is manga by Yuji Shiozaki loosely based on the classic Chinese novel Romance of the Three Kingdoms. The series is known for being full of fan service, featuring a very large cast of attractive young girls, who fight in short skirts and dresses which get constantly ripped off, in addition to numerous other ecchi situations, including numerous rape scenes.
TV series ran on AT-X
from July 30, 2003 to October 22, 2003, and its
license is held by Enoki Films
whole series was previously licensed by Geneon
(now licensed by FUNimation
) for the North American market, and was available on
four separate DVDs
. The manga is released in
English by TOKYOPOP
under the title
. The official German title
is Dragon Girls
, while in France and
Spain it is called Ikkitousen
As with numerous other Geneon series, the anime is distributed in
the United Kingdom by MVM Films
unlike Geneon, MVM seem to have some ties with TOKYOPOP, as their
releases use both "Ikki Tousen" and "Battle Vixens" as titles,
using the title graphic from TOKYOPOP's manga for the latter of
these. The DVD covers are reversible, for those who prefer the
original title, and a limited edition of the first DVD came in a
box set with the first volume of the manga.
A second season of Ikki Tousen was picked up, titled
Ikki Tousen: Dragon Destiny
, which began
airing in February 2007. An accompanying radio series named "Ikki
Tousen Dragon Destiny Radio" was hosted on Media Factory
. A DVD for chapter 0 was released on
71 for 1000 yen, featuring an unedited Dragon
Destiny promotional video, voice actor interviews, and DVD for
Ikki Tousen Dragon Destiny Radio, recently Ikki Tousen:
Destiny was licensed by Media
A third season, called Ikki Tousen: Great
, began airing in the summer of 2008,
involving a brand-new storyline and added characters. One of the
new characters introduced is Sonken Chuubou, based on Sun Quan
OVAs were also created to accompany DVD and soundtrack releases. It
is a short series of OVAs focusing on elements of fan service
and are uncensored with scenes
involving full frontal nudity with in-themed censoring of the
genitals for legality.
in the district of Kantō
are constantly at war
with each other, and the students within—both male
and female—have become skilled fighters and constantly battle with
rival schools. Their lives and fates are guided by strange jewels
, called Magatama
, that contain the spirits and
destinies of warriors from the Three
period of China, and also change colour according to
the ranking of its bearer. The ultimate purpose of each of these
high-school fighters, known as tōshi
("fighter"), is to
become stronger than all others and ascend to become the eponymous
—a relatively obscure
translated, means "one rider who is the match of a
. The destinies of those who wear the
, though, have repeatedly reincarnated time and
time again for the past eighteen centuries—without fail—and the
carnage is immense each time around.
One girl, Hakufu Sonsaku, recently moved to Tokyo, and she's
apparently destined to unite the schools, just as her counterpart
united seven countries long ago. The other characters find it hard
to believe in her, as she consistently shows a lack of common sense
and intelligence. However, the magatama that her mother Goei passes
on (which belonged to Hakufu's late father Sonken (the Japanese
name of Sun Jian
) is rumored to be infused
with the spirit of the legendary warrior Sun
Hakufu herself knows nothing about this, and explanations of what
is going on are largely meant for those watching or reading. All
cares about is fighting whomever happens to be up for
a rumble. In fact, fighting even excites her — specially encounters
where she is heavily outnumbered. This causes incredible
embarrassment and frustration to her cousin, a Toushi by the name
of Shuyu Koukin with whom she is staying; he always ends up
entangled in the situations in which Hakufu finds herself (to the
point of being impaled once), and is driven to distraction by the
conflicting facts that (a) the two of them are related, (b) she is
incredibly attractive, and (c) her clothing inevitably ends up
Just like all heroes, there are darker facets to Hakufu's ultimate
destiny, and as always there is perpetual conflict in those around
her to break the chains of their own seemingly predetermined fates,
and to make their own lives. Other characters include honorable
(Taishiji Shigi, Kanu Unchou, Kakouton Genjou), tragic (Ryofu
Hosen, Chinkyu Koudai), manipulative and power-crazed (Toutaku
Chuuei, Sousou Moutoku), enigmatic (Saji Genpou/Ouin Shishi, Chouun
Shiryuu), perverted and unhinged (Kannei Kouha), and borderline
passive-aggressive (Ryomou Shimei—her fighting and non-fighting
sides are poles apart).
- Magatama are jewels worn as earrings by
all Toushi which contain the spirits and essence of warriors from
the era of the Three Kingdoms in
ancient China. How they all wound up in Japan is a mystery.
