BFS

A symptom of the influence anime games and cartoons has had on D&D can really be seen in the art of the game, specifically weapons and armour. Stylistic weaponry and armour have become much more common and realistic medieval gear has become dismissed or downplayed. Some of this is to better enable each of the races to have a distinct visual style, but other times it’s just seen as “cool”.

All I can ever think of is “man, that sword would be heavy to lift and impossible to wield” or “that armour would just direct blows to vital spots on the torso.” It’s one thing to depict fantastic weapons and armour that would be slightly impractical, it’s another to present armour and weapons that are detrimental to the wielder.