Yagyuu Tajima-no-Kami MunenoriWP (柳生但馬守宗矩WP, Yagyū Tajima-no-Kami Munenori?), Class Name Saber (セイバー, Seibā?), is a Saber-class Servant summoned by Ritsuka Fujimaru in the Grand Orders of Fate/Grand Order.
One of the strongest swordsmen of the Edo Yagyuu. A genius of the sword known as the child of Yagyuu SekishuusaiWP and the father of Yagyuu Juubei. It has been said that, during the Siege of OsakaWP (1615 AD), he protected the Shogun HidetadaWP by cutting down seven warriors in an instant. After his death, Shogun IemitsuWP extolled him as “Peerless in Swordsmanship.”
It has been recorded that the Third Shogun Iemitsu would call Munenori by the nickname “Ryuutan”. A nickname formed by taking one kanji character each from “Yagyuu” and “Munenori”.
A strategist and politician. Not only has he instructed many Daimyou and their younger relatives in the Shinkage-ryuuWP, but he also sent his disciples to serve influential Daimyou as swordsmanship intructors. In historical novels and historical plays, he is often regarded as an extraordinary plotter. This is probably out of the notion that, in the early Edo periodWP, it would be impossible to raise the Yagyuu Clan up to a social position of a Daimyou with 12,500 koku just by being honest and upright.
With excellent foresight, it has been said that he quickly saw through the expansion of the Shimabara RebellionWP. In the 14th year of the Kan'ei eraWP (1637 AD), right after news of a rebellion by Christian believers arrived, Munenori frantically tried to hold back Itakura “Naizen-no-Kami” ShigemasaWP, who was tasked with leading a punitive expedition. It has been said that, when asked why by Shogun Iemitsu, Munenori answered “religious wars are always a serious matter” and “Mr. Shigemasa will likely die in battle.”
The situation progressed as Munenori predicted. Shigemasa - a Daimyou of 15,000 koku - was lacking in strength despite leading all the western Daimyou and found himself forced into a hard fight as a result. As he saw the situation turn grimmer, Shogun Iemitsu dispatched his chief vassal, Matsudaira NobutsunaWP, to act as supreme commander, but Shigemasa became impatient upon learning that and attempted an assault on the enemy camp before Nobutsuna arrived, dying tragically in the process.
A demon of rationality that gazes at everything with a reasoning of ice, unswayed by emotion. Methodology equals rationality; in other words, by mastering the sword, everything will naturally be fulfilled without any futility—
Never speaking of his passions, he does not become impetuous or impatient. He thoroughly carries out the optimal, shortest measures in order to achieve an objective with the utmost coolness. A man of ice and steel who is reliable as an ally, but extremely terrifying once he becomes an enemy.
Miyamoto Musashi / Sasaki Kojiro / Houzouin Inshun / Diarmuid Ua Duibhne / Artoria Pendragon / Arthur Pendragon
....Let me see.
They are all magnificent people, I wonder if I shall have a chance to cross blades with them.
Hmm, a photo.
Of a creature that reminds me of Loco Moco? Oh, oh, I see, this is not bad. It’s as if it’s cutting the past!
Mochizuki Chiyome / Katou Danzo
This is not a world of war nor is it the Edo period. You don’t have to be stern towards a Daimyo, but...that’s beyond my control.
Minamoto-no-Raikou / Sakata Kintoki / Watanabe no Tsuna
Warriors of the Heian Period, they are seen as people who stand at the top. That terrifying power is at a catastrophic level that defies the laws of science. The samurai・military commanders of turbulent times that we know of don’t even reach their level. With that said---------------
It’s still amusing to confront each other with not much freedom from all worldly thoughts.
I’m joking, I'm joking.
(Gazes at them from afar)
Musashi Trial Quest
- Main article: Saber of Empireo
Subspecies Singularity III: Shimosa
- Main article: Saber of Empireo
Interlude: Kenjutsu Musou, Kenzen Ichinyo
Event: Tokugawa's World-Changing Labyrinth
Although able to withstand his sword strikes, Miyamoto Musashi says this swordsman far surpasses her and runs away from the battle. Munenori is a Sword Saint, and his sword has reached the level of One.
- Magic Resistance (C Rank): Cancels spells with a chant below two verses. Cannot defend against magecraft on the level of greater magecraft and Greater Rituals.
- Riding (B Rank): Most vehicles and animals can be handled with above average skill, even vehicles that did not exist in the time period one was alive in, for they are no exception. However, cannot ride the likes of Phantasmal Species such as Monstrous Beasts.
- Shinkage-ryuu (A++ Rank): Has completely studied the secrets of the Yagyuu Shinkageryuu. From infancy until he was 24 years old, Munenori was raised while learning about the sword directly from his father, Munetoshi (Sekishuusai). Being endowed with over A Rank in this skill, Munenori possesses not only sword techniques but also resistance to mental attacks. An expert of the Shinkage-ryuu - which views zen meditation as indispensable - has no doubts nor hesitates.
- Suigetsu (B Rank): One of the deepest levels of the Shinkage-ryu. To peer into those eyes right away without letting your guard down, that is the true form of Suigetsu.
- Swordless Capture (A Rank): A secret elucidated by Yagyuu Sekishuusai, first devised by the master swordsman Kamiizumi Nobutsuna. It is said that, even without holding a blade, an expert of the Shinkage-ryuu wins over an armed opponent.
His Noble Phantasm is Peerless in Swordsmanship - Zen and the Sword As One. After learning that Yagyuu had been summoned in Chaldea, Musashi speculated that if the two of them were to fight again, Yagyuu may just be able to beat her, despite her having already defeated Yagyuu's Heroic Spirit Swordmaster counterpart. She explains that the Heroic Spirit Yagyuu must have peered beyond the veil, achieved enlightenment, and become a Sword Saint beyond compare. She doesn't mind it, as it just means she'll have to take her zero sword to the next level.
Creation and Conception
Shouichi Furumi is the character illustrator for Yagyuu Munenori.