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Togame ;_;

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Also makes Shikizaki Kiki more of the idiotic asshole too w.

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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!

25 Comments

  1. Athos Said,

    December 12, 2010 @ 1:54 pm

    Shichika ending everything by delivering the mother of all Cheerios really made my day. Though, if he wanted to change the meaning of the word, he’s doing a really lousy job by yelling it while sending the guy off. Way to honor your master’s last wish, you prick!

    Also, Shichika vs Emonzaemon: most epic soundtrack of the series. And that’s saying a lot.

  2. Dakkar Said,

    December 12, 2010 @ 1:55 pm

    Hm, surprisingly, Togame’s death didn’t feel as dramatic as, say, Nanami’s. Well, Nanami struggled to live despite being denied the right to, while Togame threw he life away for the sake vengeance, so it appeared to be a logical conclusion to all her calculations…

  3. Haesslich Said,

    December 12, 2010 @ 2:18 pm

    Ah, so he knew Perry was coming? Wise.

  4. shinkirou Said,

    December 12, 2010 @ 3:54 pm

    unexpected turn out event, togame took 13 min to die (-_-)”. . oh well here i find out the katagatari some minor point i dont like the end up
    1) they dint shot sabi fight and sabi word of wisdom complete delete from the scene, what hapen to the preview ?
    2) cant see face behind the mask of Emonzaemon
    3) the new user of devil blade total crap, it seem they totally suck in using it
    on the bright side
    1)both pair , shika and hime pairing .., which i thought is impossible. they more like ying and yang
    2) didnt expected that hime are cheerful and cute type which totally blow up my impression unlike previous few episode which she is moody
    overall is quite turn up event and it turn to be very interesting. i would give this show 9/10. But i do hope they remake sabi fight afterall the main reason watch these show is action pack in getting the sword right ?

  5. Das Said,

    December 12, 2010 @ 3:56 pm

    @Dakkar: Its hard for a death sequence to feel dramatic when it lasts for over 14 minutes. I’m pretty sure that her cause of death was the blood loss and not any serious injuries. Close to the end I was going “Just die already woman. We have stuff to resolve and butt to be kicked”.

  6. shinkirou Said,

    December 12, 2010 @ 3:59 pm

    ohya forgotten to mention how shika got long white hair attach to his waist was it belong to togame? kinda do make sense since she die when she is short hair. hope got ppl can help me to explain….

  7. SnooSnoo Said,

    December 12, 2010 @ 4:12 pm

    @Haesslich, I’ve always been wondering. But what the fuck are you talking about?

  8. Ritz Said,

    December 12, 2010 @ 5:14 pm

    Realism demands me to wonder how long it’ll take for Shichika’s little bundle of Togame-hair to become brittle ‘n narsty.

  9. Myssa Rei Said,

    December 12, 2010 @ 6:26 pm

    SnooSnoo: He’s talking about the eventual arrival of the Americans and their black ships, which pretty much forced Japan to reopen to the world.

  10. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    December 12, 2010 @ 10:53 pm

    >Also, Shichika vs Emonzaemon: most epic soundtrack of the series. And that’s saying a lot.

    Yeah. It was fitting.

    >Hm, surprisingly, Togame’s death didn’t feel as dramatic as, say, Nanami’s.

    Well, the dramatic parts was last month anyways, when we saw Togame get shot outta nowhere.

    >3) the new user of devil blade total crap, it seem they totally suck in using it

    Uh, yeah. They only just got the blades.

    >2) didnt expected that hime are cheerful and cute type which totally blow up my
    impression unlike previous few episode which she is moody

    Never ever thought Hitei was moody. Random maybe.

    >I’m pretty sure that her cause of death was the blood loss and not any serious injuries.

    Emonzaemon already said he missed her vitals. So she definitely bled to death.

  11. yomikoma Said,

    December 12, 2010 @ 11:23 pm

    Weirdly, I think my favorite moment was when Shichika told Hitei-hime “by that point, you might be torn into pieces.” A nice reminder that this is still a funny show despite all the blood.

  12. Dakkar Said,

    December 13, 2010 @ 3:40 am

    @Das
    Well, her death scene felt sort of dragged indeed, but it’s not just that. After all, people don’t instantly die from the internal bleeding, plus they had some things to sort out with Shichika, so it made sense. It’s more like most of the blade owners had a strong reason to live for and die for, while Togame surprisingly didn’t – her lust for vengeance and feelings for Shichika pretty much balanced out each other, leaving her with no vector to move along.

    @Kurogane
    When Togame was shot at the end of ep11, it was more of a surprise rather than drama. It was so abrupt that there was no built-up tension or anything, plus it wasn’t clear whether she’s going to die for real or they’re just trying to troll the viewers again :) In other words, when random passerby gets hit by a stray bullet, it might be tragic, but not really dramatic, and this was pretty much the impression ep11 gave me.

  13. Athos Said,

    December 13, 2010 @ 4:58 am

    @Dakkar

    Episode 11 had his share of drama as well– Togame and Shichika went on for about 10 minutes before the cliffhanger, talking about what they would do in the future, how she forgives him for his father’s death, and how she changed and learned about happiness through their journey.

    But that’s not important. The biggest issue here is that we had an entire month to prepare for the likely (read: confirmed) outcome of her dying. In other words, Togame’s death sequence lasted for a total of 30 days and 25 minutes. Whatever impact it should’ve had lasted for as long as it took you to consider the possibility that she was not getting up after getting shot. Which is to say, about an hour after watching episode 11, or 15 minutes if you decided to get spoiled. Expecting any emotion from episode 12 would be pushing it.

