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This post have SPOILERS of the games. In Shenmue II we see a flashback, a flashback of Shenhua's parents, in this blog post i will talk about this scene, i will talk about Yunshen Yuan as well, Yunshen Yuan is Shenhua's adoptive father, and i will talk about my theory who are Shenhua's parents. In this part of the game Shenhua show the Shenmue tree for Ryo, she say that the Shenmue tree holds a special meaning for her, after that the flashback with her parents begins. In the flashback we see a beautiful place with a lot of trees, all of these trees are Shenmue trees? maybe, one is a Shenmue tree but maybe the others are Shenmue trees as well, we don't know yet, but probably there are at least 2 Shenmue trees in the story, one in Bailu Village and one in Luoyang. In my opinion this place is not Bailu Village, this place is probably Luoyang, the old capital of China, and the place in the tapestry in Shenhua's house is Luoyang. In the flashback we see Shenhua's parents looking at a baby near the Shenmue tree, this baby is Shenhua. In the game there is nothing about their names, we still don't know the names of Shenhua's parents. The dialogue between Shenhua's parents is this way. Shenhua's Father: The Shenmue tree has its flowers in bloom again this year. Shenhua's Mother: Shenhua... a beautiful flower. Shenhua's Father: I know... we will name our child Shenhua. Shenhua's Mother: Shenhua. That is wonderful. The Shenmue tree shall protect her. After that the flashback ends and this is the only flashback with Shenhua's parents in the Shenmue Series. In Shenmue III Shenhua say to Ryo that she have vivid dreams where she is in a city where the emperor once lived long ago, that her father and mother stood before her, that she was just born and they spoke her name. This city that Shenhua mentioned is probably Luoyang. This scene with Shenhua talking about this city have a connection to Shenhua's parents flashback in Shenmue II. In another part of Shenmue II we see Shenhua with 5 years old, we see her swinging and the Shenmue tree but no sign of her parents there, and we can clearly see that this place is Bailu Village. In one scene with Ryo she say that her parents died, that she don't even know how they died, Yunshen Yuan raised her, but how Yunshen Yuan knew Shenhua's parents? Yunshen Yuan was in Luoyang or in Bailu Village when everything happened? when Shenhua's parents died and he decided to take care of Shenhua. I don't know, but i wonder about what happened at that time, how Shenhua's parents died? probably has something to do with the mirrors, maybe Shenhua's parents had the mirrors and someone killed Shenhua's parents to get the mirrors, i think this is possible. How Yunshen Yuan is connected with this part of the story? probably because of the mirrors as well. Did Shenhua's parents before dying asked Yunshen Yuan to take care of Shenhua? in my opinion it was probably this way, probably something bad happened with Shenhua's parents, before Shenhua's parents die Yunshen Yuan accepted their request to take care of Shenhua, this is what i think about this situation. Who are Shenhua's parents? In my opinion Shenhua's parents are probably from the emperor and empress family, i say that because the house in the flashback is big, Shenhua's parents clothes and much more give me this vibe about these characters. This house and Shenhua's parents give me a feeling that with this flashback we saw a little bit of the emperor and empress story, that we saw a little bit of Luoyang, and in Shenmue III we saw that an emperor envoy went to Bailu Village because of mirrors. Maybe Shenhua’s parents are actually the Emperor and Empress, probably Shenhua’s parents had the mirrors at one point in the story, maybe someone from the Chiyoumen knew that and then killed Shenhua’s parents to get the mirrors, probably the one pulling the strings, Tentei. Maybe Yunshen Yuan arrived there in their last moments then Shenhua’s parents asked Yunshen Yuan to take care of Shenhua, i think it was something like this, if we see this flashback i think it will be one of the most emotional moments of the Shenmue Series. I really feel that Ryo and Shenhua will go to Luoyang in Shenmue IV, and probably in Luoyang we will see more revelations about Shenhua's parents, the mirrors, the Shenmue tree and even about Shenhua's powers. If Shenmue IV happen i hope we can see more revelations about these things, to me the story about Shenhua's parents is an interesting and mysterious part of the story of Shenmue. What do you think about all of this? Shenhua's parents are part of the emperor and empress family? how Shenhua's parents died? How Yunshen Yuan is connected to Shenhua's parents story? the place in the flashback is Luoyang? we will see revelations about Shenhua's parents in the next chapters of the story? share your opinions in the comments below, thank you all for reading, and remember to keep friends... those you love... close to you, see you all in my next blog post, bye bye. ~
