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Japanese Fans Rank Anime’s Strongest Sword-Wielders

Thin, sleek and incredibly sharp: there’s just something cool about the katana.

The history of the Japanese sword stretches back hundreds of years, and it’s no surprise modern Japanese books, movies and comics are full of characters who wield the katana. But who’s got the maddest katana skills? Readers of ranking site Goo have chosen the top 10:

9. Okita Sogo

9. Gintoki Sakata

8. Hiei
Yu Yu Hakusho

7. Makoto Shishio
Rurouni Kenshin

6. Musashi Miyamoto

5. Inyuyasha

4. Seijuro Hiko
Rurouni Kenshin

3. Roronoa Zoro
One Piece

2. Kenshin Himura
Rurouni Kenshin

1. Goemon Ishikawa XIII
Lupin the Third

Rurouni Kenshin characters made up an impressive three spots on the list, with Kenshin himself in the number two spot, but none could top Lupin the Third’s master swordsman Goemon, who seems to be able to cut through anything and whose signature line, “once again I have cut a worthless object,” has become a household phrase in Japan.

Fans of Goemon and his katana are in luck, as the next Lupin film, Goemon Ishikawa’s Spray of Blood, debuts February 4, and as the title suggests, seems to contain a fair amount of bloodletting.

May the cutting of worthless objects never end.

Source: Goo

Matt Schley

Matt Schley (rhymes with "guy") lives in Tokyo, and has been OUSA's "man in Japan" since 2012. He's also written about anime and Japanese film for the Japan Times, Screen Daily and more.