.
/     ` , __
|     | |'  `.
|     | |    |
/---/ / /    |
                                                                       
SOUL OF THE SAMURAI WALKTHROUGH 
by Joseph Christopher <sirlordjoseph@icqmail.com>
version 1.0
Nov. 19, 1999
                                                                       
this faq is copyright 1999-2000 Joseph Christopher
                                                                                   
I didn't believe there will come a time when I'll have to write something          
like this just to remind some people of what they all should be knowing            
by heart :( Anyway, here goes...                                                   
                                                                                   
By gaining access to this faq you agree to the following terms:                    
                                                                                   
___________________________________________________________________________________
===================================================================================
||                                                                               ||
||  1) I, Joseph Christopher, the author of this faq, is not in any way          ||
||     liable for any harm that anybody thinks came from reading this faq.       ||
||     Examples of this harm include physical ones, such as getting mauled       ||
||     by someone who lost to you via a technique found in this faq, and         ||
||     emotional ones, such as experiencing humiliation upon the use or          ||
||     most likely misuse of yet another technique found in this faq.            ||
||                                                                               ||
||  2) If this faq was accessed from a source other than gamefaqs.com, nine      ||
||     out of ten chances are it is not in its latest update. You must           ||
||     therefore read the latest version of this faq first at the said web       ||
||     site before sending in any comments, suggestions, and/or corrections.     ||
||     As for webmasters, web page contibutors, and all similar personnel,       ||
||     posting this faq on any other website requires every last sentence,       ||
||     phrase, word, and character contained within this file included and       ||
||     unaltered. Keeping this faq as updated as it is on gamefaqs.com is        ||
||     preferable, though not required.                                          ||
||                                                                               ||
||  3) This faq is not to be profited from---directly, indirectly, or in         ||
||     whatever other way possible. By directly I mean earning less than,        ||
||     equal to, or greater than a cent's worth in cash, items, or services      ||
||     in exchange for part of or all the contents of this faq. On the           ||
||     other hand, by indirectly I mean using a part of or all the contents      ||
||     of this faq as a convincing factor for the purchase of another product    ||
||     thus directly or again indirectly yielding profit.                        ||
||                                                                               ||
||  4) You will not use even a single phrase, sentence, or concept found         ||
||     anywhere in this faq on your own work, even if you expressed it in        ||
||     your own words, without at the very least giving me, Joseph Christopher,  ||
||     the author of this faq, full credit for it. If you in any way             ||
||     incorporated even a very minute part of the strategies found in this      ||
||     faq with your own in your work, then you must at the very least give      ||
||     me partial credit for it.                                                 ||
||                                                                               ||
||  5) Ignorance of the law excuses no one, therefore if ever anything           ||
||     unlawful is done to this faq and/or to me, its author, the appropriate    ||
||     legal actions will be taken. If at any point you disagree to this         ||
||     or any of the above statements, delete this faq immediately and discard   ||
||     any help it has done for you.                                             ||
||                                                                               ||
===================================================================================
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
                                                                                   
* This society does not care if you're the dumbest vegetable on earth,             
  if you do something wrong, someone will make you pay the price! ;)               
                                                                                   
* warning: DO NOT read this faq unless you are simultaneously playing
           the game with it or have already played the game before. This
           faq contains EVERY cinematic and dialogue directly related
           to gameplay and can therefore be considered a spoiler.
                                                                       
* unlike Kotaro, whose secrets are pretty obvious, Lin has a number of
  secrets which you have to solve using some clues, and lot of patience
  in checking everything out. However, again unlike Kotaro, these secrets
  are not that vital in beating everyone up. I have therefore decided
  not to include these secrets in my walkthrough (which is in my opinion,
  the most direct route to finish any mission) but instead include a
  separate section for solving those, and update that section whenever
  I discover new things and get the time. 
                                                                       
Why read this guide:
   I. Starter Info
  II. Weapons
 III. Items
  IV. Moves
   V. Ninja
  VI. Treachery
 VII. Raven
VIII. Madness
  IX. Demons 
   X. Despair
  XI. Ending
 XII. Secrets
XIII. Credits
 XIV. Revison History
  XV. Final Words
                                                                       
%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%
 ____      ___  ____    __    ____  ____  ____  ____    ____  _  _  ____  _____
(_  _)    / __)(_  _)  /__\  (  _ \(_  _)( ___)(  _ \  (_  _)( \( )( ___)(  _  )
 _)(_     \__ \  )(   /(__)\  )   /  )(   )__)  )   /   _)(_  )  (  )__)  )(_)(
(____)()  (___/ (__) (__)(__)(_)\_) (__) (____)(_)\_)  (____)(_)\_)(__)  (_____)
                                                                       
                                                                       
        It's raining---hard. Lin, a young female ninja enters the village
and gets into a fight with a number of swordsmen. Kotaro, the masterless
samurai, also arrives and hears some blade clashing.
                                                                       
Kotaro: "What's this?"
                                                                       
        Kotaro then witnesses the skill with which Lin kills her foes.
Just as one of them tries to pull off a sneak attack, the "honorable"
samurai kills him from behind. (this, as you will find out, is one big
inconsistency in a samurai's theme: honor)
                                                                       
Kotaro: "Grown men picking on a child?"
        "Here baby, I'll lend you a hand."
                                                                       
        You then fight two men using Kotaro and you should find them very
easy to beat, otherwise you're in for a loooong, loooong game. After you
take out the trash,
                                                                       
Lin   : "Whoever you are, I don't recall asking for your help. I'm...!"
Kotaro: "Oops, shouldn't have treated you like a child."
        "Relax, I just don't like bullies. I'm not interested in kids."
        "Lady, what did you do to get the authorities in your tail?"
Lin   : "I'm sorry but I don't have time to chat.
                                                                       
        As they exchange words, two men close in on them...
                                                                       
Lin   : "I have to hurry."
Kotaro: "Alright. Maybe we will run into each other again."
                                                                       
        They split up. You then have to choose one of them as your player.
This faq was written for those of you who want to choose Lin.
                                                                       
                                                                       
GAMEPLAY---
                                                                       
Green bar: Your health. Turns to red when you're low in it. While red,
           you walk a LOT slower and hold your midsection, signifying
           your being wounded badly.
                                                                       
Blue bar : Your chi. Comes in five blocks and are required to execute the
           different moves that you will "learn" throughout the game.
                                                                       
Yellow bar : Your experience. Every time you kill or hit someone, this
             bar gets filled a bit. Every time it's all filled up, you
             learn a new move the code of which you can access by pressing
             start during the game.
                                                                       
%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%
 ____  ____      _    _  ____    __    ____  _____  _  _  ___
(_  _)(_  _)    ( \/\/ )( ___)  /__\  (  _ \(  _  )( \( )/ __)
 _)(_  _)(_      )    (  )__)  /(__)\  )___/ )(_)(  )  ( \__ \
(____)(____)()  (__/\__)(____)(__)(__)(__)  (_____)(_)\_)(___/
                                                                       
                                                                       
1. Reimei - Lin's favorite ninja sword. It is short and suited for concealment.
            Its sharpness leaves much to be desired.
          - sharpness: dull
          - length: 2'3''
          - weight: 26 oz.
                                                                       
