Onmyou Taisenki

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One milennium ago in Japan, there were people called Toujinshi who could control Shikigami. The Toujinshi were split into two factions: the Ten-ryuu and the Chi-Ryuu. These two colonies of people ended up fighting a great war. But eventually the Ten-ryuu and Chi-ryuu fell impoverished. A long time has passed since then, and the awakening of a young Toujinshi has led to the revitalization of the battle between the Ten-ryuu and the Chi-ryuu. In the present time, Riku Tachibana has always been taught by his grandfather to perform odd hand gestures. It was to the point where Riku does those hand moves almost subconsciously. Eventually, he discovers the true meaning behind that odd custom. Riku now fights as a Toujinshi of the Ten-ryuu with the Shikigami, Byakko no Kogenta, and the battles he will face will determine the fate of Japan. Lyrics to the 1st Opening Theme Song, Kimi to Nara: Omoi doori ni naranai koto ga ooi Zenbu nagedashite shimai takunattemo Kimi no yasashisa ni fureta shunkan ni Donna kurushimi mo yawaraideikunda Mihatenu yume wo oikakeru kimi to naraba ikerusa Ano niji no mukou ni Toki ni wa kewashiku nagaku tsurai nichi demo futari nara ikerusa Omoi egaiteru mirai he Yukute niwa hora yokei na kurai ni kagayaku sekai ga Bokura wo machi wabiteru nosa Toki niwa setsunaku kodoku na yoru go kita toshitemo Futari wa otagai wo omoi tsuzukeru Donna unmei ga bokura no Yuke te wo habande mo Lyrics to the 1st Ending Theme Song, Sora Kageagaru: Raku janai ne ikite yuku koto wa Soredemo itsuka kitto mukuwareru Sou shinjite yukou Ganbatte nante dareka no kotoba Soremo hiniku ni kikoe chimau na "Pressure" fuan Mune ni oshikonde kakko tsukete hitori shoi konde Gyou gi yoku youryou yoku Nara betsuni kawari wa daredemo iru Un kuyashii nara subete nugisutete heta na kozaiku nashi de ittoke Arugamama massugu mae ni susunde ikou ka Kakeagare toushindai de arinomama Go Go Munehatte senobi shinaide tsuranuku "My Style" Itsudatte jibun ni uso wa tsukanai Go Go Raku janai ne ikite yuku koto wa Soredemo itsuka kitto mukuwareru Sou shinjite yukou Terminology: Onmyou Dou: Way of Yin and Yang. A technique utilizing the earth's powers to consult the stars or conduct divination. Exorcising ghosts and demons was also one purpose of Onmyou DOu. Toujinshi: Practitioners who gain the ability of Shikigami enslavement by making a contract with Shikigami. In the beginning, the objective was to protect people from Youkai and evil spirits, but the Toujinshi began a dispute amongst themselves over their respective goals. Shikigami: Wild, fearsome gods who can communicate through the Drive and fight with Toujinshi as partners under contract. Divided into 24 tribes which adhere the end of the 24 seasons (or Sekki) that show the change of the seasons, each one symbolizes various meanings: "Destiny," "Trust," "Willpower, "Divine Protection," and so on. Each Shikigami also has an affinity with one of the Five Elements: Wood, Fire, Earth, Gold, and Water. The Five Elements greatly affects battle between Shikigami. In: Sign/Seal that the Toujinshi make with their Drive to transmit offensive techniques to the Shikigami. If there is no inout of In, then the Shikigami will not be able to fight effectively. Also, it's not always the case that the Toujinshi know the In from the beginning. One can also say that memorizing new In will make one become stronger. Hissatsu: A sure-kill technique that a Shikigami can use. Drive: The Onmyou Dou's "top secret" Shikigami enslavement (the calling forth of Shikigami and commanding them) machine. Toujinshi use them to break Ins for Shikigami to fight with Hissatsu attacks. Shikigami also reside in the Drive when they are not in battle. The earlier model of the Drive is called Toujinki, which is rounder than the Drive. Toujinshi who use Toujinki also seem to be required to use more Drive moves (e.g. Kon, Ken, Son, and Gon) than those who use the modern Drives. Toujinfu: Fu (Seals) that the Toujinshi use. Many Fu are used as support in battle, but there are also Fu that call forth Shikigami. They also build up Toujinshi's Ki energy when they use Toujinfu. Ryuuhashou: A sign that Toujinshi wear to indicate what faction (Ten or Chi) they are affiliated with. It also indicates their rank (from 1 to 8) within their faction. Drive Moves: Shin - East Kan - North Da - West Ri - South Ken - Northwest Kon - Southwest Gon - Northeast Son - Southeastmoreless
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  • Boy goes to school. Boy does silly hand gestures. Boy's grandpa gets attacked by a Shikigami. Boy meets Tiger. Boy makes contract with Tiger and fight other Shikigami.

    Pros: great character designs; can be genuinely funny sometimes; good animation; lots of action; complex story

    Cons: story can get confusing; not exactly the most original anime ever; lots of dialogue

    A young middle-schooler named Riku Tachibana has been prone to use strange hand moves. His grandpa always insisted that he does this. Then, when a kid comes along and summons a Shikigami to wreak havoc on grandpa and his shrine, Riku makes a contract with the Tiger Shikigami, Byakko no Kogenta. So, now Riku and Kogenta go around and defeat bad guys with Shikigami in the 52-episode anime series, Onmyou Taisenki.

    Just from reading the above paragraph, you can tell that the basic concept for OT has been done so many times before in other fighting anime for kids. The twists in Onmyou Taisenki are the serious tones, the numerous Yin & Yang references, and the complex yet confusing storyline. As OT gets deeper into the series, the story grows more serious, intriguing, and bewildering at the same time. The confusion is due to the endless amounts of dialogue within the show. So, if you have a hard time paying attention, then be prepared to get lost in the story often.

    But there is fun to be had in Onmyou Taisenki. Firstly, the character designs are pretty neat-looking for a kids' anime. Secondly, the slapstick comedy will have you laughing out loud. This is especially evident in episode 27. Also, while the fight scenes can get repetitive, they are packed with flashy Shikigami special attacks. Plus, the story is much like a soap opera; OT brings in a lot of interesting characters into the mix, telling different sides to the story.

    Ultimately, despite its flaws, Onmyou Taisenki is a different step in your average kids' fighting anime, and a good one at that. Let's just hope that 4Kids doesn't pick this one up and completely screw it up.moreless
  • When a female Sailor Moon fan and a male Beyblade fan are engaged,they rarely find an anime that they can agree on,but this is the show that both of them are willing to sit down to watch together without arguing.Is it that good?Or,just weird enough to keemoreless

    So,this is a series set in ancient Japan,but not as you usually see it.Did I mention that there's a neko-boy that looks like a cross between Hiwatari Kai of *Bakuten Shoot Beyblade* crossed with a *Digimon* creature?Well,if not,you know now.And,that's what keeps it interesting.But,another great thing is that it has an awesome ending theme.... one of those that gets stuck in your head and stays the rest of the night.Not exactly my favourite,but definitely worth a look.moreless
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