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Manga / Sengoku Youko

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"Look at me, my younger self. I haven't lost a single thing, because I still have all the warmth that everyone gave to me. And that warmth has piled up over the years, so that even in the middle of a blizzard, it can still bring a smile to my face. Take your time now, and cry. Cry until you find the warmth left by those who are no longer with you, so that you may finally laugh once more."

A manga written by Mizukami Satoshi, who is best known for writing The Lucifer and Biscuit Hammer and Spirit Circle.

"Stop your evil deeds and take the right path!" - that is the creed of Tama and her younger step brother, Jinka. The two demon siblings travel the country to stop the deeds of all evil doers, along with a cowardly swordsman they picked up along the way, Hyoudou Shinsuke. Their travels lie with many twists and turns, as well as wacky characters they'll meet along the way.

Sengoku Youko ended in May 2016, with 99 chapters.


Sengoku Youko provides examples of:

  • All for Nothing: The Tribe of the Void's efforts in saving their nation's prosperity. The only way for them to save it is to burn all the wealth they've amassed, which will at best reduce the losses.
  • Aloof Older Brother: Raidou Zanzou The Demon Eater.
  • Always Someone Better - The Mountain God claims to be this to Taizan. She later shows it with a Curb-Stomp Battle. Proven and lampshaded by a Daiganshu monk when she shows up at the Daiganshu temple.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Kuzunoha to Tama.
  • Arm Cannon: Shakugan can fire beams of ki out of her transformed arms.
  • Ax-Crazy: Resshin/Barrie Zalmoa.
  • Badass Boast: When Raidou first meets Jinka.
    Raidou Zanzou: "The fear of humans, I will carve it in your very bones"
  • Badass Family: Jinun and Senya.
  • Barbie Doll Anatomy: Tama during the Hot Springs Episode, and Hanatora all of the time.
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  • Bare-Fisted Monk: Douren, who only joined the Daiganshu because his sparring buddy Jinun did, and who mastered the Western art of boxing.
  • Becoming the Mask: Shinsuke becomes more like his sword. Later subverted; Arabuki appears to be Ax-Crazy at first but later stops Shinsuke from doing the same.
  • Beergasm: The orang-utans' sake seems to be this good.
  • Berserk Button: Jinka's is humans disrespecting demons.
  • Big Bad: Yazen. Later the Tribe of the Void arrive to form a Big-Bad Ensemble.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Shinsuke, Tsukiko, and Kokugetsu in Chapter 75.
  • Big Good: The Mountain God. Later subverted/averted. The Mountain God is NOT Good. She has a totally different set of morals and priorities to the rest of the cast.
  • Blood Knight: Resshin/Barrie Zalmoa, Douren, and Mudo all love fighting.
  • Blow You Away: Shinsuke, or, technically, Arabuki.
  • Body Horror: Zenya and Resshin/Barrie.
  • Call-Back: The title page of chapter 70 is a call back to the title page of chapter 28.
  • Completely Off-Topic Report: In a flashback scene, the normally stoic Jinun went for a monster-hunting assignment. His report is instead about how cute the girl he met in the village is, and the part with the monster is simply "I defeated it". His colleagues are dumbfounded since he's usually a serious, no-nonsense person.
  • Cool vs. Awesome: Jinun vs Douran in Chapter 73. It's so epic that Banshou decides to take a ring-side seat and watch their exchange.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Raidou Zanzou in both his fights against Jinka only he lost the second time.
  • Decoy Protagonist: Jinka's run as the lead ends with his turning into the beast god. It's Senya's turn now
  • The Dragon: Jinun, literally. He's first the second-in-command of the Daiganshu and is fused to a powerful dragon.
  • Dynamic Character: Shinsuke goes from being a cowardly samurai wannabe to being on a Roaring Rampage of Revenge to finally cooling down and being a competent - if alcoholic - warrior.
  • Expy: Senya not only looks like a younger version of Maimakterion from the author's other work but also has a similar set of shapeshifting powers.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Senya to his father, Jinun. Kuzunoha to Yazen. The man was willing to have Taizan trample everything and cause damage to his lab in order to protect Kuzunoha's existence.
  • Fastball Special - Jinka and Tama do this, in order for her to deliver a flying kick to her mother Kuzunoha.
  • Four Man Band
    • Tama is The Hero, being the only one truly dedicated to bringing about peace.
    • Jinka is The Lancer, following Tama around to protect her and because he likes fighting.
    • Shinsuke is initially the Tagalong Kid, being a cowardly excuse for a samurai before taking a level in badass.
    • Shakugan is a combination of The Chick, being the most feminine of the two female members, and The Big Guy, being capable of putting on the hurt with her rock demon transformation.
  • Five-Man Band: The Daiganshu
  • Flash Back: A lot of characters explain their backgrounds this way.
  • For Science!: Yazen has a deep, deep interest in science.
  • Good Eyes, Evil Eyes: Senya so much so that they are actually commented upon.
  • Gratuitous English: Resshin/Barry loves peppering his speech with English, shown in a different font in scanlations.
  • Hellish Pupils: A taken in a series where demons exist.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Shakuyaku and Kagan sacrifice themselves to stop a curse-laiden boulder from crushing a hut where a woman is giving birth, turning to stone in order to regain her strength.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: Shinsuke becomes a revenge-driven rage machine after Shakugan's petrification. He calms down after finally getting his revenge.
  • Historical Fantasy: As its name suggests, the series is set in the Sengoku era - more specifically somewhere towards the end of the Ashikaga Shogunate (with the shogun himself even being a prominent character in Part 2). For the most part, however, the protagonists are part of a Wainscot Society that does not interact directly with the famous conflicts of the time.