This post have spoilers of the games The Shenmue story has many intriguing and mysteries elements, one of these mysteries is what happened in Meng Cun between Iwao Hazuki (Ryo's Father) and Sunming Zhao (Lan Di's Father). Lan Di killed Ryo's father in the beginning of the first game, Lan Di did that because he thinks that Iwao killed his father, he did because of revenge, now Ryo want the same thing, Ryo want revenge as well. It is interesting to notice that Lan Di didn't killed Ryo, Ine-san and Fuku-san. Lan Di could have killed these characters if he wanted but he didn't do that. Lan Di killed Iwao, he took the Dragon Mirror and leave the Hazuki Residence. In Shenmue II Lan Di could have killed Ryo in the rooftop part if he wanted but he didn't do that, in Shenmue III Lan Di could have killed Ryo in the fortified castle but he didn't do that. Maybe deep down Lan Di can relate with Ryo because Ryo wants reveenge for the same reason, the death of his father. This to me means that Lan Di is not a person that enjoy killing, so far Lan Di killed because of revenge, just like how our hero with a jacket Ryo wants to do, so Lan Di really is a bad person or he is a victim in the story? with Shenmue III we learned that after Sunming Zhao's death Lan Di was raised by The Chiyoumen, that in one part of the story his father had the mirros. With this information we can imagine that maybe when Sunming Zhao died Lan Di was just a kid, so for some reason The Chiyoumen took care of Lan Di and raised him. I can imagine Lan Di as a kid with 6 years old suffering because his father died, i can imagine The Chiyoumen twisting with his mind to make Lan Di think that Iwao killed his father, we don't know what really happened in Meng Cun between Iwao Hazuki and Sunming Zhao, maybe Iwao killed Sunming Zhao or maybe not, we still don't know, but i believe that the Chiyoumen twisted with Lan Di's mind, so Lan Di probably grew up with a lot of hatred for Iwao. I can imagine Lan Di training since he was a kid to defeat Iwao, to achieve his revenge, Lan Di went to the path of evil and achieved his revenge, just like how Ziming probably did it, and just like how our hero Ryo wants to do as well, these 3 characters have a lot in common because of that. It is interesting to notice how much Lan Di and Ryo are similar, the motivation of both characters are revenge, both characters have a scar on the face, someone did this scar in Lan Di's face? in my opinion someone did this scar, when everything happened Lan Di was in Meng Cun as well? he saw everything that happened between Iwao Hazuki and Sunming Zhao just like how Ryo saw his father dying? maybe, we still don't know. Final Thoughts In my opinion Lan Di is a victim in the Shenmue story, when i say this it doesn't mean i agree with what Lan Di did in the story, it just means that probably Lan Di have reasons for being the way he is, that probably Lan Di is not the real villain of this story, that maybe the real villain of the story twisted with Lan Di's mind since he was a kid, so if this happened Lan Di grew up with a lot of sadness and hatred in his heart. Lan Di killed Iwao because of revenge, he killed Iwao and took the Dragon mirror with him, Lan Di also want the Phoenix mirror, but why Lan Di want both mirrors? Lan Di really want to do bad things with the mirrors? maybe someone said to him that with the mirrors he can revive his father, maybe this is why Lan Di wants both mirrors so much, because probably the real villain twisted with Lan Di's mind since he was a kid. If this really happened then i understand why the character is the way he is, if this really happened i hope in one part of the story Lan Di and Ryo can understand each other, their fathers were friends, friendship is one of the themes in the Shenmue Story, so i hope Ryo and Lan Di can understand each other in one part of the story. If the Chiyoumen really twisted with Lan Di's mind maybe Lan Di will even want revenge against the Chiyoumen, this can be a awesome plot twist, so maybe we will see Ryo and Lan Di fighting together at one point in the story to defeat the true leader of the Chiyoumen Tentei, this would be really exciting to see in my opinion. Maybe Lan Di will have a heroic death or something like that, in many stories i saw things like this happening, characters regretting the bad things they did in their lives and then having a heroic death. All i know is that if Shenmue IV happen i hope we can see more revelations about these things, Shenmue III is like the first game and i love that, especially in Bailu Village like a second home for Ryo, now for Shenmue IV i think Yu Suzuki will focus a lot in relation to the story, i think Shenmue IV will progess the story a lot, and that will be really intense about the story, intense with a lot of action/fights, revelations, training, maybe important characters dying and much more. What do you think about this? Lan Di is a bad person and the villain of the story or he is a victim in the story? share your opinions in the comments below, thank you all for reading, and remember to keep friends... those you love... close to you, see you all in my next blog post, bye bye. ~
