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Crunchyroll Review: Cave's "Akai Katana" Shoot 'em Up Scores Big

Japanese developer Cave (DoDonPachi, Progear) has long been revered as one of the gods of shoot 'em up, or "shmup" games, a genre that has remained as niche as its titles are difficult to master. Over the past few years more of these have found their way to the download circuit on consoles and phones—Guwange on Xbox Live Arcade, Mushihime-sama Futari on iOS, and so on—while a select few, like the goth loli-injected Deathsmiles, have made it to retail. The latest to hit shelves is Akai Katana (AKA Akai Katana Shin on Xbox 360), a horizontal-scrolling shooter set in a world parallel to Japan's Taishō period, and it turns out it's also one of Cave's best in quite some time.

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