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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.