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    Lin Setsu A 
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"Hey there, Traveler. You're not planning on stealing that umbrella, are you?"

Chinese Name: 凜雪鴉 Lǐn Xuě Yā / Rin Setsu A (JA) / Austere Snow Crow (EN)
Art Name: 掠風竊塵 Ryoufuu Setsujin (JA) / Lüè Fēng Qiè Chén (ZH) / Enigmatic Gale (EN)note 
Alias: 鬼鳥 Kichou (JA) / Guǐ Niǎo (ZH) / Demon Bird (EN)
Discipline / Position: Illusionist, Strategist, Master Blacksmith, Phantom Thief, (Reluctant/Former) Magic Swordsman
Weapon Name: 煙月 Engetsu (JA) / Yān Yuè (ZH) / Foggy Moon (EN)
Date of Birth: Unknown. note 
Voiced by: Kosuke Toriumi (JA), Chen Si-Yu (ZH)
Stage Actor: Yuzuru Kurenai (Takarazuka Revue)

"幽夜匿形不謂隱,明光伏影是迷觀。虛實由來如一紙,誰識幻中吾真顏?"


The Deuteragonist of this series, Lin Setsu A is a beautiful young man filled with immense mystery. Erudite and adept at the art of strategy, he is shown to be graceful and composed.


  • The All-Solving Hammer: In the final episode, after Syou Fu Kan demands to know how he intends to fix the world ending problem facing them, he suggests stealing another holy sword like the Tengyouken from the nearest holy shrine. He is a thief after all.
  • Animal Motifs: His name has "Crow", and aliases with "Bird". The bond goes deep— even his Japanese voice actor has the kanji "Bird" in his surname. note 
  • An Offer You Can't Refuse: In the manga of chapter 14, Setsu Mu Syou refuses to join his party thinking it might be another of his tricks. Lin then breaks a jar and holds a glass shard up to his throat knowing that Setsu Mu Syou wouldn't allow this as he wants to kill him by his own hands. He ask him again to join his party, in which he did. It was a both of risk and suicidal.
  • Anti-Hero: He's centrally responsible for denying an opportunity of redemption for Kei Gai and Setsu Mu Syou. He makes Syou's life filled with greater problems than necessary. While he doesn't inflict misery on powerless bystanders, he shows minimal remorse for collateral damage his actions cause.
  • Anti-Villain: He defines himself as one. Though given his nature as a thief, it's hard to know if he's telling the truth. He states that as a thief he enjoys tricking the proud. It just so happens the most arrogant are evil and therefore more fun to trick.
  • Batman Gambit: His plans are structured around the personality, ethics, and behavior of the victim being targeted. He strips away the choices and options his targets have, leaving them with no choice but to accept the humiliating scenario he imagined for them. It's only when individuals like Betsu Ten Gai do something he doesn't expect, when such plans go off the rails.
  • Big Good: He may be a manipulative backstabber but he genuinely wants to take down the main villain and is sincerely concerned about You Ja Rei's threat in the end, and is the sole driving force behind all the opposition to Betsu Ten Gai. While Syou Fu Kan is the true hero, he acts more like a pointy stick for Lin to point at obstacles. The other real heroes (Ken and Tan Hi) are dragged along helplessly behind him.
  • Call to Adventure / The Chooser of The One: To Syou Fu Kan.
    Lin Setsu A: "To ignore the call to duty is to show cowardice, wouldn't you say, most honorable hero, Syou Fu Kan?"
  • Calling Your Attacks: The Finishing Move of his swordsmanship style, White Heavens: Lunar Crater Vapor
  • Chekhov's Skill: He tricks Zan Kyou (who wants to kill Tan Hi) into fighting Syou Fu Kan by messing with his perception via smoke and make him think that he's Tan Hi. It wasn't really mentioned again until Episode 8, when he tricks Tan Hi (who wants to kill Betsu Ten Gai to avenge her brother) into fighting Syou Fu Kan with that same exact technique. At that point, it's of huge importance to the plot.
    • It's established in series 1 that he can make a perfect replica of an item if he's seen/touched it for long enough. This comes back in Season 2, allowing him to copy and replace Syou Kyou Ken's glasses with a fake pair.
    • His duel with Betsu Ten Gai in Season 1 reveals he knows how to defend against opponents who know Teleport Spam. When Rou Shin Kai tries to sneak attack him with a teleport attack during Second 2 he easily blocks it.
  • The Chessmaster: Able to manipulate a lot of people by joining his "team" in a plan to steal the Tengyouken all for himself.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: He grievously wronged both Setsu Mu Syou and Kei Gai in the past, and has betrayed Syou Fu Kan and Tan Hi in an attempt to gain Betsu Ten Gai's trust and backstab him..
  • Consummate Liar: Even when he tells the truth, there's at least one lie in a sentence before or after it. Even his first and temporarily last words to Syou Fu Kan were lies.
  • "Could Have Avoided This!" Plot: He criticizes Syou Fu Kan for not being upfront about his true abilities, pointing out they didn't need Syu Un Syou, Ken San Un, Kei Gai, or Setsu Mu Syou for the quest. The two of them could have done everything without additional help. His hypocrisy is rather humorous, given he never tells Syou Fu Kan everything about himself either.
  • Crazy-Prepared: As he explains to Tan Hi about his Bird Master skills, he claims that being generally prepared to deal with all sorts of people is pretty much his only advantage.
  • Crouching Scholar Hidden Badass: In Episode 12, after learning Betsu Ten Gai's true pride is not in collecting fancy swords but collecting fancy swords worthy of his SKILL, Lin transforms his pipe into a saber and says the best way to steal Betsu Ten Gai's pride is to kick his ass in a sword fight.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Yes, he's one hell of a despicable jerk, but his ability to sword fight makes him a valuable player when times are right. ...or maybe not.
  • Cruel Mercy: Despite being the best swordsman in all of Dong-Li, Lin Setsu A would rather have villains live with their pride utterly destroyed than kill them outright. This is how he dealt with both Kei Gai and Setsu Mu Syou, and how he had hoped Betsu Ten Gai would react.
  • Didn't See That Coming:
    • Though he was aware Syou Fu Kan was more powerful than first appearances showed, Lin never imagined Syou was a combat powerhouse of legendary rank. Syou's sudden willingness to solo through Betsu Ten Gai's territory without the assembled party is when Rin's original plans flew off the rails.
