Katanagatari (刀語, lit. "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 25, 2010 and consisted of 12 episodes. A single episode of the series was aired each month. NIS America announced that they have licensed the series. They released the series in Blu-ray/DVD combo sets in July 2011. Volume two was released on September 20, 2011.
Katanagatari is the story of Yasuri Shichika, a swordsman that fights without a sword, and Togame, an ambitious strategist that seeks to collect twelve legendary swords for the shogunate. The son of an exiled war hero, Yasuri Shichika is the seventh head of the Kyotoryuu school of fighting and lives on isolated Fushou Island with his sister. At a request from the female general Togame, Shichika and Togame set out on a journey across Edo-era Japan to collect the twelve Deviant Blades.
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