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.
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.
Both have atypical arts are based upon short stories. In both case the narration or the writing of the story are quite similar since they are relying a lot on banter.
Katanagatari is a bit more accessible because it contains more action scenes and a bit less dialogues.
If you like the incredibly dialogue heavy narrative that the monogatari series has, Katanagatari offers a similar narrative with each episode feeling well fleshed out and juicy. Also same author, so great characters.
Katanagatari and Bakemonogatari are both written by NisiOisin
Both the Heroines are similar, they have a similar personality and they are both Tsunderes. The 2 shows have some heavy dialogue. If you have seen Bakemonogatari, you know what I'm talking about. You may remember the few action scenes from Bakemonogatari. Katanagatari also has short, bloody action scenes. You will love Katanagatari if you like Bakemonogatari!
Both written by the same person. The story in Katanagatari and Bakemonogatari are dialogue drive, meaning there are many words to be said and not much else. Both boast great, unique art styles, and if you like one, you will surely like the other.
Both are written by Nishio Ishin and as a result have
-exceptionally strong dialogue
Both are animated by shaft and thus
-Have their signature direction style
-is secretly quite dark (though not so secretly in Katangatari)
-make effective uer of fan service without making it the primary function of the anime
Both anime are mainly driven by their dialogues and chemistry between characters, as they´re both originally written by Nisio Isin. Their artstyles are similar and are creatively used throughout their story.
For starters both are adaptations of novels by NisioIsin and hence share a similar structure of story and sense of character and humour. Both anime have a large focus on the style of storytelling and tend to spend most of their time on the dialogue between the characters. The humour of both tends to be directed by the sheer bluntness of the characters; as they act odd or indifferent to common or usual situations.
As I see the Monogatari Series as a hit or miss for most people, I would like to add that while Katanagatari has many similarities to the Monogatari series in terms of writing and style. Overall, it does have a different tone and it is possible to dislike one and love the other. However, if you're one for NisioIsin style of writing, humour and sense of character than without a doubt you'll love both anime. read more
Both anime are astounding in the same way, heavy but interesting dialogue, a long long time spent on character emotions and development and when a fight finally rolls around it feels very satisfying. All and all both are amazing and come from the same author.
Also the "-tari" at the end of the name.
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.  read more
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. read more
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~ read more
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.
The stories are different, one has action and swords and battles and the other has economics and trading.
However that's the only major difference I have found.
They have similar setting, one in Feudal Japan, and the other in Medieval Europe, so if you're a fan of these settings here you go.
They have similar journey, like the Male MC wants to accompany the Female MC on a journey to reach her desired destination.
Both shows rely on dialogue and interaction between the main characters.
Holo is similar to Togame in many ways; Acting smart, cunning personality and at the same time romantic.
The romance is presented in both shows.
Spice and Wolf and Katanagatari have different stories, however with the 2 main characters and how they interact with each other, it is actually quite similar.
In both anime, the 2 main characters. The female leads the male in both stories and go on a journey together. Bit of romantic moments here and there which adds to their relationships. A bit of jealousy and bit of lovey dovey moments just make the 2 very similar in that aspect.
Holo and Lawrence, Shichika and Togame. Both of these couples have good chemistry with each other and makes you kind of buttery inside.
Both of these shows have a great romantic sub plot that is well written and if your looking for that, definitely watch one or the other, or even both!
Both of these animes have two main characters female and male which travel around place to place in search of something. Of course since man and women are traveling together it's not so hard to guess that both of these animes have romance in them. The two also show how one character changes the other over their time traveling together through out their adventures overall both animes are similar but unquie in their own special ways.
Both Katanagatari and Samurai Champloo feature historical elements, while at the same time incorporate modern culture. The main characters have semi-unique methods of fighting and aid a girl on her journey to find something. They also hint on romance, Katanagatari more so than Samurai Champloo.
If you liked one, I highly suggest giving the other a try.
Both series employs the theme of historical genre in the older era mixed in with modern pop culture. The stories of both of these anime(s) focuses on the journey that the main protagonist take while meeting with others. In other words, each episode reflects the different setting and circumstance the characters must endure.
Of course, both series also contain swordsplay so expect action mixed in with some epic soundtracks. Both series are quite entertaining and moves away from the traditional "save the world" sort of theme. Finally, the setting, characters, and style of both series are similar.
