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Uchigatana (打刀) swords deal a decent amount of damage and can attack multiple times, but have limited range. The five starter characters are all swords of this type.

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    In General 
  • Dysfunction Junction: Many of the swords in this category have troubled pasts or extreme quirks, which results in a lot of clashing personalities.
  • Jack-of-All-Stats: They have fairly balanced stat distribution.
  • Taking the Bullet: Kiwame uchigatana gain the ability to take projectiles for adjacent swords.

    23, 24 – Nakigitsune (鳴狐)
Kiwame Form 

Rarity: Medium (Basic/Toku); High (Kiwame)
School: Awataguchi (粟田口)
Voiced by: Shintaro Asanuma (Japanese), Alison Viktorin (English)
Illustrated by: Kumita
Fox: "Well, well, since it has come to this, you may call me Nakigitsune, an Uchigatana from the Kamakura period. I'm the fox accompanying him!"
Nakigitsune: "......please take care of me."

Nakigitsune is a sword from the Awataguchi school. Nakigitsune rarely ever speaks, letting his pet fox speak on his behalf.

  • A Dog Named "Dog": After Kiwame, it's revealed that the fox's name is....well, fox.
  • Animal-Eared Headband: He wears a headpiece with fox ears on it in his Kiwame form.
  • Animal Motifs: Foxes are his motif, same as Kogitsunemaru.
  • Boke and Tsukkomi Routine: Nakigitsune and the fox seem to have this dynamic after Kiwame, with the fox still trying to talk in his owner's stead and Nakigitsune being annoyed and embarrassed by him.
    Fox: "Hmmm......when I look at the field, my instincts tell me to dig it up..."
    Nakigitsune: "Fox, don't."
  • Character Development: His fox writes letters to the Saniwa of Nakigitsune's Kiwame training until he stops his fox from writing the letters and writes them himself from that point on. He tells the Saniwa that their process is positive. He tells them about how he and his fox met and their relationship started and explains his reason why he always relies on the fox. Afterwards, he states that he's no longer a sword used for show and gains a new resolve to serve the Saniwa.
  • Cool Mask: He wears a black menpoo (a protective armored mask that covers the lower half of the face) that gives him a fox-like appearance. He's never seen without it. His mask does actually come off in his Kiwame form, but only in his Awakening portrait.
    • In the manga anthology SQEX Formation, Izuminokami, Urashima, and Tsurumaru are curious as to what he look likes without his mask and attempt to take him by surprise when he has it off. However, he doesn't even take it off when bathing or eating. When his mask finally comes off in front of them, they find that underneath it is just another mask. According to his fox, it's a secret.
  • Commonality Connection: Despite his shyness, he'll open up (or try) to anyone who has fox motifs, such as his fox or Kogitsunemaru.
  • Kitsune: His Kiwame form takes his fox motif up a notch into this, with him gaining a fox-eared headband, trailing ribbons that look like fox tails, and small blue and purple flames floating around him that may be fox fire. His fox also has three tails, which could mean that even if Nakigitsune isn't an actual kitsune, his fox might be one.
  • Last Request: If he gets destroyed in his Kiwame form.
    "Thanks for everything, Fox. Tell Master that I did my very best."
  • Multiple-Tailed Beast: His fox gains two additional tails in his Kiwame form. While Nakigitsune doesn't actually gain any tails himself, he does have six ribbons trailing from his shoulders that give the impression that he has six tails.
  • No Social Skills: According to the fox, Nakigitsune is awkward at socializing and lets his fox do most of the talk. In his first Kiwame letter, the fox tries to write the letters, until Nakigitsune stops him and starts writing from then on.
  • Please Wake Up: If he gets destroyed in his standard form.
    Fox: "Nakigitsune! Please open your eyes, please breathe, please stand up...! Ah, is it not working..."
  • Shoulder Pet: His pet fox is usually draped around his shoulders.
  • Talking Animal: His fox, which actually does most of the talking for both of them. The Saniwa and Kogitsunemaru are understandably creeped out by it.
  • Third-Person Person: After his Kiwame, he becomes slightly more talkative. And for some reason he refers to himself in third-person.
  • The Quiet One: Nakigitsune rarely speaks, so his fox talks for him. This is based on how the real Nakigitsune was never used in battle. His resume consists of sitting in display at Akimoto’s family residence for hundreds of years and then continuing to wallflower at the Tokyo National Museum. No wonder he is so difficult with people, since he has hardly ever stepped out of his glass case.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: In his Kiwame form, he becomes more eager for the Saniwa's praise.

    63, 64 – Sengo Muramasa (千子村正)
Kiwame Form 

Rarity: High (Basic/Toku); Special (Kiwame)
School: Muramasa (村正)
Voiced by: Junichi Suwabe (Japanese), David Wald (English)
Illustrated by: namaniku ATK
Live actor: Motohiro Oota (Musical)
"Huhuhuhu. I am Sengo Muramasa. Yes, that so called demon blade Muramasa. Huhuhuhu...."

An uchigatana suitable for battle with a fearsome killing blade made by the first Muramasa (Sengo Muramasa). His mysterious behavior is perhaps due to his legends of being long viewed as a demon blade. He is also a source of concern to Tonbokiri, who is also from the Muramasa school.

  • Agent Peacock: He's rather flamboyant in general, especially in the musical continuity. Regardless, he's a ferocious combatant and lives for battle.
  • Badass Baritone: In-game, his voice is rather deep and seems to get deeper when he goes to fight. His musical counterpart averts this, given his higher voice and singing tone.
  • Battle Strip: He has a habit of stripping, especially before or during battle.
  • Calling Your Attacks: He does this in one of his attacking lines, which is a reference to Myouhou Muramasa, Sengo Muramasa's most famous work which was associated with Nichiren Buddhism. It is also the Sanskrit name for the Lotus Sutra, the most popular and influential of the Mahayana sutras upon which many sects of Buddhism, including Nichiren, were founded.
    "Saddharma Puṇḍarīka Sūtra!"
  • Character Development: For his Kiwame training, he decides to search for the truth about himself as the Muramasa Sword in Saga. He explains about one of his former masters, Lord Katsushige, who inherited the governance of the piece of the land and main clan. He heard a rumor about his former master how his former master robbed the land and used a Muramasa sword to kill a feudal lord and take over the main clan. He learns that rumors that humans spread are not true, and they don’t have to seek the truth. He realizes that no matter what everyone says about Lord Katsushige, he doesn’t think he’s the rumored villain what was told in legends. He tells the Saniwa through letters that he will hit his limits before he returns to the citadel.
  • Establishing Character Moment: The Mihotose musical chooses to introduce him to the audience and to the Citadel with the very flashy, rocking, and suggestive "Nuide Misemashou" (Let's Get Naked), and he doesn't let up once afterwards.
  • The Gadfly: His appearances in the musical continuity have him intentionally rile up his other teammates, most of all Tonbokiri. Sometimes crosses into The Tease with his Double Entendres towards Monoyoshi and especially Ookurikara.
  • He's Got Legs: He is the only adult character to show off part of his legs, with part of his outfit having a very long slit at the side.
  • I Am a Monster: To some extent, he believes this about himself because of his status as a "cursed Muramasa blade" and keeps arm's length from people so they won't get hurt. Mihotose has him feign disinterest in helping raise the Tokugawa household precisely because of this.
  • Last-Name Basis: He is only referred to as "Muramusa" and is never addressed by his first name. Even Tonbokiri, who comes from the same school calls him as such. The Mihotose musical also takes this into account, as all of his comrades call him by his last name. Subverted in the English dub of Zoku.
  • Pet the Dog: While he calls Tonbokiri a worrywart, he understands the concern when they are both from an infamous school of swords and does not blame him.
  • Production Throwback: His outfit and hairstyle make him look like a Gender Flipped version of Muramasa the Third of Full Metal Daemon Muramasa, another nitro+ game NamanikuATK did designs for.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: He has red eyes, and there are many legends surrounding him about how he's a "demon blade" who drives his wielders insane.
  • The Rival: To Kikkou Sadamune in Zoku. He and Kikkou compete over the position of the Saniwa's attendant when Hasabe isn't around in the citadel.
  • Shameless Fanservice Guy: He often expresses a desire to take off his clothes, regardless of where he is or what he's doing. In Zoku, he is seen at the beach, naked with the other Touken Danshi.
  • Signature Laugh: He has a distinctive laugh of "Huhuhuhu", written in letters instead of katakana or hiragana.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: A grade A with his high boots and his outfit slit up to his hip to reveal this.
    71, 72 – Kikkou Sadamune (亀甲貞宗)
Kiwame Form 

Rarity: Medium (Basic/Toku); High (Kiwame)
School: Sadamune (貞宗)
Voiced by: Masahiro Yamanaka (Japanese), Howard Wang (English)
Illustrated by: Homerun Ken
"I'm Kikkou Sadamune. The reason behind my name? ...Hehe. Perhaps I'll leave that to your imagination."

The sword of shogun Tokugawa Tsunayoshi and one of the Sadamune school swords. Kikkou is extremely loyal to the saniwa through and through, though his eagerness to obey his master's orders may be partly due to certain tastes of his.

