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Note: In the Taiwanese Hokkien language broadcasts, all male characters are voiced by Huang Huei-Fung

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Heroes

     Rou Fu You 
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Chinese Name: 浪巫謠 Làng Wū Yáo / Wandering Sorcery Ballad (EN)
Art Name: 弦歌斷邪 Genka Danja (JA) / Xián Gē Duàn Xié (ZH) / Song That Dooms Evil (EN)note 
Weapon of Choice / Weapon Name: Ryouga the Pipa
[See Ryouga for further details.]
Date of Birth: February 22.
Voiced by: Takanori Nishikawa (JA), Liu Ming-Yue (ZH)
"筋為弦,脈為鼓,息如笙歌;以吾命,譜樂章,邪音不容。"
"My muscles are strings, my heart a drum, and my breath a flute's song; my life is a harmony, and will not allow the discord of evil to ruin it."


Syou Fu Kan's prior partner-in-crime during their adventures in Xi-You. He is a musician who uses his talking pipa Ryouga to fight with, rather than a sword (though as revealed later, Ryouga can also become a sword). His voice is said to be cursed, and most of the time Ryouga is the one doing the talking.
  • Anger Born of Worry: About half of the season in, Rou becomes angry at Syou's pacifistic habits, such as holding back against brainwashed civilians and stopping him from killing Tei Kuu. This is not because Syou's actions piss him off, however; Rou is worried his friend might get hurt for being a Reckless Pacifist.
    • The trope gets averted near the end of the season once Rou recognizes Syou is not only strong enough to back up his attitude but also experienced enough to do so. Rou even admits it was foolish of him to worry about Syou the way he did.
  • Beyond the Impossible: Not to the extent of Syou, but the fact Rou can freely channel Ki through the strings of his weapon without the use of metal is similar to Syou's use of a piece of wood as his weapon, ranking his abilities among the world's greatest legends.
  • Blind Weaponmaster: Due to his mastery of sonic attacks and music, he possesses a heightened hearing sense - enough for him to easily create an image of his surroundings like a bat. He is able to best Katsu Eiraku when she is wielding the Seven Blasphemous Deaths with his hearing alone.
    • However, Reality Ensues when he faces against Rou Shin Kai. Though Shin Kai is unable to best Rou Fu in a straight fight, the former confuses the latter's detection skills with clever throws of pebbles while remaining airborne, allowing Shin Kai to get close enough to land a hit on Rou Fu with the Seven Blasphemous Deaths.
  • Canon Immigrant: At first, Rou Fu You was no more than a promotional mascot in representing T.M.Revolution, and to showcase Pili's crafting skills to the Japanese demographic. But then Urobuchi became fond of the character upon its finished creation, and pitched the idea of incorporating this character within the story. He is officially canon in season 2.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Dishes it just as good as his partner Syou. The only opponents he cannot stomp are a dragon, Lin Setsu A, Tei Kuu, and Syou Kyou Ken (and he was handicapped in that last one).
  • Detect Evil: He can tell whether the person he is observing is evil or not. Most notable with Lin Setsu A: Rou instinctively senses Lin isn't a pleasant or trustworthy person. Having only met him for a day or two, he has no evidence, but Rou Fu You knows the trickster is very dangerous to leave alive and might be more trouble than he is worth. So Rou tries to kill him.
    Rou Fu You: "But your posture, the way your breathe. Everything about you sings out your evil nature. And that if I let you go, you'll wreak havoc on the world."
  • Fiery Redhead: A rare The Quiet One variant. Syou Fu Kan, who has an excellent grasp of what kind of Grey and Gray Morality individual Lin Setsu A is, never shows any ill intentions against the trickster. He knows not all 'good guys' are saints. However, Rou Fu You is a different brand of Grey and Gray Morality individual; as soon as he can tell Lin Setsu A is a Manipulative Bastard Anti-Hero who enjoys Batman Gambit plans, he thinks it is best to kill him to make the world a safer place.
  • Good Is Not Soft: He grows more and more disdainful of Syou Fu Kan's pacifistic and merciful attitude towards opponents. He wants to kill people he deems evil so they won't be able to bring harm at all, or going by his character poem, "bring discord to the harmonious music of his life". That said, he is willing to tolerate and work with Lin Setsu A for the sake of helping Syou, such as when Syou gets poisoned early in the season and again during the finale.
  • Grey and Gray Morality: He believes it's perfectly fine to execute evil people before they actually commit an atrocity. If you kill them before they do something evil, then it's better for the world. He justifies this because his intuition in predicting who will become evil hasn't been wrong so far (implying he has done as much in the past). At present, his targets have thus far been Lin Setsu A, who is an Anti-Hero Troll who was responsible for the villainy of at least two other individuals, and Tei Kuu, whose own sense of morality and humanity is strange by all other standards. His intuition is proven right when Tei Kuu willingly becomes a force of evil using the Seven Blasphemous Deaths.
  • Heterosexual Life-Partners: The way Syou Fu Kan speaks to him upon reuniting, as well as Ryouga's claims about Rou feeling lonely, seems to imply this trope, if not straight-up Ship Tease.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: Just like Syou, Rou holds back his true capabilities unless the situation demands it. He only transforms Ryouga into a sword when and if he feels it is necessary, and he is only seen using his enchanted voice once so far (and even then it was partially at Lin Setsu A's behest).
  • Improbable Weapon User: On multiple occasions, Rou has smacked people flying with Ryouga's pipa form.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: With Rou Fu You's Canon Immigrant stats paired with the casting of his original model to voice him gives the approval for this trope; and this goes down to Rou’s skill set.
  • Knight In Sour Armor: The more he sees how Syou Fu Kan's pacifistic methods do not stop the deaths of innocent people or end the villain's agenda, the more he becomes convinced Syou is a Wide-Eyed Idealist who won't get the job done. At least, until Syou proves him wrong near the season finale.
  • Magic Music/Musical Assassin: In the season 2 preview, Rou Fu You seems to fight off enemies while playing Ryouga rather than wielding a sword. In the ending scene of Thunderbolt Fantasy: The Sword of Life and Death, it is also implied he uses Ryouga to cross the Wasteland of Spirits unharmed. And, he is voiced by Takanori Nishikawa after all.
    • Come season 2, turns out Rou has both tropes: he mostly fights by sending Razor Wind from his pipa, and possesses an enchanted voice.
  • Make Me Wanna Shout: Literally. Rou's enchanted voice could overpower just any magical attack inferior to it - this includes the fiery breath of a dragon, and his songs can apparently cause Brown Note on people. However, just like Syou Fu Kan in reserving his fighting skills, Rou Fu You consciously suppresses the usage of his voice, especially singing, unless there is a need for him to use it.
  • Mysterious Past: Just like Syou Fu Kan. Ryouga once blurts out Rou once sang for a princess in Xi-You in her courtyard, and it resulted in an army being involved, but Rou shuts him up before he could elaborate.
  • Noisy Shut-Up: Being a quiet guy, his pipa, Ryouga does most of the talking for him. But if Ryouga blabs too much, Rou Fu You literally pulls his strings to shut him up.
  • The Quiet One: He rarely speaks and relies on Ryouga to do the talking for him. Rou Fu You only speaks if he has something particularly important to say or if he is in the mood to sing.
    • According to Ryouga, the reason why Rou Fu You doesn't talk much is because he possesses an enchanted voice strong enough to drive those around him mad.
  • Razor Wind: Rou's primary form of attack is to create these by channeling his Ki through the strings of Ryouga.
  • Red Is Heroic: He has a bit of Stock Shōnen Hero in him, as he seeks to deliver "justice" on Lin Setsu A after figuring out the man's got a bit of evil in his mannerisms.
  • Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: He has long orange hair and green eyes.
  • Storm of Blades: He can spam the sound waves of his music into blades of wind strong enough to cut rocks and steel.
  • Sword Beam: Though Rou usually uses Razor Wind from the strings of Ryouga's pipa form, Rou is fully capable of this as well with Ryouga's sword form.
  • Theme Music Power-Up: How does Rou Fu You help defeat the dragon known as the Death King? Why, by singing opening theme "His/Story" of course!
  • Wandering Minstrel: Implied. He appears to be a traveling musician and carry around a talking pipa with him.
  • Worf Had the Flu: Part of the reason why Syou Kyou Ken is able to beat Rou as badly as he does near the season finale is because Rou is weakened from the Seven Blasphemeous Deaths from his previous battle.

