Legend of the Six Samurai: The Rise of Shien

With the introduction of the Legendary Six Samurai in Storm of Ragnarok, Konami has unveiled another side of the Six Samurai, creating one of the most intriguing stories in Yu-Gi-Oh! Through the compilation of the various Six Samurai cards, I will try to piece together the story of the Six Samurai.

Do note that the following are merely speculation and are in no way canon. The official story will probably be revealed in Master Guide 3.


Disclaimer: The story is based off Sengoku period Japan, and as such, I do not take any credit for it.

Residence of the Six
(Castle of Mist in the far right)
Modeled after Nagoya Castle

Set in the Sengoku (Warring States) period, the story tells of a young man, Shien, and his ambitions to unify and rule Feudal Japan. The story begins with the death of Shien’s father while Shien was still a teenage. Despite being the legitimate successor to the clan, Shien’s young age and brash attitude made him unpopular with the clan retainers. Shien’s uncle took this chance to seize control of the clan, taking the Castle of Mist for himself. Meanwhile, Shien was left with a small residence at the outskirts of the castle.


Legendary Six Samurai - Shien
Modeled after Oda Nobunaga

However, Shien was cunning and resourceful. Bidding his time, he carefully plot out a plan to overthrow his uncle, a plan to regain his rights to the power of the clan. To increase his current power, he had to recruit more Samurai to join his side. This group of Samurai would eventually be known as the Legendary Six Samurai.


Legendary Six Samurai - Enishi
Modeled after Oda Nobumitsu

First to join the Legendary Six Samurai was Enishi – Shien’s younger uncle. Loyal and faithful, Enishi quickly rose in rank and became Shien’s right-hand man. Enishi can be often seen with Shien, acting as both his personal bodyguard as well as adviser.


Legendary Six Samurai - Kizan
Modeled after Oda Nobuyuki

Shien’s soft-spoken and well-mannered younger brother, Kizan, was more popular with the clan retainers, and was favored to take over the clan. However, in terms of skills, Kizan was still lacking compared to Shien.


Legendary Six Samurai - Kageki
Modeled after Hayashi Hidesada

Kageki originally served under Shien’s father, as Shien’s guardian. After the death of Shien’s father, he continued to serve under Shien. However, as Shien’s behavior was getting more and more erratic, Kageki secretly supported Kizan as the successor to the clan.


Legendary Six Samurai - Shinai
Modeled after Azai Nagamasa

Shinai was formerly a rival of Shien, until Shien married off his sister, Mizuho, to him in order to promote alliance between the two clans. The marriage prompted Shinai to join the Legendary Six Samurai.


Legendary Six Samurai - Mizuho
Modeled after Oichi

The younger sister of Shien, Mizuho was equally renowned for both her beauty and her resolve. She is married to fellow Legendary Six Samurai – Shinai.


Shien's Castle of Mist
Modeled after Kiyosu Castle

Using the Residence of Six as their base of operation, Shien was able to gather information regarding the Castle of Mist. Meticulous in his planning, Shien waited patiently for a weakness in the defense of the Castle. Alas, his patience paid off as the day had finally arrived. Using smoke signal to gather the rest of the Legendary Six Samurai, Shien launched an attack against his uncle. The Legendary Six Samurai was successful in the recapture of the Castle of Mist, re-instilling Shien as the successor of the clan. The Castle of Mist would then come to be the main base of operation for Shien.


Gozen Match
Showdown between Kizan and Enishi

As Shien’s ambitions continues to grow, the clan was slowly growing apart, with supporters split between Shien and Kizan. It was inevitable that the Legendary Six Samurai would fall apart. Together with Kageki, Kizan launched a rebellion against Shien, asserting his rights to the succession of the clan. The coup d’etat was going well for Kizan, as he broke into the throne hall of Shien’s Castle of Mist. Kizan went straight for Shien, but was swiftly intercepted by Enishi, while Shien sat comfortably on his throne. A fierce battle ensured and Kizan fought most valiantly, but Enishi was superior in both skills and strength. Enishi’s sword found an opening in Kizan’s defense and slashed Kizan in his right eye. Kizan fell to his knees in pain. The match was over. Showing mercy to both of them after an intervention from their mother, Shien banished both Kizan and Kageki from his domain castle.


Asceticism of the Six Samurai
Mizuho mourning the death of her husband - Shinai

Following the unification of his clan, Shien begun on his conquest of Feudal Japan, starting with his neighboring clans. When Shien waged war with an ancient ally of Shinai, Shinai initially remained neutral in the war. However, he eventually chose to honor his ancient alliance, and went against his brother-in-law, Shien. This betrayal caused Shien to retreat momentarily, before changing course to attack Shinai’s domain. Having superior numbers, Shien’s army stormed through Shinai’s domain. Sensing that defeat was inevitable, Shinai sent Mizuho back to her brother, before commiting seppuku.


In the years to come, Shien was able to seize control of the majority of domains in Feudal Japan. At the height of his power, Shien gave himself the title of Great Shogun Shien, while Enishi would become his chancellor. Shien’s brutal conquest had left many commoners in despair, their lives destroyed by the war. Just as all hope seems lost, a new Six rose to the challenge.

