Katana Maidens: Toji No Miko – Wikipedia

japanese media franchise
Katana Maidens: Toji No Miko ( 刀使ノ巫女, light. “ Sword-wielding enshrine Maidens ” ) is a 2017 japanese media franchise produced by Genco, co-produced by Crunchyroll, [ 2 ] and animated by Studio Gokumi .

plot [edit ]

The narrative is centered around a group of sword-wielding shrine maidens called Toji, who attend school while improving their extermination skills and serve as a unit in the patrol force in holy order to exorcise mysterious, hostile creatures known entirely as aradama. The politics authorizes the Toji to wear swords and serve as politics officials, and the government has set up five schools throughout the country for the girls to attend. The girls live ordinary school lives, while occasionally performing their duties, wielding their swords and using versatile powers to fight and protect the people. In the spring, the five schools send their best Toji to compete in a tournament. As the tournament concludes in an unexpected fashion shortly into the series, a multi-layered dispute starts to unfold and develop involving different factions of Toji and aradama, and its cryptic background slowly uncover following from near the end of World War II .

Characters [edit ]

main characters [edit ]

Kanami Eto (

衛藤 可奈美

, Etō Kanami )

[3] (Japanese); [1] (English) Voiced by : Kaede Hondo ( japanese ) ; Sarah Wiedenheft ( English )
Kanami is a second-year student in the middle school division of Minoseki Academy. She is a friend of Mai. She is a cheerful and positive girl who has many friends, and is a kenjutsu enthusiast. Her fighting style is the Yagyū Shinkage-ryū style. Wields the katana, Chidori. She later helps stab Princess Tagitsu with Hiyori, and gets stuck in the netherworld for two months before she manages to return following a reunion with her mom.
Hiyori Jujo (

十条 姫和

, Jūjō Hiyori )

[3] (Japanese); Jeannie Tirado[1] (English) Voiced by : Saori Ōnishi ( japanese ) ; Jeannie Tirado ( English )
Hiyori is a 14-year-old girl who studies in Heijou Institute as a third-year middle school student. As a Toji, she is often seen wearing the uniform of Heijou Institute. She has a serious, cool and stoic personality, has a strong sense of duty and will do anything to achieve what she has decided to do. Her mother, former Toji Kagari Juujou, died when she was small, and she has since carried a grudge against the Origami Family. Her fighting style is the Kashima Shintō-ryū style. Wields the katana, Kogarasumaru.
Mai Yanase (

柳瀬 舞衣

, Yanase Mai )

[3] (Japanese); [1] (English) Voiced by : Azumi Waki ( japanese ) ; Bryn Apprill ( English )
Mai is a middle school student from Minoseki Academy as well as Kanami’s friend. She has purple hair and green eyes and she is from a rich family. She possesses an older-sister like tendency to take care of others, and always thinks about her friends. At school, she possesses great skill in swordsmanship. Her fighting style is the Hokushin Ittō-ryū style. Wields the katana, Magoroku Kanemoto.
Sayaka Itomi (

糸見 沙耶香

, Itomi Sayaka )

[3] (Japanese); [1] (English) Voiced by : Hina Kino ( japanese ) ; Apphia Yu ( English )
Sayaka is a first-year student in the middle division of Renpu Girls’ School. Despite being young, she is a genius Toji. She handles her duties with ease, but she has a hard time communicating with the people around her. Her fighting style is the Ono-ha Itto-ryū style. Wields the katana, Myoho Muramasa.
Kaoru Mashiko (

益子 薫

, Mashiko Kaoru )

[3] (Japanese); Lara Woodhull[1] (English) Voiced by : Risae Matsuda ( japanese ) ; Lara Woodhull ( English )
Kaoru is a first-year high school student of Osafune Girls’ Academy. She is typically seen as a sluggish girl that always conserves her energy. In combat, she is a power fighter who effortlessly uses a large sword despite her petite build. She relies on Ellen a lot. Her fighting style is the Yakumaru Jigen-ryū style. Wields the katana, Nenekirimaru.
Ellen Kohagura (

古波蔵 エレン

, Kohagura Eren )

[3] (Japanese); [1] (English) Voiced by : Eri Suzuki ( japanese ) ; Alexis Tipton ( English )
Ellen is a first-year high school student of Osafune Girls’ Academy. She is half-Japanese, with a Japanese father and an American mother. She has a good relationship with Kaoru as a partner. She immediately acts friendly to people she meets, and has a tendency to make up nicknames to anyone she meets in combat. Her fighting style is the Taisha-ryū style. Wields the katana, Echizen Yasutsugu.

