Genbu no Okina


Genbu no Okina (which translates to "Old Man of the Black Tortoise") is a guardian of the demonic portal known as "Hell's Gate". Years ago, he was assigned his job as guardian because of his excellent sword skills. He and the other three guardians stood watch over its seal for many years. For the most part, he is peaceful and merely likes to fish. However, 5 years before the events of Last Blade, a young boy named Kaede came to see him. Kaede wished to learn about swordfighting, and Okina taught him everything he knew, until Kaede was so skilled he could defeat even Okina. And then, out of the blue, Kaede went away again. Okina realized that the boy was going for a reason, and decided to follow him, slowly and surely.

Despite Kaede preventing the opening of the Gate, it had still not been sealed properly. As the oldest guardian, Okina was aware of that and knew that to properly seal the portal, the legendary "Sealing Maiden" was required to perform the ritual. He also discovered that an assassin called the "Messenger From Afar" was rumored to pursue the maiden. Determined to fulfill his role as a guardian, Okina set out on a journey.


The Last Blade


The Last Blade 2, Last Blade: Beyond The Destiny, Card Fighters Clash 2



Page Updated:  Apr. 27th, 2020

Genbu is a comical & clever design for The Last Blade series. His size (not to mention age) reminds me a lot of Nicotine from Samurai Shodown - who was a very entertaining design over in SNK's other weapon-based series. Okina certainly isn't your typical "elderly martial arts master" fighting game archetype. (And that's a good thing, because we certainly have enough who look like Tung Fu Rue).

Okina obviously doesn't seem like a fighter at first glance... but with his trusty fishing rod & turtle friends, he can actually defend himself rather well. He's got some hilarious moves and animations, for sure. While Genbu lacks flash and excitement, he succeeds at making The Last Blade's roster a little bit more colorful and interesting. 

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