Posted by psgels on 15 November 2010 with categories: Katanagatari



And so, we’ve finally reached the penultimate episode of Katanagatari. It pretty much was the episode to wrap up all of the background behind this series by showing more about Shikizaki Kiki, along with finally putting an end to the Maniwa corps. It wasn’t my favourite episodes of the series so far, but I still liked it quite a bit.

The big difference between this episode and the other one so far is that there was surprisingly little focus on strategies: the main match was just a fight between Shichika and Houou until one of them went down, and it also lacked the build-up that made some of the other fights in the series so great. In the meantime though, it was a neat opportunity to look a bit into the mind of Shikizaki Kiki, and how he managed to forge all those weird swords anyway. It’s an interesting tiwst that because of his influence, these people with supernatural powers like the Maniwa corps started walking around.

As for the ending… yeah. It’s a common twist to pull on a penultimate episode, to put a main character on the verge of death with no apparent save. Remember the golden rule of anime, though: no character is dead unless confirmed. I’ve seen people in anime recover from wounds much more serious than Togame’s, and especially considering the incredible speed at which Maniwa Pengin recovered from his wounds, I really have no doubts that Togame is going walk out of this series alive.

If there’s one thing that has been bothering me for the past number of episodes, then it’s the pretty one-sided way in which Emonzaemon has been murdering off the Maniwa corps.His fights in this episode especially weren’t really that spectacular, with his fight against Houou becoming Dragon Ball Z-esque at times (“let me turn into a beam of light to show how fast I am!”), and in his fight against Pengin he just got lucky that Pengin was stupid enough to explain the exact details of his powers.

At this point, I’m not really sure what to expect of the final episode: one of the big reasons why this series was so good was because of the light-hearted banter between the different characters, the addictive style of storytelling and the way in which it took its time to analyze the different martial arts that Togame and Shichika ran into. I really fear that with that princess, those charms will disappear in favour of a more epic ending.
Rating: * (Good)

8 Responses

  1. gandalf8 says:

    If I’m not mistaken, there was a few days time between the time Togame and Shichika found Pengin, and when they left Pengin, so I think there was enough time for his wounds to heal, if not fully.

    I agree that the fights this episode weren’t great. Nevertheless I think the focus of this episode wasn’t on the action, but more on the setup for the final confrontation, and also the fleshing out of Shichika’s and Togame’s relationship and how far they’ve both changed through the course of their journey.

    I agree that a lot of people with more serious wounds than Togame have survived (in anime), but the way the narrator said that at that moment Shichika was complete as one of Shikizaki’s swords, I felt that Togame may really die, and if the creators can use it correctly, it may yet end with an awesome finale.

  2. Puran says:

    Yeah, I don’t see togame surviving, there was a ton of foreshadowing in this episode that hinted that she is not coming back.

    (like the “history has shown that when a journey is over, everything is over” line).

  3. Ransom says:

    The last lines of the narrator basically told everything…

    Last chapter will most likely be a story about revenge…

    Togame ;_;

  4. Shadowlancer says:

    Yah, Togame is not coming out this one alive. I imagine there will be alot of Rage at it and at the conclusion, but i guess it is an ending that fits Nishio’s style. There will still be light-hearted banter next ep but just not with the the 2 you are thinking.

  5. Puran says:

    Also psgels :

    “Remember the golden rule of anime, though: no character is dead unless confirmed.”

    Remember Tokyo Magnitude 8.0 ?…

  6. Murderface says:

    I´ve read somewhere that she really dies in the light novels…so she might really die here as well…

  7. Taara535 says:

    Yes agreed. Do not expect the usual with this anime. It has consistently broken tropes and common plot devices, and we can’t forget the foreshadowing as well. I think we are headed to a thrilling (but brutal) ending!

  8. happy says:

    I won’t spoil(since I know the novel ending)…but be prepared to be proven wrong about Togame.lol

    Also I think they’ll be more rage about what happens to Shichika in the epilogue lol

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  • ratsgnoF
    (Tuesday, Jun 30. 2015 07:27 AM)
    @Emma I agree. When you look back, teenagers are retarded and do a lot of stupid stuff.
  • Emma
    (Tuesday, Jun 30. 2015 01:51 AM)
    @ak184: Sporadically mildly entertaining with an enjoyable final stretch. Though at times I found myself falling in and out with the series.
    @Aidan: I would be more than happy to read your yahari review.
    @RatsgnoF: Looking back at being a teenager, I can’t say that moment of a persons life isn’t free of melodrama.
  • ak184
    (Monday, Jun 29. 2015 11:53 PM)
    Out of curiosity, for those who were watching it, what did you all thought of jojo stardust crusaders? Now that it has recently ended
  • ratsgnoF
    (Monday, Jun 29. 2015 05:35 PM)
    IMO I think that emphasizes how important their relationships are with each other. It shows how the characters have developed and change. They’re very vocal about how they feel and what they want. To the point where it would seem melodramatic.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Jun 29. 2015 03:17 PM)
    @Emma, I never disliked the movie. And I do think it did that archer vs Shirou fight much better. But the problem with it is that it basically removes coherency from the story. People would just be downright confused watching it if they have no knowledge. The movie is pretty much fan service.
  • AidanAK47
    (Monday, Jun 29. 2015 03:13 PM)
    I was actually thinking of writing up a Yahari review. Overall I enjoyed it but I felt that it got far too melodramatic at points over relatively little. It just felt like the characters where making mountains out of molehills.
  • ratsgnoF
    (Monday, Jun 29. 2015 07:59 AM)
    That exactly why it’s so good. It’s not very cliche like most animes. The characters themselves have very interesting personalities. Personalities that are actually unique. Not those personalities that every main lead has. Very cliched anime is bad. I can literally predict what happens next watching it the first time. Seeing those 3 interact and struggle is very enjoyable It’s kinda down to earth in a way.
  • Emma
    (Monday, Jun 29. 2015 07:02 AM)
    I think, watching Yahari, that its time I stopped bashing the “Too many teenagers thing in anime”, better to make the teenage characters we get actually interesting people.
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    (Monday, Jun 29. 2015 06:57 AM)
    If they do plan a season 3, it probably won’t be out for about a year or two. The last 2 episodes were adapted from volume 11 which was released 5 days ago.
  • Emma
    (Monday, Jun 29. 2015 06:48 AM)
    That final episode of Yahari’s second season pretty much left me saying “Season 3 where and now”
    And “You can’t end this here”.

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