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Katsugeki Touken Ranbu opens with an action scene of our 2 protagonists, Kane and Kunihiro chasing a carriage with what looks like a demonic looking soldier on top of it in the rain. He appears to get away from them but Kane is relentless in his pursuit and quickly catches up to the dark character and puts his sword right through him.  The pair were apparently working a case which had to do with stolen treasure. Konnosuke, a cute little fox that accompanies them everywhere they go relays to them their next mission from their leader. This little guy is a direct link to their home. It even possesses the ability to look up and display historical data about the area in detail. Our two mps are from the future and their mission is to stop the Time Retrograde Army from changing history thus changing the future.

Alright, that’s the Katsugeki Touken Ranbu in a nutshell. My thoughts so far, is the story is ok. I kinda see where this is going already. The story is kinda easy to follow but after the first episode we’re introduced to the whole squad of characters/fighters who are trying to protect the future and I’m worried we won’t really get to know all of them. This is a common concern whenever I see more then a couple of supporting characters right in the first episode. Let’s hope we really get to know all the characters before the end of the series unless their’s gonna be a Season 2 then I understand if some their stores are put on the back burner till then.

Kane, Kunihiro, and the little fox Konnosuke chasing the enemy on horse back in the rain in the anime Katsugeki Touken Ranbu

The anime looks stunning from the start with great effects,art, and action. Three things that need to be decent to at least keep me watching past the first few episodes. I’m probably gonna end up watching this whole series just cause the action is quite good and the characters look interesting. However, it seems that the story might fall flat for most. We shall see but for now I recommend you check it out and let me know what you think!

Side note: Don’t think I didn’t notice the mix of art styles. One of the scenes looked straight out of the puppet series Thunderbolt Fantasy as in it looked like real water hitting the ground. Another look like a mix of CGI and 2D. It was all done well enough that I wasn’t bothered by it at least in the first episode. We’ll see if my thoughts change on that later in the series.

Anime Info Provided by
  • Producers: Aniplex, Nitroplus, Tokyo MX, BS11,
  • Licensors: Aniplex of America
  • Studios: ufotable
  • Source: Card game
  • Genres: Action, Fantasy
  • Duration: 23 min.

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