This summer, the forecast calls for heat. Not from the sun, mind you, but the straight-up samurai action.
Earlier today, Crunchyroll announced that they will stream Katsugeki Touken Ranbu as part of their Summer 2017 simulcast lineup. The first episode went live today for members in the following regions:
- North America
- Central America
- South America
- New Zealand
- United Kingdom
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
Crunchyroll describes Katsugeki Touken Ranbu as:
The year is 1863, Japan is split between the pro-shogunate and anti-shogunate factions. In this chaotic time, the era of the swords is coming to a close.
Horikawa Kunihiro has manifested as a Sword Warrior and is joined by Izuminokami Kanesada, a warrior who served under the same master as him. With a single goal in mind, the two rush through the mountains…
Sword Warriors are “Tsukumogami”, spirits and willpower that reside within a sword. These spirits are awakened by Saniwa to protect the world from the “Time Retrograde Army,” who were sent by historical revisionists from the future to alter history.
Along their journey, the two Sword Warriors encounter Mutsunokami Yoshiyuki, Yagen Toushirou, Tonbokiri, and Tsurumaru Kuninaga. They band together and devote themselves to confronting and defeating the Time Retrograde Army.
The fate of history lies in these hero’s hands. What destinies await the blades is yet to be uncovered…