  • Badass in a Nice Suit: He wears a white suit into battle.
  • Casual Kink: He gets excited at the thought of neglectful play when you leave him alone for awhile. His Awakening portrait reveals that he wears shibari ropes hidden beneath his clothes in his standard form, which is quite telling of his hobbies.
  • Character Development: For his Kiwame training, he decides to travel to Edo. He explains that he was a sword of a shogunate clan. During his travels, he begins to feel lonely and fears that the Saniwa won’t read his letters to them. His former master, Lord Tsunayoshi, who helped push for reevaluation and was unfathomable for a shogunate family to be able to issue on large scale degrees. Afterward, he learns that the people more or less want to be ruled by others, their place in society determined by someone else. He the reason why the Tokugawa shogunate lasted so long was because instead of being a lone wolf in the wilderness, it will let people be more at ease. He’s glad to have the Saniwa as his current master and he will entrust his body to them.
  • Combat Sadomasochist: When injured, his sprite smiles as if he is enjoying the pain. However, when awakened, he cools down, denouncing pain without love as worthless.
  • Last Request: If he gets destroyed in his Kiwame form.
    "Master...I was bad, so please scold me...please, punish me...because that'll mean I wasn't worthless..."
  • Meaningful Name: Named after the symbol that's engraved on his tang, a chrysanthemum in a hexagon, which resembles a tortoise shell. The word kikkou also refers to the "tortoise" style of shibari rope bondage, hence why he wears shibari ropes under his clothing in his standard form.
  • Megane: Wears notably hexagonal shaped glasses in keeping with his namesake.
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: Like Hasebe, he'll take out any enemy and do anything for the saniwa.
  • The Rival: To Sengo Muramasa in Zoku. He and Muramasa compete over the position of the Saniwa's attendant when Hasabe isn't around in the citadel.
  • Something Else Also Rises: His line when he reaches Toku implies this. The Saniwa is not amused.
    "Fufufufu...I have risen in various ways. To be specific... Hey! Where are you going!?"
    81, 82 – Souza Samonji (宗三左文字)
Kiwame Form 

Rarity: Medium (Basic/Toku); High (Kiwame)
School: Samonji (左文字)
Voiced by: Yuuki Tai (Japanese), J. Michael Tatum (English)
Illustrated by: Jiro Suzuki
Live actor: Yoshihide Sasaki (Stage Play)
"... Souza Samonji, present. Do you too, desire the Symbol of Conquerors in your service?"

A legendary sword that, having belonged to the Three Unifiers of Japan, is considered a sword of conquerors, though he had rarely gone into battle. He's always complaining about being treated like a Battle Trophy and is very condescending and cynical.

  • Animal Motifs:
    • Peacocks symbolize beauty, grace and nobility since, when he was a sword, many war fords (Souza's previous owners) saw him as a Battle Trophy or a symbol of conquest and he was never used in battle.
    • Butterflies are symbol of change, life and hope since, in the past, he was only used as a peace display and never in combat. His life changed after he gained a human form from the Saniwa to able to fight, a free-will and a new purpose to protect history.
  • Battle Trophy: As he belonged to powerful warlords, Souza's previous owners saw him mainly as symbol of conquest, rather than a battle tool. This is a source of angst for him, as subtly shown in his lines directed to the Saniwa. And doesn't seem to change even after Kiwame.
  • Character Development: He travels to Azuchi for his Kiwame training. He wants to overcome his former master, Oda Nobunaga in order to move on. He admits that his former master has such an impressive presence that one cannot run away from that shadow. Even though he can't overcome Nobunaga, that doesn't stop him from serving the Saniwa and to be useful in the battlefield and resolving that one day he will change.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Had Oda Nobunaga's name engraved into him while in his possession once the latter defeated Souza's former master, was badly burnt during the Edo period to the point had to be reforged (this event also left him with a fire trauma), and thanks to his powerful owners, was always seen as a Battle Trophy rather than an actual combat sword, something he seems to resent.
  • Deadpan Snarker: When not complaining about the Saniwa treating him like a Battle Trophy, he's very sardonic and cynical. This extends to the stage play and the anthology, where he never misses a chance to make fun of Hasebe's serious Undying Loyalty, often comparing him to a dog.
  • The Eeyore: Like his brothers, he's not a very positive person, though it doesn't seem very obvious at first since he's always seen smiling.
  • I Just Want to Be Free: Compares himself to a "caged bird". His line when he breaks (in his standard form) also confirms this wish:
    "(...) Aah... At long last, freedom."
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Souza is sarcastic, blunt and abrasive towards most of the swords and the Saniwa (and doesn't change even after Kiwame) but he genuinely cares about his brothers, Kousetsu and Sayo.
  • Keigo: He speaks in polite tongue at all times and to everyone except Kousetsu.
  • Perpetual Smiler: Despite how upset and sad he looks, he's almost always illustrated with a wistful smile on his face. His appearance in the stage plays, however, make him more of a Perpetual Frowner, as he's always anxious about some part of his past.
  • Red Baron: "The Symbol of Conquerors." Refers to how he was used essentially as a status symbol for his previous owners, being an unusual take on this trope, since the title is almost entirely based around his possession by others than whatever deeds he'd done or his quality as a sword. In fact, Souza was hardly ever used in real combat at all.
  • Servile Snarker: He's very snarky and abrassive when he talks to the Saniwa. He becomes slightly more respectful after Kiwame, but it's because he's got used/resigned to be around the Saniwa at that point.
    ".....Ah, it looks like you're back....What's with that face? Were you expecting a kinder greeting? I'm not a dog waiting for his master to come, like that Heshikiri or Fudou Yukimitsu."
    85, 86 – Kashuu Kiyomitsu (加州清光)
Kiwame Form 

Rarity: Medium (Basic/Toku); High (Kiwame)
Voiced by: Toshiki Masuda (Japanese), Garett Storms (English)
Illustrated by: Kumita
Live actor: Ryuuji Satou (Musical)
"Uhh. I'm the child beneath the river. Kashuu Kiyomitsu. I may be difficult to handle, but my performance is good."

Kashuu Kiyomitsu is one of the swords of Okita Souji of The Shinsengumi. He comes across as vain and very fixated on his appearance, but this is a hint at his insecurities. He and Yamatokami are the main characters of Touken Ranbu - Hanamaru.

  • Anguished Declaration of Love: If he gets destroyed in his Kiwame form.
    "Even if I die... I'll love you..."
  • Attention Whore: Not so noticeable at first, but he often subtly fishes for compliments. For example, he says he's not good at scouting, even though he has the best scouting stats out of all the uchigatanas. It's more obvious in his First Year Anniversary line.
    "Hey, after being a saniwa for one year you surely have known, right? About who's number one, I mean."
  • Agent Peacock: Very fixated on his appearance, and he even wears nail polish and high heels, but he'll still go into the fray alongside everyone else. However, despite his willingness to fight, he'll still complain about being made to do fieldwork or horsekeeping.
  • Beauty Mark: Has one below his mouth.
  • Berserk Button: Getting damaged, to the point that he snaps in his Awakening mode. Given that he firmly believes he should always look beautiful to be loved...
    "Anyone who sees me naked... shall die...!"
  • Character Development: Following his Kiwame, he's much more emotionally open and has mostly moved on from his insecurities about Okita. He's also much more vocal about his affection for the Saniwa and a bit more crude and masculine in his speech patterns.
  • Character Tics: In the musical, he plays with his ponytail and hair when idle. Less so in the Trial Run.
  • Combat Stilettos: He wears high-heeled boots into battle.
  • Desperately Craves Affection: His obsession with being beautiful is because he equates being beautiful to being loved, and he thinks that if he's beautiful enough he'll never be abandoned. His fixation with being loved and his insecurities have historical basis: when Okita took him into battle in the Ikedaya Incident, Kashuu's tip was broken off during the battle and deemed irreparable, so Okita abandoned him. Word of God says that Kiyomitsu wholeheartedly welcomes any new master who would love him.
    "If you're bothering to repair me, does that mean you still love me?"
  • Gratuitous English: Uses a lot of it in his Kiwame lines.
  • Hidden Depths: At first he seems a very carefree guy who is a bit too much fixated on his appearance, until he gets damaged and starts blurting out about his abandonment issues and asking not to be discarded. At the same time, he's also mature enough to let go of most of his resentment towards Okita when sent to Ikedaya, surprising Nagasone.
  • I'll Kill You!: In his Kiwame form, he says this in his awakened sprite.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: The reason he's so fixated on looking beautiful is that he was born in the poorest and most oppressed part of Edo society, and he tries to come across as much of a refined beauty as possible so he won't be reminded of that.
  • The Leader: Of Squad 1 in the first musical. His hardheaded, "fight as one of the team" method of leadership was inherited from the Shinsengumi, which clashes with his duty to take care of and carefully lead his teammates to victory. He's still very new to noticing the plights of his team, but he learns.
  • My Greatest Second Chance: He dresses himself beautifully to get his new master’s love and avoid abandonment.
  • Quickly Demoted Leader: After his run as the Squad 1 leader in Atsukashiyama Ibun, Kashuu opens up the mission debriefing for Bakamatsu Tenrouden relieved of his duty in favor of Hachisuka Kotetsu. Kashuu's job is to help guide him throughout the mission.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Yamatonokami's Red, despite his color coding.
  • The Resenter: Towards Okita, for discarding him. He even refuses to call Okita by name, instead referring to him as "that guy".
  • Starter Equipment: One of the five swords the player can choose from when beginning the game. He's also the Saniwa's starter sword in the Hanamaru anime.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: In the Trial Run of the musical, he really looks up the the Saniwa and tries his best to live up to Saniwa's expectations. His attitude resembles a teenager's here, making his case of the trope almost accurate.
    87, 88 – Yamatonokami Yasusada (大和守安定)
Kiwame Form 

Rarity: Medium (Basic/Toku); High (Kiwame)
Voiced by: Mitsuhiro Ichiki (Japanese), Dallas Reid (English)
Illustrated by: Kumita
Live actor: Yuuki Torigoe (Musical)
"Yamatonokami Yasusada. Not easy to handle, but a good sword."

