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English: Katanagatari
Synonyms: Sword Story
Japanese: 刀語


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
Duration: 50 min. per ep.
Rating: R - 17+ (violence & profanity)


Score: 8.411 (scored by 135,129 users)
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Ranked: #1612
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Popularity: #250
Members: 336,848
Favorites: 8,540


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. 
report Recommended by Airyaxe
They talk a lot and I mean A LOT in both. The chit-chat is funny, sometimes deep, and also very absorbing. Both have fantasy style setup. And of course brilliant couples :) 
report Recommended by edwassas
Similar feeling, in both main characters have some secrets from their past,unique style of fighting and reason to travel a lot .Both take place in the past. 
report Recommended by helensan
In Katanagatari and Shura no Toki both main characters Use a unarmed style that allows the user to defeat any number of armed opponents using incredible speed and strength 
report Recommended by DemonOgawa
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.  
report Recommended by Magixi
Both these shows employ the same premise of a girl hiring a skilled individual in order to collect a number of relics in a fantasy world (fedual Japan with fantasy elements in Katanagatari's case). 
report Recommended by mwp
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) 
report Recommended by AnaaClaraFP
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. 
report Recommended by Queen_Stars
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. 
report Recommended by BoyHime732
Both has awesome handfights and similar spirit of journeys.  
report Recommended by zen-hikka
Both have ninja (Maniwa Ninja Corps) as well as the use of taijutsu and ninjutsu. 
report Recommended by KatanaTao
Both MC's have been trained before the story starts and will both show their strength/skill as the story progresses.  
report Recommended by Alex-Kubo
Both have a unique art style. The main characters are unbeatable together. Both can be funny, perverted and epic too. There's a lot of talking in both of them. And they're both great animes. 
report Recommended by Gab98
Similar kind of "master servant" relationship that would develop into something else, both have supernatural and historical elements, and the two girls are alike in their situation and personality.  
report Recommended by movoning
A blood filled journey towards uncertain end. 
report Recommended by play4fun1
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  read more 
report Recommended by Otaking09
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. 
report Recommended by Azraniel
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. 
report Recommended by PiggiePrincess
They've got a similar feel to them, the dynamic between the two main characters in each show feels the same, and they carry a similar objective (to collect everything of something).  
report Recommended by hashigamon
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  read more 
report Recommended by Akoram
their stories doesn't have any similarity, yet you can feel the similarity in both anime specially in character design and fighting scenes... 
report Recommended by amirhoss
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. 
report Recommended by november-night
In Katanagatari and Full Metal Panic! both main characters have dull senses and carry important duties-protection; nonetheless, they overcome them and encounters different battles altogether. 
report Recommended by ethan_u
It follows the same concept of collecting legendary swords made by a renowned bladesmith and has Japanese history to serve as background. Its main character also serves as comedic relief. 
report Recommended by Zuly
Adventure stories set in a fantasy world, both feature relic weapons with supernatural powers, also comedy elements and a lot of bloody sword fights. 
report Recommended by Inevitabilis
Swordplay and fighting. Two interesting characters that get along in their own way and just a similar atmosphere. 
report Recommended by kun_kun
Both with chaotic combat and massive fatality 
report Recommended by ys19931006
The art style is actually very similar in my opinion. Also, they are both dialogue heavy, and have the same kind of subtle humor. 
report Recommended by ernietinkle
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.  
report Recommended by ZachM
Both have similar ties into romance and are dramatic towards the end. They both have good uses of both humor and action. 
report Recommended by CodedbyDays
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  
report Recommended by mashumallow
Both anime have epic sword fights Both animes have a romance between the two main characters (Shirou / Rin in FSN and Shichika / Togame in Katanagatari) 
report Recommended by TuyNOM
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. 
report Recommended by BrandonMTA
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. 
report Recommended by Vincente_khoa
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.  
report Recommended by UT33
Both shows have a lot of dialogue, and early episodes do a lot of world-building for an amazing second half. Both have weird, but cool styles of animation also. 
report Recommended by Willthemost
Both involve a journey to reach their goals, strong relationships and amazing conclusions.  
report Recommended by smackells
Very similar main characters and the concepts of their developments, and the respective finales of each show are very similar. Going in depth about that would be spoiling both shows so I won't 
report Recommended by Huntervicio
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  read more 
report Recommended by NomadicDec
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.  
report Recommended by kawaiinekolover
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. 
report Recommended by Illyasviel
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. 
report Recommended by BoyHime732
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. 
report Recommended by Thetwinmeister
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. 
report Recommended by Queen_Stars
Katanagatari is action/adventure and UtaKoi is romance but both take place in a similar historical setting and both have animation that use unique art and design choices. 
report Recommended by Fang-tan
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.  
report Recommended by DarkZar
Same voice acting of Yukari Tamura.In both heroine is hyper genki klutz full of herself and with odd ambitions.In both shows they get partner fitting to their characters, I mean another klutz. 
report Recommended by Rychulubicz
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. 
report Recommended by Aivellyn
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. 
report Recommended by Numi
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.  
report Recommended by CoffeeBean
Both are really colorful Kyousogiga has some ancient japan setup Both have awesome fight and amazing animation Characters are somehow alike (the princesses)  
report Recommended by Kurini
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! 
report Recommended by Yxel
Disappointed? Try a better story about another "Sword Guy" Also, each show has a unique animation style.  
report Recommended by ahuman
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.  read more 
report Recommended by Tsiise
1. Ninjas 2. Similarities in jutsu or attacks. 3. Life lessons, symbolism, some philosophy. 
report Recommended by RedvelvetDaisuki
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. 
report Recommended by animescape
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  read more 
report Recommended by animescape
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,  read more 
report Recommended by Fall
Both anime have a OP main character. Katanagatari is about gathering the 12 legendary swords to keep the peace, while Mondaiji is about dueling other team stopping the evil teams. 
report Recommended by Duckii
- 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). 
report Recommended by Neowu
Both shows have settings that would typically involve action-oriented scenes instead of the dialogue- and story-heavy shows they are, though both also involve plenty of action in their final episodes. 
report Recommended by NavyCherub
unique, eccentric and lovable characters brought to us by NisioIsin-sensei 
report Recommended by AmberFebruary
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. 
report Recommended by Hethran
ninja's and swordsmen with different unworldly skills. male+female lead companion. 
report Recommended by amginex
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. 
report Recommended by Obeythealfa