Katanagatari

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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
Genres: ActionAction, AdventureAdventure, RomanceRomance
Themes: HistoricalHistorical, Martial ArtsMartial Arts
Duration: 49 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)

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Score: 8.301 (scored by 215545215,545 users)
1 indicates a weighted score.
Ranked: #2602
2 based on the top anime page. Please note that 'Not yet aired' and 'R18+' titles are excluded.
Popularity: #390
Members: 564,422
Favorites: 10,797

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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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Background

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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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)
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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




Reviews

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.

Which is where Katanagatari comes ...
Aug 22, 2013
Mixed Feelings
I simply cannot grasp why this anime receives so much praise.

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White Fox adapted this from the light novel Katanagatari, and although they have the same author and a similar name, it has no connection to the Monogatari series in style, substance or story. The two main characters romp through a mythologized version of feudal Japan, neatly divided into formulaic episodes, collecting swords and killing fucking everyone they see.

Katanagatari is by no means a terrible anime, but if you look at the way it is treated, you might think it’s an absolute masterpiece, or panders to the shounen crowd excessively. Neither is true. The world and ...
Feb 13, 2013
Katanagatari started as a light novel series by Isin Nisio. Who's written nothing else that I'm familiar with. He wrote some novelizations for both Death Note and xxxHolic, but I'm only familiar with the originals for those two and novels based on established series tend to vary a lot in quality. The anime adaptation was handled by the relatively new White Fox studio. They were behind both the Jormungand and Steins;Gate anime, so that could be a good sign. Then again, every studio tends to do some good and some bad work so this could be the first anime they've done that I dislike. Only ...

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