Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 26, 2010 to Dec 11, 2010
50 min. per episode
R - 17+ (violence & profanity)
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SynopsisYasuri Shichika, seventh successor of the Kyoto Ryu (bladeless) sword art, lives on an isolated island with his older sister, Nanami.
One day Shichika is visited by a woman named Togame, who requests his aid in her quest to find and collect the final twelve swords forged by the legendary master swordsmith, Shikizaki Kiki. Shichika and Togame begin their odyssey by leaving the island he called home for over 20 years. They will face twelve individuals who possess and protect Shikizaki's legendary swords.
Join Shichika and Togame on an exciting, epic adventure that defies reality as they discover the true potential of the Kyoutoryuu sword style!
(Source: NIS America)
Related AnimeAdaptation: Katanagatari
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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. To explore this question is the main purpose of the work “Katanagatari”. Now ask yourself “what will your dying words be?” Words to be remembered? Or words of regret?
Premise Synopsis** (review is after)
Katanagatari is about Yasuri Shichika, a young man in his twenties who has lived with his father and sister on a small island in exile. After the death of his father one year before the show began Shichika inherits the title of the family head. This comes with the secrets of the sword less sword style which is dubbed “Kyotouryuu”. This is an anti-sword martial art that uses the body to disarm and break the opponent’s weapons. To the Yasuri family their life and body is nothing but a sword. This is why they are dubbed the swordsmen without swords. Insert Togame, the self proclaim strategian of the Shogun. She comes to the island of the Yasuri hoping to enlist the help of Shichika’s father. She instead enlists him as he is the new family head. Then she states has a quest to find the 12 deviant blades of the legendary sword smith Shikizaki Kiki. These blades are so powerful and valuable that they can change the course of history itself. The Shogunate has tried for years to claim even one of these blades to no avail. Togame then asks for Shichika’s help. She personally has failed numerous times to get the blades. She has used those who fought for money and those who fought for honor. First she used those who fight for money. They simply stole the first blade and ran. Then she tried those who fought for honor. Yet, those who fought for honor could not resist the honor of owning such a prestigious sword. She then states she needs a warrior who will fight for love. She needs a person that is devoted to her and only her. Shichika thinking her a curious woman and wishing to be someone’s “sword” (as the family considers themselves swords) accepts the offer saying “Ive fallen for you”. What follows is a grand journey of introspection, love and human nature that will shake you to your core.
Katangatri is written by Nisio Isin whose most notable work is Bakemonogatari. Katangatari is much like the former in the style of its dialog and use of symbolism/ stylized art. Katanagatari though is a much more focused story than Bakemonogatari. Katanagatari is told in 12; 50 minute episodes. Each episode of Katanagatari has Shickika and Togame going after one of the 12 deviant blades. These episodes aired once a month during 2010 from January to December. In the show the seasons changed in correlation with this. It also takes them 1 month to get each blade making it move in time with the real world. This creates a feeling of connection with the journey. Every episode Togame and Shichika meet a new person with one of the blades. Shichika having no knowledge of the world learns something new every episode and develops accordingly. You watch through the journey as the “sword” that is Shichika becomes human. He starts as something without his own will, who simply listens to Togame as her “sword”. He then develops into a human with a will and moral compass. By the end he has his reason to fight. It is a journey of twits and turns in a world that has change on the horizon. It’s a show that will keep you guessing to the eventual outcome of each episode. Showing you that things don’t always turn out the way we plan, no matter how much we wish it. Just as you think you have it down, it catches you once more. Better yet its twists are heavily foreshadowed and don’t feel like ass pulls. This journey then culminates into a final conclusion so epic and heart wrenching that it cannot be spoiled nor missed; it will “tear you to pieces”. One thing to say is this show is very dialog heavy. Its great dialog don’t get me wrong, it just can be a turn off for some. But its not to say is doesn’t have epic fights. The fights are great with fluid chorography and animation. It’s simply not the main focus. As far a story telling goes Katangatari is an episodic journey of the highest caliber. It is simply breathtaking in execution and conclusion. (10/10)
