|The Last Blade|
|Japanese title||幕末浪漫 月華の剣士|
|Distributor(s)||GameTap, PlayStation Network|
|System(s)||Arcade, Neo Geo CD, Neo Geo Pocket Color, PlayStation, Windows, Dreamcast, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Portable|
|Followed by||The Last Blade 2|
|Series||The Last Blade|
|Twitch||The Last Blade Channel|
|YouTube Gaming||The Last Blade Channel|
- This is the first game in the The Last Blade series. For other games in the series see the The Last Blade category.
The Last Blade, released in Japan as Bakumatsu Rouman: Gekka no Kenshi (幕末浪漫 月華の剣士?), is a fighting game developed and released by SNK for the Neo Geo in 1997. It was also ported to several home systems. The Last Blade and its sequel, The Last Blade 2, are considered by some to be two of the most accomplished games available for the Neo Geo.
The game takes place during the Bakumatsu era in Japan, and incorporates various elements of Japanese mythology (with a heavy emphasis on the symbology of the Four Symbols). As such, the background music generally incorporates synthesized instruments simulating a sound appropriate to the 19th century setting, in a Western classical, pseudo-Romantic style (unusual for a fighting game).
Two worlds once existed since ancient times... The world of the living, Ushyo, and the land of the dead, Tokoyo. A legendary boundary to forever separate them, The Hell's Gate, has existed since the birth of myths to keep an universal balance. There is said to be four gods that defend it: Seiryu of the East, Byakko of the West, Genbu of the North, and Suzaku of the South. They eternally perform their duty from the shadows of legend and were eventually forgotten by people as time passed.
Now, it is the 'Bakumatsu'.
The Tokugawa shogunate, after 200 years of reign, began to have samurai who long dulled their battle skills during the outskirts of the Heian period. People, who have long since grown used to peace, are met with fascinating foreigners and wonder about the confines of their isolation. To add to the confusion, a sudden disturbance occurs.
A natural disaster unprecedented in Japan's history began. It was rumored to be the Majin Revival, a time when gods were to walk the land once more and deliver divine punishment. In a land where no chaos was said to exist, the people could do nothing but watch and despair.
However, it was said that there are individuals who did not. People who haven't lost their fighting spirit and stood to face the chaos. Those who wanted to find the real cause behind the disturbance and stop it. Moreover, people who were unexpectedly born at the center of chaos. Those who had the ambitions to control the threat and those who are said to be the cause of the Majin Revival. Without speculation of their cause, they are brought together by a heavy fate as their battle begins.