Shenmue III added many things to the Shenmue experience, one of the things is the stamina system, or how i like to call, the Food System. Some people enjoy the food system and think it is a nice addition, other people think the food system is bad and should be removed it for Shenmue IV. I’m playing Shenmue III now and now i understand even more the food system, with my strategy i don’t have any problems with the Food System. Some people just buy Black Garlic and continue this way till the end of the game, but it is important to notice that Black Garlic is not even the best food in the game, a lot of foods are better than the Black Garlic, and other foods are the same as the Black Garlic, this are a few examples about this. Now i will say my strategy for the Food System. After you gain control of Ryo in a free way go to Tao’s Store and work chopping wood, work a lot till you have a good amount of money, also is important to pick herbs, selling herbs to Tao is a nice way to earn money in the game. Fishing is another good way to earn money in the game, but fishing is not availabe at the beginning of the game. Once you feel you have a good amount of money, go to the self-service Veggies and buy many quantities of the foods there, like more than 10 of each food, also go to the Tao-Get Store and buy more food there, this way when you need to fill your HP you will not have to worry a lot about buying food all the time. In Tao-Get Store 2 foods are better than the Black Garlic so i buy these food as well. Caterpillar Fungus +900HP and costing in the range of ¥27-¥35, and Rock Tripe +600HP costing in the range of ¥18-¥22. So many ways to play the game and i love that. In Shenhua’s house you can pick one apple and one banana everday, and in the Niaowu Hotel you can pick apples everyday, i recommend players to pick the banana and apples, is another way to have many foods in the game. Another important thing is to earn money everyday and buy foods, earning money in Shenmue III is really easy in my opinion, easy and with lots of options to choose about how to earn money. There are lots of cheaper foods in the game so you can buy many quantities if you want, this way you will always have many different types of foods, when you need to fill your HP you can use many types of different foods, so if you do this you will always have plenty of foods, and the food system will not worry you in the game, this way you will always have foods. Sure you can buy and use black garlic if you want, but many foods are better than the black garlic, and other foods fill the HP in the same way as the Black Garlic, with +300HP, many foods are like this, so is up to the player about how they want to experience the game. I recommed the same strategy in Niaowu, buy lots of different types of foods, some foods are really cheap so you will not need a lot of money, and this way you will always have many foods. I want to experience everything that the game has to offer so i buy many types of different foods, and some foods are so cheap that i buy many of them, this way i know i will always have foods, this way i don’t have problems with the food system, this way the game is so much more enjoyable and fun in my opinion. Final Thoughts The thing about black garlic in my opinion is not a design fault, is up to the player to choose how they want to play the game, if the player wants to choose to buy just black garlic then that's their choice, i'm not doing that so i'm having a different experience with the game. To end my post here is a link where you can see the full list of the foods in the game, and how much HP we gain with each food. https://shenmue.neoseeker.com/wiki/Food Some people prefer just to buy black garlic, other people like me wants to experience all that the game has to offer, so i buy many types of different foods, and lots of foods are better than the Black Garlic. People are different from each other so people play in different ways. If you want open the link, see all the foods in the game and try to do the strategy that suits your playstyle. 😊 I hope the food system return for Shenmue IV even better, maybe even with a option to turn on and off for people that don't like the food system. I love the food system, it is a good system and training is important in this game because of that as well, i love that, and in my opinion it is really nice to have lots of types of different foods and drinks in the game. You like the food system or not? how do you prefer to play in relation to the food system? tell your thoughts in the comments below. Thank you all for reading, and remember to keep friends... those you love... close to you, see you all in my next blog post, bye bye.
