This will be the second anime adaptation of the popular Touken Ranbu web game – Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru aired during the Fall 2016 season and is getting a second season.The official website for Ufotable’s adaptation of Katsugeki! Touken Ranbu television anime series revealed the show’s broadcast premiere date and channels on Saturday, the action series is set to premiere in July 1, 2017.
Toshiyuki Saitou (Fate/Zero animation director) will make his directorial debut with Hideyuki Fukasawa (Fate/stay Night: Unlimited Blade Works music composer) composing the soundtrack.
The show’s official website is also streaming a “sword action introduction video” for the series that introduces the show’s weapons animators.
Plot concept of Katsugeki! Touken Ranbu:
The year is 1863, the era that signalled the end of the sword era, when the anti-shogunate forces and pro-shogunate forces split the world in half the Bakumatsu era
Horikawa Kunihiro, who was just manifested as a Touken Danshi, dashes down a rainy mountain road, alongside Izuminokami Kanesada, who fought alongside him under the same former master.
Touken Danshi are manifested “tsukumogami”, awakened by saniwa from the emotions contained within swords. Their duty is to defeat the “Retrograde Army”, a force sent from the future with the goal of changing history, and to protect the “correct history”.
Having gained new comrades Mutsunokami Yoshiyuki, Yagen Toushirou, Tonbokiri, and Tsurumaru Kuninaga, the two swords throw themselves into the upheaval of the time period and into battle with the Retrograde Army.
What is reflected in the swords they wield: light, or shadow?
Touken Danshi, now departing for battle.