- Thu Oct 13, 2022 10:26 pm
So after a few years of fighting Genichiro just for the fun of it, I decided to study his dialogue a bit and I just discovered that "A shinobi would know the difference between Honour and Victory" was actually means "Don't blame me for using underhanded tactics to be victorious against someone as honour-less as a shinobi" type of deal. And his whole glory-talk about Ashina was because of his blind denial of the fact that Ashina's time had already ended. I hated Genichiro so much at first but the more I look at it, the more I see that Genichiro was really just someone so extremely devoted to his country (presumably because he sees Ashina as a mother figure after Isshin took him in) that he threw away all of his humanity. Genichiro parralels Wolf as a guardian, a protégé to two heroes of Ashina and as the bearer of the two Mortal Blades. It's reflected in the moments when they clash and Genichiro even acknowledges it if he kills you after you resurrect in the final fight. It's also worth noting that as you progress and get better, Genichiro grows more desperate and eventually loses himself. They both view eachother as a major obstacle to fulfilling their goal as Wolf had sworn vengeance against Genichiro no matter what and also to retrieve and protect the Divine Heir, which are both rules given by Owl in the Shinobi Code whereas Genichiro sees him as a threat due to his status as the Shinobi of the Divine Heir and the fact that due to Wolf's absolute adherence to the code and to Kuro, he'd just decimated nearly all of the defences he had set up for Ashina to stand a chance against the incoming invaders of the Interior Ministry. Wolf was being used as a means to an end by Owl to weaken Ashina's defences in order to have a chance at stealing the dragon's blood while Genichiro's stubborn attempts to preserve Ashina were a lost cause as the "Ministry Rats" had already flooded the place and Isshin had already accepted his fate. In the end, they were both tragic characters who were embroiled in a war to end the era of Ashina and unify Japan. He made my blood boil so much during my first playthrough and I love his character a lot for it.