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Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 26, 2010 to Dec 11, 2010
Duration: 50 min. per episode
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)L represents licensing company
Score: 8.491 (scored by 37245 users)
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May 30, 2010
Now, let me start off by saying, if anime was judged on artistic style alone, Katanagatari would probably be one of the greatest of all time, as the artwork is beautiful. Scenic landscapes, great character design, and a whole lot else to create a beautiful vision before your eyes. The plot.. starts off on a rather simple footing, with Shichika and Togame beginning their journey, but begins to branch out wildly, creating quite a lot of sub plots. And to make things better, Katanagatari does a very nice job of keeping these plots understandable, and doesn't let itself get drowned in side stories. Every episode you can begin to enjoy the very layered plot, starting with what the sword of the day is, followed by what Togame and Shichika's topic of the day will be, and maybe even the back story of an enemy ninja or swordsman that they have to fight. Needless to say, the story is well layered and overall very interesting to follow along.
As for the characters, Katanagatari seems to do a pretty decent job with them as well. Both Shichika and Togame are rather interesting to watch, and have a strange chemistry that makes you laugh and genuinely bond with them as characters. Each has a back story that even now (5 episodes in) has been looked into a fair bit, but still left in enough mystery to keep the viewer immersed in the series. The series being episodic by nature, has many MANY characters that appear for maybe an episode or 2 before disappearing or being killed. Each usually don't have much of a back story, but often are acted on really well and make one wonder what their life must be like. Overall the cast holds together quite well, with no one being particularly memorable, but nobody being bad by any means.
Now every series has some flaws and katangatari is no exception. Each episode happens to be set for 45 minutes, which helps make the one month wait less painful, but generally leads to a lot of filler. The action scenes are usually pretty short for what they could be, and the characters quite often seem to get caught up in idle conversation... that can be funny at times, but you know its just padding out the episode. Another problem is the release schedule for this anime. Now releasing one hour long episode every month for a year is a pretty unique way of doing it, and sounds pretty cool when they do it, but it really does dowse the overall feel of the series a little bit. One can forget a lot in a month, and usually you don't go into the new episode with quite as much enthusiasum as you might of a month earlier.
But really, those are rather small complaints. The story is good, the characters interesting, and the show itself works quite well. I'm not exactly a huge fan of the action genre, but Katanagatari definitely got my attention, and I plan to see it all the way to the end, and I recommend you do to. read more
Jun 19, 2013
Katanagatari is one of Nisio Isin's serial works and is, in all honesty, really interesting in it's transformation from a standard 'fetch the sword' quest, to it's ultimate conclusion of being that something more.
Story (8/10): Being a Nisio Isin story, it's not going to be simple. In fact there'll probably be parts where the story makes no sense (that part actually comes along in episode 11, but spoilers kiddies). But the fact that it transforms over the course of the 12 episodes makes the story pretty fascinating. Shichika and Togame's quest across Japan for the 12 swords is detailed, filled with action, and some throw-ins in the form of comedy/romance/etc.
Art (9/10): Katanagatari is brightly colored, all smooth lines, and filled with little details that make it a beautiful show. Thanks in part to the wonderful art by Take, this show had uniquely designed characters that just kinda lept off the screen with how vibrant and interesting they were. Plus the fight scenes are a real treat thanks to the great designs.
Sound (8/10): While the openings and endings were OK to me (the first is probably the better one, if I had to pick), the incidental music is what really sets the mood for the show. From very traditional Japanese music, to something that reminds me of rap, to slower jazz-ish sounding background music, these songs were what helped you really get into a scene.
Character (9/10): The main draw to the show is it's main characters. Shichika and Togame are the most interesting duo that you'll come across, which makes watching them develop so much fun. Shichika starts out as an out of touch, muscle headed idiot with virtually no emotions to a hero that we have really be entertained by. Togame is much the same, beginning as a the devoted strategist who will complete her mission, to a girl who comes around to being more interesting. Both characters transformations are evident by the last episode, so paying attention to them during their travels makes the entire show worth it.
As well, Nisio Isin adds in some interesting secondary characters that just add into the whole experience, with the mysterious Princess Hitei and her servant Emonzaemon, the Maniwa Ninja Corps, and the Deviant Blade wielders. They add into the character of the show and make the progress on the main duo's journey all the more interesting.
