Battle Arena Toshinden

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Synonyms: Toshinden
Japanese: 闘神伝
English: Battle Arena Toshinden
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Type: OVA
Episodes: 2
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Jun 21, 1996 to Aug 21, 1996
Producers: None found, add some
Licensors: Central Park Media
Studios: J.C.Staff
Source: Game
Genre: ActionAction
Theme: Martial ArtsMartial Arts
Duration: 27 min. per ep.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity


Score: 5.331 (scored by 20902,090 users)
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Ranked: #121252
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Popularity: #8706
Members: 4,622
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For one year, Master Swordsman Eiji Shinjo has been haunted by the memory of his battle with the renegade champion, Gaia - a battle that was cut short by the forces of the malevolent syndicate known as "the organization."

Denied victory, Eiji left the tournament followed by his opponents mocking laughter. Worse still, Eiji walked away no closer to finding his long lost brother, Sho. But now, a mysterious warrior is hunting down the champions of the previous tournament and using their own moves against them - and it looks like that person may be Sho. Who is this powerful new foe and who is his next target?

Eiji and Kayin, his closest friend and greatest rival, struggle to unravel the mystery before they, too, join the ranks of the defeated. The answer lies at the heart of the Organization and its plans for world domination. At last, the ultimate battle between the greatest fighters in the world will be decided. But if Eiji loses, his friends - Ellis - may Die...

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Characters & Voice Actors


Touma, Yumi


Hikami, Kyouko

Fai, Fo

Nishikawa, Ikuo


Tachiki, Fumihiko


Ogata, Megumi


Suzuki, Yuuji
Assistant Producer
Oobari, Masami
Director, Episode Director, Storyboard
Fujiyama, Fusanobu
Sound Director
Hikami, Kyouko
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Ending Theme

"Makenaide Fly Away" by Hikami Kyoko


Nov 13, 2008
Battle Arena Toshinden (like its video game brother) isn’t a very well know title, which is really a shame since the anime itself is pretty descent!

The plot at times can be a bite confusing, basically ever few years or so a tournament is held to decide the best fighter in the world......or at least until the next one anyway. The main villain (Uranus) is creating man machine clones to take over the world, and its up the Toshinden fighters to stop her........yeah basically that’s it. Now while the story isn’t going to win any viewers to actually play the video game, it does do an ...
Jun 27, 2017
Story: This show had a nice concept of cyborgs and so forth! The inspiration from dragonball Z is obvious with 'Z-fighters' compared to 'Toushinden participants'

Art: The art style was well done! The simplicity in it was the thing that made me love the show!

Sound: I really love the simplicity in sound design in older anime series from the 90s. Having the exaturated explosions, sword clashes and screams are the things that make me look up older series.

Character: I really love how they represented the fighters and how they already knew each other.

Enjoyment: I never played the games honestly. But this show has amazing animation compared ...
Jan 3, 2010
Ah, fighting games. They make such awful anime adaptations, no matter how much potential the content of the game has to offer. Some fighting games deserve the right to have some of the most bad-ass movies, OVAs, and specials ever made! This is not one of them.
For anyone who carefully perserved their button-mashing brains in Tekken, Virtua Fighter 2 and Mortal Kombat back in 1995, you were fortunate enough to pass up Battle Arena Toshinden, an early psuedo 3-D fighting game that's so bad, it makes Rise of the Robots look like Guilty Gear. This sorry excuse of a game not only ...

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