Genre Tags: Action, Samurai, Fantasy
Synopsis: 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…
Plot Rating: 8/10
Character Development Rating: 7/10
Progression Rating: 7/10
Animation Rating: 10/10
Conclusion Rating: 8/10
Technical Overall Rating (based on average of above ratings): 7.8/10
*This rating is unbiased and based completely on the honest ratings for each category and so may often be lower than my personal rating. This is the rating you’d probably like to go by when deciding if you’ll watch a series or not, unless my explanation for my personal rating of why it deserved a better rating is one you agree with
Personal Overall Rating (based solely on my personal enjoyment): 8/10
*This rating is totally biased and based completely on my personal feelings of the anime. This will often be higher than the technical rating because sometimes I love certain series despite them being kind of bad. My reasons for the higher rating will often be given here or in the GC.
Should You Watch: If you like slow-paced action and fantasy or watched Hanamuru, yes.
General Comments: So, this show was the action counterpart of Touken Ranbu: Hanamuru Days. It featured new characters mostly, with an addition appearance of one or two characters we saw in the previous series. This series was certainly more action than it’s predecessor, but it was slow-moving. I found it hard to remain attentive at times because things seemed to move so slowly, but towards the later half of the series, things picked up and got more interesting as well as more feelsy. Undeniable however, is that the animation was amazing as only Ufotable can be and the sword boys were a fujoshi’s paradise. The Bishounen characters and implicit BL between certain characters were still the biggest draw, at least for me. I’m not sure if I’d have enjoyed it quite as much without those aspects, but it was definitely an enjoyable series overall.
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