    • He's genuinely surprised that Betsu Ten Gai would actually take the extra step of destroying the sword that could seal the demon god. He also did not anticipate Betsu Ten Gai was more powerful than Setsu Mu Syou, or that Betsu Ten Gai would take the hilt of the Tengyouken outside his fortress.
    • He did not anticipate the existence of magic artifacts that could neutralize high tier illusion magic. He voices annoyance at being unable to overcome Syou Kyou Ken's spectacles and steals them as the ultimate solution.
    • He misjudged Syou Kyou Ken as a Type 2 Lawful Evil invoked individual, when it turned out the man was closer to Type 1 Chaotic Neutral. He never broke Syou Kyou Ken's pride because he never had any to begin with.
  • Distinguished Gentleman's Pipe: And a very fancy one.
  • The Dreaded: His nom de guerre the Enigmatic Gale strikes fear into the Dong-Li Imperial law officer when Syou Kyou Ken asks if the name is familiar.
  • Due to the Dead: Despite their enmity, Lin Setsu A doesn't let Setsu Mu Syou's body fall into the ground after he's killed, and instead catches it before it does.
  • Enemy Mine: A demon and a Psycho for Hire both hate him for reasons unexplained (although indicating from Setsu Mu Syou's dialogue, he probably stole something valuable from both of them) and only agree to work for him for a common cause. Also, after he reveals his true nature, this could definitely apply between him and Syou Fu Kan, who seem to work together to try to steal the Tengyouken from Betsu Ten Gai.
  • Enemies Equals Greatness: He's thrilled at the idea of being loathed and hunted by the most powerful evil threats in the world, and leaves them alive (or falsely believing he's weaker) despite having more than enough power to kill them.
  • Exact Words: After Setsu Mu Syou tells Lin Setsu A that he would kill him, he explicitly mentions that it would only be if he guided them through the labyrinth. An episode ago, he, Syou Fu Kan, and Tan Hi skipped the entire labyrinth by tricking several birds.
  • Fingerless Gloves: He wears them under the sleeves.
  • Foreshadowing: He is more aware of the Wasteland of Spirits than he lets on, mentioning creatures and tribes that should only be known to someone who has traveled through it. However Syou Fu Kan and Rou Fu You don't seem to catch on to this...
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: Paying attention in Episode 2 would notice that when Tan Hi gives Lin Setsu A the guard of the Tengyouken, he isn't seen with it until the camera shows him wrapping it back up. Betsu Ten Gai thought it was a clever trick that he had the sword part all along, but we learn that this isn't true— he crafts a fake to give to Betsu Ten Gai with his magic but leaves the real article hidden around the area.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: Everyone except Tan Hi were at least wary or suspicious of him.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Lin Setsu A is a master blacksmith who is able to create a wide range of weaponry ranging from swords to Magic Staff.
    • Fakin' MacGuffin: In reality, he uses his skills to forge the treasures he's eyeing and swap them out from their original owners without them noticing the difference. Tan Hi becomes his target by forging the Tengyouken guard and swap it out from her way before they entered the Demon Spine Mountains.
  • Gentleman Thief: Most of his associates know him as the Enigmatic Gale, and for his thievery. However, it's not always material goods he's after. Instead he's a thief of Pride, particularly of the haughty and outright villains. In the series proper, he fights Betsu Ten Gai into a stalemate but in the end it's clear that he has the better swordsmanship skills and his implied victory was to humiliate Betsu Ten Gai. And despite Syou Fu Kan's possession of three dozen magical swords more powerful than any of the Weapons of Divine Teaching in Dong-Li, he has no reason to steal anything from him because of Syou Fu Kan's inflappable humility. In the movie and light novels we learn what happened that led Setsu Mu Syou and Kei Gai to want him dead:
    • In Thunderbolt Fantasy: The Sword of Life and Death, Lin Setsu A steals Setsu Mu Syou's chance of redemption from his destiny of being a murderous assassin after he rigs the Sword Art Assembly's Sword Saint tournament in Setsu Mu Syou's favor by killing or injuring most of the other contestants with Syu Un Syou's skills. He frames Setsu Mu Syou as the architect of all that had happened because he knew that his swordsmanship skills would be wasted by living an honorable and peaceful life as the new Sword Saint and he would be better suited to live out his life as a cold-blooded assassin. Lin Setsu A also used the opportunity to wipe out the entire Sword Art Assembly as he felt that they had no right to call themselves judges of all swordsmanship. Regardless of the outcome, he knew Setsu Mu Syou would end up fighting his former teacher Tekkisen and would undoubtedly win and kill the man who was the source of this farce in Lin Setsu A's eyes.
    • In Thunderbolt Fantasy Gaiden, Lin Setsu A steals Kei Gai's heart, home, and source of magical energy through Ren Jou Shi by tricking both women into fighting one another; Ren Jou Shi has been luring in human men to kill for Kei Gai's spells, who in turn gave Ren Jou Shi a youth elixir to stave off her true advanced age. After this, all Kei Gai desired was Lin Setsu A's death and the restoration of her demon god brethren.
  • The Gloves Come Off: When Lin draws his sword, the world's most powerful swordsman quickly discovers he's been demoted to the world's second most powerful swordsman (and had he lived longer would have learned he's reduced to the world's third most powerful swordsman).
  • Government Agency of Fiction: The second season reveals he is an peacekeeper operative of the Imperial Central Office who goes by the name of Kichou. Of course being the trickster that he is, its probably a false identity he's acquired for his own ends.
  • Guile Hero: Demonstrates almost no combat prowess outside of a few tricks built into his pipe, but he's very good at acquainting himself with people who have the talents they'll need to fulfill their mission, and knows exactly what to say to get them on board. This includes two people who utterly despise him.
    • However, this is a front as he is by far the greatest swordsman in all of Dong-Li. However, he soon realized that by becoming that powerful and haughty was a dark path to follow in life, so he gave up swordsmanship and took up the life of a thief. Instead of killing those who stand for evil, he goes after their pride to humble them.
  • Hero of Another Story: Syu Un Syou, Kei Gai, and Setsu Mu Syou each had villainous plans that were thwarted by him in the past.
  • Heroic Albino: Pale skin, white hair, and red eyes.
  • Heroic BSoD: While it's a bit of a stretch to classify Lin as a "hero" in the traditional sense of the word, he experiences this when Betsu Ten Gai, instead of the tear-filled Villainous Breakdown Lin desired, destroys the Tengyouken and dies laughing, both denying Lin his prize and dooming the world that Lin (after a fashion) loves. Which made Lin himself go into Villainous Breakdown.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: He's easily the title holder of greatest swordsman from Dong-Li.
