Bombs can also do some serious damage to bosses, even in the later stages. Destroying enemies in Fighter Mode can create energy items. Age: 19 Zodiac: Jia (Wood, Yang) Originally a member of the Ten Suns, Tsubaki raised the banner of rebellion against the arrogant actions of the Empire. It isn’t too big of a deal, but it can be frustrating when trying to test something out under very specific conditions, since the player will have to manually create those conditions every time. Age 18 Zodiac: Ren (Fire, Yin)  Botan has taken the life of her brother as dictated by the soul ceremony. Be careful though, as the items can disappear if too much time passes, so be sure to switch back into Fighter Mode to collect them before that happens! This is where things may get confusing. But, their value is now affected by the HIT counter. His beloved sister Botan took his life, which transformed him into a phantom more powerful than his human form could ever be. While seemingly small, the difference is like night and day, and it really causes the songs to stand out on their own more so than with the synth guitar. Instead, the music of Akai Katana was composed by Ryu Umemoto, who passed shortly after the Xbox 360 version’s release at the age of 37 years old. Phantoms are no longer invincible in Defense Mode. Nov 10, 2014 - View an image titled 'Shumeigiku Art' in our Akai Katana art gallery featuring official character designs, concept art, and promo pictures. While in Phantom Mode, the gold items will automatically orbit around the phantom, and while they are doing this, they will eventually evolve into a large gold item. It’s unclear, but making a game where ninjas fought against other ninjas throwing huge battleships at each other is certainly a good start. Doing so sends them into a menu where they press the button the button they wish to have associated with each action, and scrolling through each option by moving the joystick up or down. Picking up a certain amount of Katana items will stock up Katanas around the phantom. Also, if the player is on their last life and has at least one bomb in stock, getting hit will automatically cause an auto-bomb to go off, taking the all of the player’s current bomb stock. Set in a parallel version of modern Japan, Akai Katana aimed to create a world that would have battleship-throwing ninjas seem believable and not out of place, in addition to having it be a fun game to play, and Cave certainly succeeded on that front. Scoring in Akai Katana is very, very simple. If you are using AdBlock, please consider clicking the ABP icon and disabling it for this site. What could have been an … Although tempting, there is no real need to deliberately do so. Once the energy items come out of an enemy, release the A button and then press and hold it again. Age: 22 Zodiac: Bing (Fire, Yang) Kikyou’s mother, Sakura, was killed by his father, the emperor Basho. Overall, the White and Red Modes on the Akai Katana Limited Version PCB feel more polished than the original game. The game’s soundtrack was surprisingly not composed by Manabu Namiki or any of the composers at Basiscape, as typical of other Cave games of the time. The Limited Version White Mode and Red Mode included numerous tweaks and changes from the original version of Akai Katana. This will be a full, boxed, retail release. The D button causes the airplane to shift between “Fighter” and “Phantom” modes. How players can evolve smaller items into larger items depends on what type of item they wish to evolve. Mid-bosses and end-bosses are also to be expected and chances are fairly high a lot of bullets will be involved as well. CU offers 5 ways to follow us so your news feed will never lack new art and inspiration. The size and strength of the Guiding Cannon depends on the plane type. In the top left corner of the screen, there is a picture of the current pilot, along with a segmented gold bar on the left and a green bar on the right, with a few B icons underneath it. Simply play through Stage 6 without dying, and the TLB will be triggered in Stage 7. In a rare turn of events, Cave released a special “Limited Version” PCB of Akai Katana sometime after the original arcade release of Akai Katana. Choose between three different ships and two characters, one acting as a pilot and one as a gunner/ninja. As stated before, losing a life extends the player’s Phantom Gauge. Collecting a bomb item clears all bullets onscreen. She chose to give up her life to become a phantom. In the port, there was also a mode called Shin, known to the west as Slash, and it is this mode, that was released for the NESiCAxLive system, not the entire Akai Katana Shin port. So how could Cave possibly top a grand resurrection of their flagship series? 