The main characters of Katanagatari are the aforementioned Togame and Sichika. The main thing keeping this show interesting during its 50 min episodes is the dialog. The banter between Togame and Shichika is clever and charming. It also makes the developing romance feel much more real to the viewer. Each character including the 12 owners of the swords have a developed back story and a motivation to fight, some good some evil. The development for Shichika mostly comes when he kills the good and the evil owners without any remorse or caring, simply because it’s Togame’s will. Yet as he hears the dying words of each and the different motivations he realizes he has nothing he fights for himself. He gains his own moral code and also gains reasons for why he follows Togame. Now I shall talk about Togame. She has many names, “The stratigen”, “that unpleasant woman”, and others names that would be spoiler territory. She is an energetic, manipulative, and clever woman that seeks the blades for unknown reasons that latter become clearer. Togame , like Sichika learns to love, and her moral code changes as she learns from the owners and Sichika. The Dialog, development, and generally script writing in Katangatari is top noch. The only gripe I have is some of the more important villains (who shunt be named) had too little back-story to them. It was hard to understand the final motivation for the final owners (can’t get into detail… spoilers). Yet the dialog and characters are an overall crowing achievement.
Katanagatari is a stylized symbolic adventure with art that looks like it comes from an old legend. The animations during the fights are one of the many high points in the series. They are well choreographed and fluid. The character designs and weapon designs are well handled and animated. Each owner has an interesting design. Animation was handled by Studio “White Fox” who are a subsidiary of OLM Inc. They are a very new studio whose first work was in 2009 and Katangatari (2010) being their second work ever. The most notable thing they have animated was the widely popular Steins;Gate anime. It’s symbolic, light art style that can instantly turn dark complements the show perfectly. It is not without flaws. The art does have a few glitches here and there. I did stop and notice some errors in animation during many of the dialog sequences. Yet the fluid motion and dynamic animation at most points make up for its occasional errors.
The sound of Katanagatari is very… interesting. It utilizes rap in a mix of Japanese and English under a back score of traditional Japanese music. It can sound epic as it wants to and does a very good job of doing so. What surprised me was that it could also sound beautiful. To be compared it shares a similar musical style to the Samurai Champloo sound track. The rap in Champloo was handled by Najubes, while Katangatari’s rap and vocals is handled by an artist called Lotus juice. The overall composition was handled by Taku Iwasaki who also handled Tegen Toppa Guerren Lagan and JoJo’s Bizzare adventure (part 2) sound tracks. The original Op’s and Ed’s are good, just not amazing. YET, Katanagatari received a new op for its 2013 rerun which is possibly on of the greatest anime openings I’ve ever heard. I say this because of how well it fits in with the show. The song itself and the visuals are amazing. The Ost choice is easily this opening. It is done by the band “Supercell” titled “Hakushi Kassai Utaawase”. This is for the aforementioned reasons. The sound track overall is good, some tracks stand out and others aren’t noticed much. Better than most and serves its overall purpose.
To state I simply “enjoyed” this work would be a slight understatement. It has firmly entrenched itself into my favorites list and my soul. Katanagatari is a grand episodic journey of introspection and human nature. Throw in a good sound track, great dialog, and tons of great moments. You got yourself some great enjoyment. Truly this was an excellent use of 12 hours.
Katanagatari is one of those diamonds in the rough. It starts as a simple journey, but turns out to be so much more. A quest for 12 swords over 12 months, the turning of a “sword” into a human being with thoughts and wants. It’s a show who’s art, sound, and setting work together to lead up to one of the grandest conclusions in anime history. It leaves you with a feeling of loss and the questions of, “what do you fight for?” Money? Power? Your own dream? Or the one you love? Do you have the will to do it? What will your dying words be? Will they be that of regret? Or words to be remembered? No matter which they all end in death. With that on this evening and month I polity close the curtain on this review.
