January 02, 2017
2016 saw the release of the now hugely successful Overwatch first person shooter. Developed by Blizzard, Overwatch contains several unique and memorable characters in its roster, with each possessing a set of unique and special skills, along with differing mechanics and weaponry.
The ever popular YouTube channel Man at Arms: Reforged has released an informative and fascinating look at forging Genji’s signature odachi.
While it’s been widely accepted that Overwatch is a first person shooter, many of the roster line up don’t use traditional guns. The games resident cyborg ninja, Genji, uses a sword throwing star combination in order to accomplish his role as a damage inflicting offensive hero.
According to Overwatch lore, Genji’s odachi is named Ryu-ichimonji and has never been inspected, examined or repaired by anyone other than Genji. However, that’s not put a stop to the guys behind Men at Arms from making an attempt at forging the legendary weapon.
This build was particularly tricky due to the traditional elements involved with forging the sword and the modern day tech that would allow for the glowing green strip that runs the length of the blade.
Genji is said to be a ninja from a centuries old clan, who after a near fatal fight is turned into a cyborg. The theme of bring together old and new is a prominent feature of the characters weapons and armour. In order to forge this sword, traditional blacksmithing methods are used in conjunction with more modern techniques in order to make sure the sword is as genuine as it can be. Once the sword was finished being forged, it’s further enhanced with a set of LEDs under a sheet of plexiglass in order to create the green strip featured in the game.
In case you’re wondering what an odachi is, it’s in some way’s similar to a traditional Katana, but far larger.
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