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Ikki Tousen is an anime TV series based on the manga by Yuji Shiozaki, published by Wani Books and serialized in the seinen manga magazine Comic GUM. The anime is produced by J.C. Staff, directed by Takashi Watanabe, series composition by Takao Yoshioka, music by Hiroshi Motokura and Project IKKI, characters by Shinya Hasegawa, and produced by Nobuhiro Osawa and Yuji Matsukura. The series revolves around an all-out turf war in the Kanto region of Japan where fighters from seven schools battle for supremacy, and the story centers on Hakufu Sonsaku, a fighter from the West who transfers to Nanyo Academy. The anime is loosely based on the Chinese novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms, and the characters in the series are based on the characters from the Three Kingdoms novel.
The series aired 13 episodes on AT-X from July 30 to October 22, 2003, with subsequent runs on TVK, Mie TV, Chiba TV, TV Saitama, and Sun Television. Seven DVD volumes were released by Media Factory between November 22, 2003 and May 25, 2004. A DVD box set was later released on January 25, 2008, and a Blu-ray box set will be released on April 27, 2011. The series was licensed in North America by Geneon Entertainment and Enoki Films, who released the series on four DVD volumes between August 10, 2004 and March 1, 2005. A box set was later released on July 19, 2005 by Geneon. The series is now licensed by Funimation Entertainment, and released a box set of the series on May 26, 2009. The series is also licensed in Australia and New Zealand by Madman Entertainment, and in the United Kingdom by MVM Films.
A second season, called Ikki Tousen: Dragon Destiny (一騎当千 Dragon Destiny Ikkitōsen Doragon Desutinī?), aired 12 episodes on AT-X between February 26, 2007 and May 14, 2007, with subsequent broadcasts on Chiba TV, KBS Kyoto, TV Kanagawa, Tokyo MX, Sun Television, TV Aichi, and TV Saitama. The series introduces Seito Academy's leader Gentoku Ryubi as the protagonist, and focuses on Kyosho Academy's recent takeover since the Totaku incident and the changes within its leader Motoku Sousou. It also introduces an anime-original item called the Dragon Jade, a forbidden item that is said to change a fighter's fate. Produced by ARMS, the series is directed by Koichi Ohata, series composition by Takao Yoshioka, music by Yasuharu Takanashi, characters by Rin-Sin, and produced by Osamu Koshinaka, Shinsaku Tanaka, Takuro Hatakeyama, and Yoshikazu Beniya. Six DVD volumes were released by Media Factory between July 25, 2007 and November 22, 2007. The DVD volumes contain an original video animation called Dragon Destiny: Great Battle at the Red Cliffs Hot Springs (Dragon Destiny 赤壁温泉大決戦 Doragon Desutinī: Sekiheki Onsen Dai Kessen?), featuring the female cast in a hot spring setting. A DVD box set was later released on December 22, 2009. The anime is licensed in North America by Media Blasters, who released the series on three DVD volumes between November 24, 2009 and April 20, 2010. A box set was later released on August 31, 2010. The anime is also licensed in Australia and New Zealand by Madman Entertainment, as with the first season.
A third season, Ikki Tousen: Great Guardians (一騎当千 Great Guardians Ikkitōsen Gurēto Gādianzu?), aired 12 episodes on AT-X between June 11 and August 27, 2008, with subsequent broadcasts on Chiba TV, TV Saitama, TV Aichi, TV Kanagawa, Sun Television, and Tokyo MX. Produced by ARMS, the series is directed by Koichi Ohata, series composition by Masanao Akahoshi, music by Yasuharu Takanashi, characters by Rin Shin, and produced by Hisato Usui, Nobusaku Tanaka, Osamu Ecchu, Takuro Hatakeyama, and Yasuhiro Mikami. The series features an all-new storyline featuring Chokyo, Hakufu's younger sister and the Japanese counterpart of Xiao Qiao, introducing another Genpou Saji as an antagonist, and the return of Hosen Ryofu, a character who previously died in the first series. Six DVD compilation volumes were released by Media Factory between September 25, 2008 and February 25, 2009, each volume containing an original video animation called Battle Tour Club: Sexy Cosplay♥Dangerous Jobs♥ (バトルツアークラブ･セクシーコスプレ♥危険なアルバイト♥?). A DVD boxset was released on March 25, 2010. The series was licensed by Media Blasters, as with the second season, but it is now licensed by Funimation Entertainment after they withdrew the license.
