wakizashi sword

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“Those prancing little pants-wetters come here to learn the colorful and gentlemanly art of fencing, with its many sporting limitations and its proscriptions against dishonorable engagements. You on the other hand, you are going to learn how to kill men with a sword.”

Scott Lynch, The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastard, #1)

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Might be rebuilding/refurbishing an old beater sword of mine and making a Wonder Woman sword. With the shortened blade and longer hilt it will have proportions similar to the Godkiller sword from the movie. Functionally it would be something like a euro version of a wakizashi–a short sword with a hilt that can accommodate a two-handed grip. I’m not quite sure what the point of balance will be, but I’m excited to experiment with it.

I’ll probably modernize the construction a bit and once the pommel is put in place I might weld it rather than peening or using a hex nut.

Stay tuned!

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Appreciation Post: “Touken Ranbu ~Hanamaru~”

I was just re-watching “Touken Ranbu ~Hanamaru~” and am writing this post because I feel like I didn’t fully appreciate it as it was airing? xD

Not gonna lie, one of the reasons why I’m re-watching it is because my heart is currently broken from “Katsugeki/Touken Ranbu”, and I just wanted silly citadel shenanigans to soothe the pain while waiting anxiously for the next episode. LOL!

As a brief introduction, “Touken Ranbu ~Hanamaru~” is the first anime adaptation of the online browser game “Touken Ranbu” which tells of the daily lives of the sword boys in the citadel. Just some points of clarification:

  • It is NOT the prequel to “Katsugeki/Touken Ranbu”; both anime are produced by entirely different companies and are completely separate entities. “Touken Ranbu ~Hanamaru~” is produced by Doga Kobo, Inc. while “Katsugeki/Touken Ranbu” is produced by Ufotable. Therefore, you don’t have to watch one to understand the other.
  • Unlike “Katsugeki/Touken Ranbu”, which is an anime of the historical/fantasy genre, “Touken Ranbu ~Hanamaru~” is a slice of life anime, and as its genre suggests, its story and plot focuses on the lives of the sword boys as they go about their daily routine in the citadel.

So why the sudden inspiration to post about “Touken Ranbu ~Hanamaru~” (henceforth known as “Hanamaru”)? “Hanamaru” was actually my introduction to the world of Touken Ranbu, so when I first watched it, I didn’t have a very good grasp on the source material that it was adapted from and I wasn’t very familiar with the world it was trying to introduce to us. 

Now, I’m still a newbie to Touken Ranbu in general, but I am more familiar with Touken Ranbu (for one, I am now a game saniwa with my own citadel xD), and upon re-watching it with what I know now, it feels like I’m watching it with completely new eyes.

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After all, I believe Horikawa deserves love

OK. School, didn’t think about, but the girls around me have been talking many terrible things about him, and now I couldn’t stop myself writing this.

OH GOD, Horikawa IS an angle, but NOT a fluffy cute one

Believe me, if anyone of you guys feeling bad about history of any sword boys, spend some time to search about Horikawa’s past.

He was chosen by Hijikata, despite the fact that he might be a fake Kunihiro, he stayed by Hijikata’s side since he was still a farmer, seeing everything happened in Shinsengumi and become the one who always support Hijikata’s sword, Izumi no kami Kanesada. And then, he couldn’t protect his master in his last moment, although he saw it all, saw the moment Hijikata fell, Horikawa fell in defending him, even though he was chosen, even though Hijikata kept him when swords started to be useless in wars. And for a sword, what is even worse than that?

Hijikata might be famous for Kanesada, but Horikawa is the one who stayed beside him more than anyone else.

And then, what happened? He is thrown by the enemies in World War, deep in the ocean. For another time, Horikawa must think he fell. He is supposed to support Kanesada, but he can’t. He couldn’t be beside the last one he is close to.

Compare their ages, sometimes I think Horikawa sees Kanesada as a kid that he needs to protect no matter what happens, and that is the reason why he ends up become the Horikawa we know.

He has to protect Izumi no kami Kanesada.

Horikawa keeps everything inside, using a smile to lock his past. He tries to control his feeling, try not to be angry, try not to be sad, try to throw away what he think. He is a wakizashi, the sword that plays the supporting role, that’s why his feelings are not as improtant as Kanesada’s.


Originally posted by labyrinthlovesong

Horikawa wouldn’t do anything if he didn’t think Kanesada needed that.

His important person is Hijikata, and his other improtant person is Izumi no kami.

Izumi no kami hasn’t gotten over Hijikata’s death. He cried. That’s what Horikawa saw.

And know what? I have known this would happen if they meet Hijikata. Horikawa is not the kind of person who would care about the world, he will defend Kanesada, no matter what happens.

And what is the problem if he can save his most two important people? Bad side doesn’t mean anything now. Horikawa has been playing dirty all the time.

It’s not hard to understand what is in Horikawa’s head. The fact is I pretty agree with what he did. After the first episode, Kanesada is not even show any hints of understanding towards him, even though he is so understanding toward Mutsu. I don’t even ship KaneHori, but come on, Horikawa has been staying by your side, and now you doesn’t even try to be by his side. What the heck is going on Izumi no kami?

Protect the history?

You should understand that for a newbie, especially Horikawa, history is not as improtant as the tears you shed.

It doesn’t even matter anymore. Katsugeki Staff understands things. And I have my own Citadel, where Horikawa has someone who will try to understand him no matter what he says, does, and how many times he fell. That’s enough for me.

Horikawa deserve a happy life in his human form.

Horikawa is allowed to have mistakes, to cry, and to smile.

That’s what matter.

Originally posted by felicider