  14. Silver Said,

    December 13, 2010 @ 5:12 am

    Shichika vs Emonzaemon was really awesome! Of course it’s expected that Emonzaemon was really really strong as well which is why the battle dragged out so long and both side suffered a lot of damage. The funny one was with the girl with Hakari. I was afraid he was going to kill her since that blade is pretty much useless against an enemy but he just hit her with it.

    But wow…everything actually ended really well…

  15. John Savior Said,

    December 13, 2010 @ 8:50 am

    It ends with a samurai with a cross shaped wound on his face and his love death…. where i did hear that before….

  16. Kurogane Shiroikaze Said,

    December 13, 2010 @ 9:54 am

    >Weirdly, I think my favorite moment was when Shichika told Hitei-hime “by that point, you might be torn into pieces.”

    It was more like Shichika grew up to a point that he could just make really funny jokes like that. I liked that a lot.

    >Expecting any emotion from episode 12 would be pushing it.

    I was expecting emotion from episode 12 and I did felt like crying towards the end of Togame’s dying speech.

    >I was afraid he was going to kill her since that blade is pretty much useless against an enemy but he just hit her with it.

    I’m really glad he didn’t kill the little girl.

    @John Savior: 100 years too early for that!

  17. Dakkar Said,

    December 13, 2010 @ 11:19 am

    @Athos
    Well, I was lucky to avoid any spoilers for this series, but still…
    The conversation Togame had with Shichika before getting shot felt a bit weird to me. Basically, they brought in nothing new with it, as all the things said had either been already said before, or were clearly implied. In fact, it was like characters made a number of steps back in their relationship, then summarized their progress and ended pretty much right where they were.
    So, for me it was like watching a 10-minutes recap, then almost out of a blue Togame gets shot. Considering how until that very moment all their opponents seemed to ignore that killing Togame is the easiest way to solve the problem, the entire thing was just odd.
    Well, one month later we get Togame going to square one, then fast-forwarding their relationship…back to where it was, and admitting that she can’t take it one direction or another. Kinda…redundant rather than dramatic… And, indeed, a whole month of waiting doesn’t help at all.

  18. John Savior Said,

    December 13, 2010 @ 11:40 am

    @Kurogane Shiroikaze: jeje, i never said the were the same, that is obvious, i was just pointing that they were similar, their stories had some but not much common points.

    Well, it was a very good end, even when i dont like shows where one of the main characters dies.

  19. cryskolt Said,

    December 14, 2010 @ 3:16 am

    Kurogane, you’ve summarized whatever I’ve thought of the ending, so thanks. Katanagatari is a good watch, I’d recommend it to anyone interested. Yeah, the episodes each took a month long to be released, but hey, at least the producers made good use of the time to produce great episodes. Glad I followed this series.

  20. Destroyar0 Said,

    December 14, 2010 @ 4:20 pm

    @Kurogane Shiroikaze:
    “I was expecting emotion from episode 12 and I did felt like crying towards the end of Togame’s dying speech.”
    Me too. I avoided to get spoiled and I was still kind of hoping Togame would not die… During her final words I was like “nooo they are really killing her!!”.

    In the end though, I think this was a very good ending. The fact that the sad sequence was at the beginning of the episode allowed to have lots of time to lift our mood.

    I also like how Hitei hime changed. She is now free from her ancestor’s burden and is able to enjoy her life.

    One of the best shows of the year, if not the best for me!

  21. TroytheSkull Said,

    December 17, 2010 @ 3:48 am

    This was one of the best series of this year. I can see why people thought her dying scene was a bit drag out, but I thought it was fine because you got everything she felt through out the journey which is very important. Togame’s last words were also perfect [even though I felt it was coming. Maybe more like hope she would say that.] The fight scenes where short but sweet and the ending couldn’t be better. Weird for me to say that for how much I wanted Togame & Shichika to be together….. Though I’ll take Shichika & Hitei-hime… Wahaha.

  22. Rockmanshii Said,

    December 18, 2010 @ 5:43 am

    Shichika is DA MAN, while other guys would have cried forever the loss of their woman, what does he do? Beat the crap out of anyone and just gets himself another woman.
    Damn this show was awesome from beginning to end.

  23. AlexP Said,

    July 26, 2011 @ 1:51 pm

    Also just my 2cents no one has said before, but I really liked how the episode honored and remembered in a way like a tribute to all the past characters throughout the battles Shichika referenced them, and the final cutscene.

    Every experience had a valuable impact on Shichika’s growth as well as Togame’s.
    Emonzaemon is a pretty cool name too haha.
    Warming end indeed for me.

  24. Aen Said,

    September 2, 2011 @ 6:10 am

    was re-reading this, and thought i’d clear up a few points that nobody has answered so far:

    1) they dint shot sabi fight and sabi word of wisdom complete delete from the scene, what hapen to the preview ?

    that fight was simply not in the original novel, Nisio Ishin trolled everyone :P

    2) cant see face behind the mask of Emonzaemon

    ah, but you actually have seen his face, multiple times throughout the series in fact…

    it was just on Maniwa Houou instead. Houou took Emonzaemon’s face in order to gain his normal (for a ninja) personality in order to rule over the Maniwa Corps

  25. Anthony Joseph Suson Said,

    August 19, 2012 @ 8:40 pm

    If those 11 warriors who wield those deviant blades, surely he will have a hard time dealing with those guys who are mastered for their styles and blades.

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