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In Japanese, "Kujaku-Oh", an anime and manga series. The manga ran mostly from 1985 to 1992 (with a new manga in 2006). It stars a main character Kujaku, a modern-day Buddhist monk who fights. using magic, enemies based around Buddhist myth. The anime was five {{OAV}}s, which were translated for the US market out of order as "Spirit Warrior". There were also two Hong Kong movies, and Creator/{{Sega}} published two games for their consoles, the UsefulNotes/SegaMasterSystem and the UsefulNotes/SegaGenesis. Neither game retained the license for their exported versions, with the former being renamed ''Spellcaster'', while the latter became ''Mystic Defender''.

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!!This series provides examples of:

* AdaptationalVillainy: Tomoko in the OVA never does a HeelFaceTurn like in the manga, [[spoiler:at least while alive.]]
* AdaptationalWimp:
** Despite being threatened and captured continually, Asura uses her pyrokinetic powers exactly once in the two OVA series (not counting one in which she simply uses her spiritual energy to heal Kujaku). It makes the viewer wonder why does she go with the main chraracters everywhere if she can't fight her way out of a paper bag.
** The second OVA series turns Kujaku into a weak onmyodo newbie instead of the master he was already in the first.
* AdaptationDyeJob: The first episode of the OVA portrays Asura as a redhead, instead of the dark blonde she is in the manga and rest of the series.
* AnAxeToGrind: Onimaru favors a big, chained axe.
* AxCrazy: Tomoko, at least until her HeelFaceTurn in the manga and [[spoiler:or RedemptionEqualsDeath]] in the OVA.
* BabiesEverAfter: Tomoko and Kaiho in the manga.
* ClothingDamage: Asura ends up inevitably naked in every episode of the first OVA series. The first episode is especially infamous, as when she activates the power of her guardian god, all her clothes explode away for no discernible reason. Onimaru usually loses his upper clothes as well, and it is for similar reasons given his heavily muscled body.
* CoolShades: Onimaru always's red shades, which get broken pretty often (funnily enough, he has his jeep's glove compartment filled up with spare shades).
* DeathByAdaptation: [[spoiler:Unlike the manga, where they survive the events of their meeting, Tomoko and Kujaku both die in the second OVA series.]]
* DemotedToExtra: Nikko in most adaptations, especially the second OVA series.
* ExposedToTheElements: Tomoko inexplicably goes up to the Himalaya while barefoot and half naked without batting an eye.
* FiveManBand
** TheHero: Kujaku
** TheLancer: Nikko (he switches roles with Kaiho Ko in the second OVA series, which features him heavily)
** TheBigGuy: Onimaru
** TheSmartGuy: Kaiho Ko
** TheChick: Asura
* FullContactMagic: Onimaru often executes his attack spells in the shape of flying punches.
* FullFrontalAssault: Asura in the second OVA episode must face the Cherub nude, as she was such beore being liberated by Kujaku.
* GratuitousRape: Setsuko is raped by an invisible spirit, mostly only to show the witch's wickedness.
* HalfHumanHybrid: Although the OVA series forget to mention it, Onimaru is a half-oni, whose built-in HealingFactor explains that he survives a ton of beatdowns and mortal wounds.
* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: Abe no Seimei and UsefulNotes/OdaNobunaga in the first series.
* ImpossiblyCoolClothes: Tomoko's ridiculous red dress in the OVA, which is the nearest thing to go nude without really going nude.
* KungFuWizard: Everybody who is an onmyoji/sorcerer/whatever in the series usually shows hand-to-hand fighting expertise as well, either with or without weapons.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: Buddhist ki-and-bead shooting monks ala [[VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}} Donovan]] vs nazi-summoning demons, demon-summoning nazis, demonic nazis, cybernetic demonic nazis with [[GatlingGood Gatling arms]], and a bishounen vampire nazi robot [[AssPull who isn't even aware he's a robot]]. And it's done in an incredibly serious and dramatic fashion. Yes, really. There's absolutely no comedic value behind any of it as opposed to some of the lunacy in ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist''. And at one point the nazis went to war with one of the demon lords. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome And won!]]
* {{Onmyodo}}: The schtick of the series.
* PlayingWithFire: Asura is a pyrokinetic.
* TorsoWithAView: Onimaru's favourite way to dispose of enemy monsters is punching them through their torso.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Kujaku and Onimaru, who always stick together despite being quite humorously vocal about their mutual disdain.
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