  • I Have Many Names: According to Syu Un Syou, Lin Setsu A has undergone various aliases to conceal his identity. He calls himself Kichou to Tan Hi and Syou Fu Kan, while Setsu Mu Syou and Betsu Ten Gai know him as the Enigmatic Gale.
  • Holding Back the Phlebotinum: He pretends to be incapable of swordsmanship when travelling in the Wasteland of Spirits with Rou Fu You, to observe the bard's fighting skill. Instead he pretends to be an alchemist proficient in fire techniques. He also says he wants to see Rou Fu You in action, as he wants to know just how powerful he must be if Syou Fu Kan has decided that he's worthy of being his ally.
  • How the Mighty Have Fallen: Lin Setsu A claims to Syou Fu Kan that he enjoys taking away people's "Pride". As when a person falls from his arrogance, they would most likely earn the ability to humble themselves and live a happier life. As pretty as he sounds, this doesn't make him less of a Jerkass one. BIT.
  • Instant Messenger Pigeon: He has the skills of a Bird Master to summon birds to help him send messages to whoever he wants to contact.
  • Jerkass: Subtly forcing Syou Fu Kan to join a quest he didn't really want to join. Also, he has done things to piss off both Ken Gai and the Roaring Phoenix Execution. Tricking Zan Kyou into thinking that Syou Fu Kan was Tan Hi, basically forcing the two into battling each other to the death. Even worse is when he tricks Tan Hi into thinking that Syou Fu Kan was Betsu Ten Gai.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: As stated in "Troll", he enjoys manipulating and humiliating people, but finds good people too easy. So instead he does it to the arrogant and evil.
  • Large Ham: When pretending to be an Imperial lawman in front of Syou Fu Kan and Syou Kyou Ken, the manner he delivers his lines are different from his usual speech pattern. He's over the top in being a fair play figure who stands up to evil. Syou Fu Kan figures out that Lin Setsu A has found new prey and goes along with the trickster's plan without retrieving the lost Divine Sword he's been chasing after.
  • Latex Perfection: He has a cloth bag that can turn someone's head (and voice) into his when that someone puts it on. He lets Syou Fu Kan put it on so that Syou Fu Kan can be disguised as him to lure Betsu Ten Gai away while he attempts to steal the hilt of the Tengyouken out from Betsu Ten Gai's safe.
  • Leitmotif: "coldsnowcrow"
  • Long Haired Prettyboy: Has very long white hair.
  • Man in White: With vibrant blue and red accents.
  • Mystical White Hair: A mystical character with white hair.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: His duel with Betsu Ten Gai may look cool and all, but Betsu Ten Gai turns the tables and destroys the Tengyouken along with killing himself so that the You Ja Rei will roam the world however it likes, which not only makes Lin Setsu A himself "taste his own defeat," but also leaves him unable to provide backup plans to run from the wrath of Syou Fu Kan's scorn.
  • Non-Action Guy: Of all the cast, he is the only one who doesn't do martial arts and purely manipulates the actions of others to get where he wants to go. However, this is averted at the end of Episode 12, as he forms a blade with his pipe as he prepares to fight Betsu Ten Gai.
  • Not So Different: With Syou Fu Kan. Both men conceal their true swordmanship style, prefer to converse with the enemy, will offer to spare an enemy from death, are laidback when not in danger, on the run from powerful enemies, and secretly carry a powerful magic sword... though three dozen in Syou Fu Kan's case. Both are also thieves, as it's highly unlikely Syou Fu Kan was given the dozens of blades he carries.
    • Both abandon the idea of using their true strength in combat, unless there is no other scenario to escape (even if that means being cowardly) is possible. Syou Fu Kan does it because he deems it a sin and wants to feel the weight of the lives he takes. Lin Setsu A does it because he thinks fighting to resolve problems is boring and that the path swordsmanship is only one that brings people down to their lowest point rather than elevating them.
  • Not So Stoic: The only time Lin Setsu A truly loses his cool is when Betsu Ten Gai destroys the Tengyouken out of spite and even smiles as he dies.
    • In the manga, he was very pissed off after finding out Betsu Ten Gai knew his plans to steal the hilt and that's why he took it with him.
  • Pet the Dog: Although he's still a jerk like his counterpart, in the manga adaption he's shown that he cares about his master, Ren Ki deeply according to his inner monologue about him. However, he refuses to show his emotions to everyone and keeps a calm, stoic composure. After he discovers his master's corpse, he wants to give him proper burial.
  • Phantom Thief: True to Betsu Ten Gai's words, Kichou, otherwise known as the infamous thief the "Enigmatic Gale",note  is not someone to trust. The entire adventure has been for the sake of stealing the Tengyouken out from under both Betsu Ten Gai and Tan Hi's noses. If you pay close attention to Lin Setsu A's actions during the first season, it's easier to spot out.
  • Pyrrhic Victory: Oh yeah, he curbstomps Betsu Ten Gai's ambition to be the greatest swordsman in the land, but he never did expect that his enemy's pride would lead to him destroying the weapon that could seal the demon god that was about to awaken. He also doesn't get to see any remorse or regret from Betsu Ten Gai, making it so that Betsu Ten Gai actually won that battle with Lin at the end.
  • Rage Quit: After Syou Kyou Ken reveals he has no pride to break, all his schemes involving him amounting to nothing, and Syou Kyou Ken unintentionally insulting Lin Setsu A by saying only a moron would get satisfaction from smugly humiliating others and caring about pride when one is evil, Lin Setsu A becomes infuriated by the man and wants nothing to do with him.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Has red eyes, and it is revealed that his intentions for the quest were initially for not-so-good purposes.
  • Renaissance Man: Knowledgeable about tactics, culture, arts, gadgets...and can apparently fight as well. Lin is the complete package.
  • Ship Tease: He had some with Sho, Setsu Mu Syou, and Kei Gai.
  • Shirtless Scene: Twice in the manga adaptation. The first when he was seen bathing in the hot spring with the other guys and he has an average slimmed build. The second well, he shows off only his chest to Chou Mei when he asks him for a change of clothes and he lied about ripping his clothes. This was in order for Syou's disguises as him to work.
