Posted by psgels on 5 June 2010 with categories: Katanagatari



Not exactly the best episode of Katanagatari so far, but definitely fun. This episode had fun in making the tiniest character ridiculously strong, and most of the combat played with that. Her back-story was very simple, but it worked (was it just me or did it seem like her family got killed off by that guy Shichika ‘defeated’ in episode four?), but to make up for it we got a much more prominent role for the Maniwani.

The beheading scene was a bit too much, though. Even though there was a good reason for that badger (at least, I think he was dressed up like a badger), to kill him at a point when more than half of the other Maniwani are already dead is just stupid. And to do this in front of Togame and Shichika made even less sense.

Oh, and the creators used blushes in this episode to develop the relationship between Togame and Shichika. Simple, but refreshing considering how oblivious they were for each other early on in the series. In any case, this seemed like an episode meant to set a bunch of things up. The fights were quite exciting, nevertheless.
Rating: * (Good)

9 Responses

  1. anon says:

    (was it just me or did it seem like her family got killed off by that guy Shichika ‘defeated’ in episode four?)

    Looked like Nanami to me.

  2. marx says:

    agree with anon. Considering a big spoiler by the narrator in the end and next preview, that was Nanami imo. The beheading scene actually made sense to me for some reasons. I mean the virtual leader of maniwani represents Phoenix. So cutting wherever the part of body might not be serious business for him.

  3. prime says:

    Anyone else think that’s not really Nanami in the next episode?

  4. fox demon soavi says:

    we have seen people take over bodies and shapeshift. it might not be her.

  5. kirikaeshi says:

    cutting off the head made so much sense, dunno what you’re talking about. to gain back cheerio’s trust, badger needed to be sacrificed. “to obtain, something of equal value must be lost”. simple as that.

    i also think that it’s the sister. can’t wait for the next ep. cheerio!

  6. Alec says:

    i too also think its nanami. i think she went to that village to obtain the sword, but couldnt bcoz its just too heavy for her small stature.

  7. Loz says:

    Is it just me, or does the next episode look like it has been been drawn in a different art style?

  8. Rockmanshii says:

    Yeah some of the scenes looked gray in the preview probably because of Nanami’s violent slaughtering.And Togame cut her hair.
    And this episode was awesome.

  9. PhantomX says:

    Keep in mind they might just be messing around with the preview art… it’s not indicative of what will actually be shown as evidenced at the end of episode 3 or 4 when they showed the epic fight with the “strongest swordsman” in the preview just to show nothing of it in the actual episode.

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  • reaLjustified
    (Sunday, Jul 24. 2016 02:59 AM)
    @Mike It’s really interesting how much success he found as an illustrator after essentially quitting manga. I have a really old pencil case by him that I’ve had for years.
  • Mike
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 11:14 PM)
    @Kaiser Takahashi was one of the first to take it out of “smut” made for men and gave the genre to girls.
  • K-Off
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 09:34 PM)
    My palette is cleansed after Legacy. I think I can make a push and finish Mirage Sessions by Monday.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 06:25 PM)
    Altogether there is no good explanation as to why Berserk has been on the fringes for the last 20 years. The silver lining is that it looks like things are picking up for the franchise- with a new series, two new games and frequent manga releases- so here’s hoping we get a much bigger budget for the next cour, and god willing maybe even a studio change. And I’m getting greedy, but gimme that From Software Berserk game! That would be an instant cash mine.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 06:18 PM)
    @Vyse: I was actually thinking of that, and the dark mature content is definitely a factor. Yet looking at what’s trending at the moment, with AoT and Kabaneri, it seems that the more violent stuff are bankable now. And it’s not like anime is stranger to adapting material that hasn’t finished yet. So I’m guessing that Miura is hard to work with probably, and maybe he’s tight about giving studios the license.
  • Rusty
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 05:16 PM)
    I like it better when animes are different then the manga because normally i know how everything will end after reading the manga.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 05:07 PM)
    And I’m more than open for an anime to do things a bit differently from the source, I mean look at the new berserk they included an action scene that wasn’t in the manga, I liked that.
  • Kaiser Eoghan
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 04:59 PM)
    @Mike: Makoto Takahashi! Makoto Takahashi! I know who he is, I spent a while looking at his art, best example of good oldschool shoujo style. He also is credited with kickstarting the shoujo-ai genre I think…
    @Bam: flowers of evil both improved on and took away from its source material.
  • reaLjustified
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 04:16 PM)
    Furthermore, it’s not as if Berserk is so special by itself that a decent adaptation is automatically impossible. You’re watching one right now. If you think otherwise than it boils down to personal preference.
  • reaLjustified
    (Saturday, Jul 23. 2016 04:13 PM)
    @Vyse It’s obviously not trying to cater to children, the studio knows its audience. I wouldn’t automatically assume that just because it’s an anime adaptation that it’s an attempt to please everyone.

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