--- 「刀剣乱舞: 剣の存在」Touken Ranbu: Sword's Existence Omamori Keychains Collection --- 薬研藤四郎 ("Yagen Toushirou") 「僕と言うなら、剣の存在は、大将のためだ。」 ("To me, my existence as a sword is for you, General.") Yagen was portrayed as a physician and herbalist in the first installation. His hardiness in his emotions, as seen in the patience he displayed while waiting for his eldest brother - Ichigohitofuri (「一期一振」) and then finally letting his tears loose when he met and spoke to Ichigo in private, was carried over to his resilience during the tough battle on the battleship in Episode 5 of the second installation.
Despite him being a tantou - short in length and hence at a greater disadvantage when in a one-to-many battle scenario, this little gentleman's ferocious valiance still shone through sharply as he cut through the ranks of his enemies, despite the heavy injuries he sustained.
I chose a navy blue fabric with gold sakura prints and subtle wave highlights because of the colour of Yagen's uniform. The tassles and cords on his armor and weapon are red, which was why I used a ruby red cord for his omamori knot.
Yagen's eyes are a beautiful light royal purple, where I had used glass rondelles in cloudy amethyst, moonstone (because of his ivory corded hilt), shimmering storm blue (which will show variegated colours at different angles) and light royal purple alabaster.
Amongst the 4 omamori keychains in this collection, only Yagen's sport a 5mm Cyclamen Opal Swarovski crystal. Not only does the colour match his eye colour but it also illustrates his personality and profession. Cyclamen is a plant with medicinal qualities and which bears the resilience to last through the tough frosty months of winter - which pretty much sums up Yagen as a whole.
As every of the four omamori keychains features a charm, Yagen's is a burnished silver Tree of Life - he saves lives, as well as his own, with his medicinal knowledge and a calm head on his neck.
Measurements (length): 15.5cm
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