Ryuko’s Scissor Blade might have been one of the milder suspensions of disbelief anybody needed to take whilst watching KILL LA KILL, but… it was still clearly something with next-to-no basis in reality. Leave it to the smiths of MAN OF ARMS: REFORGED to show how something so fanciful actually could work in capable hands. To an extent, at least.
For those unfamiliar, MAN OF ARMS is a webshow dedicated to bringing fantasy weapons into the real world. Previous episodes have shown forging Inuyasha’s Tessaiga, Link’s Fierce Deity Sword and Squall’s Gunblade to varying degrees of practically. Think of it as “iron porn” for anybody who was really, really, really into CONAN THE BARBARIAN’s opening title sequence.
The men of arms, as it were, decided to make this build even more interesting by forging the Scissor Blade out of dozens of actual scissors. When you watch the video, they claim this adds an interesting texture of the face of the metal. I'd say those imperfections still wind up looking like... imperfections, but perhaps I’m just an iron philistine.
The choice of scissors for the base metal is double-amusing, perhaps, since KILL LA KILL came at the tail end of a sudden and inexplicable fad that saw scissors somehow factoring into every other anime. The smiths do note that it was impossible to recreate the workings of the swords as they were precisely depicted in the show (and they've already given it way more thought than any of Trigger’s sketch crew did).
After seeing this, what wildly fantastical anime weapon would you Vicers want to see MAN OF ARMS to create?