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Genshin

NG2 Render Boss Genshin 1

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Race Human/Fiend
Nationality
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Japanese
Gender Male
Relatives Gamov (Younger Brother)
Professional Status
Affiliation Black Spider Ninja Clan,
Vazdah's Fiend Tribe
Occupation Ninja
Rank Master Ninja
Title Supreme Ninja Overlord,
Super Ninja, Lord of the Dark Ninja (NG3)
Previous Partner Elizébet, Inukoma
First Appearance
Debut Ninja Gaiden II
Voices
Japanese Voice Ryūzaburō Ōtomo
English Voice Neil Kaplan

The Supreme Ninja Overlord Genshin (邪忍王 玄心 Janinou Genshin; Evil Ninja Ruler Genshin) is the iron-willed Master Ninja of the Black Spider Ninja Clan. He is Ryu Hayabusa's main rival in Ninja Gaiden II and its derivatives, where they fight multiple times.

AppearanceEdit

Genshin is a tall middle age man with medium build. He has an eyepatch covering his injured right eye. His outfit is a mix of traditional gi and armor, consisting of heavy tabi boots, ninja pants, fully armored upper body, armored gauntlets, ninja claw on the right arm, and a multi eyed shinobi helmet.

PersonalityEdit

As Overlord of the Black Spider Clan, Genshin is the most powerful and ruthless Ninja that the clan has ever produced. Genshin's cold and calculating composure, as well as his lust for power is matched only by his hatred of the Dragon Lineage.

Despite the many atrocities he and his clan commit, Genshin is revealed to be an honorable shinobi, as everything he did, from joining the Fiends to becoming a demon himself in hopes of ending the Dragon Bloodline, he did solely for his clan's future; a sentiment his rival Ryu Hayabusa easily related to him with.

HistoryEdit

PastEdit

Genshin was born a member of the Black Spider Ninja Clan and later was the older brother to Gamov. At some point in the aftermath of the Dark Dragon Blade Incident, he gained a hatred of the Dragon Lineage after learning Murai, a former member of the Hayabusa Ninja Clan and connected to the Dragon Lineage through his his sister's marriage with Jô Hayabusa, killed his younger brother.[1]

At some point, he would befriend Inukoma, who was the closest thing he had to an apprentice in the clan and also a figure of admiration for the former.[2]

Leadership of the Black SpiderEdit

After becoming leader of the Black Spider Clan, he is approached by Elizébet with promises of power that will allow the clan to finally possess superiority over the Hayabusa Ninja Clan. Despite his hesitation and some of his own clan member's protest, he agreed into an alliance with the Greater Fiend.[3]

PlotEdit

Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2Edit

Genshin, Master Ninja of the Black Spider Clan has grown weary of his clan playing second fiddle to the Hayabusa Ninja Clan, his hatred for the Dragon Lineage now reaching its peak. One day, he meets the mysteriously beautiful yet demonic Elizebet; Queen of the Greater Fiends, who promises to help him bring his clan to greatness in return for his services. Genshin hesitantly accepted, seeing this as an opportunity to destroy the Dragon Ninja once and for all. He sends his student and Black Spider Middle Ninja, Shadow Ninja Rasetsu of the Dark Sect to Tokyo to distract Ryu Hayabusa, while he and an army of Black Spider Ninja attack the Castle of the Dragon. He duels Ryu's father Joe Hayabusa in the castle keep, and steals the Demon Statue, the artefact that the Hayabusa clan has guarded for millennia. Ryu bursts through the door to see his father fall through the floor. As Genshin gives Elizebet the Demon Statue, he duels Ryu and nearly kills him when Joe interferes. He fights Joe and leaves him in critical condition. Meanwhile, on the way to deliver the Statue to the Infernal High Priest in his sky fortress, the Daedalus, Genshin encounters Ryu and fights him again. In South America he tells Ryu that the Archfiend shall resurrect himself in Japan, under the sacred peak of Mt. Fuji, and that there is where Ryu will die. He fights Ryu at the top of the erupting summit and is killed. Elizebet appears and transforms the Ninja Overlord into a Greater Fiend.

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Genshin, transformed into a Fiend fighting Ryu Hayabusa.

With this newly obtained, incredible power, Genshin follows Ryu into the depths of the Netherworld and challenges him again. Despite the demonic power that Elizebet had given him, Genshin is defeated by the Dragon Ninja, his cursed body slain by the awakened Dragon Sword. With his dying breath, he tells Ryu that he had no regrets for what he's done, just as Ryu fought to uphold the Dragon Ninja legacy of justice, Genshin fought for the future of his clan. Acknowledging Ryu as a true Ninja, he gives him the Blade of the Archfiend and dies, his soul redeemed.

Elizebet chastises the dead Ninja for losing for the sake of his clan's honor. Enraged by this disrespect towards the Ninja Overlord, Ryu kills her with the Dragon Sword and the Blade of the Archfiend. The Blade of the Archfiend now serves as a gravestone to Genshin in the Black Spider Ninja Graveyard at the summit of Mt. Fuji.

Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's EdgeEdit

Genshin makes a small appearance in Ninja Gaiden 3. After Canna transforms into the Goddess, the spirit of Black Spider Ninja leader appears before Ryu, giving the Dragon Ninja the soul of the Archfiend in order to awaken the Blade of the Archfiend to use to battle the Goddess.

Powers & AbilitiesEdit

Genshin is an immensely skilled adversary, having been known to be the most capable and deadly ninja in the Black Spider Ninja Clan and worthy of the unique title, "Supreme Ninja Overlord". Later turned into a Fiend by Elizébet, his power increased as a result.[3]

GeneralEdit

  • Master Swordman: Genshin is a powerful master swordsman, wielding the legendary Blade of the Archfiend with utmost mastery in a reverse grip. He could against Jô Hayabusa who was weakened from a battle with a previous foe.[3] and subsequently overpowered him. He could fight equivalently against the Super Ninja Ryu Hayabusa in a sword fight twice, and was only defeated when the latter used the True Dragon Sword.
  • Agility: Genshin's speed and agility is top notch, being on par with Ryu.[3]
  • Strength: Genshin's strength is seemingly superhuman enough to clash equally with Ryu Hayabusa.[3] He could easily overpowered most adversaries including fellow Master Ninjas such as Jo.
  • Acrobatics: Genshin is capable of performing complex, acrobatic movements in combination with his swordplay and backflips to dodge attacks.[3]
  • Hand-to-Hand: Genshin possess sufficient hand-to-hand combat skills to use his claw in conjunction with his swordsmanship in combat.[3]
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  • Pyrokinesis: After becoming a Fiend, Genshin can control fire.[3] He can use it with his sword to prevent a complete block (the target taking damage despite blocking his attack) and have, short lasting damage.[4]
  • Fire Arrows: Fiend Genshin can shoot several burning arrows.[3]
  • Ground Pound: Fiend Genshin can strike the ground, causing a circular area around him to erupt with fire.[4]
  • Teleportation: In his Fiend form, Genshin can teleport short distances towards an opponent.[4]

TechniquesEdit

  • Essence Technique/Ultimate Technique: Genshin is mentioned to have master such an attack, making him capable of performing up to two quick dashes and perform devastating combos.[3]
  • Flying Swallow: A attack in which Genshin jumps forward into the air and propels himself at his opponent in a lightning fast slash.[3]
  • Underworld Drop: A technique in which Genshin launches his enemy in mid-air, stabbing them, and then performs a vertical spinning similar to the technique Blade of Niritti. After slamming the enemy down onto the floor, they jump away while removing his blade.[3]
  • Dash Attack: Genshin is capable of a dash attack similar to Ryu's Reverse Wind/Furious Wind technique; he moves fast enough to leave a trail of afterimages.[3]

NinpoEdit

  • Art of the Piercing Void: Genshin is capable of casting this ninpo, forming the energy using gravitational waves propagated from his conscious spirit, resulting in a rotating black hole trapped inside a semi permeable spiritual force field that keeps it stable.[3]

EquipmentEdit

  • Blade of the Archfiend: A evil katana containing the magic of the Archfiend that rivals the likes of the Dragon Sword. The blade is given to only the most powerful and ruthless member of the Black Spider Ninja Clan.[3]
  • Shuriken:Genshin's arsenal includes shurikens located on this thighs in which can be thrown.[3]
  • Falcon's Talon Claw: Genshin bears a Falcon's Talon Claw on one of the hands, using it in combination with his Blade of the Archfiend and Hand-to-Hand skills.[3]

QuotesEdit

  • "How the vaunted Dragon Ninja Bloodline has withered Jô Hayabusa." - Genshin taunting Jô.
  • "Evil? The ninja way knows neither good nor evil." - Genshin's response to Jô Hayabusa.
  • "Young blood, how many times must you stand in our way?" - Genshin to Ryu, aboard the Flying Fortress Daedalus.
  • "I have staked my name. I have fought with all of my being, all to forge a future for the Black Spider Clan. I have no regrets. Just as you have fought for a cause greater than yourself, so too, have I." - Fiend Genshin after his defeat.

TriviaEdit

  • Genshin is a popular figure in the Black Spider Ninja Clan, the majority of the entries on the subject of Genshin expressing respect and happiness in his ascension as head of the Black Spider Ninja Clan. In one entry, he is referred to as a "badass" and multiple figures in the clan aspire to be as skilled as him.[3]
  • Izo's entry in his notebook on April 19 revealed that he learned that Genshin's source of animosity for the Dragon Ninja and his family is because Gamov was killed by Murai, a former member of the Hayabusa Ninja Clan whom has ties to the Dragon Lineage family.[3]
  • Genshin's name in kanji means "Mysterious Heart".
  • In the Japanese dubs, Genshin is almost never referred to by name, but rather as "Janinou" which translates to "King of Evil Ninja", "Evil Ninja" most likely a reference to the Black Spider Clan.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 - Izo's Notebook
  2. Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2 - Inukoma's Noteboook
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 3.14 3.15 3.16 3.17 3.18 Ninja Gaiden 2/Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Ninja Gaiden 3: Razor's Edge

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