A fourth season of the series, called Ikki Tousen: Xtreme Xecutor (一騎当千 XTREME XECUTOR Ikkitōsen Ekustorīmu Eguzekutā?), was announced. Produced by TNK and ARMS, the series is directed and written by Koichi Ohata, music by Yasuharu Takanashi, characters by Rin Shin and Junji Goto, and produced by Hiromasa Minami, Hisato Usui, Keisuke Kawai, Shinsaku Tanaka, and Takuro Hatakeyama. The series introduces two new schools, Nanban High School and Ryoshu Academy, the latter of which was the original school from the one-shot pilot chapter of the manga series, and introduces Kentei, the Japanese equivalent of Emperor Xian, as an antagonist. The series aired twelve episodes on AT-X between March 26 and June 11, 2010, with subsequent broadcasts on Chiba TV, TVK, TV Saitama, Tokyo MX, TV Aichi, and Sun Television. Six DVD and Blu-ray volumes were released by Media Factory between June 25 and November 25, 2010. The DVD/BDs contains an original video animation called Ikki Tousen: Xtreme Xecutor - A Dream's Six Views (一騎当千 XTREME XECUTOR 〜ユメ六景〜?). Xtreme Xecutor is licensed in North America by Funimation Entertainment, as with the first and third seasons.
The opening theme for the first season is "Drivin' Through The Night" by M.o.v.e, and two ending themes, "Let me be with you" by Shela for episodes 1-7, and Fate by Masumi Asano (the original voice of Hakufu Sonsaku) for episodes 8-13. The opening theme for Dragon Destiny is "HEART&SOUL" by Mai Kariyuki while the ending theme is Garasu no Hana (硝子の花?, "Glass Flower") by IORI. The opening theme for Great Guardians is "No x limit" by Ami, while the ending theme is "Kage: Shape of Shadow" (影～shape of shadow～?) by Rio Asaba. The opening theme for Xtreme Xecutor is "Stargazer" by Yuka Masuda while the ending theme is "Endless Soul: Endless Warrior" (Endless Soul 〜終わりなき戦士 Endless Soul ~Owarinaki Senshi?) by Masumi Asano and Aya Endo, the voices of Hakufu Sonsaku and Bachou Mouki, respectively.
Ikki Tousen (2003)
|01||"One / The Champions"
|July 30, 2003|
Seven schools are competing for complete control over the region of Kanto. The students are known as "Fighters", and each carry a sacred bead, or Magatama, and enclosed in it is a spirit of an ancient fighter from 1800 years ago in Chinese history. The Fighters are destined to the fates of their Magatama.Enter Hakufu Sonsaku, a big-breasted, air-headed bimbo, who joins the ranks of Nanjou Academy, alongside her cousin, Koukin. Encassed in her Magatama is the spirit of a fierce warrior who conquered the lands 1800 years previous, but was killed at an early age. The Big Four of Nanyou Academy see her as a threat and wish to prevent history from repeating itself.
|02||"Two / Confrontation with the Big Four of Nanyo High!"
|August 6, 2003|
Fighters from Rakuyo High School have been found hanging around near Nanyou Academy. Rakuyo is headed by the fierce Fighter Totaku, who has conquered a couple of the schools in Kanto. Other schools have been banding together against him.Meanwhile, while running late for school, Koukin reveals to Hakufu that he would be willing to sacrifice himself if it meant protecting her. Gakushu questions Saji over Nanyou Academy's leader, Enjyutsu, whom he has not seen in months. Gakushu feels that there is something going on that he has been kept in the dark about. Enjyutsu sees Hakufu as a threat and issues the order to Big Four member Kannei to execute her to prevent her destiny from being fulfilled. This order is given to the whole of Nanyou Academy, and results in Hakufu doing battle with Kannei and Ryomou, while Koukin fights all of the students and Saji. Will they all survive? And what is Saji planning?
|03||"Three / My Virtue is in Danger!"
|August 13, 2003|
|Hakufu Sonsaku has defeated Big Four member Ryomou, when her defeat looked imminent. However, her victory saw a force take over her body, rending her powerless against it, almost costing Ryomou her life, who is recovering in Hospital. Koukin vows to protect Hakufu so that it never happens again, but Hakufu runs away from home, only to find herself in trouble.|
|04||"Four / A Duel! Taishiji vs. Sonsaku"
|August 20, 2003|
|The schools throughout Kanto begin to form short-term alliances as a means of disposing of their enemies. Taishiji is given an order to execute Hakufu Sonsaku. After his school's Fighters render Koukin incapable to fight, Hakufu does battle with Taishiji himself. How will it all end?|
|05||"Five / Get Angry, Hakufu! The School of Counterattack!"
