6 Anime Like Katanagatari [Recommendations]

Katanagatari only has 12 episodes. However, they're about 50 minutes long, and that makes for some good binge watching! Shichika Yasuri lived a secluded life, until Togame showed up! It's a tragic romance story, with a touch of historical context. The shogunate is portrayed in many different ways in anime. It's hard to imagine that the Edo Period started in the 1600s. Historic events educate us, awe us, frighten us, and much more. Though not every anime with historic elements is completely factual, it provides a setting which we can enjoy, and relate with.

Steel clashing against steel, and will clashing against will. When will people learn that violence isn't the only language in the world? Even in anime the wars will rage on, if only for our viewing pleasure, of course. If you're like us, and like a good sword fight, then you've come to the right place. Katanagatari may be over, but the battle is just beginning, prepare yourselves! Samurai, ninja, and romance, oh my! Below are 6 anime like Katanagatari.

Similar Anime to Katanagatari

1. Basilisk (Basilisk: Kouga Ninpou Chou)

  • Episodes: 24
  • Aired: Apr, 2005 – Sep, 2005

A battle between the Kouga and Iga clans will determine who the next shogun is. The leaders of each clan must choose 10 warriors to fight on their behalf. After a village is assaulted, it's time for all out war. Gennosuke Kouga is an honorable man, and seeks to marry Oboro Iga. Unfortunately, their clans are now enemies. Oboro may not be a fighter, but she can use her eye to sap the power of an enemy. Both clans will lay traps, play dirty, and do whatever it takes to win. Can Oboro and Kouga find peace, when their world is at war?

People may complain about living in divisive times, but just keep in mind, there were worse times. Shichika and Gennosuke both lived in feudal Japan. The Edo Period was brutal. Both Shichika and Gennosuke fought tough battles in Japan, and both have similar love interests. Togame proclaimed she was part of the shogunate, and Oboro was forced into battle by the government. There are also similarities in the characters that battle. Jyubei Jimushi in Basilisk hides a blade in his stomach. Maniwa Koumori in Katanagatari also hides a sword in his stomach. We think hiding blades in your stomach sounds painful, don't try this at home! If you liked Katanagatari you'll probably like Basilisk. Though, Basilisk is a bit more bloody.

Basilisk – Trailer


2. Samurai Champloo

  • Episodes: 26
  • Aired: May, 2004 – Mar, 2005

In this alternate version of Japan's Edo Period, hip hop appears to be very popular! After Mugen agrees to defend Fuu Kasumi, in the restaurant she works in, things get out of control. Jin wanders by the restaurant, and Mugen thinks he's a henchman, so they fight too. Jin and Mugen are captured and about to be beheaded for interfering with official business. Jin and Mugen fight back and escape with the help of Fuu. Indebted to Fuu, the two are now her body guards, searching for the samurai who smells of sunflowers.

The Shogunate is at it again, and they don't really like the sunflower samurai. Both Samurai Champloo and Katanagatari take place in the Edo Period. So we imagine if you like sword fighting, and break-dance fighting, this is for you! Samurai Champloo is a mixture of old and new styles. Like Shichika, Mugen has a crush on the woman he's protecting. They're both willing to give up just about anything for the one they love (though Mugen rarely shows it emotionally). If you find yourself looking for some good entertainment like Katanagatari, give this a shot!

Samurai Champloo – Trailer


3. Romeo X Juliet

  • Episodes: 24
  • Aired: Apr, 2007 – Sep, 2007

We wonder what Shakespeare would think about all of the versions of his stories there are. This ‘Romeo and Juliet’ is far from the typical versions! When the Capulet's kingdom is seized by the Montague family, they slaughter every Capulet but one. Juliet is the heir and only surviving member of the Capulet family. She is raised in seclusion, and dressed as a boy, to avoid drawing attention to herself. Juliet is also a hero named “The Red Whirlwind”, a hero for the people. When word starts spreading of this hero, the Montague kingdom starts a manhunt for him. Little do they know that the heir to the Montague family, Romeo, is madly in love with her, and vice versa.

