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Japanese Title: 千銃士
The era after which the whole world was devastated by nuclear war.
People lived in a world under absolute rule by the World Empire where everything was controlled and deprived of liberty.
But, while it was forbidden to have any military force, there was one group resisting and secretly kept fighting to defeat the dictatorship of the World Empire.
They challenge the fight with ‘antique guns’ that were left intact as pieces of art.
These antique guns are the homes for souls of late warriors that incarnate and are called ‘Musketeers’.
The Thousand Musketeers is an anime adaptation of a smartphone game where players collect and fight with various anthropomorphized guns from various eras. It is basically Touken Ranbu with guns. The beautiful boys are all antique guns from all around the world; Russian, Prussian, and Japanese. All the muskets from the American Civil War. Personal guns of famous persons. Every new character appearance comes with its own info box about the history of the gun and a distinct style and personality that differs them from the rest. But is there anything else to the anime except for being an excuse to market the game? Well, I have to be frank here and say that I expected it to be way worse than it actually was. The premise is simple: after a devastating nuclear war, an authoritative world government keeps the peace by force. According to the anime’s logic, ‘the end of war brought the end of freedom for the people’, and thus a resistance was born that wants to restore democracy. The unnamed protagonist, the Master aka as the player of the game, can bring antique guns to life and imbue them with the power of nobility. Through that, they exceed their guns’ limited capabilities and gain extra powers.
I am not following this one because I am not a fan of the genre and I couldn’t care less of the game, but that doesn’t mean there is nothing for you here. If you like cute boys with a noble purpose (and there will be a lot in this series) or you play similar games, you might enjoy the anime.
The Thousand Noble Musketeers is part of a mixed-media franchise, which also consists of a manga and a relatively recent smartphone game. Like the popular game Touken Ranbu, the series consists of weapons who have been given (beautiful) human bodies to help you, the player, fight. In this case, the boys are all personifications of antique firearms.
Before even coming near this anime there are a few things you should keep in mind. 1) The sole purpose of this franchise is to set off the ‘moe’ senses of women and get them to shower these 2D characters with money (I’m a victim of this myself for other smartphone games) 2) It’s an adaptation of a card-collecting game, so expect to be bombarded with a million different characters in the first episode. 3) This anime is meant to be a companion to the game and a way for fans to see their favorite characters moving and talking 4) Any ‘plot’ that happens is solely there so we can see the guys being cool. 5) This anime uses the pull of famous Japanese voice actors 6) Character development is probably not going to be much of a thing so as not to clash with their personalities established in the game.
Don’t like the sound of any of those? Well, it’s probably time to leave as this anime is not for you. When it comes to anime adaptations of card-collecting games, I think I prefer the Cute Guys Doing Cute Things route such as Touken Ranbu Hanamaru, rather than the more ‘serious’ ones such as this and Sengoku Night Blood. The characters are all pretty and, more importantly, have beautiful voices. While I find Brown to be very adorable, I didn’t care much for anybody else as it was just too many characters to take in at once. I may stick around for a few more episodes to see if any more characters take my fancy, but as I have only played the game a few times, I might find myself drifting off…
Anyway, the theme song is awesome.