Genji’s glowing katana and signature shurikens have been replicated beautifully by Man at Arms

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Genji sword

“Ryujin no ken wo kurae!”

Genji is not your standard sort of ninja. No, you see, he and his brother had somewhat of a tiff over the family business one day, which left our young Shimada brother at death’s door. His injuries were so severe, that the only way he could be kept alive was through an extensive process of cyberization, which Overwatch were only too happy to provide (for a price of course).

Once healed, Genji set out to dismantle his family’s criminal empire. Naturally, a standard set of weapons just wouldn’t fit with his new cyborg look. What he needed was something traditional, yet futuristic. Thus, the glowing green Dragonblade and matching shurikens were born.

Ok, I made up that last bit – I don’t actually know where Genji got hold of his weapons (I do think the Overwatch animated short, Dragons, holds a clue or two however). There’s no denying that they’re awfully advanced though, and that they match his suit quite well thanks to their green glows.

Could such futuristic weapons be replicated in real life? According to Man at Arm’s latest video, yes (via PC Gamer). The team went about recreating Genji’s arsenal, and they did a damn fine job! Check it out:

That green glow on the katana? It’s not the power of the Shimada clan apparently. All it is, is a series of carefully placed LEDs. Who knew? Next time Genji yells his signature Dragonblade line, I won’t be nearly as scared! He doesn’t have ancient magic powering his sharp blade after all – it’s just simple light trickery.

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What I really liked about this video is that it showed that Man at Arms, a burly team of blacksmiths who build weapons all day, find the time to play Overwatch themselves too. Watch closely, and you’ll see an Easter egg or three, and even some cosplay!

Last Updated: January 4, 2017

Matthew Figueira

Defence of the Ancients? More like Defence of the cabbages! Have you seen my head? I look like a Merino Sheep on pole. NO SHANGE only SHAPPIES! :D

  • Andre Fourie

    Wow that was seriously cool. That Katana looks beautiful. These guys truly are artists.

  • Andre Fourie

    Very cool, thanks for sharing that, Matthew.

    • Matthew Figueira

      <3

    • Admiral Chief Argonian

      If you want to brown nose, you’d have better luck with Geoff.

      Matty has no power here 😛

      • Andre Fourie

        XD

      • Andre Fourie

        What does <3 mean. I see sideways balls…

        • Admiral Chief Argonian

          It means he wants to make love with you.

          Run, run to China!

          • Andre Fourie

            *runs

          • Andre Fourie

            *stops

            Wait. I hate Chinese food.

          • Lord Chaos

            You could always go to Greece?

          • Andre Fourie

            Their economy is worse than ours.

          • Lord Chaos

            You didn’t say anything about economy, only food. 😛

          • Andre Fourie

            Why Greece though?

          • Lord Chaos

            Their food isn’t bad, and you won’t be safe in Portugal.

          • Andre Fourie

            Because of Porras??? Oh wait…

          • Matthew Figueira

            O_O

          • Admiral Chief Argonian

            ^that is his <3 making eyes

  • VampyreSquirrel

    I want one!

    • Andre Fourie

      For your own and everyone around you’s safety, I veto that request.

      • VampyreSquirrel

        :O

        How do you know I wouldn’t just put it on show?

        • Andre Fourie

          I’m wise that way.

          • VampyreSquirrel

            I’m not from Krugersdorp… I won’t use it on people.

            #possiblystilltoosoon

          • Andre Fourie

            XD

          • Andre Fourie

            You might hurt yourself or someone by accident.

          • Lord Chaos

            *highly likely

          • VampyreSquirrel

            No faith 🙁

            Meanie!

        • BakedBagel

          Who won’t take the chance to be a ninja?

          • VampyreSquirrel

            On inanimate objects sure… and fruit… but yeah, nothing living.

  • Original Heretic

    Whhhhaaaaaat? Not even mystical LED’s? Just plain ol’ ornery ones? Pffft.

  • Captain JJ

    Love this show. Never miss an “episode”

  • Admiral Chief Argonian

    Dat Roadhog doe……O_O

    • Andre Fourie

      Yep. O_o

    • Andre Fourie

      Disturbing image.

  • Cody-Sneaky Pants Pike

    That Roadhog tho

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