Magatama impart their power and fate upon each Toushi (regardless
of age or gender; all of the characters from this period are male
but most of the cast are attractive young girls) which range from
average to incredibly powerful but come with the will of the spirit
within and ultimately their fate, which usually tends to be tragic
and painful. However, a few characters seem to be in the process of
defeating their fates, even though the cycle has played over
repeatedly for 1800 years. Not every fate is the same however;
numerous important characters are missing, and some relationships
and obviously personalities have been drastically altered, but the
end results are significantly analogous. Some magatama are very
selective; others can switch their magatamas increasing their own
personal power. They also indicate a Toushi's skill and power by a
distinctive color related to the Olympic
medal system, which often tends to be misleading with certain
characters. The ambiguity of it is further enhanced by the anime's
introduction of Hakufu's jade magatama (which was briefly replaced
with a red when she was possessed by Toutaku);].
- The Imperial seal supposedly found by Sonken, Hakufu's father,
it is a large jade seal that serves a role similar to a Royal
Crown. Whoever carries it is granted authority over all the other
nations but it expectedly becomes a big target for everyone. Seito
Academy originally held it before Toutaku stole it, but it
eventually went to Ryomou from Ryofu who passed to Saji then
finally back to Seito.
- Dragons of Haou (Haouryuu)
- The Ruling Dragon or Shouryuu (literally Dragon Lord) is an
enigmatic entity or entities resembling a massive oriental dragon
conferred uniquely upon the three destined rulers of the Three
Kingdom period: Hakufu, Sousou and Ryuubi. It is proof of their
birthright as conquerors. They confer massive power onto each of
them, putting them well above A-rank regardless of their own skill,
though each manifestation varies. Ouin managed to stop Hakufu's
first manifestation fairly easily, however Koukin was only able to
subdue it the second time with both a Hyakuhekitou and Ukitsu's
- They do, however, create terrible destructive impulses that
differ for each character. Hakufu's manifests a berserk, sadistic,
psycho-sexual monster but less so than Ryuubi and Sousou. Sousou's
is psychotic and the most malicious but otherwise completely in
control, while Ryuubi's is completely out of control to the point
of suicidal and self-mutilating. It is also the most evil,
radiating deathly energy that consumes the life around it.
- In addition to the three Ruling Dragons, other characters in
the series have been shown to harbor dragons as well. Because of
the qualities of Ryuubi's dragon, Kaku believed Toutaku may have
possessed a dragon of his own. As a result of Ryuubi's dragon first
awakening three years ago and the ensuing battle its presence
caused, Ryomou possesses a dragon as well, however only Saji,
Teifu, and the main characters of Seito, excluding Ryuubi, are
aware of this fact. Koumei is believed to harbor a dragon as well,
as Ryuubi witnessed it for a brief instant.
- It has also been hinted several times in both the anime and
manga that Chou'un also harbors a dragon, as whenever she opens her
eyes, her pupils are cat-like and yellow in color, very similar to
those of the awakened Toushi. Likewise in the manga, Kanu displayed
identical pupils after Gakushin's aborted attempt to invade her
mind, during her fight with Kyoshou's Three-Pillared Gods.
- Typically when a dragon manifests, the eyes of the Toushi
either glow red or turn yellow with cat-like slits. The forearms
manifest bulging veins, which can sometimes extend over the entire
body; fangs are also sometimes shown. In the second season of the
anime, each dragon is of a different color; Hakufu's is blue,
Sousou's is red, and Ryuubi's is gold. Unlike the manga, Ryomou's
dragon appears to be her own and not Ryuubi's, and is black. Koumei
is also shown with a silver dragon referred to as the Crouching
- A set of 5 legendary Chinese jian made of
jewels. Supposedly made by Cao Cao in ancient China, they are each
named after an animal: Dragon, Tiger, Sparrow, Bear, and Horse.
Incredibly evil and powerful swords capable of beating even the
Dragons of Hao. Originally all five were embedded in a large
boulder on Choushou's property and sealed with chi making them impossible to remove. Toutaku extracted
an unnamed sword while studying and failing under Choushou. Kanu
also trained under Choushou and extracted but broke a sword named
Kusanagi in half, leaving half the blade
still embedded in the rock. It is not known which of the five it
is. Teni had Dragon likely passed to her from Chiba, and Hakufu
managed to remove Tiger completely intact, but Saji recovered it
and entrusted it Koukin so he could stop Hakufu's dragon. Toutaku
later destroyed the boulder, freeing up the remaining two and the
other half of Kusanagi which he brought with him to his grave.
Sousou recovered all of them and two of the intact blades were seen
under high security at Kyosho. Saji had a sword made of jade; it's
also an ancient sword. It is unknown if it is one of the five as it
is named Dragon, but Teni had Dragon distinctly named as a
Hyakuhekitou so it is likely another ancient sword. On a sidenote a
katana named Muramasa lies in Gogun
academy. All of these are so far absent from the anime.
