From the studio that animated the ultra-popular Fate series, Ufotable brings in another great anime, Katsugeki Touken Ranbu. Quite the underrated anime, it’s got many good things going for it and is absolutely worth a try despite the unfortunate unfair low ratings.
- Episodes: 13
- Aired: Jul-Sep 2017
- Genres: Action, Samurai, Fantasy
- Studio: ufotable
Although a great story, it feels quite rushed. I’ll start with the positives, it clearly explains itself at first of what situations the characters are going through until the midpoint. The plot progresses a bit fast from what I’m accustomed to and felt too fast especially towards the end. Sadly 13 episodes weren’t enough as it felt things were confusing at times if it were even a 24 episode anime it would’ve done better. But nonetheless, it tried to convey it’s meaning by most of the time improving its characters later on.
It’s Ufotable what do you expect? The fairly new studio (compared to most other ones) in the TV anime market has surpassed industry greats like Kadokawa and JC Staff, 2 of the best studios who make some of the best-looking animes EVER. And I’m totally not fanboying. The Fate series was also highly praised for its breathtaking art only seen in some anime movies, and Ufotable has certainly knocked the ball out here once again. The fight scenes were superior if you ask me and the character design was also something Ufotable greatly built upon here. Definitely one of the best-looking anime out there.
The sound was brilliant. As a matter of fact, EVERY VA perfectly did their role and did a very very good job. Meanwhile, the OST was more memorable then the Fate series’ as the Violin powerfully stabbed through my brain. I was terribly addicted to listening to the OST. The OP and ED though were great but we’re very similar to the Fate series’ too and that may be a problem as it has too many similarities with the aforementioned show. But otherwise excellent.
The characters were amazing. Simply said, I loved each and every one of them. But why a 7? It’s because there were TOO MANY of them and there was VERY LESS TIME to focus on each one of them. Each character had their own unique personalities that’s true, but the issue is that just about 3 or 4 of them actually developed further in 13 episodes. Apart from that though I said their personalities were unique, it felt as if some were exact clones of another and the First unit rarely ever got a proper arc. No effort was done to show anything about them. The Master also was rarely shown and his reasons for his actions were not even talked about…
Those who’ve checked my account might know I’m currently watching Gintama. And there’s not much serious action neither are there any frequent fight scenes. Though after a particular arc I craved for such action and stumbled upon Katsugeki Touken Ranbu. I wanted epic action sequences and Ufotable was the go-to studio for that. Known for their brilliance in the Art field I confidently started the series Knowing I’ll get what I want and I wasn’t wrong. What I got was some teeth-gritting action sequences that made you go “Woah” in awe. Couple that with a suspenseful storyline and a colorful set of characters (a LOT of them) and you’ve got yourself one heck of an awesome anime to delve into.
Katsugeki Touken Ranbu is an anime that has it all going for it. If you love action sequences, love a lot of characters, want the BEST art an anime studio could ever give, Katsugeki Touken Ranbu is the quintessential example of the aforementioned expectations. It hits damn hard to home with those screenshot worthy art everywhere. Sadly it like Aoyama kun was another of the unfortunate examples of great anime that were unfortunately overlooked. It deserved as much attention as the Fate series if not greater. But well, hopefully, next year’s movie adaptation can hopefully protect the future of the great anime.
P.S: No girls in this anime were something I as a romance fan was like “MASAKA???” for but in the end it was fun. There were tons of things here that you wouldn’t obviously find in Romance animes and being one of my first big footsteps outside of my Romance/Comedy bubble I can confidently say it was a good one for now 😉