Katanagatari 01


Togame is pretty entertaining. Well worth sitting through the show for 50 mins to see her mess up.

But otherwise, Katanagatari was pretty…. “balanced”; the good parts and the bad parts were pretty much equal for me.

For example the dialogue; while it was pretty witty at parts, the wooden voice acting cancelled it out a bit, especially from Shichika. Only Yukarin actually sounded proper, enthusiatic and all, but otherwise Shichika and Koumori were pretty wooden. Mai Nakahara didn’t really get to say much sadly.

Story-wise, pretty okay so far, no gripes on that yet since it’s purely just the introductionary episode.

Art-wise…. while the overall quality was pretty good, the bland directing didn’t do justice to how pretty everything is. I think it’s the problem of all the pans. Pretty much feels like a budget-saving technique more than anything. Rather unfortunate too that the action scenes were short since many (me included) expected a bit more from a show with the premise of collecting evil swords.

Still worth continuing, but I wouldn’t recommend it enthusiatically to anyone yet.


  1. Yuun Said,

    January 30, 2010 @ 1:11 am

    my first few minute’s impression on this series is… Samurai Jack, Japanimation style. I kinda like how the witty dialogue paced itself but… frankly speaking… it gets bored quite easily. I get the idea why they choose 50min airing time and a gap of a month between eps. Hahaha…

  2. manga Said,

    January 30, 2010 @ 3:43 am

    I saw the intro: Looked great in design and such.

    Then the show started and I was: Oh, so it´s this anime which I thought looked weird.

    After about 20mins or so: Why isn´t this ending yet? Oh it´s a long episode.

    After watching it: I think I want to continue watching this. Started out pretty bland but grew on me.

  3. Caraniel Said,

    January 30, 2010 @ 4:34 am

    I really liked this 1st episode, but completely agree with you about Shichika’s terribly bland voice acting.

    Will be a challenge to keep this interesting for its entire run – Sword of the Month is a bit too similar to the dreaded Monster of the Week oremise…..but I do have high hopes for the series.

  4. Rawr Said,

    January 31, 2010 @ 1:24 am

    I’ll only be watching this for my Tamura Yukari fix. I don’t know if it’s just me, I feel that she had a role in much anything lately, so I sort of miss her ;_;

  5. nobody Said,

    January 31, 2010 @ 2:04 am

    Honestly, I was a bit turned off by the lack of action, and snoozed through the incredibly long-ass dialogues (which really quite the opposite of the “let our swords do the talking” kind of delivery other shows do), but hey, it’s NisiOisiN’s style of story-telling, so yeah.

    For a series of 12 episodes, giving this a shot won’t hurt. But they better try to do justice on the next episode by cutting off the talk time by half. :D

  6. metalsnakezero Said,

    February 1, 2010 @ 7:01 am

    If Shelf did this show they would had gone crazy with the art but they’re too busy with two other shows.

  7. Honoo Said,

    February 1, 2010 @ 3:07 pm

    metalsnakezero: You mean SHAFT?

    Anyway, curiosity got the better of me and I’ll continue watching this show.

  8. Mandugirl Said,

    February 1, 2010 @ 6:17 pm

    Hi there, so whose voice Mai Nakahara-san’s doing? I sort of watched this anime because someone told me she has a role …but I cant seem to find her voice..

  9. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    February 1, 2010 @ 8:09 pm

    Mai Nakahara is voicing Shichika’s sister, Nanami.

  10. skyhack Said,

    February 2, 2010 @ 6:26 am

    Agree that Shichika’s voice is on the bland side, but I think that may be a deliberate conveyance of his personality.

    Wish Gonzo would’ve been able to do it, I love their “layered” style animated shows

  11. InvalidName Said,

    February 2, 2010 @ 10:36 am

    Shichika is just too slow and/or dumb to put much emotion in his voice.

  12. Anon404 Said,

    February 9, 2010 @ 8:00 pm

    I swear, watching this anime, you’d get the feeling that they fight by talking in feudal Japan. I sat through 50 minutes of dialogue and bad word play in the form of Shichika Hachiretsu? Well, at least it wasn’t that bad.

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