Katanagatari - Recommendations

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Bakemonogatari

Bakemonogatari

Koyomi Araragi is an aloof boy who holds a strange, supernatural secret which inadvertently leads him to others with similar stories. Gods, spirits and afflictions can be pesky things, taking important memories or causing unusual tendencies – a fact that Koyomi and others are unfortunately aware of. Using the help of an eccentric homeless man, Koyomi is able to help new friends he meets along the way with their own paranormal conundrums…

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LegOHorse LegOHorse says...

Both are from the same author and as expected, characters are developed nicely with a quirky sense of humour.

arctangent arctangent says...

Both shows will leave you in awe after finishing them. They were writen by the same author, and though in my opinion Katanagatari took a little longer to pick up they both had great dialouge and were equally as impressive in the end. Though Katanagatari had more action, and Bakemonogatari had more mystery, neither of these two shows deserve another recommendation more than they deserve each other.

KittyEmperor KittyEmperor says...

Fanastic writing and dialogue is probably the biggest draw for both series which is a given since both stories are written by Nisio Isin.  In addition to this both feature great interaction between the characters to the point that everything feels natural and well planned out.  While Katanagatari does tend to have more action than Bakemonogatari who has something more of supernatural/mystery feel to it.  Both have an abundence of memorable characters and are sure to keep the viewer completely interested.

unitzero unitzero says...

Both series are based on light novels by the same author, therefore they have a lot in common in terms of the writing style. Both series rely heavily on dialogue to drive their respective plots, and a lot of dialogue is what you are going to get with each. Katanagatari feels more like a solid epic with two main characters developing over the course of the series; while Bakemonogatari is broken down into 5 arcs which have more of a short story feel to them. Both are excellent in terms of the wit and humor injected into some rather disturbing situations. Both anime are critically well known and excellent in terms of production quality. A fan of one will want to check out the other.

eaper eaper says...

The light novels each of these series are based on were written by the same author. As such, they both have many similar characteristics, such as a large number of puns, areas of heavy dialog, and some similar pacing. If you liked one, it is worthwhile to check the other one out.

069JLU 069JLU says...

They even give off the same feeling, the interesting background, storyline and unique yet rather realistic characters makes it special. I especially love the broken transitions and flat gradient patterns.

Drasticc Drasticc says...

Great plot and character development in both, heavy on the dialog.  If you like one, then you're more than likely to like the other based on story, character design, and story pace.

kazas41 kazas41 says...

The dialogues are epic. Every word brings in more meaning and flavor to the anime, after which you'll get a life-meaning crissis - that's what I love.

Nicknames Nicknames says...

Both are dialogue-driven shows which focus more on the interactions between the characters than the overall plot. Said characters are also very memorable. The main difference ebtween both shows is that Katanagatari has some bits of action while there's none in Bakemonogatari, but fans of one will definitely appreciate the other.

Samurai Champloo

Samurai Champloo

Samurai Champloo is all about style, from the dj-style scratching scene changes to the hip-hop-inspired soundtrack to the eclectic character design. Mugen's fighting style is a funky meld of capoeira and limb-cutting, and Jin is the dramatic foil; he is all steel and old-school samurai style. What binds them together is the desire to test each other's abilities, and a promise to a girl named Fuu: to find the samurai that smells of sunflowers, who plays a pivotal role in her past. Together they travel through edo-era Japan, finding battle and comedy wherever they stop.

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Nocturnalgloria Nocturnalgloria says...

Katanagatari and Samurai Champloo have a distinctive mixture of historical anime and a vibe of eccentric pop culture. Deliberate anachronisms, sleek action sequences with plenty of sword wielding and an ongoing travel, all ties up these two anime. In visual terms these two anime are very refreshing albeit in different ways, Katanagatari's very simplified style does not even look like anime and Samurai Champloo oozes sophistication in every frame. 

unitzero unitzero says...

Both of these series take place in an alternate feudal Japanese setting and utilize a mixture of traditional music with modern hip hop style sounds as BGM. Each story is told over the course of a journey and features main characters who travel across Japan. This means that with each episode you get a different setting and some different minor character interactions. Both anime feature swordplay action as well as a bit of mystery and hidden agendas which are slowly pealed back as the narrative progresses.

VivisQueen VivisQueen says...

Say you're into chanbara cliches. Say you want to see highly skilled martial artists slice'n'dice the bajeesus out of each other. But say you also want this to come with a high dose of humour and poignantly realised characters you can deeply care about. This is why you liked Samurai Champloo or Katanagatari, and that is why you should watch the other next.

kingloser kingloser says...

Feudal Japan with a twist, powerful characters being led on a journey without being told the full details. The similarities between the two series are great, but not to the point that it would diminish enjoyment of either series. If you enjoyed one, you will certainly enjoy the other.

norco norco says...

Fighting with style. That's the best way I can use to describe these two shows. Katanagari has much more dialogue and Samurai Champloo has more intricate fight scenes, but they both have a unique kind of polish that makes them entertaining. The setting, art, and characters give these a similar feeling. If you like one then definitely give the other a try.

sysmibmip sysmibmip says...

