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Shutendoji (手天童子 Shutendōji?), also written Shutendouji or Shuten Doji and also known as Legend of Shutendoji, is a science fantasy Japanese manga series created by Go Nagai which combines elements from Japanese folklore with science fiction. An OVA series was released beginning in 1989 and ending in 1991, for a total of 4 episodes.

In 2002, a remake/sequel titled Gomaden Shutendoji (降魔伝 手天童子 gōmaden shutendōji?) started being published in the magazine Champion Red, being one of the series that were released in the first issue of the magazine.

Plot

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Characters

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  • Jiro Shutendo (手天童子郎 shutendou jirō?)
  • Miyuki Shiratori (白鳥美雪 shiratori miyuki?)
  • Ryuichiro Shiba (柴竜一郎 shiba ryūichirō?)
  • Kyoko Shiba (柴京子 shiba kyōko?)
  • Yusuke Shiratori (白鳥勇輔 shiratori yūsuke?)

Original manga publication

Prototype

Before starting serialization, Nagai created a 57-page oneshot titled Shutendoji, published in the issue of February 1975 (1975-02) in the Shōjo magazine Princess, published by Akita Shoten.[1][2][3] While this manga has some similarities, it is a completely different story, as well as being a Shōjo manga instead of Shōnen. It would later be renamed as Jashin Senki (邪神戦記) or Princess Han Shutendoji (プリンセス版手天童子).[2][3]

Original serialization

Shutendoji started being published as a serialized series from September 5, 1976 (1976-09-05) to April 30, 1978 (1978-04-30) in the magazine Weekly Shonen Magazine by Kodansha.[2][4]

The manga was originally compiled in 9 volumes, and would later be re-published several times.

  • Kodansha (KC Magazine, 1977–1978)
Japanese release date Vol.
April 5, 1977 (1977-04-05) 1
May 10, 1977 (1977-05-10) 2
July 20, 1977 (1977-07-20) 3
August 20, 1977 (1977-08-20) 4
March 25, 1978 (1978-03-25) 5
June 25, 1978 (1978-06-25) 6
July 25, 1978 (1978-07-25) 7
September 20, 1978 (1978-09-20) 8
November 25, 1978 (1978-11-25) 9
  • Kodansha (KC Special, 1985)
Japanese release date Vol. ISBN
August 6, 1985 (1985-08-06) 1 4061011529
August 6, 1985 (1985-08-06) 2 4061011537
September 6, 1985 (1985-09-06) 3 4061011545
October 5, 1985 (1985-10-05) 4 4061011553
November 6, 1985 (1985-11-06) 5 4061011561
  • Kodansha (Goka Aizoban, 1988–1989)
Japanese release date Vol. ISBN
September 17, 1988 (1988-09-17) 1 4061769081
September 17, 1988 (1988-09-17) 2 406176909X
October 17, 1988 (1988-10-17) 3 4061769111
November 17, 1988 (1988-11-17) 4 406176912X
December 17, 1988 (1988-12-17) 5 4061769138
January 17, 1989 (1989-01-17) 6 4061769146
  • Fusosha (Fusosha Bunko, 1996–1997)
Japanese release date Vol. ISBN
August 30, 1996 (1996-08-30) 1 4594020534
September 30, 1996 (1996-09-30) 2 4594020755
October 30, 1996 (1996-10-30) 3 4594021042
November 30, 1996 (1996-11-30) 4 4594021204
December 30, 1996 (1996-12-30) 5 4594021476
January 30, 1997 (1997-01-30) 6 4594021719
  • Fusosha (Legend of Shutendoji, 1998)
Japanese release date Vol. ISBN
April 1, 1998 (1998-04-01) 1 4594024580
April 1, 1998 (1998-04-01) 2 4594024599
May 10, 1998 (1998-05-10) 3 4594024696
June 10, 1998 (1998-06-10) 4 459402470X
July 10, 1998 (1998-07-10) 5 4594025064
August 10, 1998 (1998-08-10) 6 4594025072
  • Kodansha (Kodansha Manga Bunko, 2001)
Japanese release date Vol. ISBN
October 12, 2001 (2001-10-12) 1 4063600971
October 12, 2001 (2001-10-12) 2 406360098X
November 12, 2001 (2001-11-12) 3 4063600998
November 12, 2001 (2001-11-12) 4 4063601005

Besides the printed volumes, the manga has also been published in 10 ebook format volumes by ebookjapan.[5] The series has also been published in some compilations of other Nagai's manga.

Publications outside of Japan

d/visual published the full series in Italy from 2004 to 2005.

