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Synonyms: Sword Story
Japanese: 刀語
English: Katanagatari
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Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 26, 2010 to Dec 11, 2010
Premiered: Winter 2010
Broadcast: Tuesdays at 01:10 (JST)
Licensors: NIS America, Inc.
Studios: White Fox
Source: Light novel
Genres: ActionAction, AdventureAdventure, RomanceRomance
Themes: HistoricalHistorical, Martial ArtsMartial Arts
Duration: 50 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 8.311 (scored by 210450210,450 users)
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Ranked: #2382
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Popularity: #378
Members: 550,594
Favorites: 10,837

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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.

[Written by MAL Rewrite]


Katanagatari is a complete adaptation of Nisio Isin's light novel series of the same title with each episode adapting 1 volume. The anime was released monthly, mimicking the release style of the original novels.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Iwasa, Gaku
Toba, Yousuke
Motonaga, Keitarou
Ebina, Yasunori
Sound Director


Opening Theme

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

Ending Theme

"Koto no Ha (言ノ葉)" by Piko (noitaminA rebroadcast)
1: "Tasogare no Gekka (誰そ彼の月華)" by Yousei Teikoku
2: "Refulgence" by Shoujobyo
3: "Senbonsenyo no Hamariuta (千本千女の刃毬唄)" by Hata Aki
4: "Kyomu no Hana (虚無の華)" by kukui
5: "Ai to Makoto (愛と誠)" by Tamura Yukari
6: "Yuki no Onna (雪ノ女)" by ALI PROJECT
7: "Mayoigo Sagashi (迷い子さがし)" by Nakahara Mai
8: "Karakuri Nemuri Dan (からくり眠り談)" by Nomiko
9: "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


Jun 24, 2023
This series was evocative of a lot of personal favorites (Samurai X and Outlaw Star, in particular), though it carved itself a distinct place that, strangely, made me think of Trigun, a show I think it has very little in common with. The motivations for the actions of its characters remain largely shrouded in mystery or just confusion throughout much of the series, though near its midpoint and definitely towards the end, we see how those motivations are rebuked in a big way, challenging what most series do with these kinds of characters. It was a little slow to get there, but the payoff for ...
Mar 12, 2023
Mixed Feelings
(spoiler free) If you are bored of seeing the same show over and over this may be a breath of fresh air, though with twelve 48 minute episodes it can feel slow and fast paced at the same time. This show is very irregular in how it tells its story yet still follows an episodic formula, this is what kept me watching. Enjoyed the moral ambiguity. Though you root for them, the protagonists were not perfect enforcers of justice and the question of whether what their doing is right can be raised.

The character design and art style were unique and looked great. Some ...
Jun 5, 2022
I thought it was pretty bad.

Video Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1r2iRfMKGe8&t=106s&ab_channel=belev

Summary is:
Characters weren't interesting, despite the 50 minute episodes they didn't really feel that grand in scale, there was a lot pacing issues, mostly due to its tendency to spend 80% of the episode wasting your time with meaningless dialogue.

Togame in particular spends most of her screen time yammering away annoyingly. Shichika was forgettable, and Shichikas sister was probably the worst character in the show, incredibly uninteresting unless you like the tired trope of "I'm so overpowered I'm completely emotionless in fights."

Despite its unique look it makes a lot of the same mistakes as other shounen, over-explaining ...

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