Oh wonder! How many goodly creatures are there here! How beauteous CL-kind is! Oh brave new world, that has such people in it!
Normal student. Enjoys doing fun things, day dreaming, and the ship TaroxBed. I like my mecha and shounen but also anything grimdark.
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Taro_Tanako joined on Feb 2nd, 2013, since that has made 1056 posts that are still accessible today, 14 of which are threads. Helping shape the community, Taro_Tanako has given 1317 upvotes, and was last online on Nov 18th, 2017.
@Kirn for villain material..crushing your dreams, eviscerating your hopes, stealing your girl/boy, eating your ice cream, telling your mom your dirty secrets, wiping your toothbrush on the toilet bowl, putting a red sock in with your whites..
..telling the truth
@IrawaWeirHolo actually I'm totally in favour of HEMA, although I've been mostly neutral about it so far.
@IrawaWeirHolo not quite true. Rapiers (well, those from the "Golden Age" of fencing) do have a cutting edge. But you're correct to assume the katana has significantly more power and utility as a cutting weapon, at the cost of reach though. Rapiers are definitely primarily a thrusting blade.
I haven't bought much that's embarrassing really on Steam (or anything else...I'm a pure virgin angel). But I did buy Akiba's Trip a while back. You beat people up and take their clothes. Kinda lewd really.
I found this video of some guys sparring with cavalry sabre and shinai (practice katana). The sabre looks way more effective but a lot more tiring.
Fencing v Kendo
Someone at my fencing class showed me this photo flic.kr/p/a1BsYL and we got talking about an age-old argument that sometimes comes up between European-style fencers and people who practice kendo, that is, which of the styles would win out against each other?
Being a pretty keen fencer and having also learned a little kendo, I've always been kinda fascinated by this subject. The styles have never really clashed in history but fans of both sport love to speculate the merits of one over the other.
Kendo and the use of a katana really represents a powerhouse of the two styles with it's two-handed grip, relatively heavy weapon, and torque-harnessing technique from those torso twists to generate amazing energy through the arms and body.
By contract, fencing employs a very mobile and lighter attack method, greater reach and versatility, but rarely a one hit one kill outcome. It's more like death by a thousand cuts.
Well, I have my favourite but I wanted to know your opinions and thought it would make a nice discussion. What do you think?
Also, here's an exhibition piece of fencing v kendo which is pretty neato:
In the battle of wits in the square ring @AshitoKenji vs Taro proves that playing in your pyjamas is not enough to coerce your luck...I lost ;_;
Good game from AK. See my humiliation here:lichess.org/BWJHVGLt#76
Really got in to listening to The Cure lately...