     Ryouga 
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Chinese Name: 聆牙 Líng Yá / Listening Fang (EN) [Pipa Mode],
吟雷聆牙 Ginrei Ryouga (JA) / Yín Léi Líng Yá (ZH) / Chanting Thunder Listening Fang (EN) [Sword Mode]
Voiced by: Katsuyuki Konishi (JA)


Rou Fu You's magical talking pipa which can transform into a sword.


  • Brutal Honesty: Does not mince his words and isn't afraid to say what he thinks.
  • Cowardly Lion: Notably does not want to cross the Wasteland of Spirits in the end of Thunderbolt Fantasy: The Sword of Life and Death and can't figure out why Rou Fu You would use that opportunity to sing a song as well.
  • Instrument of Murder: Rou Fu You wields Ryouga as a weapon, in addition to being a musical instrument.
  • Morph Weapon: Ryouga has an ability to transform from a musical instrument to a sword. He would transform when Rou gets serious, or when the situation demands him to use his sword form.
  • Mysterious Past: Implied to have met Seven Blasphemous Deaths before the series.
  • Talking Appliance Sidekick: A pipa with a demonic talking head.
  • Talking Weapon: He's able to converse with individuals other than Rou Fu You, and does so quite often. He's literally a talking weapon when transformed into a sword.
  • Transformation Sequence: Ryouga’s sword transformation surely pulls off the hype of a Henshin Hero.