Yamatonokami Yasusada is one of the swords of Okita Souji from The Shinsengumi. He is usually very nice and easygoing but becomes very violent in combat. Still hasn't gotten over Okita's death, trying to emulate his clothing and mannerisms. He and Kashuu are the main characters of Touken Ranbu - Hanamaru.

  • Alliterative Name: Yamatonokami Yasusada
  • Beauty Mark: Has one below his right eye.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He's usually pretty nice, but during combat his lines become quite ruthless.
    "Lose your head and die!"
  • Blood Knight: Despite his normally gentle appearance, he is quite hot-blooded in combat, and he actually giggles in a somewhat unsettling way when he's the leader of your party and you've reached a boss node. This is, of course, another trait of Okita Souji he's trying to emulate. Goes Up to Eleven after Kiwame, where he tries to move on from his past and becomes more devoted to the Saniwa, but is even more aggressive in combat.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: If left idle (in his standard form), he'll ask if you're playing a different game.
  • Character Development: In order to move forward with his life, Yamatonokami visits his former master, Okita Souji, for Kiwame training. Par for the course, Okita collapses and Yamatonokami laments over his eventual passing. He visits him on his sickbed, but Okita scolds him for doing so because he is well aware that Yamatonokami is in the middle of an important duty and is simply wasting his time seeing him. Yamatonokami then realizes that if he keeps focusing on the past, he won't be able to move on, so he decides it would be best to forget his former master and return once he can finally dedicate himself solely to the Saniwa as their sword.
  • Coat Cape: He wears his Shinsengumi haori on his shoulders in his Kiwame form.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: He wears his hair down in his Kiwame form.
  • Hair Decorations: He wears a bow in his hair that holds up his ponytail. In the Hanamaru anime, he also gains a cherry blossom themed hairclip from his Saniwa, which also becomes something of an Iconic Item for that incarnation of him.
  • Lazy Alias: Yamatonokami goes under the pseudonym "Okizawa" (a portmanteau of his master Okita and a generic surname ender) when joining the Shinsengumi in Bakamatsu Tenrouden.
  • Letting Her Hair Down: His Kiwame form loosens his ponytail to reveal his shoulder-length hair.
  • Man in White: He wears a simple white kimono in his Kiwame form. With this and his undone hair, it makes him look like an Ill Boy, much like how Okita was in his last days.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Despite his color scheme, he is Red to Kashuu's Blue.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": Is it Yamatonokami or Yamato-no-kami?
  • Together in Death: If he gets destroyed in his standard form.
    "Okita-kun... Finally... With you..."
  • Undying Loyalty: To his previous master, Okita Souji. As shown in-game, he hasn't gotten over Okita's death, to the point of dressing and behaving like him. Word of God says that he doesn't dislike the Saniwa, just that he doesn't want to attach to his new master so easily and fears that he'll end up betraying the memory of Okita by forming a new bond with the Saniwa. It's a constant source of angst for him in season one of Hanamaru, since while he does miss Okita, he wants to repay for the kindess the Saniwa has showed him; and in Bakamatsu Tenrouden, he is conflicted over giving him medicine for his illness so he could stay alive. He finally does become loyal to the Saniwa after Kiwame and his destroyed line shows it.
    "Even in death... By your side..."
    90, 91 – Kasen Kanesada (歌仙兼定)
Kiwame Form 

Rarity: Medium (Basic/Toku); High (Kiwame)
School: Kanesada (兼定)
Voiced by: Kaito Ishikawa (Japanese), Oscar Seung (English)
Illustrated by: Homerun Ken
Live actor: Takuma Wada (Stage Play)
"I am Kasen Kanesada. I am a famous liberal arts sword who loves elegance. Pleased to meet you."

The sword of the Sengoku-era lord Hosokawa Tadaoki. He was named after the 36 Immortals of Japanese Poetry, but it was prompted by his master's execution of 36 retainers. His personality is thus a duality of arts and violence, which is also a reference to his owner's life.

  • Affectionate Nickname: Nosada by his brother Izuminokami, a reference to his swordsmith.note 
  • Alliterative Name: Kasen Kanesada
  • Badass Cape: In his standard form, he wears a black one with a flower decorative designs inside. In his Kiwame form, the inside of his cape resembles a morph butterfly wings.
  • The Berserker: Despite being a courteous man while in the citadel, Kasen has shades of this during battle, alluding to his owner Tadaoki, who had a violent streak. He gets notably enraged if injured in-battle (most swords brush it off, give a mild complaint or even give the attacker some credit) and curses the enemy to "die a thousand times", and when sparring in Internal Affairs, he apologizes to his partner for attacking with such brute force.
  • Blood Knight: Not to the extent of some other swords, but you probably wouldn't expect such a brutal attacking line ("Present your neck") from someone who goes on and on about grace and elegance.
  • Character Development: In his Kiwame training, Kasen decides to travel to Higo since he’s been invited as one of the guests by his former master, Lord Sansei Hosokawa. He’s aware it’s still from physical strength, but he’s planning to improve his culture sense of beauty. In his letters during this period, he let the Saniwa know that his training is fruitful, but he has a hard time writing poems about the results and that he has many things to learn from his former master. In his final letter to the Saniwa, he says he learned all he could from his former master, only getting more about him after he passed away. Afterwards, since he has completed his training, he decides to return to the Citadel and practice the skills he learned from his journey.
  • Combat Aestheticist: Is very passionate about elegance in combat. He's also a little exigent with the equipment he's given to.
  • Cultured Warrior: Fancies himself as one. According to Kasen, his specialties are Japanese poetry, tea ceremonies, and epicureanism.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: At least physically, with Sayo Samonji in the recollections.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Subtly implied. His official profile says Kasen is a self-proclaimed cultured person. While his owner was known for being well-versed, what Kasen actually does to be considered cultured is... debatable.
  • Last Request: His line if he's destroyed in his standard form.
    "Ahh... So this is the afterlife? I must write a poem... My brush... Someone, bring me my brush..."
  • Parting Words Regret: If he gets destroyed in his Kiwame form.
    "Though I call myself a sword of the arts, I cannot find words to impart to you in the end... I've failed as a poet..."
  • Starter Equipment: One of the five swords the player can choose from when beginning the game.
  • Warrior Poet: A big part of his character; he talks often about writing poems (even his Last Request, as mentioned above, is related to it). Here's one of his lines when he's injured, in the citadel:
    "...Ah, pardon me. I was too deep thinking of a poem, I didn't even notice."
    91, 92 – Izuminokami Kanesada (和泉守兼定)
Kiwame Form 

Rarity: High (Basic/Toku); Special (Kiwame)
School: Kanesada (兼定)
Voiced by: Ryohei Kimura (Japanese), Robert McCollum [Hanamaru]; Robbie Daymond [Katsugeki] (English)
Illustrated by: Shiramine
Live actor: Shotarou Arisawa (Musical)
"I am Izuminokami Kanesada. I'm cool and strong! Recently, I'm a popular sword."

An uchigatana (formerly classified by the game as a tachi) who was wielded by Hijikata Toshizou of The Shinsengumi. Izuminokami is a main character in Katsugeki/Touken Ranbu.

