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A zanbatō (斬馬刀, lit. "horse-slaying sword" or "horse-chopping saber"), also spelled zanbatou or zambatou, is an especially large type of Japanese sword used by some fictional characters in anime and video games, most notably Sagara Sanosuke from the anime Rurouni Kenshin. The weapon consists of a large, wide blade attached to a pole that the wielder holds. Swiss longsword, 15th or 16th century A sword (from Old English sweord; akin to Old High German swerd, lit. ... A fictional character is any person who appears in a work of fiction. ... A scene from Cowboy Bebop (1998) Anime (アニメ) is a style of animation originating in Japan. ... A computer game is a game composed of a computer-controlled virtual universe that players interact with in order to achieve a defined goal or set of goals. ... Sagara Sanosuke. ... Rurouni Kenshin manga, volume 1 (English version). ...


Chinese zhǎn mǎ dāo

There was, however, a Chinese anti-cavalry weapon of the Song Dynasty also written as 斬馬刀 (zhǎn mǎ dāo, "horse cutting blade" , zhanmadao) or zanmato which could have been the inspiration for the zanbatō, although it differs somewhat in form. Surviving examples include a sword that might resemble a nagamaki in construction; it had a wrapped handle 37 cm long making it easy to grip with two hands. The blade was 114 cm long and very straight with a slight curve in the last half. This made it greatly resemble the zanbatō, which, if it existed, was probably its Japanese derivative. Alternative meaning: Song Dynasty (420-479) The Song dynasty (Chinese: 宋朝) was a ruling dynasty in China from 960-1279. ... The zhanmadao (斬馬刀) (zhÇŽn mÇŽ dāo) was a Chinese sword of the Song Dynasty. ... A nagamaki (long wrapping) was a Japanese weapon popular between the 12th and 14th centuries. ...


Fictional appearances

  • The zanbatō is claimed in Rurouni Kenshin to be a historical weapon from the Sengoku Period in Japan, where it was supposedly designed to be used against cavalry, its large size being useful for killing horses and their riders in a single blow. However, there is no historical evidence that the Japanese ever had such a weapon. It is also unlikely that a blade as large as that shown in the anime would be usable by a real person, so if it did exist, its form would almost certainly have been different. Some websites such as [1] offer "zanbatō" for sale that resemble nodachi or ōdachi much more than the anime weapon. The character of Sanosuke is said to have been based on Harada Sanosuke, one of the leaders of the Shinsengumi, who carried a "large spear."
  • The Super Robot Grungust Reishiki from the Super Robot Wars video game series uses a massive double-edged sword named a zankantou (斬艦刀 lit. Ship-cutting Sword). True to its name, the zankantou is effective in dispatching large battleships, but is also invaluable in fighting bosses and robots. Alternately, Grungust Sanshiki wields a giant katana that enlarges into a zankantou when needed.
  • Ogami Ittō from the Lone Wolf and Cub manga uses Suyoryu's technique called Suyo Zanbato to attack horsemen.
  • In the Game Boy Advance Fire Emblem games, the Zanbato is a sword that is especially effective against calvalry.
  • In the RPG Final Fantasy VII, Cloud Strife's weapon, the buster sword, bears a distinct resemblance to the Zanbato.
  • The Aeon Yojimbo in Final Fantasy X uses "Zanmato" if he's paid enough money. The attack kills every enemy in the battle.
  • In the Soul Calibur series of video games, the zanbatou is said to be the weapon of choice for Seong Mi-na, though she uses a polearm which more resembles a Naginata. Also, in Soul Edge, the character of Siegfried Schtauffen has the zanbatou as a weapon choice.
  • Auron's swords in Final Fantasy X are sizeable enough to be considered zanbatō.
  • In Final Fantasy Tactics Advance a ninja or assassin can wield a sword called the zanmato, a sword from which they can learn Double Sword.


in the melee game series based on the three kingdoms period of china , guan ping son of guan yu and brother to guan suo and guan xing weilds what could be called a zanbatou Rurouni Kenshin manga, volume 1 (English version). ... The Sengoku period (Japanese: 戦国時代, Sengoku-jidai) or Warring States period, is a period of civil war in the history of Japan that spans from the middle 15th to the early 17th centuries. ... Italian cavalry officers practice their horsemanship in 1904 outside Rome. ... The nodachi (野太刀) refers to a large Japanese sword. ... An ōdachi An ōdachi (大太刀; big/thick sword) was a type of long Japanese sword. ... Harada Sanosuke was the 10th Unit Captain of the Shinsengumi, often seen with the 2nd Unit Captain Nagakura Shinpachi. ... Mannequins dressed in Shinsengumi outfits The Shinsengumi (Japanese: 新選組) were a special police force of the late shogunate period. ... Grungust is a fictional giant robot from the Japanese video game series Super Robot Wars. ... Super Robot Wars: Alpha Gaiden, one of many SRW games released by Banpresto in Japan. ... Katana of the 16th or 17th Century, with its saya. ... Ogami Itto (拝一刀) is the lead character in the Lone Wolf and Cub series by Kazuo Koike and Goseki Kojima. ... Lone Wolf and Cub manga, Volume 1 (English version) Lone Wolf and Cub (known in Japan as Kozure ÅŒkami 子連れ狼) is a well-known gekiga or manga created by the writer Kazuo Koike and the artist Goseki Kojima. ... A page from the Marmalade Boy manga, volume 1 (Japanese version) Manga (漫画) is the Japanese word for comics and/or cartoons (not necessarily animated, this includes print cartoons); outside of Japan, it usually refers specifically to Japanese comics. ... The Game Boy Advance (GBA) is a handheld videogame console developed, manufactured and marketed by Nintendo. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... This article is about traditional role-playing games. ... For the CGI-anime movie, see Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children. ... Cloud Strife (クラウド・ストライフ Kuraudo Sutoraifu) is the main protagonist in Square Enixs role playing game Final Fantasy VII. His appearance is marked by spiky blonde hair, dark clothing, and his Buster sword (an unwieldy-looking sword with a distinctive, oversized blade). ... An illustration of a buster sword. ... Final Fantasy X is the tenth title of the Final Fantasy role-playing game series and the first installment of the series released on the PlayStation 2. ... Soul Calibur is the second game in the Soul series of fighting games developed and produced by Namco, consisting of Soul Edge (Soul Blade in the US), Soul Calibur, Soul Calibur II, and Soul Calibur III. Originally an arcade game, Soul Calibur was ported and released for the Sega Dreamcast... Seong Mi-na (成 美那 Son Mina) is a fictional character designed for the Soul Series of fighting games. ... Naginata of the Edo era A samurai wielding a naginata Naginata (なぎなた, 長刀 or 薙刀) is a pole weapon traditionally used by Japanese samurai. ... Auron is a playable character in the Square RPG Final Fantasy X (2001). ... Final Fantasy X is the tenth title of the Final Fantasy role-playing game series and the first installment of the series released on the PlayStation 2. ... Final Fantasy Tactics Advance is a strategy video game for Nintendos Game Boy Advance. ... A ninja on the cover of Black Belt magazine. ... Jack Ruby murdered the assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, in a very public manner. ...


External links

  • Illustrations of Qing regulation swords - includes pictures & descriptions of the Chinese zhǎn mǎ dāo

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Ogami Ittō from the Lone Wolf and Cub manga uses Suyoryu's technique called Suyo Zanbato to attack horsemen.
In the Game Boy Advance Fire Emblem games, the Zanbato is a sword that is especially effective against calvalry.
In the RPG Final Fantasy VII, Cloud Strife's weapon, the buster sword, bears a distinct resemblance to the Zanbato.
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