Basara Kubikiri




Basara Kubikiri is a type of yūrei (or ghost) who was "reborn" due to an extreme hatred he harbored before his death. Basara and his wife Kagaribi were both killed by the demon Zankuro. Because his hate for the demon was so deep, he came back from the dead. Although his heart and mind had gone mad, he hunts Zankuro for revenge. After Zankuro had been killed, Basara searched for ways to finally rest in peace. After finding out that Amakusa was the one who brought him back from the dead in Samurai Shodown IV, he heads for Shimabara to kill Amakusa. His soul was eventually captured by Mizuki and was sealed away.
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Samurai Shodown 3

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Samurai Shodown 4, Samurai Shodown 5, Samurai Shodown 5 Special, Samurai Shodown 6, Samurai Shodown (2019), Card Fighters Clash, Card Fighters Clash 2


Page Updated:  Aug. 3rd, 2023

Basara very well may have been inspired by one of the characters in the classic anime movie, Ninja Scroll. The character "Akimasa Omori" from Ninja Scroll has the ability to merge into the shadows and create clones of himself... just like Basara. Nonetheless, these abilities make Basara an incredibly innovative and awesome fighting game character. Visually his design isn't that intricate, but there's a lot of emotion and style that can be seen in his epic animations.

Basara's weapon is also badass and he's got many killer moves (well-animated to boot). I love how Basara can send out "shadow clones" of himself, and literally trick the opponent into attacking his shadows (this was one of my main gameplay strategies when using Basara in SS4... fancy stuff!). Basara is a very underrated character in the eyes of the mainstream, but fans that know all the badass stuff this guy can do in Samurai Shodown appreciate how awesome this design is. He's a convincing bad guy for sure, and like many other characters from Samurai Shodown, the enthusiastic voice actor also adds a lot to the character.

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