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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  • Bam
    (Saturday, Nov 22. 2014 06:02 AM)
    Although given that the the Japanese film industry is steadily improving, this still would’ve worked much better as a big Hollywood flick, mainly because it’s just an over-the-top story with big action sequences, but also because pretty much all the cast (with the exception of Mikasa) have western features.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Nov 22. 2014 05:55 AM)
    Well it looks like the Japanese have taken it upon themselves to make a live-action Attack on Titan movie, which sounds like a pretty bad idea:
    http://www.otakuusamagazine.com/LatestNews/News1/Liveaction-Attack-on-Titan-Visuals-Revealed-6057.aspx
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Nov 22. 2014 02:51 AM)
    I mean I’ve watched some awful stuff like hidan no Aria to take the piss out of it and infinite stratos might as well get to continuing Ass-ange/crass-ange.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Nov 22. 2014 02:34 AM)
    *Ange
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Nov 22. 2014 02:34 AM)
    @Emma: and that’s why you should watch Cross Ante.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Nov 22. 2014 02:33 AM)
    @Emma: you know what? I’ve been trying to find a good version of X for a few years now, but nobody seems to be seeding the torrent anymore =/
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Nov 22. 2014 02:33 AM)
    Sometimes I’m pretty glad I have the ability to get guilty pleasure/so bad its good/funny enjoyment out of genuinely awful things and sometimes end up enjoying them more than actually good series.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Nov 22. 2014 02:18 AM)
    One other good example of an old ova I loved was the X/1999 movie, I didn’t overly care for the manga or second anime adaptation nearly as much by comparison. Yes the voice acting is terrible, the character development was cut out but the fact is I never really cared all that much for Xs characters/drama to begin with and the voice acting makes the final scene laugh out loud hilarious. Beyond that I just enjoyed sitting back and watching the gore play out.
  • Bam
    (Saturday, Nov 22. 2014 01:12 AM)
    I also miss the days where incest was reserved for the villains in anime.
  • Emma
    (Saturday, Nov 22. 2014 01:09 AM)
    @Bam: I remember giving John dies at the end three out of five and deciding that it was never a poor film but never an excellent one.

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