Enjoyment (9/10): This show really does almost have it all: adventure, action, comedy, romance, tragedy, philosophy, and political intrigue. Thanks to hitting so many little pieces like that makes this anime really interesting. I was never bored, I had fun with the characters and the fight scenes. Hell, I even wrote a philosophy paper on Shichika's starting characteristics in the first and second episodes for a class. Katanagatari is entertaining to the end and you won't be disappointed.
Overall, Katanagatari is another success for Nisio Isin, with it's interesting format, story, and characters. Even when the story was odd or the characters were rambling in that certain NI way, the payoff for this show was wonderful and I highly recommend that you check this show out.
"And so, we draw a close on Katanagatari this review." read more
Jan 18, 2012
Katanagatari is an action adventure anime that spans across a certian period of time whilst maintaining a fast pace.
We are met with a streetwise, serious yet not-too-competent female who is soon joined on her quest by a fairly clueless male who has a lot to learn.
The two form an unconventional relationship and set off on the female leads quest - encountering new friends and opponents along the way.
Quite creative - the character design isn't consistant; some characters are a lot more human looking then others, yet only slightly, which somehow works.
The scenery is very pleasant; in brightness and in darkness, there is always plenty of detail within the strong colours which always stand out.
Unusual characters in comparrison to many other anime characters, especially compared to those who are ususally appointed the 'lead' - we have a male who doesn't play butmonkey dispite being genuien 'clueless' and a strong willed female lead who isn't a high level tsundere or moe; these characters have something to say, as do the minors we encounter during the series.
If you're familiar with this authors; 'monogatari series's, then you may recognise a some of the authors approach to wit threw the headlining characters, such as mocking anime cliche's.
I really enjoyed this. I have watched many upon many anime's and frankly, it can be hard to find something that really qualifies as different, yet this is one of those that could entertain an anime veteran - someone who has watched a lot of anime will pick up on the blatent use of cliche's that otherwise, may or may not annoy people, aswell as the regular breaking of conventions many anime's would avoid doing in order to keep the audience happy.
A must see, especially for all of you who feel you have pretty much seen it all.
Feb 25, 2014
The defining strength of this anime is the relationship and romance between Togame and Shichika in particular the witty and masterfully scripted dialogue between the two MCs. But be prepared. There is a LOT of dialogue and it very rarely stops. But as I said, the dialogue is top-notch and what drives the character development. The banter between Togame and Shichika almost never gets old whether they are piling on jokes or delving into deep philosophies. And the action (when it finally does come around between all the talking) is excellently done although it can be short at times. Each episode is 45 mins in length and this is both good and bad in a sense. It's good in that each episode's story gets fully developed and it helps drive the character development. However, it makes each episode a bit more of a challenge and a chore to go through along with the simplicity and predictability of the story, amount of talking and overly episodic nature of the series.
Still, this is a unique gem that should be watched and appreciated by all anime lovers. Katanagatari may not be for everyone but if you liked Bakemonogatari or want to try something that is a bit different, definitely give it a shot. "Cheeeeeeerioooo!"
8.25/10 read more
Nov 13, 2012
this anime was one of the best short series anime out there. Although it's not as renowned, the qualities of story, characters, artwork, and overall content are simply marvelous and unprecedented.
There are many interesting points to elaborate on in this anime;
First of all, the story is quiet the surprise. Although the whole "quest for finding swords" seems rather cliche and (quite frankly) boring at first, this story takes on a whole new outlook that clearly distinguishes itself from other adventure stories out there. Because of the character development, interaction, and dialogues filled with philosophy and humor, each episode approaches with a completely different feel.
In terms of characters, I was a bit (really, just a teeny tiny bit!) disappointed. Not because of the fact that I don't like the characters--given that I'm in love with our dense and naive Shichika--but more because of the development of relationship between Togame (heroine) and Shichika (hero). Although Shichika was supposed to be in love with Togame, his naivete and failure to make any initiatives sorta kept me on my toes as a girl who would love to see a touch of romance here and there to a beautiful story of a couple.
Togame's personality irked me a little; I'm not a huge fan of Togame, who I can describe as selfish and spoiled. To completely stand back and look at the anime, she's not the pivotal character. No one is. Everyone has equal amount of contribution to her journey. It's her background that earned her the position as a heroine. My superficial complaint would be how her voice tone changes so drastically that it was a bit annoying to my ears.
