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Don on Katanagatari

Monday, December 27th, 2010

The man of excquisite taste pushes Katanagatari like mad, and succeeds: I’m sold.

Initially, Katanagatari seems formulaic: find the sword that gives the episode its name; learn the history of the sword’s owner; get the sword. Then comes episode four, in which we get to know Shichika’s frail and terrifying sister Nanami a little better. (Those poor, pathetic, murderous ninjas — they never had a chance.)

ANN says that every episode has its own ED theme.

Sequel to Katanagatari is coming

Monday, February 18th, 2013

Katanagatari was on my list since Don’s effective advocacy, and I came to think of it as a complete story. Now a preview chart (via) slates a sequel. Instinctively, I bump it down a few notches, because look: do Azumanga or Haibane Renmei even need sequels?

This is not to say that the new series is going to suck, objectively speaking. Look at J2, that one didn’t despite the difficulties of retconning. The question is in the value of the original. Again, it’s probably not at the objective level “sucks”. All sorts of good series were extended in questionable ways. Just watch the original is the recipy for them. But empirically, truly great series are never extended.

Again, there’s no law of physics why that is saw. Katanagatari may be the first to break the mold. But the odds are overwhelmingly against it and the probable thing to suspect is that it never was as good as Don claimed.

UPDATE: Reader Citrus e-mails:

The Katanagatari in the preview chart is a rebroadcast, not a sequel.

What a relief!

Katanagatari begins

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

Holy mackerel… Observing the principle never to commit to expensive DVDs without sampling the series at least, I had to resort to watching an episode on one of those shitty pirate sites – since NISA do not provide any. And I’m afraid Don may even be mild in this praise.

Katanagatari ends

Monday, March 4th, 2013

Liked: Yes
Rewatch: Not likely

CKS was right, it is very Japanese, and not just in the ending. And I see now why Don denied it the standing near Haibane Renmei. Or maybe I don’t. The endless brutality was wearisome and since the story was inseparable from the process of almost every character being killed I do not think I can judge it.

I’m going to do major spoilers now.

Possibly the fear of spoilers is why nobody wrote how Togame pulled an almost exact Reki reveal. Neither CKS nor Don did. Kuro spoils but he wasn’t thinking about HR. Now the reveal being the same, the subsequent resolution was different. Reki was tested and passed, but Togame did not have that chance. Kuro is certain that she would fail (“I am glad”). I am not so sure. She pondered becoming a mother at some point, remember. Nisio Ishin thought better to leave this resolution ambiguous. His call, I suppose.

UPDATE: CKS leans into Kuro’s camp, yet allows for uncertainty.

More about Katanagatari

Friday, March 8th, 2013

I meant to entitle this post “Massive spoilers about Katanagatari”, but on second thought, it may be oblique enough. Or maybe not. Unfortunately, although I maintain that good anime cannot be spoiled, I think Katanagatari may. In particular, despite Don wrote that ending was “somber”, I just did not expect that it would go down like it did, and it hit pretty hard. So yeah. Reveal, not spoil.

Although the plot, setting, and detail all worked in concert, one particular thing I took away was how much I became fond of Togame as the story unfolded. Not in the “waifu” way. Just like To Heart‘s Shiho, Togame is not one I’d like to marry[1]. But she’s immensely likeable. I agree with the critique of our resident hater of all things good in anime that Togame’s debut was not very impressive. However, she comes into her own.

I liked Shichika, too. But it’s also remarkable how functional the relationship of the main duo is. Being the subservent pole, Shichika is being worked hard. He has to shoulder some of Togame juvenile tantrums good-naturely, too. But she does not really go into tsundere stereotype fully, and does not become primarily abusive (like Louise and Haruhi do; and it does not matter if Kyon likes it).

Just about everyone else in the show has redeeming qualities, too. I do not mean “good-by-design” characters like Zakki, primarily, but basically everyone with any kind of expanded characterization. For example, Princess Hitei is sort of like Kurumi to Togame’s Sawako, I think. Or in an interesting meta move, Shichika even had to touch upon Meisai’s personality in-show, and with a good reason.

There’s a specific exception to it: I was not a fan of Nanami. My local purveyor of nasty, Sage, was, and that probably explains it all.

On, and one last thing: I suddenly saw a lot of common theme in the inheritance, that was brought forth by AKB0048. Shichika is the 7th Kyotouryuu. Issou is the 12th, and she’s not blood related to the lineage. That is more of general zero-zero model: become the essense of the name you inherit and there you get the name. Some of sword owners address Shichika as “Kyotouryuu”, which is not his family name. So many animebloggers were creeped out by this mechanism in AKB0048, but if you realize the traditional underpinnings, it becomes much more manageable and even interesting.

[1] The top rated wife material in anime is generally rare. I can probably only name Mitsuki II of Dual and Kyoko of Sunred S1.

Crunchy takes on ANN as news source

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

So, two things.

One, HanaKana apparently confirmed new Infinite Stratos, which is going to join the illustrous ranks of anime that went down the drain the 2nd season, such as Sekirei. Although, truthfuly, it went there in the 1st season, when HanaKana’s character joined the idiot party and thus ruined everything.

Two, the rebroadcast of Katanagatari is going to sport new OP and ED. The OP is by Supercell…. I sort of want to make a joke about Hero’s Shiranai Monogatari or whatever, but let’s have a little faith. Also, is that a typo in the title?

The Katanagatari catastrophy

Saturday, January 24th, 2015

I made a mistake of trying to show Katanagatari to someone who’s not that much into anime in general, and it didn’t go down too well. The problem is that you have to be a big weaboo to love Togame’s speechifying. While the dialog ebbs and flows marvelously, the lack of action can be unbearable for someone who is trying to keep up with subs instead of relishing relishing Togame’s intricate, yet natural phrasing… for 10 minutes. Things fall apart even before the freak clown ninja takes over.