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Video Game / Bujingai

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In the distant future, demons have taken over the earth, and only a few people possessing great powers and martial arts skills were able to survive. The young sword-master Lao comes back from his long exile/training in order to stop Rei, his former friend, and end the demonic influence in the world.

Bujingai (subtitled Swordmaster in Europe and The Forsaken City in the U.S.) is a 2003 Hack and Slash game for the PlayStation 2 by Taito and Red Entertainment, based on Wuxia and set mostly in a post-apocalyptic world occupied by demons. Its main character, Lao, is based on, is voiced by and uses motion capture of GACKT, who also helped write the storyline.

An interesting side note: This is one of the games that ZUN worked on during his nebulous 'day job' as a programmer.


Bujingai contains examples of:

  • Calling Your Attacks: Lao and Master Naguri yell the name of the spells they cast.
  • Came Back Wrong: Yohfa was brought back to life by Rei, but has a Dragon-demon sealed in her.
  • Counter-Attack: Lao can block an incoming magical attack by spinning his swords. With the right timing, he can send it back and inflict massive damage.
  • Death of a Thousand Cuts: Jinbuken summons a barrage of flying blades that surrounds Lao and hit his enemies.
  • Dual Wielding: Lao wields a humongous curved sword in his right hand and a long, straight sword in his left. Rei Dual Wields thin, katana-like sabers.
  • Dude Looks Like a Lady: Imagine Lao as GACKT wearing Chinese clothes, earrings and dark purple lipstick.
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  • Excuse Plot: Screw the plot!! Just go around hacking away at demons for fun!
  • Final Boss, New Dimension: The final battle takes place on a newly created small planet in the/a demon-dimension, which is then sliced in half in order to form a proper platform.
  • Final-Exam Boss: Both of the last two bosses require you to use basically every skill you've acquired. There's also a sort of final exam stage in the form of the penultimate level (see Platform Hell below), a series of platforms in the demon-dimension with a cloud motif.
  • Lethal Lava Land: One of the levels takes place inside a series of caverns culminating in a volcano.
  • Temple of Doom: The third level takes place in a multi-terraced temple built into a mountainside. It is infested with demons and has several traps as well.