Shin Hakkenden

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Alternative Titles

Japanese: 神八剣伝


Type: TV
Episodes: 26
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 3, 1999 to Sep 25, 1999
Premiered: Spring 1999
Broadcast: Unknown
Producers: TV Tokyo
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Public & Basic
Source: Unknown
Genres: ActionAction, AdventureAdventure, Sci-FiSci-Fi
Theme: Martial ArtsMartial Arts
Duration: 24 min. per ep.
Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older


Score: 7.181 (scored by 21142,114 users)
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Ranked: #30732
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Popularity: #6942
Members: 5,790
Favorites: 21

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Based on the long cherished, classic Japanese novel Nanso Satomi Hakkenden by Bakin Kyokutei Takizawa (1767), a modified version of it was made into animation.

Taking place in the future, during this time wars were occuring in heaven, mostly for possession between the eight moons created by the savior Fuse that surrounded God's land. When the war ended, there was only one ruling family - that of the Oowaris, and the remaining son gained control of all the moons of heaven, except for one. Meiten, the moon of the pope, where people refrained from war and were therefore out of it's terms.

Eight people. Each from one of the eight moons. Each possessing one of the jewels - the elements that compose Earth. They are those who are destined to become saviors of humanity. All of them have sacrificed for these jewels, and are determined to complete their duty to Queen Fuse who entrusted these to them. When the mad emperor Kai threatens to revive a ghost who wants to prevent the restoration of Earth, these eight must battle using the powers given by their jewels in order to create Earth and defeat those who want to prevent it.

So they all go to Kusanagi, the ship in the center of God's land. They must gather the jewels in the key called Yatsufusa at Kusanagi's center, in order to create Earth.

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Characters & Voice Actors


Komatsu, Rika


Kikuchi, Shiho


Okiayu, Ryoutarou


Nakai, Kazuya


Koyasu, Takehito


Takahashi, Hideo
Sound Director
Inokawa, Shintarou
Episode Director
Endou, Tetsuya
Ookura, Masahiko
Storyboard, Animation Director, Mechanical Design


Opening Theme

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"Memories" by angela

Ending Theme

1: "Kitto Onaji Hoshi no Naka de (きっと同じ星の中で)" by Friend on mine (eps 1-13)
2: "Atarashii Hibi Shin Hakkenden Special Mix (あたらしい日々 神八剣伝スペシャルミックス)" by RIZ"CO (eps 14-26)

Sep 23, 2014
ZeraX (All reviews)
Shin Hakkenden is based on a very old Japanese novel that took around 4 decades to complete, but Shin Hakkenden sets in the future, and has some changes.

The Story of Shin Hakenden start hundreds of year after the Planet Earth got destroyed by a large comet, dividing it into 8 planets. At that time the Leader of Earth (called Fuse) rescued some people from the impact via space ships and wondered the space for a new home. Fuse tried to create a new Earth, in doing so she break the balance of the galaxy and people hated her for that.

Years and Years after, 8 persons, read more
Dec 29, 2020
StaTiC_X (All reviews)
I don't know from where should I start but just split it out.

So first I'll talk about the story
The story is more than excellent. There are great moments and some of them are just normal
I liked the dark side of the story and how all the characters suffered for a sublime goal. I did not like the cause of the sparks in order for them to become villains. Ridiculous and possibly very trivial reason.

Secondly the graphics
Very good for those who move the characters badly improve in some shots, but mostly bad. I understand that it is an old anime, but there are anime with the read more
Jul 18, 2020
Deago (All reviews)
Even though Shin Hakkenden was based on a historical/fantasy Japanese novel, but adapted the story into a future setting, it didn't feel out of place; the Sci-Fi elements of this anime were finely done, but on rare occasions - especially during the final part - the fantasy elements interfered a little, and took away the Sci-Fi vibes as if the show itself forgot it. I'd say this anime is 80 percent sci-fi and 20 percent fantasy, so the unbalance is noticeable.

The plot revolves around Kou, who embarks on a journey to discover his past, his mysterious powerful jewel, and its connection to the infamous Queen read more

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