Though he looks like him, Rasetsumaru is not Haohmaru or related to him in any way. In reality, he is a bloodthirsty demon from the dark world of Makai, opened up by Amakusa many years earlier. He learns about the existence of Haohmaru, a so-called skilled warrior who looks like him. Calling him a "copycat", Rasetsumaru now searches for Haohmaru to kill him.


Samurai Shodown 5


              rasetsumaru-samurai-shodown5.jpg (190198 bytes)              rasetsumaru-samurai-shodown-6-tenka-artwork.jpg (99720 bytes)             

Samurai Shodown 5 Special, Samurai Shodown 6, Card Fighters Clash DS

.          .          .         
.          .          .         


Page Updated:  Nov. 9th, 2021

Ohh SNK, why'd you have to go and give Haohmaru the "basic Evil Ryu treatment? The "basic blend" Evil Ryu mix, at that. *sigh* I guess it was inevitable... Samurai Shodown 5? Yeah, sounds about the right time for an evil palette swap of the main protagonist...  -__-

While the concept of a "what if?" evil Haohmaru seems halfway interesting (since I like Haohmaru), it's weird that the devs made Rasetsumaru a "completely different" character, who actually thinks Haohmaru. Yeah... shit got weird later in the series. Even if you like the concept, it doesn't change the fact that Rasetsumaru is a cheap sprite clone. Considering the many other sprite clones in SSV, it's not a "good look" for the game. Yeah, Raset has some of his own moves... but most of his unique animations look rushed and cheap. The design had potential, but the presentation wasn't really there. Nonetheless, I will say that most of Rasetsumaru's official character artwork looks pretty damn awesome. It counts for something.

Fighting  Style  /  Moveset
Personality  /  Charisma
Outfit(s)  /  Appearance
Effectiveness  in  series
Overall Score