Souten Kouro

Beyond the Heavens

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Synonyms: Soten Koro
Japanese: 蒼天航路
English: Beyond the Heavens
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Type: TV
Episodes: 26
Status: Finished Airing
Aired: Apr 8, 2009 to Sep 30, 2009
Premiered: Spring 2009
Broadcast: Unknown
Producers: VAP
Licensors: None found, add some
Studios: Madhouse
Source: Manga
Genres: ActionAction, AdventureAdventure
Theme: HistoricalHistorical
Duration: 23 min. per ep.
Rating: R+ - Mild Nudity


Score: 7.221 (scored by 44034,403 users)
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Ranked: #30452
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Popularity: #4822
Members: 18,729
Favorites: 47

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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.

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Characters & Voice Actors

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Miyano, Mamoru

Sun, Quan

Horanai, Ai

Liu, Bei

Seki, Tomokazu

Bu, Lü

Koyama, Rikiya

Xu, Chu

Sakurai, Toshiharu

Guan, Yu

Morozumi, Kenichi

Zhang, Fei

Seki, Takaaki

Xiahou, Dun

Kusao, Takeshi

Ling, Emperor

Sasaki, Nozomu

Xun, Yu

Yoshino, Hiroyuki


Honda, Yasunori
Sound Director
Ooba, Hideaki
Episode Director


Opening Theme

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Ending Theme

"Pinhole" by Ogre You Asshole


May 10, 2014
Most adaptations of the Romance of Three Kingdoms portray Cao Cao as a power-hungry villain. Souten Kouro is a little different -- he is the hero in this version, and it makes for an interesting take on this ancient tale. The animation is really, really cheap at times but if you're willing to look past that, it's a great show.

The other thing that makes this show interesting is that it talks about a few things that most ROTK adaptations skip over or condense -- namely, Cao Cao's childhood, the fall of the Ten Attendants and the Yellow Turban Rebellion.

I wouldn't recommend this show as an ...
Sep 4, 2021
Good Points:
-A pretty strong medieval type anime
-One of the few animes about ancient China
-Full of battles and wars
-Interesting historical characters
-I love every time when Lu Bu appears, he is so dynamic and full of rage
-Decent animation

Bad points:
-The ending feels rushed
Dec 14, 2009
Mixed Feelings
Preliminary (11/26 eps)
Ah, Romance of the Three Kingdoms. It is truly one of the classics of Chinese literature. It is an amazing story of war, bloodshed and honor. However, Souten Kouro seems to take this classic and make it much more uninteresting than it truly is. It stars Cao Cao, often portrayed as a cruel and merciless tyrant, as the hero of the story. After watching the first 11 episodes of the series, I truly know what the Chinese idiom "speak of Cao Cao, and Cao Cao comes," truly means.


Story: The story begins with Cao Cao's early life. The story itself generally follows the ...

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