2. Shigure - For a ninja sword, Shigure is relatively large. It appears
             to have been made with emphasis on fighting
           - sharpness: dull
           - length: 2'7''
           - 28 oz.
                                                                       
3. Raimei - The sword used by Shin. It is said to summon lightning bolts
            every time it tastes blood.
          - sharpness: good
          - length: 2'3''
          - weight: 18 oz.
                                                                       
4. Byakuya - Said to be created by a feared wizard. It is a finely crafted
             sword that is extremely easy to use.
           - sharpness: good
           - length: 2'2''
           - weight: 25 oz.
                                                                       
5. Rakuyo - A superb short sword that is favored by the first Shogun,
            Iyeyasu Tokugawa.
          - sharpness: Excellent
          - length: 2'6''
          - weight: 17 oz.
                                                                       
%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%
 ____  ____  ____      ____  ____  ____  __  __  ___
(_  _)(_  _)(_  _)    (_  _)(_  _)( ___)(  \/  )/ __)
 _)(_  _)(_  _)(_      _)(_   )(   )__)  )    ( \__ \
(____)(____)(____)()  (____) (__) (____)(_/\/\_)(___/
                                                                       
                                                                       
1. Shuriken - A small dagger that is also known as "Kunai". It is thrown
              at targets beyond reach.
                                                                       
2. Explosive Shuriken - A shuriken that is loaded with a small explosive
                        charge.  Altough not powerful, it explodes on
                        impact.
                                                                       
3. Happourinkosho - Although it is actually a prayer item, it is also a
                    powerful weapon that can pierce enemies.
                                                                       
4. Hourokudama - An extremely powerful bomb that explodes on impact. It
                 has no fuse, so it must be thrown.
                                                                       
5. Enmakudama - When thrown, this item generates a thick, obscuring cloud
                of smoke on impact.
                                                                       
6. Heal herb - A mix of mugwort and other plants that cure infection.
             - HP recovery: low
                                                                       
7. Ointment - An ointment that supresses bleeding. Also prevents infection.
            - HP recovery: medium
                                                                       
8. Foreign Medicine - A medicine that instantly stops bleeding. Its
                      ingredients are uncommon
                    - HP recovery: high
                                                                       
9. Antidote - A curative herb that neutralizes poison. It must be ground
              into a paste and ingested.
                                                                       
10. Stork Code Letter - "Lord Tohjo raided the Shogun's ship for its gold.
                        He appears to be preparing for an uprising against
                        the Shogun."

11. Clown Code Letter - "Discovered Shin imprisoned in the forest. Rescue
                        attempt failed. His survival is unknown."
                                                                       
12. Helmet Code Letter - "RAKUYO safely recovered from the ship and delivered
                         to Taka, a former ninja. Seek him at Beni, the
                         village blacksmith shop."
                                                                       
13. Plaque - A plaque cherished by a brother and sister. Considered a
             goodluck charm by Lin.
           - effect: Full recovery of HP and MP
                                                                       
*MP is your blue bar
                                                                       
%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%
 ____  _  _      __  __  _____  _  _  ____  ___
(_  _)( \/ )    (  \/  )(  _  )( \/ )( ___)/ __)
 _)(_  \  /      )    (  )(_)(  \  /  )__) \__ \
(____)  \/  ()  (_/\/\_)(_____)  \/  (____)(___/
                                                                       
                                                                       
Normal
1. Thrust - forward + []
            well, you pierce the opponent's chest, what else? This is
            the most damaging of his normal moves and is sure to knock
            an opponent down. It cannot be comboed into anything so use
            it on opponents who generally can counter combos.
                                                                       
2. Back Kick - back + []
               very self-explanatory. You just kick backwards and nothing
               else. Cannot be comboed into anything so I'd rather try
               and face the opponent first and slash.
                                                                       
3. Side Slash - left/right +[]
                you swing your sword 180derees to your left or right depending
                and which direction you press. Can be a good starter for
                your basic five hit combo.
                                                                       
4. Quick Slash - any direction twice + []
                 you do an almost vertical slash that's very quick to
                 come out and can be comboed into your basic three slash
                 combo. Use this move after a sidestep for maximum
                 efficiency.
                                                                       
5. Jump Slash - [] + ><
                well, you jump and slash downwards, what else? Use this
                move on zombies who can hit while lying on the ground
                to finish them off. Not to be used otherwise because if
                your timing is inaccurate, the opponent will be enough
                time to stand up and hit you.
                                                                       
6. One Hit Kill - Hold R1...[]
                  the R1 you have to hold to block an opponent's attack.
                  the [] you have to press just one moment before your
                  attacker's blade clashes with yours. The screen will
                  darken, the opponent will pause, and you will get a
                  free, FATAL slash. Won't work on bosses, as that would
                  make the game crap easy. Will be high on damage if it
                  doesn't work, though.
                                                                       
                                                                       
Special
1. Cherry Blossoms - Press [] rapidly:
                     makes use of three blocks of your blue bar. May only
                     be done when your life bar turns red, kind of a desperation
                     move. This move you already know from the start and
                     need not kill for. In this move, you kill EVERYONE,
                     EVERYWHERE! There are some limitations, though. If
                     done against a boss, won't kill 'em but would sure
                     wreck havok! ALWAYS use this move whenever you get
                     the chance before you even think of replenishing
                     your life with a health item.
                                                                       
2. Anarylis - Press [], [], then [] rapidly
              makes use of three blocks of your blue bar. Definitely can,
              and must, be comboed from your basic five hit combo. In
              this move, you make a multitude of slashes and hit everyone
              within a certain radius. Nice move and particularly useful
              for a multitude of minor opponents.
                                                                       
                                                                       
Weapon Based (all these need you to equip your shuriken first)
1. Agave - Hold R1, tap U+O
           makes use of only one block of your blue bar. You throw one,
           large, shuriken straight forward and it passes through your
           opponent, but not after doing some good damage. Recommended
           for minor opponents waiting in line.
                                                                       
2. Crimson Peacock - Hold R1, tap L+O
                     makes use of only one block of blue bar. Besides
                     requiring the shuriken, also needs the RAIMEI in
                     your hands to execute. You throw one, large, FLAMING
                     shuriken straight forward and it passes through your
                     opponent, but not after doing some good damage. Recommended
                     for minor opponents waiting in line.
                                                                       
3. Flame Lily - Hold R1, tap R+O
                makes use of only one block of your blue bar. Besides
                requiring the shuriken, also needs the RAIMEI in your
                hands to execute. You throw EIGHT, large, scattered, and
                flaming shuriken in all directions that doesn't go through
                your opponents' bodies, but still deals nice damage.
                                                                       
4. Night Queen - Hold R1, tap D+O
                 makes use of two blocks of your blue bar. You throw five,
                 large, scattered shurikens that deal lotsa damage! Highly
                 recommended for big opponents that can take them all
                 at once and die!
                                                                       
