Samurai Shodown VI artwork by Takkun
Full nameGenan Shiranui
BirthdateMarch 25, 1762
BirthplaceJapan, Onigami Isle, Kikoku Island (鬼哭島, Kikoku-tō) or possibly Oninaki Isle (鬼哭島, Oninaki-jima) in the Japanese version
Height150 cm (4'9")
Weight67 kg (approx. 148.5 lbs)
Blood typeDifferent from human blood
Family/RelativesAzami (wife), Zakuro, (daughter), Mukuro (first son), and Hedora (second son)
Job/OccupationLeader of the Shiranui Clan
LikesThe sinister smiles of his family, "The 'bones of my demon ancestor' rumored to have slain a line of heroes long ago." (Actually, it's just a pteranodon's skull)
DislikesThe color of his skin when he gets angry
Special skillExtracting people's medulla oblongata
Most unpleasant"My sudden and remarkable loss of hair."
WeaponAzami (あざみ, Azami), a claw
Fighting styleThe Way of the Evil Path (魔道な流, Madō na Ryū)

Genan Shiranui (不知火 幻庵, Shiranui Gen'an) is a character from the Samurai Shodown series, introduced in Samurai Shodown. Like Earthquake, he is a character that was dropped after Samurai Shodown II and only makes cameos in other characters' endings in other games. Both of his endings feature characters from other SNK games (Fatal Fury and Art of Fighting). Although they share the same family name, he is in no way related to Mai Shiranui.


He is a member of the enigmatic Shiranui Clan, one that follows the "way of the darkness". He seeks to enlighten his progress in the "way of evil". To this end, he travels Japan, killing anyone he can. However, in his travels, he encounters an unknown female ninja (who greatly resembles Mai) and is slain.

In Samurai Shodown II, his soul is revived by a being calling himself "leader of the Demon World" along with a proposition of servitude. Genan agrees but plots to one day slay his benefactor and rule the Demon World himself. In his ending to the same game, he is convinced by his wife, Azami, to return home and live in peace.


Genan is the supremely confident yet blundering fool of the series, declaring himself a king when he is really a minion amongst the masses. He is violent enough to pose a threat to humanity but a sound beating or a greater power will cause him to swiftly retreat to his home. Despite his bold proclamations for the sake of evil, Genan is really a light-hearted character who just wants the best for his family. He frequently parodies Haohmaru in Samurai Showdown II.


  • Poisonous Gas - Genan can imbibe a potion and puff a cloud of poisonous gas at his opponents.
  • Fiery Roll - Genan can surround his body with a fiery energy and charge at his opponents with a roll attack.
  • Harpoon Claw - Genan can shoot his claw at an opponent and then pull them towards him via a hidden chain connected to his claw.
  • Replacement Dummy - Genan can shed his skin for a quick escape to fool his opponents.

Fighting StyleEdit

He fights with a claw, which can also be extended with a hidden chain. He can also spew poison gas to his opponents. One of more noticeable advantage over other characters are his kicks' uncanny priority. Players can easily chain them together and counter most attacks. In Samurai Shodown II, he also humorously parodies Haohmaru through both his win poses, story, and the names of his theme songs.


  • Monster - Samurai Shodown
  • The Path of Monsters - Samurai Shodown II
  • Demon Scriptures - Shinsetsu Samurai Spirits: Bushidou Retsuden
  • Dub Spirit - Samurai Remix VA

Voice ActorsEdit

Game AppearancesEdit

Mobile AppearancesEdit

  • Samurai Spirits - Makai Rineki
  • Samurai Shodown Tenkadaiichi Kenkakuden

Cameo AppearancesEdit

Anime AppearancesEdit


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