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15th Jul '16 10:33:07 AM CaptainCrawdad
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** In ''GURPS Fantasy Tech'', the Legendary Katana is included in the list of Awesome Cultural Weapons, along with the Welsh Longbow, the Gurkha Kukri and so on. However its cinematic abilities can ''only'' be used by someone with the wildcard skill Katana!; in the hands of an ordinary swordsman, it's just a katana.

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** * In ''GURPS Fantasy Tech'', the Legendary Katana is included in the list of Awesome Cultural Weapons, along with the Welsh Longbow, the Gurkha Kukri and so on. However its cinematic abilities can ''only'' be used by someone with the wildcard skill Katana!; in the hands of an ordinary swordsman, it's just a katana.



* Used and (partially) subverted in ''TabletopGame/LegendOfTheFiveRings''. In fact, the book lists half a dozen weapons as "the only truly honorable ones for Samurai". In due fairness, however, it then proceeds to list exceptions by clan, and the katana is not an all-purpose superweapon in this game (heavy weapons are more useful against opponents with carapace, bows can be devastating if used right, etc.). Nearly all of the powerful magical weapons in the setting ''are'' katanas, though.\\\
Played completely straight in earlier editions though. [[QuirkyBard No matter what tricks a weapon had]], the katana could [[LightningBruiser generally outdo it]] [[AttackAttackAttack simply by being so damaging that nothing else mattered.]] 4th Edition solved this [[{{Nerf}} by giving other weapons a general boost while leaving the katana untouched.]] The katana is still a [[JackOfAllStats solid bread-and-butter weapon though.]] This IS a game about {{Samurai}} after all.

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* Used and (partially) subverted in ''TabletopGame/LegendOfTheFiveRings''. In fact, the book lists half a dozen weapons as "the only truly honorable ones for Samurai". In due fairness, however, it then proceeds to list exceptions by clan, and the katana is not an all-purpose superweapon in this game (heavy weapons are more useful against opponents with carapace, bows can be devastating if used right, etc.). Nearly all of the powerful magical weapons in the setting ''are'' katanas, though.\\\
''TabletopGame/LegendOfTheFiveRings''.
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Played completely straight in earlier editions though.editions. [[QuirkyBard No matter what tricks a weapon had]], the katana could [[LightningBruiser generally outdo it]] [[AttackAttackAttack simply by being so damaging that nothing else mattered.]] 4th Edition solved this [[{{Nerf}} by giving other weapons a general boost while leaving the katana untouched.]] The katana is still a [[JackOfAllStats solid bread-and-butter weapon though.]] This IS a game about {{Samurai}} after all.all.
** In later editions, the book lists half a dozen weapons as "the only truly honorable ones for Samurai". In due fairness, however, it then proceeds to list exceptions by clan, and the katana is not an all-purpose superweapon in this game (heavy weapons are more useful against opponents with carapace, bows can be devastating if used right, etc.). Nearly all of the powerful magical weapons in the setting ''are'' katanas, though.
15th Jul '16 10:29:10 AM CaptainCrawdad
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* Japan from ''Webcomic/{{Polanstuck}}'' has a katana as her weapon of choice.
14th Jul '16 2:42:08 PM 101nightshade101
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* Japan from ''Webcomic/{{Polanstuck}}'' has a katana as her weapon of choice.
3rd Jul '16 7:34:23 PM nombretomado
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* Invoked in ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}''. Lewa's swords are called "Air Katana", despite not resembling katana in the slightest.

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* Invoked in ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}''.''Toys/{{Bionicle}}''. Lewa's swords are called "Air Katana", despite not resembling katana in the slightest.
8th Jun '16 7:42:09 PM TheBigBopper
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-->-- '''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLWzH_1eZsc Lindybeige, "The Katana"]]"'''

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-->-- '''[[https://www.'''WebVideo/{{Lindybeige}}, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLWzH_1eZsc Lindybeige, "The Katana"]]"'''
26th May '16 1:18:02 PM NativeJovian
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* As is Ginji Matsuzaki from ''Manga/BlackLagoon'', an underboss of the Washimine Group who takes a shirasaya katana to a mess of gunslinging yakuza goons and performs [[ImplausibleFencingPowers feats like slicing bullets in half]] and slicing one cocky yakuza's gun (and his hands!) to pieces. He's even {{Badass}} enough to take on Revy herself on equal footing in a one-on-one battle to the death, even though [[spoiler:he ultimately throws the fight and loses]].

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* As is Ginji Matsuzaki from ''Manga/BlackLagoon'', an underboss of the Washimine Group who takes a shirasaya katana to a mess of gunslinging yakuza goons and performs [[ImplausibleFencingPowers [[ParryingBullets feats like slicing bullets in half]] and slicing one cocky yakuza's gun (and his hands!) to pieces. He's even {{Badass}} enough to take on Revy herself on equal footing in a one-on-one battle to the death, even though [[spoiler:he ultimately throws the fight and loses]].



