Sunday, December 19, 2010

[Ended] Katanagatari

Just like Bakemonogatari, Katanagatari is a very dialog heavy, strangely drawn, but very interesting piece of work.

On the surface, the story is about how two people, Togame and Shichika went all around Japan overcoming countless obstacles to collect 12 special and legendary katanas. But overtime, they've discovered that these katanas aren't just simply katanas made for the purpose of fight, there is a much bigger ploy hidden behind them.

Being an one-hour episode anime that airs one episode per month take somewhat of a patient and commitment to follow it all the way to the end. But I'd say in the end it worth the effort.

The early episodes, in my opinion lacks of depth in both the story development and character development. And its highly segmented episodic nature only made it worse. However, the brilliance within the story itself easily overcome the problem and by the time it reached half way point, lack of depth is no longer a problem at all.

It's hard to talk more about the this anime without spoiling anything, but one thing I would tell you is that the ending is somewhat unorthodox. What does it mean?'ll have to watch to find out, 'cause I have my "no spoiler" principle I'd like to keep with my blog.

Final scoreboard:

Drama: 90 (Different)
Comedy: 81 (Somewhat interesting)
Action: 86 (Interesting)
Art/Animation: 88 (Very stylized)
Sound/Music: 88 (Unique)
Character: 92 (Very well developed)
Plot: 91 (A-Grade)
Ending: 90 (Unorthodox)

Re-watch value: 50 (Hard to say)

Overall: 89 - Definitely one of the better animes of the year

Recommendation: If you watch it all together, I think it gets rid of it's only shortcoming--the long month long wait. I'd definitely recommend it as one of the top animes of the year to watch.

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