Italian release date Vol. ISBN
July 23, 2004 (2004-07-23) 1 4902751046
October 15, 2004 (2004-10-15) 2 4902751097
December 17, 2004 (2004-12-17) 3 4902751151
February 18, 2005 (2005-02-18) 4 4902751399
April 15, 2005 (2005-04-15) 5 4902751402
April 29, 2005 (2005-04-29) 6 4902751410
June 30, 2005 (2005-06-30) 7 4902751429
September 2, 2005 (2005-09-02) 8 4902751437
October 26, 2005 (2005-10-26) 9 4902751445

Novels

Two series of novels based on the manga were released during the 1980s. The first one was written by Yasutaka Nagai and was released in 6 volumes from 1986 to 1989 by Kadokawa Shoten.[6][7][8]

  • Kadokawa Shoten (Kadokawa Novels)
Release date Vol. Subtitle Pages ISBN
July 1986 (1986-07) 1 Oni no Kechimyaku (鬼の血脈?) 218 4047740217
March 1988 (1988-03) 2 Oni Tenshi (鬼天使?) 204 4047740225
June 1988 (1988-06) 3 Jakyo no Wana (邪教の罠 jakyō no wana?) 188 4047740233
October 1988 (1988-10) 4 Ankoku tera no Shito (暗黒寺の死闘 ankoku tera no shitō?) 194 4047740241
February 1989 (1989-02) 5 Samayo Eru Oni Tachi (彷徨える鬼たち?) 198 404774025X
June 1989 (1989-06) 6 Saraba Itoshiki Oni Tachi (さらば愛しき鬼たち?) 201 4047740268

The second one was written by Fusamichi KitamuraScript error and published in two volumes published in 1987 by JICC under the label Adventure Novels.[6][9][10]

  • JICC (Adventure Novels)
Release date Vol. Pages ISBN
October 1987 (1987-10) 1 282 4880633062
December 1987 (1987-12) 2 250 4880633070

OVAs

The manga was adapted into 4 OVAs released from 1989 to 1991.[11] The OVAs were originally released on VHS and later on laserdisc, both times by Nippon Columbia.

# Title Length Director Original release date
1 Chapter of Hyoki
"hyōki no shō" (憑鬼の章)
December 21, 1989 (1989-12-21) {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
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2 Chapter of Goma
"gōma no shō" (降魔の章)
July 1, 1990 (1990-07-01) {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
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3 Chapter of Tekki
"tetsuki no shō" (鉄鬼の章)
March 1, 1991 (1991-03-01) {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
{{{ShortSummary}}}
4 Chapter of Ongoku
"onigoku no shō" (鬼獄の章)
March 1, 1991 (1991-03-01) {{{FirstEngAirDate}}}
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They were re-released in DVD format also by Columbia in 2001.[12][13][14][15]

Releases outside of Japan

The OVAs were released in the US by ADV Films[16] in VHS (4 tapes) and later on DVD (2 discs).

They were also released in Italy by Granata Press and in Latin America on TV by Locomotion.[17]

Staff and production notes

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Video game

Along with the OVAs, a Role-playing game for the NEC PC-9801 was released by the Japanese company Enix in October 1990 (1990-10).[20][21][22]

Gomaden Shutendoji


Gomaden Shutendoji (降魔伝 手天童子 gōmaden shutendōji?) is a manga created by Go Nagai and Masato Natsumoto, which was originally published from August 19, 2002 (2002-08-19) (cover date October 2002 (2002-10))[23] to October 19, 2005 (2005-10-19) (cover date December 2005 (2005-12))[24] in Akita Shoten shonen magazine Champion Red. While it has a similar setting, the story is different from the original series.

<tr style="border-bottom: 3px solid #CCF"><th style="width: 4%;">No.</th><th style="width: 48%;">Release date</th><th style="width: 48%;"> ISBN</th></tr> <tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol1">1</td></td><td> April 17, 2003 (2003-04-17)</td><td>ISBN 978-4253230636</td></tr> <tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol2">2</td></td><td> September 25, 2003 (2003-09-25)</td><td>ISBN 978-4253230643</td></tr> <tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol3">3</td></td><td> April 15, 2004 (2004-04-15)</td><td>ISBN 978-4253230650</td></tr> <tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol4">4</td></td><td> September 22, 2004 (2004-09-22)</td><td>ISBN 978-4253230667</td></tr> <tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol5">5</td></td><td> February 19, 2005 (2005-02-19)</td><td>ISBN 978-4253230674</td></tr> <tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol6">6</td></td><td> August 20, 2005 (2005-08-20)</td><td>ISBN 978-4253230681</td></tr> <tr style="text-align: center;"><td id="vol7">7</td></td><td> December 20, 2005 (2005-12-20)</td><td>ISBN 978-4253230698</td></tr> </table>

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