It was revealed at AnimeJapan 2016 that the online collectible card game Touken Ranbu will be receiving a TV anime adaptation in 2017 by animation studio ufotable.
Touken Ranbu, which began service in January 2015, is developed by visual novel developer Nitroplus and e-commerce company DMM Games. The game was originally built for a capacity of 500,000 users, but that limit was quickly reached, prompting the opening of a second server two months later. A mobile application version of the game was launched on March 1 and has been downloaded more than 1 million times as of March 16.
Players assume the role of a Saniwa sage who travels into the past to defeat evil forces that are trying to change the course of history. As a sage, the player has the ability to breathe life into inanimate objects, including famous historical swords.
An official website was opened and announced via a teaser PV that there will be two anime projects in production. The second is a TV anime series titled Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru scheduled to air in Fall 2016.