  • Affectionate Nickname: Horikawa calls him "Kane-san".
  • Badass Boast: His line when obtained introduces himself as strong, cool, and popular. He certainly lives up to the strong part at least, as his total Toku stats place him fifth out of the entire cast, beating out all but a few exceptional tachi.
  • Badass Longcoat: He wears a Shinsengumi haori in his Kiwame form.
  • Berserk Button: In Katsugeki, Izuminokami doesn't like when people speak ill about the Shinsengumi. And with him and Mutsunokami at odds with each other, he hears it a lot.
  • Big Ego, Hidden Depths: He's proud and loud there's no denying, but he's a rather sharp thinker underneath. He refuses to dwell upon the past because he feels the memories that he has now are enough, and he recognizes Hachisuka's struggle to reconcile Nagasone's distaste for violence with his strength along with pointing out how similar both Kotetsus are in personality.
  • Big Little Brother: Is taller than Kasen, his actual brother, and especially Horikawa, with whom he has a closer relationship and more closely resembles, while being younger than both of them.
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: Implied by Horikawa's New Year's Greeting line, in which the latter asks that sake be drunk in moderation... and then says he's off to scold Izuminokami. In the Bakumatsu musical, even though he just takes one sip of alcohol, he easily gets drunk and passes out.
  • The Charmer: Judging from a few of his lines, he seems to fancy himself as this.
    "What are you doing. Could it be... that you are charmed by me?"
  • Character Development: Izuminokami infiltrates the Shinsengumi and works alongside his former master Hijitaka Toshizou during his Kiwame training. He explains that his current form was forged to best suit his former master, so in order to overcome his current limits, he has to venture on this unavoidable path of self-discovery to better understand his very core or being. After witnessing Hijikata's tragic death, Izuminokami realizes his sentimentality for the past, as a famous sword during the samurai era, was what made him who he is and growing means surpassing that stage in his life. The age of swords maybe over, but Izuminokami knows he still has the Saniwa to serve and so he returns, ever confident he can fight as one of the finest blades of this era.
  • Coat Cape: He wears the Shinsengumi haori like a cape in his normal form - the sleeve is more noticeable in his battle art.
  • Combat Stilettos: After Kiwame, he wears high-heeled boots into battle.
  • End of an Age: His self-introduction mentions he was created in a time where swords made way to new weaponry, but he has no complaint about being born.
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: After Kiwame, he wears his hair in a high ponytail instead of wearing his hair down.
  • Guest Fighter: Appears as a playable character in the Granblue Fantasy x Katsugeki/Touken Ranbu collaboration event alongside Mikazuki Munechika and Yamanbagiri Kunihiro.
  • Manly Tears: Sheds these in his recollection skit with Horikawa, while they're both in Hakodate, remembering their previous master. In Katsugeki, after he catches a glimpse of his former master, he begins to shed tears of joy and sadness upon seeing Hijikata again, even if for a brief moment.
  • No Historical Figures Were Harmed: Much of Izuminokami's character is directly inspired by Hijikata himself.
  • Rapunzel Hair: Has very long dark hair past his waist, and in fact did have the longest hair in the game until Juzumaru came along.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: In Katsugeki, Izuminokami is horrified by the destruction of Edo at the hands of the Revisionists. Blinded by rage, he takes out his anger on them and attempts to kill them all without coming up with a strategy.
  • Samurai Ponytail: His Kiwame form has him do up his hair instead of tying it low like usual.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: Played with; He and Horikawa are not related, but according to him, he was forged by a 12th generation swordsmith from the Kanesada school. Hijikata Toshizou requested that his sword have characteristics similar to his wakizashi (Horikawa), so this may be the reason why they look alike. In contrast, compare him to his actual brother Kasen.
  • Those Two Guys: In the Hanamaru anime, he's always seen with Horikawa.
  • Trying Not to Cry: In the recollection with Horikawa regarding of their previous master, Hijikata:
    Horikawa: "But Kane-san, you're crying, you know?"
    Kanesada: "Shut up...!"
  • Younger Than They Look: Despite looking like an adult, he's actually the youngest of all of the swords in the game as he was, historically, the most recent sword forged (in 1867). Because of this, he's often reckless and Horikawa always has to assist him. Even more so in the official High School A.U. manga, where he's shown to be a freshman.
    93, 94 – Mutsunokami Yoshiyuki (陸奥守吉行)
Kiwame Form 

Rarity: Medium (Basic/Toku); High (Kiwame)
Voiced by: Kento Hama (Japanese), Jason Liebrecht [Hanamaru];
Ben Diskin [Katsugeki] (English)
Illustrated by: Nitaka
Live actor: Shin Tamura (Musical); Aoki Jin (Stage Play)
"I'm Mutsunokami Yoshiyuki. Since I've went through all the trouble of coming here, I'll seize the world!"

The sword of Sakamoto Ryoma, the activist who played an important role in bringing about the Meiji Restoration and consequently the modernisation of Japan. He was the heirloom of the Sakamoto family until Ryoma took him when leaving the clan to join the anti-Bakufu cause. Sakamoto Ryoma preferred to use a gun for self-defense, leaving Mutsunokami Yoshiyuki as just a symbol of his owner's samurai status, but he doesn't seem to mind it and wholeheartedly embraces the new era. Mutsunokami is a main character in Katsugeki/Touken Ranbu.

  • Animal Motifs: Fans associate him with dogs due to his upbeat personality and hairstyle resembling dog ears and tail (much like how Kogitsune's hairstyle resemble fox ears).
  • Boisterous Bruiser: He is always enthusiastic with everything he does.
    "Mahahahaha! Leave it to me!"
  • Camera Fiend: In Touken Ranbu - Hanamaru, he has a fondness for taking pictures with different kinds of cameras.
  • Character Development: For his Kiwame training, he decides to travel to Tosa and visits his former master, Sakamoto Ryoma in order to get stronger. He explains since he’s a sword of Tosa and the formed by the thoughts of the people who think about Ryoma, he will try his best not to overcome his limits. After talking with his former master, he realizes whether it’s a new or old tool to be used, it depends on usages. He’s aware his former master died after guns failed to protect himself, but states if they continue to use an old thing even when they know there are newer stuff, it will just limit their choices. He made a vow to the Saniwa that he will be the sword that fights carefully in the next era.
  • Coat Cape: He receives one in his Kiwame form.
  • Cute Little Fangs: Has very prominent canines.
  • End of an Age: His introduction quote mentions that by the time he was passed to his most famous owner, Sakamoto Ryoma, swords had become outdated and replaced by modern weaponry. However, Yoshiyuki is fine with that and looks forward to seeing a new age.
    "In Ryōma’s period, swords had already become old-fashioned. But hey, that’s the world for you."
  • Expository Hairstyle Change: After Kiwame, he wears his hair into a low ponytail instead of wearing his hair down.
  • Friend or Idol Decision: In Katsugeki, due to the Retrograde's interference, Mutsunokami finds himself stuck at a crossroad and must decide whether to save his former master from being killed or let the Fushimi Magistrate's Officer capture him. He chooses the former, even though it is mostly forbidden for swords to interact with their former owners.
  • Gameplay and Story Segregation: Despite being the only sword who wields a gun, he can't equip Musketeers as troops since he's an uchigatana (they can only be equipped by tantou).
  • Hidden Depths: Yes, he's loud, enthusiastic and overall acts like a big kid. But he also shows a surprisingly mature side when he calmly tells Nagasone (who at least in appearance looks older and usually acts more mature than Mutsukonami in his own lines), an old foe, that he should drop the sentimentality, and that trying to change the past won't work. And when he spars with Nagasone in the Internal Affairs, he says he prefers to exchange words rather than swords when trying to get to know someone.
  • A Rare Sentence: Lampshades his predicament while horsekeeping.
    "Gahahaha, a sword on horse duty! How original!"
  • Sarashi: He wears the male version. It's only barely visible in his standard portrait, but it can be seen more clearly in his Awakening portraits.
  • Sense Freak: In Katsugeki, Mutsunokami has found eating to be extremely enjoyable since his being brought to life. He even ate a fish to the bones because he didn't know he wasn't supposed to consume them.
  • Starter Equipment: One of the five swords the player can choose from when beginning the game.
  • Sword and Gun: Notably, the only sword to be Dual Wielding, and to use a non-bladed weapon. This is a reference to how he was made when guns were becoming more widely used. Also a reference to his most famous owner Sakamoto Ryoma, who was an activist for modernisation in the Bakumatsu era and favoured a gun over a sword for self defense.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Towards the Shinsengumi swords because Sakamoto Ryoma was an anti-Bakufu activist and was constantly hunted (and eventually assassinated) by pro-Bakufu forces such as the Shinsengumi. He states he'd end up fighting with them sooner or later and his skit with Nagasone is quite hostile.
    95, 96 – Yamanbagiri Kunihiro (山姥切国広)
Kiwame Form 

Rarity: Medium (Basic/Toku); High (Kiwame)
School: Horikawa (堀川)
Voiced By: Tomoaki Maeno (Japanese), Clifford Chapin [Hanamaru];
Alan Lee [Katsugeki] (English)
Illustrated by:
Live actor: Yoshihiko Aramaki (Stage Play, Film)
"I'm Yamanbagiri Kunihiro. ......What's with those eyes? Does the fact that I'm a duplicate bother you?"

Yamanbagiri Kunihiro is one of the Kunihiro blades, which was commissioned by an Ashikaga lord who admired the beauty of the original Yamanbagiri. He admits that he is a replica of the real Yamanbagiri, but vehemently defends his position as the masterpiece of Kunihiro, and wouldn’t hesitate to draw his blade at anyone who calls him an imposter wannabe or a fake. Noteworthy for being the only piece of his creator that is in the Kotou ("old sword") style.

He and Mikazuki Munechika are essentially the protagonists of the stage play continuity.

