Katsugeki/Touken Ranbu: Beautiful but hollow

With this week’s episode, I have finally made up my mind. I dropped Katsugeki/Touken Ranbu.

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MAL link: https://myanimelist.net/anime/33018/Katsugeki_Touken_Ranbu

I simply wanted to try out Katsugeki/Touken Ranbu after seeing that it is being animated by ufotable, as there’s a possibility that it could be good. And it didn’t really fail my expectations, as ufotable manages to make some of the most nice looking action scenes as well as some very impressive animation in general along with being generally beautiful overall. It was simply a feast for the eyes.

However, the compliments stops here. Although ufotable did a good job with the animations and everything, the anime still fell short, especially in terms in story telling and character development. I feel that this probably has nothing to do with ufotable themselves, as the source is a mobile game after all, and translating a mobile game’s usually shallow and unexplained plot into an anime is hard work.

So what exactly went wrong?

The story telling was bad. It wasn’t so boring that you want to fall asleep, but it makes me completely uninterested and not really want to watch on. Every week, when I start the new episode, instead of feeling excitement and anticipation, I felt detached from the story. It was just not interesting enough and at certain areas really really generic, as well as being weird and nonsensical at times. Meaning, it is a plot with holes as well as commonly seen, and does not make you see anything too unique within it. As a result of a combination of these, the story section is dragging the entire anime down.

But of course, that’s not the only reason why I decided Katsugeki/Touken Ranbu was not good enough. It was also because of the character development(or lack thereof).

The characters feel like they could be interesting. They have the potential to be, especially the main character(or maybe they are all main characters?). But it ends here. There is no actual substance to make us interested in these characters or actual development, and any actual  reveal of their past or history is stopped short, as if to have a cliffhanger. However, all it achieves is making me feel that the characters are all shallow and hollow shells that fight for absolutely no reason other than “master told us so” or “the world needs us”(where have I heard this before), which, if its true, simply gives off the “oh god this premise sucks” kind of feel to the viewers. And because of that, I don’t feel that compelled to support the characters nor do I feel any connection to them.

These two major flaws make the show generally less enjoyable than it’s supposed to be, and as such, the show has been sitting on the edge of boredom and excitement for me for a while now. And with the latest episode, where it feels as if nothing really got done yet again, I knew I had to drop it before I waste more time on it.

And there you go, I dropped Katsugeki/Touken Ranbu.

Make something more interesting next time please ufotable. More Fate.

Stats at the end of run:

Art: 9/10: Selling point. Gorgeous.

Music: 7/10: The opening and ending songs are pretty nice, and the voice acting isn’t bad either.

Story: 5/10: Urgh.

Comedy: 0/10: Nope.

SOL: 2/10: Does this exist? I’m not really sure, this was an action series anyways.

Overall: 6/10: Not bad but…not good either.

5 thoughts on “Katsugeki/Touken Ranbu: Beautiful but hollow”

  1. I have to agree. I still can’t remember any of the character’s names and while I’m liking the action sequences, not a lot else is really keeping me interested in this show. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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