Touken Ranbu (刀剣乱舞 "Boisterous Sword Dance"), often abbreviated to Tourabu ( とうらぶ "Sword Love") is a Japanese free-to-play browser game developed by Kadokawa Games and Nitroplus released in January 2015. A mobile version of the game called Touken Ranbu Pocket was released in March 2016.
The gameplay typically centers around controlling and managing touken danshi (刀剣男士 "sword warriors"), male personifications of historical Japanese swords. Players assume the role of a saniwa (審神者) that creates these characters in order to fight against monstrous enemies within different eras. Like in Kantai Collection, battling is automated, but players can manually forge, repair, and team up their characters.
The game has two anime adaptations: one called Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru which is animated by Dogakobo and began airing in October 2016, and another, Katsugeki/Touken Ranbu, animated by Ufotable which begain airing in July 2017. The game also has a series of musicals and stage plays based on it.
Though the game is basically a Kantai Collection clone, Touken Ranbu has gained great popularity thanks to its all-male cast.
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