The Shiba family have been the Yojimbo of the Elemental Masters (and other powerful Phoenix Shugenja) since the Dawn of the Empire.
The theme, in CCG terms, has been used off and on for many years. The problem with the theme is the consistency. What I mean by that is, for the theme to work best you need both Yojimbo and Shugenja. Having too many of one and not enough of another can cause headaches. If more of them are designed like Kudome here, then I certainly feel that there is hope for the theme as she has an ability that doesn’t need a shugenja (although she gets better if you control one). Well played DT.