Similarities between the two series:
Take place in or around Edo era Japan
Similar genres: historical adventures with a touch of comedy
Include characters who travel Japan in search of "something"
Have an episodic feel while also having a climatic plot
Have unique soundtracks that are unorthodox to their genres
Characters from each series have a unique fighting style
Include an overpowered or very skillful female character
Lots of swords
Characters develop during journey
Side characters that feel fleshed out even if only given one or two episodes
Have characters that grew up on islands (Mugen and Shichika) (Not a spoiler this is revealed in each series first episode)
Both are action oriented series about travelling Japan in a groupin orderto find stuff. Same concept, though with different enough premises and stories that they don't exactly feellike copies of one another. Though personally I like both, I think Katanagatari is the stronger show overall.
Both series feature a male lead who defeats various elite swordsmen without using a sword, which is a rather rare similarity. Both share a similar pace of traveling and fighting, though Katanagatari has more comedy elements and a more colorful visual style. If you liked one you will surely enjoy the other.
Both are sword fighting historical anime with supernatural twists.
The main characters both begin as more of weapons than actual people and slowly become more human along their journey. In katanagatari Shichika slowly becomes more human emotionally, while in dororo Hyakkimaru slowly becomes more human in a more physical sense.
Both are formated in an almost episodic way formated arround a larger purpose, katanagatari each episode is a new sword master to defeat to get 12 legendary swords, dororo each episode presents a new demon to defeat of 12 demons.
A fantasy adventure detailing the journey of main characters. Both series' main characters possesses special abilities and weapons. The main concept details with a quest the characters but on the way faces obstacles and struggles. We also learn more about the main characters such as their past. And as a fantasy series, expect action with swordsplay. If you're looking for an adventurous show with a decent balance of action and humor, give these two a try.
The stories are almost identical!
-Girl has objective but in need of help
-lol both have white hair
-The dudes both have the same kind of attitude
-Their a small group, they meet friends but don't travel with anyone else
-The dude and the girl eventually learn how to love each other
-Dude has powers that are rare and/or unknown and underestimated at times
Same type of plot quest/setup: boy meets girl, girl gets boy to help her collect a set of items important to her with many plot twists along the way. Though with Chaika, there's more recurring characters, and it's not as romantic as Katagatari (though the romance within is played well). Still, a good watch if you're interested in the same general quest.
In my opinion, Katanagatari and Inuyasha are very alike.
They are, somehow, historical anime with action scenes, a little bit of comedy and some romance between the main characters.
The male character is really strong and there are sword battles in both anime.
Also, the main characters travel around gathering things: fragments of the sacred jewel (Inuyasha), the twelve legendary swords (Katanagatari)
Within both series, we see a smart, streetwise female on a journey who takes a clueless, strong male who lives in solitude out on 'her' adventure across the lands, searching for a number of specific items.
The female leads are pretty sensible in comparrison to the female leads you see often in shounen's today, yet as serious as she is, she isn't immune to humiliation.
The male lead isn't subject to buttmonkey and dispite his intellect being questionable, he does make you wonder at times.
A partnership of brains and brawn - both being nessessary.
Both are have a whole lot of conversation-worthy material.
The basic premise of both shows are very similar. A boy/man secluded form society who has not really seen another human besides his grandfather/sister. Also, his teacher died last year some time, who happened to be his grandfather. Anyway, an eccentric girl comes to his whereabouts and asks him to help her on her journey to collect the dragon balls/swords. Adventure ensues.
Shichika is rather similar to Goku in the respect that he doesn't really see the need for more than one outfit, he cannot recognize people so he resorts to touch, smell, and taste, and he is also assumed to be really dumb except for when it comes to fighting. Oh that brings me to another similarity, they both fight with fists rather than weapons. To be fair... i guess Goku uses a nyoibo (magical staff) too.
Over all, Katanagatari has a lot of similarities to Dragon Ball, but is different enough to not be a rip off. I would say that its the "thinking man's" Dragon Ball. read more
The two best adaptations of Nisio Isin's work. The studios did not let overpowering writing stop them from creating absolutely wonderful sensory atmospheres that led to groundbreaking tales about love, storytelling, and moving on.
Many books Nishoishin produces may have different setting, characters and back drops, but what is found throughout all his works are, interesting characters that don't chain themselves to stereotypes. Big, fat, loads of interesting dialog and between characters. And beautiful/unique artstyles which is consistantly featured though both series.