  • Smoking Is Cool: It can even cause illusions, as shown in the first and eighth episodes. He can trick his targets into thinking that the person they're fighting is somebody else, and with enough personal rage, the target potentially fights that person to the death. He tricked Tan Hi into fighting Syou Fu Kan by making her think that he was Betsu Ten Gai.
    • In the manga, it can also put his targets to sleep.
  • Sore Loser: He does not take it well when his targets act in ways he doesn't predict and end up spoiling his plans.
    • He angrily rages at Betsu Ten gai who chooses to die instead of living with the humiliation of being beaten in a sword fight. To add insult to injury, he breaks the sword the heroes needed and dies with a smile, screwing them over in the end.
    • He then refuses to even speak to, or about, Syou Kyou Ken when the latter skips over his Despair Event Horizon and decides to Take a Third Option and become evil.
  • The Southpaw: During his fight against Betesutengai, he wield his weapon with his left-handed seen in both adaptions.
  • Spoiler Title: Lin Setsu A's name is revealed in promotional materials, but to the characters, it's definitely a name of an infamous man who is very untrustworthy and would go out to steal the Tengyouken.
  • Troll: His stated purpose in life. He enjoys tricking and humiliating people, seeing it as the greatest enjoyment.
  • Tron Lines: In Episode 12, his final attack against Betsu Ten Gai invokes an incongruous array of them behind him, perhaps to show just how strange and different his techniques are.
  • Underestimating Badassery: He did not realize Betsu Ten Gai was a far better swordsman than Setsu Mu Syou. He also did not detect Syou Fu Kan was a warrior equal to him or carried three dozen superweapons.
  • Victory Is Boring: As it turns out, he's one of the greatest swordsmen in the land, if not the greatest. However, he grew bored and disillusioned with swordsmanship once he got to the top and found his new calling in life as a thief.
  • Walking Spoiler: There's a good reason why Urobuchi didn't reveal his nature until the last third of the series.
  • Wild Card: Once he reveals his true nature as a thief, no one but himself knows what he's truly after. He could simply be after Tengyouken for its power or just wants to troll Betsu Ten Gai as he states.
  • World's Best Warrior: He easily defeats Betsu Ten Gai while holding back. In other words, he did a Curb-Stomp Battle on the man who did a Curb-Stomp Battle on someone who was the nation's greatest known swordsman. Lin Setsu A explains that because he is such a good swordsman, the only path for improvement would have been to become a world-destroying evil, so he decided to Take a Third Option and Troll those who would pursue that path instead. The only person whose skill takes him aback is Syou Fu Kan's, but he knows that Syou Fu Kan is a righteous man even with his skill. And Syou Fu Kan has no pride worth stealing.

    Syou Fu Kan 
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"I get it. No need for you to feel shame anymore. Because I'm gonna get serious too!"

Chinese Name: 殤不患 Shāng Bù Huàn / Shou Fu Kan (JA) / Unconcerned with Dying Young (EN)
Art Name: 刃無鋒 Jin Muhou (JA) / Rèn Wú Fēng (ZH) / Edgeless Blade (EN)
Discipline / Position: Ki Manipulating Swordsman (Magic Knight variant), Demon Sealer / Divine Sword Guardian note 
Weapon Name: 拙劍 Sekken (JA) / Zhuó Jiàn (ZH) / Formless Sword (EN)
Date of Birth: September 23.
Voiced by: Junichi Suwabe (JA), Tu Xiao-Ya (ZH)
Stage Actor: Hiroki Nanami (Takarazuka Revue)

"狂風驟雨催紙傘,遊人浪跡步不休。天地滂沱如何渡,蓑衣褪盡任濁流。"
"Neither sudden storms nor fierce winds that would ruin an umbrella are enough to halt a man's journey. Should I come across murky waters on my travels, I shall continue forward unburdened by that which may hold me back."


The Protagonist of this series, Syou Fu Kan is an enigmatic wandering swordsman from the neighboring nation of Xi-You with a single sword as his weapon. He may appear to be cynical towards others, but is compassionate at heart. His inadvertent encounter with Lin Setsu A had him engulfed within the feud of the Black Demon Sect pursuing Tan Hi's part of the Tengyouken, and reluctantly joins the journey with Lin Setsu A and Tan Hi to retrieve the missing half of the Tengyouken.

He is secretly the holder of the Sorcerous Sword Index, a portal to a dimension that holds 36 magical swords from Xi-You that he is trying to get rid of so the likes of Kasei Meikou and the Xi-You government can't get their hands on them for evil.


  • Appropriated Appellation: The moniker Edgeless Blade is supposed to be an insult. Syou, however, kinda likes it. Overlaps with Meaningful Name, since it (entirely coincidentally) accurately describes his fighting style.
  • Audience Surrogate: Syou's more of a Type-B Meta Watson.
  • Bad Impressionists: In episode 10, Lin Setsu A has Syou Fu Kan disguised as him to lure Betsu Ten Gai out of the way in attempt to steal the hilt of the Tengyouken. But seeing how Syou Fu Kan pulled this off in episode 11, he proved to us that he was either a really bad actor, or wasn't even bothering to impersonate.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: After observing Syou Fu Kan expertly fight against a horde of zombies, Setsu Mu Syou theorizes that Syou has only recently taken up swordsmanship, and has had much more practice in hand to hand combat. Indeed much of Syou's strength is in his physical strikes, using his sword only when necessary.
  • Bare-Handed Blade Block: Instead of catching the blade directly, Syou Fu Kan blocks the arm and redirects it away for an elbow counterattack to Zan Kyou on his first attempted attack.
    • Syou Fu Kan blocked Zan Kyou's initial strike by the hilt with both of his arms crossed in the manga.
  • Batman Gambit: A three layer one to defeat Rou Shin Kai and the Seven Blasphemous Deaths. First, he has Lin Setsu A stab him with the Night of Mourning, turning him into Lin's mindless puppet who is now entirely immune to the Seven Blasphemous Deaths' charm magic. Second, after the Seven Blasphemous Deaths directs Rou Shin Kai to attack Lin Setsu A to destroy the Night of Mourning, that is revealed to be one of Lin's illusions and Rou Fu You has the actual Night of Mourning which he uses to free Syou Fu Kan who then attacks Rou Shin Kai. Finally, Rou Shin Kai blocks Syou Fu Kan's attack as he had done to other sword wielders' attacks earlier, only for Syou Fu Kan to unleash his Formless Rogue Sword: Specter Shattering technique, which if you remember from season 1 can explode a human ribcage from the inside out. This is all just enough to weaken Rou Shin Kai so they can finally trap the Seven Blasphemous Deaths back in the Sorcerous Sword Index.
