More than four years after its announcement, Studio Ufotable reveals new art and trailer for its animated film Katsugeki / Touken Ranbu.
Ufotable Studio (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Fate / stay night: Heaven’s Feel) has released a new trailer for their film based on the animated series Katsugeki / Touken Ranbu, more than four years after the initial announcement of the project.
The trailer revealed the film’s first key visual, which features main character Izuminokami Kanesada threateningly drawing his sword as he crouches in a field of cherry blossoms. The film project was also confirmed to be in the planning stage on Twitter.
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The release of this new art marks the first concrete information fans have received on the film’s status since it was originally announced alongside the finale of the film. Katsugeki / Touken Ranbu anime on September 23, 2017. Directed by Toshiyuki Shirai (Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba, Fate / stay night: Unlimited Blade Works), the 13-episode animated series follows the Token Danshi, also known as the sword warrior Izuminokami Kanesada, a spirit of a historical Japanese sword. The story is set in 1863, when Japan is divided between pro-shogunate and anti-shogunate factions. With a new recruit, Horikawa Kunihiro, the angry Kanesada fights to stop an army of historical revisionists from the future who aim to change history.
Eight character designers were recruited for the anime, each responsible for the animation design for a different character. The show also has a talented Japanese voice cast which includes Ryohei Kimura (Haikyuu !!, Kuroko no basket), Junya Enoki (Jujutsu kaisen) and Nobuhiko Okamoto (Monthly Nozaki-kun for Girls).
Katsugeki / Touken Ranbu is the second animated adaptation of Touken Ranbu, a free-to-play collectible card browser video game, following the release of Touken Ranbu: Hanemaru (2016), although the two series do not share a continuity. Allowing players to animate legendary swords as handsome young men, the game has been a particular hit with young women in Japan, garnering an impressive 1.5 million registered players approximately a year after its release in Japan. The game was developed by Nitroplus, who previously collaborated with Type Moon to help develop the Fate zero series, and was published by DMM.com. The series is said to have been a driving force in fueling the Japanese trend for “katana women,” a subculture primarily made up of women who have developed a renewed interest in historic Japanese swords, the history surrounding them, and their preservation.
the Katsugeki / Touken Ranbu The animated film does not yet have a release date.
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