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Characters: Katanagatari
The characters of Katanagatari.

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Shichika Yasuri

Voiced by: Yoshimasa Hosoya

A young martial artist, and head of the Kyotouryuu style, living with his sister on a desolate island. At the start of the series he is approached by Togame, an underling of the shogunate, to help her find the Twelve Perfected Deviant Blades. He falls in love with her and agrees.

  • Anti-Hero: Starts out as a Nominal Hero, having no qualms killing women and children if ordered, but thanks to Character Development he mellows down to a Pragmatic Hero.
  • Ax-Crazy: In the last episode, after Togame dies.
  • Badass: Absolutely.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: A man whose own body is a sword. In fact, he's utterly incompetent with a real sword.
  • Big Little Brother: Nanami is his older sister, but she looks like a child.
  • Bodyguard Crush: Invoked on Togame. And proved true by the end.
  • Catch Phrase: At Togame's suggestion, "However, by that point you will have been torn to pieces".
  • Chaste Hero
  • Death Seeker: After Togame's death, though surprisingly he lives through the wounds received from The Dragon during his Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
  • Detached Sleeves
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Even while he is covering his chest, his feet are still bare. As he carries Togame through a blizzard, while she whines about how cold it is. And then life-threatening Hilarity Ensues.
  • Dull Eyes of Unhappiness: After Togame dies, his normally black eyes turn grey and listless.
  • Heroic Comedic Sociopath: He gets better.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: With Togame.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy
  • No Social Skills
  • Oblivious to Love: Most of the subtext between him and Togame goes right over his head, much to her annoyance. Despite this he still insists he loves her.
  • Older Than He Looks: It may come as a surprise that he's 24 (pretty old for a shounen hero), mainly due to the simple art style and his naive personality.
  • Post-Kiss Catatonia
  • Rapunzel Hair
  • Sacrificed Basic Skill for Awesome Training: He spent his entire life training under his father to master Kyotouryuu on a deserted island. At the start of the series he has absolutely no knowledge of the outside world and can't even pick up the differences between other people. Another side effect of Shichika's training is that he is completely unable to wield swords.
  • Scars Are Forever: He retains some of the scars received in his final battle with Emonzaemon, particularly the one over his left eye.
  • Self-Made Orphan: Killed his own father for unexplained reasons. Episode 7 implies it was to protect Nanami... not that she would need it.
  • Skilled, but Naive: He's spent his entire life on a remote island cut off from civilization with only his sister and his father. While he did receive 20 years of training in Kyotouryuu, a powerful fighting style that is essentially "swordsmanship without a sword", he lacks actual battle experience.
  • Spanner in the Works: Spoiled Shikizaki's plan because he just didn't care about changing Japan.
  • The Stoic: Sees himself as a sword that is meant for cutting. He does become visibly more emotional over time though.
  • Super Strength: Although it ain't as extreme as some other examples, and is at least partially justified by his rigorous training.
  • Tranquil Fury: During his Roaring Rampage of Revenge in episode 12.
  • Undying Loyalty: He fights solely for Togame's sake, and is completely devoted to her.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Though he does put on a shirt for extreme cold weather, sword training, and a Roaring Rampage of Revenge.
  • Willfully Weak: He's given orders by Togame to protect the swords, Togame, himself, and himselfnote , which proves to make some of the fights more difficult. In the last episode, he is under no such restrictions, and shows exactly how powerful he is by destroying all twelve swords. How much the restriction to protect himself mattered is evident during his duel with Emonzaemon.

Togame (Princess Yousha)

Voiced by: Yukari Tamura

An agent of the shogunate who is trying to collect the Twelve Perfected Deviant Blades.

Nanami Yasuri

Voiced by: Mai Nakahara

Shichika's older sister who is frail in health but much stronger than she looks.

