Hi, all! It’s Ayumi from MANGA.TOKYO, and I’ve been a big fan of the Shinsengumi for the last 15 years!! My favorites are of course Kashuu Kiyomitsu and Izuminokami Kanesada. A super popular event, ‘Touken Ranbu -Online- Kyo no Kiseki Stamp Rally II’ is being held in Kyoto from January 21 2017 and I have recently written a three-part photo report, which started with Vol.1 and Vol.2:
Luckily, I had the chance to get inside the ‘Touken Ranbu -Hanamaru-: Kyo no Kiseki Hanamaru Festival’ at Toei Kyoto Studio Park (Toei Uzumasa Eiga Mura)! I will deliver all sorts of Touken Ranbu -Hanamaru- information, including ‘that spot’ which was recreated by the art team of Toei Kyoto Studio Park, anime collaboration food and street views of Edo right in front of your eyes! All right, boys and girls! To our dream land…Let’s go!
There is a glossary at the bottom of the page, so if you’re a little confused then check that out first!
What is Toei Kyoto Studio Park (Toei Uzumasa Eiga Mura)?
Toei Kyoto Studio Park is an interactive theme park in Uzumasa, Kyoto, where you can see the buildings from the Edo and Meiji periods. The staff is dressed in ninja, samurai, and Shinsengumi costumes. This is just like a dream land for those who love historical anime like Touken Ranbu or Onihei. My crew was screaming in an indescribable voice when they saw the studio.
This article is all about ‘Touken Ranbu -Hanamaru-: Kyo no Kiseki Hanamaru Festival’. However, if you’d like to know how awesome Toei Kyoto Studio Park is, I have written another report full of ninjas:
Kamen Rider and the live-action Gintama were filmed there…
Toei Kyoto Studio Park is known as a regular set for shooting samurai-era period films and other films. Some examples of such films that we otaku can relate to are the theatrical version of Kamen Rider and even the live-action Gintama film! When we heard, ‘when it was happening, Kamen Rider was running and Gin-san was walking through here,’ that same crew made a weird sound again from too much excitement. We never had a quiet moment throughout the day.
A collaboration with the city of Kyoto
This collaboration is not just limited to Toei Kyoto Studio Park, but also happening around shrines and temples in Kyoto and are related to the stamp rally along the local Randen line. So, it collaborates with all of Kyoto city. ‘Kyo no Kiseki II’ is organized to represent the Touken love and wishes that the fans will visit the Touken related shrines and temples, appreciate Hanamaru Festival and enjoy everything about Kyoto. Through our visit, we were well assured that this collaboration is nothing like a shallow superficial anime event.
Ok, It’s time to begin our tour! Let’s go to Toei Kyoto Studio Park, to ‘Kyo no Kiseki Haenamaru Festival’!
‘That spot’ from ‘Touken Ranbu -Hanamaru-‘
The very first one I would like you to see is this famous spot from Touken Ranbu -Hanamaru-. The memorable anime scene was recreated by the Toei art team!
In Japan, people write a wish on ‘Tanzaku’ paper and hang it on a bamboo tree to celebrate Tanabata, the star festival on 7 July. In the anime, the characters hang the pink Tanzaku paper on the big tree as if it’s in full bloom. Many of them contain the wish of seeing Ichi-nii (Ichigo Hitofuri)…you wouldn’t be able to watch this touching episode without crying…
It’s such a nice surprise that you can recreate this emotional scene by yourself.
Can you believe that the Citadel really exists…? I feel giddy now…but before leaving the place, let me introduce you to the most wonderful spot, possibly the best of all in this area…it’s ‘the entrance to Saniwa’s room’.
What if I told you that all these standees are my favorites? Do you think I got special treatment? Yes, you’re so right! They are all my picks!
Because I can!
You can choose 4 Touken Danshi warriors of your choice to project onto the screen. This is a must-see for fans. Everyone becomes so excited and emotional in this genius spot, ‘the entrance to Saniwa’s room’. It was the highlight of my day. There even are cardboard boxes stacked up around, which adds some reality to it.
Which 4 poses would you choose? On that day, there were many Saniwa queuing up for this, but they were saying, ‘oh no, we’re going to expose our true nature.’ [laugh]
There are so many other spots that will make you honestly just want to kneel down before the Toei staff…thank you so so much for recreating all of these to perfection…The audio guidance of Yamatonokami Yasusada, Kashuu Kiyomitsu, and Heshikiri Hasebe made the whole thing so real as if we were visiting the actual Citadel. We had such a fantastic time jam-packed with gorgeous dreams. The voices are especially recorded for this event, so you don’t want to miss this!
On the next page, I’ll show you some unique collaboration food, filled with love!!