It's easy to hate the Scorpion Clan. That's what makes them so interesting!
Who is John Wick?
John Wick was the creator of Rokugan and L5R. And a lot of his ideas still permeate the game. Like there are no 'ninja', because his Real Life Books about Japan said so. Yeah, like the government is willingly going to tell the public about any sort of official assassin organization.
Or how the Scorpion (his favourite clan) was 'obvious' villains and master of 'blackmail' and 'secrets'. You do know the best kept secrets are? Dead ones. By default, the Scorpions would never have existed without GM fiat. And lot's of it.
I hate the Scorpion not because of what they are in the setting. I hate them because they're set up in a fashion that's simply too stupid to exist.
I love that the combat of L5R is so deadly it promotes social interaction and intrigue versus straight up fighting. Anything can kill anything, so just makes sense to avoid fighting a large group.
It also means that the Crab Clan no longer exists. The amount of goblins and oni that exist in the Shadowlands would have crushed the wall, and moved on.
It's also not very Japan film or older stories. Where skill matters. Yes, lucky shots happen, but the system can be a bit too swingy at times.
Still, it's one of the few games I had a blast to play and run.