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上杉謙信
Uesugi Kenshin
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4-Kanji Description: 神速聖将
4-Kanji Translation: Holy Commander of Divine Speed
Weapon: Katana (Iaido)
Element: Ice
Faction: Uesugi
First Appearance: Sengoku BASARA
First Playable: Sengoku BASARA
Seiyuu: Romi Park
Voice Actor: Alessandro Juliani (Devil Kings)
Dino Andrade (Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes)
Greg Ayres (anime)
Live-Action Actor: Arisue Mayuko

~~天がささやく。。わたくしに戦えと。。。~~

~~The Heavens whisper to me...to take up arms...~~

Description Edit

Uesugi Kenshin, the God of War. This character perfectly embodies the nickname given to him: he is an extremely fast and powerful warrior, and a cunning tactician. His historical rivalry with Takeda Shingen was preserved in the game: Kenshin considers him as his fated rival, and the man that gives him the highest thrill in battle. His attitude and words towards Shingen at times leave strong suspicions of an interest bordering on romantic affection, but this is simply caused by Kenshin's flowery and somewhat effeminate speech. In fact, a great influence upon the creation of this character is the Takarazuka Revue theatre company, and particularly the type of actresses portraying male roles. Kenshin might look effeminate, and speak in soft and courteous tones, but he isn't someone to be taken lightly. In the game itself he is quite feared by other characters, and always considered a superb match. Along with the aforementioned Shingen and Shimazu Yoshihiro, Kenshin is probably the best commander in the cast, storyline-wise. He is also a fervent believer of Buddhism, especially the God of War Bishamonten (he is even referred to "Avatar of Bishamonten" sometimes), and stands in defense of the people when they suffer attacks by samurai.

His relationship with the kunoichi Kasuga too reflects a Takarazuka staple, the rapport between upper- and underclassman. While she more or less overtly displays her affection for him, he treats her kindly and lovingly, but always with cool detachment. He is sadly demoted to NPC for Sengoku BASARA 3. But can be unlocked as an ally after being defeated by using Sanada Yukimura

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Uesugi Kenshin

Historical informationEdit

Uesugi Kenshin  上杉謙信 February 18, 1530 – April 19, 1578 Uesugi was born with the name Nagao Kagetora in the family of Uesugi’s vassal in the province of Echigo. He always respected and admired his main rival Takeda Shingen. They confronted each other in Kawanakajima 5 times. Between these confrontations Kagetora managed to visit the capital and famous religious and historical places which raised his reputation of a well educated person. After this tour he became a Buddhist monk and changed his name to Kenshin. Uesugi was one of the most outstanding people of his time. Talented warrior, he was in his element at the battlefield, but at the same time he loved studying, wrote poetry and had a good sense of humor. Kenshin never got married and had no children. After death of Takeda and Houjou, Kenshin started thinking about expansion and opposed Oda Nobunaga. They fought only one battle, and Kenshin, who acquired experience in his rivalry with Takeda, had no difficulty in defeating Oda. Nobunaga had to retreat. The second battle never took place as Kenshin died in his castle at the age of 48 (the reason was unclear – stomach cancer, alcohol abuse or a strike from shinobi). When he learned about Kenshin’s death, Nobunaga said: "Now the empire is mine".

Skills Edit

Shinzan Edit

  • 神斬 (Divine Slash)
  • First Appearance: Sengoku Basara
  • Description: High-speed Iai stroke. After level up, it's possible to make consecutive attacks by repeatedly pressing the Skill button.

Shinretsu Edit

  • 神烈 (Divine Fury)
  • First Appearance: Sengoku Basara
  • Description: Kenshin sends out consecutive slashes and a thrust for the finisher. Additional button pressing raises number of hits. After level up the number of hits increases.

Shinjin Edit

  • 神陣 (Divine Formation)
  • First Appearance: Sengoku Basara
  • Description: Freezing the surrounding air, enemies are frozen in the blink of an eye. Frozen enemies cannot move for a certain amount of time. Ice elemental priming skill.

Shinsoku Edit

  • 神速 (Divine Speed)
  • First Appearance: Sengoku Basara
  • Description: Pressing the skill button initiates the high speed movement; every time the normal combo button is pressed a Iai slash is executed. The skill lasts more after level up.

Shin'en Edit

  • 神燕 (Divine Swallow)
  • First Appearance: Sengoku Basara 2
  • Description: A void blade flies and hits distant enemies. The void blade gets bigger after level up. Priming skill.

Shinkyou Edit

  • 神鏡 (Divine Mirror)
  • First Appearance: Sengoku Basara 2
  • Description: Counterattack technique. By raising the scabbard exactly when the enemy attack hits, Kenshin counterattacks with a quick Iai slash. After level up the counterattack strikes increase.

TriviaEdit

  • Kenshin uses a simular Iaido style to that of Vergil, as seen in Devil May Cry 3.
  • Kenshi's exact gender, as stated in an interview, is not fully stated. It is speculated that Kenshin is a man, however the creator states that Kenshin's exact gender is unknown. This follows historical rumors that Keshin was a woman disguising herself as a man.

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Kenshin

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