Back in 2003 when I was fairly new to anime, I was all about swords. The shows that introduced me to the medium usually involved samurai and lots of fighting, so I considered the blade to be the ultimate weapon. I had always wanted to own a samurai sword back then, but my two younger brothers were cause for my mother to disallow it. I own a (rusty-ass) samurai sword now, and while I’m a bigger fan of guns these days, I still have a great love for the good-ol’ badass blades. I also just figured out how to break my posts into multiple pages and wanted to do a cracked.com-style post with it, so here goes my top 10 Badass Anime Swords!
Himura Kenshin (of Rurouni Kenshin fame) and Sakata Gintoki (of Gintama fame) have totally different personalities in spite of being fairly similar characters. The comparison starts with their respective shows being set in different versions of the same time period; Kenshin is set (depending on which part of the story you are looking at) at the end of the Edo period and ten years into the Meiji period where swords have been outlawed and samurai are done for. Gintama is set in an alternate version of the end of the Edo period wherein Earth is invaded and taken over by aliens who pretty much establish a high-tech Meiji era with the same anti-sword laws and death of the samurai. The leads in these two series reflect the different-but-not-really settings.
The fourteenth post in “100 Characters For 100 Otaku.”
Can you believe it’s been two whole weeks since “100 Characters For 100 Otaku” began? Neither can I! But it’s still a’runnin and heading on towards the finale! We’ve still got a good week more before that, though, so keep on stickin’ around! Today we have numbers 35 down through 31 to play with, so let’s get into it!