Final Score Katanagatari:
It is violent, it is cold, it is callous, it is glorious, it is charming, it is breathtaking, it is attractive, it is bewitching, it is delightful, it is fascinating, it is dramatic , it is Katanagatari and it is a masterpiece.
Anyone who has read Katanagatari synopsis will normally expect a samurai sword battling shounen style anime…and they will be horribly disappointed. Katanagatari is more driven by dialogs and mysteries more than by any sort of combats. Although there are some fantastic combat scenes, but the development has the main priority in this anime.
Please, don’t say that this anime isn’t your thing. You should get through the whole anime before judging it. Believe me, the last episode will make you love it. It is something you will never see again.
To the story-line.
A mysterious woman called Togame arrives on a mysterious island to recruit the martial artist called Shichika Yasuri. She needs his help to gather twelve swords from twelve extremely powerful warriors, samurais, ninjas and other strong guys. And here is the most important thing, Shichika won’t use any weapons(diplomatic skills won’t help him either).
The show will trick you with left hand and it will punch you using its right. Every episode follows your famous adventure cliché helping you to relax. But once you will do so, it will hook you saying it is too late to yawn. Guarantee, once you will understand this anime you won’t close your mouth because of amazement. This is just the show’s way of playing with us.
This anime is somewhat similar to Kenshin’s Kyoto arc, but Katanagatari focuses more on dialogues than on battles. Those who are already familiar with Bakemonogatari might have been more prepared than other viewers. But it is important to mention that Katanagatari’s dialogues aren’t similar to the ones in Bakemonogatari. Every scene in Katanagatari is important there are no useless dialogues or facts.
I can’t say that Katanagatari is incapable of stunning action scenes(The last episode will prove you it). The unusual format of Katanagatari ensures that, there will be enough time to a spectacular battles. I have never seen something like that before. I am terribly sorry, but it is just indescribable. It is possible to describe it, but the last episode’s battle. It is just a “heart attack” ,”a final hook”.
Overall I just can’t imagine a better story-line for this anime. I also can’t imagine anyone walking away from it unsurprised. Ten out of ten for the new view of adventure genre.
The animation is something you have never seen before. It is genuine and pleasing. Instead of real life design, Katanagatari seems to view characters more like a piece of art or a fairy tale. Both the characters and scenery tend to be very two dimensional in the way they are drawn, but for some reason it works extremely well. The only time the anime seems to diverge from this storybook styling is during fight scenes which tend to follow usual fighting scenes route. Ten out of ten for the brilliant animation.
I can’t live without music that is why music is very important criteria for me. The tracks for this anime are pretty well-made. I can’t say that they are awesome or anything to die for but they are good. The tracks add a better shade to Katanagatari. It is never annoying or overused. You'll hear a mix of standard orchestral mixed with a few pop/hip hop like tunes. The voice acting was just brilliant.. The sound effects didn't make me open my mouth saying, “Oh my god it is god-like”, but they were pretty fine overall. Ten out of ten for Katana to Saya by ALI PROJECT and amazing voice acting.
Katanagatari has really amazing cast. Togame represents the brains of Katanagatari, Shichika on the other hand represents a blunt strength to defeat enemies.
Togame combines her formidable intellect with a passionate personality. She sometimes complains of luxuries, but I find it a good thing. She is a woman, yet she has man’s work. Togame is a brilliant strategists, but sometimes she gives in to her feminine self. Tamura Yukari showed her heroine pretty damn amazing.
Shichika, having set off from his island needs her direction in everything. He fits only for duels, carrying her luggage, holding her long hair while she dresses, or standing against the sun to provide shade while she writes. Shichika calls himself an instrument. Tell him what to do and he will reach the aim no matter what. But as the story goes by, he receives human nature. And that makes him really interesting character. He becomes a young man who is ready to give up on everything in order to protect what is important to him. Not like in your favorite battle-shounen series. It is different here.
