Songs of Blades & Heroes (SOBH) from Ganesha Games may be my favorite game. It's fast, even faster to learn and you can make almost every character you wish (our gaming group has like 7 or 8 versions of the game so that makes like 200 different skills & abilities).
There' s a new guy at the club and he has sweet terrain for japanese games. Every time we play, he brinsg a new one: it's crazy.
For our first game together, we just made a quick skirmish. Perry samurai VS Clan war ones (Akodo-death seekers). Well, don't listen to people telling you size matters: it doesn't. The Perry won.