Wiki: Ukyo Tachibana

"The moment I drew my sword, the fight was over. Ho-hum."


Article by: Polo
Pictured from: Samurai Shodown 64: Warriors Rage
Created by: SNK
First appearance: 1993


Ukyo Tachibana is a lone samurai with a simple-minded passion to keep those he loves safe. As much of a heartthrob as he is to the ladies, only one woman, Kei Odagiri, looks past his blue hair and sees his solemn nature. It is this understanding that wins Ukyo's heart, and he seeks to win hers with a gift: the perfect flower.

Inevitably, battles come between the samurai and his quest. Ukyo faces away from his opponent, a stance and secretive style which plays on the blindness of the Japanese film character Zatoichi. He quickly draws and sheaths his blade more than he strikes with it, and his attacks, with names like "Concealed Sabre Swallow Swipe" and "Ghostly Dashing Slice," bear an element of swift surprise in them.

But Ukyo's time is limited. Stricken with tuberculosis, he coughs up blood before and after battles. Could finding the perfect flower be more trouble than it's worth?

Selected game appearances

Neo Geo

  • Samurai Shodown (1993)
  • Samurai Shodown II (1994)
  • Samurai Shodown III: Blades of Blood (1995)


  • Samurai Shodown 64 (1997)
  • Samurai Shodown 64: Warriors Rage (1998)



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