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Katanagatari


Alternative Titles

English: Katanagatari
Synonyms: Sword Story
Japanese: 刀語

Information

Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 26, 2010 to Dec 11, 2010
Premiered: Winter 2010
Broadcast: Unknown
Licensors: NIS America, Inc.
Studios: White Fox
Source: Light novel
Duration: 50 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)

Statistics

Score: 8.501 (scored by 81,212 users)
1 indicates a weighted score. Please note that 'Not yet aired' titles are excluded.
Ranked: #982
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #208
Members: 185,494
Favorites: 5,675
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Episodes: /12

Synopsis

In an Edo-era Japan lush with a variety of sword-fighting styles, Shichika Yasuri practices the most unique one: Kyotouryuu, a technique in which the user's own body is wielded as a blade. The enigmatic seventh head of the Kyotouryuu school, Shichika lives quietly in exile with his sister Nanami until one day—the wildly ambitious strategist Togame barges into their lives.

Togame brazenly requests that Shichika help in her mission to collect twelve unique swords, known as the "Deviant Blades," for the shogunate. Shichika accepts, interested in the girl herself rather than petty politics, and thus sets out on a journey. Standing in their way are the fierce wielders of these legendary weapons as well as other power-hungry entities who seek to thwart Togame's objective. In order to prevail against their enemies, the duo must become an unbreakable team as they forge ahead on a path of uncertainty and peril.

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Characters & Voice Actors

Yasuri, Shichika
Yasuri, Shichika
Main
Kumai, Motoko
Japanese
Kumai, Motoko
Hosoya, Yoshimasa
Japanese
Hosoya, Yoshimasa
...
Togame
Togame
Main
Tamura, Yukari
Japanese
Tamura, Yukari
Yasuri, Nanami
Yasuri, Nanami
Supporting
Nakahara, Mai
Japanese
Nakahara, Mai
Hitei
Hitei
Supporting
Tomatsu, Haruka
Japanese
Tomatsu, Haruka

Staff

Iwasa, Gaku
Iwasa, Gaku
Producer
Motonaga, Keitarou
Motonaga, Keitarou
Director
Ebina, Yasunori
Ebina, Yasunori
Sound Director
Kobayashi, Tomoki
Kobayashi, Tomoki
Episode Director, Storyboard


Edit Opening Theme

#01: "Meiya Kadenrou (冥夜花伝廊)" by Minami Kuribayashi (eps 1-7)
#02: "Katana to Saya (刀と鞘)" by ALI PROJECT (eps 8-12)
#R1: "Hakushi Kassai Uta Awase (拍手喝采歌合)" by supercell (noitaminA rebroadcast)

Edit Ending Theme

#01: "Tasogare no Gekka (誰そ彼の月華)" by Yousei Teikoku
#02: "Refulgence" by Shoujobyo
#03: "Senbonsenyo no Hamariuta" (千本千女の刃毬唄) by Hata Aki
#04: "Kyomu no Hana" (虚無の華) by kukui
#05: "Ai to Makoto" (愛と誠) by Tamura Yukari
#06: "Yuki no Onna" (雪ノ女) by ALI PROJECT
#07: "Mayoigo Sagashi" (迷い子さがし) by Nakahara Mai
#08: "Karakuri Nemuri Dan" (からくり眠り談) by Nomiko
#09: "Akashi (証)" by Annabel
#10: "Ina, to Hime wa Subete wo Katarazu (否、と姫は全てを語らず)" by Tomatsu Haruka
#11: "Bourei-tachi yo Yabou no Hate ni Nemure (亡霊達よ野望の果てに眠れ)" by Faylan
#12: "Toki Sude ni Hajimari wo Kizamu (時すでに始まりを刻む)" by Kuribayashi Minami
#R1: "Koto no Ha (言ノ葉)" by Piko (noitaminA rebroadcast)



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Archaeon
Jan 4, 2011
Since 2006, light novel adaptations have gradually become a regular feature in anime as producers in the industry scrabble around in their attempts to find the biggest cash cow since the advent of Suzumiya Haruhi. The surprising thing is that the fallout from this has actually been a lot better for fans than one might expect, and while titles like Guin Saga, Kemono no Souja Erin, Ghost Hunt, Baccano!, Kure-nai, Rental Magica, Spice & Wolf, and NHK ni Youkoso! may not be as commercially successful as KyoAni's behemoth, they do represent a gradual shift in the industry towards creativity and originality.

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Smartreviews
Dec 11, 2014
"I have just come to a realization! This scroll by Broken Sword contains no secrets of his swordsmanship. What this reveals is his highest ideal. In the first state, man and sword become one..." - King of Qin, Hero

I originally stumbled upon this anime thinking it was a continuation of the Monogatari series. It's not. But it's a great show nonetheless. What wowed me about this show was its pacing. Katanagatari is easily one of the most well-paced animes I've ever seen, and the pacing reminds me a lot of BBC's Sherlock series. Each of the 45-minute episodes are like a mini-movie, leaving very little read more
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8thSin
Dec 10, 2010
'Katanagatari' ('Tale of Swords') is about Togame, a self-claimed "General Director of Military and Offering Affairs serving under Yanari Shogun Family of Owari Shogunate", and Yasuri Shichika, the last inheritor of swordless swordsmanship "Kyotouryuu", and their adventure to collect 12 legendary swords.

Original work written by the same author as 'Bakemonogatari', this is a dialogue-based series that I cannot recommend to Shounen and other viewers who seek mindless battle scenes, you can ignore my warnings... "but by that time, you'd be slashed into pieces."


The story of 'Katanagatari' is driven by the characters who stand in the way of the sword gathering. New characters and weapon of read more
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Raptor1221
Aug 4, 2014
What do you fight for? That is a question with no simple answer. People say that they wish to accomplish some sort of dream or aspiration. To achieve fame, fortune, love, or maybe even revenge. Some are simple and others ambitious beyond belief. The real question is, do you have the will to fulfill that dream? Is it truly what you wish for? Are willing to struggle to the end for it? Many people try to fulfill their aspirations. Many people simply die in regret and are forgotten. Others fulfill a dream so large they are remembered for all time. read more
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