One of the most popular characters in Shenmue is Xiuying Hong, she is one of my favourites characters in the Shenmue World, today i want to share my opinion if Xiuying will appear again in the story. THIS POST HAVE SPOILERS OF THE GAMES In the final part of the Kowloon arc we see Ryo having one last conversation with Xiuying at Man Mo Temple before going to Guilin. In this conversation Ryo got the move Demon's Triangle, a Bajiquan move, Xiuying gave this move for Ryo. Xiuying ask if Ryo is leaving, Ryo say yes, that Lan Di has left for Guilin, then she give her part of the pendant for Ryo and say she don't want Ryo to go to the same path as her brother, Ziming Hong, Ziming have the other part of the pendant. Ryo say that he understand how her brother felt, that Xiuying understand as well, that Ziming must be alive somewhere, as well, after that Ryo do a bow for Xiuying and then Ryo leaves Hong Kong. Xiuying don't appear in Shenmue III but when Ryo talk to Fangmei she say a little bit about Xiuying. Xiuying will come back in the story? in my opinion yes, i think Xiuying will come back maybe in Shenmue IV or Shenmue V, now i will share my reasons for think this way. 1. In the final chapter concept art we can see Xiuying near Shenhua, this didn't happen in the Shenmue games, but i think this will happen near the ending of the Shenmue story. I know that a lot of things changed since the VF RPG chapters concept arts, but the Shenmue games are a prove to me that Yu Suzuki didn't changed the main journey of Ryo and other things as well, this is one big reason for me to believe that Xiuying will come back in the story. 2. In the Hong Kong arc we saw Xiuying helping Ryo against Yuan without Ryo knowing about this, Xiuying really cares about Ryo. 3. Ryo Hazuki is one of the reasons in my opinion. In the Kowloon Arc Xiuying went to Kowloon without Ryo knowing about it, Xiuying saved Ryo when Dou Niu was going after him. In my opinion Xiuying went to Kowloon because she was worried about Ryo, about Ryo going to the same path as her brother Ziming Hong, so this was the reason she decided to follow Ryo in my opinion, Xiuying really cares about Ryo, to me this is one big reason that makes me think that Xiuying will come back in the story. 4. Ziming Hong is one big reason to me. In my opinion Xiuying don’t want to stay quiet anymore about what happen between her and Ziming, i think that in her heart she wants closure about this situation, if Ziming is alive or not, if she can save Ziming or not, so maybe in one part of the story she will decide to go after Ryo. Xiuying know that Ryo went to Guilin so she have a clue about where is Ryo now, it is not impossible for Xiuying to find Ryo, i really think Xiuying will decide to go after Ryo, maybe Xiuying will see Ziming again and she will finally have closure about this situation in her life, in my opinion if this happen it will be a amazing plot twist in the story, if Xiuying appear again i think will be an awesome comeback scene, maybe Xiuying saving Ryo again, it is possible and i hope Xiuying come back in the story. 5. Shenmue Side Story Chapter 3: Xiuying & Ziming. In this chapter of the manga side story we see Xiuying thinking about Ziming and Ziming thinking about Xiuying. Xiuying: I'm... still walking on my brother's martial arts path... to be able to stop him... Ziming: Become strong, Xiuying! So you can surpass me! Xiuying made it clear that she wants to stop Ziming, and Ziming made it clear that he wants Xiuying to surpass him, so this chapter of the manga side story is another reason for me to believe that Xiuying will appear again in the story. Xiuying really cares about Ryo, meeting Ryo made Xiuying remember about Ziming, Xiuying don't want Ryo to go to the same path as her brother, and she probably wants closure about what happened between her and Ziming so i think Xiuying will come back in the story, will be amazing if Xiuying appear again in the story, this has the potential to be intense and emotional. If i remember other reasons i will edit this post, what is your opinion about this subject? Xiuying will come back or not? share your opinions in the comments below, thank you all for reading and remember to keep friends... those you love... close to you, see you all in my next blog post, bye bye. ~