- Guan Yu's legendary Green Dragon Crescent Blade
visually accurately depicted and carried by Kanu at all times
though supposedly made of jewel rather than metal. Extremely
powerful and possessing massive chi. It was melted during a battle
against Ryuubi's dragon 3 years prior to the start of the series
but was repaired.
- Dragon Jade (anime only)
- A new artifact introduced in the second season of the anime. It
is a gold oriental dragon coiling around a gold orb sealed in a
glass orb. Supposedly it has the ability to tame a dragon (though
has failed to do so as of yet) and thus change the destiny of any
toushi, something otherwise impossible. For that reason all sides
are actively pursuing it; it is not present in the manga on the
account that thematically it replaces the Gyokuji. Unlike the
manga, the Gyokuji Kaku gave to Kyosho was a fake which was
switched by Ryofu, who handed the real one to Ryomou. In the anime,
the Gyokuji Kaku had was the real one. A lot of plot revolves
around antagonists pursuing the Imperial seal, hence why the Dragon
Jade was invented (presumably). It is extremely mythical, and until
Ryomou found it, everyone thought it didn't exist. In fact very few
even knew about it in the first place. A mysterious monk (who is
presumed to be the same one who was with Kaku earlier on) told
Ryomou about who proceeded to find it. Ryomou, however, was
ambushed and badly injured by Teni then finally defeated by Shiryu,
who stole it and brought it to Kanu. According to the monk, it will
only activate when all three dragons are roused and brought
together, but Ryomou is seen holding it and activating it creating
a blue aura, making her left eye glow blue then summoning a black
- But towards the conclusion of the second series the Dragon Jade
truly activates, due to the presence of all the three dragons
(Sousou's Red Dragon, Ryuubi's Yellow Dragon and Sonsaku's Blue
Dragon) in its vicinity and causes the change of fate, that it was
destined to do in the first place.
- Director: Takashi
Watanabe (Season 1); Koichi Ohata (Season 2 and 3)
- Script/Series Organizer: Takawo Yoshioka
- Original Creator: Yuji Shiozaki
- Character Designer: Shinya Hasegawa (Season
1); Rin Shin (Season 2 and 3)
- Art Director: Yoshinori Hirose (Season 1)
- Music: Hiroshi Motokura, Project IKKI (Season 1)
- Chief Animation Director: Takashi Wada (Season
1); Rin Shin (Season 2 and 3)
- Animation design ending sequence season 2:
- Sound director: Tsuyoshi Takahashi (Season
- Sound Effects: Shoji Kato (Anime Sound Production) (Season
- Animation Production: J.C. Staff (Season 1);
ARMS (Season 2 and 3)
Ikki Tousen: Battle Vixens
- "The Champions"
- "A Confrontation at Nanyou"
- "My Chastity is in Danger"
- "A Duel! Taishiji vs. Sonsaku"
- "An Angry Hakufu and a School Wide Counterattack"
- "The Great Tournament Begins"
- "A Confrontation With Destiny"
- "Why! The Betrayal Of Gōei!"
- "Viva Hot Springs!"
- "An Encounter Between the Ruler and the Devil"
- "Ryofu - Love and Death"
- "Summer Comes to the Watermelon Patch"
- "Farewell to Hakufu and the Days of Fighting"
Ikki Tousen: Dragon Destiny
- "The Movements of a Newborn Dragon's Spirit"
- "Awakening of the Devil King"
- "Dripping Blood, Shedding Tears"
- "Chance Meeting Between Two Dragons"
- "Cruel Toushi"
- "An Encounter with The Crouching Dragon"
- "Kanu's Surrender"
- "A Minor Leader's Glorious Defeat"
- "Shattered Friendship"
- "Koukin's Vissitude"
- "The War of Toushi"
- "Chibi Ablaze!"
- "Seito's Big Boobs"
- "Nanyou's Wild Breasts"
- "Let's Cosplay Glorious General"
- "Unparalleled Explosive Breasts Yakyuuken Part 1"
- "Unparalleled Explosive Breasts Yakyuuken Part 2"
- "The Party Remains Left by the Fighters"
Ikki Tousen: Great Guardians
- "The Military Is A Great Matter Of The State"
- "All Warfare Is Based On Deception"
- "The Dead Cannot Be Brought Back To Life"
- "Love Your Soldiers Like Your Children"
- "Do Not Fight Unless The Situation Is Critical"
- "Use The Highest Intelligence Of The Army For Purposes Of
- "At First Like A Young Virgin"
- "To The People And Not For The People"
- "Many Calculations Result In Victory, Few Calculations Result
- "The Best General Will Aim To Ruin The Enemy's Plans"
- "Taking the Initiative Insures the Enemy's Defeat."
- "Bound to reunite after a long separation."