Togame and Shichika act pretty similar to Holo and Lawrence from Spice and Wolf. Those who are already familiar with the duo from Spice and Wolf will understand Togame and Shichika much better. The chemistry between the characters is simply awesome. It never bothers you or something. The only complaint I have are supporting characters. There are, however, some good ones, but not all of them. Ten out of ten for the characters.
Katanagatari isn’t an anime it is a work of art. Keep this in head to fully enjoy this show, however, by that time you'll have been torn to pieces (c) Shichika Yasuri. read more
Both anime have great stories and artwork. But the best part about it is the way the stories are told. Both anime have kinda the same level of comedy and are both amazing watches. It wasn't until recently that I found out that the author was the same person but I would make the recommendation regardless.
Katanagatari reminds you of Bakemonogatari in many ways, it has the same use of camera angles and the hectic dialogs. And offers pretty much the same characters in a different setting (Boy meets Girl). Both shows are also based on light novels written by the same author, Nisio Isin.
Plenty of dialog and witty jokes and remarks here and there. Level of humor used in both shows are quite similar, including the casual use of some innuendo to brighten the mood. Artwork and visuals are superb in both.
Both are from the same author and as expected, characters are developed nicely with a quirky sense of humour. Both are animes featuring surrealist drawing style, little actual plot, curious characters, and random discussions about life the universe and everyting.
Both are adaptations of light novels written by Isin Nisio, and both are extremely heavy on dialogue. The style of humour employed in both Bakemono and Katana is very similar, so if you like one you're sure to enjoy the other. Also, though Bakemonogatari and Katanagatari seem like the typical harem and shonen series,both quickly break the confines of their respective genres.
To begin with, both animes are great and of high quality. They were both also made by Nisio isin. They both have a lot of similar core features, such as, romance and humor, while also being able to offer up a serious yet basic plot. They are both episodic while katanagatari is longer at 50 minute episodes. I highly recommend watching one if you have seen the other!
Both series has a similar animation style that incorporates the usage of heavy dialogue usage by the main characters. The light novels are also written by the same author (Nisio Isin) hence reflects upon a similar style of story telling.
Both series' humor is presented very well and considered entertaining and amusing with the dialogue, action, drama, and interactions between the main protagonists with other characters.
Both series features some supernatural themes and later on some romance.
Written by the same author. Each show is filled with entertaining dialogue and character interactions are a central focus.
There are similarities between Katanagatari and Bakemonogatari. For example, both are episodic anime. Not to mention the very long and witty dialogues between characters, slapstick jokes and the artwork. However, Katanagatari has more actions in it.
Watch these if you like anime which consist of mainly comedic conversations in between key events. I enjoyed both of these anime because they were almost like reading books but with action sequences here-and-there. Also, both have very unique art styles, so even if you don't like long, funny dialogues, it's worth the experience.
They talk a lot and I mean A LOT in both. The chit-chat is funny, sometimes deep, and also very absorbing. Both have fantasy style setup. And of course brilliant couples :)
There's something special about the way the two main characters grow with one another in both series that just makes you fall in love with them as a couple. So much character in each Anime's main cast too. The soundtracks are great and would be pretty entertaining to see them swapped with each other. If you want a good adventure, both of these shows are especially perfect for the craving. <3
I found both Spice and Wolf and Katanagatari left me with the same feeling of depression after I finished them too. haha
The dialogues structure-script feel similar, as exposing facts or historical events. These are long and become tedious after a while, but there is always a catch phrase, a distintive action or a particular event in or related to the dialogue that keeps the viewer enjoying the conversation while it lasts.
After reading 10 Spice and Wolf novels and watching the series multiple times, I believe Katanagatari to be the most similar show to Spice and Wolf even if the settings are different. They share the same aesthetic sensibilities of witty dialogue and presenting the viewer with a set of tools to solve a puzzling situation the characters get placed in. Spice and Wolf has playful banter between Holo and Lawrence and uses suspenseful economic struggles and trading dilemmas to force the viewer to also come up with a solution. Katanagatari matches the atmosphere with witty dialogue between its main characters and provides the same challenge to the viewer with battles instead of economics.
