Sankuro Yorozu


He is an ambitious leader to a trio of minions named Gosichi, Fuyo, and Ippachi. Wanting to become the lord of Hinowa without much effort, he hires Genjuro to dispatch Gaoh. Upon Gaoh's defeat, he offers Genjuro another job which is promptly refused. After Sankuro bribes with him information about his parents and membership to his gang, Genjuro attempts to kill his employer. Sankuro is saved by his gang and, apparently disinterested with killing women, Genjuro demands that he leave. Sankuro, however, chooses to shoot Genjuro's back and brags about his new title. Genjuro slashes him while he is distracted, leading to a hasty retreat.

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Samurai Shodown 5


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



Page Updated:  Nov. 23rd, 2014

SNK shamelessly used Genjuro's sprite as a template for Sankuro's design, so as a big fan of Genjuro since his debut... naturally my respect for this design wasn't very high from the start. Sprite clones have existed over the years in many fighting games, but by 2003... a shameless sprite clone such as this is like a bad joke. Sankuro seems like a cheaply made character in more ways than one, and a reminder of how much better the Samurai Shodown series used to be.

Sankuro potentially offered a new weapon style to the series (the hammer), but of course, he shares a bunch of Genjuro's animations... making his fighting style seem forced and more like a cheap rip-off. However, Sankuro does have some unique mannerisms & moves - which are kind of humorous. He cowardly uses bombs and even a gun in battle. *scoff* He also has 3 assist characters at his disposal. The moves his "friends" can perform could've been better, but they help the design to be mildly entertaining, at least. Overall, Sankuro is basically a troll.... In fact, he was a troll before people started using the term "troll". Just look at that troll-face! ^o^ What an ugly mug. He gives Hugo a run for his money.

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