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Souten Kouro

Souten Kouro

Alternative Titles

English: Beyond the Heavens
Synonyms: Soten Koro
Japanese: 蒼天航路

Information

Type: TV
Episodes: 26
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 8, 2009 to Sep 30, 2009
Producers: Madhouse, VAP
Duration: 23 min. per episode
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity
L represents licensing company

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Score: 7.461 (scored by 1636 users)
Ranked: #15642
Popularity: #2384
Members: 6,615
Favorites: 25
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Synopsis

Souten Kouro's story is based loosely on the events taking place in Three Kingdoms period of China during the life of the last Chancellor of the Eastern Han Dynasty, Cao Cao (155 – March 15, 220), who also serves as the main character.

The Three Kingdoms period has been a popular theme in Japanese manga for decades, but Souten Kouro differs greatly from most of the others on several points. One significant difference is its highly positive portrayal of its main character, Cao Cao, who is traditionally the antagonist in not only Japanese manga, but also most novel versions of the Three Kingdoms period, including the original 14th century version, Romance of the Three Kingdoms by Luo Guanzhong. Another significant difference from others is that the storyline primarily uses the original historical account of the era, Records of Three Kingdoms by Chen Shou, as a reference rather than the aforementioned Romance of the Three Kingdoms novel. By this, the traditional hero of Romance of the Three Kingdoms, Liu Bei, takes on relatively less importance within the story and is portrayed in a less positive light. Yet, several aspects of the story are in fact based on the novel version, including the employment of its original characters such as Diao Chan, as well as anachronistic weapons such as Guan Yu's Green Dragon Crescent Blade and Zhang Fei's Viper Blade.

A consistent theme throughout the story is Cao Cao's perpetual desire to break China and its people away from its old systems and ways of thinking and initiate a focus on pragmatism over empty ideals. This often puts him at odds with the prevalent customs and notions of Confucianism and those that support them.

(Source: Wikipedia)

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Adaptation: Souten Kouro

Characters & Voice Actors

Cao, Cao
Cao, Cao
Main
Miyano, Mamoru
Japanese
Miyano, Mamoru
Liu, Bei
Liu, Bei
Main
Seki, Tomokazu
Japanese
Seki, Tomokazu
Sun, Quan
Sun, Quan
Main
 
Bu, Lü
Bu, Lü
Supporting
Koyama, Rikiya
Japanese
Koyama, Rikiya

Staff

Tominaga, Tsuneo
Director
Honda, Yasunori
Sound Director
Ooba, Hideaki
Episode Director
Takayashiki, Hideo
Script, Series Composition



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Jul 25, 2009
ex0
Story:

Based off Luo Guanzhong's 14th century Romance of the 3 kingdom novel, which is considered one of the 'Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese literature', it's one of the most well known and most adapted stories in China.

If you've seen John Woo's Red Cliff, played Dynasty Warriors, or any of Koei's ROTK games and enjoyed them, i'm sure you'll be familiar with the character names in the description, but just in case you missed it, well, now you know. This is ROTK, and you will most likely also be interested in this. Not much more else to say really, it's one of the most read more
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Apr 11, 2009
moritheil
If you dislike blood and graphic violence, do not watch Souten Kouro. If you demand fanservice, panty shots, etc. there are none to be found here. If you like historical dramas, this is a good show for you.

This anime is about as GAR as it is possible to be without breaking the fourth wall. (It doesn’t quite equal the manliness of Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann, which is so GAR that it defies reality, but it is completely serious about it.) If the viewer didn’t already know from the fact that it is derived from Romance of the Three Kingdoms, the opening makes read more
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Recommendations

Story about great generals and their brilliant minds. Military strategy at its best, put into action in breathtaking battles. If you are looking for an anime with good character development: watch these two series!
There is war. There are kingdoms. There are leaders. There are GARness and EXTREME fights. Cao Cao looks like Nobunaga. So, yes. both series are about wars. Both set in different countries and time.

Opening Theme

"909" by Tribal Chair

Ending Theme

"Pinhole" by Ogre You Asshole

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