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. – My Anime List
Based on 17 review scores:
I wait impatiently every month to watch the new episodes. This anime’s adventures unfold durning a months course much like the creators release new episodes. Each episodes is well worth waiting as they are roughly an hour long and are like a mini-movie. Each episode involves a plot with a problem and resolution and is not some random filler. I’m not quite sure why this show hasn’t ended up on crunchyroll yet, but I highly recommend checking it out.
The things that stand out for this anime are the character development, the excellent story and the fantastic animation. Each episode is filled with beautiful locations, and the character designs are quite unique in their own way. The fight sequences are incredibly fun to watch, and the animation for them is top notch. From beginning to end each moment with the main duo is entertaining, to the point where it is easy to forget you have been watching an episode for an entire hour. If one is a fan of action, drama, especially if one is a fan of old samurai movies, this anime is a must see. The influence of those old black and white masterpieces is easily noticeable in the story, as well as the action in each episode of Katanagatari. From the silly beginnings, to the incredible fights, to the touching moments between a girl and her sword, this anime is deserving of the highest praise.
The Nihon Review
The only real way to maintain a proper sense of perspective on Katanagatari is to make comparisons with its illustrious predecessor, Bakemonogatari. Strong as characters Shichika and Togame may be, they still fall just short of that iconic pair Senjougahara and Araragi. However, Katanagatari has the more ambitious scope, which makes for the more interesting story. In the end, it is arguably the case that while Katanagatari might indeed not reach the heights of its more celebrated predecessor, it certainly isn’t much far behind as a great story, and certainly just as well worth the watch.
In essence, this anime provides something new to the viewer. You are treated with 50 minute episodes, where you can thoroughly enjoy an interesting storyline with a deep sub-plot and a stylish showcase of martial arts. Not too much of the storyline is revealed where you lose interest in its validity or realism and not too little where you may feel like too little has been shown. They balance it perfectly – allowing you, the viewer, to simply enjoy this interesting story and its simplistic yet elegant martial arts for yourself in your own personal view.
Katanagatari upsets a lot of the conventional tropes, crafting a unique story that makes us, or at least me, ask questions of myself.
Katanagatari’s episodic format is merely the springboard from which it leaps towards heroic heights. It takes us on a long journey that miraculously feels over all too soon, and when the characters walk onto the screen, we cannot wait to hear what they say. For fans sick of shows that blunder maddeningly at the finish line, especially, it offers a cure of perfect delivery – a story that’s witty and thrilling from its first moments all the way to the final cheerio.
Good Anime Reviews
Unique art style, epic fight-scenes, fast-paced action, something new every episode, awesome ending!
Absolutely stunning and very contemplative. Don’t expect much action, it’s a show heavy on dialogue. But you’ll find it pays off in the end.
My Anime List
Katanagatari is a strange anime that’s part “fetch quest”, part wuxia tale, and strangely enough, part Seinfeld (i.e lots of people being dryly humourous, deadpan or witty), which isn’t a normal combination by any measure. That said, I thoroughly enjoyed this anime for its originality and innovation, as it would have been all too easy for White Fox to follow the tried and tested route for samurai anime, so the fact that they decided to stick with Isin’s concept of how the characters should look is laudable.
Anime News Network
In the end, the first half of Katanagatari is a saga that can be as maddening as it is fascinating. On one hand, we have a narrative packed with wit and emotion and epic grandeur, with gorgeously staged fights between colorful characters, presented in a distinctive style. On the other hand, though, every episode follows the exact same pattern (with only variations and gimmicks to break up the flow), the artwork lacks a third dimension, and Shichika is so busy being this invincible fighter that one never gets a chance to really get into his personality. But this flawed work is still an ambitious one, and for that Katanagatari deserves credit. Better to have tried and failed, than to have never tried—a fact that even swordsmen and martial artists would have known back then.
Sniver’s Nerd Corner
Overall, the show was fun and the characters were more than just enjoyable, but Katanagatari suffered a lot from the slow crawl it dragged us along with in the first few episodes and occasionally in later episodes, too. It’s a little slow for my tastes, and I also found that the last five to ten minutes ruined everything it worked itself up to.
Still, as I said, the animation was good and the characters all grow tremendously throughout the series, which is a very rare treat to see.
When you want to watch this series, you really should take into account that relatively little happens in each episode, it’s a very slow paced series and the dialogues take up a HUGE focus of each episode. If you have the patience to appreciate this, then you’ll be rewarded with quite an enjoyable series.
Overall, Katanagatari is great, you should definitely check it out if you like dialogue and good action scenes, but due to the length of the episodes you may or may not be able to marathon through it. Also: that last episode.
My Bubbletea Time
It was not boring at all! Nicely paced and nicely scripted. Perfect for action, adventure fans.
The Anime Review
The first half of Katanagatari proved to be a letdown. I can think of countless samurai shows that are more exciting, and if I wanted smart, talkative bad guys as heroes in my anime, I’d just watch Death Note again. I’d advise you skip it…though 82% is an awfully big number of people telling me I’m wrong.
In truth, the show only truly falls flat as a whole product. While individual episodes can be quite enjoyable and interesting (hence why I maintained that the series was not truly bad), they fluctuate far too much in quality for the show to overcome the lead weight of its wretched overarching plot and bad characters.