  • Berserk Button: Really doesn't like being called a fake. He also dislikes being called "beautiful", since he understands they're complimenting the sword he's a duplicate of. Ironically, he is the only one who ever mentions his own status as a duplicate and often presses his own button.
    "I'll make you regret slighting me because I'm a duplicate. Repent with your death!"
  • Big Little Brother: In the official High School A.U. manga, he's a year younger than Horikawa.
  • Character Development: He decides to get stronger for his Kiwame training not as a fake, but as himself. Throughout his training, he still confused about himself as a fake, but he begins to learn about the original Yamabagiri who slay a Yamanba and a Chougi sword with the same name before him. He finally realizes something after hearing tales from people about he killed the Yamanba or the real Yamabagiri killed the Yamabagiri, they both exist. In the end, he finally cleared his doubts as a fake and accepts he’s the masterpiece forged by Horikawa Kunihiro. He also accepts the Saniwa as his current master to serve and protect them.
  • Cloning Blues: In a fashion, anyway. He is noted to be meant as a copy of a peculiar sword, which complexes him a lot. Interestingly, he is thought to be a masterpiece (and he acknowledges that) note ; his design just isn't original.
  • Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: Is this to Mikazuki Munechika in the Stageplay adaptations.
  • Companion Cube: In Hanamaru he becomes attached to a sunflower toy and always carries it around.
  • Cry Cute: In the 5th stageplay adaptation after he defeats Mikazuki Munechika and watches as he disappears after being dismantled.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: He threatens to kill people because he thinks they look at him funny. Yes, he is that paranoid about people judging him for being a replica.
  • The Eeyore: He is not the most positive of people. Fortunately he grows out of it after Kiwame.
    "This is fine. If I'm all in tatters, no one will compare me anymore."
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Chougi refers to him as "Replica".
  • Guest Fighter: Appears as a playable character in the Granblue Fantasy x Katsugeki/Touken Ranbu collaboration event alongside Izuminokami Kanesada and Mikazuki Munechika.
  • Hey, You!: Calls the Saniwa this way and doesn't change even after Kiwame.
  • I Am Not Pretty: One of his lines tells the Saniwa to not call him beautiful, as he understands they're complimenting the sword he's a duplicate of. Funnily, he's still unconfortable after Kiwame....but this time it's because he's embarrased of being complimented.
  • I Am What I Am: In his MVP line:
    "I am myself."
  • I Can't Believe a Guy Like You Would Notice Me: He is always genuinely surprised when the Saniwa recruits him and during some chores.
    "Are you... sure I'm the one you want?"
  • In the Hood: Wears a cape with a hood that partially covers his face. This is on purpose, since he doesn't want people to compare him with the original Yamanbagiri. He ditches the hooded cape altogether in his Kiwame form, and although he still has it in his Internal Affairs clothes, he has unique art of himself with the hood off.
  • No Social Skills: Tends to keep to himself. In one of the stories in the SQEX anthology, he mentions that his brothers and the Saniwa are the only people he can talk to with ease.
  • Odd Friendship: With Mikazuki Munechika in the Stage Play adaptations in which they are teamed together. Their partnership is often the highlight of the Stageplays.
  • The Runt at the End: He certainly feels like he is in Katsugeki, despite being the leader of the First Unit. His appointed team consists of treasured, well-known historical swords, while he stands there as an "unimpressive" copy of one.
  • Single-Issue Psychology: His inferiority complex comes from the gaze of others, as he always thinks that the Saniwa would not acknowledge his strength as Kunihiro’s masterpiece, a worthy sword on his own, due to his status as a replica. He finally grows out of it after Kiwame.
  • Starter Equipment: One of the five swords the player can choose from when beginning the game.
  • Undying Loyalty: Towards the Saniwa. Downplayed in his standard form, since he's insecure about being seen as a replica and believes he's not worthy of the Saniwa's kindness. But after Kiwame, he's more confident in himself and nicer towards the Saniwa, finally understanding that his master appreciates him for being what he is. His destroyed line shows it.
    "I am...your....sword...."
    101, 102 – Hachisuka Kotetsu (蜂須賀虎徹)
Kiwame Form 

Rarity: Medium (Basic/Toku)
School: Kotetsu (虎徹)
Voiced By: Kazuyuki Okitsu (Japanese), Ian Sinclair (English)
Illustrated by: Teruko Arai
Live actor: Kensuke Takahashi (Musical)
"I'm Hachisuka Kotetsu. I'd be happy if you didn't assume I was a counterfeit."

Hachisuka is one of the Kotetsu Swords, getting his name as the treasure of the Hachisuka Clan. Extremely proud, he hates there are so many counterfeit Kotetsus that cause his own value to be questioned.

  • Absurdly Sharp Blade: As a part of him confirming his authenticity, he'll mention this, as it was what Kotetsu blades were coveted for. In history, his authenticity was proven in a cutting test where he sliced cleanly through two corpses.
  • Ascended Extra: Of the five starter swords, he gets only one recollection and very little time to shine in any of the animated adaptations. The musicals give him a bigger role, emphasizing his belligerent relationship with Nagasone.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Towards Urashima, who's the only character he isn't rude towards.
  • Big Brother Worship: Not that he'll ever admit it, but according to Word of God, Hachisuka secretly admires Nagasone for his swordsman skills and bravery.
  • Bling of War: Just look at that gold armor.
  • The Bully: He verges on this in the official manga by coldly reminding Nagasone every time he sees him that he's a counterfeit and driving him away when he sees Nagasone bonding with Urashima.
  • Character Development: For his Kiwame training, he decides to go to Awa with the Hachisuka family in order to get stronger and to be admired by everyone. Even though he still has an emotional attachment toward the Hachisuka family who kept him for so long when he was a sword. He wants to seek the power as the true Kotetsu, not as a sword of a Hachisuka. Throughout his training, he realizes the power and kindness are the sources to be stronger.
  • Combat Stilettos: He wears high-heeled boots into battle.
  • Fantastic Racism: He is prejudiced against counterfeit Kotetsu swords (like Nagasone), who tend to be of lower quality than actual Kotetsu swords (unlike Nagasone, however).
    "... These such things, how about leaving them to the counterfeits?"
  • The Fashionista: In Hanamaru, he appears to be an excellent designer. He helps Shishio with his Super Touken Danshi outfit by borrowing pieces of clothing from the other Touken Danshi in order to impress Mikazuki.
  • Freudian Excuse: There are so many fake Kotetsus floating around that it is difficult even for sword appraisers to identify the real ones. That’s why Hachisuka dresses in Bling of War and needs to adamantly proclaim that he is real, and doesn’t want to get involved with his elder brother who is deemed a fake.
  • Full-Name Basis: With everyone in Bakamatsu Tenrouden. It does a good job of emphasizing how straitlaced he is compared to his teammates.
  • Hidden Depths: The man is a surprisingly heavyweight drinker. When we see him stuck with a mug of sake as big as his forearm in Bakamatsu Tenrouden, he nearly gulps down the whole thing in one go.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: An interesting meta example. Obsessive he may be over his authenticity as a Kotetsu, his maxed-out Toku Rank stats make him one of the strongest uchigatana, which is fitting as original Kotetsu swords were coveted for their legendary sharpness. This is ultimately subverted because Nagasone, who's a well-made counterfeit, has even higher total stats.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: The musical explains his demeanor as more socially awkward than outright malicious. He's lived his life as a treasured display sword and has difficulty understanding swords who lived more practical lives, like the ones owned by the Shinsengumi.
  • Non-Nazi Swastika: His sword crest is the emblem of the Hachisuka clan.
  • Panthera Awesome: Like Urashima, A spiritual tiger can be seen by Hachisuka's side in his Kiwame awakened sprite.
  • Pet the Dog: The only person he holds highly is Urashima, whom he even praises for his kindness. In the musical, he realizes that the Shinsengumi swords being being sent to the time period of their old masters was a terrible idea and feels sympathetic for them.
  • Starter Equipment: One of the five swords the player can choose from when beginning the game. Going by his conversation with the Saniwa in the beginning of Bakamatsu Tenrouden, he also seems to be the starter sword in that continuity.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: At the end of his kiwame training, he realizes the importance of kindness and the need to show more kindness in his life.
  • Tsundere: A non-romantic example towards Nagasone; he acts cold and harsh towards Nagasone, but according to Word of God, Hachisuka secretly admires him.
    105, 106 – Nagasone Kotetsu (長曽祢虎徹)
Kiwame Form 

Rarity: Medium (Basic/Toku); High (Kiwame)
School: Kotetsu...? (虎徹...?)
Voiced By: Tarusuke Shingaki (Japanese), Christopher Sabat (English)
Illustrated by: Teruko Arai
Live actor: Yuu Imari (Musical)
"I'm Nagasone Kotetsu. I'm a fake, but I'm set to outdo the real thing. Please take care of me."

The sword of Isami Kondo, the leader of The Shinsengumi. He is a counterfeit Kotetsu which irritates his "brother" Hachisuka. He is also something of an enemy to Mutsunokami Yoshiyuki due to their respective owners being on opposite sides in the political struggle leading up to the Meiji Restoration, and Isami Kondo was blamed and executed for Sakamoto Ryoma's assassination. He has a mostly outgoing personality that believes actions mean more than words.

