anibee's Guide to Nifty Japanese Words 101! (Vol. 30)
Know your weapons!
Weapons - we all love them, and we all love seeing our favourite anime characters use them. From ninjas to samurai, weapons have become just as important in pop culture as the characters of pop culture themselves.
So it makes sense that to be as authentic as possible, it'd be good to know how to write and read the names of these legendary weapons properly - as well as point out some popular wielders of these instruments of destruction!
What it is - a classic looking slim, slender, curved blade sword, the katana's the ever-trusty weapon of choice for many warriors of times' passed.
Some notable users - Date Masamune (Sengoku Basara), Himura Kenshin (Rurouni Kenshin)
What it is - Essentially a "chain sickle", a kusarigama comprises of a kama (sickle) attached to a chain, with a counter-balancing weight at the end.
Some notable users - Tenten (Naruto)
What it is - a long pole arm with a blade at the end, this weapon most probably took some cues from the Chinese Guan Dao. Also appears in a double-bladed variation in fiction.
Some notable users - Sanada Yukimura (Sengoku Basara), the Gelgoog (Mobile Suit Gundam)
What it is - Throwing stars. You should know what these are if you've ever seen a ninja movie.
Some notable users - Origami Cyclone (Tiger & Bunny), Ninja. Lots and lots and lots and lots of ninja.
What it is - The swinging chained weapon made ever-popular by martial artist Bruce Lee, and is quite possibly one of the most endearing weapons in pop culture till this day.
Some notable users - Bruce Lee (duh), Michelangelo (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles).