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Shurato Hidaka is a young martial arts champion about to compete for the title of Grand Champion of the Junior Tournament in Japan. Against him, his childhood best friend, Gai Kuroki who is also his greatest rival. As the final match is about to commence, a beam of light teleports them to an alternate reality known as ''Tenkuukai'' ("Heavenly World") where both discover they are the reincarnations of ancient spirits that are to protect the goddess Vishnu, along with her personal guard.

Shurato later dons a ''shakti'', a holy armour with a lion-motif that he owns as the King Lion Shurato (''Shura-Oh Shurato''). However, Gai makes a quick FaceHeelTurn and goes serving the Asurah leader Indra who had the goddess petrified and framed Shurato and his fellow guardian Hyuga for the deed. Shurato has a hard time confronting Gai since [[BrainwashedAndCrazy his new persona is completely different from the man he used to know]]. From now on, Shurato will have to accomplish his destiny and prove his innocence as well as free Visnu from her stone prison, with the help of the three only guards who believe in his innocence (Hyuga, Ryoma and Reiga) and Lakshu, a spirit priestess who falls in love with him.

This little known anime, also known as ''Legend of Heavenly Sphere Shurato'', was released in 1989 along with the manga of the same name. Due to the character design and the fact that the characters use a full body armour very similar to those of ''Manga/SaintSeiya'', the comparison was quickly made and the show was often accused of being [[FollowTheLeader a knock-off of the latter]]. Shurato is still notable to this day for being the only {{Anime}} to date to rely entirely on Hindu mythology instead of Japanese and Chinese myths.

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!! '''Anime/TenkuuSenkiShurato''' provides examples of:
* ActionHoggingOpening: The opening was packed with action, and featured an absolutely gorgeous, detailed and fluid animation, considerably better than that one used in the series.
* AgentPeacock: Reiga, to the point that Shurato calls him "okama" when he's mad at him.
* AlasPoorVillain: [[spoiler: The three "bad" Hachibushu (Dan, Kuya, Renge), since neither of them is oh so evil. They're all {{Anti Villain}}s who genuinely believe they're trying to punish those who are to blame for Vishnu's condition.]]
** Surprisingly, [[spoiler:''Indra'' gets one of these too.]]
* AmbiguouslyBrown: Dan.
* AnimalMotifs: For most of the armoured fighters.
** Shurato - Lion
** Gai - Wolf
** Reiga - Phoenix
** Hyuuga - Tiger
** Ryoma - Dragon
** Dan - Rhinoceros
** Renge - Unicorn
** Kuuya - Water Buffalo
** Akaranata - Bat
** Trylo - Wyvern
** Kundalini - Snake
* BackFromTheDead: [[spoiler:After their defeat, the rogue guardians are resurrected by Vishnu herself]].
* BarrierMaiden: [[spoiler:Lakshu]], unbeknownst to everyone.
* BattleAura: Sohma.
* BigBad: Indra
* BiggerBad: [[spoiler:Shiva]]
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: Gai. [[spoiler:Indra, apparently.]]
* BrokenBird: Renge. [[spoiler:And her sister Sati.]] [[spoiler:And Mina, in the OVA.]]
* ByThePowerOfGrayskull: "Om (Shakti name) sowaka!"
* CoDragons: The Rogue Guardians Hiba-Oh KŻya, Nara-Oh Renge and Hiba-Oh Dan.
* DarkActionGirl: Renge and Trylo.
* DarkerAndEdgier: The OVA deals with Mina's grief regarding Gai's disappearance, and has a generally quieter, more somber tone than the TV series.
* DistressedDamsel: Lakshu in rare occasions.
* ElementalRockPaperScissors
* EvilChancellor: Indra.
* FiveManBand
** TheHero - Shurato Hidaka (aka Shura-Oh Shurato)
** TheLancer - Ten-Oh Hyuuga
** TheBigGuy - Ryuu-Oh Ryouma
** TheSmartGuy - Karura-Oh Reiga
** TheChick - Lakshu
** TeamPet - Mii
* FollowTheLeader: The whole series is very similar to ''Manga/SaintSeiya'' in many parts, especially the armours and the characters.
* GiantSpider: A bunch show up in episode 4, and Shurato learns to control Sohma against them.
* TheHeart: Lakshu
** HeartIsAnAwesomePower: Later in the series.
* TheHighQueen: Vishnu. [[spoiler:Lakshu is supposed to become this, as Vishnu's successor.]]
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler:Dan]].
* HumanPopsicle: What eventually happens to [[spoiler:Renge]].
* IKnowYouAreInThereSomewhereFight: Attempted more than once by Shurato, who stubbornly believes Gai can be saved. Never really works, but he keeps trying despite the warnings of the others. [[spoiler:Until almost the end... and it's still not enough to save his life.]]
* ISenseADisturbanceInTheForce: All characters have Sohma which is a spiritual energy that can be sensed from a distance.
* IllBoy: Marici
* LoveHurts: Renge is Indra's LoveMartyr, and she suffers a lot for it. Hyuga has a crush on her alongside his HoYay with Ryoma, and he's not happy to face her either. [[spoiler:The local IllBoy Marici is Renge's UnluckychildhoodFriend.]] O U C H.
* OnlyChildSyndrome: Averted for most of the cast. Almost everyone has brothers and sisters: Shurato himself has a little sister named Yumiko and Gai has an older sister named Mina.
* RaisedByGrandparents: Shurato and Yumiko's grandfather helps their mom, Kiriko, to raise them.
* TheQuest: For Shurato and Co., save Vishnu and clear Shurato's name.
* TheQuietOne: Kuya.
* SimSimSalabim: Averted. Despite its evident Hindu motif, the series avoids using stereotypes linked to Indian people.
* TerribleTrio: The Wild Beasts
** TheDragon: Akaranata
** TheBrute : Kundalini
** TheDarkChick: Trylo
* TrappedInAnotherWorld: In the Tenkukai.
* UndyingLoyalty: A big problem for Renge and Dan. Renge feels this towards Indra, who saved her life and trained her; on the other hand, Dan has it for Vishnu, who treated him kindly. Indra obviously uses this to make them join him.
** Also to Hyuuga, who struggles at first with his beliefs and what he should do. He chooses believing in Vishnu and Shurato, so Indra becomes his BrokenPedestal.
* UnwittingPawn: The rogue guards Renge, Dan and KŻya to Indra.
* WomanInBlack: [[spoiler:Shiva]]
* WomanInWhite: Vishnu
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