  • Batman Grabs a Gun: The only time Syou Fu Kan uses a legitimate sword is when he's fighting the Bigger Bad. For massive points, the sword he's using is a legendary weapon that can send things to outer space.
  • Battle Aura: After being tremendously weakened by a lethal poison, Syou receives an antidote that neutralizes it. After taking it the poison rapidly leaves his body. As poison gets neutralized his Ki strength steadily returns, creating a wave of energy that draws to him and then surges back out with enough force to push back his opponents. One can even be heard whimpering when it occurs, as he knows a Mook Horror Show is about to be unleashed.
  • Beyond the Impossible:
    • Steel swords and other steel-bladed weapons in this world are prized because they allow the wielder to perform Ki Manipulation with great ease. Syou Fu Kan doesn't need any metal let alone a sword. He fights with nothing more than his fists and a wooden stick painted to look like a sword. He either possesses an extraordinary ability that no one else does, or is so incredibly skilled that he's surpassed the limitation. He does, however, claim that fighting this way exhausts him.
    • The Goukouken, the sword he summons to defeat You Ja Rei, is forged from some sort of crystalline substance. It backs up his comments to Chou Mei that weapons made of metal are overrated and shortsighted.
  • Book-Ends: He gets caught up in Tan Hi's quest after selfishly taking an umbrella from a Buddha statue to avoid the rain. He ends his involvement in Tan Hi's quest after selflessly giving an umbrella to the same Buddha statue while entering a severe thunderstorm. In both cases, Lin Setsu A had something to do with the umbrella.
  • Butt-Monkey: Lin Setsu A, Syu Un Syou, Kei Gai, and Setsu Mu Syou treat him as such because they're Underestimating Badassery. This is especially noticeable during the first two trails of their quest, as they throw him into danger to assess his skills and worth.
  • Calling Your Attacks: When performing a Finishing Move of his swordsmanship style.
    • Formless Rogue Sword: Eight-Way Arrival was used to defeat Zan Kyou. It causes the opponent's weapon to explode.
    • Formless Rogue Sword: Specter Shattering was used to defeat Chou Mei. It causes the opponent's chest to explode.
    • Formless Rogue Sword: Impact Screen was used to stop Katsu Eiraku. It creates an impenetrable barrier that explodes when the opponent touches it.
  • Cassandra Truth: Nobody believes that anyone could actually survive a trek across the Wasteland of Spirits, so his claims of doing so make everyone but Lin Setsu A and Tan Hi suspicious of him.
  • The Chosen One: Lin Setsu A pretty much pits him into this story's journey, much to his displeasure.
  • Cool Old Guy: He's reached the age his hair has grown silver streaks. He also tends to call younger opponents "junior" when giving them Old Master words of wisdom or lessons about experience.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: After observing him in combat, Syu Un Syou, Kei Gai, and Setsu Mu Syou regard him as a capable warrior, but possessing a number of weaknesses that prevent him from being a threat on their level. Their scoffing includes: a lack in confidence, overcompensating swordsmanship, and total ignorance of Lin Setsu A. In reality he's been Holding Back the Phlebotinum, concealing his true fighting style with a wooden sword that weakens his attacks, and has traveled from another country beyond an Eldritch Location.
  • The Drifter: He's seems used to sleeping outside and everyone refers to him as a vagrant.
  • Drama-Preserving Handicap: He's a pacifist, fights with a wooden stick painted to look like a sword that significantly reduces his combat power, and refuses to utilize any of the 36 Infinity +1 Swords that he secretly carries in Hammerspace. Lin Setsu A even mentions that had he known any of this, the two of them could have completed the adventure together without anyone else, and probably saved a few lives in the process.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Invoked against Katsu Eiraku when he discovers that she has a temporary alliance with Syou Kyou Ken to hunt him down. He asks if she's really fine with joining forces with an agent of the Hegemonic Empire, and mentions the Bigger Bad she's working for might get upset about it. She retorts with a half-hearted insult that reveals she isn't totally sure about it either.
  • Everything's Better with Samurai: His name and appearance design may not be Japanese,note  but his mannerisms, way of speaking, and sword style all point to Syou being most definitely being created with a samurai or Ronin in mind.
    • His sword is a shikomizue / shirasaya and his techniques are distinct with the iaido style.
  • Fight Magnet: Lin Setsu A delights at the idea that Syou Fu Kan is destined as one for his possession of the Sorcerous Sword Index, and secretly follows him in anticipation that adventure will never be boring where he goes.
  • Flat-Earth Atheist: Throughout season 1, Syou Fu Kan constantly questions the purported magical properties the people of Dong-Li claim that the Tengyouken possesses. When he finally gets to examine the guard that Tan Hi keeps on her, he further doubts the legends about the sword, claiming that people have always fabricated grandiose stories about well made swords all the time.
    Syou Fu Kan: "If the Tengyouken is powerful as you claim, why did you not use it to defeat Betsu Ten Gai?"
    • He is of course proven right when it is revealed that the Tengyouken did not slay the demon god You Ja Rei but simply sealed it up beneath the Tan Clan's holy grounds. When You Ja Rei awakens, he then summons up the Sorcerous Sword Index for the first time and pulls out one of the 36 weapons he has that have actual power far beyond the Tengyouken, ultimately choosing one that sends You Ja Rei to the depths of outer space rather than back to the Demon Realm.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Every time he sheaths his sword it makes the sound of wood hitting wood. Everyone else sheathing their swords makes the sound of metal clashing or sliding on metal.
    • During a conversation with Setsu Mu Syou, the assassin tried imagining several attacks that could cut Syou's head off in a single strike. Despite how many scenarios he ran through his head, not one of them would break Syou Fu Kan's defense.
    • The more he hears about the Tengyouken, the less convinced he becomes of its power.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: When he makes the Badass Boast that even hair and cloth can instantly kill an opponent, the edge of his cape hits an Elite Mook with a Decapitation Strike.
    • When he's going through his list of swords, three other Pili character's swords can be seen: Gǔ Líng Shì Yān's Bǎi Dài Kūn Wú, Lěng Bié Fù's Qīng Dēng Gū Zhào, and Cháo Tiān Jiāo's Huáng Dāo Dié Shā. Also included is the Yāo Jī: Qī Shā Tiān Líng from the Japanese Red Dragon tabletop roleplaying game turned anime Chaos Dragon originally developed by nitro+. This one ends up being more important in season 2 when it is revealed it is called "Seven Blasphemous Deaths" and it is more evil than the others, with mind-controlling powers, sights set on world domination, and Aoi Yuuki's voice.
