"Akai Katana" is a side-scrolling shooting game released in 2010 in arcades. A port was later made in Japan for more advanced hardware under the name of "Akai Katana Shin", and thanks to the 16:9 screen ratio, the game became even more intuitive. Finally, a third opus was made later under the name of "ZetsuAkai Katana", in which the quality of life and the balance of the game have been revised. Each game will ask you to use different tactics, so prepare yourself.
This is a story about reviving hopes, set in the high-growth period of a fictive country that looks just like Japan. This period is called "Taisho".Thanks to high growth, technology developed itself rapidly and resources like coal or electricity have been replaced by a new resource called "Guiding ore". This Guidance stone can supply anything. Likewise, it can be used to create a "Guiding katana", a special type of blade that can be held by anybody in possession of a special seal.
When a Guiding katana takes the life of somebody, it transforms into a red sword, a "Blood Katana", and thus doesn't need flesh to accumulate Guidance. As a small country, to surpass foreign countries and to protect itself, a war broke out. Basho, the leader of the empire, formed an army of elites to fight neighboring countries. They are called "The Celestial Stems" and are praised by everybody. "This is a privilege to serve and protect one's country and one should sacrifice their life if it helps make the country great and powerful"; such are the words of the Emperor…