3. It is Cave's third Horizontal Scrolling Shooter and revisits the concept of the pilot and gunner being different characters, such as in Progear and Ketsui. The ship’s Shot strength also decreases when the A button is held, but the option’s Shot strength is increased while in Attack Mode. Additionally, the game uses the original arcade graphics, rather than the HD versions from the port. There are also two new weapon systems in Slash: the Steel Orb and Katana systems. So the thing with bombs is to use them if the player needs to, as there is really no downside in doing so. Which is good, because Akai Katana is a really fun shoot-em-up with some seriously challenging gameplay. During the soul ceremony, Botan lost her “light” (sense of sight), but gained a heightened awareness of her surroundings. The biggest scoring change is that energy items can now be banked for score. Akai Katana Anime Wallpaper; Akai Katana HD Wallpaper; Akai Katana Android & iPhone Wallpaper; Characters. But at point-blank the large items are worth (10,000 + hit counter) * 3, or three times the normal amount. Breakdown You as the player will play both "Slash mode" and "Origin mode" to obtain your achievements. In the gaming world, we see this with trends like Action/RPG games, where developers try to bring out the best in both genres. Links: NESiCAxLive Official Site Although in JP, it features tons of great Akai Katana art and info Developer Interview #1 An interivew about the arcade version of Akai Katana Developer Interview #2 Translated interview originally found in the official artbook  Akai Katana Pilot Training Official Videos describing the basic systems of the game STG Weekly #47 A great video detailing each mode of Akai Katana Akai Katana Red Mode 1CC Only playable on the Limited Version PCB Akai Katana OST YouTube Playlist  Akai Katana Shin Arrange OST YouTube Playlist, Top 47,858 Games of All Time Episode 223: Mega Man 5, Akai Katana Shin Arrange OST YouTube Playlist, Berserk: Millennium Falcon Hen Seima Senki no Shou. Akai Katana is a horizontal bullet hell game which is similar to Deathsmiles. Sumire and Tsubaki pilot the Type 1 Marigold, the Saionji siblings pilot the Type 2 Orchid, and Suzuran and Shion use the Type 3 Sakura plane. Arcade / Origin is the same as the arcade version of Akai Katana. There are two commonly seen items: the blue energy orb, and the gold score items. To end the killing of innocents and to destroy the father who took his mother’s life, Kikyou sacrificed himself to a blood katana, so that it could be turned against the Empire. That’s it. Just like it was in Origin, being able to stay in Phantom Mode as much as possible is key to scoring. There is an Xbox 360 port, titled Akai Katana Shin. Shin / Slash is a new Arrange Mode of Akai Katana, and Zetsu / Climax is a lightly modified Origin Mode with native 16:9 support and gameplay tweaks. There are a total of 10 sets labeled “a” through “j”. Without a family to call her own, she was raised and instructed in warfare by the Imperial Officer Hiiragi. This squadron was known as the Ten Suns and their name was hated across the land. The gold bar represents the number of lives the player has remaining. To fire the Katanas, players must first have enough Katanas (visible around the player), determine what angle they want the Katanas to travel (by moving the joystick in different directions) and then manually cancel Phantom Mode. Oh, Origin features an additional option for fixed widescreen display or 480p display, but that’s the only other option. Performing the A+C recharge trick on a boss, for example, the boss will spew out large amounts of energy items, and cause the player’s score to skyrocket. by Spencer Johnson on December 8, 2013. Always kill the bosses with Katanas whenever possible, including the individual phases of a boss. Akai Katana. In addition to a forced exit, the player will not get any of the gold score items that were in orbit around the player while they were in Phantom Mode if they get hit. Training Mode seems wonky at first but it is actually pretty neat. There are a number of planes and pilots to choose from, offering a variety of shot types and subweapons, and three game modes with … Swallowing their bitters tears, the pilots of these ships swore victory against the Empire. Because of the increase in amount of bullets, players can play more aggressively overall. If you enjoyed the images and character art in our