Flame of Recca is a 42-episode anime series produced by Studio Pierrot and directed by Noriyuki Abe. It is an adaptation of the shōnen manga series of the same name by Nobuyuki Anzai. The plot follows the protagonist Recca Hanabishi, a teenage ninja with the ability to manipulate fire and a descendant of the Hokage, a ninja clan wiped out centuries ago.

The series aired in Japan from July 19, 1997 to July 10, 1998 on Fuji Television.[1] Flame of Recca has also aired on the satellite network Animax in Japan and Asia.[2][3] Pony Canyon has released the entire series on DVD and laserdisc, while Geneon released it in two DVD boxsets on April 22 and June 24, 2004 in Japan.[4] In North America, Viz Media released the series in ten separate DVD volumes between October 26, 2004 and January 9, 2007.[5][6]

The Flame of Recca anime series featured background music composed by Yusuke Honma. The series featured "Nanka Shiawase" (なんか幸せ?, lit. "Something Happy") by The Oystars as its opening theme, and used "Love is Changing" (西田ひかる?) by Hikaru Nishida and "Zutto Kimi no Soba de" (ずっと君の傍で?, lit. "By Your Side Forever") by Yuki Masuda as its ending themes for episodes 1-32 and episodes 33-42 respectively.

EP# Title Original airdate
1 The Princess and her Ninja! Power Awakens!
"Hime to ninja mezameta chikara!!" (姫と忍者 めざめた力!!)
19 July 1997 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
A boy named Recca Hanibishi is obsessed with being a ninja. After an accident, a girl named Yanagi Sakoshita heals him, and he declares her to be his princess, and pledges to be her loyal ninja. After an encounter with Kage Hōshi, he learns that he has the ability to control fire.
2 Fire and Wind, the Fatal Temptation!
"Honō to fūjin kiken na yūwaku!!" (炎と風神 危険な誘惑!!)
2 August 1997 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Fūko Kirisawa is irritated by the fact that Recca became someone's ninja just because he felt like it, and accepts the Fūjin, an object that enables its user to control wind, from Kage Hōshi. The Fūjin, however, is rigged with a mind control orb that enables Kage Hōshi to manipulate Fūko's thoughts. Fūko then arranges to meet Recca on the school grounds after dark to fight with him. Recca is at a disadvantage at first, but is saved by Domon Ishijima after the latter is informed by Yanagi of what was happening. Recca eventually resorts to using his power to control fire to combat Fūko.
3 The Soldier of Water! The Plane of Revenge!
"Mizu no kenshi fukushū no yaiba!!" (水の剣士 復讐の刃!!)
9 August 1997 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Recca and Domon manage to defeat Fūko and destroy the mind control orb, and they learn that Kage Hōshi cannot be killed. The next day, Tokiya Mikagami confronts Recca and states that he knows of what occurred the night before, but Recca acts oblivious. Shortly after, it is revealed that Tokiya is pursuing Recca because Kage Hōshi led him to believe that Recca may have connections to the men who murdered his sister when he was a child. He eventually confronts Recca in the park, and attacks him with Ensui, a sword that manipulates water. As Recca is about to be killed, Yanagi rushes in to try to stop the fight, and Tokiya is shocked upon seeing her because she looks just like his deceased sister.
4 The Maze of Mirror and the Determined Flame
"Kagami no meikyū kesshi no kaen!!" (鏡の迷宮 決死の火炎!!)
16 August 1997 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
As Yanagi appears, Tokiya withdraw from the fight and Yanagi manages to heal Recca using her powers. Feeling down because he let Yanagi saved him, Yanagi recommend they goes to the amuzement park. On the way to buying some drinks, Tokiya appears and take Yanagi to Mirror House. Recca then confronts Tokiya in order to save Yanagi, after a fierce battle, Tokiya admit defeat. It is also revealed that Kage Houshi is actually Recca's biological mother, and make them fight each other to strengthen their power.
5 The Mystery of the Hokage Ninja
"Kage no ningun Hokage no nazo!!" (影の忍軍 火影の謎!!)
20 August 1997 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Recca meets a teacher that knows a lot about the Hokage Ninjas. Yanagi is kidnapped by people from Kurei's Uruha [his Death Squad], including a greatly skilled but rather innocent swordschild named Koganei.
6 The Dangerous Master of Flame, Kurei!
"Kyōfu no enjutsushi Kurei!!" (恐怖の炎術士 紅麗!!)
