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Takuma Zushi just wanted to be left alone. He sleeps in class and skips club. While going home, he sees a girl walking into the woods and decides to follow her. There he witnesses a fight between two sword masters with the prize being the ownership of the "Kandachime", a sword that can shape shift into a person. That girl, Otowa Hagane was about to lose when he naively steps into the fight...

''Kandachime'' was cancelled after 44 chapters.

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!!Provides examples of:

* AbortedArc: The manga was cancelled halfway through the Futatsukami arc.
* ABoyAndHisX: A Boy and his [[VoluntaryShapeshifting transforming sword.]]
* AxCrazy: People taken over by Zatsushoku jyatou can only think of killing.
* {{BFS}}: The Kurogane Shiki Yagasumaru is a massive cleaver-like sword.
* BlackEyesOfCrazy: People taken over by jyatou get black sclera with HellishPupils. Mumiyo also gets them whenever she goes berserk.
* BloodKnight: Ankiken Sekiguchi, the first antagonist introduced, is only a human but is introduced as being more-than willing to attack and kill highschoolers in the name of a good fight. He would have killed Takuma out of contempt for his lack of fighting skills had Mumiyo not intervened.
* BreakHisHeartToSaveHim: Takuma's dad coldly neglected him and treated him severely in order to keep him out of the world of Kandachime, Jyatou, and Asuraga.
* CatSmile: Chidori's default expression, which emphasizes her playful and mischievous personality.
* TheComicallySerious: Mumiyo is serious to the point of seeming stoic and stern, even during humorous situations, which is often played for laughs.
* DrivenToSuicide: Mumiyo tries to rust herself after Takuma refuses to fight, thinking he doesn't want her.
* EquippableAlly: Kandachime and Asuraga are capable of VoluntaryShapeshifting into a sword.
* EyepatchOfPower: Mumiyo covers her missing left eye. [[spoiler:When it's returned to her, she gains control over her ability to cut things by touching them and is revealed to not be a Kandachime but an exceptionally powerful Asuraga.]]
* EvilWeapon: The Jyatou are cursed swords that possess their wielders.
* HeelFaceTurn: Habakirimaru, the leader of the Kurogane Shiki, seems to have been in the process of undergoing one.
* HeirToTheDojo: Otowa Hagane is literally the heir to a dojo, which she runs with help from her Kandachime, Ichi and Chidori.
* HellishPupils: Kandachime and people possessed by Jyatou have slitted pupils.
* InferioritySuperiorityComplex: Otowa is a skilled swordswoman, but she has a crushing inferiority complex and is terrified of killing someone.
* KissingCousins: Takuma's cousin Yuri has a crush on him.
* MismatchedEyes: Asuraga wielders get one normal eye and one jyatou-eye whenever they activate their swords' powers. [[spoiler: Mumiyo's missing eye has a black sclera and slitted pupil as well, implying that she is an Asuraga rather than a Kandachime.]]
* MsFanservice: Ichi wears a Chinese dress with a large CleavageWindow, showcasing her buxom figure. Initially it's tattered and full of holes and tears, but after Takuma polishes up and refits her sword form her dress is as good as new.
* NakedFirstImpression: Takuma's first encounter with Mumiyo was when she was topless, having not been sheathed after he fainted.
* NebulousEvilOrganisation: The Futatsukami becomes one in the [[AbortedArc last arc]] of the manga.
* PowerIncontinence: Mumiyo knows nothing but cutting, and cannot touch things with her bare skin without slicing them.
* PuppeteerParasite: Normal Jyatou possess their wielders and lose control if dropped or broken. Kurogane Shiki permanently take over their host body.
* RazorSharpHand: All Kandachime can cut things with their hands due to being swords in human form. Mumiyo suffers from PowerIncontinence in this regard [[spoiler: until she gets her missing eye back]].
* ReforgedBlade: Asuraga are reforged jyatou, Futsumaru being an example.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge:
** The reason Otowa is so driven to destroy jyatou is because she believes her father to have been killed by them. [[spoiler:It's later revealed he was killed by the Futatsukami, leaving her on the brink of seeking vengeance on the Futatsukami, until Takuma steps in and reminds her of her resolve to not kill humans.]]
** Mumiyo tends to go berserk if Takuma or his loved ones are injured. When he's forced to kill his own love interest and is sent into a HeroicBSOD, Mumiyo goes to town on a defenceless Futsumaru and is only stopped when Habakirimaru intervenes.
* SortingAlgorithmOfEvil: Zatsushoku jyatou possess their wielders and lose control if disarmed or broken. The Kurogane Shiki are jyato that [[DemonicPossession completely take over their wielders]] and are very difficult to break. Asuraga are reforged jyatou.
* SpecsOfAwesome: Takuma. He comes from a family of blacksmiths, and swordsman. He himself is a pretty badass when he wants to be.
* StuffedIntoTheFridge: Takuma's first girlfriend, Tentou Jiriko, is possessessed by the Kurogane Shiki called Yaegasumaru, courtesy of Futsumaru. After being forced to kill her to protect himself, Takuma is left in a HeroicBSOD.
* ThouShaltNotKill: Otowa refuses to kill humans, which leaves her stymied when confronted by the Kurogane Shiki, who retain possession of their wielders even when separated from their sword.
* TookALevelInBadass: Takuma goes from a rather cowardly wimp to a skilled swordsman.
* TheUnfavorite: Takuma's father neglected him in favor of his older brother, leaving him with severe self-esteem and confidence issues.
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