Both stories feature a walking weapon of a protagonist making his way across the world searching. Both anime also contain a fair amount of dialogue but split it up with some intense fight scenes. Casshern Sins differs with its protagonist searching for the answers of their identity whilst also being set in a dystopian wasteland and philosophising concepts of death. While Katanagatari differs with a duo searching the land for the 12 deviant swords whilst containing less action but more comedy and romance. If you a fan of intriguing stories different from the norm, that involve some action and searching you'll be sure to love both series. read more
I can't exactly put my finger on why, but these are two very similar shows. Both diologue driven anime with similarly weird characters. The main similarity is both of these shows focus almost entirely on driving character development through character interactions and conversations. Rokka no Yuusha has a far faster pace and a lot of action based around a "who done it" but still gives a similar feel because of the vivid colours but tense atmosphere with contrasting dark under-tones of betrayal and death. Both absolute masterpeices for diologue-loving nuts such as myself. Both are must watch.
While watching "No game, no Life", I started to think about Katanagatari, that I watched some time ago, and that I enjoyed quite a lot.
I thought about this feeling and in fact both anime have some points in common:
- it's about tactics to win fights and get step by step to a goal.
- unusal artstyle (specially the character design is kind of simular)
- the mainchracters;
- a powerful couple,
- they act perverted with one another in a unusual way,
without really beeing in a romantic relationship.
- Shichika, Sora and Shira are all outsiders in a "new world",
where they have to fight.
I'm not sure, if someone who likes one of the animes, will also like the other one, because Katanagatari seems to me a bit more sophisticated. But if you liked the points I mentioned, maybe you want too give it a try. read more
Basilisk is a sad story of two lovers that cannot be together while Katanagatari is very similar in this aspect. In Katanagatari the lead girl character has a hard time falling in love because she is on a mission of revenge. They both have adventure, romance and sadness, and a good storyline that you will never forget.
Both main characters have a goal in mind, but require them to involve themselves with several conflicting, often similar, viewpoints/destinations. Both main characters ironically share some sort of connection, and develop a bond that allows them to neither hate, nor idolize their counterpart. The result, is two of the more fascinating and intelligent action chanbara animes out right now.
Both have a wonderful composer at their disposal, who creates some funky, and out-of-era, but more-often-than-not a splendid score.
Blade of the Immortal's only real weakness is that it's forced episode count(presumably due to it's lateness and it's time of making), lowers the ability to appreciate it's differential success. Other than that, very little can prevent people to enjoy this. Still... that statement will vary to some.
Katanagatari is a bit more bold with it's existence. Being aired once a month is definitely a flag in of itself. Also, the it's uncanny ability to mix it's individual episodic story with it's own actual story. Many will be taken in more with it's entrepreneurial art and it's interesting dialogue byplay. However... all of these really mean is that the series is far more intelligent and study than your average action period drama. read more
Both have male MC's who are both masters of the fighting style, both animes are based around swords/sword fighting and in both of these the MC's mission is to help the female MC's complete their objective. While both MC's are masters of fighting they do not wish to fight until the female MC's give them a personal reason as to why they need their support thus giving them the reason to fight.
Both shows share similar plot structure where the main characters gather legendary or mythical weapons forged by well renowned weapon artisans and have their treasures scattered in various different regions just to be claimed by their chosen ones. Though Legendary^2 Heroes tends to stray from the premise, Katanagatari remained in its goal though both of them have the similar open-ended conclusion but indifferent proposition about their world's present time.
Both take place in the past, and both have the ''young girl and her bodygaurd'' setup, as well as traveling to find something from ''legends''. Both shows have really awesome fight scenes and soundtracks, if you've enjoyed one you'll enjoy the other.
Both series involves a couple of a boy and girl leaving on a journey in other to find certain things. You can also see similarities in how the boys and girls of both series treat each other. The time and space is also kinda similar. While the art styles are very different, they both have their own charms.
Both anime dictate the adventures of a duo as they wander across the world. Both anime contain some dark moments and explore a concept of self discovery. Katanagatari differs with some action and more dialogue as its duo search the world for the 12 deviant blade and come to new realisations. While Made in Abyss can be seen as a coming of age story for its duo as they descend into the "Abyss" and go on to face the challenges and dangers it prevails. So, if your a fan of stories about a wandering pair crossing the world and learning from the challenges they come across, you'll be sure to love both series. read more
Both have adventurers, one which has the 'brains' and another with the 'brawn'. They both go on the spur of the moment quest that have huge dangers without any regret or hesitation. Katanagatari has more of an OP character, though in both the feelings of mortality is dealt with very similarly, it feels as if they could die at any moment at every step of the journey.
