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HOOOO BOY, the game has changed now! No one brings a sword to a gun fight, unless they’re wanting to get dead. How will this shift the ever changing balance of power on the isles of the Japans?? Only time will tell!

And for any sticklers of historical accuracy, the model of matchlock rifle is probably not the exact version that was brought to Japan, but it was the one that was most fun to draw. I think I’m a few decades off, but the mechanics behind the firing mechanisms didn’t change for a number of decades anyway.

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  • Pascalle Lepas

    Such showmanship!

    • Strike_Reyhi

      and the reveal all in one fluid motion, what a pro!

    • suburban_samurai

      His actions speak louder than words!

  • Nathan

    I don’t suppose you’ve read Shogun by James Clavell have you? It would be crazy if you hadn’t, since it’s had such a huge impact on Western perception of Japanese culture.

    • suburban_samurai

      Oh yes, sir. In fact, I was pulling costume designs straight from the mini series.

  • Eric

    Well he’s got the enthusiasm right.
    Still, mr. salesman here is still a bit of an idiot. Target market. He doesn’t need chumps walking by on the street. He needs someone with political aspirations, lots of money, and few loyal samurai. Hey, wait. Where’s the whiney little brother, he’d be the perfect customer.
    One other thing he’s doing right is that he’s selling them as, “the Future,” and not as, “the Future.** ”
    ** Results may be less than optimal in rainy, foggy, snowy or otherwise damp conditions. May require specialized craftsmen not locally available for repair and maintenance. Seller not responsible for slaughter of musketeers due to failure to provide pikemen to keep cavalry charges off of them.
    And, well, the fine print actually runs to three and a half pages, but no one ever reads it anyhow so there’s no point in putting it into the sales pitch.
    Besides, if the customer comes back angry because cavalry rode down his musketeers that’s your chance to sell replacement muskets, pikeheads, and bayonets.

    • suburban_samurai

      RIGHT to all those things! *SPOILERS* We may be incorporating many of these concepts into the story as plot point…

      And clearly Ricardo’s first instinct is to pitch to everyone and see what sticks! His knowledge of Feudal Japanese hierarchy is pretty limited.

  • Daedalus

    Ohhh dears… yeah they need those about as much as they need the priest…

    • suburban_samurai

      So they need those…a lot…right?

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    • MoveAlongCitizen

      Oh, don’t worry. Soon enough, Japan will go “FOREIGN THINGS BAD,” then bury their heads in the sand and actually technologically REGRESS for the next 250 years.

  • Johannes Hjortshøj

    Called it.

    Gunpowder and bullets sold seperately.

    • suburban_samurai

      May require some assembly! Portugal is not responsibly for any misuse of its products on foreign shores.

      • Xeiran

        Portugal? So this is towards the end of the warring states period eh?

  • Sunwu

    LOL the Captain is like Ash from Evil Dead III

    “This is my boomstick! It’s a twelve-gauge, double-barreled matchlock rifle! You can find this in the sporting goods department. That’s right, this sweet baby was made in Grand Rapids, Portugal, Retails for about 109.95 yen It’s got a walnut stock, cobalt-blue steel, and a hair trigger.”

    • suburban_samurai

      I love this. Sunwu, you should come over some time, we can watch all the cool things like Shogun, Evil Dead, and Book of Mormon. We’ll order pizza, it’ll be fun!

      • Sunwu

        *squeee* I think I might faint!!! and then afterwards KungfuKlobber Can come over and sing Karaoke with us!!!!

  • Sunwu

    These new characters certainly add something to the mix! and rise so many questions Will we get to see a Priest Alvarez vs Taoist Cho in a kind of scripture rap battle? Will one of the characters get converted? Will Ken upgrade his weapon to a gun?? eee so excited!!

    • suburban_samurai

      You have no idea how excited I am about this plot development! All sorts of cool things will come from it, I kid you not!

    • Neska

      What the devil would Ken need a gun for? His zanbatou would make an effective shield against the initial volley, and he’ll KADOOSH! all the gunmen before they can reload!

  • KungFuKlobber

    With a hat like that, you can tell he knows what he’s talking about.

  • Gillsing

    Bah. Hokey religions and future-weapons are no match for a good katana at your side, shonen. Parry bullets, or cut them in half! Your choice!

    • suburban_samurai

      The Katana. Not as clumsy or random as a musket. An elegant weapon for a more civilized age.

  • ColdFusion

    AWww yeah this is a good time to be Japan. Got some Jesus, got some guns..
    now if they could just avoid all that ‘cover your boobies’ nonsense they’ll be all set.

    • John Smith

      Praise the Lord and pass the ammunition. :)

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