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Tenchu: Fatal Shadows
Developer(s) Kei-Two (K2)
Publisher(s) Sega
From Software
Designer(s) Mitsuo Kodama (director)
Writer(s) Tomoyuki Hosokawa
Composer(s) Koichi Suenaga
Noriyuki Asakura (1 track)
Platform(s) PlayStation 2, Playstation Portable
Release date(s) JP July 24, 2004
NA February 15, 2005
EU May 6, 2005
Genre(s) Stealth action
Mode(s) Single-player
Rating(s) BBFC: 15
CERO: 18+
PEGI: 18+
Media DVD
Input methods Gamepad
Prev game (release) Tenchu: Return from Darkness
Next game (release) Tenchu: Time of the Assassins
Next game (canon) Tenchu 3

Tenchu: Fatal Shadows (天誅 紅 Tenchū: Kurenai?) is a interquel in the Tenchu series, taking place in sometime between the original game and Tenchu 3. Initially released for the PlayStation 2 in 2004, it was ported to the PSP in 2009.


In a time of feudal wars, Rikimaru and Ayame, two ninjas of the Azuma Ninja Clan, served Lord Gohda by returning his precious daughter, Princess Kiku, from the hands of Lord Mei-Oh. Unfortunately, Rikimaru was caught in a disastrous rockfall during his escape, in an attempt to save Ayame and Princess Kiku, and is still missing. The land of Gohda remained peaceful after Lord Mei-Oh's attack, and Ayame, as an agent of Gohda, continued to patrol the expansive territory. One day in her travels, Ayame came across a destroyed ninja village. She hoped to find survivors, but arrived too late. The ninjas of Hagakure died whispering the "Kuroya" with their final breaths. As Ayame was about to leave, a young female ninja stood in her way. Her name was Rin, back from her training, and devastated to see her village in ruins. She sees Ayame as the only person alive, and blames her for the destroying of her village. Eventually, Rin sees that it was not Ayame that destroyed her village. The two team up to find the people truly responsible.

Playable characters

There are two playable characters in the game:

A young kunoichi that seeks revenge for the death of her clan, her main target is Jyuzou.

A dual Kodachi-wielding member of the Azuma Ninja Clan.


1) Daughter of the Hagakure
2) Departures
2-2) Determination
3-1) Secret Encounters
3-2) The Geisha and the Hired Blade
4) I am Rin of the Beniya
5) Fated Reunions
6-1) The Blind Masseuse
6-2) What Lurks in the Shadow
7-1) A Sister's Promise
7-2) For Whom the Bell Tolls
8) A Task Without Reward
9) Foreign Lands
10-1) Flames of Passion
10-2) Flames of Sorrow
11) A Dance of Swords
12-1) Tenchu Kurenai
12-2) Tenchu Kurenai

Playstation Portable Release

On January 28, 2010, From Software released an enhanced Playstation Portable port in Japan titled as, Tenchu Kurenai Portable. Both Rin and Ayame received two new outfits that were not in the original Playstation 2 release.

New costumes


  • At the item select menu's background at the start of a mission there is a Wisdom King (明王 Myō-ō), an archetypical class of being of the Japanese Buddhist Pantheon.
  • In the Playstation Portable release, both versions of Ayame's Tenchu 4 costume are unlockable by fighting enemies in Boss Fight Mode or by collecting a certain amount of scrolls.


Tenchu Series

Main Series

Stealth AssassinsTenchu 2Tenchu 3Tenchu 4

Portable Games

Time of the AssassinsDark Secret

Other Versions and Releases

Dimensional Ninja Action MovieShinobi GaisenShinobi HyakusenReturn from DarknessFatal ShadowsTenchu ZShadow Assault