The Shenmue Series have many interesting and mysterious details, to me one of these mysteries is if Xiuying and Ziming lived in Miao Village, if Miao Village is the home village of Ziming and Xiuying, today i will share my opinions about this subject. This post have spoilers In Shenmue II we saw that Ziming Hong is the brother of Xiuying Hong, their parents were killed by someone, we don't know who killed their parents, Xiuying and Ziming were both orphaned as children because their parents were murdered. After that they stayed at an orphanage, an orphanage where Fangmei Xun would eventually stay as well. Xiuying and Ziming also grew up in the Thousand White Convent in the Thousand white Building in Kowloon. Ziming is similar to Ryo so Ziming decided to go to the path of revenge, Ziming's plan was to join the Chi You Men, Ziming believed the organization would know who was responsible for the murder of his parents, Ziming decided to leave Xiuying, Ziming decided to go away, when this happened where were Ziming and Xiuying? this place is in Kowloon or near Miao Village? we don't know where is this place. When Miao Village would fit in Ziming and Xiuying story? i want to share my thoughts about that. When Ryo say goodbye to Xiuying we see a flashback between Ziming and Xiuying where the characters are in a house, after Switch analysis about this house and Miao Village we can imagine that in one part of the story Xiuying and Ziming lived in this house, and that this house is in Miao Village. To see Switch's analysis about this go here >>>>>> https://www.phantomriverstone.com/2022/04/part-three-secret-of-miao-village-house.html In the house we can see an outfit that some people in the village use, and the house is similar to the houses we see in the pictures of Miao Village, also as far as i know Miao Village is near Hong Kong so it makes sense. The image on the left is an art of Ziming and Xiuying, this art is not in the game. In this art we can see a place that it looks like a village, with a lot of nature surrounding them and a house similar to the houses in Miao Village, also Ziming is leaning his hand on what looks like another house, I'm not sure about that but that's what it looks like to me, to me this place is Miao Village. The image on the right is the photograph that Xiuying have in the game, we can see that Ziming and Xiuying are doing the same pose as the image on the left, but the place in the photograph looks different, maybe this place is in Kowloon, i'm not sure but it feels different to me, and Ziming is leaning his hand on what looks like a tree. Yu Suzuki and the team decided to cut Miao Village of Shenmue II so is interesting these differences, but i really don't know where are Ziming and Xiuying on the photograph on the right image, maybe Miao Village, maybe Kowloon, i really don't know. Where are Ziming and Xiuying in both images? share your opinion in the comments below This image is one of the parts of Chapter 3 of the manga Shenmue Side Story, the name of the chapter is Chapter 3: Xiuying & Ziming. In this part we can see Xiuying training and Ziming watching Xiuying. We can see that this place have lots of nature, really looks like Ziming and Xiuying are in a village, and it looks like this place is the same place that we can see in the other image, the image that we can see a house, to me this place is Miao Village. Final Thoughts In my opinion Miao Village is the home village of Ziming and Xiuying. I think Ziming and Xiuying were born in Miao Village. Ziming and Xiuying probably lived in Miao Village with their parents, after their parents were killed they went to the orphanage and the Thousand White convent in Kowloon, but i think that from time to time Xiuying and Ziming visited Miao Village to see their home village, to see their house, to train in the village and much more. After some time Ziming decided to go away and pursue revenge, maybe from time to time Xiuying still visit Miao Village. To me is interesting to imagine this way, all i know is that i will put Miao Village in my Shenmue Books series project, i will put Miao Village in the second book. These are my thoughts about if Ziming and Xiuying lived in Miao Village, Ziming and Xiuying were born in Miao Village? Miao Village is the home village of Ziming and Xiuying? what are your thoughts about this subject? share your thoughts in the comments below. Thank you all for reading, and remember to keep friends... those you love... close to you, see you all in my next blog post, bye bye. ~

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