To be continued in Legend of the Six Samurai: Return of the Six.

24 Responses to “Legend of the Six Samurai: The Rise of Shien”

  1. 1 awesomehazelnuts November 19, 2010 at 2:10 am

    very interesting story haha cant wait for the next part

  2. 2 Xiao en November 22, 2010 at 7:13 am

    This is interesting. Is this what really happened?

  3. 4 Joz November 24, 2010 at 10:52 am

    I shall share your story cause i find this the most awesome thing. Dude , i respect you. Waiting for the next part 🙂

  4. 5 Barrel Dragon November 28, 2010 at 10:20 am

    Dude this is a great story so far, can’t wait to read whats next I’m hoping to build a LSS Deck when SOTR packs come out.

  5. 6 KiDD January 3, 2011 at 4:42 pm

    Mizuho must still obey her brother though because she appears in the artwork “Hand of the Six Samurai” and they share the same attack and defense, and similar effects.

  6. 8 dardevil January 22, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    nub please

    ur jus retellin a story by substitutin six samurai names. how do u explain Shinai still being supportive of the Six Samurai after being betrayed by them? how do you explain kizan still being supportive of shien after ‘his rebellion’? do u even know what a gozen match is? its a competition in presence of the emperor, not a rebellious slaughtering festival. nub inkonsisstansees


    shien’s american marvel comic daredevil

    • 9 Akira January 23, 2011 at 1:14 am

      On hindsight, I should have a disclaimer stating that I take no credit for the story. My only intention was to draw the similarities and possibly inspiration of the Six Samurai from Sengoku period Japan. I might had decreased the story’s historical accuracy with too much dramatization.

      I will have to agree with you that having an image of Gozen Match there was rather misleading. I was simply looking for an image with the Six Samurai fighting between themselves; it was not my intention to portray the internal conflict as a Gozen Match.

      With that said, I apologize for leaving you with a bad taste. Thank you, your comment is much appreciated.

    • 10 usagi_kun February 9, 2011 at 12:53 am

      if you pay attention to Shinai while he’s Spirit of the Six Samurai you would notice that his ability only targets six samurai, he doesn’t equip to Shien or Enishi so that actually does stay with the story since he sides against Shien although you are correct with Gozen Match

    • 11 DeathStryk3 March 31, 2011 at 5:29 pm

      Daredevil your so dumb……he supports the six samurai not shien…mind you they had seperated and kizan became the new leader of the six…meaning that shinai was still part of the six and after his death he still supports the six……and btw the story actually matches with the real life event…If you study it perfecty Konami actually was inspired by that time period and made it into an actual card…here are the comparisons of the Legendary six with the returned six:
      Legendary Six Samurai Shien/Great Shogun Shien
      Legendary Six Samurai Enishi/Enishi,Shien’s Chancellor
      Legendary Six Samurai Kizan/Grandmaster of the Six Samurai
      Legendary Six Samurai Mizuho/Hand of the Six Samurai
      Legendary Six Samurai Shinai/Spirit of the Six
      Legendary Six Samurai Kageki/Chamberlain of the Six Samurai
      Legendary Six Samurai Kagemusha/Kagemusha of the Blue Flame

      • 12 Marodin April 20, 2011 at 9:39 am

        Deathstryk3, Doesn’t the kagemusha become Yariza in the future?
        They have the same weapon.

        • 13 Johnny Paroxysm March 31, 2014 at 9:19 am

          kagemusha becomes shadow of the six samurai , he is both a shien and samurai moster. kagemusha is shien shunt double, he is to follow and death for him

  7. 14 Shaggy January 23, 2011 at 8:42 am

    Interesting story, sharing it with all my friends.
    I’m really looking forward to The Return of the Six!

  8. 15 ogredeath February 10, 2011 at 1:49 pm

    When are you going to post Legend of the Six Samurai: Return of the Six? I love the story and I would love to hear how your going to end it.

  9. 16 makkimakki March 27, 2011 at 2:07 am

    wish they had put out Tokugawa instead =/ I liked his era more

  10. 17 KyuRenjo May 12, 2011 at 11:16 am

    Please continue this ;_;

  11. 18 Azura Valhalla August 5, 2011 at 11:16 pm

    i think the old six samurai would be the new enemies of the Shien Empire with Grandmaster of the Six Samurai as their leader.

  12. 19 110011_X_10011 September 15, 2011 at 8:08 pm





  13. 20 110011_X_10011 September 15, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    I think MIZUHO,KAGEKI,SHINAI is a traitor im thinking if SHIEN,ENISHI and GRANDMASTER will be 1 group and fight with the other six sam im expecting that ENISHI and KIZAN will fight THATS THE BEST BATTLE EVER!

  14. 22 TheRealYugiohExpert September 17, 2012 at 7:14 am

    I Run A Six Sam Deck Myself I Heard A Different Story About The Samurai’s In Battle With The Ninja’s After The Ninja’s Tried To Assassinate Shien

  15. 23 Kaiba Seto October 17, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    stongest deck for me.The ancient japan

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