Nameless Worm are the parasitic worms that inhabit the bodies of the Deadmen.
The worms were originally created by Sorae Igarashi and Hagire Rinichirō. Together, they researched different ways of heightening a person's immune abilities. The pair used several guinea pigs including Shiro for these experiments. Their existence was determined to be a byproduct of the pair's research.
Due to the Great Tokyo Earthquake, the worms were spread throughout Tokyo.
Effects of the Worms
- Main article: Deadmen
Once inside a human, the Nameless Worm integrates with the body, altering the subject permanently. When this happens, the person is then referred to as a Deadman.
- Main article: Branch of Sin
The Branch of Sin (罪の枝, Tsumi no Eda) sometimes abbreviated as BoS is the ability to control and freely move the user's own blood outside of their body as an extension of oneself. The Branch of Sin can be formed into various shapes and objects and is mostly used as a weapon for combat. People who possess Branch of Sin are known as Deadmen. This power was created by the Nameless Worm carried by the Red Diamond. To summon their power, they first need to inflict at least a minor cut in order to draw the blood out of their body. The blood they extract appears as a sort of string that's directly connected to their veins and arteries, which can be restored afterward, if it's still connected to them. In very few cases, the user can fully control his blood while it's not directly linked to them and even reuse the blood to recreate their weapon. In a case where a Deadman sustains minor wounds or cuts, they can slow down their blood or stop it at certain parts of the body to prevent it from bleeding out, not including deep wounds or damaged organs. Their powers and shapes vary and are unique to every Deadman. It's unclear if Branches of Sin manifest a unique power on their own or if they adapt to the Deadmen's genetic and biological characteristics. Whatever the case may be, all Deadmen have been known to master their powers over time with enough amount of training. While using their powers, hexagonal plates of unknown material appear, either embedded inside the Branch itself or floating around it in a circular motion. The Branches can be long range, close range or both. Long range Branches can either be thrown, shot, or extended to reach their opponents at a certain distance, while close range Branches are bound to close quarters combat. Deadmen can use more blood in order to reinforce their Branches ability, as well as increase their size or lengthen them if needed. The two main disadvantages to this power are anemia and Worm Eaters. Even though anemia is mostly common to the ones who use long range Branches, many Deadmen have been known to overcome it over time, either from their training or because of the Nameless Worm itself that altered their bodies.
In the anime, Branches of Sin intend to stray from their original look. They also appear to be more liquefied than fully solid and constantly change shape during their forming, as it is with Ganta's bullets, from round to elliptical and Senji's blades, from curvy to straight.
It appears that at least two Branches of Sin can be combined together by mixing the blood of two Deadmen while forming their weapons to create a more powerful version of their Branch of Sin that consists of both of their abilities. This has only been used once by Chaplin Sukegawa and Minatsuki in their fight against Uzume Sumeragi. Their combined attack was dubbed by Chaplin as the Love Whip.
Certain Branches of Sin have been developed far enough to exceed the speed of sound by breaking the sound barrier. This ability increases the speed of one's own power, enabling it to cut or pierce through enemies and solid objects, as well as easily overpowering Worm Eaters. Despite the lack in power, it uses less blood, preventing Deadmen from falling victim to anemia. The only Deadmen to achieve this are Ganta and Senji canonically and Minatsuki and Hagire Rinichirō (While possessing Toto Sakagami's body) exclusively to the anime. To achieve the speed of sound, different methods are applied to each Branch, as Ganta makes his bullet smaller and slimier, focusing more power into the blast and Senji, making his blade thinner and drawing it out in less than one second.
It was shown that Branches of Sin can evolve over time, such as Ganta's Ganbare gun and Senji's unnamed evolved Crow Claw. The evolution itself has occurred due to their strong will to live and high determination, eventually leading to their new powers. Evolved versions don't stray too far from their original powers and appearance, as they only intend to boost them with speed and strength. Patterned, black lines (shiny red-pink in the anime) appear on Deadmen when using evolved Branch of Sin, usually from parts of the body where they manifest their Branch of Sin, all the way to their face, or in Wretched Egg's case over her entire body, when her full power awakened. Their appearance is distinct for every Deadman, from straight patterns, to curly lines. The main disadvantage to this ability is that it uses a lot of blood and puts strain on the body. Overusing it will cause third-degree burns and scars where the marks appear, all the way to the location of the red crystal inside the Deadman's body.
- Main article: Forgeries
Tsunenaga Tamaki was able create artificial Deadmen called Forgeries. They possess the powers of Deadman as well as a poison (carried in their Branch of Sin) designed to give them an advantage over Deadmen. The copies are forced to wear masks that not only induce brainwashing effects, but cause the wearer to remain in a heightened, euphoric state.
Their elite troops are called Complete Forgeries.
- Main article: Worm Eater
The Worm Eater was invented by Tsunenaga Tamaki and was given to the Undertakers. It has been effective against every Branch of Sin, except for the ones that evolved, such as Ganta's Ganbare Gun and the original Branch of Sin of the Wretched Egg.
The only way to counter a Worm Eater with a regular Branch of Sin is to attack with the speed of sound, breaking the sound barrier, like Senji's Invisible Black and Ganta's Supersonic Ganta Gun.
- ↑ Chapter 22, last page