  • Animal Motifs:
    • Subtly, tigers. The name Kotetsu contains the character for tiger and his blade was passed off as a Kotetsu with a forged signature. Thus, his appearance has a more noticeable motif akin to that of a tiger, as shown by his layered hair and eye color.
    • A blazing spiritual aura resembling a phoenix can be seen behind Nagasone in his Kiwame awakening sprite, which is also said to be a symbol of death and rebirth.
  • Blood Knight: A downplayed variant, but he enjoys fighting to prove himself. This may be a reference to the contrasting interpretations of the Shinsengumi: romanticized in popular culture, but also criticized by historians as ruthless killers.
  • Character Development: For Kiwame training, Nagasone travels to the Bakumatsu Period to visit his previous master, Kondo Isami. Nagasone strikes up a conversation with Kondo, who proudly boasts about owning a genuine Kotetsu and attests to its authenticity because of its fine craftsmanship and the quality of the blade. Despite knowing otherwise, Nagasone gains something from their exchange and comes to realize that being a fake shouldn't matter. So long as the sword has the properties that its master seeks and fulfils the master's desires, it can rival that of the real thing. After obtaining the answer he sought out, he returns to the citadel with a newfound resolve to serve the Saniwa.
  • Cloning Blues: He's actually a counterfeit Kotetsu (albeit, a very well-made one). Subverted in that he doesn't mind the fact that he is a fake, but he does have to cope with Hachisuka's disdain of him. He does mention the fact a lot though, as well as mentioning that it can't be helped.
  • Cornered Rattlesnake: References a variant of this in his duel quote:
    "Ever heard of the phrase 'a cornered rat will bite a cat'?"
  • A Father to His Men: As the sword of the Shinsengumi's commander, he tries to be this for the other swords owned by Shinsengumi members. In the musical, the other Shinsengumi swords greatly respect him, even the brash Izuminokami.
  • Flower Motif: Chrysanthemum. In Asian culture, it symbolizes death, and grief for loved ones.
  • Impossibly-Low Neckline: He may be wearing a shirt for Internal Affairs, but it still has a deep neckline.
  • Hidden Depths: In the musical, it's revealed that while he cherished his time with Kondou (hence why he keeps the Kotetsu name), he does not adhere as strictly to the rules of the Shinsengumi as one might expect (especially notable since Kashuu adhered so strongly to them in the previous musical that Ishikirimaru scolded him for endangering Imanotsurugi). When a surprised Hachisuka asks why he disregarded them to retreat from a battle, he says that the rules didn't save the Shinsengumi from their downfall.
  • Kill the Ones You Love: Only barely averted in the end. Kondou, with his execution botched, asks Nagasone to complete the job instead; the guy almost goes through with it, if not for Hachisuka backhanding him and taking on that burden himself.
  • Not So Above It All: A much more serious take on the trope; for all his apparent maturity and calmer attitude, in one recollection he considers changing the past to save his master Isami Kondo from being shot by Ryoma Sakamoto, a sort of action that only the more immature swords (such as Imanotsurugi and Namazuo) are tempted by, even when they know they shouldn't. When Mutsunokami calls him out on it, he doesn't take the scolding well in the slightest and bitterly tells him to shut up.
  • Not So Stoic: In the manga anthologies, he's shown to be quite sensitive to the remarks of others that don't have to deal with his counterfeit status. His attempts to be a mentor and leader figure to the Shinsengumi swords also result in this response from him due to their colorful personalities working against it. In Bakamatsu Tenrouden, he only really breaks down at the end of the musical, where he's saved from having to execute Kondou and told not to shoulder his burdens.
  • Perma-Stubble: Has stubble on his chin, making him look more masculine compared to the other characters despite actually being much younger than most of them.
  • Rare Random Drop: For a long time, he was only available as a very rare drop after fighting Kebiishi, and even then was considered a rarer drop than Urashima, who was similarly obtained. Currently, they are both only obtainable via forging.
  • Stepford Smiler: The Depressed type. Despite seemingly ignoring Hachisuka's open dislike of him and trying to prove that he is worthy of being a Kotetsu despite being a counterfeit, and his line when he breaks proves it. In the musical, Izuminokami says it outright that Nagasone is rather depressed, even if he doesn't show it.
    "I-is it ends? A fake will only rot away as a fake, huh..."
  • Slasher Smile: He smiles like this in all three of his battle sprites.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: His default look. Surprisingly, his casual clothes cover up more of his chest than his usual attire. His Kiwame outfit also covers most of his chest, only for his damage portrait to show it off anyway.
  • Younger Than They Look: It may be hard to believe, but he's the second-youngest sword after Izuminokami. While he isn't as reckless, his immaturity actually shows through in his recollection with Mutsunokami, and it reflects how he's a counterfeit of an sword that's supposed to be older (true Kotetsu swords predate him by almost two centuries).
    116, 117 – Ookurikara (大倶利伽羅)
Kiwame Form 

Rarity: High (Basic/Toku); Special (Kiwame)
Voiced by: Makoto Furukawa (Japanese), Chris Ryan (English)
Illustrated by: Komiya
Live actors: Takuma Zaiki [2017]; Hikaru Makishima [2019] (Musical), Hiroki Ino (Stage Play)
"...I'm Ookurikara. I don't have anything else to say. I don't plan on getting friendly with you."

An uchigatana (formerly classified by the game as a tachi) who was wielded by Date Masamune. He prefers being alone and working alone.

  • Affectionate Nickname: Shokudaikiri calls him "Kara-chan", while Tsurumaru calls him "Kara-bou".
  • Aloof Ally: Very aloof, since he refuses to get along with the Saniwa or the other swords, but he'll still fight alongside everyone anyway.
  • Animal Motifs: Dragons, because his name comes from the Dragon King Kurikara, whose picture is tattooed on his left arm. In his Kiwame form, his tattoo turns into an actual dragon in his Awakening portrait.
  • Catchphrase: "I don't plan on getting friendly with you.". To the point it's always the first thing he says to the swords talking to him and according to Mitsutada, he even says it to the enemies before cutting them down.
  • Character Development: He travels to Sendai Domain for his Kiwame training. He meets his former master, Masamune Date and explains to the Saniwa that he was supposed to be by his former master's side during war camp, however there was no war. After that, he realizes he needs a master in order to become stronger and finally accepts the Saniwa as his current master.
  • Dying Alone: His line when he's destroyed indicates that he's fine with this.
    "I will fight alone... I will die alone... That's just fine with me."
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: He wears an armor guard and gauntlet on his right side in his Kiwame form.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Definitely one of the rudest swords and makes no effort at being courteous, but does what he's assigned without question. He doesn't change even after Kiwame.
  • Hidden Depths: While very antisocial, he believes in working hard and that others should work hard, even manipulating Taikogane during fieldwork to do so.
  • Ineffectual Loner: He's always stating that he doesn't want to get along with the Saniwa and the other swords, but his more social friends, like Mitsutada, often force him to come out of his shell. Lampshaded in his Kiwame letters, when he realizes that he does need a master in order to become stronger as a sword.
  • I Work Alone: He states outright that he doesn't plan to be friendly with the Saniwa or the other swords, and clearly prefers to be alone. Highlighted by the fact that his idle text (even after Kiwame) is "Ah, this is fine," while the other swords' idle texts express dissatisfaction when being ignored by the Saniwa. This comes back to bite him in the ass during his Kiwame journey, as he realizes he does need a master in order to improve as a sword. After Kiwame, he'll (begrudgingly) obey to the Saniwa, but he'll still be antisocial with his fellow swords.
    • The Mihotose musical implies that one of the reasons why he prefers to work alone is because if he becomes attached to someone he cares deeply, it will be bring him more pain and the guilt of being unable to save them.
  • No Social Skills: According to Kasen in his recollection with Sayo, Ookurikara isolates himself out of awkwardness rather than sheer antisocial. This might be true, since after Kiwame Ookurikara tries to get along with the Saniwa, but comes off as awkward, surly and unsure of what to say. Highlighted by the fact that in his Kiwame idle text he actually sighs in relief after the Saniwa ignores him.
  • Not So Stoic: For most of Mihotose no Komoriuta, Ookurikara is distant and cold to most of the main cast. This changes a little when Gohei, a soldier he trained for years gets killed; as the man lay making his dying speech, Ookurikara is visibly distressed and breathing harder.
  • Pet the Dog: In his fieldwork recollection with Mitsutada, he finally agrees to help with the fields after Mitsutada says it's for the sake of making everyone happy. He also congratulates the Saniwa in the first anniversary and seems less cold to them in a Saniwa's third anniversary.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Color-inverted with Shokudaikiri, despite being the one with red color theme he's the quiet and calm one of the two.
    118, 119 – Heshikiri Hasebe (へし切長谷部)
Kiwame Form 

Rarity: Medium (Basic/Toku); High (Kiwame)
Voiced By: Tarusuke Shingaki (Japanese), Aaron Roberts (English)
Illustrated by: Komiya
Live actor: Masanari Wada (Stage Play, Film)
"My name is Heshikiri Hasebe. If it's an order from the master, I will accomplish anything you wish."