Yasuri Shichika. Ahh, Shichika. It was a pleasant surprise to find out that Hosoya Yoshimasa was the voice actor. He did a great job of acting dense yet keeping keenness during battles as well as softness and unspoken love hinted when with Togame. He adjusted accordingly to Shichika's development and quite frankly, it wouldn't have been as good if it weren't for Hosoya Yoshimasa.
Other than the fact that it lacked the romance that should be developing between a couple (but then again--it enhanced the character of Shichika who was supposed to be the thickheaded, dense guy), the interactions between characters seemed a bit unnatural; heroine and hero, Maniwa Groups, the sword bearers, and Princess Hitei and her servant Emonzaemon were all involved in this journey yet there wasn't much significant of a substance when they actually met.
However, the specific interaction between the protagonists and the antagonists (for example, Princess Hitei) was confusing yet so obvious and realistic. Can't say much without spoiling, but the fact that both the heroes and the anti-heroes have equal footing was interesting--and realistic.
Artwork? No comment. Too good, must watch. Beautiful. Character drawings may be simple but simple doesn't mean boring. It turns out very elegant at the end. Blends in with the background which has subtle care in color, texture, and placement.
It confused me a little when in Edo era there'd be things like European style armors, guns, tux, and whatnot... and don't forget the costumes that resemble animals for Maniwa groups. It was a bit strange, but in a good way. Each characters were unique and I appreciate care put into every single character.
To those who don't appreciate dialogues, avoid this anime, or at least don't complain that it doesn't have a lengthy fighting scene. They talk a lot--but every sentence is nicely thought out that you'd be missing a big chunk without it.
The dialogues, although they may not seem much, are one of the most crucial elements to Katanagatari. You'd be surprised by how captivating the conversation is, as well as by such clever, witty remarks going back and forth when humor intended. No wonder it aired once a month; it would require that much time to come up with meaningful dialogues.
Overall story was good, but a bit of a shocking end to it; I have to admit, I almost threw my laptop because the ending angered me. But it all contributes to the story... just be prepared for the ending. Personally, I loved every second of this episode except the ending. Should I hint that I almost cried after finishing?
I definitely recommend this anime to those who like cynical, a bit explicit, and both light-and-dark stories. It's not your ordinary action, shounen, adventure-with-romance story. It's much deeper. But seriously, go watch it now I guarantee you it'll be worthwhile. read more
Aug 1, 2011
Each of the twelve episodes of Katanagatari features a different sword and the struggle for the protagonists to obtain it. Even though each episode is around 50 minutes long, it would be going too far to say that they become boring. Rather, each episode goes a lot like the other episodes and any remotely attentive viewer will pick up on the formula quickly. However, the show is not episodic and the main story progresses interestingly. There are a lot of things to pay attention to, even if the main plot of any given episode is somewhat obvious.
Katanagatari's art is a mixed bag. The backgrounds are extremely detailed and consistently gorgeous. The characters tend to have exciting, if impractical, outfits. The cartoony bright colors of the characters and their pleasantly simple faces contrast nicely with the scenery. Here's the problem: the animation is frequently static and even lazy. This is less of a problem because much of the show revolves around the dialogue, but even so there is far too much panning of the background and many shots seem to have been chosen to protect the budget, rather than to enhance the scene. Fortunately, the dialogue and the quality of the voice-acting are good enough to distract even the most critical from many of the animation shortcuts.
Katanagatari's characters stand out from the crowd in regards to the generic ones found in most animes. Shichika's deadpanning and Togame's heckling go great together and sometimes it's difficult to tell if one of the characters was trying to be humorous. Their relationship progresses so interestingly that the show would be worth watching just to listen to them converse. Even characters that only appear for one episode or sit on the sidelines tend to be worth focusing on. Every character's motives are understandable and the viewer will even find themselves caring about the "bad guys" like the members of the Maniwa Ninja Corps.
Katanagatari is a great anime. It's a must-watch if you can get over the predictability from episode to episode and the static animation. The story is good throughout and has a lot of great themes. Even though you will predict a lot, a lot will take you by surprise. As an added incentive, the last episode is so great that it more than makes up for all of the show's flaws. read more
Dec 19, 2010
Katanagatari, or "Sword Story" strayed from what is now the norm in Anime, and managed to create a masterpiece. Of course, some may not see Katanagatari in such a way, but one should also stop to consider that you don't need hot anime girls to make a series interesting.