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Antagonists

     Katsu Eiraku 
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Chinese Name: 蠍瓔珞 Xiē Yīngluò / Scorpion Necklace (EN)
Art Name: 蝕心毒姫 Shokushin Dokki (JA) / Shí Xīn Dú Jī (ZH) / Princess of Cruelty (EN)note 
Weapon of Choice: Sword, Poisonous Scorpions
Weapon Name: 荼蘼螫 Dabiseki (JA) / Tú Mí Shì (ZH) / Thimbleberry Thorn (EN)
Date of Birth: February 23.
Voiced by: Ayahi Takagaki (JA), Tong Xin-Zhu (ZH)

"劍上逐力競鋒芒,莽夫之浮誇;玉爪輕藏一點香,死亡之凝華。"
"The pretense of clashing swords to prove might is humorous at best; a drop of poison on the tip of a needle, now that is the art of death at its finest."


An assassin and one of Kasei Meikou's subordinates. She jumps at the chance to track down Syou Fu Kan and the Sorcerous Sword Index in Dong-Li to prove herself to her master. She is an expert at poisons, and takes pride in their deadliness.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: As the series progresses, we find she's not as confident and prideful as people think she is, and goes through a lot of Character Development. Just when she begins to find meaning in life, she's cut down in one move. Even Syou (And to a lesser extent Rou) express sadness at her death.
  • Animal Motifs: Scorpions. According to the director, her appearance supposed to be based off of a scorpion. She also uses them in her various attacks. She can also turn herself into a nest of scorpions.
  • Beauty Is Bad: Both of her concept art and puppet form are very beautiful and very detailed. And she is known for using her scorpions to murder people and wipe out entire towns.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Under the influence of the Seven Blasphemous Deaths, she begins to enjoy slaughtering her enemies. She is even willing to slaughter innocent lives.
  • Combat Pragmatist: She readily admits not being capable of defeating a God Tier warrior like Syou Fu Kan in a fair duel, and can only match him by using every dirty trick she knows.
  • Combat Stilettos: Wears a pair of high heels and can fight really well while wearing them.
  • Didn't See That Coming: She wasn't expecting Syou Kyou Ken and his men killing villagers under her control without hesitation or holding back.
  • Dies Wide Open: Katsu Eiraku is murdered by Tei Kuu a while he is wielding the Seven Blasphemous Deaths. She dies, with her eyes wide open. Rou Fu You gently closes them before realizing it was Tei Kuu who murdered her.
  • Doppelgänger Spin: She can create a clone of herself from her scorpions to distract her opponents.
  • Even Evil Has Standards:
    • After she recognizes the Seven Blasphemous Deaths which she has stolen from the Sorcerous Sword Index, she doesn't even think about using it since the weapon is too dangerous for her to handle. She decides to seal it in the scabbard until she delivers it to Kasei Meikou, as the sword constantly tries to convince her otherwise.
    • While she is willing to use helpless villagers as a Human Shield, she becomes disgusted at killing them For the Evulz. She is also an ambitious person, but the thought of turning on her master and fellow comrades is distasteful. Seven Blasphemous Deaths compelling her to cross these lines allows Katsu Eiraku to break its Brainwashed and Crazy control.
  • Evil Is Not a Toy: Becomes terrified of what Seven Blasphemous Deaths does to her. See also Even Evil Has Standards.
  • Fashionable Asymmetry: She wears one black glove and red poison-tipped claws on the other.
  • Hair Decorations: She wears two golden hair ornaments on each side.
  • Heel–Face Door-Slam: After being bested in combat by Syou Fu Kan in an attempt to die of her own choice, rather than as a puppet, he convinces her to live by encouraging her not to seek revenge and that she is strong to even be capable of resisting the Seven Blasphemous Deaths' control when wielding it. Her encounter with Tei Kuu not long afterwards and thanking him for his words ends with him cutting her down once he reveals he has become a willing wielder of the evil sword.
  • Master of Disguise: She uses this to disguise herself as a helpless little girl in order to poison Syou Fu Kan when he drops his guard during their battle.
  • Master Poisoner: She specializes in poison and she uses her scorpions that are raised with a special diet to kill her enemies such that they appear to still be alive.
  • Meaningful Name: Her name means "Scorpion".
  • Mind Control: The ability of the Night of Mourning (喪月之夜 Sàng Yuè Zhī Yè [ZH] / Mozuki no Yo [JA]note ), one of the swords she stole from the Sorcerous Sword Index. Although it cannot pierce flesh, once the blade hits someone they are put under the control of its wielder. Syou Fu Kan says the only way to counter this is to knock them out, as they will be freed once they have lost consciousness, or to stab the Night of Mourning through their heart a second time.
  • Oh, Crap!: When she sees Syou Fu Kan has been given an antidote to her poison and return him back to Curb-Stomp Battle health.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: Dressed in golden and black variant with light lavender sash.
  • Red Baron: Her art name is "Princess of Cruelty".
  • Royal Rapier: Wields a rapier with its guard shaped into a scorpion. Fitting with her looks and title as the "Princess of Cruelty".
  • Sanity Slippage: Every-time Katsu Eiraku uses the Seven Blasphemous Deaths, she begins to lose parts of her sanity to the point that she loves killing people for pleasure.
  • Sexy Backless Outfit: Her dress exposes her bare back.
  • The Starscream: Defied, as she expresses horror and disbelief at her dream of killing Kasei Meikou and the rest of her group..
  • Villainous Breakdown:
    • She suffers a major one. Katsu Eiraku gets betrayed by Syou Kyou Ken, has the Night of Mourning stolen from her, and she believes that she has brought great shame towards her master being unable to kill Syou Fu Kan.
    • She begins to regret killing innocent people while under the Seven Blasphemous Deaths' influence. She becomes afraid of the weapon's abuse and manipulative nature. She even tries to suppress the weapon's curse, but it didn't work.

