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One day, when Bishamon was human, he was looking around in an old antique shop. As if he was drawn in by fate, his eye caught a piece of armor and a sword. It was at this moment that he lost his own thoughts. When he finally regained consciousness, he realized he was at his home. The armor and sword were sitting right beside him. When Bishamon went back to the store to ask what happened, he found out that he aggressively forced the owner to give the armor and sword to him. Bishamon had no memory of this and none of this made sense to him. He stared at the armor and the sword, and it felt meaningless to him.

Bishamon sat in front of the armor for days, and his wife Orin began to worry about him. She asked him to let go of the armor and sword, but Bishamon didn't seem to hear her. About two weeks later, Bishamon was finally drawn to wear the armor. The moment he put it on, he came back to his senses, but he realized that everything was too late. He screamed with his last bit of strength, "Run......Run, Orin!!" Bishamon's mind was full of hate and accursed power. He had donned Hannya, the armor of hate and Kien, the blood sucking sword. He went on countless days of killing as Hannya demanded more sacrifices.

Bishamon eventually encountered Pyron. Pyron's energies caused Bishamon to be separated from Hannya's curse. To make up for his sins, he and his wife became priests/monks. The practice he had started was called "Roppoudou," and gave its followers a strong mind and would cleanse the mind and spirit. Traveling throughout Japan brought peace to his heart again.

Several years later, he had stopped by an old temple. There, he found writings about a separate dimension called "Makai". Within these writings contained drawings depicting the armor, "Hannya", and the sword, "Kien" and other creatures similar to those two in what seemed like hell. Bishamon thought to himself, a careless person like himself may appear again. He thought that he may not be able to make up for his sins, but he may be able to prevent a similar tragedy from happening again. He had already walked the path of darkness, he had nothing to fear.

To make contact with this, "Makai" he secluded himself within a deep snowy mountain. He sat down and held the Shakujou, or monk staff, and started to meditate. When his spiritual strength had reached it's peak, he could see that of a different world with the eye's of his heart. He was determined to seal Hannya at any cost.

At the same time, Hannya had started to thirst for blood once again. Even without having a master this time, the armor and sword started to move again. They gathered all the spirits around them to create a body and moved out to hunt Darkstalkers and their blood. When Hannya and Kien moved out, they were sucked into the Majigen. But before Hannya could kill, Bishamon had caught up to him and sealed him away. After these events, Bishamon had disappeared and is thought to have lead a peaceful life.



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Page Updated:  Nov. 2nd, 2022

A "samurai" in a horror-themed anything isn't a given... it's not the type of design you'd always expect for the genre. That said, Bishamon immediately gives Darkstalkers a unique vibe in terms of its character designs.

Leave it to early 90's Capcom to create a badass demon samurai design in a horror game, who somehow fits perfectly with the rest of the Darkstalkers cast. If you've ever seen the Darkstalkers Anime, Night Warriors, or read the Darkstalkers comic, you'll know how badass this guy is.

He's certainly not one of the most popular Darkstalkers characters, but he's certainly memorable. Bishamon is an awesome design all around, although his moveset could be a tad more fleshed out. I'd like to see him make a comeback someday. ;)

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