  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Her main ability, which is how she learns techniques.
  • Badass Adorable: Not when her "smile" is on.
  • Blessed with Suck: Her view on her overwhelming power, as the strain it puts on her already weak body forces her to live in constant agony.
  • Catch Phrase: "Is it good, or is it bad?" and other variations of it.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Poor Maniwani.
  • Death Seeker
  • Irony: Strong enough that she can copy all techniques just by watching them... then we learn that she actually uses this in order to be weaker, as her natural power is just that strong that it could kill her.
  • Ill Girl: Due to her unnatural strength, although she can never die from it.
  • Lack of Empathy: She is not a particularly caring person when it comes to mooks.
  • Little Big Sister: You likely wouldn't believe she's Shichika's older sister with just looking at her childlike body.
  • Made of Iron: Despite her weak body, she is surprisingly resilient. The prime example would be her death. After taking a full-on Shichika Hachiretsu Kai, Akutou Bita (the Deviant Blade sustaining her life) was pulled out of her chest, leaving a gaping hole in it. She then gets up and starts using her full strength, damaging her body even further. She manages to fight with her little brother evenly for a short while after that, but dies when she is hit by Shichika's self-titled ultimate move a second time.
  • Multicolored Hair: Pink blotches for highlights. The artist(s) chose to use pink rather than a lighter green.
  • Older Than She Looks: She's pushing 30, but looks like a child.
  • Power Copying: Learns any move after seeing it once and masters it after seeing it twice. It actually weakens her, as her innate skills are superior.
  • Slasher Smile: Episode 7, it's one hell of The Un-Smile.
  • Stronger Sibling: To Shichika.
  • Villain Protagonist: Had shades of this in episode 4, but becomes utterly if not pure evil in episode 7 if not for her tragic backstory to redeem her slightly.
  • Willfully Weak: Despite being physically weak and ill, Nanami starts the series able to easily defeat her brother, who defeated the official Greatest Swordsman in Japan. Turns out, she can also copy any skill she sees, including super-strength, spontaneous claw growth, and walking on water. Then it turns out that she has inhuman resilience and can't die no matter how sick or poisoned she becomes. Then it turns out she's acquired one of the Deviant Blades, which cures her weakness and low energy. And then it turns out she uses others' skills so she can be weaker, as her instinctive combat skills are utterly perfect!
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds
  • Yamato Nadeshiko: With long black hair and a yukata she definitely looks the part, and with her sweet tone of voice she sounds the part. Even her method of fighting is more feminine than her brother's as she watches instead of trains. Subverted as she's actually a brutal Death Seeker that tortures without a thought.

Princess Hitei

Voiced by: Haruka Tomatsu

A princess from Owari who is Togame's rival and also after the Deviant Blades. A descendant of Kiki Shikizaki.

  • Arch-Enemy: To Togame. Even though they had the exact same goal.
  • Catchphrase: "I deny it."
  • The Chessmaster
  • Jerkass
  • Last Minute Hookup: Believe it or not, but this might have happened between her and Shichika.
  • Karma Houdini
  • Rapunzel Hair
  • Smug Snake: Has the personality, but the last episode makes her seem like a Magnificent Bastard.
    • However, she doesn’t lead Emonzaemon on and clearly establishes that she wouldn’t want him to sacrifice his life for her, admits that she liked Togame even when she ordered her death, and is ready to be killed by Shichika. Her actions were irreproachable, but her personality doesn’t help her.
  • Spanner in the Works: Just like Shichika, she makes Shikizaki's plan fail because she had no interest in ruling.
  • Theme Naming: Her name means "denial". In contrast with Togame's real name, Yousha ("approval").

Emonzaemon Souda

Voiced by: Rikiya Koyama

Princess Hitei's right hand man. A very calm and mysterious character, and former ninja. Apparently has a history with Houou Maniwa.

     Wielders of the Deviant Blades 

Ginkaku Uneri

Voiced by: Mitsuru Miyamoto

A swordsman who lives in a vast desert in the country of Inaba. Second Deviant Blade user Shichika and Togame run into. The second Deviant Blade, Nakamura; is incredibly sharp and can cut through anything.