     Kasei Meikou 
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Chinese Name: 禍世螟蝗 Huò Shì Míng Huáng / Plague of Moths and Locusts (EN)
Voiced by: Show Hayami (JA)

The leader of an evil organization with sights set out on the Sorcerous Sword Index.
  • Animal Motifs: Moths. The moth symbolizes determination, attraction, psychic abilities, and faith. The moth also represents concealment, which can be interpreted in both good and bad ways.
    • His whole organization has members whose Animal Motifs are various insects and arachnids.
  • Badass Army: He announces he has one and is going to invade Dong-Li to kill Syou Fu Kan.
  • The Omniscient Council of Vagueness: He is the master of such an organization.
  • Orcus on His Throne: He is the most powerful member of his organization and Syou Fu Kan deems it better to Wandering the Earth than remain in Xi-You within his reach. Throughout Season 2 he just waits from afar while Katsu Eiraku does all his dirty work... though The Stinger hints taking a more active role in the future.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: He finds it unforgivable for Katsu Eiraku failed her mission to receive the Sorcerous Sword Index and kill Syou Fu Kan.

     Syou Kyou Ken 
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Chinese Name: 嘯狂狷 Xiào Kuáng Juàn / Shou Kyou Ken (JA) / Roaring Wild Maniac (EN)
Art Name: 追命靈狐 Tsuimei Reiko (JA) / Zhuī Mìng Líng Hú (ZH) / Hunting Fox (EN)note 
Weapon of Choice: Fan, Sword
Weapon Name: 冰焰不測 Hyouen Fusoku (JA) / Bīng Yàn Bú Cè (ZH) / Unexpected Frozen Flame (EN)
Date of Birth: March 7.
Voiced by: Tarusuke Shingaki (JA), Xue Cheng (ZH)

"巧唱忠義作誑語,世間無欲不成真。"
"'Justice' is a powerful and magical word, and if you repeat it enough the world will bend to your whims."


A high-ranking officer in the Xi-You imperial court, responsible for tracking down the most dangerous criminals in the land. His target for several years has been Syou Fu Kan for his theft of the Sorcerous Sword Index from the imperial treasury, but he has his own self-serving reasons for seeking out the so-called "dangerous criminal".


