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Japanese: 刀語


Type: TV
Episodes: 12
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: 8.511 (scored by 45178 users)
Ranked: #912
Popularity: #216
Members: 97,234
Favorites: 2,584
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Feb 25, 2014
Katanagatari is one very unique and beautiful piece of art and I highly emphasize the word "art". It may not be for everyone but if you give it a chance, you may see what truly makes it spectacular. In that sense, it reminds me a lot of the Bakemonogatari series. On the surface this may seem like a simple fetch quest story about collecting these demon swords with childish character designs. However, there is so much more than what meets the eye in this series. The art and designs may seem simplistic at first but look deeper and you'll see a masterfully animated world full read more
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Jun 30, 2014
Katanagatari has one of the most amazing plot and storylines i have ever seen. It pulls off a Baccano introducing new characters with every episode and fully fleshes them out till the end. The rebroadcast opening hakushi kassai uta awase is also one of the most amazing anime openings have heard. IF ANY OF YOU GUYS HAVE TIME YOU MUST WATCH THIS SWORD STORY BEFORE YOU DIE!
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Nov 24, 2011
==[ Katanagatari - Overall: 9.5/10 | 12 episodes]==

One-liner: If you want an anime with amazing art, great character development, good romance and an ending which you cannot predict from episode 1, Katanagatari is for you.

[ Introduction ]

Katanagatari, or Sword Story, is about the Strategian Togame and her "sword", Yasuri Shichika. The story is about their journey to collect 12 legendary deviant swords made by master swordsmith Shikizaki Kiki.

[ Story = 9 ]

When I see animes about a journey to collect swords, I generally think: "Sword fights to be expected. Blood and gore. Severed limbs. Magical sword. Ooooh... Duh!". Katanagatari is about swords, of course, but read more
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Apr 10, 2011
This review is for the Swahili dub of the show.

The year is 1977 and the 15-year Mozambican War of Independence has been over for a few years. The setting of the show is a sort of alternate reality where Portugal had somehow won the war and retained Mozambique as a colony. We follow the brutish Rhamadhani Shichika and the mysterious, yet clumsy, Waseme on their journey to collect the 12 Deviant Automatic Rifles for various political and personal reasons. 12 episodes, 12 guns, you do the math.

No seriously, do the math because I can't.

So why is this show so successful (and by successful I mean read more
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Dec 12, 2010

Katanagatari (directly translated to English as Swordstory), is from the same guy who wrote Bakemonogatari. As famous as that anime was, I wasn’t very thrilled with its episodic nature. The smart gags and the wordplays were all nice but all the rest felt like random psychedelic rambling with lots of otaku culture cliches. But it still had enough artistic expression and weirdness to be memorable in a way.

Katanagatari is practically reusing the same formula, only here it offers a better feeling of progress, focuses more on the main characters and less on most others who come and go in the same episode they appear. I read more
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Jul 2, 2010
Katanagatari is a series that aires one episode every month, which sounds pretty crappy but the episodes are one hour long, so in the end it evens out with most other shows. In my opinion, I'd rather one hour a month. Also, its episodic so I'd rather one episode than an arc. Anyway enough of my preference :P

The story is actually quite simple. Overly simple even. But that isn't a bad thing. Basically, the two main characters are out to collect 12 legendary swords. Conveniently enough, there are 12 episodes. So I'm sure you can put it together that it's about 1 sword an episode, read more
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Feb 10, 2013
Katanagatari is a historical fantasy anime revolving around a set of incredible cursed 'swords'. These incredibly powerful weapons corrupted anyone who would use them, and became known ad the Deviant Blades. The main characters are Togami, a short white-haired girl who has been tasked with the retrieval of these weapons, and Shinchika, a tall dark-haired martial artist who she enlists to do the actual fighting. What follows is a grand adventure across twelve episodes and most of the country as they do battle with these cursed weapons.