The huge dreams of the protagonists appeal the most to me, and the unrelenting dedication along with their naivety.
If you enjoy the intriguing art style of Katanagatari, the feeling of being suspended in a Japanese painting, then you may be interested in checking out Mononoke for a similar, yet completely unique style.
Interesting art styles and full of engaging dialogue. Music that fits perfectly with the shows' tone. Mononoke and Katanagatari are both very unique and clever in terms of their execution and direction, giving a rich experience for the brain as well as the eyes and ears.
The concept is kind of the same in both anime—the main character is strong and puts his life on the line to protect the main heroine who happens to be pretty much weak and useless. There's also the same type of romance—the heroine is in love with the main character who feels the same way but doesn't express it properly due to his inexperience which usually makes for a funny scene.
They are both about going on a journey to find something, Katanagatari being the 12 Swords and Afro Samurai being the Headbands. Both involve a lot of incredible action scenes. However Afro Samurai has a lot less dialogue than Katanagatari. And it is much more blood and gore ridden. Plus Samuel L. Jackson, I mean come on.
The thing that both of these series have in common is that the actual actions of the sword fight tells us more about the characters than the show or movies need to explain. The clash of the swordsman and their styles tell us about the character's motivations and aspirations. What does it mean to be a swordsman? what does the sword symbolize?
If you like sword fighting anime's you'll appreciate both of these series
The shows are not similar because of the artstyle or the story, but because of the strong bond between the main characters. Katanagatari is a show with humor, romance, action and a very interesting style. I think SAO fans will love this show.
1. A girl who is looking for a companion to reach her goal. (Zero is looking for her book, and Togame is seeking for the swords).
2. Each couple has one person that over-power, but they bond together and look after each other.
3. They went throung back-and-forth, tough times that test their faithfull.
Op protagonists who have no emotions (or have lost it). Although not related by plot, both protagonists also have in common the emotion of rage that only shows itself when their close ones are injured.
Each series follows the wide-spanning journey of a duo as they work to fulfil a preordained task: in Katanagatari, the pair seek to retrieve stolen swords imbued with great power, while Garo follows a father and son on a quest to destroy demonic beings. Their travels lead to encounters with a host of memorable supporting characters, and there are equally engaging subplots that throw several twists into the ostensibly straightforward rollicking adventure. Aside from the genuinely exciting action sequences and brilliant dialogue, there is a subtlety to both Katanagatari and Garo that certainly makes for two emotionally-compelling series.
Additionally, both Katanagatari and Garo are beautifully animated and are largely episodic, but skilfully build and deepen the overall story and mythos. As a sidenote, the two series present some of the most enjoyable and uniquely designed characters in anime.
If you enjoy one, the other is a natural follow-up.
Though, both of the series are completely different. The only thing that's similar is that they both have really good animations that makes it look a bit "cartoony". Highly recommend it if you like amazing animations.
Similar in the fact there are not that much action anime but atmospheric anime of a medieval japanese world with a bit fantasy. The visual are really in good in the both anime, each in their own way and reinforce the poesy of the anime and the bond between the 2 main characters while different are really enjoyable to watch.
A small number of long, spaced apart, episodes that tell a story of progress and legacy, while showcasing epic battles between people with awesome powers. They're both tragic, yet also optimistic. I've also mistaken Daisaku for Shichika in the past.
Similarities: Both contain neat sword-play and similar rap/autotune-like music. Both focus on a well written story and intriguing plot mechanics.
Differences: Katanagatari has a more elegant, drawn-out story-line. Noragami is shorter and darker.
Within both we have two individuals - one apparently innofensive and one know-it-all, traveling the vast lands together - meeting interesting people and facing challenges along the way.
Both have unconventional artwork, feature heavily on scenery and detiled dialogue.
These two shows focus on a series of battles, and despite their different settings, have some noticeable similarities in their mismatched protagonist duo's. Both stories revolve around a pair who is out to change the world. Character relations and the background story is similar for both series.
There's a similar feeling about character interactions and dialogues. Togame reminds me of Rahzel (in behaviour and partially appearance) and they're both accompanied by men who protect them. The comedy is also similar in both series.