One of Oda Nobunaga's favorite swords. His name Heshikiri comes from the incident where a servant angered his owner Oda and hid behind a table to no avail because Oda used Hasebe to slice through the table and kill that servant. Because of that incident and of Oda's general ruthlessness, Hasebe can get a bit wary about what a master asks him to do, but otherwise he's serious, dutiful and very eager to please the Saniwa. He's the Saniwa's assistant in Touken Ranbu - Hanamaru.

  • Attention Whore: According to Word of God, he wishes to become the Saniwa's favorite sword, but he's subdued about it and never mentions it to the Saniwa directly. Flanderized in Touken Ranbu - Hanamaru, where just about everything that Hasebe does that isn't following the Saniwa's orders is to gain and keep the attention of the Saniwa. He also does not like anyone who takes his master's attention away from him and comments as such when the citadel gains a new sword. He's more open with these feelings after Kiwame, though.
    "A new sword, is it. Well, it won't be as useful as I am though."
  • Badass Preacher: He dresses like a Catholic priest in his Kiwame form. This is a reference to how Yoshitaka Kuroda, one of his owners, converted to Christianity later in life, as well as showing his Character Development by accepting Oda Nobunaga's decision to give him to the Kuroda clan.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Revealed to be the reason he never voluntarily mentioned the family that owned him for the majority of his existence. After Nagamasa's death, his good memories of the Kuroda family became so painful that he tried to forget them all and only spoke bitterly about his first master Nobunaga.
  • Blood Knight: Behaves calmly normally but gets fired up in battle and laughs when he gets injured.
  • Calling Your Attacks: He does this in one of his attacking lines, which is a reference to how Nobunaga allegedly cut through the shelf and killed the servant just by pressing down.
    "Pressure Slash!"
  • Catchphrase: "If it's an order from the Master..."
  • Character Development: For Kiwame, he decides to travel to Azuchi and confronts his former master, Oda Nobunaga. Despite his deep grudge toward Nobunaga, he is aware he can't interfere with history. Afterwards, he fully understands that he was given as a gift to the Kuroda family as an offering of good will. He can now put his past and worries to rest and gains a new reason to live for the Saniwa.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Flanderized in the Hanamaru anime, where he doesn't want anyone else to interact with the Saniwa. He wants to gain and keep the Saniwa's attention and immediately antagonizes anyone who'd try to take the attention away from him (Such as Mikazuki in Hanamaru, Kiyomitsu in the anthology and Tomoegata in-game). He doesn't even change this outlook after Kiwame.
  • Control Freak: Comes off as this in the anime due to wanting the best for the Saniwa and getting mad at the other swords when they goof off.
  • Determinator: Insists that he can still go on even when severely injured.
  • Fragile Speedster: He's the fastest uchigatana by some margin and places 6th even among tantous. Prior to Hakata's introduction, when fully equipped, Hasebe was the fastest sword, period. On the flip side, he has one of the lowest leadership stats among uchigatana, making him relatively vulnerable to damage.
  • Hidden Depths: Hasebe shows extreme loyalty to his current master and only mentions Nobunaga to insult him, but his recollections and anime show he feels more than he cares to admit for both of his former masters.
  • Hates Being Alone: His biggest problem is that he has severe abandonment issues. This is part of why Hasebe resents Nobunaga — he believes the man abandoned him because he was passed down to someone who wasn't even one of his ministers or retainers.
    (Standard form) "I will wait for you forever if you ask me to. As long as you come back for me in the end."
    (Kiwame form) "I will wait for you forever if you ask me to. That's because you will come back for me without fail."
  • Last-Name Basis: He prefers being called "Hasebe", because Heshikiri reminds him of his previous master, Oda Nobunaga.
  • Married to the Job: Is single-mindedly devoted to the current Saniwa and is much more distant with the other swords.
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: He has a clear dislike for his previous master, Oda Nobunaga, but he would still carry out his orders. It's implied that he'd have the same attitude towards the Saniwa no matter what they might order him to do.
    "What shall I do for you? Retainer killing? Temple burning? By all means, take your pick."
  • Not So Different: Irritated by everyone else's antics in the anime, but he isn't so sane himself.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: When Hasebe doesn't simply brush off Nihongou's accusation of his disloyalty to the Kuroda and actually exposes his feelings about the past.
  • The Resenter: Towards Nobunaga, his previous master. However, it's not because of his ruthlessness or the fact that he used Hasebe to kill a servant over a Disproportionate Retribution. In fact, Hasebe resents him because Oda passed him to someone who wasn't even one of his ministers, which he interprets as abandonment. In Hanamaru it is suggested that his feelings for Nobunaga are not complete hatred.
  • Single-Issue Psychology: His grudge against Oda Nobunaga, which is the focus of a great number of his lines in the game and even affects his relationships with the other swords. One of Mitsutada's idle lines mentions that he'd probably get along with him but it's hard to approach him because he's always griping about Nobunaga. In the Kuroda Family recollections, Nihongou accuses him of having this. According to him, Hasebe is always complaining about how terrible Nobunaga was, forgetting that he was also owned by the Kuroda clan once. At the end of the recollection, Hasebe reveals to Nihongou that he liked the Kuroda family and he was very devoted to their shared master but now they must both follow the Saniwa. Nihongou is surprised at Hasebe's words but accepts them and calms down.
  • Sorry That I'm Dying: If he gets destroyed in his Kiwame form.
    "I am deeply sorry... I did not want to be discarded by my master once again. So I'll be going on ahead. Let us meet again in hell some day."
  • Stepford Smiler: Though his usual sprites give him a calm smile, his recollections show that he is obscuring a great deal of unresolved issues related to abandonment and the ephemeral quality of human life.
  • Sugar-and-Ice Personality: Nice and polite to the Saniwa and cold and businesslike to everyone else.
  • Supporting Leader: Has this role in Hanamaru. He is the second sword to come to the Citadel and often acts as the Saniwa's liaison.
  • The Rival: An one-sided one with Tomoegata Naginata in their recollection about the Saniwa. He really doesn't trust him just because he doesn't have a history and is very attached to the Saniwa. In the stage play, he and Fudou are at each other's throats instead due to their different outlooks on Nobunaga.
  • Undying Loyalty: Towards the Saniwa. Even if he doesn't agree with doing chores not fitting for a sword (fieldwork or horsekeeping), he'll still do it anyway. And as he dies, his main worry is that his Master's wish might not be fulfilled without him there.
    "Enemies who stand against my master will be killed!"
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: Admits that if he could have died when his previous master Kuroda Nagamasa died, he would have.
    128, 129 – Doudanuki Masakuni (同田貫正国)
Kiwame Form 

Rarity: High (Basic/Toku); Special (Kiwame)
Voiced by: Tooru Sakurai (Japanese), Cris George (English)
Illustrated by: AKIRA
Live actor: Naoki Takeshi (Stage Play)
"I am Doudanuki Masakuni. We're weapons, so being strong should be good enough. You know, simple and sturdy, or something?"

A sword of the Doutanuki school of sword smithing that emerged during the violent Sengoku period when there was strong demand for cheap and strong weapons. The Doutanuki swords were not meant to be works of art as Japanese swords typically were. Instead, they were sturdy, cheap and easily replaced. Formerly classified by the game as a tachi, he was later re-classified as a uchigatana.

  • Animal Motifs: Fans tend to associate him with the tanuki, since part of his name sounds like the word for the animal but is written with different kanji.
  • Badass Longcoat: He gains one in his Kiwame form.
  • Blood Knight: He considers himself a weapon and nothing else.
  • Boisterous Bruiser: He's more than a bit grouchy during his interactions at the citadel, but when it comes to fighting he becomes very enthusiastic.
  • Boring, but Practical: As a Doudanuki school sword, he was made to be a strong and sturdy weapon instead of a work of art. Doudanuki himself definitely ascribes to this philosophy, repeatedly saying that it doesn't matter if he's not pretty as long as he's a fully functional weapon.
  • Character Development: He decides to go through a training journey in order to become stronger as a sword. He is aware that other Touken Danshi visited their former master for their training, but he has no memories of his previous masters since he was made of all the broken "Doudanuki" swords that were used in battle. Throughout his journey, he watches many samurai wield their own versions of the "Doudanuki" sword to kill or commit suicide. He realizes samurai choose their Doudanuki because they are drawn to its strength. It's not by their swordsmith's name,or beauty, but power when used. He decides he must get stronger to this end, and he will let his current master of his result after training.
  • Covered with Scars: In Zoku Touken Ranbu - Hanamaru, he has scars all over his body except the back side when he is seen bathing with the other Touken Danshi.
  • No Indoor Voice: Uncoincidentally, he shares the same voice actor with Yamabushi.
  • Rugged Scar: He has two across his face. Such malformations are rare in the game and serve to accentuate his self-appraisal as a crude, functional weapon instead of a work of art.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": The reading of his first name was changed from "Doutanuki" to "Doudanuki" in the August 25, 2015 update. His lines were re-recorded and a line was added to his book description lampshading the change:
    "In stage plays, I'm traditionally called Doutanuki, but in my birthplace my name is read Doudanuki. Call me however you please."
     154 – Nansen Ichimonji (南泉一文字)

Rarity: Medium (Basic/Toku)
School: Fukuoka Ichimonji (福岡一文字)
Voiced by: Kengo Kawanishi
Illustrated by: Shinov Mimori
Live actor: Tanimizu Riki (Stage Play)
"The real me is supposed to be a tall, terrifying Touken Danshi who can silence even a crying child. But... how did it come to this... It's that curse! The cat's curse... meoow!... *purr*"

A work of the Fukuoka Ichimonji School, its inscription was lost due to the shortening it underwent. There is an anecdote about the blade cutting a cat that touched it cleanly into two and so it is also called Nansen Zanmyou (Nansen Cat-slasher). Originally, he is supposed to be a terrifying sword warrior whose large build could silence even a crying child... however, everything turned out the way it is now because of the cat's curse. Or so he claims...