%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%
 _  _      _  _  ____  _  _   ____    __
( \/ )    ( \( )(_  _)( \( ) (_  _)  /__\
 \  /      )  (  _)(_  )  ( .-_)(   /(__)\
  \/  ()  (_)\_)(____)(_)\_)\____) (__)(__)
                                                                       
                                                                       
Prologue text: A ship laden with the Shogun's gold disappeared. A ninja,
               Shin was dispatched to investigate. When contact was lost
               with him, the shogunate sent three more spies. Unbeknownst
               to them was the presence of a fourth ninja, Lin, Shin's
               younger sister.
                                                                       
Lin: "That was careless of me. So much for my ninja training."
     "Where could my brother have gone to?"
     "Maybe I can get clues by finding the lost transport ship."
                                                                       
                                                                       
Walkthrough: 
                                                                       
        You are situated in an uninhabited area so nothing to do here but
head to the obvious direction---no, not south, North! You'll then be given
a nice view of the village square where you are right now. Exit anywhere
besides where you came from and you'll find out that you can't. Must talk
to all the townsfolk first, but not really. All you have to do is talk
to the man in violet robes and blue pants...
                                                                       
Villager: "Did you know that a big ship washed up on the shore?"
          "You want to see it? Don't go, it's unsafe outside."
                                                                       
        Now go for the Buddha statue and save your game on the flower there.
Always remember that flowers like this are save points, and would greatly
help in your journey. 
                                                                       
Save point quote: "The calm autumn sky
                   following from underneath
                   the swallow on its way"
                                                                       
        Head east and grab your first heal herb. No need to talk to that
man beside it so head north. With this group, all you'll have to do is
talk to the lady in an orange kimono and your business with the village
square is complete.
                                                                       
Villager: "To reach the sea, you have to go through Raven Forest."
Lin     : "Now I know where the transport ship is."
                                                                       
        Exit north-east...
                                                                       
Lin: (hold and looks at something) "My brother Shin".
     (engages in a flashback)
                                                                       
Shin: "Come on, Lin! Don't give up so easily!
Lin : (exhausted) "But big brother..."
Shin: "Do you want to be an orphan again?"
      "We were saved because Master recognized our potential as ninjas."
      "Get up, Lin! You're not a kid anymore!"
Lin : "Yes, I'll try harder, Shin!"
                                                                       
        Little Shin will fight you using a kendo stick while you are armed
with your own. None of you can die, of course, cause this is just a flashback
and both of you are alive now, aren't you? Hit select to quit the cute
fight scene and stay longer only if you want to learn a few basic moves
from your best and only bro...
                                                                       
Shin: (stops attacking) "It's getting dark. Let's call it a day."
Lin : "Alright, Shin, let's go home!"
                                                                       
        You're now back to your good 'ol sexy self, so draw your sword
and proceed south. Fight the welcoming samurais, beat him up, get your
prize, (shuriken) and again head south. You again fight two swordsmen,
so no problem. Take them one at a time and your done. Go through the gate
(grabbing the heal herb on the way) to find yet another pair of samurai.
You'll again head south after again beating up a pair of baddies. Only one
samurai will face you this time and he'll be very easy to defeat. Move
on through the arch. Damn it, another pair of swordsmen! This is getting
monotonous, but, just consider this level a practice level. Head south,
obviously, after you show off your ninja skills and then fight another
samurai. Obtain your first Happourinkosho and again head south to find
a badly wounded comrade...
                                                                       
Lin    : "Hanzo!"
Hanzo  : "Li-lin. Wh-why are you here?"
Lin    : (thinks: "He's hurt bad!") "Don't move, I have to treat your wounds."
Hanzo  : "Lin. Why did you have to come?"
Law man: (arrives) "So this is where you hid, you shogunate dog!"
Lin    : (draws her sword)
Law man: "Hm? Another of your ninja friends? How convenient!"
         (draws his sword)
                                                                       
                                                                       
Strategy:
                                                                       
        Wow, your first boss! Well, not really. He's just another samurai
with a longer life bar. Treat him like you would any minor opponent and
you'll be fine. Oh and don't bother trying to kill the men in olive green.
They'll never quit. Just concetrate on slashing the one in dark violet
cause once he's out all the minions will leave.
                                                                       
                                                                       
Walkthrough:
                                                                       
        After you kill him, and no more pawns arrive, you check on Hanzo's
dying condition...
                                                                       
Lin  : "Hang on, Hanzo! What happened?"
Hanzo: "Our identities as ninjas were known to them from the start."
Lin  : "I was attacked as soon as I arrived. But why?"
Hanzo: "This fiefdom is behind the disappearance of the transport ship."
Lin  : "Just as I thought. What are they doing with the gold?"
Hanzo: "Genzo is investigating that. Ken is searching for Master."
Lin  : "Genzo and Ken? Where are they now?"
Hanzo: "I don't know. They should have their findings with them."
Lin  : "And what about you, Hanzo?"
Hanzo: "I'm searching for the sword, Rakuyo, that was loaded with the gold."
       "I hid my papers at our safe house. G-g-go there."
Lin  : "I will. Hanzo. Hang on!"
Hanzo: "L-lin. M-master Sh-shin..."
Lin  : "Shin? What happened to my brother? Hanzo?!"
Hanzo: (dies)
Lin  : "Hanzo, I promise, I will avenge your death."
                                                                       
        Every after a level boss is defeated, you get to save your game.
This boss is no different.
                                                                       
Save point quote: "Butcher-bird is gone
                   I frown that no longer can
                   I hear the bird sing"
                                                                       
%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%
 _  _  ____      ____  ____  ____    __     ___  _   _  ____  ____  _  _
( \/ )(_  _)    (_  _)(  _ \( ___)  /__\   / __)( )_( )( ___)(  _ \( \/ )
 \  /  _)(_       )(   )   / )__)  /(__)\ ( (__  ) _ (  )__)  )   / \  /
  \/  (____)()   (__) (_)\_)(____)(__)(__) \___)(_) (_)(____)(_)\_) (__)
                                                                       
                                                                       
Prologue text: Hanzo, a ninja sent after Shin, manages to brief Lin despite
               his grave injury. He directs her to seek out a safe house
               as his life ebbs away. But he succmbs before he could inform
               her of Shin. Lin is left to seek the others and her brother
               alone.
                                                                       
Lin: "So where is Hanzo's safe house?"
                                                                       
        Lin meets up with Kotaro once again...
                                                                       
Kotaro: "Hi, honey. Remember me?"
      : "I'm Kotaro Hiba. We seem to run into each other."
Lin   : "...I'm Lin. I suppose we're both lucky to be alive."
      : (thinks: "This isn't the time for this!")
      : "I'm sorry, but I have no time for idle chats. I'm going.
Kotaro: "Wait, before you go..."
        "Honey, do you know anything about this?"
        (hands over something)
Lin   : (thinks: "This is in code! And it's Genzo's writing!")
        "Who did you get this from? Is he still alive?"
        (thinks: "Genzo must be dead. Why? what went wrong?")
Kotaro: "No, he's dead. What does that say? I can't read it at all."
Lin   : "Why do you want to know?"
        "You shouldn't get involved in this!"
Kotaro: "I can't ignore this. If I had a kid sister, she'd be like you."
Lin   : "You, you have no right to say that."
        "But, I still owe you. Thanks for this."
        "Thank you. Farewell."
        (leaves Kotaro) "I guess I have no choice but to check every house."
        (obtained stork code letter)
                                                                       
