Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is a game that that grabbed my attention from it was first announced. I was happy to report after actually playing it that my first impressions of it were very positive. I also used my time playing it as a language tool for studying Japanese and while I can only understand about 20-30% of what is being said I really enjoyed the experience and how it reminded me of Super Metroid. I am excited about the new manga Sekiro side story of Hanbei the Undying.
Hanbei the Undying
Early in the game, we run into an NPC named Hanbei – he is your training dummy that cannot be killed. He had little story but he seemed to have more to him than wasn’t explained in the game. Thankfully there is a manga called Sekiro side story of Hanbei the Undying which fills in more of the details about poor Hanbei and how he came to be in his current predicament. The synopsis reads:
The Sengoku Era… A time when losing a battle meant losing it all. The Sword Saint, Isshin Ashina, aims for world domination… That is until he encounters a certain samurai…
Studying Japanese with Manga
I bought the manga in Japanese to be used as a learning tool just as the game is. I intend to go through page by page to practice reading Japanese using a medium and topic that I find interesting. The manga has furigana readings for the kanji which makes it perfect as a reading tool as I am currently struggling with memorizing kanji and their different readings.
I have bought 2 extra copies to be given away so if you are reading this in time check out the details above and ask me any questions in a comment below or @jamaipanese on Twitter. I am going to have so much much reading this over the next few days (maybe weeks).