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The 16 Coolest Unconventional Anime Weapons  

Anna Lindwasser
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Anime's epic battle scenes, from mecha melees to shinigami standoffs, feel even more exhilarating when they feature unconventional weapons. Sword fights and gun fights make for fantastic set pieces, but sometimes watching the same weaponry over and over again gets stale. If you feel burned out on the traditional katanas and magic pistols, you may want to check out some of the more unusual anime weapons.

If you want to watch a pink-haired woman beat up a child with a guitar, watch FLCL. If a camera capable of making people explode sounds appealing, look up Speed Grapher. The strangest anime weapons do more than just make anime battles exciting, they add a level of originality to the warriors you see on screen. 

Ryuko Matoi is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The 16 Coolest Unconventional Anime Weapons
Photo:  Kill La Kill/Studio Trigger

Why fight with a sword when you could fight with half a pair of giant scissors? That's what Ryuko Matoi does, and she kicks butt with it. Designed by her father Isshin Matoi, the blades are meant to cut Life Fibers, a sentient alien parasite that weaves into clothing.

Ryuko's blades can sever the fibers because they themselves are made of Life Fibers. Ryuko only has one half of the original scissors, because the other half was taken by her father's killer, Nui. In a way, this kind of makes them cooler.

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Retsu Unohana's Zanpakuto Turns Into A Giant Flying Manta Ray (And Then Into A Bloody Destroyer) In 'Bleach'
Retsu Unohana's Zanpakuto ... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The 16 Coolest Unconventional Anime Weapons
Photo: Bleach/Studio Pierrot

The Zanpakutōs of Bleach all come in a variety of shapes and functions, but Captain Retsu Unohana's Shikai form stands among the strangest (if one of the most useful). Rather than turn into a modified blade or weapon, her blade, Minazuki, turns into a giant green manta ray-like creature.

Not only does it provide a form of transportation, Minazuki can also store the wounded in its stomach, which contains pools of healing ointments and salves. Yet in Bankai form, Minazuki transforms back into a standard katana which literally produces bloodspatter from its blade. It is sturdy enough for battle and is capable of causing anyone within its vicinity to start to decay. Few weapons in anime possess such bizarre and wide range of effects as Minazuki.

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Whole Galaxies Become Projectile Weapons In 'Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann'
Whole Galaxies Become Projecti... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The 16 Coolest Unconventional Anime Weapons
Photo:  Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann/Gainax

Galaxies are not something one would typically imagine being used as a weapon, but that's exactly how they work in Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann. The epic battle between Team Dai-Gurren and the Anti-Spirals takes place in outer space and involves gargantuan battleships like the Super Galaxy Gurren Lagann and the Ashtanga.

Instead of using ordinary weapons to fight each other, they use entire galaxies as projectile weapons.

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Haruko Haruhara is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The 16 Coolest Unconventional Anime Weapons
Photo:  FLCL/Gainax

As a weapon, Haruko Haruhara's Rickenbacker 4001 has one obvious use: to beat people over the head. This happens to Naota more than once. However, the guitar is more than simply a physical weapon, and goes far beyond sound or music.

The Rickenbacker 4001 opens up N.O. channels, which summon anyone and anything from light years away. Naota's head acts as one such channel, which leads to further guitar-based abuse for the poor kid.

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