S.O.S. 500 year of Misinformation to Undo
The image of him defeated, kneeling before the European dressed as a Samurai, is more historical fantasy and an affront to the history of black martial ability. So, even though it is “only a video game,” this lone of dialogue makes it one that perpetuates a false white dominance in an era where they would soon be banished from Japan by threat of death.
“I dreamt of becoming a samurai so that I could fight for Lord Nobunaga. Who do you fight for? That spirit?”
“I… I have met men who have fought, struggled, and died to create a world without war, where people and spirits can co-exist in harmony. I fight for them.”
- “Lord Nobunaga told me that he would make me a true samurai some day, but he died before it could happen. It seems you have achieved it on your own.”
- ~~Yasuke and William; Nioh
The History Mattters
Yasuke was a warrior before he got to Japan. Why else would Nobunaga bring him into his inner circle?He was made the first foreign-born samurai, given a salary and wives by Nobunaga because of his intelligence, his ability to speak Japanese and his martial “waza,” His application of battle techniques he used in combat.