A realistic anime sword…

If you’re a regular at this blog, you’ve probably all heard me poke fun at various anime swords at one point or another, usually due to unrealistic sizes, or features, or functionality, etc., regardless of their cool factor. However today, I thought I’d review an anime based sword that has a decidedly down to earth bent to it’s design:

Urahara Kisuke Zanpakuto
Urahara Kisuke Zanpakuto
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Now this sword is from the Anime Bleach, and is a Zanpakuto, or “soul slaying” sword. The Zanpakuto swords of bleach are unique because each sword actually possesses a sentient spirit. An interesting twist to be sure, but not what we are here to talk about today.

I posted this sword because, for once, it is actually a sword I might have blogged about even if it wasn’t an anime reproduction. The reason for this is two fold. First off, while this sword looks Japanese on the surface, it actually incorporates some design features that are not seen in traditional Japanese sword designs.

First off, and one of my favorite features, is the cool black blade, with the black coat on the edge ground out to where the hamon should be. This is interesting because although the blade of this sword has a mild curve that might indicate a differential temper, I was unable to detect an actual hamon. I’d be willing to bet there was none. Also, you will notice that the edge is ground straight across to the end of the straight section of the blade, but not up to the tip of the sword, which is atypical of Japanese design.

Another interesting feature not present in Japanese swords is the presence of a ricasso, or unsharpened section of the blade, just above the hilt. The edges of the ricasso is actually sheathed in a metal shell, and runs straight into the grip without the benefit of a guard, which is also very atypical of japanese design.

The grip is equally anomalous, in the sense that while it employs the traditional Japanese rayskin wrapped wood handle, pinned to a full tang blade, it is covered by a leather wrap, instead of the traditional Japanese cord wrap. The pommel is also not of a traditional Japanese design, having a ridged cap and a tassel, instead of an oval cap with a flat bottom, which in fact, makes it look more Chinese in aesthetic than Japanese.

Overall, an interesting hybrid sword design I thought was worth a post… 🙂

Urahara Kisuke Zanpakuto – [True Swords]

9 Responses to “A realistic anime sword…”

  1. 1 ladyofspiders
    January 8, 2008 at 9:27 pm

    I love Zanpakuto’s and that is a pretty sweet one

  2. January 9, 2008 at 12:02 am

    I like it….and a great review also. It’s nice to read someone who knows what he’s talking about.

  3. January 9, 2008 at 2:23 am

    Yeah, actually I like most anime swords, regardless of their unusual traits, or, actually because of their unusual traits. Perhaps because in Japanese anime, the swords are as much part of the story as the characters. But this is one of the few Zanpakutos in the Bleach series that isn’t either completely normal looking or completely absurd in one way or another.

    Thanks mang!

  4. April 15, 2008 at 4:42 pm


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  5. 5 Niccolo
    April 27, 2008 at 8:58 pm

    WTF? I’m gonna assume that that was typed in an alcohol-induced frenzy of head-to-keyboard whacking.

    Anyway… yeah, that is a pretty sweet blade. While not a totally faithful reproduction (The original hilt actually had a bend in it towards the end, quite a sharp one too) it’s still one of the better ones that I’ve seen. Plus, it looks like it’d be fun to fight with, which is a definite bonus.

  6. 6 MoZZA
    August 25, 2008 at 12:33 pm

    the zanpakuto from bleach change this is his second form the one you mentioned is the third form, benhihme (i think), the first form is a sword cane, always good!
    … ok i admit im an anime fan
    *breaks down in tears* im ashamed!

    nah dont care really XD but yeah i was gonna make a replica of this one good ol’ mr hattanclogs (nickname of urahara in bleach)

  7. 7 MoZZA
    August 25, 2008 at 12:35 pm

    oh and it also had a flashy knot on the guard…

  8. August 26, 2008 at 11:57 pm

    LOL Hey, I’m an anime fan as well… Perhaps not a lunatic Otaku fringe kinda fan, but I do like me some anime…

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