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  • Best Known for the Fanservice: Ask the majority of the Ikki Tousen fandom what they remember the most - chances are Panty Shots, boobs and lesbians (explicit or subtext) will be more common answers than anything remotely related to Romance of the Three Kingdoms.
  • Broken Base: Ikki Tousen is a very divisive series at best. Many love it for its fanservice and characters and think that the story, while nothing groundbreaking, isn't too bad, while others dislike the fanservice and feel the plot makes no sense.
  • Complete Monster:
    • Chuuei Toutaku, the Big Bad of season 1, is the leader of Rakuyo Academy, and the descendant of Dong Zhou. Having participated in the Big Fighting Tournament as a freshman, he killed numerous fighters, claiming control over many Kanto high schools. Sending Shishi Ouin to destroy Nanyo Academy from the inside, he later orders Ryofu to kill him after he tried assassinating him. Doing whatever he can to prevent his destined death, he commences the Big Fighting Tournament to have Hakufu Sonsaku killed, even banning finals so that no other fighter can kill him and take away his control over the schools. Knowing that Ryofu will be the cause of his death, he gives a deadly curse to Hakufu and has her show up at his place to kill Ryofu, promising to murder Ryomou if she doesn't comply. When Ryofu kills him, he cures Hakufu's body before implanting his soul into her, later taking control of her and attempting to gleefully murder Ouin and all of Hakufu's friends.
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    • Dragon Destiny & Xtreme Xecutor (anime seasons 2 & 4): Chuutatsu Shibai, the descendant of Sima Yi, is the selfish, paraplegic chief strategist for Kyosho Academy. Desiring to bring about a new age of war and take over Kanto, Shibai makes a deal with the spirits of ancient fighters to acquire the Dragon Jade and use it to help them possess their descendants. Manipulating everyone to further her goals, Shibai later takes Kan'u prisoner, allowing her men to torture her for information on the Dragon Jade's location. Arranging Sousou to become possessed by his inner dragon, she has him kill Hakufu and Kakouton, later leading a battle against Seito Academy for the Dragon Jade. Not caring for the loss of her fighters, she attempts to murder the Seito survivors before strangling Gentoku for the Dragon Jade. With her dying breath, Shibai uses the Dragon Jade to awaken Sousou and Gentoku's inner dragons and have them kill everyone. Returning from the dead as Kentei, he plans a fake tournament where the fighters' blood will be used to resurrect thousands of corpses to serve as his army, arranging to have them possessed with the ancient fighters' spirits and conquer Kanto. Brainwashing Kan'u into obeying his orders, he forces her to fight Ryomou, attempting to kill them both when Kan'u snaps out of it.
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  • Fetish Retardant: The series' fanservice is a double edged sword. While it can attract fans, several commented they quit because of it.
  • Foe Yay: Kan'u and Ryomou are enemies. They get shipped quite often regardless.
  • Fridge Brilliance: The initals of the subtitles of each series after the first season (DD, GG, XX) could be indicative of bra sizes.
  • Les Yay: Everywhere, and quite a bit of it centered on Ryoufu and Kan'u.


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