Akai Katana art gallery, liking or sharing this page would be much appreciated. Note that there is no Novice mode for Climax. Get daily updates for video game art galleries packed with loads of concept art, character artwork, and promotional pictures. It is very important to remember that if the Phantom Mode energy gauge reaches zero, or the player gets hit and their summon ends, they will lose any Katanas they had in stock and what the Katanas they did have will not fire off. The music fits the game well, but nothing really stands out, or can stand alone without the visuals from the game, something Manabu Namiki’s tracks usually have little trouble with. In a nutshell, NESiCAxLive was developed in late 2010 by Taito is an online arcade distribution system that allows arcade operators to download games from Taito’s central servers instead of having to buy and house PCB’s. This is important because the Steel Orbs can cancel bullets while in Phantom Mode. Botan Saionji. Those with a Japanese … Bringing the option close to the enemy and destroy it will create energy items. These sets act as both pre-configured settings and customizable “quick-settings”, effectively allowing users to “store” multiple training mode configurations for easier access and use. Players can use this to their advantage by quickly gathering energy items and then use the incoming bullets to quickly evolve the items into the large version, absorb the items, and then go into Phantom Mode. The Limited Version PCB included two exclusive gameplay modes, akin to the arrange modes from other Cave console releases, that were not present in the original or “standard” PCB release, nor in the Xbox 360 port of Akai Katana. Note that the Type 1 plane can only throw its Katanas forward, while the other two ships can throw them in multiple directions. A stage select option has been added as well. Climax is very similar to Origin, but has a few important changes between the two. As for the customizable options in the training mode, they work, but this is far from Cave’s most customizable training mode (that award goes to DoDonPachi Resurrection). Failing to trigger the TLB just pits the player against the normal Stage 7 boss, and the normal ending. Bombs, however, are worth much less, and Akai Katana may be Cave’s most lenient and forgiving bomb system yet. Doing so will create a gold ring and a high hit count, which can then be cashed in for at least a few million points. Players can select from three preset button configurations, or customize any of them by pressing the A button. Katanas travel fast in a straight line, and slowly pierce through anything they encounter. Shooting the Katanas at a big group of enemies and then riding the Katana to get the point items is incredibly satisfying and doesn’t get old. In general, the easiest way to get energy items is to place and hold the option on top of enemies and use and hold down the A and C buttons. 279 likes. Here, the player’s fighter plane is stronger, and has more maneuverability than it does in Attack Mode, though the option is weaker in Defense Mode. The Emperor empowered them to “expand the reach of the Empire, even if it demands sacrifices.”. Holding the A button down causes the player’s option to behave in a special way (depends on ship) and causes the player’s ship to maneuver at a slower pace. Akai Katana for Xbox 360 contains three different modes, including a port of the original arcade version of Akai Katana. It is very possible to chain the entire stage, and the chain timer itself is rather lenient. Dec 22, 2018 - View an image titled 'Shumeigiku Art' in our Akai Katana art gallery featuring official character designs, concept art, and promo pictures. Now the characters are typed in Latin alphabet as usual, apart from the exceptions below. Players also need to set these options for each game individually. So, as long as the player remains inside of a Katana, they too will be invincible. This means that players can get HIT counts in the thousands, but it resets back to zero once they exit Phantom Mode (unlike in White/Red Mode, where the counter did not reset). Age: 16 Zodiac: Xin (Metal, Yin) Suzuran fights alongside the Gekka battalion to stop her brother Aogiri, who has been consumed with the madness and used as a pawn by the Empire in their advances. This is very useful when the player is about to hit a score extend, as that recovers all red life in addition to creating a new life segment. Exclusive postcards, book previews, and more. Each stage of Akai Katana involves the usual mix of tiny ships that yield to the slightest