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  • By the end of episode 12 we learn that the main theme of the story is fighting is meaningless, and ultimately nobody gains anything from it. This would explain why the supposedly epic-beyond-belief Sabi Hakuhei fight ended up being an Offscreen Moment of Awesome, since showing it would be glorifying said fighting
  • Each Deviant Blade has a prime quality raised to the nth power, especially if you consider the readings of their kanji characters. Also, the qualities tend to mirror Shikizaki's progressive understanding of what an ultimate sword is, until the sword itself slowly disappears — we start from toughness, to speed, then multiplicity, variability, defense, mass, reanimation, sword that wields itself, righteousness (Outou Nokogiri, the wooden sword), then physically removing the need for the blade with Seitou Hakari (transcendance of the opponent), then the wielder with Dokutou Mekki (possession), and finally, a weapon that renders swords obsolete, the pistol. The final one, Kyotou Yasuri in its "Completed" form, can transcend any and all of them. The true Sword is not the weapon but the person wielding it as the ultimate victor is a martial arts style completed by Schichika's experience fighting the others using his Experience and instinct to over come the legendary weapons which were in the hands of amateurs.
  • The point of Seitou Hakari is that it represents the abandonment of combat. Saraba, the retainer who uses it, decides not to fight after being given such a useless weapon - and is the only retainer to survive as a result.
  • The revelation that Togame was planning to take revenge for her father by killing Shichika, when you think about it. We learn at the start that her father was killed by Shichika's father, and this is also something she has known from the start. And yet despite it, she still came to the island looking for a "sword" while believing Shichika's father was still head of the style, meaning she went looking to recruit the man who murdered her father. That early in the series, we're led to assume she is simply a pragmatist who doesn't bat an eye at teaming up with an enemy if it's necessary for her objective. Instead, it seems that her plan to use him to collect the swords and then kill him for revenge... and then she simply saw no need to change that plan for Shichika. Starting with episode one, there are multiple characters warning us about how untrustworthy she is and how she'll use everyone in her schemes... but they're often villainous characters, so we don't take them seriously.
  • The conversation with Rinne Higaki about how sometimes it's necessary to abandon your objectives to achieve your true objective, and Togame's admission of how she can't do that, take on a whole new meaning when we learn her ultimate objective had always been revenge, even if it meant betraying Shichika and destroying everything she'd come to love and enjoy about life over the past year. Rinne Higaki was trying to tell her to stop fighting for the sake of fighting (i.e. a meaningless cycle of revenge) and just live for love, but she wouldn't listen.
  • Some of Shichika's more unsettling Heroic Comedic Sociopath traits, like killing without a second thought and having no consideration for women and children, are often played for laughs to an extent when first invoked. Then we find out about his screwed-up family history: his father may have killed his mother and may have also wanted to kill Nanami, he himself killed his father. What's more, Nanami "disciplined" him as a child by tearing out his fingernails, rebukes him for feeling pity for the people she's needlessly killed, mocking him for caring about pulling weeds, and when she meets him in episode 7, she seems to genuinely think that he's grown soft and that it's not how she raised him. With that in mind, imagining his upbringing becomes a little more sobering.