Kanara is a character from the Katanagatari franchise.
Kanara and his sister spent much of their childhood aboard a boat. One day, pirates attacked their ship and murdered his sister. Kanara was captured a made a cabin boy whose tasks included polishing Zokutou Yoroi, a Klesha Bringer with the appearance of armor. One day the pirates, assuming that he had been full indoctrinated and considered himself one of them, let him try on the armor due to him always polishing it. Once in the armor, Kanara seized his chance for revenge and murdered them, becoming the new captain of the fleet.
Kanara Azekura is a character in the Katanagatari series of light novels written by Nishio Ishin, a popular Japanese writer, with illustrations by Take. He also appears in the anime series of the same name which was created by White Fox and directed by Keitaro Motonaga. Kanara, voiced by Tsuyoshi Koyama, makes his first appearance in the anime series during Episode 5: "Yoroi, the Rebel Sword".
Togame and Shichika's adventures have brought them to the Obun Arena located in Satsuma. Upon their arrival they witness a battle between Kanara Azekura and an unnamed opponent. Shichika is surprised to see that Azekura battles without a sword but Togame informs him that the suit of armor that he wears is the Klesha Bringer they are in search of: Zokutou Yoroi. Later that night, Azekura seeks out the duo and proposes a deal to them: if Shichika can defeat him, Azekura will give him his Klesha Bringer as well as access to a ship. If Shichika loses however, Togame will becomes his bride. Togame agrees to the deal.
Shichika duels against Azekura and finds his back against the wall as none of the attacks he planned to used against Azekura seem to be working. Shichika begins to contemplate whether or not losing might actually benefit Togame in her search and is seemingly on the verge of defeat when Togame gives him some words of encouragement. Having heard them, Shichika will himself back into action and is able to defeat Azekura. Surprisingly, Shichika is able to do this without killing him, making him one of the few opponents to face Shichika and live to tell about it.
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