Meisai Tsuruga

Voiced by: Atsuko Yuya

The head of the Sanzu shrine located in Izumo and wielder of the third Deviant Blade, Tsurugi; a sword which possesses 1000 copies.

Hakuhei Sabi

Known as the strongest swordsman in Japan and fourth Deviant Blade owner.

Kanara Azekura

Voiced by: Tsuyoshi Koyama

A pirate who rules a small port town in Satsuma, he is the fifth opponent Shichika fights for the Deviant Blades.

Konayuki Itezora

Voiced by: Rina Hidaka

A small eleven-year-old girl who lives on Mount Odori. Sixth opponent Shichika fights for the Deviant Blades.


Voiced by: Aya Endo

Deviant Blade number eight. Protector of a dried lake.

  • Deceptively Human Robots: She seems fairly humanized at first glance, but she's never portrayed as anything but a particularly well-designed object, and is easily defeated once you figure out her limited range of programmed actions.
  • Hidden Weapons
  • The Lost Lenore: Based on the soothsayer's lost love.
  • Multi-Armed and Dangerous
  • The Power of the Sun: How it works.
  • Steam Punk: A robot? In 18th century Japan?
    • Justified Trope: Kiki Shikizaki was a soothsayer who could see the future of technology, as Togame lampshades, it’s the only way he could have created swords that, in that era, appear to break physic laws, but could be perfectly possible in the future.

Zanki Kiguchi

Voiced by: Shizuka Ito

A calm and serious shogi player who runs a dojo and wields the ninth Deviant Blade.

Rinne Higaki

Voiced by: Miyako Ito

A three hundred year old holyman and a close friend of the deceased Shikizaki Kiki. Owner of the tenth Deviant Blade.

Kiki Shikizaki

Voiced by: Katsuji Mori

A master blacksmith and soothsayer who created the Deviant Blades.

     Maniwa Ninja Corps 

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Houou Maniwa

Voiced by: Ryōtarō Okiayu

De facto head of the Maniwa Ninja Corps and leader of its Bird Squad.

Koumori Maniwa

Voiced by: Chihiro Suzuki

A member of the Maniwa Ninja Corps and a wielder of one of the Deviant Blades.

Shirasagi Maniwa

Voiced by: Wataru Hatano

A member of the Bird Squad who goes after Gikaku Uneri. Speaks backwards.

Kuizame Maniwa

Voiced by: Tomohiro Tsuboi

Member of the Fish Squad, he fights for money and his own bloodlust, however respects his fellow members. He targets Meisai Tsuruga.

Kamakiri Maniwa

Voiced by: Makoto Yasumura

The leader of the Insect Squad, a serious highly experienced and feared warrior. One of the three ninjas sent to capture Nanami.

Chouchou Maniwa

A member of the Insect Squad and in a relationship with a fellow ninja Oshidori. One of the three ninjas sent to capture Nanami.

Mitsubachi Maniwa

Voiced by: Hiroaki Miura

A member of the Insect Squad, the most gentle, fair, and calm of its three members, preferring to avoid conflicts with his friends. One of the three ninjas sent to capture Nanami.

Pengin Maniwa

Voiced by: Ryō Hirohashi

A member of the Fish Squad and a stuttering little child. Accompanies Houou personally throughout the series.

Kyouken Maniwa

Voiced by: Michiko Neya

A member of the Beast Squad who despises Togame for the deaths of her fellow ninja.

Kawauso Maniwa

Voiced by: Shinji Kawada

The leader of the Beast Squad, he is invaluable to the Maniwa Corps as he can ascertain the locations of the Deviant Blades. He is willingly killed by Houou in order to maintain the alliance between the Maniwa Corps and Togame.

Umigame Maniwa

Voiced by: Toshihiko Seki

The leader of the Fish Squad. As his name suggests, he wears a turtle-like uniform, and wields a rapier.

Oshidori Maniwa

Voiced by: Kaori Yamagata

A member of the Bird Squad, she is the object of Chouchou's affection.

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