|“||I've completed doing what I swore an oath to God 28 years ago to never do again. I have made "something that kills people". And in that purpose, I was a success. I've done this because philisophically, I am sympathetic to your aim. I can tell you with no ego, this is my finest sword. And if on your journey, you should encounter God, God will be cut.||”|
Overview[edit | edit source]
Chapter 4: The MAN From OKINAWA is the fourth chapter in Vol. 1.
Story[edit | edit source]
Arriving in Okinawa, the Bride heads into a local sushi shop and begins to mingle with the owner over trivial things. As they talk, she makes an order which the owner tells his bald employee to prepare. After some arguing, the bald man goes to fetch her a bottle of warm sake while the owner asks what she is doing. The Bride tells him she is looking for a man, to which he asks who. Upon uttering the words, "Hattori Hanzo", the bald man in the other room drops the sake and the owner, Hattori Hanzo, begins questioning her in Japanese. The Bride, now in perfect Japanese, tells him that she is looking for Hattori Hanzo because she needs Japanese steel, because she has "vermin to kill." Hattori comments that if she needs Hattori Hanzo's steel, she must have big rats, which the Bride only replies to by uttering "Huge."
Hanzo leads the Bride into his showcase room, a hidden attic where he keeps dozens of his famed hand-made weapons. Mesmerized, the Bride looks in awe at each and every single row before picking one up. Unsheathing it, Hanzo makes fun of the fact she likes swords and he in fact enjoys baseball. He produces a baseball and slings it at her, the Bride uses the sword in her hands to slice the ball in half. As they discuss his retiring, the Bride tells him that she must use a weapon crafted by his legendary hands to exterminate her "vermin". He states that he no longer creates swords. He rebuffs her, demanding to know why she thinks he will give/make her one. She tells him that her "vermin" is actually a former student of his and that, considering who the student is, he is very obligated. After becoming shaken upon realizing that she is talking about none other than Bill, he tells her that she can sleep there and tells her making the sword would take him a month, which he suggests she spends by practicing.
A month after the sword has been crafted, Hanzo and the bald man hold a ceremony in which the Bride receives her brand new Hattori Hanzo Sword. He states that he has broken his blood oath since the Bride's target is Bill. The Bride's sword is the apex of his career and the perfection of the sword.