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Tsurumaru Kuninaga
Tsurumaru hanamaru.png
Kanji 鶴丸国永
Arrival Episode 2: Kisaragi
First Appearance Episode 2: Kisaragi
Sword Information
Sword Type Tachi
Swordsmith Gojou Kuninaga
Previous Owners Emperor Meiji

Sadayasu
Koudeki
Hojo Sadatoki
Date clan

Voice Actors
Japanese Soma Saito
English Ricco Fajardo

Tsurumaru Kuninaga is a tachi touken danshi in Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru.

Appearance[]

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Personality[]

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Background[]

Tsurumaru was smithed by Gojou Kuninaga in the year 1053. At one point he was owned by the Meiji Emperor, who lead the country into 20th century with an industrial revolution.

Kisaragi (如月)[]

Tsurumaru arrived in the first month of year, on the same day as Doudanuki; both were introduced to the other touken danshi together. Kashuu Kiyomitsu was assigned to escort them around the citadel, and Yamatonokami was invited along.

Tsurumaru is signifficantly more excited than Doudanuki to see the citadel, and is happy to see the hot spring. He is also glad to see Ishikirimaru, who has been at the citadel for a while.

The group is later introduced to Hachisuka and Midare, who are on cleaning duty. Doudanuki was suprised to see a girl in an otherwise male-only boarding home. However, when Midare introduces himself using boku (masculine pronoun), Doudanuki realises Midare is a boy and is intensely confused. Hachisuka asks for help moving boxes and Doudanuki agrees to help.

Yayoi (弥生)[]

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Gallery[]

Trivia[]

  • Tsurumaru is one of the oldest Touken Ranbu swords by his initial year of creation (as a sword), only surpassed by a small handful of others.
  • His owner was Sadayasu of the Adachi Clan during the Kamakura period, who was drawn into the political rivalry between his clan of samurai and the regent of Shogunate, Hojo Sadatoki (which resulted in the Shimotsuki Incident). Because of the Shimotsuki Incident his owner was killed by Hojo Sadatoki, who was 14. Tsurumaru was supposed to sleep in his owner's grave but Hojo Sadatoki desired this beautiful sword and he dug him out of Sadayasu's grave to take him.
  • Tsurumaru stayed on in the Hojo family, but the Kamakura Shogunate reached its downfall during the reign of Sadatoki's son, Takatoki. Sadatoki's grandson Tokiyuki, the last in line of the Hojo Clan, was killed by Ashikaga Takauji, who formed the new Muromachi Ashikaga Shogunate.
  • Tsurumaru went into unknown hands after the extermination of the Hojo Clan until he was presented to Oda Nobunaga, who then passed Tsurumaru to one of his most-valued retainers: Mori Yoshinari.
  • As time went by, Tsurumaru was passed around by owners until he was finally placed in a shrine. However, (surprise) Koudeki of the Honami Clan of sword polishers and connoisseurs got enchanted by his beauty and took him from the shrine.
  • The Honami Clan gave Tsurumaru to the Date Clan of Sendai Domain (1716), who later presented Tsurumaru to the Meiji Emperor (1901), and he remains in the Imperial Collection to this day, alongside Ichigo HitofuriUguisumaru and Hirano Toushirou.

Miscellaneous

  • Tsurumaru keeps talking about him looking like a crane in some of lines. This is because his name (鶴丸) is written with the Kanji for crane (鶴). The crane was also the crest of Mori Yoshinari (Odagumi period).
  • Although Tsurumaru's symbol (crane) is a traditional sign of fortune and longevity, he brought the opposite to his chain of masters.
  • Tsurumaru says that he hates boredom and always seeks for surprises to while away his endless longevity, being the best preserved blade from the Heian period despite his turbulent history.
  • Gojou (the swordsmith Tsurumaru was forged by) is said to be the disciple of Sanjou Munechika, Gojou Kanenaga, which makes Tsurumaru seem like the grandnephew to the Sanjou swords. Maybe his and Mikazuki Munechika's ways once crossed in the past. 
  • Fanworks sometimes depict Tsurumaru with OokurikaraShokudaikiri Mitsutada and Taikogane Sadamune. This is due to Mitsutada having been owned by Date Masamune, Ookurikara is speculated to have been a sword of Masamune's, or his son Date Tadamune, while Taikogane was owned by Tadamune. Together, these four TouDan are known as the Dategumi for having been at the service of the Date Clan of Sendai Domain, although at different times in History.
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