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Genji: Dawn of the Samurai (2005)

Genji (original title)
A clan called the Heishi has conquered most of Japan through supernatural means. These means refer to magical stones called the Amahagane which bring supernatural powers (called the Kamui) ... See full summary »

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Daisuke Namikawa ...
Yoshitsune Minamoto (voice)
Yû Kashii ...
Lady Shizuka (voice)
Yui Horie ...
Princess Minazuru (voice)
Miki Nagasawa ...
Kuyo (voice)
Ayumi Kida ...
Shinta (voice)
Junji Majima ...
Saburouta #3 (voice) (as Jyunji Majima)
Eizô Tsuda ...
Narrator (voice) (as Eizo Tsuda)
Dai Tabuchi ...
Yoshitsune, Moritoshi, Additional Voices (voice)
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Benkei, The Narrator, Additional Voices (voice)
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Kagekiyo, Additional Voices (voice)
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Kiyomori, Additional Voices (voice)
Wayne Forester ...
Kichi Hogen, Additional Voices (voice)
Haruka Kuroda ...
Minazuru, Kuyo, Additional Voices (voice)
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Kichiji, Additional Voices (voice)
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Shizuka, Additional Voices (voice)
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A clan called the Heishi has conquered most of Japan through supernatural means. These means refer to magical stones called the Amahagane which bring supernatural powers (called the Kamui) to the wearers. The hero of this saga is a young man called Yoshitsune, a samurai who also possesses an Amahagane. The game starts when young Yoshitsune is attacked by the Heishi as they are searching for other Amahagane stones. The fate of the world depends on those who controls these magical stones and at that moment, the Heishi seem invincible as they posses most Amahagane. Later in the story, the player acquire a second hero, the giant warrior monk Benkei, who also owns an Amahagane. The story then revolves around the struggles of these two unlikely heroes against the tyranny of the Heishi clan.

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Fantasy

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20 September 2005 (USA)  »

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Followed by Genji: Days of the Blade (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Stealing the Moon
(Ending Theme)
Vocals by Chitose Hajime
Lyrics by Gen Ueda
Composition by Gen Ueda
Arrangements by Gen Ueda
Licensed by Epic Records Japan
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Very beautiful hack 'n slash game
21 September 2007 | by See all my reviews

"Genji" at first seems to be one of many Japanese hack 'n slash games. Maybe it isn't as challenging as "Devil May Cry 3" or one of the "Onimusha" games. It does however provide fun game play with the most beautiful eye and ear candy that can be created on the playstation 2. Stunning graphics are combined with wonderful and atmospheric music. The story and the cut scenes aren't that special. It is a simple story about good and evil set in a historic Japan. The main characters encounter many foes and have to endure some tests. One of these tests is to train in the Golden Temple. Here they have to prove themselves to the God of Weaponry. In this level you will meet several creatures and gods that seem to be borrowed from Hindu mythology. For example, you'll meet monkeys and Shiva (I know that Japan has been influenced by many religions and cultures,but I do not know the finer points of this influence. The Shiva that is depicted in this game is similar to the one of the Final Fantasy series and is female. Very different from the the original Shiva (highest being depicted as male) from Hindu mythology) Also when one of the monkeys die their spirit immediately transfers to the one who is still alive (A fine example of reincarnation,one of the main believes in Hindu religion!) To me this was one of the nicest events to see and experience. One of the other main reasons to play "Genji" is the "Kamui" system! This is the ability to finish of enemies on the screen with minimal strikes in slow motion! When you get the hang of it you will use it as often as you can since this is one of the coolest,fastest and most satisfying way to get rid of the enemies. The only complaint I have about this game is the length. It is a bit short. Don't get discouraged though. After finishing the game you will unlock several modes and trials that offer more game play. I personally think "Genji" has to be played at least once since it has that extra something that makes it worth while.


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