|August 27, 2003|
The Great Fighter's Tournament is approaching quickly. Totaku, the previous victor, is hoping that the other schools will eliminate each other, leaving him to do battle with the sole, under-strengthed school left in the tournament (other than his own), and in order for ends to meet, he has rigged the draw for the tournament.Hakufu goes on a rampage to avenge Taishiji, but is defeated, until the spirit awakens within her once again...
|06||"Six / The Bloody Big Fighters Tournament!"
|September 3, 2003|
|The new Fighters Tournament has now commenced. Which school will come out on top? Will anyone defeat Toutaku? How will Nanjou Academy go with Hakufu Sonsaku fighting for them? And will the spirit living inside her be awakened once again?|
|07||"Seven / The Fatal Confrontation!"
|September 10, 2003|
|Hakufu and Koukin manage to fend off the crazed snake-like Kannei Kouha. Ryofu continues to pursue her own relationships with the possibility of betraying Tontaku. Shimei Ryomou fights the beautiful but deadly schoolgirl-uniformed Kanu Unchou of Seito Private School on the rooftops. Hakufu gets in another battle as well.|
|08||"Eight / Goei's Betrayal! Why?"
|September 17, 2003|
|Nanyou Academy gets to fight Kyoshou Academy in this round. Hakufu Sonsaku is up against Kakouton "Basic" Genjou, but Aunt Goei arrives; whom will she support? Ryomou's opponent, Kakuka Houkou isn't a pushover either. Meanwhile, Kaku Bunwa and Ryofu Housen get into a heated conflict; Ryofu Housen and Chinkyuu Koudai decide to walk away from Toutaku's gang.|
|09||"Nine / Viva La Hot Spring!"
|September 24, 2003|
|Aunt Goei takes Hakufu and Koukin to a mountain hot springs that seems to attract some of the other female fighters including Ryoumou and Ryofu who are also hoping to recover. Hakufu catches up to Ryoumou and they spar with Hakufu's old teacher Choukou.|
|10||"Ten / The Sho Haou Encounters the Devil!"
|October 1, 2003|
|Aunt Goei gives Hakufu and Koukin some tickets to the pool. Ryoumou ponders her fate to guard Hakufu. At the pool, Toutaku catches Hakufu in an alone moment, and befriends her with some watermelon. The mysterious and foreshadowing Ukitsu appears before Goei, looking for Hakufu. Chinkyuu gets caught stealing the Gyokuji. Ukitsu arrives at the pool and challenges Hakufu to a fight. Ryofu decides to get her revenge.|
|11||"Eleven / Ryofu, Her Love and Death!"
"Jitsu Ichi" (拾壱)
|October 8, 2003|
|Ukitsu was about to fight Hakufu, but Hakufu was weakened by Toutaku's touch, so she gives up. Goei, Ryoumou and Koukin ponder Hakufu's destiny where her dragon fighting spirit may awaken and she might lose her life. Ryoumou and Koukin look for Gakushuu. Koukin meets Saji who invites him to see the senior leader Enjutsu, but then gets ambushed and attacked. Hakufu stays home for the day, but then learns of her fate, and decides to go after Toutaku.|
|12||"Twelve / Summer Comes to a Watermelon Field"
"Jitsu Ni" (拾弐)
|October 15, 2003|
|Toutaku forces Hakufu to battle Ryofu, otherwise Ryoumou will be killed. The girls fight each other, but also attempt to go after Toutaku. It looks like no one will be able to win, until Ryofu defies her fate, and uses her ultimate technique. Hakufu and Ryoumou learn Saji's true identity and they go to rescue Koukin and confront Saji.|
|13||"Thirteen / Good-bye Hakufu! The Battle Days!"