Both anime boast some eye-catching action, with top-notch soundtracks to top it off. They both involve an adventure of Edo Japan dotted with exciting anachronisms.

Theta Theta says...

These are two top rated entries in the samurai genre.  Interesting and vibrant animation showcase original plots that are packed with action. 

Doomoo Doomoo says...

While I enjoyed Katanagatari more than Samurai Champloo they are both similar in their themes. They do however differ a large amount in the overall execution and animation style. But if you enjoyed either of these for their general genre and themes then you will likely enjoy the other.

Spice and Wolf

Spice and Wolf

Since long ago, the wolf goddess Holo has honored a contract to bless the rural village of Pasloe with fertile harvests; and in return she has been celebrated and worshipped by the villagers. But as mankind advances, the people have begun to take command of nature for themselves and have made their own god to worship. Holo finds that she is paid little more than lip service, if not outright mocked; and considering the contract annulled, she takes human form and enlists the aid of a passing merchant, Kraft Lawrence, to return to her home in the snowy forests to the north. As they journey together, Kraft finds that he has plenty to learn from this capricious god, and she from him as well.

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niikuu niikuu says...

There are only few similarities but significant enough to recommend Katanagatari if you liked Spice'n'wolf and vice versa:

1. the main characters - trust me on this (saying more would be a spoiler)

2. a deep sense of an epic journey, though different in ways, they both have it at the highest quality level

note 1: there's close to zero fighting in Spice'n'Wolf

note 2: there's nothing about trading/economy in Katanagatari

Konakaga Konakaga says...

Both of the series follow to two odd characters whom have come to together under strange circumstances and have a lot of fun dialogue between the two of them and the story follows their journey; though their Journeys are different if you enjoyed one, I'd reccommend the other.

KittyEmperor KittyEmperor says...

Easily the biggest similarity between the two is that both stories are almost completely driven by conversations between the male lead and the female lead with other characters also contributing greatly to the conversations as well.  In addition to this both series follow a man and woman as they journey together both in search of something.  Also both will have brief periods of action though this is more common in Katanagatari than in Spice and Wolf.

scizorg45 scizorg45 says...

Both series are about a man and a woman on a journey together, and mostly about the interactions between them(They're talking mostly, don't get the wrong idea). Katanagatari has more action involved in it, while spice and wolf has the edge on character development(IMO).

If you liked one, check out the other.

eaper eaper says...

These series both focus on the relationship between the two main characters as they go on a quest. As the series progresses, you realize that they have an odd relationship, but grow to appreciate it. If you like the journey and the relationship between the two leads in one series, the other is worth checking out.

StevenSAKUJO StevenSAKUJO says...

The relationship between the leads, playful banter and whatnot is very similar as both sets of characters embark on an adventure filled with comedy, drama and action.

Heroic Age

Heroic Age

Far, far away in a distant time, there is a tribe of people called the Golden Tribe who have the ability to create stars and foretell the future. They gave out a warning to those who have yet to mature: 'Move.'. Three tribes answered their call: the Silver Tribe, the Bronze Tribe, and the Heroic Tribe. Soon after, the Golden Tribe encountered a crashed ship in which only a baby human known as Age survived; they named the child's race the Iron Tribe and assigned one of the few living members of the Heroic Tribe to protect him and his race. Now, in a distant part of the galaxy, humanity is threatened with extinction at the hands of the other tribes. With only a prophecy to go on, they set out to the deepest depths of space to find their savior named Age -- humanity's last hope.

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abunai abunai says...

The characters of Age and Shichika are remarkably similar: superhumanly powerful yet innocent at heart. Each has a strong female who guides and cherishes him, in her own idiosyncratic way, For both, their journey is a journey of discovery both external and internal, as they learn about the world. Nevertheless, the fundamental innocence at the core of each remains unsullied. If you find either of these heroes to be captivating, you will surely feel the same about the other.

KittyEmperor KittyEmperor says...

To start off with both feature a male lead who is somewhat ignorant of the ways of the world/universe but at the same time they are quite strong that there are few who can stand against them.  In addition they both feature lead females who sort of take on the role of guiding the male lead in the world but at the same time using the male lead's strength inorder to accomplish some sort of goal.  While Heroic Age is a lot more action orienated than Katanagatari both are sure to provide hours of entertainment.

Ninja Scroll

Ninja Scroll

Jubei Kibagami is just a wandering swordsman minding his own business... until fate lands him in the middle of a battle with the terrifying Devils of Kimon! Now the fate of all of Japan lies in the hands of a vagabond samurai, a deadly female ninja and a perverted old monk as they take on an enemy who is, literally, immortal.

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VivisQueen VivisQueen says...

If what you enjoyed about Katanagatari was the formulaic story-fight-story-fight movement of the show but would like the action to take a more significant role, check out Ninja Scroll. It operates in the same genre, works to the same fundamental principles, but is lighter on the substance and heavier on the violence.

Theta Theta says...