                                                                       
Walkthrough:
                                                                       
        If you choose to, you can re-save your game in the save point
nearby. (buddha statue, remember?)
                                                                       
Save point quote: "Gliding in the winds
                   the wagtail flies and feels like
                   king of the whole sky"
                                                                       
        Otherwise, or if you're through, head south and back to where it
all started. Continue south, get your heal herb, and enter the house in
front of you...
                                                                       
Lin: "Is it here?" (enters)
   : "I have to check every house."
                                                                       
        Just stick to the walls and hit the [] button repeatedly to make
sure you have checked everything. You'll know you're done when she has
already said all of these:
                                                                       
Lin: "Stone Pavement, it says."
   : "Banner, it reads."
   : "Broken Lamp, it says."
   : "Path of Guiding Light, it reads."
   : "Temple, it says."
   : "Broken Lamp, Stone Pavement, Banner, Path of Guiding Light, and Temple."
   : "Temple is obvious, but I wonder what the rest means."
   : "I wonder how they fit together."
                                                                       
        Exit the house (south, of course) to discover a spy...
                                                                       
Lin  : "Who's there?!"
     : "Genzo! I heard you were dead! I'm so glad you're alright!
Genzo: "Li-lin?"
     : "Alright? Come see for yourself if this is alright!"
     : (removes the basket covering his head to reveal a monstrous face!)
Lin  : "Eeyaaaah!"
Genzo: "Y-you too can join me!"
                                                                       
                                                                       
Strategy:
                                                                       
        Wow, your first REAL boss! Just block all his attacks and retaliate
with your basic three-slash combo. Easy, really, but at least he's the
first guy not to act like a minor samurai opponent. 
                                                                       
                                                                       
Walkthrough:
                                                                       
        After Genzo is killed a second time...
                                                                       
Lin: "...Genzo...Why..."
                                                                       
        There's no explanation for this, but suddenly you have obtained
the SHIGURE! (maybe it was what Genzo used when he was still human?)
Anyway, time to save your game again.
                                                                       
Save point quote: "The high autumn sky
                   after losing one's calmness
                   the thrush will return not"
                                                                       
%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%
                                                                       
VII. Raven
                                                                       
Prologue text: Lin runs, aghast at the news of Genzo's death as told by
               the ronin she had met before. She is confronted by Genzo,
               who has been transformed. Having killed her former ally,
               Lin heads to the sea, taking a winding path through a
               forest of ravens.
                                                                       
Walkthrough:
                                                                       
        You're again situated on the path leading to the forest, as in
level 1, so equip your new sword and proceed south. Fight the welcoming ninja,
beat him up, get your prize, (heal herb) and again head south. You again
fight another ninja, so no problem. When your done, go through the gate
(grabbing the shuriken on the way) to find yet another pair of ninjas.
You'll again head south after again beating up a pair of baddies. Only
one ninja will face you this time and he'll be very easy to defeat. Move
on through the arch. Damn it, another ninja! Head south, obviously, after
you show off YOUR ninja skills and then fight another ninja. Obtain your
another heal herb and again head south to find to where you last saw Hanzo.
Get your first Explosive Shuriken while beating the crap out of the Ninja
guarding it and head south. Nothing, here, exit west to get a nice view
of the forest ahead...
                                                                       
Lin: "I should come out at the beach when I get through this forest."
                                                                       
        Ooops, don't get too excited! Grab your first Hourokudama at the
center-Northern area of screen and THEN move on. (south, I mean) You'll
be greated by an accomodating ninja...
                                                                       
Ninja: "Halt! Not another step!"
                                                                       
        Don't be intimidated by all the fanfare this ninja got, he's just
an extra. Kill him swiftly and proceed north-west. Nothing here so head
east. Nothing here again ('cept that big Antidote sitting on the lower-left
rock) Head south for a little action with the ninja there, and move on
west to gain access to another save point.
                                                                       
Save point quote: "Walk the many roads
                   dance and turn to blow away
                   the dews on the way."
                                                                       
        Head north to find another empty area, again, 'cept for a free
heal herb, and proceed west. Damn it, another empty area! (doesn't that
just makes you feel something wrong is going on?) This time the road forks,
take the north-bound one. Alright! Some action! Three girls guard a stone
shrine with a shining blue thingy on it. Deal with the three beauts first,
then hit [] on the shrine to obtain a stone key. One of these girls may
hit you with their projectile and then your life bar turns violet---your
poisoned! Unless you have an antidote, which you should use right away,
your life will constantly decrease until you die so be careful. The path
leads to two separate ways. Don't worry, you can always go back to the
other path when you change your mind but, for now, to avoid confusion,
let's follow the "right" path. Fight and slay another pair of those
poisonous babes on move on north. You'll get another antidote which would
be guarded by another lady opponent. Like I said, let's always take the
"right" path first. There's another stone key in this area, this time guarded
only by two high-jumping babes. Do your job, collect your prize, and head
west. Fight another pair, get the ointment, and head north. Saving time.
                                                                       
Save point quote: still the same
                                                                       
        Head north-east(the "right" path, remember?) to find another
empty area with another prize, an ointment. Exit west to find some sort
of training area in the middle of the forest...
                                                                       
Karasu: "Hold it there!" (jumps from atop the bamboo platforms)
Lin   : (draws her sword)
Karasu: "You're one of the ninjas"
      : "You're not getting past me."
Lin   : "Who are you?"
Karasu: "Shin, he's your brother, right? A good looking boy."
Lin   : "You know my brother? Where is he?"
Karasu: "You can take that mystery to the grave!"
                                                                       
                                                                       
Strategy:
                                                                       
        She'll allow you to get a free whack at her by dancing for a few
seconds, so punish her immediately. After that, just block all day, dash
to where she is, and whack. Be careful though, as she has an unblockable.
You'll know she'll do it when she stays too long in mid-air and releases
a blue aura. Sidestep quickly and counter attack to ensure victory.
When you finally cut her down, she'll turn blue, grow wings, and become
a grotesque monster! She'll again allow you to get a free whack at her
by dancing for a few seconds, so punish her immediately. After that, just
do what you did earlier, keeping in mind that she'll be having another
unblockable move---a flashkick---that won't be as detectable as the first
one.
                                                                       
                                                                       
Walkthrough:
                                                                       
        She dies a second time, and you make a second plea...
                                                                       
Lin   : "Please. Tell me. Where is my brother?"
Karasu: "He's down at the beach."
      : "It'll be a tearful reunion." (dies)
Lin   : "Shin. He couldn't be..."
                                                                       
        No more opponents will bother you for the rest of this level,
unless you decide to go back. Anyway, head west to exit this training
area and proceed north twice. Grab the ointment, and again head for north...
                                                                       
Lin: "I can smell the sea. I must be close."
                                                                       
Save point quote: "Rice plans been peck on
                   scarecrow chases birds away
                   it is just his job"
                                                                       
