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In this chapter (page 27) we see that Raki's armor moved to protect him from the yoma attack, so what do you guys think is going on?
Is there some mechanism that enables his armor to telescope out? Is the armor made by Isley ti react to yoma energies? Is it a mistake on Yagi's part, or something else entirely?
Personally, I think the best bet is that it is a mechanical feature along the lines of the bandit's falcon sword. That said, I think it would be awesome if his armor came from Isley and was a living thing that protects him (and maybe enhances his own abilities).
Both of your theories are probable, but the armor that enhances his abilities seems more possible to me since he's now able to easily swing an huge two-handed sword with only one hand.
one thing to add:
if that is isley's armor and the ability is inherent in the armor, it makes me think the organization used to spend a hell of a lot more money on them. if the armor was given this ability by the org, it would certainly facilitate power growth without the user having to release yoki to defend in battles. their old plan could have been to develop their yoki as much as possible without them turning into awakened beings. then, after they became matches for the dragon warriors, they would ship them back to the main continent and have fighters with a lot of power and self-control. of course, that obviously failed. it also may help explain what their tactic was before the sister experiments and why they changed.
My guess would be it's a part of Isley's body. Like Duph's rods.
Isley seems pretty armored up when he shifts. Shouldn't be too much trouble to regenerate pieces that are torn off.
wow, these theories strike me as being WAY out in left field. It's just a scale plate mechanical device.
We have seen yoma tear through steel like paper, yet Raki's armor was able to withstand the attack. Also, realistically, any mechanical solution for his armor would almost certainly be cumbersome and inefficient if not completely impossible (though, to be fair, the falcon sword was pretty impossible too).
Having an enhanced armor is not completely out of the range of possibilities. We have seen that Isley can create any weapon/armor he wants, so him being able to make something for Raki should not be impossible. Any such armor could also be very effective in combating yoma by following their yoki as Isley's arrows do.
Though I do agree that it is more likely that the armor is man made, I think it would be very interesting if Raki's armor did come from Isley. I also think that it would open up the story a bit and allow Yagi to use Raki in a much more interesting way (and still be believable).
Maybe it is beginning of introduction of enterely new power -- human Knights capable of dealing with yoma on their own? And under the guidance of Isley? ^___~
just realized something... Isley's entire body is black, and Raki's armor is probably not, so I think that's eliminating the possibility of it being taken from Isley's body.
Is there a particular reason why you think the armour moved on its own rather than Raki just using it to block?
he had his arm bent up (so the armor would be hanging down) while his other arm was devoted to wielding the sword. he simply wasn't in a position to make a block like that thanks to gravity. in other words, he'd have a bleeding arm if the armor didn't move on its own.
to be fair, we've never seen standard cannon-fodder yoma puncture armor with their finger-spears.
Only one really strong "voracious eater" and awakended, of course have been shown to have enough strength for this.
The sword & armor are most likely conventional equipment, with maybe the armor being spring loaded so Raki can still defend without the extra weight of extra armor coverage.
but that's not interesting at all! Yagi wouldn't make such a non-exciting developement, probably...
I think Raki had somehow made his way through the other continent. I don't know how but there's a huge possibilty that he was trained there and acquire some weapons. Well, it's just a theory.
I think that his armor probably has some type of power ingrained in it to protect Raki.