Token Ranbu – Hanamaru – has recently started its anime broadcast and there have been so many fans anxiously waiting for the next episode. Meanwhile, let’s see what happened at the Token Ranbu talk show that took place at Machiasobi vol.17 in Tokushima city from October 8 to 10.
At first, followed by the MC’s call, Mitsuhiro Ichiki (as Yasusada Yamatonokami), original producer Digitaro, chief producer Yoshihiro Furusawa, and producer Junnosuke Ito made their appearance on stage and greeted the audience. While Ichiki Mitsuhiro felt a little awkward and humbled to find himself being surrounded by these outstanding producers, Digitaro asked him to act like a producer as well.
During the talk show, they first talked about the first episode:
Ichiki Mitsuhiro said, ‘As it had been almost half a year since the double anime adaptation announcement at Anime Japan 2016, I felt like, oh it finally came. However, it didn’t feel that long since the last Machiasobi that was held back in May. I’ve been really happy to be able to voice-act together with the other voice cast members since there weren’t so many lines as well as interactions between the voice cast in the game version.’
In response to this, Digitaro said, ‘The anime broadcast took about a year and half since its original game Token Ranbu -ONLINE- and I was super excited like, Oh now I can finally watch it!’
Next was a live audio commentary of the first episode. In response to the announcement of this super rare chance to watch the anime along with the cast and staff members, the audience burst into a wild applause. The commentary progressed in a joyful mood with the cast and staff members talking about the first episode’s highlights. They also shared behind-the-scenes stories that happened during the anime production and voice-dubbing sessions.
Most of the audience raised their hands when asked whether they had already seen the first episode, and the cast/staff members refrained from making further comments during the epic departing scene, especially after seeing the audience’s serious look towards the screen.
Shortly after the anime screening, they got back to the talk show, moving on to the next section called ‘Hanamaru secret stories’. The first story was from Ichiki and the way he paid attention to the way he talks. Digitaro shared a behind-the-scenes story, ‘There will be no katana breaking while in Honmaru’ as did Furusawa Yoshihiro, ‘During the frist episode’s production, we have made lots of revisions and modifications in order to value Token Ranbu’s vibes and worldview.’
They also talked about the highlights of episode 2 which was scheduled to air on the same day as the event. Then, Token Ranbu -ONLINE-‘s navigator Konnosuke showed up as a surprise guest. The venue was filled with warmth while Digitaro was shooting a barrage of photos of Konnosuke with his smartphone. Then, they took a group photo with the familiar Hanamaru pose.
Just before the end of the event, each of the producers made their final comments, ‘We will keep doing our very best to entertain everyone!’ (Ito), ‘I’d like to continue offering something that can get support from everyone.’ (Furukawa), ‘Please enjoy the game, musical, play and stay tuned for the two anime series!’ (Digitaro).
Ichiki asked the audience’s continuous support, ‘There will be more and more attractive Token guys appearing and I’m pretty sure it will keep you entertained until the very end. Please keep rooting for Hanamaru.’ He also requested an adaptation of Token Ranbu’s fighting game from the director. That was enough to make the audience cheer and applause until the curtain fell.
(C)2016 アニメ『刀剣乱舞-花丸- 』製作委員会