Aniplex wants to take fans back to the samurai era this summer.
Earlier today, Aniplex of America announced that they acquired the rights to Katsugeki Token Ranbu. Aniplex plans to stream the series as a simulcast starting in July.
The company made the announcement at their “World of Touken Ranbu by Nitroplus” panel at Sakura-Con. In addition to the reveal, Aniplex showed off a minute-long teaser trailer:
Katsugeki Touken Ranbu is a spinoff from Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru. Toshiyuki Shirai is directing the project at ufotable, with Akira Matsushima (Maria Watches Over Us, Tales of Zestiria the X) providing character designs. Hideyuki Fukasawa (Fate/stay night: Unlimited Blade Works, Flowers of Evil) is scoring the show’s soundtrack.
The confirmed voice cast includes:
- Mutsunokami Yoshiyuki: Kento Hama
- Izuminokami Kanesada: Ryohei Kimura
- Horikawa Kunihiro: Junya Enoki
- Yagen Toshiro: Seiichiro Yamashita
- Tsurumaru Kuninaga: Soma Saito
- Tonbokiri: Tooru Sakurai
Aniplex of America describes Katsugeki Touken Ranbu as:
The year is 1863 as the tumultuous samurai era is coming to an end, Japan is split between the pro-shogunate and anti-shogunate factions. The fate of the world is threatened as an army of historical revisionists are sent from the future to alter the course of history. In order to bring these forces down and protect the real history, two sword warriors, spirits who are swords brought to life by Saniwa (sage), rush to Edo. The polite and thoughtful Horikawa Kunihiro and the short tempered yet skillful Izuminokami Kanesada, who served the same master, confront the invading army along with a lively gang of other warriors including Mutsunokami Yoshiyuki, Yagen Toushirou, Tombokiri, and Tsurumaru Kuninaga.
As the fate of history lies in these hero’s hands, what meets the blade is yet to be uncovered…