Yamanaka Shikanosuke
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4-Kanji Description: 明察麒麟
4-Kanji Translation: Intellectual Qilin
Weapon: Chained Clubs (like a nunchaku)
Element: Light
Faction: Amago
Series Debut: Sengoku BASARA 4
Playable Debut: Sengoku BASARA 4
Games: Sengoku BASARA 4
Sengoku BASARA 4 Sumeragi
Sengoku BASARA Sanada Yukimura-den
Anime: -
Seiyuu: Miyu Irino
Voice Actor: -
Television Actor: -
Stage Actor: -

Yamanaka Shikanosuke is a new playable character featured in Sengoku BASARA 4. It's said that he serves Amago Haruhisa, whom went missing, so he sets out on a journey to find him with the assistance of his deer companion, Oyassan (sometimes referred to as 'Pops'). In the Anime route, it is revealed that Oyassan is actually female.

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

Shikanosuke uses a modified Nunchaku with Golden Bells put on it. Nice attack speed, and Nice running speed but he have a poor recovery speed and in-between animation before he releases his actual skills, also poor crowd control, making him one suited to be categorized as a weak character. Despite his characteristic as a light character, he can break boxes by running through them. His deer, Oyassan also sometimes assists him when attacking.

Shikanosuke relies on his First skill and his S-string attack, as its the only tools he has to be able to safely hit amongst the crowd of enemies and having a good crowd control with it. His second skill is a usual ground to air attack, however, the in-between animation is so slow that often cancelled by the opponent, making it utterly useless against heroes, as well as his second skill, third skill, and the others. He could chain his Super attack just like any other character, and pressing the button for a longer time will allow Oyassan to do a follow-up attack, just like his 5th skills. but it's nearly useless if you fought enemies in Extreme or Heaven difficulty, playing save with his S-string and First super skills is the only way to use him safely, or maybe until he unlocked is final skills, which allows him to switch with Oyassan for a limited time.

His Basara art, there is a good part and a bad part within it. The good part is, it deals massive damage, whenever your opponent in cornered position. The bad part is, there are lots of it. First, the direction control is pretty hard, just like Sakon and Naotora. Second, after using this Basara, Shikanosuke will be stripped off from his Battle armor and given to Oyasssan. In this non-armor mode, Shikanosuke will be extremely vulnerable, he cannot block, and cannot regularly attack, instead, his Oyassan will become more aggressive.

Historical Information[edit | edit source]

Yamanaka Yukimori (山中幸盛, September 12, 1545 - August 20, 1578), also be known by his famous name Shikanosuke (鹿介 or 鹿之助), was a vassal of Amago Yoshihisa, the son of Amago Haruhisa. He was famous of his deer antler helmet and his personal vow of Amago Revival to the crescent moon. He also prayed frequently to the same moon.

Mouri clan was the archrival of Amago at that time. Despite of Shikanosuke's bravery in defending Gassan-Toda castle and his winning duel against a Mouri retainer, many of Amago's retainers defected to the Mouri. Seeing that he lacked a lot of people to defend the clan, Yoshihisa surrendered. Later Mouri Motonari forced him and his family into priesthood and went into exile.

After the fall of the Amago clan, Shikanosuke wandered alone to find another Amago member so he can revive the clan again. He then found Amago Katsuhisa and immediately appointed him as the new head of the Amago clan. He also began to find help from Oda clan. Shikanosuke's interference was allowed Oda's army to go deep through Chugoku lands, to subjugate the Mouri clan. Sadly, Nobunaga only used him for his own advantage. Although he placed Shikanosuke in charge of Kozuki Castle, he does not send any reinforcements for the defense of it. Hashiba Hideyoshi and Akechi Mitsuhide wanted to help him, but Nobunaga forces those two to focus on sieging Mouri's other castles.

In 1545 at age 33 Katsuhisa committed suicide after the loss of Kozuki Castle, but Shikanosuke chose to not follow him for the sake of his men's safety. He surrendered to one of Mouri Motonari's son, Kikkawa Motoharu, and was rewarded with a small castle in Suo. But when he made his way to the castle, armies surrounded and attacked him, killing Shikanosuke in the process. Legends state that it was Motoharu's plan to prevent any efforts of reviving the Amago forever.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

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Image Gallery

How to Unlock[edit | edit source]

Game How to Unlock Notes
Sengoku BASARA 4 Clear the game with Keiji Can be unlocked with DLC
Sengoku BASARA 4 Sumeragi Unlocked by Default -
Sengoku BASARA Sanada Yukimura-den Complete Story Mode -

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • In Sengoku BASARA 3, he was an NPC general that you could recruit as an ally by beating Gassantoda Castle as Fūma Kotarō in Story Mode.
  • He has a special kill counter, listing people he has 'investigated' in his search, rather than killed.
  • His appearance, character music theme, and battlesuit armor with deer figures, also featured in-game appearance with his transformation scene will make you remember with Shonen Jump infamous title Saint Seiya.
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