Both have very colorful artwork, a hectic pace, and are dialogue-driven. Yojouhan Shinwa Taikei has more of a modern realistic setting than the fantasy Katanagatari, but both are unconventional, humorous, and most of all enjoyable works of art.
Swords are present in each anime. Plenty of action in each anime. Romance is definitely present in each. Each have characters that are not human. In both the characters do quite a lot of traveling. The plots are clear in each anime. Art styles are different.
The male leads are idiots. Their logic defies common sense.
The female leads are both out on a mission. Melon needs to defeat the Aluminum Akikans, and Togame is out to find the swords.
Both shows are action/comedies. Akikan is more comedic while Katanagatari has more action. Also, the main two characters of each show are attracted to each other.
Both shows feature weird, abstract art.
Heck, they're practically the same show!
At first you wouldn't think that an anime about swords could be alike to a story of a man who travels around and help people with their problems. But actually Mushishi and Katanagatari are a lot alike. Both have this wonderful slow pace which brings peace to your mind. They both are made in an episodic style where in each episode you'll see a story which may not have much relevance to the previous nor the next episode. Of course the art style in both of them is very nice, Katanagatari's might need some getting used to but it's really nice once you finally have.
So, if you like Katanagatari I'd suggest you to watch Mushishi and if you like Mushishi I'd suggest you to watch Katanagatari. If you've seen neither of them, then what are you waiting for? Go ahead and watch them at last! read more
If you like the cute and playful aspects of main characters, then both of these anime have the same kind of relationship that builds over time. While toradora has less adventure they both share an obedient factor in the male characters. So if you're looking for another love story i would sugest either one of these.
Both of these anime have a dark twisted sense to it. At times you can actually feel a sense of urgency in both anime because both revolve around life or death situations. Katanagatari is about a guy who has to adjust to life around people; he discovers what it means to love. Being badass at the same time, he is trying to exterminate anyone who opposes his quest to retrive the last 12 legendary swords forged by the greatest sword-smith who ever lived. One more thing: he fights these sword wielders barehanded. o_O The relationships of the main characters are almost built on the same aspects (aside from the O.C.D.) Katanagatari has long episodes, but if you don't mind that, you will definitively appreciate both writing styles and enjoy the overall plot of both these anime. :D read more
The palindromic NisiOisiN fathered both the Monogatari series and the Katanagatari series, and it certainly shows: from the ways that the characters interact with each other to the bordering-on-bizarre-but-ultimately-endearing plotlines, if you liked Koyomimonogatari (or just the Monogatari series in general), you'll like Katanagatari.
However, just because you liked Katanagatari, that doesn't mean you'll like the Monogatari series--it's a one-way street. From one viewpoint, you could call Katanagatari a more grounded, less perverse, non-harem, non-surreal and less condensed version of Monogatari. in other words, if you liked the concept of the Monogatari but didn't care for its execution, you'll likely love Katanagatari.
From another perspective, you could say that Katanagatari is 'less' than Monogatari. However, if you've ever heard the phrase, "less is more", then I can assure you that it certainly applies here. While Katanagatari is far more straightforward in its narrative, that also allows it to focus on and improve its other aspects--particularly the ones that I felt Monogatari fell short in.
Regardless, I urge you to at least give Katanagatari a try if you're a fan of NisiOisiN and his works because it is certainly one of his better ones. If you're a fan of Katanagatari, on the other hand, and are interested in the Monogatari series, Koyomimonogatari is not the place to start. Work your way up from Bakemonogatari all the way to Owarimonogatari before getting into Koyomimonogatari; it's a series of side stories that take place in between the main events that occur in the parent stories. read more
- Both main characters have a "servant" who will fulfill any order given to them.
- Stronger servant protects the weak master.
- Main characters have a dark past that drives them.
- Both set in the past (Katanagatari having their own take on the Edo period of Japan).
Katanagatari and Rurouni Kenshin are both examples of historical fiction set in Japan with a badass swordsman as the protagonist. Both stories combined romantic comedy with sword fights that had way too much dialogue in them, but were enjoyable regardless.
Both series take place in the Edo period, Both have Historical events within the plot.
The two main characters fight to become the strongest and also to protect the ones they care about
Both Protagonists has a female partner who helps assist and teach them how to become stronger
The stories contain some amazing fighting scenes and displays some awesome comedy segments.