The first images people often visualize when someone mentions “Japan” are samurai, sushi, and super packed cities. At least, that’s what I think about. This doesn’t really have much to do with today’s post on Katangatari, with the exception of the samurai image, but it’s enough of a comparison to point out the popularity of feudal-Japan, more specifically Edo period, settings. This period is popular in several artistic endeavors, including art, literature, theater, and film.
The alternate Edo-period story of Katangatari absorbed a good bit of my 2010 excitement as the summation of its plot, art, and dialogue added up to something I had never before seen in anime. Following the pattern of the light novels, producer White Fox decided to release one episode a month, starting with January and ending in December, with a total of 12 episodes. This decision was both frustrating and ingenious; although I knew the pattern of the episodes and knew the same structure would probably apply to the following episodes, the anticipation from waiting heightened my interest in the possible twists to the inevitable. Despite this predictability, Katanagatari excels in art and dialogue, as these two factors are what hold this anime together and drive the plot forward.
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