Template:CharacterInfoboxHyo Amano (天野 漂, Amano Hyō) is a character from The Last Blade game series. He is visually modeled on the manga character Kumo from Haguregumo. His symbolic items are sakura (cherry blossoms) and money; his official slogan is "Romancing Wanderer": 江戸の喧嘩桜.
He is voiced by Akio Ohtsuka.
His role in The Last Blade is somewhat ambiguous. As a carefree and fun-loving individual, Hyo has a strong love for sake, women, and the thrill of the fight. When he discovers the petals of the beautiful cherry trees falling from their branches, he panics and decides he must go kill his opponents to solve the “problem”. In the end, he discovers it was only the changing of the seasons that resulted in the petals falling from the trees.
After learning of the cause for the various Sakura trees petals falling, Hyo is devastated to learn that the sky is turning a dreadful gray color due to the re-opening of “Hell's Gate”. He draws his sword, but finds it oddly dull and fragile. In order to fix it, he decides to ask his friend Takane Genzō, a master swordsmith, to fix it. However, his friend has passed away. Amano discovers that he had a daughter (Hibiki Takane) who had recently departed the household. Concerned for his sword and for Hibiki, he sets off to locate her.
Hyo's ending in both games is interesting in that the player must choose one of two (or three in the first game) choices, akin to a visual novel. Different choices produces different dialogues and ultimately a different ending sequence. He will normally ask if the player is a man or woman and will have different scenes and quotes depending on their answer. In the second game, not answering at all in the first dialogue will result in a melancholic ending for Amano.
Amano is characterized by his outlandish mannerisms and flamboyant personality. He is quite fond of women, and may have seen through Kaori's disguise as Kojiroh, with him having a special introduction quote.
- Petal Attack - Amano has several special techniques involving attacking with his sword engulfed with energy and Sakura petals.
- Explosive Fire Projectile - Amano can throw a projectile to the floor which causes an explosion. This projectile takes the form of a Shoji piece.
Amano fights with his self-taught one-handed Kenjutsu style, "Garyū Kenka Yagura". His katana Otokomae is mounted in Shikomizue (prepared cane) fittings, a sword mounting style that conceals the blade while sheathed, giving it the appearance of a cane or stick, however he almost exclusively wields it as if it were a bokuto, striking opponents with the sword still sheathed in it's scabbard. In The Last Blade 2, Otokomae is repaired, and one of Amano's moves allows him to perform an unblockable draw cut with the sword, albeit with a short delay. Amano uses the element of fire in some of his attacks as well as special techniques involving sakura petals.
Some of Amano's basic attacks involve lengthy recovery times if the attack did not land on the enemy. For players, this can force one to carry out an attack only if the hit is certain, whether it will be blocked or it will land.
Because of this, playing as Amano is comparable to learning a new game from scratch. However, mastering it can be very rewarding, as he has combos, anti-airs, and even grab attacks that dish out a great deal of damage if landed correctly, even in Speed or EX.
Amano's Power Guard Crush attack baits CPU enemies easily, sometimes allowing the player for an easy playthrough.
Amano in The Last Blade
The Last Blade: Promotional artwork by Tonko.
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The Last Blade: Cover of the Neo Geo CD version by Shinkiro.
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The Last Blade (Playstation): Gallery art.
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The Last Blade Akihabara event by TONKO
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Promotional art of My SNK Life