They sure work fast at churning out goods and figures when they know there’s a winning title in their hands. Behold! Goods and bishie figurines of the hottest Japanese online game, Touken Ranbu is descending upon us! *o* (Not that I really mind… having to wrestle with my willpower to spend more money on cute guys ^^;;)
What is Touken Ranbu about?
Touken Ranbu (刀剣乱舞) is an online web browser game by DMM and Nitroplus. Players assume the role of a Saniwa sage (審神者) who travels into the past to defeat evil forces that are trying to change the course of history. As a sage, you have the ability to breathe life into inanimate objects, including famous historical swords. Your duty is to bring these blades to life, create an army, and defeat the enemies! (Source: http://touken-ranbu.wikia.com/wiki/Touken_Ranbu_Wiki)
Besides the bishie personified swords, rich historical stories, the voice actors are one of the great draws to this game. I first found out about the game when Japanese players started tweeting and sharing about images of these bishie swords. Lots of awesome looking fan art of the sword boys showed up on Pixiv too.
Game link: http://www.dmm.com/netgame/feature/tohken.html
As the game is restricted to Japan only, you need to use a VPN to get a Japanese IP in order to play this game. Find out more here: http://meltdowner.tumblr.com/post/108201848014/so-you-want-to-play-touken-ranbu and http://touken-ranbu.wikia.com/wiki/How_to_Register
I’ve watched the game play videos on youtube and it seems very repetitive and possibly frustrating since a huge part of it is random, from smithing swords, sword drops, using the dice to move ahead and enemy encounters. Although I have already signed up for an account (the music is beautiful by the way) I’ll have to sadly conclude that I just don’t have the luxury of time to spend on it orz;;; You can check out the videos if you’re interested. I think it is highly possible that an anime be made for Touken Ranbu. I’ll watch it when it happens then :P
For more information in English, check out the community on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Tourabu
For sword recipes: http://toukenranbu.wikia.com/wiki/Sword_Recipes
Various figures and goods of the characters were announced just a few months ago during Wonder Festival Winter 2015 and they’re already available for preorder. This is blazingly fast considering that some figures take more than a year to actually materialise.
Nendoroids of 2 supposedly popular characters are already available for preorder.
Title: Nendoroid – Touken Ranbu Online: Mikazuki Munechika (w/First Edition Bonus: Original Background Serial Code)
ねんどろいど 刀剣乱舞-ONLINE- 三日月宗近 (初回生産封入特典：オリジナル景趣入手シリアルコード 付)
Price: 4200yen (w/tax)
Available: August 2015
Title: Nendoroid – Touken Ranbu Online: Kashuu Kiyomitsu (w/Initial Production Bonus: Original Background Serial Code)
ねんどろいど 刀剣乱舞-ONLINE- 加州清光 (初回生産封入特典：オリジナル景趣入手シリアルコード 付)
Price: 4200yen (w/tax)
Available: September 2015
Nendoroid of Kashuu Kiyomitsu 加州清光(かしゅうきよみつ)
Voice actor: Masuda Toshiki 増田俊樹
I’m most excited about the upcoming 1/8 scale figures of Mikazuki Munechika and Kogitsunemaru. They’ll be sculpted by Nanako, who also sculpted Dramatical Murder’s Aoba and Ren 1/8 figures.
Coloured figure prototype of Kogitsunemaru! :D What a beauty!
Voice actor: Kondou Takashi 近藤 隆