I'm going to start a Flame of Recca discussion forum everyone please join in if you want n.n
Post 1. Setting/ Introduction
Post 2. Characters
Post 3. About the Author
Post 4. Let's start the discussion
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Recca Hanabishi is a ninja, but is nearly killed in an accident. However, a girl named Yanagi heals him with her powers. Later, the two are tracked down by a woman who attacks them. She tells Recca to ignite his flame, but he is clueless. Just as she hurts Yanagi, Recca releases a powerful flame upon the woman. She is excited to see this. It turns out that Recca was a baby, from the Hokage Clan of the past, that was sent to the future in order to escape death. Now, Recca is the leader of the new Hokage Clan who must stop his half brother, Kurei, from kidnapping Yanagi.
http://img456.imageshack.us/img456/9...cter2581uz.jpg Recca is a teenage boy who has wanted to be a ninja all his life. Little did he know that this burning aspiration actually has something to do with his secret heritage which dates back to 400 years ago. He is a descendant of a secret clan of ninjas known as the Hokage, whose leaders have the ability to control fire and summon flames from their hands. Recca discovers that he has that very same ability. With the help of Kage Houshi and his friends, he learns to use his "flame-throwing" ability in battle. Later on, he discovers his true power as a "flame master" by the ability to control and summon the awesome "Karyus" or "flame dragons", one of the most powerful "forms" of flame a flame master could have. Note that I mentioned "Karyus" (plural). Having merely one flame dragon is powerful enough, but Recca has EIGHT (8) flame dragons inside him! Recca will need to "tame" and "control" these eight dragons in order to protect his "Hime" (princess) Yanagi from being taken by the evil Kouran Mori and his adopted son, Kurei.
http://img454.imageshack.us/img454/3...cter2625vz.jpg Domon is also one of Recca's high school classmates, and the "self-proclaimed" strongest boy in his high school. He also wants Recca to serve as his personal ninja, and thinks that Recca's "ninja obssession" is "outdated and uncool". Although he is strong, Domon is reckless and "not as smart" as Recca's other opponents (like Fuko), and he is defeated easily by Recca. He has his pride though, and when push comes to shove, he is willing to help Recca and the others just to show that he is the strongest and can be of use to them. Domon also has a big crush on Fuko, and he makes sure EVERYONE knows about it (much to Fuko's annoyance). His elemental weapon (given by Kage Houshi) is called "Saturn's Ring", worn as a nose ring. It represents the power of the earth, and when it glows is gives its wearer superhuman strength and endurance.
http://img477.imageshack.us/img477/7...cter2610pv.jpg Fuko Kirisawa is one of Recca's classmates in high school. Ever since they were kids, she has fought against Recca but always lost. With Recca's challenge and his offer of becoming a personal ninja who will serve anyone that defeats him in battle, Fuko becomes even more determined to win. When she discovers that Recca has already chosen a "master" (his "Hime" Yanagi), and that Yanagi did not defeat him in battle but Recca SIMPLY CHOSE her, she gets very angry. Kage Houshi then takes this opportunity to test Recca's flame by giving Fuko the elemental weapon called Fujin, a bracelet with five crystals with the ability to control wind. At first, the Fujin's power takes control of Fuko and gives her an uncontrollable lust for battle, which nearly defeats Recca. But Recca summons his flame and later makes Fuko snap out of her trance. Eventually, Fuko gains control of the Fujin and quickly masters all its abilities.
http://img477.imageshack.us/img477/9...cter2646ex.jpg Kage Houshi is a mysterious woman who appears into Recca's life and challenges him to release his hidden flame. Recca and his friends at first think she's weird and annoying, but in reality she was only "training" them all with the use of their "elemental weapons". She also holds a dark and shocking secret about Recca's heritage as a member of the Hokage Clan of ninjas from 400 years ago.... During the Killer's Tournament, Kage Houshi acts as a "resource person" to team Hokage by effectively identifying all elemental weapons used/wielded by their opponents.
http://img477.imageshack.us/img477/3...cter2632xx.jpg Kaoru Koganei is a young boy who likes puzzles. He is exceptionally talented in "transfomer" types of puzzles. Seeing this talent, Mori Kouran's adopted son, Kurei, takes him into his group and gives him the elemental weapon called "Kougon Anki". The Kougon Anki has five basic "forms". In it's default form, it is a halberd. The other forms include a boomerang, a chain sickle, huge scissor-type blades, and it's "true" form, a bow with a metal arrow. A normal human with proper training can "transform" the Kougon Anki into any of its 5 forms in about 40 seconds. Kaoru however, can do it almost instantaneously. Kaoru at the beginning worked with Kurei and helped him in the kidnapping of Yanagi. He later develops a liking to Yanagi. But later, he felt betrayed by Kurei because the latter promised him that Yanagi not be harmed during the but testing but reneged on the promise. He then breaks away with Kurei's group, saying "he can't go along" with them anymore. During the Killer's Tournament, when Recca's Team Hokage was short one member, Kaoru offered to join the team in order to help protect Yanagi.
