Katanagatari Novel Vol. 04 (Hardcover). Basis of the hit anime, KATANAGATARI (Sword Tale) is Musashi for the new generation!
Swordless “swordsman” Shichika and self-described “schemer” Togame are on a quest to obtain twelve peculiar masterpiece blades. Unveiling the truth about the legendary katanas and their creator as part of a gorgeous tapestry of fates that vie to upend history itself, this hardcover edition, featuring a gatefold color insert, beautiful interior art, and copious bilingual footnotes, is the last of a quartet collecting a best-selling series from the former homeland of samurais and ninjas.
There are few authors in Japan who have reached the heights of success as NisiOisin. Born in 1981, Nisio dropped out of Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, to pursue a career in story-telling. Initially he had ambitions to be a comic artist, but when he realized his art was not up to snuff, he began to focus on his writing, eventually winning the 23rd Mephisto Prize, for Decapitation (Vertical) recognizing his talents as a mystery writer, at the age of 20.
Since his debut in 2002 Nisio has penned more than 50 novels and a number of comics. And he has quickly become one of Japan’s top selling author’s in recent memory with more than 5 million units sold since 2009. In 2014, as in 2012, he was the top selling author in Japan (outselling Haruki Murakami by more than half a million units).
Nishio’s works often cover themes of youth, but are framed in genres that are familiar to the masses. His works tend to mix mystery with comedy and touches or romance and/or the supernatural. He is a modern author in every sense, sometimes even experimenting with the Japanese language itself. Many of his works have been adapted into animated television series and films. His best known works are the Monogatari series and Katanagatari.
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“All in all I have to say everyone ought to give Katanagatari a try. It’s a lovely book to have in your collection… Even folks who may not be that into anime and whatnot can find this a fun read, I wager, so long as they’re up for a rollicking adventure in Japan.” — English Light Novels
Major Anime Tie-in: KATANAGATARI’s anime/DVD was distributed by NIS America. The anime series was also on Netflix.
Proven Seller: NISIOISIN is best known for the Monogatari series which has sold millions of copies over 18 entries in Japan. We want to continue bringing Monogatari series as well as his other NISIOISIN works such as Katanagatari, which fans have been asking for years to publish.
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