"Jitsu San" (拾参)
|October 22, 2003|
|Hakufu and Ryoumei go after Ouin Shishi, who manages to enrage Hakufu. But instead of her dragon spirit manifesting, Hakufu channels the remaining influence of Toutaku and gets out of control. Can Koukin save her from her fate? Ukitsu also comes back for a final challenge.|
Ikki Tousen: Dragon Destiny (2007)
|01||"Signs of the Dragon Spirit"
|February 26, 2007|
|02||"The Evil Lord Awakens"
|March 5, 2007|
|03||"Bloodshed and Tears"
|March 12, 2007|
|04||"Chance Meeting of the Two Dragons"
|March 19, 2007|
|March 26, 2007|
|06||"Encounter with the Crouching Dragon"
|April 2, 2007|
|April 9, 2007|
|08||"The Little Conqueror's Heroic Death"
|April 16, 2007|
|09||"Friendships in Chaos"
|April 23, 2007|
|10||"The Wandering Koukin"
|April 30, 2007|
|May 7, 2007|
|12||"Red Cliffs in Flames"
|May 14, 2007|
Ikki Tousen: Great Guardians (2008)
|01||"The Military is a Great Matter of the State"
"Hei ha kuni no daiji nari" (兵は国の大事なり)
|June 11, 2008|
|02||"All Warfare is Based on Deception"
"Hei to ha kidou nari" (兵とは詭道なり)
|June 18, 2008|
|03||"The Dead Cannot Be Brought Back to Life"
"Shisha ha fuku ta nama kube karazu" (死者は復た生くべからず)
|June 25, 2008|
|04||"Love Your Soldiers Like Your Children"
"Sotsu o miru koto eiji no gotoshi" (卒を視ること嬰児のごとし)
|July 2, 2008|
|05||"Do Not Fight Unless The Situation Is Critical"
|July 9, 2008|
|06||"Use the Highest Intelligence of the Army for Purposes of Spying"
|July 16, 2008|
|07||"At First Like A Young Virgin"
|July 23, 2008|
|08||"To the People and Not for the People"
|July 30, 2008|
|09||"Many Calculations Result In Victory, Few Calculations Result In Defeat"
|August 6, 2008|
|10||"The Best General Will Aim to Ruin the Enemy's Plans"
|August 13, 2008|
|11||"Taking the Initiative Insures the Enemy's Defeat"
|August 20, 2008|
|12||"Bound to Reunite After A Long Separation"
|August 27, 2008|
Ikki Tousen: Xtreme Xecutor (2010)
"Nureru Tōshi" (濡れる闘士)
|March 26, 2010|
"Tsudō Nakama" (集う仲間)
|April 2, 2010|
|This is when Gentoku finds a strange girl named Bachou (who was seen in the first episode) in the rain and took care of her. As a result of doing so, she skip the meeting for the assemble and embarrass her self.|
|03||"The Training Lion"
"Kitaeru Shishi" (鍛える獅子)
|April 9, 2010|
|In the last episode we left Hakufu and Gentoku wondering why Bachou begged Hakufu to be her master. After the abuse then training of Bachou Nanyo, Kyosho, Seito Academy and other schools got invited to a tournament.|
"Maneku Akuma" (招く悪魔)
|April 16, 2010|
|Hanufu accidentally slept on the train and as a result, she is yet again insulted by her mother. After Hanufu decide to visit her sister, Konkin (as Hanufu replacement), Shimei, Kanu, Bachou, Ekitoku, Chuukou, Shikou and other fighter got ambush.|
|05||"Bonds of the Soul"
"Tamashii no Kizuna" (魂の絆)
|April 23, 2010|
"Muragaru Kiba" (群がる牙)
|April 30, 2010|
"Chinmoku no Namida" (沈黙の涙)
|May 7, 2010|
|08||"A Reunion of Fists"
"Saikai ha Kobushi" (再会は拳)
|May 14, 2010|
"Ikaru Ai" (怒る愛)
|May 21, 2010|
|This episode finally shows how Shimei got her dragon. After remembering we see the Kanu was the cause of the dragon in Shimei's left eye and start to fight furiously. Then they show Hakufu and Bachou in a fake horse trying to find Koukin and the others.|
"Sakareta Yami" (裂かれた闇)
|May 28, 2010|
|In this episode it starts off with Shimei on the ground, but in her mind walking away from herself only to see Yojo saying that she was afraid of changing her destiny. And as Shiryu show up and started to fight Kanu, while Shimei started to wonder why do fighters fight. After Shiryu may or may not give her the answer, we see Bachou, Hakufu, Shikou, Chuukou and Koukin finishing the guards all 103 of them, then Hakufu and Koukin went into the tunnel and it collapse and the cause of that was Teni.|
"Moeru Shiro" (燃える城)
|June 4, 2010|
"Mirai Mugen" (未来無限)
|June 11, 2010|
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- Ikki Tousen (anime) at Anime News Network's Encyclopedia
- Official anime website (Japanese)
- Official Dragon Destiny website (Japanese)
- Official Great Guardians website (Japanese)
- Official Xtreme Xecutor website (Japanese)
- Ikki Tousen at Funimation Entertainment
- Ikki Tousen at MVM Films
- Ikki Tousen at Madman Entertainment
- Ikki Tousen: Dragon Destiny at Media Blasters