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Sengoku Avengers: Captain America by genesischant Sengoku Avengers: Captain America by genesischant
Marvel's Avengers reimagined as legendary heroes of Japan's Sengoku era.



Captain America is reimagined as 'Taishou'.

Shin Raijou was a sickly child of a low-level samurai bureaucrat, and was confined to his bed for much of his early years. He might have lived out his life in anonymity if he hadn't been present for a martial arts demonstration by a master swordsman. The young boy was enthralled, and afterwards begged the swordsman to take him on as a pupil.

The master refused, but Raijou went to his house where he found employment as a servant. He performed household chores faithfully for two years before finally being accepted as the old master's only student. He studied diligently, and his innate martial talent was revealed. After teaching all he knew, the old man was killed as the result of anti-bakufu treachery.

Raijou would spend the next decade as a soldier in the long and bloody unification conflict, distinguishing himself time and again as a sword prodigy and tactical genius. After the final battle, he disappeared, leaving the battlefield behind. He spent several years in solitude but now he's found a new sort of battle, to protect the people of the land and the honor of Japan.

Raijou favors a peculiar style of fighting that incorporates a steel-reinforced parasol. It sometimes serves as a non-lethal alternative to a sword, and sometimes is used in tandem with a sword.
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cleitc01 Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2014
any plans to do an Sengoku version of the Winter Soldier?
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plissken151 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
this whole concept of the re-imagining of the Avengers is utterly brilliant. i love it. if this were a novel (graphic or otherwise) i'd definitely read it. very creative. brilliant.
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ItachiXMegumi Featured By Owner Mar 12, 2013  Student
Super .
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SciFiFan2013 Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
These are amazing! I love the concept!
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Random101Man Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I've been waiting for a Samurai Captain America! Thanks for putting up this idea.
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plissken151 Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013
agreed. love it. Samurai Captain America, the three coolest words ever written. i also love this concept.
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Intellectual-Soldier Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Student General Artist
what would the Red Skull be called? Red Oni?, The Oni Emperor?
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genesischant Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Well, he is a wartime enemy of the Captain... Probably a general of a rival army with a red skull-themed helmet and mask. Akadokuro? Maybe a shinigami theme? There is another good myth to build from in the Godokuro monster (a giant skeleton made from the bones of people who starved to death). If I ever do it, it would be a fun one!
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Intellectual-Soldier Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012  Student General Artist
you sure know your stuff! how long have you lived in Japan or is it just a passion to learn all of its history and Shinto mythology?
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genesischant Featured By Owner Oct 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I took Japanese language classes through high school, and then minored in Japanese in college. After I graduated, I lived and taught in Fukushima Prefecture for a year. I fell in love with the language, culture, and people.
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Intellectual-Soldier Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2012  Student General Artist
SWEET!! I really enjoy your feudal re imaginings and the immense effort you put into their caricature and their back stories!! Very Exciting Stuff!!! :love:
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Ebony-Winged-Oni Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012   General Artist
I love this! Captain America and Samurai! :heart:
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genesischant Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! It was fun to make.
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Ebony-Winged-Oni Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012   General Artist
You're welcome!
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Serain Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012
I thought when you were first doing this series that this would be the hardest character for you to work with, but you did a great job! I'm not sure how I feel about the parasol, but I really like the breastplate design. Very clever.
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genesischant Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! I was proud of how the breastplate worked out. The design is a bit plain, but I wanted him to be more of a soldier, and less of a dandy.
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Senri-returns Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Student General Artist
I did not think this one could be done without without shifting the theme to a son of the Raising Sun motif. But you have surprised me. This is amazing!
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genesischant Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
It was the toughest character to reimagine, for sure. The Sengoku era was all about unifying Japan, after all-- there was no real nationalistic ideal to base a character around! I was saved when I moved away from the "patriotic" theme, and more towards the "soldier" theme.
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Senri-returns Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2012  Student General Artist
It is well done. And the Armored parasol is brilliant.
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girlgunner Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
I was wondering how you were going to work in the iconic shield!
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genesischant Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I was stymied on that until a friend suggested the umbrella. I like the whimsical element of a weaponized umbrella-- it's nearly as whimsical as a "throwing shield" on the WWII battlefield.
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RobotMaster3 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012
I like how his name still fits with his character. For those that don't know, 'taishou' literally means 'captain'.
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genesischant Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
The word 'taichou' means 'captain', but I actually ended up using the word 'taishou', which is usually translated as 'General'. I looked and looked and couldn't find evidence (online, at least) of the title 'taichou' being used in the Sengoku era. That might be wrong-- and I've been guilty of MANY anachronisms, so I might have just gone with it. The armies of that era weren't very large, and most of the characters I was using as reference for my Captain were at least that rank. From what I can tell, a taishou could have commanded about as many men as a WWII captain. The terminology does not seem to have been very strictly applied. The difference between the feudal armies and modern armies is pretty big, I guess.

I may change it to taichou if I can get an example I trust, or if someone who knows more than me (and I'm sure there are plenty) tells me it'll work.
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RobotMaster3 Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012
Well, I know in the Bleach series, all of the Captains are called taichou, rather than taishou. May be a slight enough difference to make two different words/ranks, but that's just my guess.
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genesischant Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
I was interested in the Bleach usage of the term, but I was unsure if the Soul Society ranks were inspired by Sengoku-era military ranks, or if they were based on Edo-era Shinsengumi (or other similar organization) ranks. I may end up changing it later. I'd like to use Taichou, anyway.
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tamanou Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012
Oooh, I wondered how you would handle the iconical shield! Good show! And of course, martial arts training and meditation is a good way to use the Captain's "power" of simply being a very superior human; that you can train yourself to that is a common theme in Japanese adventure stories, after all!
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genesischant Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
The shield replacement was a friend's idea. It fits pretty well! Another friend suggested the "sickly child" angle. The backstory was definitely collaborative this time around.
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