News Reporting

Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru Season 2 Gets New Visual & January 7 Premiere

Reminder: This is the slice-of-life show.

Earlier today, the official Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru anime website updated with a key visual for upcoming second season Zoku Touken Ranbu -Hanamaru-. The image features the major cast members, welcoming an unseen guest at the front door.

The site also revealed that the show will hit Japanese TV on January 7. The series will air on the following networks:

  • Tokyo MX: 1/7/2018 at 24:00 (1/8/2018 at midnight)
  • BS11: 1/7/2018 at 24:00 (1/8/2018 at midnight)
  • Kantai TV: 1/7/2018 at 25:55 (1/8/2018 at 1:55AM)

Digital distributor will carry the show starting on January 8.

The season is currently slated for twelve episodes, which are titled as “months.” The first episode, “First Month: I Need to Get Stronger” will be set on New Year’s Eve.

The new season will be directed by Tomoaki Koshida at Doga Kobo, with Junichiro Taniguchi (Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun, Puella Magi Madoka Magica the Movie Part 1: Beginnings) returning to provide character designs. Writing group “WriteWorks” will be taking charge of series composition for the run.

Touken Ranbu – Hanamaru is based on DMM’s Tōken Ranbu online browser-based video game. Takashi Naoya (Luck & Logic) directed the show’s first season at Doga Kobo, with Junichiro Taniguchi providing character designs. Pierre Sugiura (Barakamon, Bottom Biting Bug) was in charge of series composition and writing the show’s scripts.

The first season aired in the Fall 2016 broadcast period. Crunchyroll streamed the show as it aired, while Funimation produced a SimulDub.

Funimation describes the series as:

In the year 2205, the past is threatened by the historical revisionists who seek to change it. Protecting history becomes the task of a boisterous band of swords that are brought to life, including the glamorous Kashuu Kiyomitsu and the kindly Yamatonokami Yasusada. Beyond their battles, these legendary swords from different eras lead charming daily lives.

Source: Twitter (pKjd)

About the author

Samantha Ferreira

Samantha Ferreira is Anime Herald’s founder and editor-in-chief. A Rhode Island native, Samantha has been an anime fan since 1992, and an active member of the anime press since 2002, when she began working as a reviewer for Anime Dream. She launched Anime Herald in 2010, and continues to oversee its operations to this day. Outside of journalism, Samantha actively studies the history of the North American anime fandom and industry, with a particular focus on the 2000s anime boom and bust. She’s a huge fan of all things Sakura Wars, and maintains series fansite Combat Revue Review when she has free time available. When not in the Anime Herald Discord, Samantha can typically be found on Bluesky.

Anime Herald

Support Anime Herald

Anime Herald is brought to you through our Patrons and Ko-fi supporters. Consider backing us for as little as $1 a month to help us keep the site ad-free and pay a fair rate to our writers.

Patrons and backers can access several benefits, including Early Article Access, our members-only Discord, and the ability to suggest articles for our team to write on your behalf.

Latest Posts


Koala Anime’s Euca-lasting Impact On North America

Perhaps we’re not clamoring to purchase koala poop necklaces in North America, but our love of koalas and the shows inspired by them lives on in the efforts to find and preserve the original Japanese release of Adventures of the Little Koala.

By Borealis Capps