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Houshin Engi  
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Once, there were two worlds that existed on this earth. In the sky where the deities lived was the Senninkai. On the ground where, of course, the people lived was Ningenkai. In the novel adaptation by Ryu Fujisaki, Houshin Engi follows Taikoubou on his mission to rid the Ningenkai of the evil immortals that have resided there. This colorful historically set manga keeps the reader on their feet and loving every minute of the in-depth characters and exciting adventures


Related Series
Houshin Engi Gaiden (Side Story)

Associated Names
Hoshin Engi
Hoshin – L'Investiture des Dieux (French)
Hōshin Engi
Phong Thần
Soul Hunter
Охотник за Душами
仙界伝 封神演義

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Latest Release(s)
c.167-204 by SnoopyCool over 16 years ago
v.19 c.165-166 by SnoopyCool over 16 years ago
v.19 c.163-164 by SnoopyCool over 16 years ago
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in Country of Origin
23 Tankoubon Volumes (Complete)
18 Kanzenban Volumes (Complete)
12 Bunkoban Volumes (Complete)

Completely Scanlated?

Anime Start/End Chapter
Starts at volume 1, chapter 1

User Reviews
Houshin Engi by Cypher-Khan
Houshin Engi by I.M. Nameless


User Rating
Average: 7.9 / 10.0 (277 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.76 / 10.0

Last Updated
July 12th 2020, 11:04am PST



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Original Publisher
Shueisha (1996; 2000)

Serialized In (magazine)

Licensed (in English)

English Publisher
Viz (23 Volumes - Complete)

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3 Month Pos #2659 increased(+240)
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Year Pos #5132 increased(+93)

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On 674 wish lists
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So childish  
by PZcolo
March 21st, 2018, 10:47am
Rating: N/A
Everything that happens in this manga is portrayed in a foolish and playful manner, you have the evil empress killing kids and at the same time a guy dressed as a clown flying what seams a manekineko and seemingly innocent girls singing joyously dumb tunes. Thus, all that happens has this aloofness mixed with an obvious intention to make the theme brighter and lighter through humor (not funny at all imo) and a silly art-style. As a result I can't take this manga seriously and get a half-assed feeling from all aspects of the manga, characters, story, art-style, etc.

When Dakki kills the kings that was the breaking point, she controls a few humans, those in the palace, killing the king is ultimate idiocy, since this is based on a famous story, I'm pretty sure there is some motif and strategy involved but nothing of that is explained here except maybe as an afterthought. This is a fail in my book.

By the way, I really don't like the style, the clothes mainly since the drawing is actually quite good, but the char designs are annoying and ridiculous.
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by jackalan
July 15th, 2012, 5:47am
Rating: N/A
I don't know why I have this feeling of having completed this series. But when I check it, it is still in my "On Hold" list.

According to my memory, this manga ended good with that main character won overall and became a quite, calm and cool sort of God. And as it is somewhat vivid in me, I was reading like skipping hell a lot of stuff as dropping a series would be the least I'd like to do even if a manga was horrible the worst.

What drew me into it was the art. I think the art is super strong and quite roughy, messy in a way that I liked. The story up to some 11 or 12 volume wasn't that bad either. But what happened afterward was just outrageously and idiotically meaningless.

Again... that's just what I recalled. I'm not so sure about all those memories. But I wouldn't pick it up and re-read it.

... Last updated on August 18th, 2020, 11:59am
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My short review  
by Hypernova
April 1st, 2012, 11:19am
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
I don't think I can write a review to make this manga justice. So here's my short version:

My favorite shonen manga is neither the classic like Dragonball nor Bleach/Naruto/One Piece (not saying they're bad). It's Houshin Engi. Taikoubou is smart, funny, playful but mature, and strategist-mind protagonist. The story is well laid-out and connected, with unique art style. I mean, that's the only manga I read that protagonist led an army and overwhelmed enemies with tactics, not super power. To this day I'm still looking for another shonen manga that would do that. Every time I think one is getting close, it seems like the authors always decided to "upgrade" his character instead (trainning, "friendship" power, etc.). Taikoubou did get some powerup, but usually he kept his power and use (I mean it. Yes, he "use") his comrade instead. The author even made fun of that, saying he is the laziest hero ever. Still, even those action actually have a point.

I can't recommend this manga enough.