STORY - 9
At first the story would seem like your average "collect all the weapons". And for the earlier part, it would seem so. However, as the story progresses, the story gets deeper and deeper. It baits you in with a promising start, and build that up as you go. Be ready for a lot of twists, comedy, some romance, and some epic fight scenes.
On a side note, being based on a light novel series, this story is very dialogue heavy. Think along the lines of Bakemonogatari, or even Spice and Wolf. Saying this, the conversations are not boring at all.
ART - 9
The art for Katanagatari very unique. The characters are really fresh to look at, and the scenery is superb. The art is also very consistent all through out 12 episodes (which were released a month apart from each other) so yeah.
I don't believe there was a moment that the art disappointed me. The movements were very fluid and well drawn.
SOUND - 9
The OST for Katanagatari is basically...badass. We've got mellow tones, to fast paced music, all used to match the scenes mood.There was never an out of place score in it. A special mention here is the track they use in a majority of the fights, it sets up the mood really well. If you want, you can try to hear it for yourself. Just look up Bahasa Palus.
Voice acting was great. They conveyed emotions very well, and trust me...there's a lot of emotion here.
CHARACTER - 10
I believe this is what makes this show what it is. The main cast are all very unique individually. We've got an expert strategist, partnered to a swordless swordsman (right?) fighting with professional Ninjas and what not. It's a wide and very colorful cast.
Character development is done very well, as we see the main character, really mature within those twelve episodes.
ENJOYMENT - 10
Although I don't prefer the"one episode per month" in anime, I didn't mind it on Katanagatari. It gave me something to look forward to. And it never disappointed me.
Every episodes has it's laughs every now and then, but it also manages to mix it up with it's seriousness at times. It's a perfect balance really.
OVERALL - 9
Katanagatari is one of those anime that's easy to overlook, but hard to forget as well, truly a hidden gem for some.
If one were to give it a chance, I'm very positive, they will not regret it.
Feb 13, 2013
Sep 2, 2011
Katanagatari is a truly unique piece of storytelling. From the outset the art style jumps out at you as being unorthodox, which fits the series justly. But Katanagatari is more than unorthodox, it's unorthodox done well. Just because I may not have liked elements of it's story, it's personality or it's conclusions, I couldn't possibly fault it. Just as sometimes you may despise the villain in a movie, if it weren't for that villain's existence, the protagonist couldn't shine so bright. Such is Katanagatari. It itself depicts and builds upon this principle of discomfort so masterfully that in the end, whether you liked it or not, you can't help but appreciate it.
That being said, the journey is the most important part of an adventure. You may reach the end at some point, but it's not about obtaining your goal, it's about what went into obtaining your goal that matters. Katanagatari is a tale of swords. Collecting swords, wielding swords and even being swords. And if/when you watch it, reflect on this notion that Katanagatari approaches storytelling like a sword. It is emotionless, but can play with emotions. It is comical, but doesn't need to laugh. Sorry if this all sounds like some sort of superfluous mumbo jumbo but it's very interesting to reflect on the story as if it were itself a sword. One swing, and you follow it's path. It ends it's swing with it's original intent in mind, nothing else. No matter what it may encounter during it's swing, it will finish it with it's goal in mind.
That out of the way, the story of Katanagatari was well-founded and intriguing. The characters really brought to life the progression through their journey. This is an interesting point to consider as Katanagatari is fairly episodic. There is of course reference to past episodes every now and then, but for the most part watching an episode out of order wouldn't be particularly disturbing. If there was anything I could fault the story on, it would be dialogue. Katanagatari is extremely dialogue-heavy, which seems rather strange considering it's the story of swords. This heavy dialogue, coupled with longer episodes (45 minutes/epi) can sometimes leave you feeling a bit fatigued mentally, but nonetheless engrossed. A word to the wise though, if you aren't one for lengthy, uninterrupted conversations, this may not be the anime for you.
Visually Katanagatari is stunning. The animation style is unique and intriguing, albeit initially somewhat off-putting to some. It doesn't take long to start to really appreciate the style, nor the incredibly well-done animation. That being said, much of Katanagatari is* dialogue, and as such much of the episode is done with still-frames and perhaps a mouth moving up and down. But when action breaks out, and it always does, it's visually stunning and extremely well done. Movements are fluid and purposeful and the fight-scene animation remedies any drowsiness you may have felt from the dialogue earlier. Admittedly it's most of what you'll remember after the episode anyways, and if it weren't for me pointing this out now, you may have been surprised upon re-watching this series to see just how little action each episode contains. Nonetheless, animation, amazing.