  • Adaptation Dye-Job: In his concept art, Syou Kyou Ken's eyes are teal green, but his puppet form and official artwork, they're the same color as his hair.
  • Asshole Victim: After suffering a Humiliation Conga at the hands of Syou Fu Kan (who was wielding the Night of Mourning that Syou Kyou Ken just handed him over no less), Syou Kyou Ken comes across Rou Shin Kai and persuades him into fighting Syou Fu Kan for him. Rou Shin Kai agrees... by murdering the bastard offscreen and hanging his corpse as a message to Syou Fu Kan and company to seek him out. Nobody feels sorry for him in the slightest.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: He betrays Katsu Eiraku and steals the Night of Mourning from her after Syou Fu Kan defeats her in battle.
  • Cheshire Cat Grin: Attention is often drawn to his teeth in unique closeups, often when he's scheming against Syou Fu Kan. This is particularly obvious when no other character in the show has any visible teeth aside from season 1's Bigger Bad You Ja Rei.
  • Corrupt Politician: He has been using his chasing of Syou Fu Kan and the Sorcerous Sword Index within the borders of Xi You to finance an opulent and prestigious lifestyle as a high ranking official within the imperial government. With the Index outside of the country, he proposes an alliance with Katsu Eiraku to retrieve it and return it to Xi-You so both can benefit. Not only that, later it's revealed that he used his position to "confiscate" a lot of treasures for himself, and his reasons for traveling to Dong Li include finding someone he can sell them to without repercussions.
  • Curtains Match the Window: He has dark navy eyes that matches his hair in his puppet form and official artworks.
  • Evil Counterpart: Is a philosophical one to Syou Fu Kan. In his point of view, being a criminal has it's ups and downs. There's no point giving up or getting frustrated over stumbles that occur during the journey... just roll with them and move on to the next opportunity. People and positions are just tools: there's nothing really special about them.
  • Explaining Your Powers to the Enemy: He reveals his illusion-cancelling glasses to Lin Setsu A after the first encounter with the Seven Blasphemous Deaths. Lin steals them off his face in his sleep and replaces them with a fake pair to ensure his plans to steal Syou Kyou Ken's pride come to fruition.
  • For the Evulz: It turns out he doesn't have any underlying convictions or doctrine in life. He's purely out for himself and willing to live in the moment. When there's nothing else for him to do, he plans to cause random havoc and chaos until it creates an opportunity worth pursuing.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: After he take control all of the officers of Dong-Li and thought Syou Fu Kan refuses to use innocent lives to fight his battles, but he was dead wrong. He ends up getting beat up so badly by Syou Fu Kan, who has fully experience of using Night of Mourning.
  • Humiliation Conga: During a fight with a weakened Rou Fu You (who just got his life force drained by the Seven Blasphemous Death), he gloats how the latter is an Ineffectual Loner who can't lead a group after passing him the Night of Mourning and giving him the responsibility of the lives of several lawmen under the sword's control, while Syou Kyou Ken himself starts killing the lawmen. When Syou Fu Kan steps in and takes the sword, Syou Kyou Ken expects him to fail as badly as Rou Fu You... only for Syou Fu Kan to reveal he's adept at controlling the masses, resulting in an incredulous Syou Kyou Ken earning the beating of his life by a mind-controlled mob.
  • Kick the Dog:
    • He has no problem slaughtering innocents who are under control of the Night of Mourning's curse caused by Katsu Eiraku. He states this is out of mercy towards those who fall victims to Syou Fu Kan's villainous ways.
    • He is willing to kill someone who is greatly injured or weakened from poison like Syou Fu Kan and Katsu Eiraku.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: He has long navy hair.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He is an expert at this as he manages to manipulate the people he meets and make them believe that Syou Fu Kan is a dangerous villain of Xi-You.
  • Megane: He is the first character to wear glasses in the series. According to him, his glasses are a special instrument that can see through illusions and hallucinations, but it can't resist charms like those from the Seven Blasphemous Deaths.
  • Out-Gambitted: He should not have underestimated Lin Setsu A.
  • Perpetual Smiler: Implied in his concept art and the making of his puppet form. Several scenes even pay close attention to his teeth, particularly when it involves Syou Fu Kan and the Sorcerous Sword Index.
  • Pride Before a Fall: Deconstructed to Lin Setsu A's displeasure. He likes being in a position of wealth and authority, but ultimately considers losing such status a minor inconvenience at best. He'll just move on to whatever new opportunities he can find. No point in sweating what's lost, just find something else worthwhile.
    Syou Kyou Ken: "Look, pal, why in the hell would any crook be dumb enough to have an ego? When it comes down to it, you've gotta be willing to sell yourself out, throw yourself to the dogs, leave yourself hanging, and then laugh about it."
  • Skunk Stripe: He has one with both small sides of his hair.
  • Take a Third Option / Then Let Me Be Evil: After Lin Setsu A's scheme to expose him as a criminal mastermind in both kingdoms of Dong-Li and Xi-You, he decides to abandon his pride as a "Fugitive Hunter" and become the most evil person in history. This is an unexpected and startling surprise to Lin Setsu A, who wanted to see him fall into despair at losing everything... not gleefully proclaim he's going to start over with a new murderous goal in life.
  • Underestimating Badassery: He figures out that Lin Setsu A is the Enigmatic Gale and possesses incredible illusion magic. However he is still oblivious that Lin Setsu A is a Renaissance Man who is equally deadly in swordsmanship, alchemy, and artifact creation.
  • Would Hit a Girl: He's willing to critically injure Katsu Eiraku from behind and easily steals the Night of Mourning from her. He then bides his time until she tries to escape Dong-Li with the Seven Blasphemous Deaths in hand so he can steal that from her while she is still mortally wounded.
  • You Gotta Have Blue Hair: A navy blue.

    Tei Kuu, a.k.a. Rou Shin Kai 
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Chinese Name: 諦空 Dì Kōng / Absolute Emptiness (EN)
婁震戒 Lóu Zhèn Jiè (ZH) / Binding Thunder Guard (EN)
Discipline / Position: Monk (formerly), Swordsman Killer
Weapon of Choice: Fists, Sword
Weapon Name: Seven Blasphemous Deaths
Date of Birth: October 3.
Voiced by: Akira Ishida (JA), Huang Zhen-Ji (ZH)

"畫煙花,碧血情,殘軀仗劍殺不悔。"
"The blood of those I slaughter with my sword fills the sky like fireworks, and for that reason I have no regrets."


A monk on a pilgrimage through Dong-Li who has chi manipulation abilities that cure people of poisonings and other ailments.

He becomes a vessel for the Seven Blasphemous Deaths, discarding his holy name and ways to fully embrace the sword's bloodlust.