%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%
 _  _  ____  ____      __  __    __    ____   _  _  ____  ___  ___
( \/ )(_  _)(_  _)    (  \/  )  /__\  (  _ \ ( \( )( ___)/ __)/ __)
 \  /  _)(_  _)(_      )    (  /(__)\  )(_) ) )  (  )__) \__ \\__ \
  \/  (____)(____)()  (_/\/\_)(__)(__)(____/ (_)\_)(____)(___/(___/
                                                                       
                                                                       
Prologue text: Lin fends off the concerted attacks of ninjas in the quise
               of ravens as she races through the forest. She is challenged
               by Karasu, the leader of the ravens. Defeated by Lin, the
               dying ninja confides that Shin can be found at the beach.
                                                                       
                                                                       
Walkthrough:
                                                                       
        Your journey through the forest was interrupted by that save point,
and now you must move on. Head west to find an antidote you must collect
and to once again head in the same direction. You'll be given a full view
of the once lovely beach...
                                                                       
Lin: "There's the transport ship."
                                                                       
        There's a heal herb nearby (east) so go now and grab it. Head
for the center of the screen and battle the two ninjas and get the heal
herb at the upper-right hand corner of the screen. Head west to get your
hands on another ninja and the shuriken he's guarding at the lower left
of the screen. Exit north, grab your first Enmakudama, and again exit
north to encounter for the first time a group of Wolverines (yeah, I meant
the X-man, not the animal) Be careful when hittin one of them, as the
remaining two will try and claw you from behind. Head east when you're
done just to collect a free ointment then go back west, twice. Fight
and beat up the two ninjas that appear. Head another west, then south,
collecting the Explosive Shuriken on the way. Show off against the next
ninja, and grab your Happourinkosho. Head south-east, battle another pair
of Wolverines, grab the heal herb near the hut, exit west, dis[pose of
the second pair of Wolverines on the bridge (the second on drops from
behind) and exit, yet again, west. Only one Wolveerine will challenge
you this time, so deal with him with ease. Proceed north, kill another
pair of Wolverines, grab the ointment, head north-west, and again deal with a
pair of Wolverines. Exit north and, oh yeah, another save point.
                                                                       
Save point quote: "The storm blows strongly
                   among the waves up and down
                   bobs the helpless boat"
                                                                       
        What else to do but head north?...
                                                                       
Lin  : (spots two men and hides) "That's Lord Tohjo!"
Oda  : "We have moved the last of the gold."
Tohjo: "Fine. What became of the sword that was said to be in the cargo?"
Oda  : "Regrettably, it appears that someone has already taken it."
Tohjo: "That sword is Rakuyo"
     : "It is said that the sword steals the souls of those it kills."
     : "Find it, no matter what."
Oda  : "As you wish, my liege."
Lin  : (reveals herself) "Don't move!"
Tohjo: "Hm? Ah, another of the shogun's ninja's? You're much too late."
Lin  : "No one would have suspected you of robbing the gold."
     : "You don't think the shogunate will take this lying down?"
Tohjo: "So what of the shogun? That spineless dog isn't fit to rule!"
     : "I am destined to become the new leader!"
Oda  : "Lord Tohjo, we should go."
Tohjo: "Fine."
Oda  : "Summon the guards!" (leaves with Tohjo)
Lin  : "Stop! Tch! (surrounded by guards)
                                                                       
                                                                       
Strategy:
                                                                       
        Beating these bosses won't end the level, but you still can't
escape from them. They're a lot more aggresive and of course, damaging
than the average Wolverine. Just keep in mind that their AI is still the
same and strategies for their "normal" versions can apply. Watch out
for their sudden high jumps off the screen to dropping claw attacks, along
with their teleports to team work moves, and you'll be fine.
                                                                       
                                                                       
Walkthrough:
                                                                       
Shin: "Useless dregs. Beaten by a mere girl!"
Lin : (notices Shin standing atop the boat) "Sh-shin!"
Shin: (jumps down) "I see that you have improved, dear sister."
    : "But you're still no match for me!" (leaves)
Lin : "Wa-wait! Shin!" (tries to run after her brother)
                                                                       
        Ok, before you start looking for your bro, check the sand out
first, and notice a bag of Foreign Medicine! (makes you think you'll
need it, huh?) Head back south and re-save your game.
                                                                       
Save point quote: "Swallows in sunset
                   with dreams never coming true
                   thin clouds remain calm"
                                                                       
        From this save point, go back (defeating every opponent on your
path) to the nearest other save point which should be found by following
this sequence: south-west, east twice, north-east, north, north-west,
north-east, and finally east. Ok, that doesn't really lead you to the
save point yet, but...
                                                                       
Lin : "Please, tell me Shin. What are you thinking?"
    : "All our friends were killed!"
Shin: "Listen, Lin. I have no desire to see peace in our time."
Lin : "What are you saying?"
Shin: "Don't you understand? We're starting a war so Lord Tohjo can rule."
    : "That gold is going to pay for our war."
Lin : "But that's insane! What happened to you?"
Shin: "Even you agree with Genzo and the others? Shame."
Lin : "Shin, wake up! Let's go home!"
Shin: "Foolish child! It is my duty as a brother to kill you!"
                                                                       
                                                                       
Strategy:
                                                                       
        Parry, parry, parry! Block his every slash and immediately tap
[] afterwards for a quick hit. Concentrate on landing one hit at a time
and avoid combos cause he'll most likely parry the second or third attack
and hit you hard. Don't release that block after gettting hit by a multitude
of shurikens cause they're bound to make a return trip and you won't
get injured even if you're hit from behind if you just block. If he charges
up, he'll do an unblockable move that's sooo high on damage! Just wait'
till the sfx of the charge up is over, wait a sec more, and then jump
for him. He'll miss, and you'll get a free stab.
                                                                       
                                                                       
Walkthrough:
                                                                       
        After you've defeated your beloved brother, you shall have obtained
the RAIMEI. Then you get one last cinematic before the chapter ends...
                                                                       
Lin : "Shin, why?"
Shin: "Soul bugs."
Lin : "Soul bugs?"
Shin: "They're pure evil. They expose and exploit our darkest desires."
Lin : "And these bugs..."
Shin: "They infected me, and made me a slave to my worst evil thoughts."
    : "They brought out my deepest desire to fight and to kill."
    : "Now look at me."
Lin : "Shin please get up. I, I can't go on without you."
Shin: "You're not a child anymore! Quit your crying!"
    : "I can't be around for you anymore."
Lin : "No! Shin!"
Shin: "Lin. Th-they took the g-gold to the castle."
Lin : "Shin, when I get you home..."
Shin: "I'm s-s-sorry, Lin. The rest is up to you. Y-you can do it."
Lin : "I need more training with you!"
Shin: "Genzo, Hanzo, Ken w-wait f-for m-me..."
Lin : "Shin? Shin!" (realizes Shin has passed away)
      (obtained BROKEN PLAQUE)
                                                                       
Save point quote: "In the sunset sky
                   the swallow flies far away
                   beyond the thick clouds"
                                                                       
