Birushana: Rising Flower of Genpei – Character Profiles and Gameplay Updates!

Idea Factory International announced today that the official website for Birushana: Rising Flower of Genpei has been updated with new character profiles and gameplay features!

  • Character Profiles: Shanao, Yoritomo Minamoto, Noritsune Taira, Tomomori Taira, Benkei Musashibo, Shungen 
  • System: About the Game, Protagonist Name Change, Love Catch, Information Screen, Dictionary, Flowchart



Born the youngest daughter of Yoshitomo Minamoto, Shanao was brought to Kurama Temple upon the death of her father in the Heiji Rebellion. There, the monks were instructed to raise her as a boy who could one day grow strong enough to overthrow the Heike.

Trained and raised by Kakunichi, Shanao exceled in matters of military strategy and in combat.

Despite the expectations of those around her, Shanao has always dreamed of a quiet, peaceful life. Having been torn away from her family at a very young age, she yearns for the love of a family


Born the youngest son of Yoshitomo Minamoto, Yoritomo’s father and older brothers were all killed by the Heike in the Heiji Rebellion. Just fourteen at the time, Yoritomo’s life was spared from execution by Kiyomori Taira’s step-mother, Lady Ikenozeni.

Instead, Yoritomo was forced to live the hard life of an exile in the land of Izu. After many lonely years, Yoritomo’s heart became cold and isolated. Now he lives with only a single mission, a mission for which he will risk his life: to restore the Genji Clan with himself as its leader.


Fourth son of Kiyomori Taira, and graceful in both words and appearances. From the outside he would appear to have little use for war, however, he has time and time again demonstrated himself to be a fierce warrior, a superb general, and a trusted advisor to Kiyomori.

Though the Heike appear to be at the height of their power, Tomomori senses a change in the wind, and knows that all things in this world are one day bound to perish.


Nephew of Kiyomori Taira, and son of Norimori Taira, Noritsune holds nothing but contempt for the soft, decadent clan the Heike has become. Though he may not like the present aristocratic nature of his clan, he takes deep pride in his role as a samurai and is said to be one of the clan’s finest warriors. Unlike Tomomori, Noritsune does not see the gathering storm on the horizon for the Heike.

Being the same age as Shanao, he feels a deep sense of competition with her.


Previously a monk at Mount Hiei, Benkei was expelled from that temple after an incident with the Heike. Since then, he has been stealing the swords of Heike officials in response. After being defeated by Shanao, he pledged to become Shanao’s vassal.

Kind, gentle, and good-natured, Benkei and Shanao both share a history of growing up in temples and a dissatisfaction with the brutal rule of the Heike.


Born a child of Shigenari Minamoto, a vassal of Shanao’s father, Yoshitomo Minamoto, Shungen was brought to Kurama Temple upon the death of his father at the same time as Shanao. Because the two have been together since they were very young, Shungen is aware that Shanao is a woman.

Like Shanao, Shungen was raised at Kurama Temple by Kakunichi. While not as skilled with a sword as Shanao, Shungen is extremely bright and well-read. Despite his small stature and kind appearances, Shungen is extremely brave and protective of Shanao.


In the game, the player takes on the role of Shanao / Yoshitsune Minamoto.

Depending on the dialogue choices and actions taken by the player, the story will advance down one of the five main routes resulting in a Happy or Tragic Ending. After completing a given route, an If ending may become available, presenting a new route with a sub-character.

There are many bad endings along the way, and players will have to think carefully about how their decisions may impact the story and their relationships with the characters in it.

MC Name Change

Players can change the name of the main character at the beginning of the game by inputting up to ten alphabetic characters for their character.

* The character’s last name of Minamoto, cannot be changed.
* The childhood name “Shanao” can be changed in some cases.

If the player selects the default name, the name of the main character will be fully voice acted by the other characters.

Love Catch

The Love Catch system helps guide the player by immediately showing them how their choice has impacted the story.

After a choice is made, five flowers, each corresponding to one of the lead male characters, will appear on screen. Open flowers indicate the player’s choice has deepened their relationship with that character. The color on the edge of the frame indicates which character ability has increased as a result of the player’s decision.

*This system can be turned off in the settings menu.

Information Screen, Dictionary & Flowchart

  • The information screen allows players to check their relationship compatibility with each character, as well as view the main character’s abilities. Remember, both relationship compatibility and character abilities will impact the story!
  • The Dictionary is where players can view explanations of the historical terms used throughout the story.
  • The flowchart is where players can view their progress throughout the various storylines and replay previously viewed chapters of the story.

Fans can wishlist the Birushana: Rising Flower of Genpei Limited Edition on the NA IFI Online Store and check out the coming soon page on the European IFI Online Store today!  The Limited Edition versions for both North America and Europe include an exclusive, surprise trading card that Birushana fans don’t want to miss! 

The Limited Edition includes:

  • Birushana: Rising Flower of Genpei Game (Switch)
  • Collector’s Box
  • Steel Game Case
  • Official Hardcover Art Book
  • Ballad of the Rising Flower (2-Disc Set)
    • 2 Audio Dramas (with link to digital translation)
    • Official Soundtrack
  • 5 Card Double-Sided Bromide Set
  • Reversible Cover Sleeve
  • Exclusive Trading Card

Check out the Birushana: Rising Flower of Genpei on the IFI Online Stores today!

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