Katanagatari: Sword Tale
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Japanese: 刀語
English: Katanagatari: Sword Tale
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Volumes: 12
Chapters: 55
Status: Finished
Published: Jan 9, 2007 to Dec 4, 2007
Genres: Action Action, Adventure Adventure, Comedy Comedy, Romance Romance
Theme: Samurai Samurai
Serialization: None
Authors: NISIO, ISIN (Story), Take (Art)


Score: 8.291 (scored by 10471,047 users)
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Ranked: #2942
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Popularity: #2691
Members: 6,406
Favorites: 94

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Long ago the masterful swordsmith Shikizaki Kiki crafted 1000 blades, though his twelve final works, the legendary deviant blades were prime among the rest. All with uniquely defined traits, these swords are among the greatest in Japan.

Leap forward many decades and arrive at an isolated island, where Yasuri Shichika and his older sister Nanami reside.

Togame: A woman with long, white hair and the talent as a strategist begins a quest with Shichika in order to collect the twelve blades. They must face the blade wielders in intense battles while they learn more about themselves and their real goals and wishes.

Shichika has yet to realize what he really inherits as a Kyoutoryuu sword...


Katanagatari was published in English as Katanagatari: Sword Tale by Vertical as 3-in-1 omnibus volumes from November 27, 2018 to August 25, 2020.

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Dec 31, 2021
This is art. Katanagatari is an experiment, a playful novel that takes a simple concept and twists and expands it into a philosophical work. NisioIsin’s style is unmistakable and if you’re a fan of witty writing, you should definitely try this novel.

The story is that of a travel, but more important then the physical journey is the journey the characters go through as they grow. The protagonist is a human, yet inhuman, someone who has yet to learn what being a human means. This offers a way for an interesting internal monologue and ways of thinking that might be alien yet intriguing to the ...
Dec 25, 2020
Mixed Feelings
Katanagatari, a twelve-book series with monthly releases which also signify a month of progression in the plot. No spoilers.

Story: 7/10
The story starts off with a simple premise: Schemer Togame hires a swordsman to help her collect twelve legendary swords scattered throughout Japan. The rest of the story is full of repetitive lines and is divided into sections too short to find anything intriguing; only a portion of the dialogues and concepts felt memorable. I can appreciate the history that goes alongside the plot, though it is nothing too crazy to talk about.

Art: 8/10
The illustrations are packed with vibrant colors and somewhat creative. The embellishments contribute ...
Aug 14, 2021
Katanagatari is a light novel about Shichika Yasuri who is the current head of the Kyotouryuu family, in the Edo period japan had a ton of swords and styles but the Kyotouryuu was by far the most unique one because it didn't even include a sword, the users are quite literally swordless swordmen and swords themselves. So, they live on a small island between countless unnamed islands and since they are the only people there they decided to give it their own name, they live there peacefully without almost any visitors but now a young woman called Togame has invaded their island and soon finds ...

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