amount of firepower and much larger vehicles that can take and receive punishment like no other. Most of the tracks feature very prominent electric guitars, with the occasional electronica thrown over the mix. As far as the story goes, it takes place in the Taisho era, an age mirroring the years of the industrial expansion in Japan, full of hope for reconstruction. Destroying enemies in Phantom Attack Mode creates gold scoring items, which then orbit around the phantom. The shield can repel enemy bullets, lasers, and anything else that would otherwise damage the plane. The “B” icons underneath the player’s Life Gauge represents the number of bomb items the player has. Sumire Asaka. Now, in Akai Katana, Novice Mode selection is now assigned to a button (X) on the main menu. Age: 18 Zodiac: Yi (Wood, Yin) A younger officer of Tsubaki who chose to sacrifice her life to become a phantom. Katana items only appear when enemies are destroyed by the laser in Phantom Mode. The game shoots a large number of bullets at the player at any given time, in very hard to dodge patterns. It was said that once this katana killed another human being, it would turn blood-red and endow its owner with an incredible power. This not only affects the scoring system, but reduces the amount of slowdown in the game. These bullets will target the player and eventually orbit around the phantom like other bullets / items. Once the player has enough energy, pressing the D button will allow them to summon their phantom, and transform into Phantom Mode. Other kinds of novelty arise when developers accentuate traits or characteristics of a game, such as the still … As for the Xbox 360 port, Origin can be pretty overwhelming at first. When finished customizing, players need to hit Save & Return in order to have the settings save. Amidst record-breaking economic growth and technical innovation, the people of this era discovered a new energy source: a mineral called Guiding Ore which acted as a perfect substitute for coal and electricity. If you have any questions, or need the bot to ignore the links, or the page altogether, please visit this simple FaQ for additional information. Although at high levels, the timer really doesn’t become a factor, it is important to remember that the combo chain will break if the player does not collect any gold score items within a certain period of time. As well as set if they wish to start in Fighter or Phantom Mode. There is an Xbox 360 port, titled Akai Katana Shin. Akai Katana Promo Art. Posted Requiring human sacrifices to unleash their immense destructive power, they have been used by the empire to crush neighbouring countries. Shion bonded with the Blood Katana that was born when Suzuran sacrificed her life for the struggle against the Empire, however this katana stole her youth in the process and transformed her into an old woman. ), and then collect the bomb item. Akai Katana is a perfectly fun arcade shooter that unfortunately took a wrong turn on the way to your Xbox 360. Players cannot start from the midpoint or right before the boss, nor can they adjust what their score is, if they are in a combo, etc. However, this PCB was aimed not at arcades, but for consumers who buy and play arcade PCB’s at home. Thanks! Tapping the A button causes the player’s ship and option to fire the Shot weapon as well as have the player’s option move about freely. Full list of all 50 Akai Katana achievements worth 1,000 gamerscore. Cave missed a great opportunity to either include those in the Xbox 360 release or as additional DLC. Before each boss there will be an enemy that holds a “B” bomb item. Tsubaki took the life of her junior officer, Sumire, to become the “guide” for the Blood Katana which held her soul. Those with a Japanese … This means that phantoms can now take multiple hits before the summon is canceled. I made the following changes: Players are also advised to manually exit Phantom Mode if the HIT counter gets above 220, and collect the items so that they don’t kill something else and accidentally hit the item cap. He waged war on neighboring countries with an elite battalion who wielded the so-called “Blood Katanas”. Keep in mind that these bullets are still active, and will kill the player if they come into contact with them. Player ship speed has been re-balanced, and the energy gauge’s recharge speed has been tweaked. Energy and gold items come in small, medium, and large sizes, with the ability to “evolve” the smaller sizes into larger ones. The default length is just fine, although players will be required to perform some expert