... Last updated on April 1st, 2012, 11:22am
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The story is simply great!  
by GoJ
August 31st, 2011, 9:41am
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
I have been reading the original story which Houshin Engi is based on. And I can't help but admit that Houshin Engi is the one which has closest plot to the original (compare to other versions). I loved Houshin Engi because of this.

Moreover, the story in Houshin Engi is simply the best. Each and every people have their fate, and have their choice. They can choose to protect the old feudal system, or to rebel. Antagonist or protagonist, in the end, they fight for what they believe in.

I also love the idea that "supernatural power" come from outside the Earth. I also love the idea that people who have so much power should share their power, for everyone to be able to grow. Too much power in one hand can easily lead to dictatorship.
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by Olho07
July 4th, 2011, 5:44pm
Rating: 3.0 / 10.0
Boring characters
Boring dialogues
Nonsense story

Well... I liked the art...
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by FantasmaDeliverance
June 17th, 2011, 2:36am
Rating: N/A
I grieve for this new generation of Shonen Jump mangaka, this is exactly what Shonen should be like! Historical, epic, hilarious, tragic and best of all A PERFECT AND ACTUAL ENDING.
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patience... you need  
by meosnelsity
December 22nd, 2010, 3:54am
Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
Last 5 volumes were masterpiece (in its own way). Previous volumes were pain though. It's a half joke, a half serious story that sometimes annoys you when it goes really off, and, of course, it's outdated.

... Last updated on December 22nd, 2010, 4:12am
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by sosise
September 8th, 2009, 6:17pm
Rating: 10.0 / 10.0
Art wasn't that good. but plotwise... really awesome.
i remembered trying to skip ( i read the first book and jumped to the ninth) and i dont understand any single thing that going on.
but then, i retry to read from the start and yeah... It's awesome.
many characters (initially i dont know who is who, especially for 'bishounen' and 'bishoujo' characters since they all looked the same, but for ugly characters, they are simply great... I love Venus by the way. she is simply adorable.) and as the story progress, i couldnt help but loving Dakki (the female antagonist turned protagonist).
i dont really understand the ending, but it was really sad when it's finished. and the humor were really good; you can just laugh and laugh and laugh at Taikoubou's stupidity and cockroach-like habits.
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Houshin Engi  
by FateAvelncts
July 12th, 2009, 11:15pm
Rating: N/A
A 'great + unique' manga. At first I thought of neglecting this one (glad I didn't), but due to boredom at that time, I decided to re-read this. After 2 volumes, got attached to this and read it till the end.

The problem why some people have hard time in starting this manga I think is because of the sudden world introduction. Though, the world setting was explained bits by bits (and nicely), it was pretty much forced at the beginning. The result is that, it feels like being introduced to non-sense alien world. I believe many readers lose interest in first few chapters for this reason. (Second is due to art-style)

The plot base is heavy, but the author way of plot development make it easy to understand. Plot twist is interesting (though not the best) and can be deep at times. Lack of romance, though I feels that this element is not really necessary in this manga, as the rest is covered with good plot development and battles. This manga can be heart-warming for some readers (I cried once). Most characters are likable. Character development are carried well for most characters, as story goes, I'll find myself attached to more and more character. Author logistical error (mistakes unexpected by author) are very few, not to mentioned they are hardly noticeable (except if you pay very-very great details here and there). In addition, wild elements (elements not exist in the original literature) injected to the original literature are well planned and adapted. If you can accept the first 2 volume well, then you will have not much complaints regarding the wild elements.

For overall, the author did a great job in this manga. The manga is at overall neat, humorous, and interesting. One of the very few manga I would give score 10/10. To read or not, depends highly from the reader preference. But those that seek plot with mild entertainment would like this manga.
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Yay! It's wonderful!  
by kirabook
December 4th, 2008, 6:00pm
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
Well, i have to say at first I didn't like this manga at all. I thought the art was too hard to understand and wordy. I dropped it but came back to it later because of boredom. I was into but not that much. There are alot of places where you have to "read between the lines". But other than that, the characters are completely loveable. Taikoubou is THE FUNNIEST character i have even come across in my manga reading journey. He is also the most complex character in the series which you will find out later. But anyways, I totally recommend this. Some might be turned off by how long it is and think it's slow moving but it is actually extremely fast paced. So read it sometime!
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