%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%
 ____  _  _      ____   ____  __  __  _____  _  _  ___
(_  _)( \/ )    (  _ \ ( ___)(  \/  )(  _  )( \( )/ __)
 _)(_  )  (      )(_) ) )__)  )    (  )(_)(  )  ( \__ \
(____)(_/\_)()  (____/ (____)(_/\/\_)(_____)(_)\_)(___/
                                                                       
                                                                       
Prologue text: Lin finds her brother Shin perched atop the beached ship.
               But infected by a soul bug, her once loving brother turns
               on her with only murderous rage. Despair tearing at her
               sanity, Lin lifted her sword to face the only family she
               had known.
                                                                       
        Lin heads back to the village square...
                                                                       
Lin: "Ninja. Duty. I have nothing left."
   : "It's awfully quiet. Where is everybody?"
   : "There are monsters in the square!"
                                                                       
                                                                       
Walkthrough: 
                                                                       
        A multitude of zombies will attack you but all of them need only
one hit to die so don't fret and equip your brother's weapon. If you manage
to kill more than three hundred of them (highly possible only if you ignore
the two goodies found near your starting point) before the next cinematic,
you'll acquire...INFINITE SHURIKEN! Awright! Wait a minute, did you notice
the two extra moves at your disposal when you equipped the Raimei? Well,
then try them! (they're the Crimcon Peacock and Flame Lily)
                                                                       
Lin: "I guess I got the last of them."
                                                                       
        Two "what the @#&%?"s come out from the ground and attack you.
                                                                       
                                                                       
Strategy:
                                                                       
        Just GO BERSERK! Combo like crazy and run if they start burrowing
cause they'll come out from beneath you. Very easy stage, believe me,
absolutely nothing to worry about.
                                                                       
                                                                       
Walkthrough:
                                                                       
        You have, upon killing these montrosities, the BYAKUYA. I'd still
prefer your brother's weapon than this but, it's really your choice of
trying it or not...
                                                                       
Lin: "It's time I went home."
                                                                       
Save point quote: "Devouring the souls
                   of evil ghosts and goblins
                   earthworms making cries"
                                                                       
%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%
 _  _      ____   ____  ___  ____    __    ____  ____
( \/ )    (  _ \ ( ___)/ __)(  _ \  /__\  (_  _)(  _ \
 )  (      )(_) ) )__) \__ \ )___/ /(__)\  _)(_  )   /
(_/\_)()  (____/ (____)(___/(__)  (__)(__)(____)(_)\_)
                                                                       
                                                                       
Prologue text: The village have been turned into a charnel house of the
               dead and demons. Lin, dazed and broken by her brother's
               death, is beset by the unholy hordes. Without feeling,
               she becomes a ruthless and efficient exterminator. In the
               end, she stands as she started, all alone.
                                                                       
        Lin and Kotaro meet for a third time...
                                                                       
Kotaro: "Lin."
Lin   : "Kotaro?"
Kotaro: "Have you heard about soul bugs?"
Lin   : "They're foul parasites that make monsters out of people."
Kotaro: "Those things have infected the entire fiefdom."
Lin   : "The soul bugs took someone I loved from me."
        "This is all I have to remember him by."
        (shows something to Kotaro)
Kotaro: "So you had a lover."
        "Lin. you were looking into what Tohjo was doing. Tell me."
Lin   : "No, it's over. I don't have any reason to keep fighting."
Kotaro: "Lin! Snap out of it!"
        (holds Lin tightly)
        "Stop your sobbing. You're acting like a..."
Lin   : "Let go of me! I'm, I'm..."
Kotaro: "I know, not a kid."
        (lets go of Lin)
Lin   : "..."
        "They sank the shogun's transport ship and stole the gold."
Kotaro: "So, they're using that money to prepare for war."
        "With the soul bugs, all you need are corpses to make an army."
Lin   : "From corpses."
Kotaro: "Lin."
Lin   : "Yes?"
Kotaro: "I understand that you're broken up over losing your man."
        "But we're the only two left who can fight."
        "You're though enough to take it, right?"
Lin   : "No, I'm still a kid."
Kotaro: "Heh, you're sure now?"
Lin   : "Our target is Gendo Tohjo in the castle."
Kotaro: "That's where we're headed."
Lin   : "Kotaro, go from the inside. I'll approach from outside."
Kotaro: "Alright. You watch yourself!"
Lin   : (as she left) "Listen!"
        "It was my brother!"
Kotaro: "Hm?"
Lin   : "It was my older brother who died."
Kotaro: "Oh, ah, I'm sorry."
Lin   : "..."
        "I'll meet you in the castle!"
        (leaves and thinks: "Shin, please protect us.")
                                                                       
                                                                       
Walkthrough:
                                                                       
        You may save your game again, as you are near a save point, but
I'd rather not to save time. Head north, north-west, and then east to
start your journey towards the castle. Go for a series of norths, sheathing
your sword and ignoring the demons, to finally reach the castle gates.
Kill the two welcoming monks and the other two north of them (who are
probably already zombies by now) via infinite shuriken and you wouldn't
suffer a scratch. Proceed northwest and grab the ointment to your left.
Head northwest and notice the save point beside a second gate. Save your
game, of course.
                                                                       
Save point quote: "Meaning no hatred
                   kill with the sword to make bloom
                   the Patrinia"
                                                                       
        Head east and jump from rock to rock until you reach the roof,
well, sort of. Exit north west. Grab the ointment, sheath your sword,
and start ignoring your enemies, or you'll get tired of them. Proceed
west, then north. Grab the ointment on the far east, and head north.
Continue north, jump your way to another north, and then east twice. You'll
be rewarded with another shuriken, which of course you don't need anymore.
Head east, then north, grab a Happourinkosho, head east, grab a Foreign
Medicine, jump your way to the north twice, and voila! a save point!
                                                                       
Save point quote: still the same
                                                                       
        Enter the door, obviously, to fight your last boss...
                                                                       
Tohjo: "I've been waiting for you, shogunate dog."
Lin  : "Your time is up, Gendo Tohjo!"
Tohjo: "Quiet your yelping, you wretched spy!"
Lin  : "Spying has nothing to do with this! I'm here to avenge my brother!"
Tohjo: "Brother? Ah, his strong will made him impossible to control."
     : "But nonetheless he was a most useful tool."
Lin  : "Stop it! I won't stand for any more indignity upon my brother!"
Tohjo: "Don't you wish for more power?"
     : "The power that sleeps within you?"
     : "I want it. I want it all. Soon, soon it will all be mine!"
Lin  : "You're getting nothing if I can help it."
Tohjo: "With your blood, I will celebrate the coming fruition of my dream!"
                                                                       
                                                                       
Strategy:
                                                                       
        Once the Rakuyo is in your possession (and even with only the
Raimei), you can just slash him like crazy and never worry of the attacks
he blocked. You can't block his attacks, but they come out slow enough
for you to counter them. I don't think he has any desperation moves,
unlike your previous samurai opponents, except for his healing, but you
don't need to worry about that. Just attack as you normally would and
he's fish bait.
                                                                       