Origami Family staff [edit ]

Yukari Origami (

折神 紫

, Origami Yukari )

[3] (Japanese); Katelyn Barr[1] (English) Voiced by : Asami Seto ( japanese ) ; Katelyn Barr ( English )
Yukari is the current head of the Origami Family and the chief of the National Police Agency Special Sword Administration Bureau. She wields two katana, Okanehira and Dojigiri Yasutsuna and her fighting style is the Niten Ichi-ryū style. During the Tragedy of Sagami Bay she served as the commanding officer of the special duty team and defeated the great Aradama, later becoming the great hero.
Maki Shido (

獅童 真希

, Shidō Maki )

[3] (Japanese); [1] (English) Voiced by : Yumi Uchiyama ( japanese ) ; Morgan Garrett ( English )
Maki is the first-seat member of the Origami Family Elite Guard and Yukari’s bodyguard. She graduated from Heijou Institute. She is the commander of Aradama operations. Her fighting style is the Shindō Munen-ryū style. Wields the katana, Usumidori (Hoemaru).
Suzuka Konohana (

此花 寿々花

, Konohana Suzuka )

[3] (Japanese); [1] (English) Voiced by : M.A.O ( japanese ) ; Jill Harris ( English )
Suzuka is the second-seat member of the Origami Family Elite Guard. Her fighting style is the Kurama-ryū style. Wields the katana, Kujikanesada.
Yomi Satsuki (

皐月 夜見

, Satsuki Yomi )

[3] (Japanese); [1] (English) Voiced by : Mai Fuchigami ( japanese ) ; Felecia Angelle ( English )
Yomi is the third-seat member of the Origami Family Elite Guard. Her fighting style is the Shinjin-ryū style.
Yume Tsubakuro (

燕 結芽

, Tsubakuro Yume )

[3] (Japanese); [1] (English) Voiced by : Inori Minase ( japanese ) ; Jad Saxton ( English )
Yume is the fourth-seat member of the Origami Family Elite Guard. Yume possesses the highest proficiency in swordsmanship. She is a genius Toji whose ability exceeds that of Maki, a two-time successive tournament champion. Her fighting style is the Tennen Rishin-ryū style. Wields the katana, Nikkari Ao’e.
Yukina Takatsu (

高津 雪那

, Takatsu Yukina )

Voiced by : Yukana ( japanese ) ; Trina Nishimura ( English )
Yukina is the President of Renpu Girls School. A woman with a sharp tongue and an impatient personality, Yukina lashes out at anyone who displeases her or the head of the Origami Family. She later joins Princess Tagitsu to aid the latter in her desire for domination over human beings.
Princess Tagitsu (

タギツヒメ

, Tagitsuhime )

Voiced by : Rina Hidaka ( japanese ) ; Monica Rial ( English )
One part of the great Aradama that possessed Yukari Origami. She wants to destroy all humans.

Supporting characters [edit ]

Ema Hashima (

羽島 江麻

, Hashima Ema )

Voiced by : Mai Nakahara ( japanese ) ; Mikaela Krantz ( English )
Ema is the President of Minoseki Academy.
Iroha Gojou (

五條いろは

, Gojou Iroha )

Voiced by : Satsuki Yukino ( japanese ) ; Anastasia Muñoz ( English )
Iroha is the President of Heijou Institute.
Sana Maniwa (

真庭紗南

, Maniwa Sana )

Voiced by : Romi Park ( japanese ) ; Caitlin Glass ( English )
She is the President of Osafune Girl’s Academy. She is a member of Mokusa, an organization that opposes Yukari Origami.
Akane Origami (

折神 朱音

, Origami Akane )

Voiced by : Ayako Kawasumi ( japanese ) ; Jessica Cavanagh ( English )
Yukari’s younger sister. She is the leader of Mokusa.
Richard Friedman (

リッチャード・フリードマン

, Furiidoman Ricchaado )

