Posted by psgels on 16 October 2010 with categories: Katanagatari



A really good episode this time, whose entire purpose was to relate back to the past: for Togame it showed her childhood, and Shichika related back to his past matches. On top of that, it was quite an interesting episode in the way that the sword this time was one who produced illusions, making it an interesting one for the mind games, plus an actual sword with a self-consciousness.

I also feel like this series is getting better and better at pacing itself. Really, these episodes have more dialogue than you can shake a stick at, yet I wasn’t bored for a second, even though I my broken Japanese didn’t understand everything that was said. That’s exactly what I’m looking for in a “tons of dialogue”-series. I mean, it’s easy to read an entire essay that goes on for ages (just look at that recent Musashi movie from Mamoru Oshii), but it’s much more difficult to make the dialogue blend in with the animation and storytelling. I’m glad that Katanagatari found a way to keep itself from getting boring or tedious.

The thing I also like a lot here is that Togame and Shichika feel just like a real couple. Very refreshing in anime where half of the creators don’t know the meaning of that word at all. Finally we can see some actual intimacy, rather than people beating each other up at the slightest romantic tension.

As for the final episodes, I think we’ve established the final bad guys at this point by now. The next two episodes should resolve everything. With two hours left, that should be more than enough time, considering how easy it was to plan in this series over 12 episodes. My biggest worry right now is that Hitei might prove to not be the most interesting opponent. It’s all going to depend on how that final episode can give her more depth than she has now.
Rating: ** (Excellent)

2 Responses

  1. Ransom says:

    Wah! Two more episodes to go…

    I’m feeling more and more anxious… Since I couldn’t help but spoil myself… But I won’t say anything more…

    Now’s time to wait for the subs and another month for next episode >.

  2. Rockmanshii says:

    This episode was awesome, the revelations were good,everything is falling into place for the final.

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  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 08:23 AM)
    @K-off: change it to something better at least lol
  • k-off
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 08:19 AM)
    @Emma Oh shit, I’ll change it.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 08:16 AM)
    Somewhere in my head…I have this idea that Bahamut could start to overfocus on build up .
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 08:15 AM)
    K-off, I hope this comes out right, now I do like your episode review and agree with it, nothing wrong with the length but one screenshot may be a little spoilery… =< ;M;
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 08:13 AM)
    @Bam: Damn, got there before me, I was going to throw in that about twintails puppet hands God woman and also visual Kei guy being a bit jarring but I felt it may have come off as nitpickery.
  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 08:09 AM)
    I think it was the general direction which was not on point in this episode. The introduction of a cutesy fan-service female villain (along with complementary annoying pets) plus an episodic feel raised a few red flags for me. I still have hope tho, and the whole thing was still moderately enjoyable.
  • k-off
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 07:59 AM)
    @Emma It was. The fast pacing really does that kind of character development some harm.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 07:56 AM)
    @K-off: Additionally I would say Kaisar’s backstory while welcome, was a bit rushed.
  • Emma
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 07:55 AM)
    @Bam: The surrealism, weird arty stuff and the cars would get my attention yeah.
  • Bam
    (Wednesday, Oct 22. 2014 07:11 AM)
    @Emma: well it’s called the king of festival, and for a good reason. Out-of-this-world art installations, some of the biggest talents in music industry performing with state of the art lightshows, no-money bartering economy, strange theatres of surreàl imagery, 100s of thousands of the craziest and most artistic people from around the globe in attendance, DJ booths in coed bubblebaths, anthropomorphic cars, LED Ufos and whatever else you can imagine makes it THE destination.

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