  • An Arm and a Leg: He loses his right arm after his attempts to save the Seven Blasphemous Deaths from being re-sealed in the Sorcerous Sword Index.
  • Badass Normal: In a world of swords and magic, he fights with his his bare hands, and even manages to hold his own against the Princess of Cruelty who has already given our heroes a run for their money.
  • Bare-Fisted Monk: He's quite skilled at evading sword attacks with minimal effort.
    • As Rou Shin Kai, he can destroy Magic Weapons of Divine Teaching with his bare hands.
  • Big Bad: He takes over as the main villain after Katsu Eiraku has her change of heart, thanks to his discovery of the Seven Blasphemous Deaths. His main goal is to destroy all Magic Weapons of Divine Teaching and have the Seven Blasphemous Deaths the only one weapon left.

  • Calling Your Attacks: When performing a Finishing Move of his swordsmanship style.
    • Demonic Intonation: Endless Blood Edge creates a Sword Beam great enough to overpower a dragon's Breath Weapon.
    • Demonic Intonation: Infernal Prophecy creates a Sword Beam, when boosted by Seven Blasphemous Deaths, is powerful enough to repel the two most powerful swordsmen in Dong-Li and Xi-You.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Although he won't admit it, but he gets very jealous when other people look at the Seven Blasphemous Deaths due to the weapon's cursed. He will slaughter anyone who looks at the Seven Blasphemous Deaths. Even the sword is in awe of how terrifyingly vicious he is.
  • Blue and Orange Morality: Tei Kuu says he cannot find meaning in anything that the rest of humanity does, and thus questions why people do what they do. He goes out of his way to avoid death at Katsu Eiraku's hands only to save her life from a possible attack from Syou Fu Kan and Rou Fu You. Rou Fu You's sensing of the man's evil seems to suggest that it's likely that once Tei Kuu does find meaning in something, it won't be something good and may cause death and destruction throughout the world.
    • Rou Fu You turns out to be correct once Tei Kuu gets the Seven Blasphemous Deaths and casts his vows of piety aside to become Rou Shin Kai once more.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: Under the influence of the Seven Blasphemous Deaths, he will slaughter anyone who gets in his way and has no regrets for his actions.
    • Subverted. It is revealed that he was never brainwashed by the Seven Blasphemous Deaths and it was simple out of pure love for it.
  • Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: He journeys to find meaning in his life, viewing everything as pointless and empty as his good deeds are negated by other good deeds he has done.
  • Evil Costume Switch: After being brainwashed by the Seven Blasphemous Deaths, he changes from his monk's robes to a more dark, intimidating, and sinister appearance.
  • Evil Feels Good: Oh yeah, he's enjoying himself 100 percent.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: From a simple monk to a mass murdering swordsman and currently the biggest threat in the series.
  • Interrupted Suicide: He considers jumping off into a bottomless pit in the Wasteland of Spirits so no one can steal the Seven Blasphemous Deaths from him so he can die holding her until the Death King interrupts him.
  • Karma Houdini: He is last seen falling to his death into a pit in the Demon Spine Mountains after his attempt to prevent the Seven Blasphemous Deaths from being sealed in the Sorcerous Sword Index once more. It cost him one an arm, and it is very likely he perished from the fall, but committing a double suicide with his princess is what he wanted in the first place anyway.
  • Ki Manipulation: On the same level as Syou Fu Kan, as he has the ability to replace the dark yin qi of poison with a healing yang qi of his own in victims of Katsu Eiraku's poisons, although this often requires switching the two "vessels" and taking the poisonous qi unto himself. He also notices that Haku You Kou has had all the poison in his body removed previously by Syou Fu Kan.
  • Lack of Empathy: He doesn't seem to understand what emotions are. To him, they're something to be treasured but also something mysterious. The way he describes humanity's possession of them has a nonhuman sense of detachment. He is later made clear by Rou Fu You to be lacking in empathy towards human life in general, and that if he were to find meaning in the world with that kind of mentality, he would become a force of evil.
  • More Than Mind Control: His fall under the Seven Blasphemous Deaths is partly the result of him admiring its desire to kill and drink the blood of everything it can, as it lets him find the purpose he craves and act on the nihilism he advocates.
    • Subverted. He was never brainwashed by the Seven Blasphemous Deaths.
  • Multicolored Hair: When his braids come undone, streaks of red can be seen in his otherwise pitch black hair.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: In a last second ditch effort to stop Rou Shin Kai from pulling a double suicide with Seven Blasphemous Deaths, she immediately reveals that Syou Fu Kan is Always Someone Better than him. This enrages Rou Fu You as it means someone else is a rival to wield her.
  • Nonchalant Dodge: He has excellent self defense. Everyone who attacks him hasn't been able to actually hit him.
  • Not Brainwashed: Seven Blasphemous Death loses control of him after becoming Yandere for her. He's even more insane without her controlling him.
  • Not Worth Killing: An interesting subversion. As an ascetic Buddhist monk, Tei Kuu questions whether or not people are worth using his skills on them, as he views his own life as worthless in comparison. However, he turns this on its head when Katsu Eiraku threatens his life, as he asks her if there is a reason that she should kill him. When she cannot give him a suitable answer, he fights back and escapes unharmed while saying her own life has less worth than his.
  • One-Man Army: He is the most dangerous and fearless villain in the series. He can slaughter an army of Sen Chin Fortress' soldiers without breaking a sweat.
  • Reused Character Design: As with the Seven Blasphemous Deaths, Rou Shin Kai is another "Star System" character borrowed from Chaos Dragon.
  • Straw Nihilist: He's on a journey to determine the world's worth and why the creatures on it do the things they do. He has a rather abysmal and cynical mindset about it. Maybe it's worth saving. Maybe it's worth destroying. He hasn't made up his mind yet. This also applies to his own life. Give him a good enough reason and he'll let you kill him. If not? He'll dodge all your attacks effortlessly.
  • Warrior Monk: A given in a series of swords and magic.
  • Yandere: In one of the most unique relationships of this type, he is one for Seven Blasphemous Deaths. He becomes so concerned someone else would wield her, he desires to commit suicide in the Wasteland of Spirits. She's immediately horrified at the prospect as her true desire is murdering others.
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     Ghost Princess - Seven Blasphemous Deaths 
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Chinese Name: 妖姬・七殺天凌 Yāo Jī—Qī Shā Tiān Líng (ZH) / Youki—Nanasatsu Tenryou (JA)note 
Voiced by: Aoi Yuuki (JA)