energy regeneration techniques to keep up. When they are ready, they can begin training by pressing the Start button. GameVortex's review of Akai Katana. Destroying enemies up close in Phantom Defense Mode will cause enemies to spawn suicide bullets. The CV1000-D is the same hardware as Cave’s regular SH3 hardware, but featured more ram than its predecessor. It is the fourth horizontal shoot 'em up game from … Everything they touch or destroy will generate humongous gold score items, and lots of them. Created specifically with the Xbox 360 in mind, Akai Katana is the first CAVE release to feature horizontal combat in sumptuous … Players can collect Steel Orbs in Fighter and Phantom Modes, but can only collect the Katana items in Phantom Mode. While Attack Mode is active, energy items and gold floating on-screen will be pulled into the option, making them easier to collect. This is an easy way to quickly evolve the gold score items, as they will be constantly scraping against the suicide bullets, causing them to become large items very quickly. Entering exceptional katakana characters The lengthened vowel mark, which is common in katakana text "ー" (e.g. Akai Katana is a Bullet Hell Shoot'Em Up by CAVE. Although there are six main characters in Akai Katana… three of them are actually dead and have become “Guardians” for the remaining three characters, each of whom is tied to a specific airplane. Kikyou Saionji. Cave really skimped out on the amount of available video options in Akai Katana, with the total number of options falling pitifully short of what can be found on DoDonPachi Resurrection or Mushihimesama Futari. See More Character Concept Art Galleries >>. In July 2012, Cave released Akai Katana Shin for the Japanese-only NESiCAxLive arcade game delivery system. The overall ship shot and option strength has increased as well. Players also have the option of letting gold expire, and hold out for a larger payout later on, or canceling early, possibly missing out on several thousand points. To be specific, this release included three gameplay modes: Arcade, Shin, and Zetsu for the Japanese release; and Origin, Slash, and Climax for the American/PAL release. This is actually a really cool feature, that either has the player playing only the selected stage (SOLO) or continuing on, and playing the rest of the game (CONT). Like most Cave Xbox 360 releases, the game featured updated, higher resolution graphics, online leaderboards, local and online replay saving and viewing, extra gameplay modes, training modes, and novice modes. TRIVIA Akai Katana was released on August 19, 2010 in Japan. Music was composed by the late Ryu Umemoto. Sumire and Tsubaki pilot the Type 1 Marigold, the Saionji siblings pilot the Type 2 Orchid, and Suzuran and Shion use the Type 3 Sakura plane. Although it will hurt the player, ramming into a Laser while in Fighter Mode will give the player a nice chunk of energy. Shion Kobayakawa. Akai Katana is a Bullet Hell Shoot'Em Up by CAVE. Akai Katana is a side scrolling shmup, with planes, tanks, ships, and massive amounts of bullets. Get into Phantom Mode as fast as possible, destroy enemies and cancel bullets for gold items, let them become large gold items, cancel back into Fighter Mode to collect, and then repeat until the game is over. There aren’t any weapon power-ups in Akai Katana, so players are at their strongest right from the get-go. your own Pins on Pinterest Nearly killed when her brother’s bloodlust caused him to attack her, Suzuran managed to flee with the help of Shion. Then, change into Phantom Mode, reflect some bullets (very important! Cancelling bullets with the Runes created by destroying enemies with the Guiding Cannon also turn into gold point items. The green bar to the right is the Energy Gauge. Akai Katana Logo. 1. Essentially, this makes Climax a beefier version of Origin, or Origin with the limiter removed. Akai Katana (2010) is a Bullet Hell Shoot 'em Up by Cave.It is Cave's third Horizontal Scrolling Shooter and revisits the concept of the pilot and gunner being different characters, such as in Progear and Ketsui.Programming was done by S. Yagawa of 8ing/Raizing fame. They also cause the game to feels more like an Ikeda game, rather than a Yagawa one. Once the player gets a high Hit Counter, which continues throughout the level, only resetting if the player gets hit. By “riding” a Katana, they can easily get the large score items at point-blank range. It’s a shame that the Red and White Modes are only available on the Limited Version PCB. The game was simply titled Akai Katana for the US and