Voiced by : Mitsuaki Hoshino ( japanese ) ; Mark Stoddard ( English )
Ellen’s grandfather and inventor of the S-Equipment. Like Sana and Akane, he is also a member of Mokusa. He also reveals about the mysterious Project S following the end of World War II.
Rui Onda (

恩田 累

, Onda Rui )

Voiced by : Kanomi Izawa ( japanese ) ; Kristi Kang ( English )
Rui is a former Toji and an acquaintance of the Ema Hashima. She works at Yahata Electronics, a company that works in the development of S-Equipment, as a system developer. She is also a member of Mokusa, and during the pursuit of Kanami Etou and Hiyori Juujou, Rui warmly welcomes the two girls into her house by request of President Hashima.

other characters [edit ]

Nene (

ねね

)

Voiced by : Satsumi Matsuda ( japanese ) ; Kate Oxley ( English )
The pet of Kaoru Mashiko, a tamed aradama.
Ayumu Uchizato (

内里 歩

, Uchizato Ayumu )

Voiced by : Hitomi Ōwada ( japanese ) ; Megan Shipman ( English )
A middle school girl who looks up to Kanami and desires to be a strong Toji.
Princess Takiri (

タキリヒメ

, Takirihime )

Voiced by : Chiwa Saitō ( japanese ) ; Amber Lee Connors ( English )
Another part of the great Aradama that possessed Yukari Origami. She wants to rule over all humans.
Princess Ichikishima (

イチキシマヒメ

, Ichikishimahime )

Voiced by : Eri Kitamura ( japanese ) ; Jamie Marchi ( English )
A third part of the great Aradama that possessed Yukari Origami. Soft-spoken and self-depreciating, she feels inferior to Tagitsu and Takiri.
Yuzuki Souraku (

相楽 結月

, Souraku Yuzuki )

Voiced by : Ami Koshimizu ( japanese ) ; Michelle Rojas ( English )
Yuzuki is President of Ayanokouji Martial Arts School.
Kagari Hiiragi (

柊篝

, Hīragi Kagari )

Voiced by : Risa Taneda ( japanese ) ; Madeleine Morris ( English )
Hiyori’s mother. Before she died, she told Hiyori the truth of Yukari’s possession by a great aradama.
Minato Fujiwara (

藤原美奈都

, Fujiwara Minato )

Voiced by : Shizuka Itō ( japanese ) ; Elisa Annette ( English )
Kanami’s mother who passes away prior to the main series. Her younger self often appears in Kanami’s dreams to provide advice and training.

Media [edit ]

Manga [edit ]

A manga adaptation written by Sakae Saito began serialization in the December 2017 publish of Kadokawa Shoten ‘s Monthly Shōnen Ace on October 26. [ 4 ] In February 2019, it was announced that the manga would end on March 26. [ 5 ]

No. Release date ISBN
1 December 26, 2017[6] 978-4-04-106499-3
2 May 26, 2018[7] 978-4-04-106844-1
3 April 26, 2019[8] 978-4-04-107905-8

fluid game [edit ]

A mobile game developed by Square Enix titled Katana Maidens ~ Toji No Miko: Kizamishi Issen no Tomoshibi was announced and released on io and Android devices in 2018. The cast reprised their roles and the game used Yoshinori Shizuma ‘s character designs. [ 4 ]

anime [edit ]

