Katanagatari (20 CD)

Katanagatari (刀語, Sword Story) is a Japanese light novel series written by Nisio Isin and illustrated by Take. The series is published by Kodansha under the Kodansha Box imprint. An anime adaptation by White Fox began airing on January 26, 2010, and consisted of 12 episodes. The story revolves around the collection of 12 weapons that were created by a fictional swordsmith. A single episode of the series was aired each month.
Katanagatari is basically what the title suggests – a story about swords. It begins with fire and death as a rebellion against the Owari shogunate meets a bloody end. Twenty years later, a small boat makes its way across the sea to a deserted island where the passenger, Togame, hopes to enlist the aid of Yasuri Mutsue, the 6th generation head of the Kyoutouryuu sword style and the hero of the rebellion. Katanagatari is a strange anime that’s part “fetch quest”, part wuxia tale, and strangely enough, part Seinfeld (i.e lots of people being dryly humourous, deadpan or witty), which isn’t a normal combination by any measure. That said, I thoroughly enjoyed this anime for its originality and innovation, as it would have been all too easy for White Fox to follow the tried and tested route for samurai anime, so the fact that they decided to stick with Isin’s concept of how the characters should look is laudable.

Opening Theme
#1: “Meiya Kadenrou” by Minami Kuribayashi
#2: “Katana to Saya” by ALI PROJECT
R1: Hakushi Kassai Uta Awase – supercell
Ending Theme
#01: “Tasogare no Gekka” by Yousei Teikoku
#02: “Refulgence” by Shoujobyo
#03: “Senbon Sennyo no Hamari uta” by Hata Aki
#04: “Kyomu no Hana” by kukui
#05: “Ai to Makoto” by Tamura Yukari
#06: “Yuki no Onna” by ALI PROJECT
#07: “Mayoigo Sagashi” by Nakahara Mai
#08: “Karakuri Nemuri Dan” by Nomiko
#09: “Akashi” by Annabel
#10: “Ina, to Hime wa Subete wo Katarazu” by Tomatsu Haruka
#11: “Bourei-tachi yo Yabou no Hate ni Nemure” by Faylan
#12: “Toki Sude ni Hajimari wo Kizamu” by Kuribayashi Minami
R1: Kotonoha – Piko

[2010.01.27] Minami Kuribayashi – Meiya Kadenrou
[2010.04.07] Katanagatari Vol.1 Bonus CD
[2010.05.12] Katanagatari Vol.2 Bonus CD (info)
[2010.06.02] Katanagatari Vol.3 Bonus CD (info)
[2010.06.23] Katanagari Original Soundtrack Vol. 1 (info)
[2010.07.07] Katanagatari Vol.4 Bonus CD (info)
[2010.08.04] Katanagatari Vol.5 Bonus CD (info)
[2010.08.25] ALI Project – Katana to Saya
[2010.09.01] Katanagatari Vol.6 Bonus CD (info)
[2010.10.06] Katanagatari Vol.7 Bonus CD (info)
[2010.11.03] Katanagatari Vol.8 Bonus CD (info)
[2010.12.01] Katanagatari Vol.9 Bonus CD (info)
[2010.12.22] Katanagari Original Soundtrack Vol. 2 (info)
[2011.01.12] Katanagatari Vol.10 Bonus CD (info)
[2011.02.02] Katanagatari Vol.11 Bonus CD (info)
[2011.03.02] Katanagatari Vol.12 Bonus CD (info)
[2011.03.02] Katanagatari Song Collection Vol.1 (info)
[2011.06.08] Katanagatari Song Collection Vol.2 (info)
[2013.06.05] PIKO – Kotonoha
[2013.06.12] supercell – Hakushu Kassai Utaawase

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