This is where the Story takes a bit of a left turn. The show has a very loose definition read more
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Feb 22, 2011
Short review be warned xD

Story- Great story, not the most original I've seen since there are many anime's out there based on sword fighting and the edo period but everything else makes up for the story's lack of originality. 7

Art- The art was gorgeous, I loved the traditional spin on the animation and it's consistency.9

Sound- I'm not one to pay too close attention to the sound but I liked the background music, nothing really to complain about. 8

Character- If this show has a strength, it's in its characters. Not a single one of them has a boring or stereotyped personality, it was especially enjoyable to read more
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May 30, 2010
Katanagatari, the show that loves the number 12. 12 swords, 12 ninjas, 12 episode... and I'm half expecting it to turn out that the Shichika has 12 secret techniques at his disposal. Yes, Katanagatari is an interesting show about a young man and woman on a quest to gather the 12 ultimate swords. The premise sounds fairly cliche, but still interesting enough to watch solely based on that, but how does it really fare? Lets find out...

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 read more
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Jun 19, 2013
It's taken me nearly 4 years to finish Katanagatari, mostly due to my own backlog becoming so extensive. To think that I started watching this series when I was a lowly freshman in college and finished it as a senior years later is surreal. But you guys aren't here to listen to me ramble. :)

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 read more
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Jan 18, 2012
When you take a glance at this anime, you're met by unconventional artwork off the bat, as it's the conventional that pretty much headlines anime these days, thus unusual is something some people may be attracted to or repelled by; if you're of the latter - reconcider.

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 read more
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Nov 13, 2012
Without any summary fluff, let's cut straight to the point:
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 read more
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Aug 1, 2011
Katanagatari is a charming, if formulaic, adventure focusing on the relationship between Yasuri Shichika, a veritable country bumpkin, and Togame, a high-profile employee of the shogun and self-proclaimed "strategian" as they strive to collect twelve very powerful swords. Expectedly, Shichika and Togame contrast each other humorously, and this contrast is often what produces the witty, dry dialogue the show is known for. In many cases, their completely different origins move the plot forward or cause problems.

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 read more
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Dec 19, 2010
Anime these days tend to lack a key ingredient, that could very well make or break the series. No, it's not fan-service, nor is it a kick-ass OP theme. It's depth.

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.


At first the story would seem like your average "collect all the weapons". And for the earlier part, it would seem so. However, read more
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Feb 13, 2013
I enjoyed Katanagatari, however the only thing that stood out for me was the art style. All the other ways to rate this anime fall into the "good" and "fair" category. What stopped me from rating this anime any better was the ending, I was absolutely shocked and disappointed in the direction it took, from the end of episode 11 and all of 12. For the rest of it episodes 1-10 was good. Character development was only good for the 2 main characters, the rest of them it didn't do as well. Plot wise it was good, episodes taken individually is much better than the read more
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Sep 17, 2014
The beauty of the colors in this anime is moe than any other anime i´ve seen.
And with a kickass story and intresting characters and their development makes this an anime i highly recomend anyone who has´nt seen it to try and watch it.
The fighting scenes are amazingly filled with movements and colors. There was only one thing that disturbed me in this anime and that was how they used the eyes. The eyes looked like it belonged to a childrens cartoon in my eyes, but i eventually got used to it. Other than that i simply love the series and i hope everyone will have read more
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Sep 2, 2011
What can begin, can end.

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 read more
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Jun 17, 2011
Ok, first of all i didnt get to watch all episodes. the reason im still writting this review is because this is aimed to give a warning to the people planning to watch this show and the fact is that its boring. (reasons below)

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 read more
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Jun 8, 2014
…people who like colorful and expressive art styles and lots of historical and pop-cultural references in their anime.

…people with a short attention span, though even people with a normal attention span will be brought to their limits. It takes a lot of endurance to watch Katanagatari.


Katanagatari features an episodic adventure story about two people, the hillbilly Shichika and the shogunate member Togame, travelling around the country to collect twelve legendary swords by defeating their varied wielders. The show’s genre is a combination of adventure, martial arts, comedy, and historical and cultural references.

Katanagatari’s greatest asset is its expressive art style. It gives the read more
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Oct 17, 2011
Hmmm I wasnt so sure about this one. Overal I think it was sort of enjoyable.
The pacing was far to slow! I mean it. i went for this anime because of the promise of action and decent martial arts fight scenes, well i got them, but usually they lasted little under a minute and all the other time was taken up with pointless chatter and conversations, carried out while the characters looked on emotionlessly, promising death or injury without even the minutest change in their expressions. Anyway the fighting, I usually skip forward when watching something that bores me and because of this I very read more
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