9th musical to run from January-March in 3 cities
The official website for the Touken Ranbu musicals announced on Saturday that a new musical will run in Aichi, Osaka, and Tokyo between January and March 2022. The new musical will be the ninth in the series.
The page also announced an arena tour titled Shinken Ranbu Matsuri 2022, which will start in May 2022 and will run in Fukui, Aichi, Osaka, Miyagi, Fukuoka, and Tokyo. This is the first “Matsuri” tour to be held since 2018.
Touken Ranbu – Atsukashiyama Ibun, the first stage musical for the franchise, held its first trial performance in 2015, with its debut run held from May to June 2016. The franchise has since inspired more musicals, as well as a separate series of stage plays. The eighth stage play will debut in spring 2022.
The “sword personification training game” takes famous swords from Japanese history and interprets them as bishōnen. Nitroplus designed the characters and scenario. The game launched in Japan in January 2015. The franchise has inspired the Katsugeki: Touken Ranbu television anime series and an upcoming anime film, as well as the Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru spinoff’s two anime series, an upcoming anime film trilogy, and a compilation anime film. A live-action film opened in Japan in January 2019, and a sequel film will open this year. The franchise has also inspired various manga. Johren released the original Touken Ranbu browser game in English on April 27, and will release the smartphone version of the game as well.
Touken Ranbu Musou, a collaboration between the Touken Ranbu -Online- and the Musou/Warriors game franchises, will launch in English as Touken Ranbu Warriors for Nintendo Switch in North America on May 24, 2022. The game will launch in Japan on February 17, 2022.