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 SAMURAI SPIRITS ZERO / SAMURAI SHODOWN V TRANSLATION FAQ
 SNK NEO GEO
 By Chris Hallam and Takako Shigeta
 translation@hanafuda.co.uk
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 Copyright (c) 2003-2004 Chris Hallam and Takako Shigeta

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 Samurai Spirits and all characters are (c) SNK.
 Samurai Spirits Zero / Samurai Shodown V (c) SNK PLAYMORE 2004 / (c)
 2004 Yuki Enterprise

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 TABLE OF CONTENTS
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 1.  INTRODUCTION
      - Author's Note
      - Revision History
      - Special Thanks
 2.  THE STORY
      - Background story translated from the official site
      
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 1. INTRODUCTION
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 AUTHOR'S NOTE
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 This is only a small translation project at present, but may be
 developed further in the future depending on time restrictions.

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 REVISION HISTORY
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 Version 0.9 (18th December 2003) - background story translation completed.

 Version 1 (5th January 2004) - finished formatting FAQ.
 
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 SPECIAL THANKS
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 Special thanks goes to the following for providing the information found
 in this guide:

 <http://www.csse.monash.edu.au/~jwb/wwwjdic.html>
  - For an excellent resource.

 Chris MacDonald
 - for kindly letting us use his FAQ format, as taken from his excellent
 Moveslist FAQ.

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 2.  THE STORY
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 BACKGROUND STORY TRANSLATED FROM THE OFFICIAL SITE
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 Blacker than black - the deep darkness that lies beyond the end of
 nothingness.  From the centre of this void, the first sense of disaster
 stirred.  A beating heart without form, and invisible to the eye.
 Growing stonger, the energy formed into a wave of darkness, and  began
 floating through  the void.  After roaming the emptiness, it arrived at
 its destination - Japan.

 The year 1786.

 That same year would later become synoymous for the great famine of the
 Tenmei period.  The famine left devastation in its wake, and the starved
 lands could see no end to the tradegy. Throughout the land insurrection
 and riots were rife.  With no end to the troubles in sight, the country
 was headed toward disaster.  The people were tormented by the
 unprecedented calamity, without knowing whether they would live or die
 from one day to the next.

 The shogunate had done their best to help the situation, but to no avail.
 A sole military commander stood before a country buried in heaps of
 bodies, and bellowed at the heavens.  "Surely someone up there can hear
 the conflict in this land?  This is all the fault of the Tokugawa clan
 fools.  I will never forgive them for the  unacceptable mistakes they
 have made.  The time to fight has come.  I will become the saviour of
 this land, erase the damage  done at the hands of the Tokugawa clan, and
 wipe those traitors from the face of the earth.".

 Declaring his supremacy, these were the words of Kyougoku Nichirinmori
 Gaoh.

 "Warriors!  The warriors whose spirit is loyal to this country!  From Ezo
 in the north to Ryukyu in the south, I call upon you all to gather before
 me and show that very spirit.".

 Either enticed by Gaoh's wild ambition, or merely by coincidence, 24
 warriors entrusted their spirits to their swords, and devoted themselves
 to Bushidou.  At the same time, these warriors threw themselves into the
 centre of the turmoil.

 The conclusion of this struggle will either be decided by Bushidou, or
 Shuradou.

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 SAMURAI SPIRITS ZERO / SAMURAI SHODOWN V TRANSLATION FAQ

 Copyright (c) 2003-2004 Chris Hallam and Takako Shigeta
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