So I have been wanting to write about Katsugeki/Touken Ranbu since the first episode aired. This show is an amazing blend of history, sci-fi, and fantasy and I would definitely recommend it to anyone who loves historical fiction. The premise of the show is that The Government of Time sends Touken Danshi (manifested spirits of historical swords) back in time to preserve the flow of history. They are fighting the Historical Revisionists who send their demons back in time with the goal of disrupting the flow of time to gain dominance over Japan.
This season of Katsugeki/Touken Ranbu deals with Japan in the 1860s. During this time Japan was ending its isolationist policy and opening itself up to the West. As western influence modernized Japan, the Tokugawa Shogunate began to lose its hold over the country. Our protagonists are various weapons who have been given human form by the Saniwa and are known as the Second Unit. They include Izuminokami Kanesada, Horikawa Kunihiro, Mutsunokami Yoshiyuki, Yagen Toushirou, and Tonbokiri and with Izuminokami Kanesada as their leader. The mission I wanted to discuss in this post takes place in Episodes 3-5. The Second Unit is tasked with protecting the meeting between surrender meeting between Saigō Takamori and Katsu Kaishū. These two men are discussing the terms of surrender of the Tokugawa Shogunate forces to those loyal to Emperor Meiji and sought to end the Boshin War. This was a pivotal time in Japanese history as it saw an end to the old Feudal ways of Japan and ushered the once secluded nation into the international scene.