  • Frontline General: Upon reacquiring Night of Mourning he demonstrates experience at commanding troops to fight along side him. Syou Kyou Ken claims this means Syou has been a battlefield leader at one point in his life.
  • The Gloves Come Off: When Syou Fu Kan decides to fight seriously, weapons and the people who wield them start to explode.
  • Gotta Catch Them All: Syou Fu Kan never reveals his identity completely in season 1, but he's implied to be a Demon Sealer who claims he's only a regular swordsman wearied of the Divine Weapons (within his country) going into the wrong hands, hence gradually collect them and flee out of his country so that the bad guys won't chase him down; making him a (potentially temporary) Divine Weapons' Guardian. He does however, claim that he wants to "get rid of these weapons" somehow.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: As powerful as he is and despite possessing 36 weapons that even the gods would fear, he's running from enemies who want those weapons and will take them by force. He's confident they've lost his trail for now, but equally certain they'll show up again unless he can safely dispose the 36 weapons.
    • In season 2 we see that these enemies include Kasei Meikou and his guild of insect-themed assassins of whom Katsu Eiraku belongs and the Xi-You imperial government with a special team to hunt him down lead by Syou Kyou Ken.
  • The Greatest Story Never Told: Syou Fu Kan defeated dragons, half demonic tribes of cannibals, and other nameless horrors while crossing the Wasteland of Spirits, an Eldritch Location that divides the two kingdoms of Dong-Li and Xi-You. He's the main reason why powerful warriors can now survive the journey across it. He downplays his feats and tries to change the subject.
  • Healing Hands: He can use his chi to heal other people's minor or major physical injuries. He is also able to heal himself after being grazed by Chou Mei in the manga adaption. In season 2, it takes all of his energy to keep Katsu Eiraku's poison from killing him once he can concentrate it in a particular part of his body with chi.
  • The Hero: A wandering hero at that.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: According to Syou Kyou Ken, he's the most wanted criminal of Xi-You, who stole countless treasures from the emperor and killed several government officials.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: with Rou Fu You in the second season.
  • Holding Back the Phlebotinum: He doesn't reveal his true fighting style until the penultimate episode of the first season, and in the final episode reveals he possess dozens of forbidden Infinity +1 Swords that can One-Hit Kill divine and demonic immortals.
    • Deconstructed in the second season when Rou Fu You angrily points out that Syou Fu Kan's pacifism and unwillingness to draw a true sword causes greater problems and the suffering of more innocent people than necessary. He also cites it could be the world's Darkest Hour if Syou Fu Kan should fall under mind control because he's easily tricked and constantly exposes himself to such dangers.
  • Humble Hero: He saves Tan Hi and tells Lin Setsu A that it was the Buddha that saved her.
    • His conversation with Ken San Un and Syu Un Syou in Episode 5 and 6 reveals that he doesn't care about fame or titles.
    • And we later learn he goes out of his way to fight with an incredibly useless weapon that takes a physical toll on his body when he uses it seriously, because he shouldn't be able to kill others so easily. That and he has no use for the three dozen legendary swords he's got hidden away unless the world's about to end.
  • Hunk: More prominent in his 2D depiction.
  • Hyperspace Arsenal: The Sorcerous Sword Index. It's a magical scroll that's a key to a pocket dimension containing 36 legendary swords.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: He's likely to be the title holder of greatest swordsman from Xi-You. He effortlessly defeated You Ja Rei's tentacle attack with his left arm behind his back.
    • We later learn that he managed to wipe out or cripple nearly every demonic roadblock living in the Wasteland of Spirits single-handedly.
  • I Am Who?: After showing how much of a badass he is in episode 12, Ken actually thinks that its possible for Syou to be a renowned hero from Xi-You. Before Ken San Un can question his identity further, however, Syou Fu Kan cuts him off.
  • Iaijutsu Practitioner: He's fond of sheathing his sword after drawing it. Because he's trying to conceal it's a fake and made of wood.
  • Improbable Weapon User: In season 1 episode 12, he throws away his sword to save Ken San Un who is unarmed and now blind in one eye, only to be met with mockery by Chou Mei who believes he has the man cornered. That's when he picks up a stick off the ground and starts slicing the Mooks up with it as if it was made of steel and blowing their heads off. In the middle of the fight he decapitates a man with the edge of his cloak.
  • Infinity +1 Sword: He secretly carries dozens of them and seeks to rid himself of them, but in a manner that prevents the weapons from falling into the wrong hands.
  • Ki Manipulation: Episode 12 revealed his main fighting format is this. He pumps his Ki into any object to use as a sword to pierce or just plain explode his opponents. Syou Fu Kan explains that since he's a Pacifist, in order to decrease his chance of taking someone's life, he uses his Ki skills to exhaust himself from fighting, deliberately to remind him the weight of a person's life.
  • Knight Errant: He fits the archetype well. While his other companions are suspicious about his place in the group and his lack of any logical motivation, and rightly so because of the group's leader, the simplest explanation is probably the correct one: he's a wandering vagabond-knight type who wants to help this girl on her quest.
  • Leitmotif: "show-no-feel"
  • The Man Makes the Weapon: Surprising since the everyone associates the Tengyouken with power.
  • Magic Knight: He's a swordsman with Ki skills capable in healing internal wounds and sword buff.
  • Meaningful Name: Syu Un Syou and Setsu Mu Syou both notice that his fighting style is wild and undisciplined compared to the immense power in his strikes. His art name, "Edgeless Blade", is reflected in that his fighting style seems to be meant for a blunt weapon, not a light, fast sword like the one he's been using for the entire series to this point.
    • Episode 12 revealed that he hasn't been given an Art Name up until that episode, and it was Ken San Un who gave him that name.... Well, it's mostly to Setsu Mu Syou's credit of observing Syou Fu Kan's fighting style; Ken just wants to mock Syou with this name, but Syou ends up liking it. He soon proves the name is apt by singlehandedly taking down around six Black Demon Sect mooks and Chou Mei with nothing but his cape and a stick he picked up off the ground after he threw his actual sword, which turns out to be a blunt piece of wood painted to look like a sword, aside.
