Gen-An Shiranui




He is a member of the Shiranui clan who has the blood of demons and follows the "way of darkness". He is considered the strongest warrior in his clan by some, which has caused him to be extremely confident, declaring himself a "king", when in reality he is just a minion amongst the masses. He's also considered very handsome by his clan members as well. Despite his bold proclamations for the sake of evil, Gen-An is mostly a light-hearted character who just wants the best for his family.

In the first Samurai Shodown, he believes that he should be the ruler of all demons and goes out to kill Amakusa.
He seeks to enlighten his progress in the "way of evil". To this end, he travels Japan, killing anyone he can. During his travels, he was killed by an unknown female ninja (very high chance this is Ayame).

A year later (in Samurai Shodown 2), his soul was revived by Mizuki, the leader of the Demon World. He was told that if he works for her, she would give him a second life. Although Gen-An agreed, he planned to kill her any chance he got and take her place.
In his SS2 ending game, he is convinced by his wife, Azami, to return home and live in peace. It appears Gen-An also admires Haohmaru, as he is seen parodying him during one of his win poses. Gen-An is also "rumored" to comically be Mai Shiranui's ancestor (although this hasn't been proven).
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Samurai Shodown

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Samurai Shodown 2, Samurai Shodown 6, Card fighters Clash, Card fighters Clash 2

Page Updated:  Oct. 8th, 2019

SNK's early answer to Blanka perhaps? Gen-An's rolling special move alone was certainly a nod at Blanka's, not to mention the greenness... hehe. However, Gen-An is no rip-off, and clearly has many unique moves and a personality of his own. For one, I actually think Gen-An's rolling special move is cooler than Blanka's, since his huge claw weapon is cleverly involved. I gotta say... Gen-An's weapon is rather badass.

Gen-An was a charismatic "freak" design in the early Samurai Shodown series... and it should be noted that not all fighting game "freaks" show a lot of charisma. Gen-An's distinguishable, and insane-sounding voice adds a lot to his personality, for one. Indeed, he's yet another character in the Samurai Shodown series vividly brought to life by his awesome voice actor (Eiji Yano). Lastly, I've always loved how you can hear his claw rattling during gameplay... it's such a unique touch, adding an intimidating and cool aspect when he's fighting. On that note, he can be used very effectively in SS1/SS2 (not sure about SS6)... he's no pushover.

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