Maoyu Mayuu Yusha is thought to be the closest recommendation for Spice and Wolf. But I would like to disagree on this account. The dynamic of the relationship is quite different; instead of two characters teasing each other and more subtle romantic goals, Maoyu Mayuu has two awkward characters that both seem like high school students trying to flirt with each other and have overt romantic intent. It is not two people with different goals in mind that seemingly grow close after arguing, teasing, and laughing like inf Spice and Wolf. Instead, Maoyu presents a love at first site of two characters with the same goal but are awkwardly hesitant to advance the relationship. This show also presents economics but not in a riddling manner that requires thinking. Solutions are just flatly presented to problems whose context is not fully given. The viewer is not presented with a problem and given the ability or tools to reason a solution like in Spice and Wolf. Instead a solution just appears from the Crimson Scholar for a problem the viewer is not entirely aware even exists or to what degree. In essence, it is similar in a shallow manner that there are economics and somewhat romantic interpersonal relationships, but the dynamic of the relationship is vastly different and there is no well developed scenarios to challenge the viewer.
Both series deal with the relationship between two protagonists of the opposite sex who - more or less - meet by chance and join each other to go on an epic journey in a beautiful, somewhat medieval, fantasy setting. Their, kind of vague, purposes may differ (in Katanagatari it's some kind of treasure hunt, in Spice and Wolf it's the desire to explore the world) and while Katanagatari involves some politics and battles, whereas Spice and Wolf deals with trading and bargaining, both heavily rely on dialogues and the characters' interactions along the way, which have a lot in common as well. Both females, for instance, are cunning little creatures who not only like to tease their respective partner with cutting remarks, but also know how to manipulate the people around them, which often comes in handy for getting what they want.
If you enjoyed the development of a mature romantic relationship during their journey through a fantastic world as well as the humorous dialogues, cunning and pure, and the overall well-rounded characters in one of these shows, chances are you'll enjoy the other.
Katanagatari is spice and wolf - the hot wolf girl and + some actually quirky and interesting characters who most often have lots of witty banter and with some entertaining fight sequences too
both are heavily focused on both MC's and their interactions with each other. the interactions are actually the best part, because they usually have full conversations and its nice seeing them interact and react.
one is straightforward while the other is very mischievous. kinda like the whole manzai routine.
both couples are traveling
both girls have mysterious pasts
both have nice ratings and are fairly popular
Katanagatari and Spice and Wolf have similar pacing, and are both extremely dialogue-heavy, especially between the two main characters. Both have a fantasy-type setting, but Katanagatari also has some action scenes, while Spice and Wolf revolves around merchants and trading. If you enjoyed the character interaction between the characters of one of these shows, you will probably like the other as well.
In a lot of ways, these two series reminds me of one and the other.
Both series features a lot of interactions between the main male and female protagonist through their journey after their fated encounter. Speaking of which, these two series has an adventure like theme in a fantasy setting. Through their journey, they explore various places and learn new ideas as well as about one and the other.
Both series' main female protagonist views herself as wise but at times becomes frustrated at various events especially regarding the main male protagonist with his actions. They also have mysterious pasts.
Throughout the journey, the duo encounters other characters and conflicts but grows closer after each episode. Eventually, there is themes of romance but also at times emotions.
Highly recommended for a watch~
Katanagatari and Spice And Wolf are the same kind of romance adventure anime shows. Katanagatari's plot is more samurai action based in Japan Edo period while Spice And Wolf's plot is about merchants in medieval Europe, in both series the main idea in the story is the developing relationship and romance between the two, one male, one female, main characters which is what I mainly liked about both shows.
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)
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 PROJECTmore
#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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