Pal releases. Programming was done by S. Yagawa of 8ing/Raizing fame. There are three ways to create Steel Orbs, but only two of them can be used in both Fighter and Phantom Modes: destroying an enemy while in Defense Mode, or attack an enemy point-blank with the Shot. In Japan, the Xbox 360 port of Akai Katana was released as Akai Katana Shin. She is a world-class pilot with a fearless personality. In previous releases, the Novice Modes had their own unique entry on the mode selection screen. Akai Katana, an Xbox 360 game, is a remastered version of the older arcade original. So, players will want to go into Phantom Defense Mode, briefly holding the Shot button to briefly go into Attack Mode and generate the gold score items. Music was composed by the late Ryu Umemoto. When the Phantom Mode is active, the phantom will protect itself with a shield called a “Guiding Wall” while in Defense Mode. Players can select their plane, stage, scoring extends, bombs, lives and max gauge settings. For Akai Katana on the Xbox 360, a GameFAQs message board topic titled "Character/Story Trivia". Discover (and save!) Steel Orbs and Katanas will disappear after a certain amount of time, so be sure to use them before that happens. You switch with some sort of God-ish thing and they can take a bullet for you in the process. Having a full energy bar causes more Steel Orb items to appear. Akai Katana Facebook Like Button Game Rating: E10 (Everyone 10+) Blood; Fantasy Violence; Mild Language; The Games on Demand version supports English. Dec 6, 2014 - View an image titled 'Tsubaki Shinjou Art' in our Akai Katana art gallery featuring official character designs, concept art, and promo pictures. "Akai Katana Shin" is a horizontal scrolling shooter, ... there are 3 types of characters, each with one type of aircraft to use, ranging from Model A to C, each with a standard type of shots (concentrated, dispersed, etc. Holding down the Shot button will cause the player to enter Attack Mode, weakening the plane’s attack power, but strengthening the options’ attack power. Escaping the country together, they linked up with Kikyou. Taking a hit in Phantom Mode now reduces energy, rather than instantly canceling the summon. Tapping the Shot button, or pressing no buttons at all will put the plane in Defense Mode. This means that the shortest route to a high score lies in rushing directly into the items to pick them up as soon as possible. However, cracks soon appeared in the squad as those set against these dictatorial actions split into their own group. User Summary Akai Katana Shin is an update of the arcade shoot 'em up Akai Katana. Summary Short summary describing this game. Botan Cutting Her Hair. In 2008, Cave released DoDonPachi Dai-Fukkatsu into Japanese arcades. Defeating a boss in Phantom Mode causes any lasers on-screen to turn into large point items, and any bullets into small ones. However, destroying enemies up close in this mode will cause them to spawn suicide bullets that will pursue the player. Although he was originally a top member of the Ten Suns, once Kikyou learned the truth behind the blood katanas, he started a rebellion against the Empire. Although the player is invincible in Phantom Mode while Defense Mode is active, they become vulnerable the moment Phantom Mode ends. Although there are six main characters in Akai Katana… three of them are actually dead and have become “Guardians” for the remaining three characters, each of whom is tied to a specific airplane. It was this power that the Emperor Basho used to protect and expand the reach of his small country. While the music itself is still comprised of rock, electronica and Asian-themes, the big difference here is the use of an actual electric guitar, instead of a synthesized one, while keeping the rest of the music the same. It could be tempered into a blade that the military called a “Guiding Katana”, which endowed certain soldiers who bore unique emblems with unique psychic powers. May 12, 2013 - View an image titled 'Shakunage Art' in our Akai Katana art gallery featuring official character designs, concept art, and promo pictures. This website relies on the display (not clicks) of ads to survive. Akai Katana and DoDonPachi do not have weapon power-ups; you basically start with a full weapon strength that’s pretty damn ridiculous. Releasing the Shot button and returning to Defense Mode will allow the items to be collected. Tier-Induced Scrappy: The second pair of characters probably is, as they're little videos of them actually being played. 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