Raiu is a very long nodachi with a quadrangular guard, while the handle is red with a diamond pattern. The first half of its sheath is white, while the second half is red. A red flowery pattern is featured at the base of the blade. It has a slightly curved white and black blade, measuring somewhere around (2.5 to 3 meters in size).
Not much is known about Raiu's capabilities, however, since it is a meito, it is certainly a great sword. Raiu is an extremely powerful sword to handle, as shown when Shiryu attacked the jailers who released him.
Raiu is a blade of simple shape but high quality. However, Shiryu has made great use of it.
Shiryu heavily abused that privilege by killing many prisoners for his own pleasure. When confronted by Magellan, Shiryu's abuse of his privilege was revealed and he was deemed to be a menace, it was later confiscated from him after Shiryu was imprisoned as a condemned criminal in Level 6.
Impel Down Arc
- Vivre Card - One Piece Visual Dictionary (Card #0591).
- One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 56 Chapter 542 (p. 10-11) and Episode 444.
- One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 92 Chapter 925 (p. 6-7) and Episode 917.
- One Piece Manga and Anime — Vol. 55 Chapter 538 (p. 11-12) and Episode 440, Shiryu's past transgression led to his imprisonment.