team fortress 2

since I’m studying Japanese I decided I wanted to learn what the “Half Zatoichi”, a weapon from Team Fortress 2, was referencing.

my first guess was that it was a transliteration of “The Twitch” (Za Toichi) which makes sense because of it’s in-a-pinch playstyle and it’s glass cannon system of risk and reward.

but then I found out that Zatoichi is actually the name of a fictional blind  blademaster in one of Japan’s longest running series (both film and television). 

the “Half” part comes from the fact that the Demoman, the class that this weapon was originally given to, is blind in one eye.

thus, Half Zatoichi.