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    This is something I never really looked into. Suzuka's sword is usually referred to as a bokken. It's certainly a correct way to say it. It's just Japanese for "wooden sword", so, nothing wrong with that. After Suzuka's assassination attempt, when Gene explains the situation to Fred's bodyguards he calls the weapon a bokuto.

    It seems correct, I guess. It's Japanese for "wooden katana". Does it qualify as one, though?

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    Why she uses wood in the first place?

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    Do you really think she'd be able to slice a truck in half with a measly metal sword? No chance. She even swipes away Gene's sword without a scratch on her bokken.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mantis View Post
    This is something I never really looked into. Suzuka's sword is usually referred to as a bokken. It's certainly a correct way to say it. It's just Japanese for "wooden sword", so, nothing wrong with that. After Suzuka's assassination attempt, when Gene explains the situation to Fred's bodyguards he calls the weapon a bokuto.

    It seems correct, I guess. It's Japanese for "wooden katana". Does it qualify as one, though?
    Yes, her weapon is a bokken, of which a bokuto is one type. They're generally used for practice or sports like kendo. I really can't tell you why Suzu uses a practice sword in actual combat...I think the choice was made to emphasize just how powerful she is.
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    I think to conclude this I need to figure out her bokken's length. This may be explained in concept art I might have, or I can use a character size guide for comparison that I know I have somewhere. I just know that katanas can only be up to a certain length. I know her sword isn't as big as Sephiroth's Masamune (lol) but it's merely some stupid trivia I've gotta solve.

    Oh, with regard to her choice, I think it relates to her past. Her whole family (including her trainer) was killed by Hitoriga. At the time she may have still been learning and decided to continue using her practice sword to honour her family. Just a theory.

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    I believe the reason she uses wood is because some of her techniques require it to be wood.
    Which could be sum up to:

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    In addition to that, she has proven not to need a more solid material to be able for combat.
    I believe it is just supposed to make her look cooler and that there is no deep meaning behind it.
    Which is also only speculation of course.

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    FWIW they're (loosely) interchangeable terms, at least when translated for us Western plebs. "Wooden sword" and "wooden training sword" are basically one and the same, all things considered. No fucker in their right mind went out to fight the Tokugawa at Osaka with a lump of wood in their hand.
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