Most anime have epic sword fights as the biggest highlight, but Katanagatari Had the best off-screen duel. Katanagatari is an anime produced by White Fox based on a series of light novels by Nisio Isin that follows a young swordsman named Shichika who fights without swords and his companion, the tactician Togame, as they go. Travel around ancient Japan in search of a set of swords. powerful swords. Most episodes focus on taking one of these swords from an enemy swordsman, and Shichika must defeat them in battle. Episode 4 baited a bit and switched with off-screen top-notch fencing.
Throughout the series’ early episodes, swordsman Hakuhei is hailed as one of the best swordsmen in anime, worthy of a mention alongside characters like Zoro from One Piece and Ichigo from Bleach. The end of episode 3 reveals that the next time Shichika and Togame will fight him is of course very interesting. The episode even reveals a preview of the fight after the credits show their battle splitting the ocean, forcing Shichika to cut a shark in half to save Togame. This would make the fight one of the most epic sword fights both in Katanagatari and anime in general, but when the episode actually airs, it focuses on Shichika’s sister with the fight going out screen.
By teasing viewers, Katanagatari shows what makes it unique
This kind of freak really fits the movie perfectly, as Katanagatari, like many of Nisio Oisin’s other works, has always been more focused on the jokes and relationships of the characters than the fencing itself. . In fact, many of the other sword fights in the series are actually pretty lackluster technically, even if they’re satisfying on the subject. This is even encapsulated perfectly in the protagonist Shichika, whose sword fighting style is paradoxical without using a blade. However, the lack of epic sword fights in the series so far is part of the reason the episode 3 previews are so entertaining that fans are hoping that the show will eventually have them. .
In teasing viewers with a tantalizing look at a mock fight, the anime is essentially confirming to fans that the film isn’t about fencing at all. It also poses a threat to Shichika potentially more dangerous than Hakuhei himself in the form of his younger sister, Nanami, who spends the entire episode in battles trying to destroy her opponents in a way. easy. Given that Shichika’s fight with Nanami later on is one of the high points of the main series because of its non-fencing aspects, the content of volume 4 is ironically perfect despite being basically just for the purpose of trolling the audience.
While it fits the show perfectly, it’s still disappointing that such an epic battle will forever go unseen. But fans looking for epic animated swordplay can check out countless excellent animated sword fights in movies like Sword of the Stranger or shows like Samurai Champloo. Katanagatari is the only show where the biggest swordfight ever takes place off-screen and for that reason, it’s a show that more people should watch.