  • Mic Drop: Or in this case: Stick Drop. After killing all his minions in a Curb-Stomp Battle and delivering Badass Boast after Badass Boast, he causes Chou Mei's chest to explode during a Single-Stroke Battle, then tosses aside his weapon with utter confidence the fight was over (and it was).
  • Mook Horror Show: His enemies from Xi-You, though in opposition themselves, are willing to temporarily join forces to defeat him because he's an expert at Curb-Stomp Battle.
  • Multi-Melee Master: He comments that ANYTHING can be used as a weapon, while performing a Curb-Stomp Battle on Elite Mooks with a tree branch and the edge of his cloak.
  • Named Weapons: Out of the 36 swords he has hidden away to dispose of, he chooses the Sumitengen: Goukouken (須彌天幻・劫荒劍 Xū Mí Tiān Huàn: Jié Huāng Jiàn), or "The Absolute Phantom: Vast Expanse Sword", to dispatch You Ja Rei to the edge of the universe. The other 35 swords he has hidden away have similar Names to Run Away from Really Fast, including three that are Freeze-Frame Bonus references to other Pili productions and another that references another project from nitro+. In a later short film, we find out another is the Sengo Muramasa, but that was on April Fools Day.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: As season 2 opens, he plans on leaving the Sorcerous Sword Index in what he believed were the safe hands of the Seal Guardians of the Sen Chin Fortress, but he doesn't realize that Katsu Eiraku has arrived in Dong-Li and has been stalking him for months, waiting for the time to steal the Index when he isn't looking.
    • The only reason why his enemies (and allies) can cross the deadly Wasteland of Spirits is because he either killed or crippled the fearsome monsters and evil tribes that lived within it. As a result, it's no longer impossible to cross between the two kingdoms. Lin Setsu A is incredibly impressed, commenting that anyone who tries to challenge Syou Fu Kan in a fair fight would inevitably be defeated... thus it makes sense his enemies would stoop to use poisons, deception, and hostages to win. Even Lin Setsu A says he would try to cheat in a duel with Syou Fu Kan, if they had to battle.
  • Noodle Incident: Somehow, Syou manages to have acquired all the legendary swords in his possession...however sealing the Seven Blasphemous Deaths has to take the cake, since looking at the sword compels the onlooker to lust after sword above their own survival...so how did he manage to seal something without looking at it?
  • Not Hyperbole: Syou's story that he crossed the impassible Wasteland of Spirits desert has been met with disbelief. Also, after the debacle in episode seven, Syou is so angry that he leaves and tells the group that he'll handle Betsu Ten Gai and his goons all by himself. As time goes on, it seems more and more likely that he was telling the truth. Episode 12 has him singlehandedly taking down several Black Demon Sect mooks and Chou Mei with nothing more than a stick, and episode 13 shows his true colors as he does the same with the demon god You Ja Rei, but this time with one of the 36 Infinity +1 Swords he's been keeping hidden because he's trying to get rid of them before they can be used for evil.
  • Not So Different: With Lin Setsu A. Both men conceal their true swordmanship style, prefer to converse with the enemy, will offer to spare an enemy from death, are laidback when not in danger, on the run from powerful enemies, and secretly carry a powerful magic sword... though three dozen in Syou's case. Syou is also a thief like Rin, as it's highly unlikely he was given the dozens of magic swords he carries.
  • Offscreen Moment of Awesome:
    • He's the first human who's successfully crossed the monster infested apocalyptic Wasteland of Spirits that splits the nations of Xi-You and Dong-Li.
      • Lin Setsu A expresses surprise that Rou Fu You, and others from Xi-You, have all made it through the Wasteland of Spirits as well. As he begins to list off these monstrosities such as a fire-breathing dragon and a clan of half-demon cannibals, Ryouga says they posed no threat. And each time, Syou Fu Kan sheepishly adds that he had already dispatched them, meaning the only reason anyone can get through the Wasteland of Spirits is because he single-handedly wiped out the most dangerous obstacles within.
    • How did he manage to get the Sorcerous Sword Index and its 36 legendary swords anyway?
    • There are strong indications he knows more about invincible demon gods and how to defeat them than anyone else.
  • One-Hit Kill: Syou's true swordsmanship kills with a single strike.
  • Only a Flesh Wound: In the manga, Syou received an injury from Chou Mei when he was caught off guard. Syou uses his chi on himself to stop the bleeding, leaving only a small scar on his right side of his torso.
  • Only Sane Man: Compared to the rest of the cast, he's really close.
  • Pacifist: Syou Fu Kan generally uses force as a last resort, mainly because he doesn't see the point in needless killing. He even uses a dull (and wooden) weapon to handicap himself so that killing becomes a deliberate and weighty action.
  • Perma-Stubble: His initial 2D concept doesn't have facial hair, but the puppet version of him does. Later illustrations go with his stubble.
  • Pet the Dog: In Otome Gen'yuuki, where it is revealed that during his travels to Dong-Li, he once encountered a tiger and helped get a broken wooden stick out of it's paw. He gets along with the tiger's cubs very well.
  • Platonic Life-Partners: With Tan Hi. Although he shows no romantic feelings toward her and even mentions that he dislikes women with ingenue personalities, he truly cares for her deeply as a trustworthy ally and companion.
    • In both manga adaptions, Syou protects and saves her a lot of times from certain danger. He is like a father or uncle figure to Tan Hi.
  • Power Corrupts: He strongly believes this. He has spent his life gathering magic swords so others cannot use them and he plans on throwing them away when he has the chance. He even uses a piece of wood carved to look like a sword instead of the various magic swords he has as a way to remind himself of the weight of taking another's life.
    • It's also why he stole the Sorcerous Sword Index from the Xi-You imperial treasury. He found out the army was planning on using the weapons to enact a genocide against peoples in the southern region of their empire.
  • Primal Fear: When he is disguised as Lin Setsu A and travelling via Demon Bird, it is hinted that he is afraid of heights. The manga adaptation makes it a lot clearer that he is.
  • Reluctant Hero:
    • Syou Fu Kan would rather not involve himself with anything happening in Dong-Li and just continue his travels. But after Lin Setsu A's machinations, he's forced into the quest to defeat the Black Demon Sect who are now hunting him down.
    • It's ultimately revealed that Syou Fu Kan isn't heartless or uncaring at Tan Hi's plight, he just has thirty-six other reasons why he can't carry the burden of a thirty-seventh problem.
