Weapons – A Reflection of One’s Own Personality
In anime and games, we had seen countless badass characters wielding swords and blades like a professional. One may be using a sword, another may be using a staff, but what if one suddenly try to wield another new weapon he is untrained in? He would probably feels awkward in using it.
That is where personal preferences, styles and even one’s own personalities come into play. Not counting guns, have you ever thought that each separate weapon is like a reflection of one’s own self? Some weapons look like they are specifically crafted just for some particular user while some may find the same weapon a complete junk. I made a few analysis regarding a few weapons and please note that I made these deductions from fictional world like anime or games. I hope the day where I had to see a sword or a gun in real life won’t come…
“With this one sword I can protect the people in this community, especially the one I care for.”
~Kenshin from Rurouni Kenshin
Swords are mostly the more heroic weapons one can posses, and probably, not everyone can wield them. They are heroic weapons and obviously, only the hero of the heroes are qualify to use them. Sword users are usually leaders of their own groups, and are responsible for leading their groups to victory. They are also required to be calm and decisive at all times. For example, you can’t expect Yuno (Mirai Nikki) to wield swords calmly like a proper samurai, swinging around an axe wildly and randomly suits that girl more.
Swordsmen also have various morals they need to upheld. Each swordsmen or the dojo they are following, mostly have their own rules and morals which were passed down traditionally. Most swordsmen take these morals seriously and once they violated their own morals, they had to proceed with their sepukku. Interestingly enough, these rules seem like they are still ongoing now. I remember hearing about present world Yakuza having to cut his own pinky finger if they violated some of their rules, it’s not the same punishment as medieval sepukku but the system is somewhat close.
A popular archetype in anime and games dealing with swordsmen developed one controversial theory. Swords are not meant for killing, they are used for protecting. Himura Kenshin from Rurouni Kenshin is the prime example where this statement is the epitome of his character itself. He uses his swords to protect all those he care, and instead of killing his opponents, he “knocked them out” using a reverse blade.
“You’re already dead.”
~Kenshiro from Fist of the North Star
If you’re going against opponents using swords and blades unarmed, you are either super confident you can win without weapons, or you must be incredibly stupid. In this case, Kenshiro from Fist of the North Star is definitely the former, the man can blast human beings from inside, bested weaponaries and even destroy tanks. He’s definitely a force to be reckon with, and just his presence alone equals to the strength of one whole army. Now that when I think about it, all the masters from Strongest Disciple Kenichi looks like Kenshiro wannabees.
Speaking of Strongest Disciple Kenichi, I do think the main character, Kenichi, maybe a bit foolish in facing his opponents without any weapons. He has a beautiful weapon master at his dojo and I’m sure he could easily learn a few tricks from her. He’s definitely not as strong or as badass as Kenshiro from the Fist of the North Star so this skill would definitely help him. Because he didn’t train in the art of weaponary, 300-400 chapters of the manga had passed and he is still scared of swords. Well, he can dodge/parry them at least.
Overall, fists practitioners can be quite hot-headed, sometimes, even going all out at the very beginning. They don’t have the patience to stall and wait, and would rather rush in.
“Like a whirlpool, shall the spirit of fire turn!…In the wake of my demise, may you still continue!”
~Sanada Yukimura from Sengoku Basara
The mindset of spear users (or any other polearm users) are pretty similar to sword users, aside from the fact that spear users may be a bit less strict on rules and morality. They would still upheld them, but probably not as strict as swordsmen do. But overall, their undying faith, loyalty and trust are what makes their spears the greatest weapons. Another trait for most spearmen is that they can be quite stubborn.
In a sense, spear-users are like guardmen, and their choice of long-length weapons may serve as a purpose of preventing enemies from engaging into close contact to their lord, thus, explains their loyalty. Kan’u Unchou (from Ikkitousen) is a great example. She is loyal to Ryuubi, and using her spear, she defeats any opponent that may come to harm her. While I’m on that subject, the yurism between them may be a bit subtle but kinda lovely.. hmm okay, I may had gone a bit off subject.
“Watch it, or I’ll take your soul!”
~Maka Albarn from Soul Eater
Scythe, is a weapon less usable in real life, but more usable in anime/games. In fact, it looks very badass in the fiction world. This weapon is normally a sign of doomsday, it is the presence of extreme evil and mayhem, and is usually used by some bad guys, some death gods, some evil overlords… you get the drill.
On another note, I used scythes for cutting vegetables. Mom even had her seal of approval when she sees me cooking. Badass.. aren’t I?
“I can kill anything that’s alive, even if it happens to be God.”
~Ryougi Shiki from Kara no Kyoukai
Knives or daggers or other short weapons, are used by crafty and witty people. When wielding one, it takes skill to quickly dodge oncoming attacks, and the ability to predict the next attack and to counter at the perfect timing. A knife, also have a lot of other alternative ways to kill, for example, by infusing poison into the blade, one can slowly corrode and kill a person at the most unexpected moment. The fact that knives can be used both as short range or as throwing projectiles prove it’s flexibility as well, and is also why it is so useful for assassination.
or perhaps I had been playing too many Assassin Creed. Because of it’s wide array of usage, one needs skill and wits, and is perhaps users of these weapons are so crafty and creative.
In my opinion, quite a few knives users are calculated and cunning too, and always think of the best way to complete a job splendidly, while using the least minimum effort. They are the ones who, unlike the honorable swordsmen who take on everything fairly and legally, knives practitioners use any ways they can think of to win, even if their victory might appear a bit dirty.
So what weapon are you? I’m “fist” mostly, always going all out despite not knowing if there are any consequences. I do all the things I need to do with speed, and sometimes, I may even value quantity over quality.