The interesting characters and animation style of Katanagatari is built upon its predecessors in the samurai genre.  Fans of its action may enjoy other well animated entries.

Shura no Toki: Age of Chaos

Shura no Toki: Age of Chaos

In Japan, legends tell of a strong clan of warriors who fought unarmed and walked the path of the undefeated. Since the Heian period, this clan known as the Shura helped shape and form history as we know it with the help of their legendary Mutsu Enmei-Ryuu style. Watch history unfold in this epic tale as the Shura and their ancestors witness the days of the swordfighter Musashi, fight with the one-eyed Jubei Yagyu and help influence the fall of the Shogunate and Shinsengumi; and most importantly, touch the hearts and minds of everyone they meet…

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MagWizz MagWizz says...

Although both anime use quite a diffrend style there is some similarities (besides setting). The major one would be that both anime main characters fight unarmed, does'n't use a literal sword when fighting and in place of a sword, uses hands and legs as weapons. That particular keeps me interested when watching good fights and there is plenty of that in both anime.

mekadeth mekadeth says...

Both anime focus on a lineage of individuals who use unarmed techniques against armed foes. Additionally the main characters (Shichika in the case of Katanagatari or the people of the Mutsu Enmei-ryuu) are seemingly aloof from the rest of the world, while their partners are far more knowledgeable/savvy about the world.

Gintama

Gintama

In Gintoki's Japan, the arrival of the various space races known collectively as the Amanto ended the era of the samurai. The Amanto's highly advanced technology resulted in total conquest and a severe economic shift. Now, former samurai such as Gintoki scrape together whatever livelihood they can. Gintoki's profession of choice is that of a yorozuya: he'll complete any job for money. However, he’s unmotivated; and spending most of the day on the couch with the latest issue of Jump and a carton of Strawberry Milk is his preferred pastime. It turns out that his new unpaid employees, Shinpachi and Kagura, are going to interfere with his pastime even more than with his "work"! Of course, none of this means he has really given up on his samurai ideologies!

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Korwin Korwin says...

Shows with historic thematic infused with a breeze of modern spirit. Similarities involve a lot of comedy, dialogues (read: blabbering) and awesome action guaranteeing no boredom for the viewer.

Air

Air

The 'girl in the sky' is a legend passed down through the ranks of one special family. Armed with the magical puppet skills he learned from his mother, Yukito Kunisaki follows in her footsteps, traveling from place to place, ever searching for that girl in the sky, ever chasing after that legend. His journeys have led him to a small costal town where he meets a girl that has a peculiar interest in him - could she be the one? As events slowly start to unfold in front of his very eyes, Yukito finds himself amidst a story that spans a thousand summers...

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KittyEmperor KittyEmperor says...

While there are several differences between the two one thing that they both have in common is that right from the beginning they get the viewer interested in the characters and what happens to them.  In addition both feature overall plots that span the time of a couple centuries but at the same time focusing on primarily on a pair on two people.  Though Katanagatari does have some action in it and Air is just overall slow-paced if you liked one then you'll probably be interested in the other.

Wanpaku Ouji no Orochi Taiji

Wanpaku Ouji no Orochi Taiji

Susanoo is the youngest son of Izanagi and Izanami, a god and a goddess that created Earth so that people could live and try to be happy. Still a young boy, Susanoo is devastated by the passing away of his mother. Determined to find her despite the reprimands of his father, he embarks on a journey to find his brother and his sister since they might know how to get to the place their mom has gone to.

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sonis sonis says...

both animes, the little prince and katanagatari, are about strong males who don't understand certain subjects.

The little prince travels across the globe trying to find his mother in the country she says shes in "heaven".

katanagatari is about a male who grew up with his father and sister training, and has not been taught things of the outside world, so he doenst feel bad killing women/children.

both animes made 48+ years apart, but the feel of the animes are connected. The little prince is 1H 25M and katanagatari is 12x50M. Regardless, I think If you like one, you should defiantly watch the other.

Intrigue in the Bakumatsu: Irohanihoheto

Intrigue in the Bakumatsu: Irohanihoheto

It is the era of Bakumatsu – the last years of the shogunate. In the general turmoil caused by warring groups with different political interests, a curious theatrical group known as the Yuyama Troupe is set out for revenge. They come across a mysterious young swordsman, Akizuki Youjirou, who seems to be burdened with a dark past. Thrown around by currents of history, powerful people from different factions and personal relations, Akizuki tries to fulfill his mission to destroy an ancient, cursed relic, the Lord’s Head, which has caused chaos and bloodshed for thousands of years.

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Htieks Htieks says...

Both series share the feeling of an epic journey, mixing adventure and action-packed fights with the search for supernatural artifacts and some more thought-provoking moment. They also have some historical references and a lot of different characters, some of whom, especially the main protagonists, do have a good amount of development. Oh, and they both have lots of dialogues (but most of them manage to be rather interesting).

Katanagatari is a bit more lighthearted and is generally easier to follow, but I'm fairly confident that fans of one won't be disappointed by the other.