  • Animal Motifs: Cats. Cats are often symbolized good luck and bring positive results in Japan. His name comes from a blade cutting a cat that touched it cleanly into two and has several traits related to cats.
  • Bare Your Midriff: He wears partially unbuttoned collar shirt that shows his stomach.
  • Catchphrase: He has a habit of saying "Meow" or cat related sounds at the end of his sentences.
    "I can feel myself grow stronger... meow!"
  • Curse: He tends to mention a "cat's curse", which implies that the reason why he acts like a cat is because he was cursed after he killed one.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Downplayed. Nansen's hair and eyes are different shades of gold.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Chougi refers to him as "Cat Killer".
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: He wears an armor guard on his right shoulder and his sash on his left side.
  • Iconic Item: His choker collar that resembles a cat's bell collar.
  • Last Request: If he gets destroyed.
    "I wanted...To get rid of my curse...Meow...This must be divine retribution...Meow."
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: He doesn't take Chougi's taunts laying down, saying that while he himself ended up possessed because he killed a cat, Chougi killing a monster has made him one on the inside as well.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: He has golden eyes which is also one of the symbolism traits for cats.
     158 – Yamanbagiri Chougi (山姥切長義)

Rarity: Medium (Basic/Toku)
School: Osafune (長船)
Voiced by: Kengo Takanashi
Illustrated by:
Live Actor: Mizuki Umetsu (Stage Play)
"I am the original that was forged by Chougi, Yamanbagiri. In light of the operation in Jurakutei, this honmaru's abilities have been highly evaluated, and as a result I've been assigned here, but...well."

The original Yamanbagiri and the real identity of the mysterious hooded man. For tropes relating to the hooded figure, go back to the main character page.

  • Badass Cape: Similar to Yamanbagiri's except he wears a sliver hooded cloak cape that matches to color of his hair and vest.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: He wears a suit into battle.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: While he has his niceties with the Saniwa and is polite to them in their face, he's actually rather passive aggressive with Yamanbagiri Kunihiro and Nansen, trying to make them feel inferior compared to himself.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: He wears one glove and the other a gauntlet.
  • Jerkass: He's completely antagonistic to both his copy Kunihiro and Nansen, taunting the former for his replica status and the latter for cutting down a "mere cat" and the speech quirk that resulted from it.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: He feels the need to assert his status as the original "Yamanbagiri" to others, as well as a genuine monster killer. When he doesn't get the response he wants from a Kiwame Yamanbagiri Kunihiro, he's sent into a furious cursing tirade after the latter leaves.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted. He and the copy Yamanbagiri share the same name except they have different last names. The fandom gets around this by simply referring to him as “Chougi” so as not to confuse him with the copy Yamanbagiri who is still referred to by his given name, a response Yamanbagiri Chougi himself would likely resent.
  • Parting Words Regret: If he gets destroyed.
    "...Why, you... Damn... Damn, damn, damn! Why... I..."
  • The Proud Elite: He is very, very boastful of his pedigree, rubbing it in the face of the other swords.
  • The Real Remington Steele: The real Yamanbagiri, introduced long after the copy bearing his name is established in the game canon.
  • Walking Spoiler: For obvious reasons. The name of his voice actor alone should betray his identity.
     160 – Buzen Gou (豊前江)
Rarity: Medium (Basic/Toku)
School: Gou (江)
Voiced by: Taku Yashiro
Illustrated by: Honami Tsuda
"Gou no Yoshihiro's work and famous piece, Buzen Gou. Apparently there's a guy who can sing and dance... Well, in any case, I don't intend to lose when it comes to running."

An uchigatana and Gou no Yoshihiro's work and famous piece.

     166 – Nankaitarou Chouson (南海太郎朝尊)
Rarity: Medium (Basic/Toku)
Voiced by: Kenji Nojima
Illustrated by: becco
"After everything, I too have become a member of this place. I am Nankaitarou Chouson. If that is too long for you, call me Chouson or something similar."
Sword of Takechi Hanpeita with a very studious and intellectual personality. He researches swords like his smith and fancies himself the "sword doctor".
  • Badass Bookworm: This guy does not joke about being a scholar; he'll talk about losing himself in books if he's left idle on the main screen and apparently he leaves piles of books all over the place. His design, especially his internal affairs outfit, strongly resembles the typical fashion of a Meiji-Shōwa era student or author.
  • Badass Longcoat: A crisp and proper type A flavor of Kimono Fanservice with a long haori coat past the knee, quite long for masculine haori standard. None of this affects his ability in battle.
  • Can't Hold His Liquor: According to Word of God, which soon found Memetic Mutation status among the fandom.
  • Gentleman and a Scholar: He positively screams this trope with his gentle demeanor and "sword doctor" intelligence. His gender is the only thing keeping him from being a straight-up Lady of War.
  • Megane: He wears circular glasses with a chains attached to it in battle.
  • Overly Long Name: He even lampshades this and requests to only be called by his surname.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Blue to Hizen's Red. They're even Color-Coded for Your Convenience.
  • Soft-Spoken Sadist: Despite his overall mannerism, he actually has hitokiri tendencies and is perfectly capable of ruthlessness on the battlefield, though not to the extent of Kasen.
    You're annoying, so I'm cutting you down. Is that clear?
  • Stealth Insult: For all his gentleness and courteousness, he seems capable of throwing a particularly subtle shade at Mutsunokami's capability if they're assigned to sparring. If he's left injured in the main screen, his line suggests he doesn't trust the saniwa's capability of taking care of the injured.
    Mutsunokami-kun, your battle techniques will benefit from a little bit of research.
  • Trap Master: The trap nodes in his event, which take away the boss's moves and have no effect on the player's team, are his invention. He also calls himself the "trap doctor" for this.
  • Verbal Tic, ne?

     172 – Kuwana Gou (桑名江)
Rarity: Medium (Basic/Toku)
Voiced by: Kento Itō
Illustrated by: Tsuda Honami (津田穂波)
"I'm a famous blade produced by Gou no Yoshihiro, Kuwana Gou. I face the earth in order to win in battle. Agriculture is a discipline that requires you to face off against nature in its entirety, after all."

An uchigatana crafted by a swordsmith from Etchuu Province, Gou Yoshihiro. He used to belong to the 2nd lord of Ise Kuwana Domain, Honda Tadamasa. Agriculture is a study regarding all things in nature. His passion towards research can sometimes comes off as argumentative, but the person himself does not realize it.

  • Blinding Bangs: He's the only character has his bangs completely cover his eyes. The only time one of his eyes is shown is his awaken sprite.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: He wears half of a jacket/arm guard combination on right arm.
  • Iconic Item: Ski goggles.
  • Opaque Lenses: He wears ski goggles to conceal his eyes in combat and the only time one his eyes is shown is his awaken sprite.
     174 – Suishinshi Masahide (水心子正秀)
Rarity: Medium (Basic/Toku)
Voiced by: Atsushi Abe
Illustrated by: Tetsu Kurosawa
The first shinshintō blade ever forged, a sword created in a time of peace who wants to prove the value of blades of his generation.
  • All-Encompassing Mantle: Most of his body and a good part of his face are concealed under a cloak.
  • Guest Fighter: His event only allows players taking part for the first time to only bring a team with 5 swords so he can tag along.
  • Nervous Wreck: For all the talk about how he must become stronger and affirm the value of new swords, he's not a completely confident fellow, at times displaying this tendency when faced with battle.
    Real battle?… A-alright, let's go!
  • No Mouth: He wears high-collared jackets that obscure his mouth, even in internal affairs clothing. It's only seen when he's in awakening.
  • Older Than They Look: Even for this game's standards; his face and body frame look noticeably younger than the uchigatana norm, even than that of Izuminokami, the confirmed chronologically youngest sword, and more like that of a wakizashi.
     176 – Minamoto Kiyomaro (源清麿)
Rarity: Medium (Basic/Toku)
Voiced by: Kenji Akabane
Illustrated by: Shibano Bantya
"I'm Minamoto Kiyomaro. I'm a blade forged by Minamoto Kiyomaro, known as one of the three great smiths of Edo. Hope you'll look after me."
An uchigatana forged by Minamoto Kiyomaro, was known as one of the three great smiths of Edo alongside Suishinshi Masahide and Taikei Naotane.
     178 – Matsui Gou (松井江)
Rarity: Medium (Basic/Toku)
School: Gou (江)
Voiced by: Shun'ichi Toki
Illustrated by: Tsuda Honami


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