News NisiOisin's Katanagatari Light Novels to Be Animated
posted on 2008-11-29 05:41 EST by Egan Loo
The online stores Honya Town and Rakuten Books have posted the cover of NisiOisin's Maniwagatari novel, which announces that an animated version of NisiOisin's earlier Katanagatari light novel series has been green-lit. The 12-volume historical epic centers on Shichika Yasuri, the seventh generational head of the Kyotō-ryū school of martial arts in medieval Japan. He and his older sister Nanami live on an isolated island, until a military advisor named Togame tells him of the final 12 swords forged by a legendary swordsmith. At Togame's bidding, Shichika embarks on a journey to find all 12 of the swords.
The illustrator Take draws the artwork in the novels. Kodansha published 12 volumes in the novel series — one for every month of 2007. Maniwagatari is a spinoff from Katanagatari, and it focuses on a side character named Maniwa-ningun. NisiOisin's Bakemonogatari supernatural comedy light novels are also being animated. NisiOisin is known outside Japan for his Death Note: Another Note novel spinoff and xxxHOLiC: Another xxxHOLiC spinoff short-story collection.
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