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First Peek at Live-Action Touken Ranbu Film Revealed

Pretty swords-as-pretty boys franchise Touken Ranbu is getting a big-screen live-action adaptation, and we’ve got our first peek via a poster revealed today.

The poster features actor Hiroki Suzuki as Mikazuki Munechika.

Suzuki played the same role in the stage play based on the franchise. That’s true of most of the cast of the film, including Yoshihiro Aramaki (Yamanbagiri Kunihiro) and Ryo Kitamura (Yagen Toushiro).

It’s directed by Saiji Yakumo (Ankoku Joshi) and written by Yasuko Kobayashi (JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure anime) and is set to open in Japan in 2019.

Touken Ranbu has been adapted into two anime series: Hanamaru (2016) and Katsugeki (2017) as well as multiple stage plays. Here’s how Funimation describes Hanamaru:

Based on the hit mobile game, see Japan’s most famous swords like you’ve never seen them before—as handsome warriors!

In the year 2205, the past is threatened by historical revisionists who seek to change it. Protecting history becomes the task of a boisterous band of swords that are brought to life in the form of men, like Yamatonokami Yasusada and Kashuu Kiyomitsu—the two prized weapons of a Shinsengumi captain. Beyond their battles, these legendary swords and spears lead charming daily lives at a certain citadel where they hope to reunite with other weapons from the past. But Yasusada wishes for the one thing that he knows is taboo—to see his master again.

What do you think of the live-action Touken Ranbu poster?

Source: ANN

Matt Schley

Matt Schley (rhymes with "guy") lives in Tokyo, and has been OUSA's "man in Japan" since 2012. He's also written about anime and Japanese film for the Japan Times, Screen Daily and more.