New Year’s Eve is coming and Yamatonokami is still on his personal journey, while the touken danshi at the citadel are cleaning up and preparing for New Year celebrations. New touken danshi are also arriving at the citadel, and it’s Kashuu’s task to show them around to life in the citadel.


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This iteration of Touken Ranbu anime from studio Dogakobo makes its return this winter season. Starting off with the New Year is a good opportunity to reminisce on the togetherness that the touken danshi had experienced through their previous year in the first season. As Munechika remarked near the end of the episode, the various touken danshi with their respective backgrounds and personalities play off well with each other to create new bonds of relationships. Comic expressions and relaxing music by Kenji Kawaii also build the friendly atmosphere.

Just like the first episode of the first season, aside from the more laid back activities at the citadel, there is also one sortie where some of the touken danshi get to do some cool actions against the History Retrograde Army. Overall, the episode effectively reintroduces the contents that the Hanamaru series has to offer: mostly fun and relaxing daily life with some occasional action on missions that both serve to nurture the growth of the characters’ togetherness.

Facts and Figures

Source Material  Online browser game by Nitroplus and DMM
Casts Daiki Yamashita as Imanotsurugi
Hidenori Takahashi as Ishikirimaru
Junji Majima as Nikkari Aoe
Kaito Ishikawa as Kasen Kanesada
Kazuyuki Okitsu as Hachisuka Kotetsu
Kento Hama as Mutsunokami Yoshiyuki
Mitsuhiro Ichiki as Yasusada Yamatonokami
Reona Irie as Maeda Tōshiro
Ryota Ohsaka as Shishiō
Seiichirō Yamashita as Yagen Toushirō
Sōma Saitō as Namazuo Tōshirō
Takuya Satō as Shokudaikiri Mitsutada
Tarusuke Shingaki as Heshikiri Hasebe
Tomoaki Maeno as Yamanbagiri Kunihiro
Toshiki Masuda as Kiyomitsu Kashū
Yuuki Tai as Sōza Samonji
Yuuta Kasuya as Gokotai
Director Tomoaki Koshida (debut as series director)
Scriptwriter Writeworks (Konohana Kitan, Grancrest Senki)
Character Design Junichiro Taniguchi (Genshiken, Monthly Girls’ Nozaki-kun, Prison School)
Opening Theme “Hanamaru In no Hi no Moto de” by Mitsuhiro Ichiki and Toshiki Masuda
Ending Theme Changes every episode
Studio Doga Kobo
Official Website
Broadcast Date 7 January 2018 (1500 GMT, 2200 WIT), 8 January 2018 (0000 JST)

Screenshots and Trailer

© 2018 Animation “Touken Ranbu – Hana Maru -” Production Committee
© 2018 Animation “Touken Ranbu – Hana Maru -” Production Committee
© 2018 Animation “Touken Ranbu – Hana Maru -” Production Committee
© 2018 Animation “Touken Ranbu – Hana Maru -” Production Committee

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