http://img477.imageshack.us/img477/9...cter2596mz.jpg Tokiya Mikagami is an older student studying in Recca's high school. He seems dark, serious, and brooding. When Recca first meets him, Recca thinks Tokiya is a snob. There is a reason for Tokiya's dark disposition. For about ten years he has been driven by one desire alone: REVENGE for the murder of his older sister right before his eyes. He has been searching all this time for anyone with information regarding his sister's killer. Recca and Tokiya's paths cross when Tokiya sees Yanagi, who happens to have a striking resemblance to his murdered sister. Through a misunderstanding, Recca and Tokiya fight, and although Recca loses the first encounter, he later develops his flame further and manages to win the second battle, and later clears the misunderstanding between him and Tokiya. Tokiya is an excellent fighter. He has strategy and can size up his opponents very well. It figures since he is the lone, surviving master of the "Hyomon Ken" sword technique, a very powerful style used in combination with his elemental weapon, the water sword called "Ensui". In its normal form it appears like a small sword hilt. But when it is dipped into water, it "absorbs" the water and "grows" a long sword blade. Ensui can use ALL properties of water, including ice and steam.
http://img477.imageshack.us/img477/7...cter2606zl.jpg Yanagi Sakoshita is Recca's Hime (Princess), and goes to the same school. She has the ability to heal others. A lot of people like her (Kaoru, Recca, ect.). She loves children and makes books (Firestar Reccaman). She really likes Recca. Her and Recca first meet at school. This is when Recca beomes her shinobi (ninja). A lady named Kage Houshi appears to them, and fights Recca. Kage Houshi comes to Fuko and gives her a Fujin, trying to beat Recca. Yanagi tries to help, but probably bit her tongue. The relationship begins here. Yanagi, Fuko, and Domon are at Recca's house. At night, Yanagi and Recca watch fireworks and hold hands. Then, Tokiya Mikagami comes. He cuts Yanagi's hair to make her look like his sister. Him and Recca fight for her. Last, but not least, Yanagi is captured by Kaoru and Mokuren, and Yanagi ends up as the prize of a "Killing Tournament".
http://img238.imageshack.us/img238/5185/kurei7py.jpg Kurei was born 400 years ago to Reina and Ohka, of the Hokage Ninja in feudal Japan. He possessed a Flame power, which signified that he would become the next leader. However, it was not to be. Ohka married a woman named Kagero, and they had a son named Recca. At first, it was thought Recca was an ordinary infant; however, he soon displayed a Flame power of his own. This was taken to mean that Kurei was unworthy of becoming the next leader. He would have been killed, if not for the intercession of Kagero and Ohka. However, he and his mother were banished to the outskirts of the Hokage village. Kurei grew bitter. The other children would beat him up because he was no longer a "big shot". The other women would mock his mother for the meanness she had formerly displayed. Reina grew sick and malnourished; Kurei loved her and decided that to make their lives happy again, Recca must die. He went in the dead of night to kill Recca. However, the sword only pierced Recca's cheek, and his family scrambled to the rescue. As a consequence, Kurei was placed in jail. He stayed there until the Oni invaded the Hokage village. The jail caught fire and would have collapsed on the five-year-old boy, if he had not used his Flame to protect himself from the falling roof. Although the Oni's forces were wreaking havoc, he immediately thought of finishing his revenge on Recca. He found Kagero in the midst of time-manipulation, and as she carried him to safety, he followed the baby through the time portal. 400 years later, he arrived at the other end. He was found by Mori Tsukino, a kindly woman married to an underworld boss. He loved Tsukino very much, but Mori Kouran used this against him. Kurei's already-present bitterness and anger was used to make him into Mori Kouran's killing machine. Tsukino was held hostage in a mountain cottage, with a bomb implanted inside her, to ensure his cooperation. Any time Kurei expressed a love or emotion for something, Mori Kouran destroyed it, and Kurei eventually became cold and heartless... for all intents and purposes, anyways. Kurenai, a pleasant girl with a fondness for roses, managed to break through this shell. Kurei fell in love with her, and Mori Kouran had her killed. Kurei was devastated, and made his Flame assume her form. When he had Yanagi and the sensei kidnapped to help with his father's quest for eternal life, Recca, Domon, Mikagami, and Fuuko came to rescue her. During this time, Kurei discovered Recca was indeed his long-lost half-brother, and they had a confrontation. They fought to a stalemate, and Recca & Co. left with Yanagi and their sensei.
Nobuyuki Anzai is the manga-ka of Rocket Princess, Recca no Honoo, and his latest series, Märchen Awakens Romance.
His shounen style makes his work enjoyable and beautiful. He doesn't fail at creating loveable characters and really despisable characters. He is able to create a whole new world without any flaws in it. Not much is known about this manga-ka, but I really hope that there will be more facts on him soon.