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Everyone loves Masamune’s sword

More Touken Ranbu thing, just because the random image post I made of Masamune’s swords exploded and got a couple hundred notes. It wasn’t even anything special; just his fullbody illustration I picked up from the wiki. I thought everyone already knew about it (everyone who knows Touken Ranbu anyway).

The name’s 燭台切光忠 Shokudaikiri Mitsutada. Just like Heshikiri Hasebe and Okadagiri Yoshifusa, he was named in an unfortunate servant-slaying incident. Masamune’s page displeased him, and Masamune shanked the poor page dead. It so happens that a candlestick was also cut down in the process, so he was named Shokudaikiri (candlestick-slasher).

By the way, Shokudaikiri was once part of the Nobunaga’s Mitsutada sword collection. Nobunaga was very fond of swords crafted by Mitsutada because of their beauty, and at present there’s about 32 of them that survived. Imagine just how many of them were originally in the collection, if you take into account the number of swords that were destroyed in wars or natural disasters or simply became lost in transmission because they changed hands too many times.Then Hideyoshi came to “inherit” a lot of Nobunaga’s stuff, and he was the one who gave Shokudaikiri to Masamune.

As a character in Touken Ranbu, he really wants to have a cool image so he was not happy with his lousy name. Which, you know, makes me want to slap him silly sometimes. What, did he prefer to have been named Koshoukiri (page-slasher) instead? I guess it’s a pity that Kannagiri Nagamitsu (plank-cutter Nagamitsu, another one of Nobunaga’s swords) and Azuki Nagamitsu (red bean Nagamitsu, Uesugi Kenshin’s sword) aren’t around, then. Shokudaikiri might have felt much better with those silly-named swords around. And it’s a good thing Hoshikiri (star-cutter) isn’t around, because such a grand name would totally make Shokudaikiri cry.


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