As announced in the Touken Ranbu talkshow event for its second anniversary on January 14, the new sword will be known as Sengo Muramasa and will be voiced by popular voice actor Suwabe Junichi.
The new sword was supposed to be out for a limited time in March but due to insistent public demand and the fact that the smartphone app has exceeded 2 million downloads, the company has decided to change its release date.
Bloodthirsty SwordsmithAs stated on the tweet on its official site, Muramasa is:
【新刀剣男士 千子村正(せんごむらまさ)】(1/2)— 刀剣乱舞-本丸通信-【公式】 (@tkrb_ht) January 14, 2017
An uchigatana designed for battle with a terrifying ability to cut forged by the founder of the Muramasa school (Sengo Muramasa). His mysterious behavior might come from the story about being long regarded as a bewitched demon blade. He’s a source of worry for Tonbokiri, who is also a work of Muramasa.
Translated by pandacath
The new sword was based on a swordsmith of the same name, Sengo Muramasa. The real Muramasa was known for his skills as well as his violent and ill-balanced mind verging on madness. It is said that he passed his tendencies onto his blades such that they become bloodthirsty and impel their wielder to commit murder or suicide.
In less than 24 hours since the announcement of the new character, several fanarts have already been created for the new sword. A lot of fans have expressed endearment for the character due to his build and his clothing, which they dubbed as a “blessing to the fandom.”
とうらぶより千子村正。描けば出るという噂を聞いたので早めの願掛け…！(-人-) pic.twitter.com/o7hbWEwUiB— 来栖京夜 (@k_kurusu) January 21, 2017
千子村正衣装のヴィクトル妄想たまらんかったので pic.twitter.com/tzUMk8BWpM— みら (@mirabbits0yoi) January 17, 2017
The character’s popularity skyrocketed even more upon the reveal that Suwabe Junichi will be his voice actor. A lot of fans have photoshopped the faces of his characters on Muramasa’s body, with a number of them belonging to Victor Nikiforov, a popular character from the recent hit Yuri!!! on Ice.
It is expected that the character’s popularity will increase further by the end of January following his release.