Anime Underground 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. 

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Yura Ensnares And Slices Opponents With Her Steel Hair In 'Inuyasha'


Yura Ensnares And Slices Oppon... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The 16 Coolest Unconventional Anime Weapons
Photo: Inuyasha/Sunrise

Though thin steel cables capable of slicing through flesh exist as weapons across anime (Hellsing's Walter, the ninja of Naruto), their appearance is unconventional in the sense that it's practically impossible in real life. As such, it makes sense to recognize one of the first prominent users of deadly wires, the demon Yura.

Made from the heads of her enemies, Yura's hairs performed more than the standard slice-and-dice usage of the weapon. Her hairs regenerated limbs, let her track her enemies, and even ignited for a fire attack. Not only did Yura do deadly threads first, she did it baddest.

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Ryuko Matoi is listed (or ranked) 2 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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Haruko Haruhara is listed (or ranked) 3 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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Light Yagami is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The 16 Coolest Unconventional Anime Weapons
Photo:  Death Note/Madhouse

Scenes in Death Note portray the way Light Yagami kills people as dramatically as any ninja or mech battle, even though all he does is write his victims' names in a notebook (the Death Note). Anyone whose name gets written in the Death Note dies according to the writer's instructions.

If the writer fails to specify a method, the victim dies of a heart attack, but the Death Note can produce illness, accidents, force people to commit suicide, and more. To successfully kill the chosen person, the writer also must know their face and their name. This helps avoid wiping out everyone on earth named John Smith. Journaling never felt quite so thrilling.

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