released on Sep 30, 2005

A story of revenge.

Hanachirasu is set in a parallel timeline where nuclear weaponry was never developed. As such, Japan continued to fight through World War II, ending aggressions only when Hokkaido and Kyushu were occupied by Russia and America, respectively.

The game itself takes place in early 21st century Tokyo, which has been transformed into a haven for Japanese culture thanks to the nationalistic ideals of the charismatic Ishima Kaigen. Strict policies are in place in to enforce a ban upon firearms within the city limits. Thus, though terrorism and power struggles run rampant, swordplay, not gunfire, claims the lives of those not powerful to stake out their claims here.

Our protagonist is one Takeda Akane, a swordsman driven by a desire to face his one true rival, Igarasu Yoshia. What will stand in his path to his goal?

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Narahara Ittetsu's superior work.
A damn shame he will never reach this peak again.

muramasa kanae route's message on vengeance is presented in a bite-sized package here, alongside ittetsu narahara's love for kendo. hanachirasu is an light and enjoyable experience elevated by an incredible soundtrack.

Very fun read all in all though the overwhelming swords info dumps and ridiculous endings left a sour taste in my mouth. Definitely hyped me more for my incoming Muramasa (re)read.