc he gets lots of spotlight lolol.) It gives more insight into the personalities and bonds of the swords, it even reveals some facts about them that you may not have known on beforehand! Anyway, it gets a 10/10 from me. I love my swords.
For starters, I have never played Touken Ranbu. So this review is based entirely on the anime. I strongly believe that if you need knowledge of the source material in order to enjoy an anime, then it has failed to be a good adaptation.
However, despite not playing the game, I still really enjoyed Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru.
I learned a term recently, that I think really describes Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru. "Cute boys doing cute things." Much like K On! is a "cute girls doing cute things" type of show. The plot of Hanamaru is not important, and never was meant to be.
Hanamaru is meant to be pure
fluff, with wacky scenarios happening in every episode. The plot (if you can call it that), takes a back seat to the characters, and there are a lot of them.
The characters are so vast, and fun, with their own unique personalities. And the way they work off each other is always really entertaining. Unfortunately, with so little episodes and so many characters, there were many characters that had very little screen time. Characters that I ended up really liking had very little focus.
Now, on to the animation. The animation was beautiful at times, but still average. The slapstick was generic.
I can say the same thing about the music, with the exception of the opening song. Hanamaru Biyori is so damn catchy I cannot get it out of my head. Other than that, the music wasn't bad per se, but I'm not exactly going to be hunting down the OST to listen to more of it. It did it's job, but is mostly forgettable.
In my opinion, Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru is more of a light, fluffy appetizer to hold us over until ufotable's Touken Ranbu airs later this year.
In conclusion, if you want to watch cute anime boys doing cute stuff, then I think you will enjoy Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru, regardless whether or not you've played the game.
I think that the low score of this anime lies to the fact that it refers to a small amount of people.
Not many understand the value of a peaceful, chilling anime. On the contrary, they seek action, romance, violence etc.
It may be based on history, but you don't really need to know anything,it's very easy to follow.
There is gentle comedy going on, pretty often, and it makes you laugh because of the naive, sweet humor.
The art is simple but beautiful, there is no intense drama or tension, and the script is minimalistic and relaxing.
I am impressed by the huge number of characters, and
it's worth to be mentioned, they are male-ALL OF EM.
Everyone has their own unique personality, and it's expressed by their clothes, hairstyle, makeup etc. I really liked that.
Another thing I found extremely cute and touching, is the faith these sword-characters have in their master, and the strong bonds of friendship they share.
Of course, there is no way someone remembering all of the characters, I think there are proximately 50 of em-YEAH :')
You should watch it if you're lookin for sth peaceful, calm and relaxing.
- I'm not played the game yet so i can write this review more objectively
- My score above is based on my enjoyement, it will be different in my review below
-This anime are absolutely made for fans of the game.
Before you decided to pick this show, what are you expected for this??? Epic plotline, action battle, characters developent?? If you want to get that, i think you shouldn't try this series since this anime had none with that or at least very decent amount.
Story is almost nothing.The synopsis says :"The "historical revisionists" have begun attacks on the past
in their plot to change history. And 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" . But, in reality this show are mostly taken place in one place : "the fortress". Then, the majority things you're got here is Slice of Life-comedy feeling. I saw there're nothing different with other common SoL anime unless it's not filled with any single girl. And you will find some historical things on Japan history and they combined it with some action and drama, but it's decent.
Art and Animation:
About the art, they are doing good. The drawing, colouring, shadowing background, characters drawing, and enviroment looks suitable with this anime, not too bright as Moe anime and not too dark like Death Note. Something not good is when they drawing in action battle. After the drawing animated, it looks too fast to me but i know they put the effort in other aspect (SoL aspect). This is made the battle is mediocre and easily to forgot. About the animation , they're just look given standard animation with about 5-14 fps and without any single CGI.
The sound in this show is mostly relaxed (they used relaxed classic Japanese music) in peace scene at the fortress while the SoL-comedy happened. And on the serious scene, the sound are pretty dramatic and with classic japanese music too. So this added more atmosphere at the scene itself. The insert song is so catchly, combined with classic Japanese music (classic Japanese guitar and flute) and modern music (drums) makes it worth to hear in my every week watching this show and i didn't skipped it. Then the attractive animation while the insert song is makes this much better. And plus they put the most of effort in the 11 different ending song! with different characters for each ending. It's give huge positive effect to me because i'm too cared about the insert and the ending song on an anime
This part are the reason why this anime are limited for fans of the game. They put much characters in this anime (about 45 characters with different trait and personality). It's almost impossible to remember at least the name of each characters if you don't play the game. In other hand, you must be easily to remember all characters in this anime with their trait and personality in one piece if you play the game. In addition, no female chara here that make this show feel sour and there are few male characters that looks like female (commonly called trap). Which some people doesn't like that.
I came to this show simply because it adapted by Doga Kobo. Their SoL-Comedy that they make are always amusing me. I rated 7/10 on this anime (Fine) if it based for my enjoyement.
Based on my review above, i'd give this show 6/10 (Average) (5,92)
In conclusion, this anime are for fans of the game only. If you're try hard or masochist users like me (not played the game but still watching this), this show are recommended for you .