A dangerous divine sword from the Sorcerous Sword Index that has a malevolent spirit of its own.
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: When faced with holy weapons which are actually capable of countering it, it actually considers retreat despite its pride. When Rou Shin Kai poises the sword to bait one of those holy swords, it actually shows signs of panic.
  • Bad Boss: When its lust of blood is not quenched it commands those who wield it to offer their blood instead, and is all too happy to belittle and talk down to Katsu Eiraku when she wields it.
  • Batman Gambit: After realizing that Rou Shin Kai is way too crazy a swordsman for her to work with, she convinces him to challenge Syou Fu Kan in a bid to mind control the latter and stop Rou Shin Kai from getting her buried and forgotten in the Wasteland of Spirits.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: She desires to be wielded by a swordsman who has no equal in battle and treats her like a goddess. She finds one in Rou Shin Kai... except he turns Yandere and wants to permanently ensure no one else will ever wield her. She's not enthusiastic about a double suicide and desperately tries anything to change his mind... or find someone else to defeat him.
  • The Dreaded: Everyone's reaction to the sword when they realize they have it (or it's missing). The sword has incredible power, is pure evil, and takes control of its wielder. It is especially worth noting that the Seven Blasphemous Deaths embodies the exact opposite of Syou Fu Kan's philosophy about swords. To him a weapon is just a tool; the sword being good or evil, powerful or weak, depends on the person who uses it. However this particular Divine Weapon has its own evil intelligence, grants terrible power, and takes control of the person who holds it.
  • Greed: The Seven Blasphemous Deaths controls people by manipulating their greed. While still sheathed, its pull was powerful enough to convince Katsu Eiraku to wield it, and once unsheathed, its ability to control others' minds is fully revealed. Once someone sets their eyes upon the Seven Blasphemous Deaths' blade, they want nothing more in the world than the sword itself. This drives people to the wielder and become prey for its bloodlust.
  • Happiness in Slavery: Through euphoric addiction her mind control makes the wielder want to wield and protect her.
  • Holding Back the Phlebotinum: She monologues about withholding her true power from Rou Shin Kai because he was too Yandere for her tastes. The hesitation may have prevented him from defeating Syou Fu Kan.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Through promises of power and fulfillment of desires the sword convinces the wielder to follow its commands. However the sword always has its own ambitions as first priority... namely having its wielder kill as many people as possible to slake its soul drinking thirst.
  • Mind Control: Syou Fu Kan is terrified when he learns that not only has Katsu Eiraku taken the Night of Mourning, but this weapon as well, which both can control people's minds. Its power even extends to those who wield it, and Katsu Eiraku has difficulty resisting its charms.
  • Our Demons Are Different: It claims it is of demon origin. Which is why holy weapons - the Shinkai Makai, like the Tengyouken of the previous seasom - are one of the few things it actually feared.
  • Pride: Perhaps to be expected from a sword which attracts others to desire it. Even when Katsu Eiraku is hopelessly outclassed by Rou Fu when wielding it, it considers retreating from "a musician who closes eyes against it" as cowardly and an insult to its dignity.
  • The Power of Blood: It gets stronger every time it draws blood from slain foes, and gives some of that strength to its wielder.
  • Reused Character Design: Urobuchi says that he's practicing with the creation of a "Star System" by using this sword he originally created for Red Dragon/Chaos Dragon. However, he is insistent that in Red Dragon this sword was called the "Qi Sha Tian Ling" (チーシャーティエンリー) in Japanese, but in Thunderbolt Fantasy it's called the "Nanasatsu Tenryou" (ななさつてんりょう). Also, in Chaos Dragon, the sword was voiced by Tomokazu Seki, a man, while in TBF it's Aoi Yuuki, a woman.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: By the end of the season, the Seven Blasphemous Deaths falls to the bottom of the ravines of the Demon Mountain along side Rou Shin Kai, and is presumably stuck down there with Shin Kai dead and no one else able to carry the weapon out from there.
  • Talking Weapon: It tries to talk to Katsu Eiraku to be wielded by her, so she can take over the world. Unlike Ryouga who seems to physically speak though, the Seven Blasphemous Deaths seem to talk with telepathy.
  • With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: The sword offers its wielder unbelievable power to conquer the entire world, if only that person surrenders their free will to it.