13 September 1997 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Yanagi wakes up to find herself in a huge bedroom. She meets Koganei, who has washed her clothes and tells her he did not mean to hurt her, but that he must follow Kurei's orders. It is revealed the Kurei's 'father' has ordered the kidnapping of Yanagi, because she has the innate ability to heal and he thinks this can help him achieve immortality. Kage Houshi appears and encourages Recca to fight for Yanagi's release. Recca, Domon and Fuuko team up to go for this. They head to Kurei's mansion, but are met by a stone statue called Maria that shoots lasers at them, upon entrance.
7 A Deadly Struggle, the Guardian of Stone
"Ishi no bannin shi no GAME" (石の番人 死のゲーム!!)
27 September 1997 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Recca, Domon and Fuuko realize that Maria is too fast for them but, taking advantage of the time she needs to occasionally recharge her laser, they defeat her. As they travel to the next room, the group encounters a room full of mannequins playing instruments and holding festivities. There they meet Katashira Reira(doll controller) and her doll Primera, and a battle breaks off between them and Fuuko.
8 Room of the Doll! Fuko's Fatal Combat!
"Ningyō no heya! Fūko no shitō!!" (人形の部屋!風子の死闘!!)
27 September 1997 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Katashira Reira gains control of Fuuko's body and begins to attack the other two. During this, Reira uses the moment to gain control of the boys. Stuck in her control, Reira tortures Fuuko with Primera until she begins to laugh. Fuuko learns the secret of the doll controller and stops her, ultimately defeating the duo. Kage Hoshi is then seen trying to convince Tokiya to assist Recca and company. Meanwhile, Kurei gives order to let lose a dangerous character that is locked up in a cage on the second floor.
9 Devil Domon! Overwhelming Power!
"Oni no Domon! Michinaru chikara!!" (鬼の土門!未知なる力!!)
4 October 1997 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
The group goes up to the second floor with new friend Ganko to meet Seiko. Seiko who was locked up because he was too dangerous is now stopping our team from getting the the fourth floor where Yanagi is. Domon steps up to the challenge, and declares he'll face Seiko alone. Seiko is at first taken down, but after the use of his elemental weapon, creates a rock armor and pulverizes the group. It's then we learn that Domon is given Saturn's Ring from Kage Hoshi, and with it's aid manages to defeat Seiko. As the episode closes, Tokiya makes his appearance at the mansion.
10 The War of Flames! The Fight Between Hokage Descendants
"Honō no gekitotsu! Futari no Hokage!!" (炎激突!!二人の火影!!)
11 October 1997 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Fuuko, Recca, and Domon are holding up a wall when Tokiya appears and taunts them. He destroys the wall and then begins to battle with Koganei who was waiting from the group on the third floor. Tokiya engages Koganei, and allows the rest of the group to run on to the fourth floor where they meet Kurei. After getting their attention, Kurei tells Recca about their past 400 years ago and how both were sent to the present time when they were infants.
11 Adamantium Blade's Five Different Forms!
"Kōgan Anki! Itsutsu no yaiba!!" (鋼金暗器!五つの刃!!)
18 October 1997 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
12 Kurenai, the Flame of the Angel of Death
"Honō no Kurenai! Shi wo yobu tenshi!!" (炎の紅!死を呼ぶ天使!!)
25 October 1997 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
13 The Ultimate Flame! Legend of the Fire Dragons
"Kyūkyoku no honō! Densetsu no Karyū!!" (究極の炎!伝説の火竜!!)
1 November 1997 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
14 The Past is Brought Forward! The Truth of 400 Years Ago!
"Yomigaeru kako! Yonhyakuen no shinjitsu!!" (蘇る過去!四百年の真実!!)
15 November 1997 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
15 The Curse that Separates Mother and Son
"Toki no noroi! Haha to musuko!!" (時の呪い!母と息子!!)
22 November 1997 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
16 Determination to Fight! Recca's Challenge!
"Tatakai no ketsui! Recca no chōsen!!" (戦いの決意!烈火の挑戦!!)
29 November 1997 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
17 Hokage's Arrival! The Urubatousatsujin
"Hokage kenzan! Ura Butou Satsujin!!" (火影見参!!裏武闘殺陣!!)
6 December 1997 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
18 The Opening Battle! Mikagami's Sword
"Shura no ken! Mikagami shutsujin!!" (修羅の剣!水鏡出陣!!)
13 December 1997 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
19 Unexploded Iron Fist! Domon's Last Resort