The score for Katanagatari is wonderful. The music is suspenseful when it needs to be, and drives the mood of each and every scene. And that is by definition, a well-produced soundtrack. The voice-casting is also very well done. Shichika in particular really stands out, as being a blank slate upon which experience is carved. And as the show progresses, his voice reflects his newfound confidence and purpose. And it's fortunate the voice-acting is so well done, because as I've mentioned numerous times now, with such a dialogue-heavy show, it needed to be.
Katanagatari is somewhat episodic. This aspect of the show leaves character development in between a rock and a hard place. However, to say it's entirely episodic is incorrect. I would say it's more like the show can be viewed as episodic groupings. Through the course of the show though, the mounds of experience Shichika ascertains genuinely builds his character, and it's an interesting progression. Togame, being much more experienced from the start, has nowhere near as much to learn. Though she too develops alongside Shichika to an extent, for obvious reasons. More importantly, the characters in this show are just appealing. Each of them, from Shichika to Togame, from the Maniwani to Princess Hitei, has something about them that just works. This definition of character and personality, rather than it's development, really stands out in my mind.
Overall, I really enjoyed Katanagatari. In particular I rather enjoyed the ending. I wish more anime could end like Katanagatari. That's not to say all anime should, but it is extremely refreshing to watch something where your core is shaken up and tossed aside, and you're left just appreciating things for what they are rather than what you want them to be. These sorts of anime, and indeed plots as a whole, leave the greatest impact upon the viewer. And because of that, I think Katanagatari may go down as one of the best animes I've ever seen.
I can't really say much more without spoiling anything, but Katanagatari is an experience I would recommend.
~Marquis read more
Jul 22, 2013
The story of Katanagatari is one that I have also never seen done before. It was so simple yet was simply able to hold me for 12 episodes straight. The story practically revolves around the number 12 and the main protagonist Yasuri Shichika. 12 Episodes, 12 deviant Swords, 12 Maniwana heads...you see where I’m going. The story follows Yasuri Shichika and Togame on their quest to find these deviant Blades. Yasuri Shichika utilizes a martial arts (Kyotouryuu) only known to those of the Yasuri Bloodline.
The story was beautifully set out and really easy to follow, except for the fact that there are so many characters it’s easy to forget the protagonists name… Yasuri Shichika.
Only of the most epic endings I’ve seen to any anime. The ending is both sad and awesome at the same time…sad to see it end but awesome how they ended it. We finally get to the true power of Kyotouryuu, which is just amazing.
Solid Plot: 8
The plot is extremely solid and consistent; I don’t believe they ever sway away from the main story line and if they do its only ever for character development.
The moral of Katanagatari is something very simple bit not a lot people ask themselves it. “What do you fight for?” Find the answer to that and you find the answer for your reason to live. Or so I believe.
Everything in Katanagatari is explained in a lot of detail, so all the Who’s, What’s, When’s, Where’s, Why’s and How’s are all ticked off. Sometimes you have to just stop and think about it for that light bulb to finally glow.
When there’s a suspenseful moment suspenseful music is played, when it’s a sad moment sad music is played…I think I was sadder because of the type of music instead of the moment.
The Music is Katanagatari is really complimentary to the scene/moment.
The art style is Katanagatari is something I’ve never seen done before yet I found it quite to my liking. The art shifts at time going from classical art, to visual novel art and then back to normal art.
Yasuri Shichika is now easily one of my favorite male protagonists. I’ve simply never seen anything like him, I loved him…only way to put it. By far the best male protagonist. The character art style was also flawless and no two characters looked the same. The character art style is bar far one of my favorites in any anime to date. Each character was modeled differently and you could tell how much effort they put into character detail. It’s like their very appearance told a thousand word essay about them. From their hair, to their eyes, down to their build and very feet everything was unique.
Boredom Factor: 4
Admittedly sometimes I did fine myself being ‘bored’ due to how much talking they did before the fight . A lot of Katanagatari is talking and adventure about 60%-70% of each episode and then the small [portion at the end is the major climax…the fight scene they’ve been building up to.
Captivation Scale: 9
When the fight scenes did come I couldn’t take my eyes off of it. Kyotouryuu a fighting style I’ve never seen or heard of before is unraveled before us, and what an awesome fighting style it is. The ending of each episode was amazing and I don’t think I could ever wait to watch the next (which is why I watched it on one day)
Personal Score: 9
Katanagatari = Awesomegatari nuff said. An awesome anime with awesome genres, a bit of love, action, martial arts….something for everyone
Do I recommend it…Hell YES!!
