Hotarumaru Nendoroid – Touken Ranbu (刀剣乱舞 Tōken Ranbu, lit. “Wild Dance of Swords”) is a free-to-play collectible card browser video gamedeveloped by Nitroplus and DMM Games. It is only available in Japan and was released on January 14, 2015. It has been adapted as three anime series.
Players assume the role of a sage (審神者 saniwa) who travels into the past to defeat evil forces, and has the ability to animate legendary swords, which are depicted as attractive young men. Hotarumaru Nendoroid Touken Ranbu is mostly a gender-swapped cloneof the game Kantai Collection, also by DMM, which anthropomorphizes historical warships as young girls. Combat is largely automated, with progress mainly dependent on resource management and grinding. Hotarumaru Nendoroid
Touken Ranbu quickly became very popular in Japan, particularly with young women, and had over a million registered players as of June 2015. The game has been credited with accelerating the Japanese cultural trend of “katana women” (カタナ女子 katana joshi) – women who are interested in, and who pose with, historical Japanese swords. Hotarumaru Nendoroid That trend had been started a few years previously with the Sengoku Basara video games, which made katana fans a distinct part of the Japanese subculture of female history aficionados (reki-jo). The popularity of Touken Ranbu was such that a Japanese women’s interest magazine published an article about exercise routines based on sword fighting techniques from the game, and the 2015 Tokyo Wonder Festival’s figure exhibition was reportedly “completely dominated by hot male swordsmen”. Hotarumaru Nendoroid
The year is 2205. The “historical retrograde army” have begun attacks on the past in their plot to change history. The Saniwa, who have been charged with protecting history, can imbue life into objects. Strongest among these are the Token Danshi, swordsmen who had originally lived as legendary swords. The story centres around their cheerful lives.
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