Wait. Didn’t you just suggest that there only needed to be two CYM leaders and that the Niao Sun Lan Di conflict could serve as an end point for the series? If that’s the case, wouldn’t that make her and Lan Di the game’s two primary antagonists? Heck, if they’re not going to bother delving too deeply into the source of Shenhua’s powers, that would actually make Niao Sun more important than Shenhua and thus much more deserving of deeper characterization, right?Nioa Sun is a secondary antagonist, she doesn't need as much time to develop as Shenhua, making that comparison.
Ziming could be a gang leader, CYM lieutenant, in the town near the cliff temple, his face is on the same art work page as the cliff temple, the opening act of Shenmue IV could a good place to introduce him, but it doesn't need to be 1.1 there are a lot of ways to write it.
I guess we’ll have to agree to disagree on this one. It’s kind of irrelevant though really, as last we heard the plan was still to make five or six games.