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The Last Blade
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Developer(s)

SNK Playmore

Publisher(s)

SNK Playmore

First Game

The Last Blade (1997)

Genre(s)

Fighting

Platform(s)

Various

The Last Blade (幕末浪漫 月華の剣士, Bakumatsu Rōman: Gekka no Kenshi), is a fighting game series created by SNK for the Neo-Geo system. The title in Japanese roughly means Romance of the Bakumatsu: The Swordsman of Moonlight. The first game in the series is also the first game that Daisuke Ishiwatari (of Guilty Gear fame) worked on. The Last Blade and its sequel are widely considered to be two of the most accomplished games available for the Neo Geo system, with fan opinion divided as to which is the better installment.

The game takes place during the late Tokugawa shogunate era in Japan, and incorporates various elements of Japanese mythology. As such, the background music generally incorporates synthesized instruments simulating a sound appropriate to the 19th century setting, in a Western classical, pseudo-Romantic style (unusual for a fighting game). Many characters from the series take intentional inspiration from the manga, Rurouni Kenshin. Developers state that it was a friendly nod to the mangaka for being a well-known fan of the Samurai Shodown series.

StoryEdit

Long before humanity existed, in a far off time of myth, death was an unknown, equally distant concept, but when death first came to the world, the "Messenger from Afar" was born.

With time, the Sealing Rite was held in order to seal Death behind Hell's Gate. At that time, two worlds, one near and one far, were born. Thus the history of life and death began.

Half a year has passed since Suzaku's madness, and the underworld is still linked by a great portal. Kagami's great sin is still heard as if ringing from the heavens. Our world has been called upon. Legends of long ago told of the sealing of the boundary between the two worlds. The Sealing Rite would be necessary to hold back the spirits of that far away world.

However, the Sealing Rite brings together the power of the Four Gods and Sealing Maiden, for the first time properly completing the ritual.

To find the Sealing Maiden, Genbu began searching in the center of the world, from which all things begin. At the same time in the underworld, in the depths of darkness, many spirits conspired, plotting to hinder the Sealing Rite. They had but one wish, to be reborn into our world.

GamesEdit

  • The Last Blade (1997-2012)
  • The Last Blade 2 (1998-2006)
  • The Last Blade - Beyond the Destiny (2000)
  • The Last Blade (mobile)
  • Gekka no Kenshi Gaiden ~ Akari to Nanatsu no Ayakashidama

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