** In ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'', Wade Wilson jokes with his mutant comrades that his katana are far more "memorable" than guns. He is shown to be [[ImplausibleFencingPowers capable of parrying fully automatic fire]] from multiple opponents with them, occasionally [[SpinToDeflectStuff deflecting bullets]] at enemies. The blades, of course, are completely undamaged. Though not out-right stated, its apparently a aspect of whatever mutant power he had that lead to him being recruited onto Team X.

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** In ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'', Wade Wilson jokes with his mutant comrades that his katana are far more "memorable" than guns. He is shown to be [[ImplausibleFencingPowers capable [[ParryingBulletscapable of parrying fully automatic fire]] from multiple opponents with them, occasionally [[SpinToDeflectStuff deflecting bullets]] at enemies. The blades, of course, are completely undamaged. Though not out-right stated, its apparently a aspect of whatever mutant power he had that lead to him being recruited onto Team X.
25th May '16 7:02:13 AM Grudgeal
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* Actual samurai used their katana only as a back-up sidearm in battles. When their opponents were at a more comfortable distance, they preferred their other traditional weapons, the spear (yari), glaive (naginata), and bow (yumi). It was only during the Edo period when the concept of the wandering ronin swordsman became romanticized and katana gained a larger cultural importance.

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* Actual samurai used their katana only as a back-up sidearm in battles. When their opponents battles, and as status symbols (they required a lot of iron, hence they were at expensive, hence it was a more comfortable distance, they preferred their other traditional weapons, privilegie to own one). The samurai social class begun as mounted bowmen during the Heian Period, using the spear (yari), (yari) or glaive (naginata), (naginata) for melee combat. During the Sengoku era and the Korean invasion, the bow (yumi). was replaced by the arquebus. It was only during the Edo period when the concept of the wandering ronin swordsman became romanticized and katana gained a larger cultural importance.importance, as the Tokugawa shogunate disarmed the populace and limited access to weapons to the armies of the shogunate and trusted damiyo. The katana was exempted from this ban as a symbol of office for the samurai caste, hence the sword became bound to the image of the samurai.
23rd May '16 7:16:46 AM Perseus
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** In ''VideoGame/{{XenobladeChroniclesX}}'', the Longsword weapon type varies from mechanical straight swords to laser-chainsaws. However, the traditional katanas dropped by end-game bosses severely outclass '''every other weapon in the game.'''

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** * In ''VideoGame/{{XenobladeChroniclesX}}'', ''VideoGame/XenobladeChroniclesX'', the Longsword weapon type varies from mechanical straight swords to laser-chainsaws. However, the traditional katanas dropped by end-game endgame bosses severely outclass '''every other weapon in the game.'''
21st May '16 12:21:32 PM AnonFangeekGirl
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* The [[https://1d4chan.org/wiki/Katanas_are_Underpowered_in_d20 Katanas are Underpowered in d20]] meme is based off mocking this. More specifically, there was a guy who argued that katanas were underpowered in the d20 system, with some ''staggeringly'' [[CriticalResearchFailure badly-researched]] points, like saying that katanas are thrice as sharp and hard as European swords (they aren't, because really hard and sharp swords are also really brittle) katanas could bisect a fully armored knight in one slash (it's pretty much physically impossible for ''any'' sword to do that), and that the medieval Europeans never tried to conquer Japan because they were scared of the katanas (it was actually because they had no reason to and because getting army to Japan from Europe would be a logistical nightmare).

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* The [[https://1d4chan.org/wiki/Katanas_are_Underpowered_in_d20 Katanas are Underpowered in d20]] meme is based off mocking this. More specifically, there was a guy who argued that katanas were underpowered in the d20 system, with some ''staggeringly'' [[CriticalResearchFailure badly-researched]] points, like saying that katanas are thrice as sharp and hard as European swords (they aren't, because really hard and sharp swords are also really brittle) brittle), that katanas could bisect a fully armored knight in one slash (it's pretty much physically impossible for ''any'' sword to do that), and that the medieval Europeans never tried to conquer Japan because they were scared of the katanas (it was actually because they had no reason to and because getting army to Japan from Europe would be a logistical nightmare).
21st May '16 12:20:49 PM AnonFangeekGirl
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* The [[https://1d4chan.org/wiki/Katanas_are_Underpowered_in_d20 Katanas are Underpowered in d20]] meme is based off mocking this. More specifically, there was a guy who argued that katanas were underpowered in the d20 system, with some ''staggeringly'' [[CriticalResearchFailure badly-researched]] points, like saying that katanas are thrice as sharp and hard as European swords (they aren't, because really hard and sharp swords are also really brittle) katanas could bisect a fully armored knight in one slash (it's pretty much physically impossible for ''any'' sword to do that), and that the medieval Europeans never tried to conquer Japan because they were scared of the katanas (it was actually because they had no reason to and because getting army to Japan from Europe would be a logistical nightmare).
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