Katsugeki Touken Ranbu OP

For people who don’t know anything about japanese history like me. 
I really know nothing so hopefully everything’s in check. 

This is Watatsumi Shrine. This is a shrine located in Kochi, which is Sakamoto Ryoma’s birthplace (Mutsunokami’s owner). Ryoma is seen has the hero of Kochi and is admired and respected by its people, which led to the construction of a bronze statue of Ryoma in 1928. It currently resides near the shrine.
Also the maple tree’s leaves can mean “precious memories” in flower language! The leaves can turn red from October to December, and Ryoma died in December.

This is the battle of Aizu. A remnant of The Shinsengumi fought in this battle in favor of the Tokugawa government. Kane-san’s and Horikawa’s owner, Hijikata Toshizou, participated in this battle. Although in the end the faction he was part of lost.

This is from the battle of Hakodate, which takes place after the battle of Aizu. Here Hijikata joins the battle too and fought long and hard, but was killed in the end. Also Hijikata was killed by a gunshot wound, maybe the hole in the Shinsengumi flag was made by a bullet?

This is the Honnouji incident. This is where Yagen’s owner, Oda Nobunaga, died by committing suicide after being surrounded by the opponent’s troops. The fire consumed the Honnouji and Yagen vanished during it, supposedly lost to the fire. (he’s prolly watching over Oda as the fire consumes him too ;_;)

This is the Ootaki castle. Tonbokiri’s owner, Honda Tadakatsu, founded and partially ruled this castle. He died during fall, and you can see it’s fall during this scene. Also these leaves are from a Ginkgo tree, in flower language they can mean “repose of souls”.

This is the Shimotsuki incident, which took place in December. One of Tsurumaru’s owners was a young boy called Sadayasu from the Adachi clan. During the incident, the Adachi clan ended up being exterminated thanks to the Hojo clan, and Sadayasu was killed. Tsurumaru was buried together with Sadayasu, but then came in Hojo Sadatoki who wanted to own Tsurumaru, so he exhumed Sadayasu’s grave and took him away. (there’s some discrepancy between the real life events and game events about this just fyi)

This is from Sakamoto Ryoma’s assassination. When Ryoma was attacked he reached for his sword, Mutsunokami, and used it to block the opponent’s attack. In the process of doing this, the sword’s scabbard broke and the opponent’s blade reached him. In the end he lost the fight and died. 

So basically this OP is pretty sad. 

You’ve probably read this post by @fuusenchan​ which breaks down the details of the scenes in Katsugeki/Touken Ranbu opening, say - Mutsunokami and Ryoma’s death, Kane-san/Horikawa and Hijikata’s death, Yagen and the Honnouji Incident, etc.

And we have all probably come to the same conclusion that this opening is already pretty sad as it is.

But wait, what about the ending?

From Wikipedia: Tōrō Nagashi (灯籠流し) is a Japanese ceremony in which participants float paper lanterns down a river. This activity is traditionally performed on the final evening of the Bon Festival in the belief that it will help to guide the souls of the departed to the spirit world.

And what do we have here?

The Shinsengumi - where Izuminokami Kanesada and Horikawa Kunihiro were part of with their former master, the Vice Commander Hijikata Toshizo.

The “Father of the Imperial Japanese Navy” Sakamoto Ryoma, who was the owner of Mutsunokami Yoshiyuki. The lady beside him was most likely his spouse, Narasaki Ryo.

Tadakatsu Honda, “The Warrior who Surpassed Death” and the former owner of Tonbokiri. It was said that he had never once suffered any significant wounds/injuries despite having participated in more than 100 battles in his whole life.

Now I might be wrong with this one…

The sword seems to be Tsurumaru Kuninaga. I’ve tried looking up his previous owners and I’m not sure who this guy was. My closest bet is Hojo Sadatoki during the Heizen Gate Incident where he purged Taira Yoritsuna and 90 of his followers.

Now this one’s just a wild guess, but if we were to follow the opening, only Yagen Toushirou is left, so this person could be Oda Nobunaga (sorry if I’m wrong though).

Conclusion: Katsugeki OP features the sword reliving the memories of their late masters. Meanwhile the ED features the masters themselves while they were still alive. Thus, be prepared to say goodbye to your hearts as Ufotable and the gang rip your feelings to pieces throughout the episodes.


Katsugeki/Touken Ranbu Ending Backgrounds, including the six basic sword’s original masters

Hijikata Toshizou (Horikawa Kunihiro & Izuminokami Kanesada), Sakamoto Ryoma (Mutsunokami Yoshiyuki), Honda Tadakatsu (Tonbokiri), Date Masamune (Tsurumaru Kuninaga) and Oda Nobunaga (Yagen Toushirou).

Bonus: Katsugeki’s honmaru view, the place where their new master lives.


Manga serialization of Katsugeki Touken Ranbu, based on current anime, will begin in August issue of Jump SQ (published on July, 4th).

On the same day 1st volume on Touken Ranbu Hanamaru manga (based on TR Hanamaru anime) will also be published. // The first 5 issues of that manga are view-able on shonenjumpplus website (in Japanese).

Source: mantan-web


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Araki Hirofumi as Nikkari Aoe
Ota Motohiro as Sengo Muramasa
Spi as Tonbokiri
Yokota Ryuugi as Monoyoshi Sadamune
Zaiki Takuma as Ookurikara