Top 10: Cool Swords in Anime

Welcome to our monthly Top 10 anime list.
This month I am going to be looking at some cool and unique swords in anime.  This list isn’t in any particular order I’ve just numbered it for simplicity.

10. Kurikara

A powerful demon slaying sword, Kurikara is said to have had a demon fused inside of it. The sword was originally forged to fend off evil spirits, but later it ended up in the hands of Rin Okumura, the son of Satan. The sword is important to Rin as it holds back his innate demonic power.

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(Blue Exorcist)

9. Scissor Blade

One-half of a pair of giant scissors, know as the rending scissors, the red scissor blade is Ryūko Matoi’s weapon of choice when she’s fighting to avenge her father (the scissor’s creator). The second half of the blade wound up in the hands of Nui Harime, Ryūko’s father’s murderer. The scissor blade is almost the only way possible to cut through the life fibres utilized in the Goku uniforms.

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(Kill la Kill)

8. Samehada

Shamehada, the shark skin blade, is a very large blade composed of razor-sharp scales. Shamehada is capable of eating the chakra of any who oppose it, not only that but the sword itself is sentient, capable of contorting its body to reach an opponent even if they were to dodge. While normally being wrapped in a cloth lining, Samaehada is eventually unwound to reveal its true power as the strongest of the seven swords of the mist.

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(Naruto Shippuden)

7. Yoru

Regarded as one of the strongest swords in the world of One Piece, Yoru stretches over 7 feet in length and the blade is entirely black. In the hands of Dracule Mihawk the sword has the capability of slicing Don Krieg’s flagship in half with just one slash. Mihawk is also capable of deflecting bullets with just the slightest movement.

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(One Piece)

6. Archenemy

A traditional looking nodachi, Archenemy, AKA “The Sword of Resentment” is a weapon so fearsome that it is believed that just unsheathing it could cause uncontrollable destruction of a devastating proportion and thus the holder must vow never to break the seal. Kagura Mikazuchi, the sword’s wielder, is able to use Archenemy to defeat her opponents without even unsheathing it. However, she broke her vow during her fight against Erza in the Grand Wizard Games.

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(Fairy Tail)

5. Dragon Handle

The dragon handle appears to only by the remnants of a once full sword. While in most cases completely useless as a sword, in the hands of Meliodas the sword becomes a formidable weapon capable of deflecting any attack that comes Meliodas’ way. It is later revealed that the sword is not a sword, but in fact, a piece of the coffin of darkness.

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(The Seven Deadly Sins)

4. Claymore

The Claymore it the standardized weapon for all Claymores (an organization of yoma hunters) and has a unique symbol engraved in it that pairs it to its wielder. The sword itself is a quite large, double-edged blade that never seems to ware or dull. Each sword also has a color assigned to its handle, this color describes how the user wields the blade. Red is possessed by offensive users, whereas green is reserved for the more defensive users. However, any claymore ranked 10 and above has a blue handle.

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(Claymore)

3. Murasame

Known as the “One Cut Killer”, Murasame is a cursed blade that will kill anyone from even the slightest cut. This is because once the blade cuts the skin, the victim is inflicted with a curse of poison, stopping their heat in a matter of seconds. However, in the hands of Akame, the sword curse in little more than a bonus.

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(Akame Ga Kill!)

2. Crow Claw

While not technically being a sword, the crow claw is the manifestation of Senji Kyyomasa’s branch of sin. Being comprised entirely of his blood, Senji is able to pull the claw out from any part of his body and shape it into any size. Senji has spent years mastering his claw and is now capable of slicing through solid steel.

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(Deadman Wonderland)

1. Elucidator

The Elucidator is a jet black sword that belongs to the protagonist of Sword Art Online. Along with the “Dark Repulser”, Kirito dual wields the two blades in order to create a devastating combo of quick, hard to counter, barrage of attacks. Kirito received the sword as a reward item for defeating the boss of floor 50, however, he initially did not have enough strength to wield it.

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(Sword Art Online)

Thank you for reading my list, I hope you enjoyed it. If you have an idea of something you feel should have been on the list then leave a comment and let me know.

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Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga Review

Untitled.jpgBlue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga is the second season of the Blue Exorcist series, read our review for the first season here. This season started airing six years after the first; beginning just several days into January and finishing in late March. The story follows Rin and the other students of the True Cross Academy as they enter the next chapter of their life. It has just been revealed that Rin is, in fact, the son of Satan causing all of his friends to reconsider their trust in him. However, they will have to learn to deal with this new fact quickly as it is not long until they are sent off to Kyoto to guards a cursed artefact; the right eye of the Impure King, after the left eye was successfully stolen from the academy’s Deep Keep.

My Review: On the surface, this show looked really cool. It had a great returning cast of many characters, many of whom play a more active role this time around. The issue with it for me was the plot, personally, I found it to be very dry and uninspired. There were many moments where I could tell it was trying to create a lot of emotional tension, but it just didn’t really go anywhere. That being said, the last few episode were actually really great with some brilliant fight scenes. To be honest, I don’t really remember a whole lot of what happened in the previous season so its hard to really say how well this compares, but I do feel like it just lacks the kind of character of the first season had. One thing I have to note is that it has a top-notch opening with some spectacular visuals. All in all, I thought the season was a little disappointing but definitely not the worst.

I rate this anime 5.5/10.

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The Armoury: Kurikara

Kurikara is a powerful demon sword used throughout Blue Exorcist, primarily by Rin. Originally the sword was forged in order to protect Kyoto from rampant spirits. Many years later after being used to vanquish the Impure King, the sword had Rin Okumura’s (the son of Satan) daemon heart infused into it, sealing away his powers until the sword was unsheathed.

Blue Exorcist NEW Season Revealed

As of today, the official Blue Exorcist website has released some information regarding the next installment of the series. We have been given some spectacular new art of the characters along with the names of the new characters and cast members. We also get a sneak preview of what we can expect for the Kyoto Impure King Arc with this new trailer. We can probably expect this new season to drop sometime during  very early 2017.