If you have not watched this yet you are missing out big time.
The action scenes where always at the end however when they came they were awesome yet also short
There are a lot of romance elements to Katanagatari which I just found sweet, the romance element to Katanagatari also helps to add a lot of character development, bonds and maturity between Yasuri and Togami.
Martial Arts: 9
Awesome Martial Arts genre anime especially seeing as I’ve never seen or heard of Kyotouryuu before, watching Kyotouryuu unravel was truly a sight to see.
If travelling all over Japan isn’t enough of an adventure than I don’t know what is. From oceans to deserts to snowcapped mountains they go everywhere!
Combining ninpou with martial art, guns and swords sooo many powers shown in Katanagatari it’s too hard to count.
Super Powers: 9
Super powers in Katanagatari never get old, the way they say them and how they execute them are just awesome and flawless.
Overall (Average) 8.35 read more
Jun 17, 2011
anyways im not leaded by subjectivity and this review is done in the most objective way possible.
Now that i said this lets begin with the review.
first of all, katanagatari is a show that really attracted me. i mean i looks good, has acceptable number of episodes and the story has potential to good comedy and action. i feel this is the reason why its so overated as you see most of the reviews here have really good scores. my theory is that those are made because people start this show with the illusion its good and keep believing in it cause its potential. however im not.
Now, strong points:
-The art and animations are beautifull, you get attracted to it when you see it and its very easy to get use too for being that unique.
-formula that cant fail: action+comedy+romance usually is the way to go if you want target general public.
-story seems very good. its simple but that simplicity manage to tell you what to expect.
-The actions scenes are great. the fights are dinamic and with cool techniques
Now the flaws:
-Senseless dialogs. huuuge flaw i mean, i feel they went for 45minutes episodes because they wanted to speak more. i mean it could easily be a 21minute episode if you were to erase that. and its not comedy, they try to explain every little thing they do even its too obvious. it really annoys you if 90% of the episode is talking.
-Short action. for a 45min episode i would expect a good amount of action. however not only the action scenes are very short they are caught between senseless dialogs.
-Bad comedy. really a lot of jokes are just not funny. however they manage to pull out some good ones but screw them out. how would you say? well they take a good joke and talk about it for 10 minutes when the joke just isnt funny anymore.
-having a narrator is annoying to much to explain here.
-Lack of characters. i mean besides the two main characters and maybe one more there are no other characters that you would expect to see in other episodes which makes each episode less related to the previous one.
-the first fight i was really looking for wasnt shown. really maybe a good prank for your cousin but its lame when you expect a good fight and end up with a dialog of how good the fight WAS.
There may be more to these lists but i state again i HAVENT seen all episodes but i have to say if the first 5 episodes didnt attract someone (half the series) the other half is wasted cause everyone will drop the series before it. so maybe all thsi flaws are repaired in the next half i dont know but if you want to risk and go for 5 boring episodes go ahead.
Aug 7, 2012
The problem is that he is dead. Instead she finds Yasuri Shichika, the 7th head, who is a bit slow and naive living with his emotionally stunted older yet highly dangerous older sister, Nanami. After convincing him to help her and him proving his skill in obtaining the first sword they head off to find the other 11.
During the quest they not only have to face the current owners of the swords who are less than willing to give them away but also enemies who have their own reasons to collect the swords which leads them all to their own destruction.
Katanagatari took me a little while to get into. The animation style took me a while to get used and at 50 minutes for each episode challenged my retention span as each episode has a lot of dialogue especially in the first half of the series but these are personal gripes. I'm glad I stuck with it as the story has a number of twists and unexpected events, especially in the second half of the series, as the characters of Togame and Shichika develop leading to a surprising conclusion.
At the centre of the series is Togame and Shichika who start of as chalk and cheese. Togame who a egoistic city girl who is not as clever or streetwise as she thinks she is and Shichika who is a country bumpkin and has no idea about the world giving him a charming innocence. As the series progresses we learn more about Togame and Shichika and watch their characters change. Togame becomes more modest and a little dependent on Shichika and Shichika becomes more knowledgeable about the world. As a result a deep bond and romance develops between them.