  • Scars Are Forever: In the manga, after he healed his wounds, Syou gained a small scar on his right side where Chou Mei inflicted a serious injury on him.
  • Screw Destiny: He and Setsu Mu Syou have a conversation with Armor Piercing Questions about the reasons they draw their swords to fight. Syou reveals possible hints on why he became a pacifist, asking if Setsu ever has doubts about killing the wrong people. The assassin answers it's destiny if someone dies by his hand. This upset Syou, who strongly disagrees on the matter.
    Syou Fu Kan: "I don't give a damn about fate. I choose when to draw it and when to strike. That's my sword!"
  • Ship Tease: To Lin Setsu A, sometimes.
  • Shirtless Scene: Twice in the manga, as the limitations of the puppet technology prevents it. The first instance is in the hot spring when he is (implied) to be nude, and the second was when he is disguised as Lin Setsu A and asks Chou Mei for a change of clothes before he is to meet with Betsu Ten Gai and trade the Tengyouken's hilt.
  • Single-Stroke Battle: His special techniques to kill Zan Kyou and Chou Mei were executed to only need a single strike.
  • Sword Beam: Razor Wind example. Only the most skilled swordsmen in the world can unleash such attacks, and he can manage to do it with a mere stick he picked off the ground, ranking his abilities among the world's greatest legends.
  • Sword and Fist: Syou Fu Kan seems to be just as adept at close quarters combat as he is with swords. In fact, it's generally a ploy to avoid revealing the sword he carries with him is nothing but a piece of wood painted silver. That doesn't mean he's not as deadly with or without it.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: Through episodes 2, 3, and 10, the audience concluded Syou Fu Kan has a thing for Shao Bings, mainly due to the bread being able to preserve longer on the journey and suits best for a non-stop traveler like him.
  • Unblockable Attack: When Syou Fu Kan reveals his true swordsmanship style, every attack he unleashes breaks through his opponents' defenses with One-Hit Kill counters...with a simple stick he picked off the ground.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Because of his Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass and Holding Back the Phlebotinum traits, the rest of his "allies" think poorly of him.
  • Unwitting Pawn: This is how he got stuck with this holy weapon retrieval mess. Lin Setsu A sets him up to save Tan Hi from enemies, then sets Zan Kyou with the illusion covering Syou Fu Kan as Tan Hi so that Zan Kyou would chase after Syou Fu Kan instead of Tan Hi and Lin Setsu A himself.
  • Walking the Earth: After the events in Season 2 reveal no fortress in the world is strong enough to protect the Sword Index, he comes to the realization his ultimate fate is to wander the world until a way to destroy the weapons is found. The idea saddens him, as he truly hoped his journey could come to end and admits it was this small selfishness that convinced him into leaving the scroll to someone else in the first place.
    • His predicament gets worst at the end of Season 2 as he agrees to protect the three holy swords of Dong-Li until a suitable fortress is constructed. He originally started with 36 Infinity +1 Sword that cannot be allowed to fall into evil hands, but despite disposing of two, now has 37 of them.
  • Weapon of Choice: In a world filled with beautiful weapons and Nom de Guerre, Syou Fu Kan's sword is surprisingly plain. The sword lacks a guard and is held together with twine. Upon closer inspection, it can be seen that the sword's grip is a simple wooden handle whose grip has been whittled away for comfort reflecting his Combat Pragmatist tendencies. And the blade is dull, showing his pacifist nature.
    • In reality, the blade is not dull, but rather it isn't a blade at all. His sword is just a wooden stick he painted silver to make it look real. He is so adept at channeling his chi that he doesn't need a metal blade to fight with, as he displays in a Curb-Stomp Battle using nothing more than a stick he picked up off the ground and literally the clothes on his back. He would rather overexert himself by channeling his chi through pieces of wood to carry the weight of taking another person's life than whipping out one of the 36 Infinity +1 Swords he's been keeping hidden from everyone.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: He's quick to call Lin Setsu A out for using him to deal with the bad guys.
  • Who Are You?: He gets asked this quite frequently. So far his answers have been: a traveler, the Edgeless Blade, and just a human.
  • Willfully Weak: After displaying his true powers in front of Tan Hi and Ken San Un, they say he must be truly skilled to use chi so easily, but he retorts that it is actually physically exhausting for him to fight in that way. He also reveals he uses a wooden sword as it is much more difficult to kill another person with it, so if he must do so, he will feel the pain of having to have taken another life with his subpar weaponry. There's no telling how strong he would be if he was willing to use an actual blade, let alone the Sorcerous Sword Index for anything shy of the apocalypse.
  • Wooden Katanas Are Just Better: His sword is basically a lump of thin wood painted silver. It's not even like a bokken, which at least has a cutting edge and enough weight to be used as a club. This doesn't make him any less deadly with it.
  • Worf Had the Flu: Katsu Eiraku manages to poison him during the fight at the village she takes over with the Night of Mourning, and while he manages to manipulate his chi to get the poison into a point below his right knee, he cannot move around much or the poison will surely kill him. If he was not poisoned, and had Katsu Eiraku had not turned a bunch of innocent villagers into her mindless slaves, he would have very easily wiped the floor with her. But now, he has to sit still while Rou Fu You and Lin Setsu A travel to the Wasteland of Spirits to obtain the horn of a dragon (the very one Syou Fu Kan has already crippled during his travels) to counteract the poison and save his life.
  • "World of Cardboard" Speech: Once he finally reveals his secret in episode 12:
    Syou Fu Kan: "You need to stop making dumb assumptions. See, I was never using a sword in the first place. Did you think only sharpened metal could form an edge?! Don't presume so much, boy! If you channel the right force into it, then hair and cloth can split flesh and shatter bone!"
  • Would Hit a Girl: He has no intention of ever fighting Tan Hi or Ryou Mi. However, when it comes to Katsu Eiraku, all bets are off.
    • He was going to utterly wreck Mei, Ken/Shun just interrupted the fight so he didn't have to. He'd just finished his "are you sure you're ready to die today?" check list and was getting ready to curb stomp them all when Ken jumped in.
  • Wrecked Weapon: When using his true swordsmanship style, it casually destroys any weapon that tries to block his attacks. Of course, this "swordsmanship style" is using a stick he picked up after throwing his real "sword" aside.


Alternative Title(s): Thunderbolt Fantasy Lin Setsu A, Thunderbolt Fantasy Syou Fu Kan, Thunderbolt Fantasy Main Characters

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