i'll be taking the look if the miniature under review and it's stats and my thoughts about the model in general.
this wave i'll be starting with the beast from this release. the Kaihei Alpha from Savage Wave and Saburo from Ito clan.
it has 3 melee dice and of course as it's an animal no range dice and can't stack ki, but it is quick with a move of 5 it can quickly cross the table and with light footed difficult terrain won't matter to him.
i don't think this model will see much play at the moment as it's on the pricey side with 9 rice and he's dependant on there being other Kaihei. but as he's the only Kaihei this is worthless. he's still a tough nut with 8 wounds and the fear 4 could be usefull to lower the Melee Skill of it's prey.
when the other Kaihei come out i can see a nice dog pack appearing with this model a few generic Kaihei and Yusha. Yusha has great synergy with the Kaihei giving them Rise and one model extra Melee Skill. it will be a hard hitting and fast list but considering the high cost of the models you will often be outnumbered.
a reasonable model with 3 MS, armour (1), fear (4) and blood of orochi (1). it has all the right traits and has a high ki statistic with 2. a small surprise to me was the addition of feint (1). it's ki feat lurker gives it camouflage (2) for the turn a very good feat to keep it save.
i would advise to avoid big fighty models as Saburo doesn't have that much to defend himself, but the feint and fear makes him amazing for taking out enemy ashigaru's or exposed Shisei.
with a 7 rice cost and the blood of orochi i would use him in a Snake list. put him next to other half snake men and try to get as much blood of orochi tokens on your models and see the enemy slowly die from the poison.