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Kyotoryuu, is the legendary fencing school. However, instead of a sword, it uses one's hands and legs as weapons. Shichika and his sister Nanami are the sole remaining descendants of the Yasuri household. One day, at the request of Togame, a female strategian from the shogunate, Shichika leaves his isolated island home of Fushou on a quest across Edo-era Japan, in search of Shikizaki Kiki's twelve perfected deviant blades.Written by
Katanagatari is an oddity. Its pace, art, story, dialogue, fights and characters are all different form regular standards. Though I think it's accessible to a younger public I'd say it definitely qualifies as a seinen.
The pace can feel slow or not depending on what you're expecting. It's not very action packed, so if you're mostly interested in the fighting part, you'll probably get bored or frustrated pretty quickly. On the other hand, if you're sensitive to the immersive story and universe that unfolds upon you in a poetic fashion, you may find that the rhythm is perfectly on point.
There are a lot of dialogues, maybe a tiny bit too much for me in some instances but they're usually atypical and sometimes get captivating, funny or gripping. It's actually one of the main aspects of this series, it can feel very light at times, almost feeling like a shonen, but it also get very gripping, intense, dramatic and contemplative. The quantity and length of the dialogues reinforces the storytelling dimension of the series.
There isn't a lot of fighting but I really enjoyed how they handled that part. The fights are deeply rooted to the story and the characters which make them all very unique and sometimes epically great even if the sequence is very short.
Katanagatari is an extraordinary show in a literal sense and I really enjoyed the unique storytelling. The first episode gives you a good idea of the tone and ambiance of the series and I think it's probably useless to keep going if you didn't like it at all. If you loved it and were captivated, buckle up and you're in for a wonderful ride!
As for me, 9.25/10 is how much I liked this show, chesto...I mean, cheerio !
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