A new version of previous Samurai Shodown I and II kabuki backgrounds, this one offers a different look in many aspects.
As might expect from a Kyoshiro stage, one more time it have a kabuki teather setting; the battle takes place on stage, with four people as spectators, two in each side of the stage. The wooden floor has a glossy finish, so that some objects in the stage are reflected in it. There are red railings both in front (at the edge of the stage) and middle background, this ones with black handrails. Behind the red railings in the middle background there are man-made sakura trees - typical of a traditional japanese scenography, where each one have a butterfly posed. Between two lamps is the yokoita (横板 transverse plate) or atoza (後座 rear seat) in the deepest part of the stage, where the kagamiita (鏡板 scene panel) shows a traditional painting of a woman. Above is a roof, whose views are made with red carved wood with gold finish; two gold dragons can also see. Finally, in the highest part of the stage there is a Jōshiki maku (定式幕 formulate curtain) with the distinctive three colors of the kabuki curtain (black, green, and red).
During the second and third round of the match, the lamps are turned off and the kagamiita is changed with a mechanism, showing now a Kyoshiro illustration. After that the lamps are turned on again, and other two Kyoshiro illustrations are displayed in sequence. Two blue flames appear flying on stage.
During the climax all lights are turned off, only two lights remains on emphasizing the tense moment: one front light (showing the jōshiki maku down), and a vertical top light. Then, suddenly begin to appear different images depicting a tarantula, a serpent, the moon and the sun, and three samurai warriors.
Musical theme Edit
The song for this stage is called "Banquet Dance" (宴舞 Utage mai). Although the name of the arranged version is also written with the kanjis 宴舞, in most of the english translations its called "Banquet Song".