%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%
 _  _  ____      ____  _  _  ____   ____  _  _   ___
( \/ )(_  _)    ( ___)( \( )(  _ \ (_  _)( \( ) / __)
 )  (  _)(_      )__)  )  (  )(_) ) _)(_  )  ( ( (_-.
(_/\_)(____)()  (____)(_)\_)(____/ (____)(_)\_) \___/
                                                                       
                                                                       
Lord Tohjo is defeated, and Kotaro arrives from inside the castle.
                                                                       
Lin   : "I did it, Kotaro. This whole nightmare is over."
Kotaro: "A little too easily, maybe."
                                                                       
But Lord Tohjo is NOT dead! After our heroes left, a cinematic features
the last boss being resurrected by an unknown energy...
                                                                       
Save point quote: "Paulownia leaf
                   into the red sea of blood
                   sinks and vanishes"
                                                                       
If you start the game again, using Lin, you'll get all you had during
the first game! (weapons, items, moves, everything!)
                                                                       
%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%
 _  _  ____  ____      ___  ____   ___  ____  ____  ____  ___
( \/ )(_  _)(_  _)    / __)( ___) / __)(  _ \( ___)(_  _)/ __)
 )  (  _)(_  _)(_     \__ \ )__) ( (__  )   / )__)   )(  \__ \
(_/\_)(____)(____)()  (___/(____) \___)(_)\_)(____) (__) (___/
                                                                       
                                                                       
1. Townsfolk - How do you find out and make sure who among the townsfolk
               you have to talk to in order to trigger an event? I've
               got a simple yet brutal strategy for you...(any ideas?
               hehe) Ok, you KILL them all! If you don't want to read
               on, fine. So you still wanna? OK, killing the townsfolk
               does NOT have any penalty on you so you can go around doing
               that (if it's not against your conscience, that is, hehe)
               Once you've killed everyone in a certain scene, exit and
               re-enter the said scene. If you find one of your common
               townsfolk resurrected,(!) he/she's the one to talk to.
                                                                       
                                                                       
2. Gold key - Remember the pair of stone keys you got in level 3? You
              didn't use them right? Well, notice how they instantly
              vanish from your inventory after you exit the level, which
              means you'll have to use them BEFORE the level ends. Here's
              how: First of all, there are actually THREE of them in
              forest, so you'll have to find the last one first. Let's
              start from the save point just before Karasu's territory.
              Sheath your sword, go back (south-west) collect your ointment,
              and ignore the three opponents that grace that scene. Continue
              ignoring and jumping over your every opponent as you go
              east and collect the third stone key there, southeast, south,
              thrice, and then west. Enter the room, get the Hourokodama
              to your north, and hit [] where the shining item lies. The
              door will close, and you shall have obtained the Gold Keys.
              Wait! you're not done yet...
                                                                       
              Lin: "Trapped? I can't remove this?"
                                                                       
              Now turn around and use the three stone keys you have collected
              and get out of that hot room.
                                                                       
                                                                       
3. Clown Code Letter - Now that you have the Gold Keys, you'd be wondering
                       where to put that in. Here goes: Head north, northeast,
                       north twice, west, north, and save.
                                                                       
                       Save point quote: still the same
                                                                       
                       Make your way to Karasu (refer to that section
                       of this faq), defeat her, and exit west. Now comes
                       the secret part. Remember me telling you to head
                       north twice? Ok, now I take that back! Go to the
                       big door there (west) and...
                                                                       
                       Lin: "It's locked."
                                                                       
                       Now use your Gold Keys to open this large door
                       and then what else to do but enter? 
                                                                       
                       Lin: "Ken!"
                          : "Everyone died..."
                          : "Shin, please be safe!"
                                                                       
                       You'll notice the shining blue thingy (it's a CLOWN
                       CODE LETTER) next to Ken, of course, so get it!
                       There'll also be a Hourokudama nearby(west) so
                       grab that too. Exit the room, head north twice,
                       and you know the rest...(or just refer to that
                       section of my faq)
                                                                       
                                                                       
4. Infinite Shuriken - I already told you this right? Well, just in case
                       you took a peek at this portion first, here's how:
                       In the fourth level, "Demons", a multitude of zombies
                       will attack you but all of them need only one hit
                       to die so don't fret and equip your brother's weapon.
                       If you manage to kill more than three hundred of
                       them (highly possible only if you ignore the two
                       goodies found near your starting point) before
                       the next cinematic, you'll acquire...INFINITE
                       SHURIKEN! 
                                                                       
                                                                       
5. Changing Clothes - In chapter 5, "Despair", instead of heading north,
                      northwest, then east to start your journey towards
                      the castle, go west and grab another one of those
                      shining blues (Gold Framed Glasses) in front of
                      the buddha statue and save your game (you know where,
                      right? NORTH!) Now, head west, east, northeast,
                      and finally another west. Enter the house with the
                      violet cloth in front...
                                                                       
                      Ito: "Ah, those gold eyeglasses!"
                         : "Miss, I would be very grateful if you could
                            return them to me."
                      Lin: "Why yes, certainly."
                      Ito: "Thank you so kindly! I can't thank you enough!"
                         : "Ah, I know what I can do to show my thanks!"
                         : "If we have any clothing that suits you, it's
                            yours!"
                                                                       
                      Choose from five different yet all cool-looking
                      costumes (including your own), I'd prefer the...
                      well, the... dam! I can't choose! Anyway, my choice
                      is irrelivant. Now, YOU choose...
                                                                       
                      Ito: "Ah, it suits you wonderfully!"
                         : "You'll just slay the men!"
                         : "If you ever get tired of that outfit, please
                            come exchange it."                                                                       
                                                                       
6. Rakuyo - Ok, enough of the fashion statements, and on with another
            secret, also in the same level. Sheath your sword and ignore
            everyone as you head on north, southwest, south, west, north
            twice, and save.
                                                                       
            Save point quote: "Tohjo Castle
                               evil presence in the dark
                               fills the air and night"
                                                                       
            Continue north, get the two foreign medicines, and proceed
            north. Grab the not so obvious item there, a little to your
            right, at the broken lamp, (as the clue stated) hit [] to
            obtain the HELMET CODE LETTER. You may continue north for
            more goodies, but I'll just talk about the secret. So, head
            back to the village square, which you probably are familiar
            of by now, and head east, south, and then another east. This
            is the way to get to the forest right? Ok, now just move on
            (refer to that section of this faq) until you reach the house
            with the bright white cloth in front of it, just before you
            enter the forest itself. Enter the house...
                                                                       
            Lin       : "Excuse me, are you the only blacksmith in this
                         village?"
            Blacksmith: "Indeed, I am."
            Lin       : "My name is Lin. A coded note directed me to seek
                         you out."
            Blacksmith: "A shogunate ninja? I have been waiting for you."
            Lin       : "Then you are Taka?"
            Taka      : "Indeed, though I have not been called that in
                         years. Wait."
                      : (gets a sword) "This sword was revered by Shogun
                         Iyeyasu Tokugawa."
            Lin       : "Then that sword is Rakuyo? It was on the transport
                         ship?"
            Taka      : "It had been removed by Hanzo and brought to me
                         for safe keeping."
            Lin       : "Hanzo was killed by enemies of the shogunate."
            Taka      : "I see. Lin, was it?"
            Lin       : "Yes."
            Taka      : "There is nothing that this old man can do. It
                         is in your hands."
            Lin       : "I will do my utmost to deliver the sword to the
                         shogunate."
            Taka      : "Wait. For the upcoming battle, you need a better
                         weapon, no?"
            Lin       : "You are saying?"
            Taka      : "You have my blessing to test the sword on the
                         monsters about."
            Lin       : "I may do that?"
            Taka      : "Thwarting Tohjo's evil designs gets priority.
                      : "Nothing else matters."
            Lin       : "Thank you. I will treat it with utmost respect.
                      : "Farewell!"
                        (obtained RAKUYO)
                                                                       
