A 16-year-old boy named Shurato and his friend Gai happen to be drawn into a gigantic ball of light while competing in the final match of a martial arts tournament. When they regain their senses, they find themselves transferred to a mystic heavenly sphere with a divine atmosphere. It's soon discovered that Shurato used to be the governing king of this world and that he has only been brought to his original state. Shurato is shocked as Gai suddenly turns hostile. After this unfortunate incident, a spectacular yet fantastic drama develops involving the two.
Tenkuu Senki Shurato (or simply Shurato) is most well-known as Tatsunoko's response to Toei Animation's Saint Seiya (a classic anime very famous in Brazil, Italy and France).
Saint Seiya's plot revolves around armored warriors fighting each other in the name of the Greek gods. Tenkuu Senki Shurato follows the same concept, but with Hinduism and Buddhism as background. The character Shurato is one of the warriors response to protect the goddess Vishnu and Spiritual World from the evil gods.
The Story – a summary of the first 2 episodes (some minor spoilers)
The best friends Shurato and Gai are martial artists that live in the Human World. In
the beginning of the anime they are teleported by the goddess Vishnu to Tenkuukai (Spiritual World).
Shurato is awaked in Tenkuukai by a beautiful girl named Lakshu. In the sequence, Shurato is attacked by his friend Gai.
Gai seems to be controlled – brainwashed or something, and tries to kill Shurato. Gai manipulates a strange armor. But soon Shurato also discovers he can summon his own magical armor – by the way, these magical armor are called “Shakti” in Shurato universe.
Meanwhile Shurato is saved from death by another guy wearing a shakti: Reiga(Leiga). Reiga takes Shurato to Tenkuuden (Vishnu’s palace) and introduces himself as a Hachibushi (one of Vishnu’s elite soldier). Shurato is also told to be one of the 8 Hachibushu, along with Gai (but, for some reason, Gai seemed to have made an alliance with the evil side).
Shurato also introduced to Indrah, the commander of Vishnu forces and a well respected man in Tenkuukai. But nobody could imagine that Indrah would betrayal Vishnu ...
The original concept of Tenkuu Senki Shurato is heavily inspired by Saint Seiya, since it also features a commander betraying her goddess and manipulating her army.
Shurato joins another Hachibushus to fight Indrah, while Indrah still manipulates some other Hachibushus. This first saga is very enjoyable, except for one or two episodes that should be probably fillers.
In episode 26, the bad guy behind the curtains appears: Shiva, followed by his elite of Asura gods. The second saga begins after this episode. Some chapters later, Shurato will discover that his role in the Spiritual World is much bigger than he could measure.
Shurato’s main characters are also heavily inspired by Saint Seiya. Each one has his counterpart in Seiya's anime: Shurato - Seiya; Hyouga - Hyoga; Ryouma - Shiryu; Reiga - Ikki. But Shurato's main characters are charismatic enough to stand out.
Shurato; Shura-Oh Shurato – He is the main character. His shakti (armor) represents a white lion. Shurato is obstinate, many times stubborn, kind-hearted and quite stupid. His strongest technique is a super punch.
Hyouga, Hyoga or Hyuuga; Ten-Oh Hyouga – His shakti represents a tiger. Hyouga is almost as kind-heart as Shurato, but pretty much clever and prudent.
Ryouma; Ryu-Oh Ryouma – His shakti represents a dragon. Ryouma is the most collect in the group. He has also a great physical strength and don’t think twice to sacrifice himself in order to defeat his enemies and protect the world.
Reiga; Karura-Oh Reiga – His shakti represents a garuda (a mythical bird similar to the phoenix). Reiga is the most original and captivating hero in Shurato. His armor and powers are much probably inspired by Phoenix Ikki (Saint Seiya). He has even an epic entrance envolving feathers, like Ikki. Reiga is a lazy man and doesn’t show to be very devout (or fanatic) to Vishnu. He also doesn’t look like to take things seriously, since he makes jokes even in the bad moments. However, he has got an impressive intelligence and skillful way to fight.
Lakshu – Shurato’s self-proclamed girlfriend. She is a kawaii girl with an annoying voice. She is pretty much a companion and a nuisance to the main characters for the most of the series. But she will have a more important role in the last episodes.
Gai; Yasha-Oh Gai – His shakti represents a wolf. He was once a kind-heart person and a big friend of Shurato. But in Tenkuukai he acts malevolently and contantly tries to kill Shurato with no explanation. He doesn’t show his motivations to have become evil until the last episodes, so his development is not much interesting.
So this is maybe the biggest problem in Tenkuu Senki Shurato. Even the main characters don’t have a background story good enough to develop them satisfactorily.
Other weakness is that the villlains of the second part (episodes 26-38) look weird. They were also made weaker than they should be. Fortunately this problem doesn't affect the characters from the first saga, like the charismatic Akaranarta.
The animation quality is a big problem. The character design changes constantly. Sometimes even in the same episode! After episode 26, we can see a great drop in an animation that was just decent for the most of the time.
But I can congratulate some features of the art. The armors/shaktis are beautiful and very detailed (when the animation is good enough to show the details). The scenario is also quite inspired, with all those giant statues and floating mountains (the last feature is probably inspired by the cover art of progressive rock albums).
Even with some problems, Shurato is still an enjoyable watching. It certainly loses when compared to other shounen of that time (Dragon Ball Z, Saint Seiya, Yu Yu Hakusho). However, it's still enjoyable as a classic 80's anime, and just it.
An anime i watched recently from around the time i started to watch anime, and some things were predictable, other things were`nt, the story i liked very much , so as some of the charachter developments, music i had no complaints about +) Only the thing is that the main person, Shurato is a bit too sensitive and does reckless things what put me off a bit, and the too emotional scene`s on and off that destracted me, But i plenty enjoyed the show