- "Lifeguard Hakufu"
- "Nurse Ryofu"
- "Kanu's Fantasy Part 1"
- "Kanu's Fantasy Part 2"
- "Trapping Kanu"
- "Maids Of The Joint"
Battle Vixens (Ikki Tousen)
||Girl on Girl
||Let Sleeping Dragons Lie
||Toilet Brush With Death
||A Tight Squeeze
Ikki Tousen: Battle Vixens
Opening: Drivin' Through The Night
Ending: Let Me Be With You
Ikki Tousen: Dragon Destiny
Opening: Heart & Soul by
Ending: Garasu no Hana by I.O.R.I.
Ikki Tousen: Great Guardians
Opening: No x Limit
Ending: Shape of Shadow
Spinoffs and merchandise
Many toys and other products, including statues and figures
, are released in Japan.
- A video game of the series, Ikki Tousen: Shining
Dragon, was released for the Sony PlayStation 2 in Japan on July 26, 2007. The
game has an original storyline with Hakufu, Ryomou and Kanu as the
main playable characters. The game introduces a new character named
Chousen, which is the Japanese name of Diao
Chan. Compared to her counterpart, Chousen is much more
aggressive and brash, carries a sword as her main weapon, and does
not have same romantic feelings for Ryofu [as Original Diao Chan
did for Lu Bu], but is still on friendly terms with her. It is also
noted that Chousen in Shining Dragon had desired to awaken her own
Dragon Potent to crush Hakufu and Ryubi [which explains why she
shapeshifted into various Nanyo and Seito representatives (varies
among whom's storyline one plays as)]. In the next Ikkitousen game
installment Chousen has been relegated to that of a mid-boss type
badguy who seeks revenge for her plans being halted, so she sided
with Kyoushou faction to seek revenge on Nanyo/Seito. Along with
the final boss. Hakufu Sonsaku, Ryomou Shimei, Kanu Unchou, Ryubi
Gentoku [dragon potent unlocked], Ukitsu, Chouhi Ekitoku, Chouun
Shiryu, Ryofu Housen, Kakouen Myousai all appear as playable
characters with Shuyu Koukin appearing as a extra within Hakufu and
Ryomou's arcs respectively.
- A second video game, Ikki Tousen: Eloquent Fist, was
announced for the Sony PlayStation
Portable, and released on October 2, 2008. The game is a hybrid
between fighting and adventure, and it features 15
Ikkitousen heroines and a new character named Kanpei,
which is the Japanese name of Guan Ping.
Kanpei being the new heroine of Eloquent Fist is seeming a member
of Seito [wearing the Seito colors] but comes to find out that like
Chousen [who wore Rakuyou colors] she too doesn't have a legitimate
school home, and is only interested within Dragon Potent [though
her desire is towards saving Kan'u Unchou (which implies that she
does have a girl crush on Kan'u]. She too harbors a dragon, in
which one could see as you finished Chapter One with her going
berserk after [either Kanu or Hakufu defeats Sousou]. In
Nanyo/Seito arcs you see Kanpei return, this time as a bad guy
either after a) Ouin and Ryomou defeat stage 4, and Ryomou senses a
wicked aura which causes Kanpei to snap and threaten Ryomou and
vanish. Or b) after Kan'u defeats Stage 4, she laments that Kan'u
has appeared, attacks Ryuubi and vanishes. Then Kanpei returns yet
again in the Nanyo arc prior to the Sousou boss fight as an enemy
who confronts Hakufu and the Nanyo gang along with Shibai. The
timing of her appearance in the Seito arc is different, as she
arrives as soon as Ex-Hakufu had been defeated by Ekitoku and
attacks Kan'u who was saving Ryuubi [who was Hakufu's original
target] much to everyone's surprise. Afterwards, she exclaims her
feelings to Kan'u and uses her power of Sealing stop Hakufu's
rampage and heal Kanu's wounds thus concluding the Seito arc. We
are also introduced to Sousou Moutoku [Dragon Potent Unlocked] Teni
Shiman, Shokatsuryou Koumei, Normal Ryubi Gentoku, and True Saji as
well as Ouin [blonde hair Saji] along with EX-Hakufu [Dragon Potent
Unlock] and EX-Ryubi [Shining Dragon's Ryubi] as playable
characters. Chuubou and Shibai Chuutatsu are also cameoed in this
game [Chuubou arriving at the very end, and during Kyoshou arc
Shibai makes regular appearances throughout] The characters from
Shining Dragon subtract Ukitsu all return as well with new
finishing maneuvers and altered movesets and depending on
characters have either been buffed [the art of adding overall
ability to a character (applies to a virtually weak character)
(Example: Ryomou, Ryofu, Chousen [now that she lost Final Boss
stats])] or have been nerfed [the art of weakening overall ability
for a character (usually applies to characters with
higher-than-usual ranges and damage as to balance a game) (Example: