Hello everyone and welcome back to “Talk It Out”. This is the thread, where I, the rugged and handsome Mr. PartyBusDriver, throw out a topic of discussion. We will either get enlightened conversation or entertaining arguing. Either one is fine with me. Today’s topic is weapons in fiction.

The British have a saying, “Manners maketh the man”. But in a lot of our favorite stories, sometimes it’s the weapon that maketh the man, or woman. So many characters are defined by their gear as much as by their own personality. Cloud with his Fullbuster for instance. That is an iconic weapon which at first glance, tells you who you are looking it. It’s as much of the character’s identity with the player as his backstory. So with that said, I offer three examples of some of my favorite weapons.

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The Keyblade - Kingdom Hearts.

When Kingdom Hearts was first released in 2002, no one was sure what to make of it. At first glance a 3D action/RPG with Disney characters and Final Fantasy characters working together seemed like an odd combination, like someone’s fanfic professionally produced. What we got was what became a classic of the PS2 and became one of the most widespread modern franchise, with titles spread across pretty much every platform since the PS2 including handheld and mobile. And when you think Kingdom Hearts, you think the Keyblade. It’s like Disney said “We can’t have the PC killing enemies with a sword, because that would be to violent and go against our values as a company. So let’s have him bludgeon them with a giant key, that’s much better”. At first glance it seems like a silly idea, but it makes a lot of sense when you get into the story of the KH universe. Sadly, like the Jedi, it went from being unique to everyone and their grandmother having one. And while there are a variant of “keychains” that change the look and give it different abilities, the one above is the one that I think off, and the one you see the most being used for cosplay. Now i want to track down a PS2 since mine was part of a robbery a few years ago and track down KH2 and try to finally get past Axel. That guy kicked my ass every time

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Zanpakuto - Bleach.

Ah Bleach, a classic. And a perfect entry for this list because what would Bleach be without the Zanpakuto. Each Soul Reaper has one of their own that fits their fighting style and personality. They are swords that have their own spirits that work in tandem with the Soul Reaper and when in synch can be a source of great power. The first part of the show is Ichigo learning to work with Zangetsu, the spirit of his blade and to trust one another. Other Soul Reapers don’t have the same harmonius relationship with their weapons and that is explored further in the Zanpakuto Tales filler, one of the better fillers you’ll find in a shonen series. And they get more powerful, with the Bankai being the ultimate attack. When it comes to anime this is truly one of the more iconic weapons out their.

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Anduril - Lord Of The Rings

Flame of the West, the Sword that was Broken, the Sword Reforged. These are many names given to Aragorn’s blade, the reforged shards of Narsil, that cut the One Ring of Sauron’s hand in the Third Age. In the book we see Aragorn has the blade from the start. He knows he is to be king and uses the blade to affirm his legitimacy to the throne of Gondor and the Reunited Kingdom. In the films however Aragon does not wish to wield it at first. He is fearful that he has the weakness in his blood that his ancestor Isildur had, which caused him to claim the Ring for himself. This is a key part of Aragorn’s character arc and makes it all the more epic when we see the blade reforged and delivered by Elrond himself to the front. A truly marvelous weapon, worthy of the King of the West.

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So that’s a few examples. If you have others, drop them in the comments below. And if you have O-Deck, AniTay or TAY sharing and this hasn’t been shared yet please do so. The more the marrier I always say. Thanks for reading and i’ll see you on the next Talk It Out.

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