The Name

What's in the Name?

shi ro Shiro

'Shi' in Japanese means a warrior or samurai. 'Ro' can be translated as 'young man'. Therefore 'shiro' could mean 'young warrior' or 'young samurai'...

masa mune Masamune

The coastal city of Kamakura in the 12th Century was a hotbed of samurai activities with the arrival of the shogun there. Swordsmiths were flocking to the city to offer their services to the warrior class but sword-making techniques at the time produced long, straight, unwieldy, brittle or in other words- terribly unreliable weapons. The 13th Century Mongol invaders were keen on invading the city but were twice hampered by 'kamikaze' winds which diverted their ships back to Korea. This alarmed the government as they realized a succesful invasion is highly possible and prompted research efforts in making better blades. A man called Masamune came up with a new sword design using blended steel.
Masamune, born in 1274, combined soft and hard steels into a gracefully curved sword, hard enough for battle but not so brittle that it would snap on impact. His design was copied worldwide. Masamune passed the tradition on to his son, starting what is probably the world's longest recorded lineage in craftsmanship. He also had students who learned his skills and went on to become famous swordsmiths.
Masamune is the name of a swordsmith, not a particular sword. Japanese swords are often called by its maker's name. However he is of legendary reputation and any of his swords are worth a fortune. Unless it comes with proper, authentic documentation and a really hefty price, a Masamune blade is near impossible to find nowadays.

Tanto
Note: this is a tanto blade (or short sword blade) made by a smith named Unjo. Its here for decorative purposes, and is NOT a Masamune blade. I can't find any pictures of a Masamune sword (Maybe none exists?) Maybe you can help?

shi ro masa mune Shiro Masamune

Depression Inducive? Sticking on Bell

Possibly an octopus-like creature... highly skilled in manga art. His works does tend to stick to your head, like what happened to poor Belldandy on the left here. Well known for series such as Appleseed, Dominion and Ghost In The Shell.
His specialty are drawings of 'girls with mecha', and lately 'girls with creatures'. Heard that he has a cult following as well! (Gee... I wonder who those followers are!)
Its mysterious... how can an octopus produce such amazing works? Maybe because it has eight limbs? Does it squirt the ink stuff when provoked? Is it delicious to eat? I'm just confusing you... Explore the Hyperpages. Its all about the man they call Masamune Shirow and his works!


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