Second season of Hanamaru delivers probably everything you could expect from a sequel to the first season. More Japanese swords and polearms transformed into either cute or handsome B O I S and their wholesome slice of life type adventures.
Getting to the point, if you're a fan of either Touken Ranbu, or just the TR anime, it's a must watch.
Art style is pretty generic, but it's still enjoyable to look at, animation is fluid and overall it's doing it's job.
Can't seem to recall any music that stood out other than the opening.
Moving from the audiovisual stuff, lets talk about the most important aspect of
this series. Characters. If you're looking for psychological anime with a lot of character development and moral questions, you won't find it here. And that's good. Those are really straightforward characters and I need to say, it's hard to dislike any of them, especially if you played the TR game. In this show you will find a lot of lighthearted, heartwarming situations, some small dramas here and there with a lot of comedy thrown into it.
Just seeing your favourite swords (or naginatas or yari or whatever) in the action really gives you a big smile on your face.
So if you're looking for a wholesome show about really likable male characters, their lifes, interactions between them, struggles and histories, you should give Zoku a go!
Where Touken Ranbu Hanamaru fell short, It's sequel made sure to make up for it in ways I honestly did not expect from this kind of slice of life series.
A common issue with the previous season that is a MASSIVE improvement on Zoku, is the fact that now we do actually get time to see the rest of the huge cast do their daily activities or just be silly dudes doing silly stuff when not having action packed scenes.
Speaking of those scenes, I was pleasantly surprised to see an improvement in there as well. While the animation itself is on the cheap side, the
animators knew how make good action with the available tools. Which, again, is nice for a series that is not mainly about the fighting.
Character wise I would say It stayed truthful to the source material to the point It was hilarious in my opinion.
Music was the same as the art, honestly. Nothing bad, nothing particularly impressive either. Just did the job when It needed to be done. Personally some of the handful scenes where the characters start to sing just because weren't really to my liking since I felt It wouldn't make a huge difference whether or not they were there.
Overall this isn't a extremely complex anime and is clearly aimed at fans of the game or people with a certain level of knowledge on the series as well (I compare It to Fate in that sense. Lots of characters), yet is a nice show to pass the time.