Samurai of Hyuga Book 3



My ronin is not digging through someone’s baggage if they are trying to kill them. If they are trying to kill the ronin, that person doesn’t love them; they love the ideal of the ronin that is in their head.

So you can keep her/him. :slight_smile: My ronin will be over here, with sane people who actually like her for her.


Sure thing friend.

I’ll be over here waiting for my fulfilling redemption arc for Junko.


Frankly, Jun as been nothing but an abusive, violent bastard. Nothing for now have happen that had me not want to kill him and free the world from a psycho.

It would need a lot of work to make him simpathetic to my ronin. There is just no remedable material from him to make my ronin want to even be in the same room without pointing a sword at him.


Everyone’s providing good points and strong arguments of why Jun/Junko is an irredeemable murderer who deserves a sword through the heart and not a redemption arc but yet here is my Jun loving ass aggressively ignoring all their valid points while dreaming of Jun and the ronin happy together like


I could accept Junko. She just has to accept having her tongue cut out and having a name of someone she loathes cut into her. Then ill consider it.


Yeah, Junko’s an antagonist but at list she is open about it. No surprises here. I doubt she would put a knife in our back.
Yes, I’m looking at you Toshie.

I’d say, beat Junko up, tie to a chair and have a little chitchat about her ways.

Uh, without cutting anyone’s tongue.


I could try to defend Jun… but I won’t lol He’s the freaking Devil.

AND I LOVE HIM. I don’t even need a redemption arc. I could imagine him facing his trauma with MC (but obviously staying kind of in the shadows and not in the group) and at the end, after MC defeats every demon… they end up together. As they knew it would happen eventually :ok_hand:

But this is what I want for my MC ofc. The good thing about these games is that our MCs can usually choose how the feel about characters. You want yours to hate Jun? Go ahead, have fun, destroy him!
But if you want your MC to be helplessly in love with him? :smirk: DO IT YOU COWARD!!!

Ahhh. Jun will always be my favorite character in this series.


Plus, I like Momoko too much. I can’t forget Jun for it.

Besty before boys :laughing:


I like you. You get me.

None of these people understand, and I doubt they ever will. But that’s okay!

I really didn’t care about Momoko personally. The fact she got her tongue cut out didn’t phase me in the least. I somewhat enjoyed that whole overly extreme reaction out of Junko to be quite honest. (Like I said I have a weakness for Yandere’s I can’t help it)

There is something very charming to me about having someone you love go down a twisted and dark path because you were too oblivious in your past to notice how seriously screwed up she was and couldn’t read between the lines. It took you years and a helping hand just to finally realize why she is the way she is.

My character feels guilty about it, and I like to think she somewhat hates herself for not realizing all this sooner. So, yes, she wants to confront Junko and do whatever she can to try and fix her, somewhat. And help make her more stable.

Also love her.


I like Momoko. She was sweet and caring and even though she made mistakes I genuinely believe she is a good person. I think Hyuga needs a lot more people like Momoko. And while my ronin was never romantically interested in her, Momoko’s crush had a big impact on her. That someone good loved her for who she is opened up a tiny bit of the ronin’s eyes. Kinda like “uh, I guess I am worth something”.

So I really hope that what Jun/ko has done to her is addressed in future books. Cause that’s not something my ronin will just look past over. It was seriously messed up.

But yeah, I agree with everything else about Jun/ko. My ronin also feels guilty for not seeing it and especially for abandoning him. I just wanna be able to apologize T_T

Also, lots of people understand you, my friend. There’s a lot of Jun/ko defenders here. :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:


have to agree. I never really felt the romantic vibe for Momoko really, and then all of the sudden she’s trying to get you to sleep with her. Then you reject her, and she almost sort of reacts like you lead her on. AND even after the event, Hatch hates you for all of it. (I could be remembering that whole event completely wrong, it’s been a while)

And to be fair, yeah, I guess I kind of also have a thing for Yandere’s then… because I like Jin and how insane/violent he is… I have problems


My feelings on Junko put very succinctly by the ever wise Uncle Iroh:


Words of a wise man…


@MultipleChoice I AM SO EXCITED FOR THIS. I am so excited that I literally can’t say anything else other than I’m excited. Ever since the first book, I have been eagerly anticipating everything you brought up between MC and Jun.

Also of note: Devon, keep writing for you. Your vision, your story. You don’t owe anyone else anything.


Exactly author’s word is god…or something just as cool. We are all just along for the ride. The fact the story is as good as it is, leaves little doubt it will continue to be awesome.:grinning:


Whoa I have X-ray vision! I can see through spoilers! :sunglasses:


I finally got to play this book, and I gotta say, it’s kinda…disjointed and a bit anticlimactic. Here’s what I mean:

The first book had a great pace. They introduced the characters, the current and future stakes, and you did kill the first demon by the end.

Come the second book, and most of it focused on the shogi tournament, while the confrontation with the demon is saved for the third book.

Come the third book, and the murder mystery plot ends halfway through the book and it immediately shifts into Seven Samurai with only half a book’s worth of wiggle room, and the climax of said plot is, well, anticlimactic. You’d think a tengu war general would put up a better fight than a trickster kitsune, but the MC just went up to him and cut him up, while the fight with the previous demon feels more climactic, what with confronting their old sensei.

I guess some good came out of this. Toshio/e romance, a nice callback to when Masami/shi threw the money at us, and a hook where we may confront Jun/ko one more time. Here’s hoping for Jun/ko’s redemption, and Momoko’s return.


The climax for me was the battle with the kitsune rather than the tengu part. I think the third book also provide insight that our Ronin could not always save everyone, which the author want to drive home to reader. :thinking:

To be honest, I have to agree with you with some of your points though… I suppose the first part of Book Three should have put on Book Two and then start our journey for Book Three should have been the village and confrontation with Tengu.

I still look forward to Book Four though. =D


One thing I want to stress to readers is that the demon-of-the-day is not always going to be the focus of the narrative. That’s why for Book 3 I really didn’t want to end it on another boss battle. I wanted the final battle to deal with the responsibility of being a leader and experiencing tragic loss. Ige’s sacrifice becomes a means for MC to get close enough to kill General Shatao (who is blinded to this danger out of pride).

An author also has to be very aware of combat fatigue–and Book 3 has more fights and rough encounters than the first two books combined. I think many readers were intellectually and emotionally spent towards the end, so adding yet another fight didn’t feel like the way to go.

On Book 3’s Ending in General:
I feel the need to pat myself on the back for bravery! The reality is that it’s an absolute risk for a writer to end a book on a downer. I have a young audience who has to wait over a year for the sequel, and (intentionally) upsetting them for that long is a great recipe for 1-stars on Google Play! But the middle of the series is the ideal spot to put the hero at his or her lowest.

This is the False Collapse, and this de-evolution is absolutely necessary for MC’s growth.


So…I guess we won’t get any further clarifications to the concerns that @Celtic_Rune rised besides my own about the way femininity and masculinity will get addressed in book 4.

Just asking because I (and pretty sure others too) feel not reassured in any way and the fear that if gender gets adressed that it will be in a very reductive way is really something I would wish to set aside concerning a series that until now I really held in high regards.

No, really it bugs me, that we don’t get any answers that show that the concerns are seen, understood and taken into account.