"Tekken fuhatsu?! Domon no kirifuda!!" (鉄拳不発?!土門の切り札!!)
20 December 1997 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
20 Secret of the Maiden's Skin
"Bakuretsu!! Otome no hada no himitsu!!" (爆裂!!乙女の肌の秘密!!)
10 January 1998 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
21 Paper Dance! Breathing in Life!
"Kami no mai! Fukikomareta inochi!!" (紙の舞!吹き込まれた命!!)
17 January 1998 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
22 The Terrible Monster has Changed! Recca is in Danger!
"Hotoke no hyōhen! Mō hitotsu no kao!!" (仏の豹変!もう一つの顔!!)
24 January 1998 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
23 Trial of Life and Death!
"Inochigake no shiren!!" (命がけの試練!!)
31 January 1998 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
24 The Call from the Monster, the Warrior from Hell
"Kemono no otakebi jigoku no senshi!!" (獣の雄叫び 地獄の戦士!!)
7 February 1998 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
25 What an Attack! The Lightning Battle
"Shōgeki!! Denkōsekka no ketchaku!!" (衝撃!!電光石火の決着!!)
14 February 1998 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
26 Mokuren has Returned! The Danger of the Human Tree
"Fukkatsu no Mokuren! Jimmen ju no kyōi!!" (復活の木蓮!!人面樹の驚異!!)
21 February 1998 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
27 The Reason for her Tear! The Girl with the Hairblade!
"Namida no wake midaregami no bishōjo!!" (涙の訳 乱れ髪の美少女!!)
28 February 1998 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
28 The Instantaneous Flame, the Flame of Setsuna
"Shakunetsu no gankō Setsuna no Shun En honō!!" (灼熱の眼光 刹那の瞬炎!!)
7 March 1998 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
29 Dangerous Lips! The Madougu of Speech!
"Ayashī no kuchibiru! Kotodama no kyōfu!!" (妖しい唇 言霊の恐怖!!)
14 March 1998 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
30 The Seduction of the Beautiful. Dangerous Duet!
"Bijo no yūwaku, shi no nijūsō!!" (美女の誘惑 死の二重奏!!)
21 March 1998 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
31 The Cursed Flame! Kurenai's Past!!
"Noro wa reshi honō Kurenai no kako!!" (呪われし炎 「紅」の過去!!)
28 March 1998 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
32 The Invisible Enemy! A Horrible Battle
"Mienai teki kyōfuto no tatakai!!" (見えない敵 恐怖との戦い!!)
17 April 1998 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
33 Two Dragons! The Stolen Move!
"Nihiki no karyū!! Nusumareta waza!!" (二匹の火竜!!盗まれた技!!)
24 April 1998 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
34 Skin Covered in Bruises! Fuko's Tough Fight!
"Gekitō Fūko!! Kizudarake no suhada!!" (激闘風子!!傷だらけの素肌!!)
1 May 1998 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
35 Answer to a Maiden's Prayer! The True Power of Fujin
"Otome no inori mezameta Fūjin!!" (乙女の祈り 目覚めた風神!!)
8 May 1998 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
36 The Fire Dragons United! The Enemy Outside the Ring!
"Karyū gattai!! RING gai no teki!!" (火竜合体!!リング外の敵!!)
15 May 1998 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
37 Escape from the Oblivious Dimension! The Battle of the Other Place!
"Ma jigen dasshutsu!! Akūkan no tatakai!!" (魔次元脱出!!亜空間の戦い!!)
22 May 1998 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
38 Horror! The Walking Corpse
"Kyōfu!! Yomigaetta shisha no nikutai!!" (恐怖!!蘇った死者の肉体!!)
29 May 1998 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
39 Mikagami Battles. Desperate Ice Sword!
"Mikagami shitō!! Kesshi no Hyōmon Ken!!" (水鏡死闘!!決死の氷紋剣!!)
12 June 1998 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
40 Trap of the Evil Woman. The God of Wind is Furious!
"Akujo no wana!! Ikari no Fūjin!!" (悪女の罠!!怒りの風神!!)
19 June 1998 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
41 Fight Again! Recca & Kurei
"Taiketsu futatabi!! Recca to Kurei!!" (対決再び!!烈火と紅麗!!)
3 July 1998 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
Koganeis' fight with the Joker begins but the Joker gives up so Kurei can fight Recca. With Recca still not back from training the others battle Kurei four on one. Recca appears just in time to save Koganei. Recca and Kurei finally begin their fight.
42 The Deadly Battle! When the Candle of Life Burns out.
"Shitō!! Inochimo e tsukiru made!!" (死闘!!命燃え尽きるまで!!)
10 July 1998 {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}


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  5. "Flame of Recca, Vol. 1 (DVD)". Viz Media. Retrieved 2010-11-06. 
  6. "Flame of Recca, Vol. 10 (DVD)". Viz Media. Retrieved 2010-11-06. 

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