For the other characters some work and some don't. I'm not sure about the Maniwa Ninjas and I like some of the sword owners and some left me a bit cold. However, I really liked Nanami and the Princess Hitei especially with her catty arguments with Togame. Fortunately the weak characters don't stay in the series long and we see a lot of the good characters
The biggest strength of the show is the witty and clever script especially the dialogue between Togame and Shichika with Shichika questioning whether Togame actually has a strategy and Togame's catchphrase of "CHEERIO!!!". Put this together with the twists you have a very enjoyable show.
So I'm going strongly recommend you watch Katanagatari and aim a encouraging punch in your direction shouting "CHEERIO!!!". read more
Apr 29, 2012
While some may argue it's far easier when you have a whole month to plan ahead, I'd say Katanagatari is the perfect example of what happens when you aim for quality and art, rather than dvd sales and ads.
(Relatively) No one knows this anime, whereas everyone should do so.
How comes I didn't give Katanagatari a 10 then? The ending left me a bit blue.
Somehow, the finale doesn't feel right to me. While there are some notable precedents to jaw-dropping finales, this was more shocking than surprising.
Yes, I'm that much selfish. However, works of entertainment should be judged on how well they did provide leisure, right? So it's only normal that a less enjoyable ending influenced the score.
Still, Katanagatari is extremely close to being a masterpiece, and might well be so once I get over the end.
The art is amazing and even better at times, if anything it can serve a little too much fanservice: the fans of the genre will be elated, however.
The narration has no fillers, an extreme intellectual honesty, and a really enticing narration.
Music is in a class of its own: perfectly tailored to the setting, and actually pleasurable to listen to! I even have the first opening on my MP3 alongside Mozart.
Bottom line: watch it if you're not doing so already! read more
Jan 20, 2011
The plot is actually quite simple, the way it is developed, on the other hand, is masterfully done.
We have this stubborn and cute strategist, Togame, whose objective is to collect 12 legendary swords by the order of the current shogunate, who fears a revolt from those possessing the 12 Perfected Deviant Swords. After being betrayed by ninjas and samurais she seeks help of a man who lives exiled in an island with his sister. The 7th Kyoutouryuu head, Yasuri Shichika, an easygoing youngster whose only worries prior to Togame's arrival were training and living peacefully with his sibling, Nanami.
After getting to know a bit more about the strange girl's past, Shichika decides on helping her on her quest and so they set on a journey full of joy and sorrow which will change their way of seeing the world and themselves, as well.
Surprise is certainly the best word to define this series. Each episode lasts for around 50 minutes, but you can hardly feel those minutes going by. The art, characters and story are so rich and amazingly done that there wasn't a single moment of boredom while I was watching it.
This is not your typical anime art, but any other than the one we have in it would look out of place. The sceneries, the characters, the whole atmosphere, everything is really beautiful, full of colors and details. You could say that the art itself would already be enough to give this anime a chance.
Thankfully, this is not the only reason. The characters are outstanding, as well. Their expressions, their voice actors/actresses, their development, thoughts and reactions. All of it, is very much human and the it was the major surprise I had while I was watching it. You can easily connect with the main character and with the side characters as well. The only letdown I had was the Princess Hitei - Emonzaemon part. I think they could've had a bit more development, specially on their past, but it's nothing that hinders the overall enjoyment.
The soundtrack was the weakest point in Katanagatari. It ranged from perfect to average during the show, but the overall feeling is of a very good sound production.
Katanagatari is a rare jewel in a time of so many cliches and average animes. Its beauty, the likable characters and the involving story will definitely catch your attention till the very end. read more
Dec 15, 2010
The first time I laid eyes upon this I thought this would just be another average shounen, with a set number of bad guys to fight on the main character’s journey. The art was sort of odd too and it was on a year schedule for 12 episodes. To say the least I was deterred.
The first episode was a surprise. There was quite a lot of talking going on top of an actually legit plot. However it still was not immediately catching.
Expectation: 6 (Fine)
Final Grade: 8 (Very Good)
Individual episode rating: -,-,-,-,-,-,-,-,-,-,9,10
The story did stick to the one sword an episode, but that did not limit what it was able to produce. Although it takes a while for the plot to pile up, by the last few episodes it really conglomerated together. In the end I would not claim the story to actually be all that great. Indeed, it was very episodic which didn’t allow for a very good flow. However, the keystone to the shows worth comes in the characters.
