When I see people discuss strats and share their wonderfully fun lists, I almost always spot a Saito Togan. And, with enough reason, he's awesome, has an amazing resculpt and was one of the cornerstone of previous JSA lists, due to being a Specialist. However! Do you ever consider Shinobu Kitsune in detriment of Saito Togan (since they fundamentally have the same role, with minor differences)? These are the differences from their profiles: Shinobu has Monofilament instead of EXP CCW (which is one major driving point to field her, imo). Shinobu has MA5 and 25 CC to Saito's MA4 and 24. Superior Infiltration to Saito's Infiltration, and Kinematika L2 to Saito's L1. She has WIP14 (one of the few LT options that have WIP this high in JSA), to Saito's WIP13. She has BTS 3......ok! Shinobu has a Nanopulser (template weapon). Saito has a Knife, with which he can attempt to silently kill someone, not triggering ZoC shenans. You pay 8 points more and 0.5 of SWC to field Shinobu, instead of Saito. So, I'd say, Monofilament and Superior Infiltration are the main reasons to consider Shinobu over Saito: with Mono she'll slice any enemy model with almost no roll required (or one roll with +/- 60% chance of killing someone right away), while Saito (altough very unlikely) can still be tanked through: say he crits twice with MA4, there's still 4 dice that can be tanked through on a Wound/STR 3, or 2Wound NWI model... realistically it will most likely never happen, but it can, and this is in a best case scenario for Saito. Speaking of which, Saito is best on 1v1s, but Shinobu is also extremely good to kill cheerleaders, be her Nanopulser Template or an opportunistic MA5 positioning, the options are there. The Infiltration roll for Saito is very risky and not worth (basically a 50%), while Shinobu's Superior Infiltration is something I'm willing to risk, not only is it very likely to succeed (at about 80%), but even if she fails, she can still cover an aggressive advance from the DZ with her Smoke Grenades as well. Which is to say, Saito, albeit being cheaper, might actually use more orders in general than Shinobu. And, because he lost its Specialist Operative trait, I see Shinobu as a better option since she has slightly better numbers, better Infiltration roll and more options on weapons (Mono and Template on top of what Saito has), and the points that Saito shaves off (you can get a Pangguling in, basically), are actually not that relevant, since Shinobu will, in most cases waste less orders to achieve the same goals, due to her larger array of options. The SWC is, however, to be seriously considered. Please, bash my thesis and prove me wrong :D Also, if your reason to field Saito instead of Shinobu is because he's fucking badass with a badass mini, I cannot really counter that, but do try to help me number crunch on this one.