Touken Ranbu is a tremendously popular online game in which all characters are embodied Japanese anime sword. The game has been modified into a two-season anime, a theater plays and a melodic. The blades are associated to prevalent figures in Japanese antiquity and fans who are interested in learning history visit museums all over the country where the swords are exhibited. Though the anime primarily depicts every character’s personality, here we have some of the interesting historical facts about them.
Differences between Tantou, Tachi, and Wakizashi?
Since there are multiple characters in Touken Ranbu, most fans find it hard to recognize each of them individually. The characters of Touken Ranbu are also known as Touken Ranbu and are grouped in accordance to their anime sword types such as Tantou, Tachi, Yari, and Naginata. The difference between them is in their outlook and length. The swords owned by Touken Danshi are the weapons that correspond to those names. You can easily distinguish between the Yari and Naginata from others as both come with a unique shape. Tantou is typically a short anime sword mainly used for self-defense and as a decorative piece for ceremonies. Another sword Wakizashi was used when Tachi or Uchigatana are damaged during a sword battle.
You might find Tachi and Uchigatana quite similar at first look, though they are designed for different purposes. Tachi is typically used in cavalry battles. It features a cutting edge on the lower side which prevents any self-harm and disturbance in their actions. Cavalry battles often occur in the Sengoku period in Japan. The swords in this period such as Mikazuki and Shishiou are classified in the Tachi type. On contrary, Uchigatana was used for battles fought on foot. You might have observed samurai and Shinsengumi members owning this sword. They find it easier to use with only one action when an opponent comes up in front. The sword belonging to the Shinsengumi members such as Yamatonokami Yasusada and Nagasone Kotetsu belong to this category.
Usually, Tachi swords are 90cm long and were rarely used during that period because their average height was about 150cm. Only those samurai who had confidence in their arm strength used them, however, most of them needed help when using a Tachi in a battle.
The Sanjou and Rai swordsmith schools
You might not have heard about swordsmith schools in the anime series, though in the game they are categorized as a subcategory. Some swords have the partial name such as Kasen Kanesada and Izuminokami Kanesada. Every swordsmith school has the same characters, techniques, and area which shows that Touken Danshi who are in the same school category belongs to the same birthplace. For instance, consider the Sanjou school founded by Mikazuki Munechika and Kogitsunemaru, a renowned swordsmith in the Heian period of Japan. There are other schools including Rai and Kotetsu as well.
Why are there so many brothers in the Awataguchi school?
You won’t find any appearance of the Touken Ranbu anime without the brothers of the Awataguchi schools. You might be thinking why there are many brothers in the Awataguchi school. Awataguchi was another popular swordsmith school working effectively during the Kamakura period. They outshined in Tantou making and for that reason, most of its brothers are in this category. Also, this is the reason why there are many brothers in the school that are not mentioned in the anime. Though, Atsushi Toushirou said in the game that they were considered as a lucky charm which every feudal lord desire of. The credible full tang anime swords of Awataguchi school were mostly presented to the royals and popular samurai and that’s why they are carefully stored in museums even today. Unfortunately, some of the swords constructed by Awataguchi school were burned during battles. For example, Namazuo Toushirou and Ichigo Hitofuri were destroyed during one of the well-known battle in Japanese olden times, the Summer Crusade of the Siege of Osaka. Honebami Toushirou was seared in the Great Fire in Edo. All three swords were found and later re-forged.
Why are some of the Touken Danshi good friends?
Touken Danshi belonging to the same school became good friends. Also, some of them from varying sword types and schools become even closer. Horikawa Kunihiro connected himself to Izuminokami Kanesada known as Kane-san in the anime. Both of them belonged to Hijikata Toshizo in the Shinsengumi which brought them closer together. They are often seen chatting with Ookurikara. Though the common thing in all of them is that they belonged to the Date clan who is a powerful warlord family in the Sengoku period. Tsurumaru was a famous sword which has passed between many warlords including the Date clan. Both of them belonged to the legendary warlord, the Masamune Date. You will frequently see exhibitions of anime swords in Japan. It is reported that the number of visitors to museums is increasing with every day due to the popularity of Touken Ranbu. Hotarumaru is one of the swords which went missing in the disruption caused by the edict. Lately, there is a movement towards the revival of the anime sword.
Japanese History Through Famous Swords
Samurai swords make for the most significant part of Japanese times gone by. Every Touken Danshi living in the tempestuous periods of Sengoku offers several legends and anecdotes. If you are interested in Japanese history, look up the ancient times of the swords and you will get to know fascinating stories about them.