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Samurai (サムライ or (さむらい) ?) are cyborg warriors with advanced, completely artificial bodies that grant them power beyond that of normal humans. Their duty is to protect the galaxy. According to the Ronin, Samurai are chosen by Fudo Myo-o for being the most elite of Bushi and given their cyborg bodies as a result. However, one does not need to be a Bushi to become a Samurai. This is evidenced by Hachimaru, who was not a Bushi, becoming a Samurai.[1]

Physiology

Samurai schematic

Samurai schematic

Transformation

To become a Samurai, a Locker Ball — a crystal star left behind by Fudo Myo-o — is needed. The Locker Ball has a small blade in it, and if a sufficiently courageous individual uses this blade to commit seppuku, there's a chance their body will transform into a Key ( (キー) ?), a memory unit that resembles a spine and forms the base of their new cybernetic body, which is spontaneously assembled from the Locker Ball.[2]

Resilience

A Samurai's cybernetic body is endowed with miraculous regenerative powers, allowing them to rapidly heal nearly any injury, though certain techniques and weapons may impede this process. This allows them to perform feats such as reattaching severed limbs or regrowing them outright. They can also exist in otherwise dangerous environments, including the vacuum of space. It's been noted that the speed of regeneration is not uniform, so Samurai heal at different rates.[3][4][5]

Incarnation

Ata creating a clone

Ata Manifesting an Incarnation

Adept Samurai are able to temporarily conjure a spiritual incarnation of their samurai soul by stabilizing the density of their H-Particles to a value close to zero. They can project this incarnation through space to traverse tremendous distances and engage in combat without risking damage to their actual physical form.[6]

Immortality

Samurai are immortal so long as they retain the will to fight, allowing them to survive otherwise fatal injuries and continue to do battle. However, should their courage falter and they accept defeat, the warrior god Fudo Myo-o will forsake them and they will succumb to their injuries, with their body quickly dispersing back into a Locker Ball.[7][8]

Known Samurai

Samurai Soul

Each samurai carries a special Samurai Soul ( (さむらい) (たましい) Samurai Tamashī?) which is their true weapon. The soul orb they take out of their body can be attached to a Handle Bone ( (つか) (ほね) Tsuka Hone?)[9] to create a blade to be used in combat. The Handle Bone itself is given to the samurai by his Key Holder, as a symbol of their bond, and is usually stored in a compartment in their forearm. In battle, a Samurai Soul's power can be increased by a Princess' prayers. The prayers serve as a purifier for the Soul, multiplying its strength and cutting power dozens of times over.[10]

Named Samurai Souls

  • Bloodsucker ( () (すい) Chisui?): A crimson blade and samurai soul of the famous blade Dojikiri Takatsuna ( (どう) () (きり) (たか) (つな) Dōjikiri Takatsuna?)

Trivia

  • In Japanese folklore, the soul is located in the stomach area, which is why the act of seppuku involved cutting the belly. This could be the reason why the Samurai Soul is located near the stomach.
  • Most samurai train in the style of one of five schools: the Kongo-Yasha, Ususuma, Gozanze, Daiitoku, and Gundari styles.

References

  1. Samurai Eight: Hachimaruden Manga; Chapter 1, page 28-29
  2. Samurai Eight: Hachimaruden Manga; Chapter 1, page 28-29
  3. Samurai Eight: Hachimaruden Manga; Chapter 1, page 30-31
  4. Samurai Eight: Hachimaruden Manga; Chapter 11, page 8
  5. Samurai Eight: Hachimaruden Manga; Chapter 20, page 4
  6. Samurai Eight: Hachimaruden Manga; Chapter 8, page 2-3
  7. Samurai Eight: Hachimaruden Manga; Chapter 10, page 10-11
  8. Samurai Eight: Hachimaruden Manga; Chapter 12
  9. Samurai Eight: Hachimaruden Manga; Chapter 4, page 4
  10. Samurai Eight: Hachimaruden Manga; Chapter 23, page 5

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