Takumi's Shinai (タクミの竹刀 Takumi no shinai, lit. Takumi's Bamboo Sword) is a Katana that is introduced in Fire Emblem Fates. Eponymously named after Takumi, Takumi's Shinai pays homage to his little-known skill with the blade. Like its Japanese name suggests, Takumi's Shinai is fashioned entirely out of bamboo and is better suited for practice purposes, a fact that is translated through its low Might. This fact is further reinforced through it being imbued with a property that functions similarly to the Mercy skill from Radiant Dawn, where it is unable to deliver finishing blows to foes possessing more than 1 HP.
Takumi's Shinai shares its inability to kill enemies having more than 1 HP with Niles's Bow. While such a trait is undesirable for serious combat, Takumi's Shinai can be used by stronger units to weaken enemy units enough for weaker units to finish off and thus gain experience more easily.
Weapon Stats[edit | edit source]
Availability[edit | edit source]
Takumi's Shinai can be found on event tiles in Birthright and Revelation. One Takumi's Shinai is granted upon reaching 650 visit points through My Castle battles.
Etymology[edit | edit source]
The shinai (竹刀), is an irregular kanji reading that literally means "bamboo blade," and it refers to a set of swords with nonmetal blades used for practicing kendo, a Japanese sport involving hitting the opponent with wooden katanas. Unlike conventional katanas however, the shinai's blade is completely straight.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Similarly to Ryoma's Club, Takumi cannot naturally wield his own Shinai, requiring the use of seals and class changes to obtain the ability to use sword. Takumi's Shinai and Ryoma's Club are the only weapons in the game named after playable characters that cannot naturally be wielded by their owners.
- Unlike Ryoma and said Club, however, Takumi also requires the use of supports and Partner/Friendship Seals, as Takumi's second class is Spear Fighter.
- Takumi's Shinai is a reference to Takumi's proficiency with swords as well as bows. While there is no proof he wielded a real blade in actual combat, his supports name at least three instances when he used swords in practice, most likely Shinai. The first was against Hana in a practice match; in this match, Takumi lightened his guard because he was fighting in front of Sakura, which promptly led to him being beaten and humiliated in front of his sister by a zealous Hana, causing a fracture between the two. The second reference is his practice matches against Ryoma. Finally, the third is mentioned by Hinata in his supports with the Avatar, when he says that he was beaten badly by Takumi in a practice match, causing him to train as frequently as he does.