Chapter 9 of Kagurabachi introduces the rules of Enchanted Blade, in which Chihiro first confronts the arms dealer Sojo. The fight between the wielders of Rokuhira’s magical swords offers exciting displays of power and cleverly disguised presentation so the reader understands how the swords work. Enchanted Blades have limitations, as shown by Sojo’s sword Cloud Gouger, which has three abilities which Chihiro recognizes and lists, suggesting a limit of three spells per sword.
Latest chapter of Shonen Jump’s Kagurabachi Its heroes face the evil arms dealer, Sojo. This marks the first time Chihiro has had to handle the business of a hostile Enchanted Blade. More importantly, the war also established the rules for how swords work in the manga world.
Chapter 9, appropriately titled “Enten vs. Cloud Gouger”, focusing on the battle between the users of Rokuhira’s magical sword. Besides showing off their breathtaking power, it also allows the manga to cleverly disguise some of the explanations, such as Chihiro’s tactical considerations. By classifying the Cloud Gouger’s abilities, readers can realize how both it and Chihiro’s swords like the Enchanted Blades work.
Kagurabachi’s enchanted blade has limitations
Genichi Sojo demonstrated some of Cloud Gouger’s abilities in the previous chapter, when he froze Daruma in ice. However, when confronting Chihiro, Cloud Gouger becomes much less esoteric: the hero not only recognizes the sword’s abilities, but can also list most of them. Sojo’s Enchanted Blade has three abilities: “Mei”, which creates lightning; “Yui”, where the ice is made and one more thing has not been revealed yet. Another visual treat is that the activation of each sword appears to be accompanied by the appearance of an abstract animal, as Sojo is now surrounded by a wispy dragon-shaped cloud.
Keen observers will note that the number of abilities Cloud Gouger has is similar to Enten, meaning each of Chihiro’s goldfish has one ability. Therefore, it seems like Enchanted Blades may have a hard limit of no more than three spells per spell. Since the witches seen so far seem to only be proficient in one type of attack, each wielding a sword has the ability to normally access multiple swords, which is further amplified by the nature of Blades, clearly showing why they are considered major game changers in this world of swords.
This supposed move by author Takeru Hokazono appears to be a way to add some strategy to his battles. Although Enchanted Blades’ spells are powerful, they still have limits. This ensures that characters still have plenty of reason to get into melee range. Furthermore, even though they have up to three unique attacks, there’s still plenty of room to allow Chihiro, Sojo, and whoever else follows to keep their third skill as a dramatic trump card. This restraint can prevent by Kagurabachi the characters fall in The shounen cliché of constantly adopting new powers – at least for now.
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