The zanzibar copal is co-produced between Genco and Studio Gokumi. Kodai Kakimoto directed the series, while Tatsuya Takahashi is in care of scripts and Yoshinori Shizuma is the master character couturier. [ 9 ] Kaede Hondo, Saori Ōnishi, Azumi Waki, Hina Kino, Risae Matsuda and Eri Suzuki performed both the first open theme “ Save Me Save You ” and the first ending theme “ Kokoro no Memoria ” ( 心のメモリア ). [ 10 ] They besides performed the second gear opening subject “ Shinkakei Colors ” ( 進化系Colors ) and the second ending root “ Mirai Epilogue ” ( 未来エピローグ ). [ 11 ] The series aired from January 5 to June 22, 2018. It ran for 24 episodes. [ 12 ] [ 3 ] [ 13 ] Crunchyroll streamed the series, while Funimation produced an english knight. [ 14 ] A newly zanzibar copal television series titled Mini Toji, featuring miniskirt versions of the characters from the series and the Toji no Miko: Kizamishi Issen no Tomoshibi smartphone game, aired from January 12 to March 16, 2019 on AT-X, Tokyo MX, BS11, and MBS. [ 15 ] The series is animated by Project No.9 and directed by Yuu Nobuta, with Aoi Akashiro handled the series ‘ scripts, and Hiromi Ogata designed the characters. The main cast reprised their roles. [ 16 ] The first step theme is “ Kono Bangumi washington Ura Wakaki Kōmuin-tachi no Teikyō de Okuri Itashimasu ” ( この番組はうら若き公務員たちの提供でお送りいたします, This Program is Made Possible By Young Government Workers ) by Kaede Hondo and Himika Akaneya under their quality names. The serial ran for 11 episodes. [ 17 ] Crunchyroll streamed the series. [ 18 ] On December 18, 2019, an OVA adaptation of the Katana Maidens ~ Toji No Miko: Kizamishi Issen no Tomoshibi game was announced. [ 19 ] Titled Katana Maidens – Tomoshibi, the OVA is animated by Project No.9 and directed by Tomohiro Kamitani, with Aoi Akashiro handling the series ‘ scripts, and Daisuke Niitsuma designing the characters. Yukari Hashimoto and Kazuki Yanagawa are composing the music. It aired in an “ advanced premier ” set in two parts via circulate and cyclosis services. [ 20 ] The first separate premiered on AT-X on October 25, 2020, while the second depart premiered on November 29, 2020. [ 21 ]

novel [edit ]

A novel was released on July 19, 2019. The history begins a class before the events in the zanzibar copal. [ 22 ]

No. Release date ISBN
1 July 19, 2019[23] 978-4-08-703479-0

reception [edit ]

Previews [edit ]

The zanzibar copal series ‘ beginning episode garnered assorted reviews from Anime News Network ‘s staff during the winter 2018 season previews. Chris Farris entirely reviewed the English knight adaptation of the sequence, criticizing the constant embroider through “ sparse backgrounds and needlessly overuse CGI shortcuts ” and poor explanation of the “ distraught terminology ” about Toji but commended the performances from the diverse part actresses. He concluded that despite the dub, the series might have trouble to compel viewers over meter. James Beckett found the introduction “ rote and lacking-identity ” throughout to garner viewer interest, noting how the premise and characters are filled with clichés and the production “ middling at best ” with its generic character designs, empty backgrounds, and CG fight scenes feeling “ stiff and blandly directed to be much fun. ” Lynzee Loveridge repeated what both Farris and Beckett said about the episode ‘s delivery of its religious terminology and sword fights, saying she found it “ pretty boring for what ‘s supposed to be a supernatural action prove. ” Rebecca Silverman said the serial has electric potential when the episode moves away from its “ cute young girls fight monsters ” premise to focus on introducing its vomit of characters and buildup some internal battle towards the goal of its runtime. Nick Creamer gave bill of the “ inner narrative choices ” used throughout for raising the show ‘s arbitrary apparatus, praising the establishment of the earth and Kanami and Mai ‘s characters in a tournament context, but felt it was hampered by weak attempts at build up air through “ atrocious background art ” and military action scenes being undercut by poor CG. He concluded that its “ just short-change of passable – worth a spirit if this is your writing style, otherwise a innocent decamp. ” Theron Martin wrote that after watching the series opener twice, he said that a more thorough elaborateness would ‘ve helped ease viewers into its universe and terminology much better despite “ solid ocular merits ” and the promise of “ immediate home conflict and scheme ” to help infuse life sentence into a standard concept. [ 24 ]

Series reception [edit ]

Martin reviewed the complete anime series and gave it a B- grade. [ 25 ] He praised the chumminess amongst its main cast for carrying dramatic slant and interest between the “ solid action scenes ” but was critical of the undiscovered history elements in a complexly understanding but standard plot, quality control of its liveliness, and everyday soundtrack, concluding that : “ overall, Katana Maidens is a watchable but uninspired series beyond a few have sword fights. While many parts of its fib underachieve, it does at least finish on its strongest note, so those unimpressed by earlier parts but committed to finishing will have something to look forward to. ” [ 25 ] Gadget Tsūshin listed “ horizon Alliance ” in their 2019 anime buzzwords list. [ 26 ]

References [edit ]

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