While it was rather long-winded and kinda twisted, Togame’s final words sure had the emotional impact. Towards the end, I even felt relieved for her dying because I think it was clear that she wouldn’t be truly happy or satisfied even if she lived on and completed the sword-collecting mission.
At that point, all she had been living on for was revenge and she was so totally devoted to it that she even used her own target of vengeance as her tool to achieve that. To fall in love with Shichika must have been totally out of her plans as well and probably felt like a betrayal to her own vengeance-seeking self.
Frankly, I am glad Togame finally died at the end as a woman in love instead of a cold person achieving her vengeance. You can actually see that in her eyes as the “cross” mark disappears, after the “snake” symbolizing her burdens shatters”, and she utters her final lines. That is truly her real final words, right from the heart.
The final battles were… well, awesome enough as they were. Shichika certainly didn’t waste time running through those 11 random henchmen and I fully agree when he finally reached Emonzaemon and Princess Hitei went, “well that was pretty fast, Shichika-kun”.
The final showdown between Shichika and Emonzaemon didn’t disappoint as well, and we truly see the extent of Shichika’s power without anything restraining him back, even to the point of taking 10 or so bullets so that he could land a hit on him.
Shichika bringing Emonzaemon’s final words to Hitei-hime also felt significant because earlier Emonzaemon gave him the luxury of hearing Togame’s and in another way, probably Shichika felt that he should have been the one uttering those words towards Togame instead.
This part when Shichika asks Hitei about her true feelings towards Togame also displayed well how perceptive Shichika is. By right, his ultimate target to avenge Togame should have been her. Instead, sparing her and confirming her true feelings towards Togame really showed how far Shichika has gone from the muscle idiot that he was at the beginning of the show.
And finally, killing off the useless Shogun guy felt like a fitting closure to the whole thing. I’ll just say the whole Shikizaki Kiki plan to alter history is total utter bullshit and certainly didn’t make sense towards the end, so I am glad it didn’t drag on or became the main focus of the show.
As for the epilogue, I admit it wasn’t a surprise because I got spoiled a long time ago. And in a way, it let me looked at it objectively too. Shichika, who lost his master and love. Hitei-hime, who lost her follower and finally completed her plans. They make a surprisingly interesting pair together. And I admit, Hitei-hime isn’t a character that I hate at all. With both Shichika and Hitei-hime finally free from their respective burdens, what else could these two do.
And hell, they even poked fun at the total bullshit about altering history at the end here, which made me like the show even more.
Also makes Shikizaki Kiki more of the idiotic asshole too w.
And now, we shall let the curtains close on one of the better shows of the year. T_T
Katanagatari, despite the coat of bullshit it covers itself with, is still firmly a story about a person’s growth, namely Shichika, at its heart and core and they certainly kept to that until the end. It’s already one of my favourite shows this year and I hope to see more good things come out of the success of this show (though I may be saying this too optimistically, given that I don’t know the sales figures).
Finally, I’d like to thank Mazui-Subs for dedication towards subbing this gem throughout the year. Without them, I probably won’t be able to fully enjoy all the subtle nuances of the show and understand the random dialogues we’ve all had our fair share of during the show. Thanks, guys!