Feb 11, 2017
starmelt (All reviews)
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.