A short animated gif purportedly highlighting the much vaunted efficacy of the katana in comparison to a mere broadsword has surfaced, inciting a storm of controversy.
Needless to say, internationally this short video has inspired much discussion of the merits of the two blades, the test itself, and of course the excessively exaggerated properties of the katana.
2ch for its part is aghast at the soul of the samurai being turned and bent asunder by rude barbarian steel:
They’re using it wrong!
This is probably just an imitation using cheap steel…
Even a katana gets bent and broken. I don’t see the point.
A Japanese blade bends!?
Ah, the way the light reflects off it is all wrong – an obvious fake.
It’s no fake. Also, cutting and striking are two different things. If you want to ‘cut’ you need the right technique.
Doesn’t this make a steel shield the ultimate defence?
People really have too many illusions about these blades. Looks cool anyway.
You shouldn’t use all your strength when swinging a blade anyway.
Foreigners really worship katana and ninja a little too much.
Steel wouldn’t bend like that! Is it aluminium?
Steel would never bend like that!
Because a broadsword is a blunt weapon.
Just proving why the spear is superior again.
Seriously? Excuse me while I go to the shop to sell Masamune…
A Japanese blade’s strength lies in its ability to dispatch an enemy in but one stroke, it doesn’t rely on sheer hardness. These foreigners like flashy things so perhaps the harder thing looks stronger to them.
All those foreigners have are cheap Chinese copies!
Under these conditions a hammer is best!
After the sakoku [closing of the country to barbarians], the samurai were just playing at swordfighting and the Japanese sword became nothing but a mere decoration. The blades used in the west continued to be honed in real battle – it’s obvious they’d be stronger.
Just the sort of idiotic test some fool barbarian would concoct, eh?
Not a real katana. As for the foreigners leaping to defend it – I laughed!
Aren’t those foreign anime otaku just mistaking ‘the sword that cuts iron’ for reality?
Foreigners absolutely worship katana.
Why? TMNT or something?
Probably Highlander’s fault.
So this ‘katana’ is going to be recalled too?
Who would have thought 2ch harboured so many experts on metallurgy and swordcraft?