The Sen Chin Fortress

     Haku You Kou 
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Chinese Name: 伯陽侯 Bó Yáng Hóu / Elder Sun Lord (EN)
Voiced by: Shinnosuke Ogami (JA)

A Seal Guardian who leads Sen Chin Fortress (仙鎮城 Xiān Zhèn Chéng), an (almost) impenetrable fortress to protect all sorts of the Magic Weapons of Divine Teaching. Syou Fu Kan seeks out his assistance to hold onto the Sorcerous Sword Index, but Katsu Eiraku has other plans.
  • Blood from the Mouth: After Haku You Kou has been poisoned by Katsu Eiraku's scorpions, Syou saves his life by extracting the poison out of his body. He was coughing out black liquid from his mouth. Leaving him in a weaken state afterwards.
  • Last of His Kind: He is the last Seal Guardian of Sen Chin Fortress after Rou Shin Kai slaughters everyone at the fortress.
  • Meaningful Name: His name has several levels of meaning: 1) "Bó"—A legit surname with a rare population; also commonly used as the given name to firstborn men; think "Taro (first son)" of Japanese culture. Since the story applies this word as a surname, then just treat it as a surname. 2) "Yáng Hóu"—God of Waves in Chinese ancient mythology, known to be used as a Knighting name given by royals to those who has governmental achievements in Chinese history; which in this case is highly applicable.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: After Syou Kyou Ken and Lin Setsu A tell him about Syou Fu Kan, he finds it unforgivable that Syou "lied" to him, and had Tan Hi to write a fake introduction for Syou Fu Kan.

     Heki Suu & Yuu Sei 
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Heki Suu
Chinese Name: 碧樞 Bì Shū / Verdant Pivot (EN)
Voiced by: Shogo Batori (JA)
Yuu Sei
Chinese Name: 祐清 Yòu Qīng / Blessed Clarity (EN)
Voiced by: Jun Kasama (JA)

Two Seal Guardians who are disciples under Haku You Kou. The two are seen running errands for their master due to their master being poisoned by Katsu Eiraku.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Heki Suu sacrifices himself in order for his master to escape with the last remaining divine weapon.
  • Killed Off for Real: Both of them were tragically killed by Rou Shin Kai.
  • Perpetual Frowner: Heki Suu holds the most frowning of faces of the two.
  • Those Two Guys: Haku You Kou's two pupils within the gates of Sen Chin Fortress, and they look almost identical at first glance.
  • Undying Loyalty: Both of them are very loyal to Haku You Kou.

Monsters

     Death King 
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Chinese Name: 歿王 Mò Wáng (ZH) / Botsu Ou (JP)
Voiced by: Kenta Miyake (JA)

A dangerous dragon who lives in Hellfire Valley.
  • An Arm and a Leg: He lost one wing to Syou Fu Kan, then one horn to Rou Fu You.
  • Bait-and-Switch: When Rou Fu You initially counters a dragon, they think the baby dragon, Lower Lord (霸下 Bà Xià / Haka) is the supposed dragon that Syou Fu Kan fought, but then the Death King comes in and kills said dragon to eat as a meal.
  • Breath Weapon: His main attack is to kill anyone who enters his territory through breathing fire. However, Rou Fu You can hold a note longer and tires the Death King out long enough to fall for Lin Setsu A's trap.
  • Killed Off for Real: He was killed by Rou Shin Kai when he stabbed him on top of his head.
  • I'll Kill You!: Swears revenge on Rou Fu You and Lin Setsu A for stealing his horn.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: He's willing to kill and eat his own kind in the order to survive.
  • Medium Blending: With Toku, as the Death King isn't a puppet but a Man in a Rubber Suit.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: "Death King" sounds like a family-friendly name, doesn't it? Especially if his introduction has him brutally killing his own kind.
  • The Worf Effect: First he loses a wing to Syou Fu Kan. Then he loses a horn to Rou Fu You. He finally loses his life to Rou Shin Kai. His role during the second season was Humiliation Conga.

Alternative Title(s): Thunderbolt Fantasy 2

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