It does, though. Lan Di is forced to recognize Ryo (and vocalizes it) after Ryo flattens half an army of underlings, and barges into his quarters, quickly dispatching of the three fighters he's hand picked to accompany him. That's a pretty good indication of how he's progressed. It's also good to show that Ryo is still not even remotely a match for Lan DI by not allowing any of his hits to connect.
As usual, something is clearly spelled out on screen (even vocalised) and people fail to pay attention before trotting off to make a clickbait video essay proclaiming that said thing never happened.
In Shenmue 1, Ryo is knocked out by Lan Di in one second, I don't even classify that as a 'fight'. By Shenmue 3, he's done so much training that he defeats Chai and Lan Di's bodyguards in one hit. This directly affects Lan Di and Ryo's relationship as it demonstrates to Lan Di that this kid is getting stronger, fast, and that one day, the kid might even pose a threat to himself. He shrugs this off with a "Hmph! It seems you've improved a bit", but I have to wonder how nervous Lan Di must feel knowing that this boy is getting stronger exponentially, and might one day just topple even him!
Then Ryo faces off against Lan Di in their first proper battle and lasts a good while this time around. Ryo cannot hit Lan Di, but manages to withstand every blow Lan Di throws at him during gameplay without being knocking out instantly like in Shenmue 1. All of this that plays out on screen is evidence of growth. But of course, that's not enough. Ryo has to touch or injure Lan Di for all this to truly matter, for some reason. The ultimate antagonist is not allowed to be seen as a formidable force to be reckoned with 40% through an ongoing story during his first battle with the hero, because people are feeling a bit impatient in the story that's trying to be told.
You know, you have fandoms like the Silent Hill community that effortlessly pick up on every tiny nuance, every literary reference, or piece of symbolism. And then there's, well...us.
Ryo will have his revenge by using his face to cripple Lan Di’s hands and feet from countless kicks and punches to his steal jaw, confirmed.Actually you've just reminded me that not only is Ryo stronger against Lan Di, he's actually Invincible. If you let Lan Di batter Ryo down to 0 health that last red life globe just won't budge. Lan Di got saved by a damn cutscene.
Ryo will have his revenge by using his face to cripple Lan Di’s hands and feet from countless kicks and punches to his steal jaw, confirmed.
I'm just glad Ryo didn't bust into the room and find Lan Di sitting on a toilet.The true nature of the prophecy: Ryo is secretly made of Phantom River Stone. Looks like the biggest revelation in the entire series thus far has been rumbled, and it was right in front of our noses the whole time.
For what it's worth I played TLOU2 and thought it was average.I don't blame you. YouTube tells me The Last of Us 2 is a catastrophic flop that nobody will play, yet meanwhile in real life...
The same can be said for Star Wars, Marvel and Shenmue 3 clickbait.
(But seriously, I hated TLOU2)