Touken Ranbu

Legendary crescent moon katana, one of Japan’s Five Swords Under Heaven, now on display in Tokyo

One of Japan’s most beautiful and important katana is proving popular with history buffs and young ladies alike.

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Japanese maid displays awesome sword skills in the snow【Video】

With impressive moves like these, this is one maid you don’t want to double-cross.

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Jewelry forged with Japanese sword-making techniques are a cut above the rest

These necklaces not only look extremely chic, but subtly show one’s love of the gorgeous swords/men from Touken Ranbu

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Slice into a traditional sweet range with some of Japan’s most famous swords

The beautifully designed metal replicas are modelled on real-life weapons that come with amazing historical stories

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【Monday Kickstart】Adorable kitten cosplays as Japanese swordsman from popular game Touken Ranbu

This cosplaying kitten and his adorable poses are all you need to get through Monday.

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Cosplay in your underwear with anime-inspired lingerie made to order in Japan

Customised lingerie service offers a range of options which are a perfect match for some of the anime world’s most popular characters.

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Japanese internet has brief but passionate love affair with hot Chinese cosplayer Huang Jingxiang

Girls in Japan are going gaga over this unbelievably perfect Chinese cosplayer, but much about him remains a mystery.

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Order your own historical sword-turned-hot-guy Touken Ranbu cake just in time for the holidays

Remember Touken Ranbu, that game where you turn historical Japanese swords into hot men? Well, one shop is now turning those men into delectable cakes!

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Worst vacation ever? DMM to offer a week of hikikomori life free to one lucky fan

While some may find the idea of locking themselves in their room for months or even years at a time horrifying, for some that’s just their daily life. And if you’re one of those people who much prefer their bed to the sun, this special competition sponsored by DMM may be just what you’re looking for. If you’re chosen, you’ll get free room-and-board for a week, along with all-you-can-play games — but you won’t be allowed to go outside even once.

If that sounds like a great summer vacation to you, read on to find out more.

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Touken Ranbu cosplayers reveal the real-life embarrassments of their glamorous costumes

Like many other things in life, the challenges in cosplay can never be fully understood until you’ve experienced it first hand. As we’ve previously seen, there is much more than meets the eye when cosplayers and photographers are striving to get the perfect shot. Sometimes it can even be a chore just to put on the costume and keep it from falling apart, as some Touken Ranbu cosplayers have realized.

If you or your friends are planning to cosplay as Touken Ranbu characters, these tweets from Japanese cosplayers who have been there and done that could probably give you a heads up on what to expect!

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Fan shows how to snap a picture of you and your 2-D crush sharing a passionate embrace

Last weekend the inaugural CharaExpo, a celebration of Japanese animation, comics, and video games, was held in Singapore. The event hosted artists, musicians, and voice actors, plus independent dojinshi producers and cosplayers, and also had an array of exhibit booths from a variety of game and anime companies.

At one booth, fans could take photos with some of the characters from Touken Ranbu, the computer game that’s been winning the heart of female otaku for the way it turns historical Japanese swords into handsome young samurai hotties. But while taking a picture with a flesh-and-blood celebrity crush means he might affectionately put an arm around you as you smile for the camera, you can’t ask a cardboard cutout to do the same. However, one attendee has shown that with a little creativity you can take a photo that makes it look like you’re in the passionate embrace of your inanimate anime crush.

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