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The 20 Coolest Unconventional Anime Weapons

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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. 

  • When Orihime Inoue was a little girl, her older brother gave her a powerful weapon: a set of six-petaled flower-shaped hair clips. These clips harbor her spirit energy, known as Shun Shun Rikka. Shun Shun Rikka is composed of six spirits, each of which take up two petals on the clips.

    Combining the energies of the six spirits in a variety of ways allows Orihime to undo or deny events. She largely uses them for defense and healing, but she can also literally tear matter apart. She may be shy, but Orihime packs a serious and strange power in Shun Shun Rikka.

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  • Most decent people wouldn't use their friends, particularly as weapons, but Zoro is a bit of an outlier. In a particularly ridiculous segment of a battle against a guy who turns into a giraffe, Zoro uses Usopp (then Sogeking) as a bludgeon. Naturally, Usopp dislikes this arrangement, and he threatens to sue Zoro for bodily harm.

    He sort of has every right to be unhappy, as this technique is called "Makie: Hana Arashi Sanjūroku Pondo Hō" or "Bait: Nose Storm 36 Pound Cannon." Basically, Zoro isn't even using Usopp to do damage: he's using him as bait.

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    Tatsumi Saiga Explodes Objects With His Camera In 'Speed Grapher'

    Tatsumi Saiga, a photojournalist with a history as a war correspondent, prefers a camera as his weapon of choice. But Saiga fights more than political battles using the power of journalism: he actually kills people with the camera itself.

    When he photographs someone, they straight-up explode. A mysterious "goddess" blesses him with this power after picking up on his inner sadism—as a war correspondent, Saiga relished watching people die. 

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  • 12

    Asami Onohara Used A Cat As A Gun In 'My Wife Is A High School Girl'

    Photo: My Wife Is A High School Girl / Madhouse

    My Wife is a High School Girl already happens to be a weird enough anime, and lead character Asami makes it weirder in her choice of weaponry. If you need to confuse someone into forgetting that you revealed you married your teacher, distract them by using your cat as a machine gun.

    Okay, maybe not since it's not likely that's going to work, but it sure is inventive if nothing else. At least the cat doesn't seem to mind.

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