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Have you or someone you know been seriously injured by a scissor or fork?

Seriously, though, please post any such stories. I really want to know, because I've seen so many characters in anime wielding these as weapons that I'm starting to wonder if there's something to it.

Also, can anyone explain the apparent fixation the Japanese have with these everyday items being used as weapons?
Where did this originate? The oldest anime I've seen that used a fork as a weapon was Noir, but I doubt that was the first occurrence of this in Japanese culture or even just anime. Any ideas?
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''everyday items'' you just answered your question. Well they are everyday items so what can be handier than grabbing a pair of scissors from the table and using them as a weapon? . There's nothing to them i guess. Just like saying why are there cars in anime?
Posted 1/5/14 , edited 1/5/14
Art is imitation of real life...
Most serial killers use diff equip to killing people... Like the guy in Texas chainsaw massacre.




Edit: *to kill people

My grammar is so horrible
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MrFlyingKitten wrote:

''everyday items'' you just answered your question. Well they are everyday items so what can be handier than grabbing a pair of scissors from the table and using them as a weapon? . There's nothing to them i guess. Just like saying why are there cars in anime?


It occurs to me that it is possible I misspoke when I described forks as an "everyday item", at least; I have no idea how common forks are in Japan, considering they must face some competition from chopsticks.

Regardless, even if we consider these as everyday items, there are many other everyday items that one could use as a weapon. The prevalence of scissors and forks being used this way compared to other viable everyday items seems to suggest there is something more at work here.

Also, while it makes sense that one might use a fork or scissor as a weapon in a pinch, there are characters that specialize in this as a weapon; Mahiro from Nyarko-san, Mikoto from Mysterious Girlfriend X and Natsuno from Dog & Scissors, for example. Mahiro seems to have an arsenal of forks, even, which goes far beyond grabbing the nearest convenient weapon.

So I don't agree that this is as simple and straightforward as you've suggested. Many of us have or drive cars, but how many of us use forks or scissors as weapons? Perhaps mentioning Noir's fork use was a bit misleading, since there it was used in a desperate manner rather than as a weapon of choice - in such a scenario, I would agree with your view.
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Art is imitation of real life...
Most serial killers use diff equip to killing people... Like the guy in Texas chainsaw massacre.


That might make sense other than that most of the time, from what I've seen, characters wielding scissors and forks aren't serial killers. Actually, I'm not sure I've seen any shows with a serial killer using those items as weapons. I've also not heard of any real life serial killer that did so; even if there were one or two, would it merit the popularity forks and scissors have in anime?
Posted 1/5/14

ahatestory wrote:


GayAsianBoy wrote:

Art is imitation of real life...
Most serial killers use diff equip to killing people... Like the guy in Texas chainsaw massacre.


That might make sense other than that most of the time, from what I've seen, characters wielding scissors and forks aren't serial killers. Actually, I'm not sure I've seen any shows with a serial killer using those items as weapons. I've also not heard of any real life serial killer that did so; even if there were one or two, would it merit the popularity forks and scissors have in anime?


Have you heard of 3 guys 1 hammer?

This website contains a list of "everyday items" used as a killing tool: http://rawjustice.com/2010/09/13/12-most-unusual-murder-weapons-used-in-real-life/


Serial killers are interesting not only because they kill, they're different from normal killers because they have a fascination with their method of killing. Assassins use firearms and proper weapons, serial killers have their own weapons and own way of killing someone.
(OMG, I sound like a creep talking about my fascination with serial killers)


I'm just assuming this is where Japanese animators got their ideas from... I don't think they actually have OCD with forks and scissors.










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No, not seriously injured; however, when I was younger, I used to play with them often and pretend to use them as weapons. My sisters and I suffered many a jab from each other. Even now, I will occasionally mess with forks and scissors. You ever notice how often people pretend that they're awesome weapons? Alot. Now, if my sisters, former classmates, and my parents recognized their weapon potential as young children, why wouldn't they be popular joke/badass weapons in anime? Them being "unlikely" weapons that many people have played with (or thought about doing so) grants them a "rule of cool" in many forms of media, with anime not being an exception.
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Not sure if this "fixation" is necessarily limited to Japan. Just something I heard somewhere-- not sure it's really true (maybe from way back in my Dungeons and Dragons playing days): in olden days, commoners either weren't allowed to have weaponry, or perhaps couldn't really afford them, i.e. the swords/katana and lances and such-- the military-grade hardware of the time-- and so turned to more ordinary objects for purposes of self-defense. Such things could be carried about as ordinary tools of trade without garnering the attention of law enforcement, and still be used as weapons when the need arose-- wood walking staves, hammers, agricultural flails and scythes and such.
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Accidentally killed a life by throwing my fork around.
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Jeffrey Dahmer did, albeit allegedly post mortem.Most of the scissor wielding characters in my experience appear to be female .In the Korean movie "My wife is a gangster 2" the female lead uses a scissors.
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For what it's worth, I've seen some series where real weapons are confined for bad guy use. The good guys either fought bare fisted, with sports equipment, or with things that people wouldn't consider weapons.

Maybe it was a, "Good guys don't use things that are solely made for the purpose of harming others" thing.
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All the time. It sucks I hate it.
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Well I never have but I've heard plenty of stories .... After all, real life is stranger than fiction .
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Posted 1/6/14 , edited 1/6/14
I haven't seen serious injury done by these other than finger amputation but these are classic examples I will often mention when someone rants and raves about banning something 'because it involves risk and potential danger.'

Really just depends how you use the object. Potential for harm alone is not sufficient.
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Forget scissors and forks. You can seriously injure yourself with a pencil. Anything can be dangerous if used in the wrong way.
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