Katanagatari – 01

February 21, 2010 at 4:25 am 2 comments

People who work for money are no good. People who work for honour are no good too. That only leaves one reason. Love! Shichika Yasuri… fall for me!

Katanagatari - it's about swords

"Look at how AWESOME I am!"

From the writer of the Bakemonogatari light novel series (which the like-titled anime series was based on) comes Katanagatari, a 12-episode series (each 50 minutes long) concerning 12 legendary katanas, a slightly pathetic ‘super-strategist’ and her air-headed bodyguard.


First impressions are mostly positive. Animation is good, and it’s great to see an anime series this season that looks so different to the rest. However we don’t really see too many special effects, or awesome moves that test the skills of Katanagatari’s animators (Whitefox).

"Can we keep her.... pleeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaase?"

Sound is great. The Shogunate era is conveyed well with the traditional-sounding melodies, and the use of traditional Japanese instruments. Though there’s nothing catchy to listen to yet, the score goes well with what’s happening on screen.


It’s VERY easy to compare Katanagatari with Bakemonogatari. Both involve the deepening relationship between a girl and boy and both involve torturous amounts of dialogue (you really do have to pity the fansubbers translating this series). I thoroughly enjoyed Bakemonogatari, so I think Katanagatari will be an interesting watch for me (and you as well).

Someone's fantasy RIGHT there~

As others have pointed out, this episode tended to be a fun play on the shounen genre. The fightscenes were deliberately long, delayed by the seemingly unending dialogue (something that is synonymous with series like Dragonball Z, Naruto and Bleach). On the other hand, there were quite a few quiet moments were more serious dialogue which WASN’T about how to pwn the enemy’s a$$, something that definitely belongs in the seinen genre.

Mmmmm yummy!

Overall, this episode was an entertaining episode to watch, although rather unbelievable. It was definitely unexpected how easily Yasuri took Kanna, the Cutting Sword, even though most of the episode was spent building up how each legendary katana could defeat enemies by themselves, and each could be sold for a country. I mean, who in the world would entrust such a valuable relic to such a n00b. Other than that, the subtle humour was well placed, and definitely good repose from the dialogue.

I mean, honestly, a ninja with a baseball cap?!

OP: beautifully animated, terribly clashy song. Such a shame.

ED: a very simple ED, with a decent song. The gentility of the singer’s voice is contrasted well with the  almost rocky riffs.

Moe moe..... kyun~


Entry filed under: Anime.

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2 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Baka!  |  February 21, 2010 at 6:35 am

    I disliked the long dialogue sessions in Bakemonogatari at times….If this has them, then I’m out unless the humour or action interests me…From what I can see I don’t really like the animation but then thats just me

  • 2. Reltair  |  February 22, 2010 at 1:18 am

    I used to not like non-traditional animation styles like this one, but now I just go with the flow. As long as the anime is good, then it’s cool.


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