  • Hot-Blooded: Douren is a Boisterous Bruiser who likes nothing more than a good fight with a Worthy Opponent.
  • How Do I Shot Web?: Shinsuke initially has difficulty figuring out how to properly wield his sword.
  • Important Haircut: Inverted. Tama's hair grows longer when Jinka absorbs so much energy that it feeds back into her and keeps him in demon mode.
  • Incurable Cough of Death: Subverted. It looks like Shinsuke's heavy injuries from assaulting the Daiganshu gave him one these but then the next page shows he was just drunk.
  • Kitsune: Tama and Kuzunoha. Jinka becomes one with 1000 tails.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Senya can't remember anything of what had happened before he was sealed by the Mountain God until chapter 46.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Even in his human form, Douren is fast, tough, and durable.
  • Macross Missile Massacre: The Mountain Goddess can fire a barrage of missiles... made of trees.
  • Mad Scientist: Yazen has been performing experiments fusing humans and powerful youkai.
  • Magnetic Medium: Jinka and his twin brother, because twins with the Fairy Eye "attract monsters" when they're together. This is because they manipulate and cause distortions in fate.
  • Mayfly–December Romance: What drives the ending from fully happy to bittersweet: of the couples that formed throughtout the story, only Tama and the fully-demonized Jinka have comparable lifespans, especially with medieval Japan life expectancy. While they get together, live happy lives and have children, Shinsuke and Tsukiko ultimately pass away long, long before Shakuyaku and Senya.
  • Meaningful Name: "Shakugan" is "Shakuyaku" and "Kagan" mixed together: even the particles in the kanji for "Shaku" are made by smushing characters from their original names together.
  • Missing Mom: Tama's mom pretty much abandoned her. Senya's mother was apparently killed.
  • My Greatest Failure: Jinun sees the death of Senya's mother as this, which is why he put over a 1000 demons inside of him. So he wouldn't fail in protecting those he cared about.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • When Tama realizes that the Mountain God has seen through her plans to involve the god in the battle against Jinun.
    • In-universe, it seems as if dragons are met with an Oh, Crap! moment by demons and humans alike every time they turn up.
  • One-Winged Angel: All of Dangaishu's strongest fighters seem to have this, as well as Jinka
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Shinsuke to Resshin/Barrie Zalmoa and Douren to Jinun.
  • Puppy Love: Senya and Tsukiko's relationship seems to be going this way.
  • Poisonous Friend: Possibly the Maken sword to Shinsuke. and Shinsuke to the main party after Shakuyaku and Kagan are petrified. Subverted when Arabuki stops Shinsuke from going into a murderous rage while fighting Resshin, which also stops Shinsuke's progression to Poisonous Friend.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Douren has shades of this being the most sympathetic priest.
  • Raised by Wolves: Jinka's childhood was spent with Kokugetsu Sai, a hermit, and the demons that roamed the mountain that he had lived on.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Douren's Red to Jinun's Blue.
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Shinsuke was happy to finally be able to go up against Resshin.
  • Screw Destiny: The Tribe of the Void's nation found a way to manipulate fate at will. However, because of this fate has decided to screw them over by destroying their nation with a meteor. Even if they kill Senya and stop its fall, other natural disasters will occur instead to wipe them out.
  • Sharing a Body: Shakuyaku and Kagan as "Shakugan", and unlike most examples, it's a permanent arrangement.
  • Stealth Prequel: There are some hints that the series takes place in the past of the Urban Fantasy series Sanjin Sadou, as well as Mizukami's "Monster Town" one-shot stories.
  • The Stoic: Jinun and Senya rarely show emotion in the first part of the series.
  • Superpowered Evil Side: Jinka's Beast God form robs him of his sanity in exchange for enough power to kill gods.
  • Taken for Granite: Shakugan exhausts herself stopping a curse-laden boulder that was going to crush a hut containing a defenceless Tama and a woman giving birth, and is then stabbed by Resshin. She doesn't die, but turns to stone to recover from her injuries, a process which was stated could take centuries.
  • Talking Weapon: Arabuki, although it's more a case of Hearing Voices.
  • Those Two Guys: Inga and Ouhou.
  • Tiger Versus Dragon: Douren and Jinun, literally and figuratively.
  • Time Skip:
    • There's one of roughly four months between Part 1 and Part 2, and then 8 years in chapter 53.
    • The penultimate chapter jumps forward numerous decades, skimming across the end of the Sengoku Period and the beginning of the Edo period. The final chapter jumps forward 200 years.
  • Took a Level in Badass: All of the characters undergo this, Shinsuke and Jinka's badass levels are perhaps the most obvious.
    • Shinsuke goes from being a coward who has lackluster sword skills to being an Empowered Badass Normal.
    • Jinka's an extreme case of this. He goes from four tails at the start of the series to a thousand! Deconstructed as this rapid rise in Power Levels makes him go completely insane, starting part two, where the aim is to find him and cure him of his madness.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Jinun has never shown overt affection towards Senya, and had his son address him as Master as opposed to father. This is because he saw that strength to accomplish his goals were all he could give him.
  • You Can't Fight Fate: Ultimately, the Tribe of the Void is doomed because they kept manipulating fate, so its now coming to collect all at once. Only by accepting this can they make a final attempt.
  • Your Soul Is Mine: The Mountain Goddess informs Tama that the price for using her in battle would be to have either Tama or Jinka give up their soul to her for eating at the end of their journey.
  • Youkai: Called "Katawara" in this series, which basically means "besides", but with the kanji for "darkness", therefore meaning "creatures (of darkness) who live beside this world".


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