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Orphan Blade is a comic-book series created by Nick Almand and Jake Mylar and published by Oni Press. In a world devastated by kaiju, orphan Hadashi's life as a martial-arts apprentice is ruined after an accident causes his right hand to be grievously wounded. Unable to wield a sword, he is kicked out of his master's dojo, but is taken in by Soyako and Katze, and while on a quest to earn money, he stumbles across the Orphan Blade, a bokken which bonds itself to him. This brings him into conflict with the Five Fingers of Death, a mercenary group with similarly cursed weapons.


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  • Awesome, but Impractical: The Reaper in White's weapon, Flesh Harvest, is a huge scythe that brings its wielder back from the dead once for every time it's used to kill someone. However, killing someone with a scythe is a lot harder than it looks, so she accomplishes most of her kills with her knives.
  • Conveniently an Orphan: Hadashi, Soyako, and Katze are all orphans.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Hadashi, true to his name, is never seen wearing any shoes, ever.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Soyako manages to incur the wrath of Tenmaru by killing his mother, Yoko.
  • Fingore: Hadashi loses three of the fingers on his right hand after getting attacked by a kaiju. He later regrows one of his lost fingers after stealing the Kasha Mask.
  • Full-Frontal Assault: Frau spends the entire final battle naked, as she arrives as only a head, and after regenerating, doesn't have much time to find clothing.
  • Good Thing You Can Heal:
    • Frau's combat strategies rely heavily on the assumption that the Kasha Mask will allow her to eat the flesh of her opponents, and thus heal her wounds, afterwards.
    • The Reaper in White can come back from the dead once for every person she's killed with her scythe, the Flesh Harvest. Unfortunately for her, the scythe isn't a very easy weapon to wield, so she runs out of extra lives before Hadashi manages to kill her.
  • Groin Attack: During the fight with the Reaper in White, Katze gets hit in the groin by the butt of her scythe.
  • Horror Hunger: Frau's Kasha Mask allows her to heal from grievous injuries and renders her impervious to pain, but in order to maintain that healing factor, she has to consume human flesh.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: The Five Fingers of Death, a deadly group of mercenaries who all wield cursed weapons.

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