            Yes! now you got that frequently mentioned sword throughout
            the game! Now just head back again to the village square,
            head west, then east to start your journey towards the castle.
            (You MAY opt to save your game at the buddha statue first,
            though)
                                                                       
%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%
 _  _  ____  ____  ____       ___  ____  ____  ____   ____  ____  ___
( \/ )(_  _)(_  _)(_  _)     / __)(  _ \( ___)(  _ \ (_  _)(_  _)/ __)
 )  (  _)(_  _)(_  _)(_     ( (__  )   / )__)  )(_) ) _)(_   )(  \__ \
(_/\_)(____)(____)(____)()   \___)(_)\_)(____)(____/ (____) (__) (___/
                                                                       
                                                                       
Janice (my kid sis) for copying some of the in-game text for me when I
                    just didn't have the time
                                                                       
Red Phoenix (red_phoenix_1@hotmail.com) for info on the whats and hows
                                        of ASCII arts
                                                                       
Randy Hicks (rjhicks@home.com) for this little added info:
                                                                       
            "Those "quotes" are the hiakus, or Japanese short form poems.
             I don't think they have anything to do with the game, or give
             clues. They are just kind of telling what is happening in
             the game. (well, sort of)"
                                                                       
Gamefaqs.com for paying attention to this faq
Konami and all its affiliates for creating such a great game
                                                                       
Ms. AsianCuteness for inspiring me in just about everything I do!
                                                                       
%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%
 _  _  ____  _  _      ____  ____  _  _  ____  ___  ____  _____  _  _
( \/ )(_  _)( \/ )    (  _ \( ___)( \/ )(_  _)/ __)(_  _)(  _  )( \( )
 )  (  _)(_  \  /      )   / )__)  \  /  _)(_ \__ \ _)(_  )(_)(  )  (
(_/\_)(____)  \/  ()  (_)\_)(____)  \/  (____)(___/(____)(_____)(_)\_)
                       _   _  ____  ___  ____  _____  ____  _  _
                      ( )_( )(_  _)/ __)(_  _)(  _  )(  _ \( \/ )
                       ) _ (  _)(_ \__ \  )(   )(_)(  )   / \  /
                      (_) (_)(____)(___/ (__) (_____)(_)\_) (__)
                                                                       
                                                                       
        none yet. suggestions, anyone?
                                                                       
%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%
 _  _  _  _      ____  ____  _  _    __    __
( \/ )( \/ )    ( ___)(_  _)( \( )  /__\  (  )
 )  (  \  /      )__)  _)(_  )  (  /(__)\  )(__
(_/\_)  \/  ()  (__)  (____)(_)\_)(__)(__)(____)
                 _    _  _____  ____  ____   ___
                ( \/\/ )(  _  )(  _ \(  _ \ / __)
                 )    (  )(_)(  )   / )(_) )\__ \
                (__/\__)(_____)(_)\_)(____/ (___/
                                                                       
                                                                       
Please feel free to email me if there's something about Lin I left out
or if you just want to comment on my work. Thank you. If ever I revise
this faq and add something you feel came from one of your emails to me,
email me again and remind me bout it so I can give you credit. Thanks
again.
                                                                       
General tips - You can go back to any save point as much as you want and
               save your progress again and again.
             - On the higher levels, when you are faced with a variety
               of opponents, you can sheath your sword on situations you
               think are too tough for you, go back, and re-enter the place
               to find a different set of enemies, possibly even less than
               before!
             - You can also keep your sword sheathed, run through the different
               parts of the village, and always be allowed to passed through
               the next area without having to beat the current opponents.
               This is a risky strategy, however, because if your opponents
               were able to hit you before you leave, you'll have nothing
               to defend yourself with.
             - Always block in hostile environment unless you're ready
               to attack.
             - Every after a chapter ends, you can re-visit every part
               of the town now accessible and hope to find lots of goodies
               and, unfortunately, badies as well.
                                                                       
%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%
                                                                       
And just in case you read the last part of this faq before the first,
allow  me restate my legal notice...
                                                                       
By gaining access to this faq you agree to the following terms:                    
                                                                                   
___________________________________________________________________________________
===================================================================================
||                                                                               ||
||  1) I, Joseph Christopher, the author of this faq, is not in any way          ||
||     liable for any harm that anybody thinks came from reading this faq.       ||
||     Examples of this harm include physical ones, such as getting mauled       ||
||     by someone who lost to you via a technique found in this faq, and         ||
||     emotional ones, such as experiencing humiliation upon the use or          ||
||     most likely misuse of yet another technique found in this faq.            ||
||                                                                               ||
||  2) If this faq was accessed from a source other than gamefaqs.com, nine      ||
||     out of ten chances are it is not in its latest update. You must           ||
||     therefore read the latest version of this faq first at the said web       ||
||     site before sending in any comments, suggestions, and/or corrections.     ||
||     As for webmasters, web page contibutors, and all similar personnel,       ||
||     posting this faq on any other website requires every last sentence,       ||
||     phrase, word, and character contained within this file included and       ||
||     unaltered. Keeping this faq as updated as it is on gamefaqs.com is        ||
||     preferable, though not required.                                          ||
||                                                                               ||
||  3) This faq is not to be profited from---directly, indirectly, or in         ||
||     whatever other way possible. By directly I mean earning less than,        ||
||     equal to, or greater than a cent's worth in cash, items, or services      ||
||     in exchange for part of or all the contents of this faq. On the           ||
||     other hand, by indirectly I mean using a part of or all the contents      ||
||     of this faq as a convincing factor for the purchase of another product    ||
||     thus directly or again indirectly yielding profit.                        ||
||                                                                               ||
||  4) You will not use even a single phrase, sentence, or concept found         ||
||     anywhere in this faq on your own work, even if you expressed it in        ||
||     your own words, without at the very least giving me, Joseph Christopher,  ||
||     the author of this faq, full credit for it. If you in any way             ||
||     incorporated even a very minute part of the strategies found in this      ||
||     faq with your own in your work, then you must at the very least give      ||
||     me partial credit for it.                                                 ||
||                                                                               ||
||  5) Ignorance of the law excuses no one, therefore if ever anything           ||
||     unlawful is done to this faq and/or to me, its author, the appropriate    ||
||     legal actions will be taken. If at any point you disagree to this         ||
||     or any of the above statements, delete this faq immediately and discard   ||
||     any help it has done for you.                                             ||
||                                                                               ||
===================================================================================
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~