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NisiOisin's Bakemonogatari, Katanagatari Anime Dated

posted on by Egan Loo

The websites have launched for the anime adaptations of the Bakemonogatari and Katanagatari novels by NisiOisin (Zaregoto, Death Note: Another Note, xxxHOLiC: Another xxxHOLiC). The Bakemonogatari website confirms that the anime will begin airing next July. The short stories in the two volumes of Bakemonogatari deal with a high school boy named Koyomi Araragi and strange students he encounters. ("Bakemonogatari" is a wordplay on the Japanese term bakemono for supernatural creatures and the term monogatari for stories.) One student, a girl named Hitagi Senjōgahara, almost literally falls into his lap, only to have him discover she has no weight.

The anime for the Katanagatari historical epic will debut in 2010. The 12-volume novel series 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.

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