While Shichika is the average idiot which is fitting for one who must act as his partner’s sword, many of the other characters have quite the quirks. Togame is a very likeable character, who exploits Shichika’s willingness to server her. Indeed, she is the brains of the combo, and makes sure she gets treated as such. The owners of the deviant blades have their personality matched to their individual sword, and span the spectrum from noble samurai, to ninjas, yeti people, robots. What might not be obvious is that the term blade is used quiet loosely, as the blades all have their unique uses and shapes; think bleach but ignore the stigma associated with this reference. The Maniwani ninjas take the cake for the most interesting characters with their animal costumes fit to their ninjutsu.
Words of caution, if you expect this to be a true action show I suggest you reconsider. Although this seems to be the case with most action shows anyways, there is a marginal amount of real action. Shichika is a unarmed fighter who is incapable of holding a sword, against the specialized ability of the other sword. He doesn’t have any real special ability of his own, so the focus is more in finding the weakness of the opponent rather than powering himself up.
The quality is not bad during these scenes, but the focus is more on the behind the scenes preparations. The duo usually will meet their opponent, togame will try to think of a strategy, and then implement it.
A lot of the show consists of long monologues, either for the plot, or just random attempts at comedy. It took me some time to get used to the heavy conversation, as you will find them to drag on to great lengths and have great depth. For an example, during one scene a character talks for 15 minutes with minimal interruption. While it requires some concentration to read all the subtitles, you will come out with a net gain.
None of the OP or ED are particularly a favorite, but there is a great number since they have 14 songs total. A few weren't bad, so you might find a few you will enjoy.
I am glad I stuck with the show. As time went on I grew accustomed to the show’s style and the better episodes are later on during the series. Though it was rather straightforward and episodic, It came together in quiet an epic finale that sort of surprised me. If we consider how we only follow two characters, and how Shichika slowly gains knowledge of the world and how to think, since he has been shut on an island all his life, the development is not horrible. If the start had been more enjoyable for me I would have given this a 9/10, but I am a tough grader after all. read more
Sep 21, 2010
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Review: This one is a great anime!~ and no one cares about it!.. its a must see for those who love action and love story!... just dont be deceive by the looks of the character because it is a high class anime! i love the story even its not a great ending...but over all it is great!!
well Awesome!! the fight scenes and characters!! i love them all!!! watch it now!!>,
Jan 4, 2011
Story: Katanagatari's story starts out fairly slow, which may turn off a few viewers at the start. I must admit I was skeptical about what i was getting into throughout the entirety of episode one. But Katanagatari is a series that really ends up grabbing a hold of your attention and never letting go. It's a story filled with light hearted humor that eventually descends into a torrent of seriousness. While abrupt, this shift is handled masterfully and shows that such things can be executed well within any medium.
Art: The art itself is a work of art. Masterfully rendered backgrounds do not lose any sense of realism despite their stylization. The characters themselves all have varying styles to them that work well within the context of the universe. So much so that it really doesn't feel that out of place when a ninja dressed like a praying mantis shows up. The animation itself is incredibly smooth and leads to a very believable sense of realism, despite all the fantastical feats of martial arts being used.
Sound: I don't claim to be any expert on music but I don't believe a sound was out of place. Music was always appropriate to the situations it was used in, even the hip hop tracks did not seem to far detached from what was happening within the story. Sound effects were great as well with every strike and slash being given its own sense of power.
Characters: While all the characters were incredibly well developed I feel the need to talk about one character, Yasuri Shichika. Never before have I seen a character so obviously grow in any series. With each fight being a lesson Shichika discovers what it means to be a person, instead of just a weapon.
Enjoyment: Best series ever. That's all I can say.
Overall: Katanagatari is a massive achievement in animation as a whole. With a well executed story, perfect sound effects, well developed characters and a beautiful art and animation style this is really a show that you shouldn't miss. It may start slow but your attention will be rewarded with one of the finest series that has ever been offered. read more
Nov 16, 2013
The music is great, it really suits the character's personalities at times.
The story, despite the one sword per episode decision is in no way boring or predictable.
Basically, there's always something to look forward to. Be it the conversations, the funny/humorous moments or the unusual swords and opponents.
The 50 minute episodes might seem long at first, although they feel much shorter in reality. I never had the feeling like an hour passed after watching an episode.
So yeah, that's it from me, I hope you'll enjoy Katanagatari as much as I did if you decide to give it a try. read more