Romeo X Juliet may be the most different title on the list in terms of setting and historical context. When it comes to tragic love stories, however, Katanagatari is no stranger. Togame ends up dead at the end of Katanagatari. It may go without saying, but Romeo and Juliet also die at the end. As many say, however, it isn't the destination, but the journey that makes the story. We must say, this is the most creative adaptation of Shakespeare's play we've ever seen. If you like Katanagatari and tragic romance stories with a heavy dose of swordplay, check out Romeo X Juliet.

Romeo X Juliet – Trailer


Any Anime Like Katanagatari ?

4. Hakuouki: Demon of the Fleeting Blossom (Hakuouki)

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: Apr, 2010 – Jun, 2010

Hakuouki's story follows a group in the show (and actual history) known as the Shinsengumi. After a rogue samurai nearly kills Chizuru Yukimura, she's saved by the Shinsengumi. As it turns out, both her and her saviors have the same objective, to find her father, who studies western medicine. For her own safety, they let Chizuru stay with them, as long as she continues to dress as a boy. It becomes clear later that there is a chemical substance being distributed, and Chizuru's father may somehow be involved.

There sure are a bunch of stories in the Edo Period! We guess history and swordplay is preferred with Edo Period surroundings. Togame needs a bodyguard and hires Shichika, in contrast Chizuru is guarded by the Shinsengumi. Both women protagonists have powerful protectors in feudal Japan. It must be a running theme that you have to have bodyguards in that era. Though it doesn't offer much in terms of romance, we think the other similarities may be a good reason to watch it!


5. Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: Oct, 2016 – Dec, 2016

History is an important thing to preserve, humans have a tendency to forget the past. It may be because evil forces are messing with history! Good thing we have Saniwa, who turns historical Japanese swords into humans who now fight to preserve the past. These sword-humans usually hang around their house, until there is an actual threat, and get into all sorts of comedic situations. While the story takes place in 2205, the swords who protect the past are mostly all from feudal Japan. Never fear, time is protected, by hilarious warriors!

Shichika is considered a sword in Katanagatari, and there are even more living swords in Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru. Both anime also have similar fighting styles. When not much is happening, Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru, has a bit of the slice of life genre. Katanagatari also has a bit of the slice of life genre when they aren't fighting. Though slice of life isn't really part of either of their genres, it's nice the creators take the time to develop the characters the way they do. Both anime also have a surprising amount of comedy and have a lighthearted nature. If you liked Katanagatari, you'll want to give this a watch!

Touken Ranbu: Hanamaru - Trailer


6. The Asterisk War: The Academy City on the Water (Gakusen Toshi Asterisk)

  • Episodes: 12
  • Aired: Oct, 2015 – Dec, 2015

After the Invertia incident, it's up to the world to rebuild the power structure. With the Integrated Enterprise Foundation around, there is a new biological breed of human being. With these super-powered humans running around, elite schools now compete in battles for entertainment. Seidoukan Academy is one of those schools. Some schools play dirty, however, and try to take out competitors before they enter the tournament. Luckily, Ayato Amagiri saves Julis-Alexia von Riessfeld from just such an attack. After saving Julis, Ayato promises her that he will protect her no matter what.

Just like Shichika, Ayato is an overpowered bodyguard, who openly shares his affections with the girl he’s sworn to protect. Togame and Julis are no pushovers either, and they both fight alongside their protectors. Togame and Julis both share one thing in particular, though, they're both princesses. If you find yourselves wanting more bodyguard badassery like Katanagatari, The Asterisk War: The Academy City on the Water, is for you!

The Asterisk War: The Academy City on the Water - Trailer


Final Thoughts

You've got to love all of the swordplay on this list! We do want to give a shout-out to Rurouni Kenshin, however, even though it’s a great suggestion, there are plenty of newer anime that deserve attention as well. Kenshin is another one of those anime set in the end Edo Period and runs on into the Meiji era. Feudal Japan sure has a ton of stories, and like all stories with historic context, they should be remembered. Just remember that not everything from the list is completely factual, but is quite entertaining! Did you enjoy our swashbuckling list, or perhaps you've got a comment for us? We would love to hear from you below!

Samuel Mackey

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Author: Samuel Mackey

I was born in Colorado Springs. I found myself around friends who liked to play video games and watch anime. The first anime I saw was 'The Slayers' original TV series on VHS. I will be going for a bachelor's degree in 'Health Information Management' starting August 1, 2017. Recently, I moved to Washington State and I am in a town that has less than 2000 people.

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