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Not to be confused with the Item Box power-up, Bashosen.

The Bashōsen (バショウセン Bashōsen?, lit. "Banana palm fan")[1] are objects that appear in the Sonic the Hedgehog series. They are Jet the Hawk's main weapons. Jet uses the main one in his left hand and sometimes an auxiliary one in his right.

Description

The Bashōsen are made up of large green feathers with dark green tips red and wooden handles with a red strap on them. The edges of these fans are said to be razor-sharp. They are mainly used by Jet while riding his Extreme Gear in order to better catch the wind currents and attack his rival racers.

Game appearances

Sonic Riders series

Sonic Riders

Basho Fans

The Bashōsen in Sonic Riders.

In Sonic Riders, Jet pulls out a Bashōsen fan when he reaches level two in gameplay. At that level, he wields it to disorient his foe. At level three, Jet takes out a secondary fan and uses it in his off-hand to create a twister-like attack to stun the foe for an even longer amount of time.

Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity

In Sonic Riders: Zero Gravity Jet uses only one Bashōsen fan. In gameplay, he uses it whenever he gets an Attack item.

Sonic Forces: Speed Battle

Main article: Bashosen

In Sonic Forces: Speed Battle, the Bashōsen (spelled as Bashosen) is an Item Box power-up exclusive to Jet. In this game, the Bashōsen is an offensive power-up that can be used to attack opponents. Upon dealing damage, it will also steal some of the opponent's Rings. This power-up can also be improved by leveling up the playable character.

Trivia

  • The Bashōsen is an item from the Chinese epic Journey to the West. It is one of the five treasured tools owned by the two demon brothers; Kinkaku-daiō and Ginkaku-daiō.
  • Fitting with its name, Jet's fans bear a resemblance to banana plants.
  • In Sonic and the Black Knight Jet's counterpart Sir Lamorak uses dual swords that are inspired by the Bashōsen.

References

  1. Official Japanese Sonic Riders Website. Retrieved on 2013-04-20.

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