Thursday, 3 January 2013

Flame of Recca 烈火の炎 (Rekka no Honō)


Recca is a boy living in the modern world, only he seems drawn to following the ways of the ninja. On the day he befriends a girl named Yanagi who has a mysterious power of healing, he is confronted and challenged by a Dark Priestess. This battle leads Recca to discover a strange power within himself. Afterwards, he finds that not only is his past and destiny not as crystal clear as he had thought, but there are others with powers practicing the way of the ninja who challenge him one after another.

Flame of Recca: Final Burning  烈火の炎 FINAL BURNING 
(Recca no Honoo: Final Burning)


This episode explains why the title of the series is "Flame of Recca". The things that happened in this short OAV was in the last volume, volume 33, of the tankoubon of Flame of Recca.

Genre: Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Romance, Tournaments, 
            Ninja, Comedy, School, Martial Arts, Superpowers, Magic

Episode: 42 + 1 OVA

Original Run
Series: July 19, 1997 – July 10, 1998
OVA: June 10, 2004

1. Nanka Shiawase                       [Opening]
2. Love is Changing                     [First Ending]
3. Sutto Kimi ni Soba de              [Second Opening]

Manga: Flame of Recca
Published: March 22, 1995 – October 30, 2002
Volume: 33

Here is the Additional Information regarding all the Eight Karyu:

Power: Fireball (Dan En)

- Allows Recca to shoot multiple fireballs at once, the numbers increase as he gets stronger. He has been shown to hide the fireballs in the ground then control them remotely at a later time, or increase the size of a single fireball to being even bigger than himself, and split it apart into many smaller fireballs for a surprise attack.
- Human-wise, she is a kunoichi with a ponytail. She has shown the ability to create one giant fireball instead of multiple small fireballs. This fireball can also separate into numerous small fireballs.


Power: Fire Blade (En Jin)
Flame Foundation: Eagle/Falcon

- Focuses on making Recca's fire arm blade unbreakable and cut anything.
- Human wise, he is a standard ninja with spiky hair

Saiha is at the middle. 


Power: Fire Whip/Strength (Ben En)
Flame Foundation: Snake

- Is the strength enhancement flame. Recca uses this with his close combat fighting to be more effective. He usually does a thrust punch with Homura visibly coiled and wrapped around Recca's hand and arm. This is one of Recca's strongest attacks. Recca can also use Homura as a flame whip.
- Human wise, he is a somewhat bald man who still managed to keep a ponytail, who uses a whip enchanted with flame.

Homura is at the right.


Power: Fire Flash/Fire Spray (Shun En)

- Is the flash flame dragon. When Setsuna opens his eye, it creates a bright red flare. If one looks into the eye, he will instantly combust and the flames won't die until the target is completely incinerate. However, Shun En is not as effective against a fellow fire user(who have a natural resistance to flames)
- Human wise, he is blind with a blindfold, numerous blades attached on one hand, and several human eyeballs hanging as a necklace. Unlike the other dragons, he didn't enjoy being in Recca's body and would kill him when the opportunity arose. However, Recca managed to outwit him and forced him back to his body, whether he liked it or not.


Power: Fire Illusion (Gen En)

Creates illusions right when Recca thinks of it instantly. She can make his enemy relive nightmares or make them live their worse fears, effectively making her a mistress of illusions and hallucinations.
Human wise, she was a beautiful kunoichi who is not afraid to show her body to seduce her enemies. Her hobby is creating riddles.


Power: Fire Barrier (Kekkai En)
Flame Foundation: Turtle

The unbreakable barrier. Recca uses this to defend against attacks. He can also use this to trap an enemy so they can't move or to stop people from committing suicide.
Human wise, he is chubby ninja that could create barriers. However, he's rather sarcastic and vain.

Modoka is at the left.


Power: Fire Beam (Hado En)

Comes out and shoots a big flame beam. This is a powerful attack that can take down almost anybody in one hit. This is Recca's second strongest attack. Kokku has an exclusive power to pop out from Recca's body as a human whenever he pleases, although he didn't abuse it.
Human wise, he form is a short old man with sunglasses and scar on his eye. He fits the 'Perverted Old Man' character stereotype, although he's not into lolicon.


Power: Transforms the dead into living flames like Kurei
Flame Foundation: Pheonix

Can engulf his opponent and either turn their soul as part of Recca's flame or completely disintegrate the soul. This is Recca's strongest move. He uses this on Yanagi when she dies and makes her apart of his flame.
Resshin was in fact Ouka, the father of Recca and Kurei.

Yanagi (Flame Angel)

Power: Healing Flames

Using Resshin's powers of the phoenix flame, Recca absorbed Yanagi's soul in order to prevent her from being eaten by the Tendou Jigoku and thus became part of his flame (similar to Kurenai).

As a flame angel, her flames were the golden flames of immortality and healing, which can heal any wound, while also in this state she has the ability of immortality, which Recca receives since she is his flame. 

Possessing the power of immortality, she can also take it away, as she 'healed' the souls absorbed by the Tendō Jigoku thereby setting them free and allowing the Tendō Jigoku to be defeated. Therefore, one can consider this Recca's strongest attack, as it can allow him to defeat or kill an immortal being. However, upon the defeat of Tendou Jigoku, Yanagi was released as a regular human being.

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