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  • Ascended Fanon: The Dateguminote  had become so popular as a group in the fanbase that upon Taikogane Sadamune's implementation in 2016, they canonly were given interactions in the game and across the adaptations. There's even a stage play dedicated to their history ( with Mikazuki Munechika and Yamanbagiri Kunihiro along for the ride ).
    • White Mikazuki and Black Tsurumaru, Palette Swaps of the characters representing corrupted verisons of themselves, were present in the fandom via various fanworks for years until becoming incorperated into the official stage play adaptation. May also count as Ascended Meme.
  • Cash Cow Franchise: Is one for Nitro+ and still going strong.
  • Colbert Bump: Like its sister series, Tourabu got thousands of fans interested in the history of the blades featured in the game, as well as the historical figures attached to them. Some of this renewed interest even led to fan funded reforging and reconstructions, as was the case for swords like the Hotarumaru and Yagen Toushirou. A replica for Mikazuki Munechika had also been made and displayed with the intentions of potentially showing fans what the Tenka Goken may have looked like when it was first was forged.
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  • Cross-Dressing Voices: Played straight in the Funimation English dub of the anime adaptation where Imanotsurugi, Maeda Toshiro, Namazuo Toshiro, Akita Toshiro, Midare Toshiro, Nakigitsune and Sayo Samonji are voiced by Anastasia Muñoz, Ryan Reynolds, Rachel Robinson, Jad Saxton, Alexis Tipton, Alison Viktorin and Morgan Berry respectfully, but averted in the original Japanese version where the entire voice cast is male. They are voiced by Daiki Yamashita, Reona Irie, Soma Saito, Yoshitaka Yamaya, Kazutomi Yamamoto, Shintaro Asanuma and Ayumu Murase respectively.
  • Dueling Dubs: The anime adaptations have two dub casts: One from Funimation for Touken Ranbu - Hanamaru and another from Aniplex USA for Katsugeki/Touken Ranbu.
  • Fan Community Nickname: In Japan, female fans of the game are called "Touken Joshi".
  • Fan Nickname:
    • "ManColle" for the game in general, due to similarities to its predecessor.
    • "Toudan" for the Touken Danshi. The western fandom prefers to call them "Swords" or "sword boys".
    • "Inuyasha" for Kogitsunemaru, due to how similar Kogitsunemaru looks to said character.
      • Grandpa fox (Foxy Grandpa?) isn't very uncommon either. "Kogi" is also a nickname that is used often for the sake of brevity.
    • "Jiji"/"Gramps" for Mikazuki Munechika.
      • MikaChika and Mikachi are also becoming increasingly common for him in the Japanese fanbase.
    • "Crane Jiji/Crane Grandpa" for Tsurumaru Kuninaga is becoming more common in the fanbase.
    • "Father" for Ishikirimaru, due to his age. This led to Luke, I Am Your Father jokes (usually with Mikazuki)
    • CCPnote  or Pikachu for Mitsutada.
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    • CCO for Shishio.note 
    • 1523 note or Ichi-nii (which is also canon, since the Awataguchi tantous call him this) for Ichigo Hitofuri due to being a Big Brother Mentor. Some people also likes to call him strawberry because , well... Same reason with Ichigo Kurosaki.
    • Some part of the fandom prefers to call Kashuu Kiyomitsu Cashew.
    • Tanuki for Doutanuki Masakuni.
    • KA KA KA KA for Yamabushi Kunihiro.
    • KBC for the Kebiishi.
    • "Rare Tachi 4" or "Rare 4 Tachi" for Uguisumaru, Ichigo Hitofuri, Kousetsu Samonji, and Tsurumaru Kuninaga due to all being special rarity tachis with a timer of 3:20
    • "Wakizasix" for Namazuo Toushirou, Honebami Toushirou, Monoyoshi Sadamune, Nikkari Aoe, Horikawa Kunihirou and Urashima Koutetsu due to them being the only six Wakizashi before Kotegiri Gou came along.
    • "Tenka 5gen" for Mikazuki Munechika, Juzumaru Tsunetsugu and Oodenta Mitsuyo in the western fanbase.
    • Quite a large part of the Japanese fandom affectionately call Yagen Anikinote  due to his almost memetic levels of reliability and "manliness" despite being a tantou.
    • Japanese fans like to call the skinned nue Shishiou wears as "Shishiou no Mofumofu" (Shishiou's fluff).
    • The western part of the fandom likes to call Kanye-san for Izuminokami Kanesada.
    • Before the fandom could memorize Sadamune's name, some of them called him Tsuruichi('s child) as they claimed that he looked like a mixture of Ichigo Hitofuri and Tsurumaru Kuninaga. For the ones that have more knowledge about his past and adjust their headcanons to it, we have 'Sadistmune'.
    • Fushimi for Akashi due to the resemblance between him and Fushimi Saruhiko from K.
    • Some players call Aizen Kunitoshi Naruko, due to looking similar to Naruko Shoukichi from Yowamushi Pedal.
    • English-speaking fans tend to call Akita Toushirou "Cotton Candy" due to his fluffy-looking pink hair.
    • "Papa Crow" for Kogarasumaru, due to his status as the oldest sword in the game and that he refers to himself as the father of all the swords present.
    • Nansen Ichimonji quickly picked up the nickname "Nyansen" due to his cat theme being his main gimmick.
    • After listening to his needlessly antagonistic dialogue, Yamanbagiri Chougi quickly began being called "Malfoy" by the Japanese fanbase.
    • Ōdenta and Sohaya get Oden and Sobaya respectively.
  • Follow the Leader: Similarly to Kantai Collection, there have also been several Card Battle Games made in an attempt to ride off of the coattails of the game's success as well as a few non-Card Collector games that borrow from the concept. However, again similarly to Kancolle and the games that came after it, none of them have reached nearly the same level of popularity as Touken Ranbu has.
    • There are two sword girl games: the Moe Shinken!! (which terminated its service in September 2017) and the cheesecake Tenka Hyakken.
    • Senjuushi also personifies historical weapons as cute boys and handsome men, this time being firearms from all over the world. The effect is something like Touken Ranbu meets Axis Powers Hetalia. Sadly, the game for this one ended service the year after its debut, and its anime adaptation was a critical and commercial flop.
  • No Export for You: Much like with Kantai Collection, being hosted on a Japanese website means that foreign players have to jump through quite a few hoops to be able to play it.
  • Portmanteau Series Nickname: "Tourabu". It doubles as a Punny Name, as the characters that make up the nickname (とうらぶ) can be read aloud as "Sword Love". Though the "Tourabu" name is pretty much official (some characters will actually say "Tourabu" while the screen loads, and the official store for The Merch is called 'Toulove Store').
  • Promoted Fanboy: Yana Toboso (famous for being the author of Black Butler) used to draw and post Touken Ranbu fanart pieces in some of her social media platforms. She would later draw cover pages for two of the official manga anthologies, illustrate a chapter of one of them, and eventually get to design a character for the game: the tantou Hyuuga Masamune.
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  • Role Reprisal: A few of the stage play actors (Yoshihiko Aramaki, Masanari Wada, Hiroki Suzuki, Ryou Kitamura, and Taizo Shiina) reprise their roles as Yamanbagiri, Hasebe, Mikazuki Munechika, Yagen, and Yukimitsu respectively in the live action film.
  • Talking to Himself: Among other things this game has in common with KanColle, a good portion of the cast share voice actors. One notable instance is how Shintaro Asanuma voices both Nakigitsune and his pet fox.
  • The Wiki Rule: There are a handful of wikis in various languages; Touken Ranbu English Wikia is the largest English-language fan wiki.

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