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In an Edo-era Japan lush with a variety of sword-fighting styles, Shichika Yasuri practices the most unique one: Kyotouryuu, a technique in which the user's own body is wielded as a blade. The enigmatic seventh head of the Kyotouryuu school, Shichika lives quietly in exile with his sister Nanami until one day—the wildly ambitious strategist Togame barges into their lives. Togame brazenly requests that Shichika help in her mission to collect twelve unique swords, known as the "Deviant Blades," for the shogunate. Shichika accepts, interested in the girl herself rather than petty politics, and thus sets out on a journey. Standing in their way are the fierce wielders of these legendary weapons as well as other power-hungry entities who seek to thwart Togame's objective. In order to prevail against their enemies, the duo must become an unbreakable team as they forge ahead on a path of uncertainty and peril.

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English: Katanagatari
Japanese: 刀語
Type: TV
Episodes: 12
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jan 26, 2010 to Dec 11, 2010
Premiered: Winter 2010
Broadcast: Tuesdays at 01:10 (JST)
Producers: Aniplex, Lantis, Kodansha, Movic, Fuji TV
Licensors: NIS America, Inc.
Studios: White Fox
Source: Light novel
Genres: Action, Adventure, Historical, Martial Arts, Romance
Duration: 50 min per ep
Rating: R – 17+ (violence & profanity)
Resolution: 720p
Type: BD, Eng Sub


Gaku Iwasa – Producer
Keitarou Motonaga – Director
Yasunori Ebina – Sound Director
Tomoki Kobayashi – Episode Director, Storyboard
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Theme Songs

OP1: “Meiya Kadenrou (冥夜花伝廊)” by Minami Kuribayashi (eps 1-7)
OP2: “Katana to Saya (刀と鞘)” by ALI PROJECT (eps 8-12)#R1: “Hakushi Kassai Uta Awase (拍手喝采歌合)” by supercell (noitaminA rebroadcast)
ED1: “Tasogare no Gekka (誰そ彼の月華)” by Yousei Teikoku
ED2: “Refulgence” by Shoujobyo
ED3: “Senbonsenyo no Hamariuta” (千本千女の刃毬唄) by Hata Aki
ED4: “Kyomu no Hana” (虚無の華) by kukui
ED5: “Ai to Makoto” (愛と誠) by Tamura Yukari
ED6: “Yuki no Onna” (雪ノ女) by ALI PROJECT
ED7: “Mayoigo Sagashi” (迷い子さがし) by Nakahara Mai
ED8: “Karakuri Nemuri Dan” (からくり眠り談) by Nomiko
ED9: “Akashi (証)” by Annabel
ED10: “Ina, to Hime wa Subete wo Katarazu (否、と姫は全てを語らず)” by Tomatsu Haruka
ED11: “Bourei-tachi yo Yabou no Hate ni Nemure (亡霊達よ野望の果てに眠れ)” by Faylan
ED12: “Toki Sude ni Hajimari wo Kizamu (時すでに始まりを刻む)” by Kuribayashi Minami#R1: “Koto no Ha (言ノ葉)” by Piko (noitaminA rebroadcast)

Episode List

01: Kanna, the Cutting Sword
02: Namakura, the Decapitation Sword
03: Tsurugi, the Sword of Thousand
04: Hari, the Slender Sword
05: Yoroi, the Rebel Sword
06: Kanazuchi, the Twin Sword
07: Bita, the Evil Sword
08: Kanzashi, the Sword of Precision
09: Nokogiri, the Sword of Kings
10: Hakari, the Sword of Truth
11: Mekki, the Poison Sword
12: Juu, the Flame Sword


Riveting dialogue-heavy story with well-fleshed characters each with a lasting influence. Unique picture book-like visuals and eclectic OST.


Absolutely stunning and very contemplative. Don’t expect much action, it’s a show heavy on dialogue. But you’ll find it pays off in the end.


A beautiful tragedy that keeps you enraptured with its complex characters and dialouge, leading you gently into its incredible final act.


The most unforgettable anime I’ve ever seen. Beautifully put together from the beginning till the end.


I loved this anime, though the end left a bitter taste on my soul. It’s funny, it’s got action and the animation it’s just gorgeous!


Somethingatari? Is this NisiOisiN? Yes. Yes it is. Great animation and story with plenty of witty dialogue.


Unique visuals coupled with memorable characters and an interesting story, music just adds to the experience. This is art in anime form.


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    “When do you think people die? When they are shot through the heart by the bullet of a pistol? No. When they are ravaged by an incurable disease? No. When they drink a soup made from a poisonous mushroom? No! It’s when… they are forgotten.” – Dr Hiruluk, One Piece