To celebrate the first episode of Katsugeki/Touken Ranbu, I’m making this blog post to spam you with photos that I took when we went to the Touken Ranbu Honmaru-Haku Exhibit at Grand Front Osaka. The exhibit featured character designs and storyboards from the anime, different visuals from the stage play, and even the costumes worn by the musical’s cast. All in all, I took 280+ photos in two hours and that wasn’t enough tbh.
Warning: This post is image heavy. I compressed the photos, so they can load faster both in PC and mobile. Enjoy!
We’re glad that we bought tickets for this exhibit on the first day of sales because we found out that it was sold out immediately. I mean, it’s understandable when we weren’t able to get tickets for its shows (tickets got sold out in five minutes!), but to think that even the exhibit is a big deal… Well, the game in itself is already popular.
After eating our lunch at the Kimi no Na Wa. cafe, we headed to our next destination! We were asked to fall in line outside according to the number on our tickets. I didn’t care that we got 11 and 12 at first, but it got us front row seats for the short film showing, which is a good start.
The Character Fusuma (Sliding Doors)
As you enter the exhibit, you’ll be in awe to see the gold-leaf panels with all the characters on it. You’ll be greeted by the five starter touken danshi (sword warriors) first, then the rest of the characters in the citadel.
The area is divided into four different seasons. Apart from knowing that by looking at the background of the characters, you’ll see small stands (below) which emit the scent of a particular season.
Of course, even if Souza Samonji is known to be the weakest, I still love him (along with his brothers!). I just grow to love all the characters portrayed by Sasaki Yoshihide (Souza’s stage actor).
Meeting the Old Man
The next room is where Mikazuki Munechika lies… well, the sword that is. It’s said to be more than a thousand years old (that’s why he calls himself a jiji or old man) and lucky for us, there’s an on-going recreation project to bring him again to life using the same swordsmithing techniques!
Touken Ranbu Hanamaru OP Animation Panel
Our third stop was the anime panels on the left side. It shows the storyboard on how they animated the opening song of Touken Ranbu Hanamaru. Watch and listen to it, but learn me warn you… it’s a catchy song that you’ll end up singing to it over again.
Touken Ranbu Musical
In front of the OP panel storyboard is the Toumyu (Touken Ranbu myujikaru) corner! It has a big open space, featuring photos from their stages and solo shots of each character. The official visuals were there, too.
More Visuals from Hanamaru
As you turn right, there’s a long stretch of character guides and other details from the anime. I wish I had enough space to take photos of each one of them!
In different corners, you’ll see some clips from the anime. One of them is actually my laptop’s current wallpaper. Hehe.
Then you’ll see a long stretch of animation guides in square panels. One of my favorite scenes in the anime is when Tsurumaru picked up a cool sunglasses. He has other two glasses if I remember correctly.
In the middle and at the end corners, you’ll see these panels. The ones below show the characters in their usual outfits and the ones on the top panels show character, location, and item animation guides.
Touken Ranbu Stage Play
The Tousute (Touken Ranbu suteji) corner was only half the size of the musical. I wasn’t disappointed by that fact, but I would’ve loved to see the costumes from the stage play as well. And I’m a little more biased with Tousute because my favorite stage actor is there. ww
A new season for Touken Ranbu has been lit, so they’ve put up its own corner. I’m well-aware of Izuminokami Kanesada’s popularity, but I’m shocked to actually see it while I’m in Japan. It’s difficult to take decent photos whenever Kane-san is involved. ww
In front of this, there’s an enclosed area where we’re not allowed to take photos… and it happened to be the best corner of the entire exhibit. I wish I have a photographic memory because everything displayed there was amazing.
Going Back to the Present
Like everybody else, I have a fascination with Japan’s old era. I’d like to know more about their culture as long as I have the chance. Thankfully, Touken Ranbu introduced everything in such an interesting way.
Among all the exhibits I’ve been to, this is probably one of my favorites. It’s sad to leave, but I’ll definitely treasure the experience. Now, I’m more hyped to see what it has to offer in the future!