God fucking damn, Greatjon Umber is a freaking monster in the books. He is as tall as Hodor (7 feet) but twice as large, he comes up in Jaime's thoughts when he lists a scant few fighters who are stronger than him (physically), and at the Red Wedding he literally drinks so much wine to kill three men, he's utterly drunk and yet EIGHT man are needed to restrain him - in that state he had literally taken the sword...
Honestly, even if the Qin center is wildly weakened at the moment thanks to Riboku's plan...Ousen is still fucking Ousen. Shibashou must truly be a beast of some special kind for Riboku to have decided to put him there, in that role.
Riboku checkmating Qin's entire plan on Northern Zhao - outplaying Ousen and Shouheikun, wiping out Kanki's army and despite Kanki's own brilliant (although situational) performance, killing one of the Qin Six - on the whole, it was a shocking performance.
At Chouhei, all Renpa's wall could do was keep at bay two of the Qin Six and turn the whole thing into a prolonged stalemate.
Rinshoujo is one of those figures who Hara vehemently hyped and from whom we'll almost certainly never see a full fledged battle performance (sadly lol).
In the two instances where he was shown leading, Hara had this man move Ouki like he wanted and he seemed in complete control of the battle; in the other, RSJ was again making both foes and allies (Renpa) dancing to his tune.
We had talked about this scenario a few times but man imagine if Hara really does give Riboku such a WILD respect that he outright refuses to have him meet his end on the battlefield and has him removed by his own state instead at the end (with then Zhao falling).
It'd be freaking insane, a foe's treatment completely unheard of.
My prediction: Shibashou is a top tier instinctual general. Duke Hyou's instics were linked to a lion, Keisha's were linked to a spider, for Shibashou we'll have the tiger.
He must be a true monster for Riboku to have decided put him in front of Ousen. Insticts 99, outstanding officers, martially as strong as Man'U. Him being instinctual not only will be a problem for Ousen, this time it might also completely...
Koshou might have been the second strongest member of the old Qin Six. Like, man, being Qin's grand strategist and when you have got folks rumoring about the other Qin Six members being your appendages...that is pretty wild hype.
“I want you to go back into the barrack and tell the men to come out after the storm. Tell them to look up at me tied here. Tell them I’ll open my eyes and look back at them, and they’ll know that I survived.”
Rereading chapters 767-773, man the stakes for war and the emotional tension with that which Hara has put on everyone. From Bihei and the villagers to Shin/Kyoukai to Ouhon, talks about fear of death, about not coming back to loved ones, break or make dreams.
In the Zhao side it's felt even heavier, with its life on the line, Riboku's promise to come back to Ganmon and live his desired peaceful life [cont]