Current Episode Count: 7/? MyAnimeList.Net Rating: 6.8/10
I’m not gonna lie. I was trying to find a show to watch for this post and had no idea what to watch. Birb gave me a few suggestions and I was like “Nah…” to all of them. Then she says “Watch the new pretty boy samurai anime.” So I immediately found the first episode without knowing a damn thing about it. Surprisingly, it wasn’t too bad. The music is beautiful and the art is really compelling. It does have that slight 3D feel to it that reminds you it was based on a game. I’ll run through the plot quick before getting to the important stuff.
Katsugeki/Touken Ranbu follows a group of samurai, called Sword Warriors, that are attempting to stop history from being changed by the Time Retrograde Army. Each of the samurai were once swords who were given human bodies when their masters died (Fun fact: they are all named after real weapons that were created. Historical accuracy bitches). The leader of the samurai, Saniwa, has the ability to detect time anomalies so they have a general idea of when the army is going to try and change time. Every time they go back, they use knowledge of history to figure out what events should take place and stop the army from interfering. The first 5 episodes follow the newly created Second Unit who are attempting to stop the army in the 1863. The next 2 episodes seem to be about the First Unit. It’s not clear yet if the rest of the show will switch units again or what will happen. That’s enough to get you started. There honestly isn’t a ton more to say about the actual plot. But there is a ton to say about the very pretty samurai. I’m gonna break it down for you by character, mostly just focusing on the second unit.
Kanesada is the main character of the show and eventually captain of the Second Unit. He has that typical anime samurai look to him so I was expecting for him to be the cool and aloof type. When we first meet him, when he’s fighting the Time Retrograde Army, he does fight with that “This is so easy” kind of feeling. Although he might have aspects of that stereotype in him, he also freaks out a good amount too. When the first mission of the Second Unit ends poorly, Kanesada questions his leadership ability and if history was really not altered since so many people died. At this point in the series, it does seem that he’s starting to question if what they are doing is good or not. Kanesada has a rivalry with Mutsunokami Yoshiyuki. I love his hair so much, even if I’m not the biggest fan of his character.
(A lot of these are gonna be from college oops ^^;; )
Right before my freshman year of college I went to orientation, where you stay overnight and they give you a tour of the campus and tell you about everything that goes on at the school, and you meet your guidance counselor and schedule your classes and get your ID and stuff
All that sounds great, except the college I went to was spread across a city, and it had a lot of buildings that spanned a pretty dang large area?? So there was a TON of walking involved, and this was at the beginning of August so it was like 99 degrees
So they walked us for miles and miles around this huge campus in the hot sun for like an hour, and some genius decided that going to the ID building to get our student ID’s would be the LAST stop, so we had to take our student ID photos looking all haggard and drenched in sweat, and that was the picture that would be on our ID for the rest of the 4 years we were there lmao it was a mess
“Well, that whole ‘I don’t give a shit’ thing has never really gone far with me. It’s why indie is my most hated [music] scene — a scene where you pretend you don’t care in order to not get judged on how bad you are as a musician.”