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Legendz (レジェンズ Rejenzu) is a role-playing game, an anime, a toy, card game, and manga series.
The manga is illustrated by Makoto Haruno (春野 まこと Haruno
Makoto) and the story is by Rin Hirai (平井 隣 Hirai
Rin). The manga was published in Shueisha's Monthly Shōnen Jump in Japan, and the manga is published
by Viz Media. The manga
had to be cut short due to the complete shutdown of Monthly Shōnen Jump. The anime,
Legendz: Tale of the Dragon Kings (レジェンズ 甦る竜王伝説
Rejenzu Yomigaeru Ryūō Densetsu) is animated by Studio
Gallop, directed by Akitaro Daichi, and aired on Fuji TV from
April 4, 2004 to March 27, 2005. It is currently unknown if Bandai Entertainment will acquire the
rights to the license of the English voice dub of the anime.
The Legendz manga is about a boy at Ryudo Elementary School
(竜童学校 Ryūdō Gakkō) named Ken Kazaki, who along with his
loyal Windragon, Shiron, battles other people who raise and train
monsters. He later enters the Legendz Carnival competition, where
he learns of an evil that threatens the world.
The Legendz anime moves away from the Pokémon-esque "gotta catch em all" and monster
training aspects and deals more with the overall background of the
monster characters and their story. The Legendz anime opens with
the discovery of the "Soul Dolls" which contain legendary creatures
of incredible power within them. The Dark Wiz company (DWC) wants
access to all of them for unknown reasons, but four of the Soul
Dolls go missing. The majority of the anime takes place in Brooklyn, New York City, with
Bridge as a much-featured landmark along with Road Rovers, and Waku Waku 7.
Characters in the anime
Shuzo "Shu" Matsutani (シュウゾウ・マツタニ Shūzō
- He's the "Kaze no Saga" or "Saga of Wind". A very
absent-minded, irresponsible 11-year-old boy who loves baseball (which he's bad at)
and cute girls (which upsets Meg greatly). Shu seems to be an
unlikely hero but proves his worth in the later episodes. His
Legendz is Shiron the Windragon. The character was taken from
Now and Then, Here and
There's Shuzo Matsutani (the Japanese name of that series
is Matsutani Shūzō original Japanese name order). The character
traits are the same. Also appears at the end of manga with
Meg Sprinkle (メグ・スプリンクル Megu
- The "Saga of Water". A pink-haired girl who is a friend of Shu.
Her Legendz is Zuou the Bigfoot. Originally, she was comfortable
with the idea of Legendz existing (normally Shiron hanging around
with the kids) but as the series progresses, Meg begins to develop
an intense dislike of them and fighting, because she feels that
those are ruining the normal life she and her friends once had; she
also admits to Legendz being physically frightening. She has a
tendency to take pictures of people and things. Her most noteworthy
trait is that she possesses a great deal of common sense among the
three friends. As an intended running gag throughout the anime,
whenever Shu does something that irritates Meg to the limit of her
patience, she delivers her "Meg Chop" to Shu's head (in one case,
she has used the chop on the Maze Octopus "Rapper King").
Mike "Mac" McField ("マック", マイク・マクフィールド "Makku",
- The "Saga of Earth". An obese boy who likes hamburgers and is a
very perceptive friend of Shu and of most situations the group gets
into. His Legendz is Garion the Griffin. Mac is very kind and isn't
particularly upset by anything.
Dino Sparks (ディーノ・スパークス Dino
- The "Saga of Fire". A rich, but lonely boy who always carries a
rose with him. His Legendz is Greedo the Blazedragon. Despite his
status as a wealthy person, he is not arrogant or looks down on
others as most stereotypical upper class are portrayed. He is very
bitter towards his father and accuses of him of being the reason
his mother left.
Halca Hepburn (ハルカ・ヘップバーン Haruka
- A 25-year-old woman who has a life-long interest in all
Legendz. She also fronts as a teacher at Shu's school. Her life is
deeply entwined with Legendz more than she knows. She is
particularly infatuated with Shiron, whom she flips out around
every time he appears. At one point, she professes she is in love
with Shiron. She spends a lot of her time researching her father's
old books, where she discovers some startling and dark secrets
- A purple-haired woman sent to retrieve the Wind Talispod from
Shu. Though she works hard to steal it from him, she is not an
unkind person as seen later on. She eventually comes to question
the methods of DWC and quits, along with J1 and J2. Her actual name
is Bunny Brookmeyer, as revealed in Episode 46.
J1 and J2
- Two agents who work under BB. They are referred to as J1 and J2
as they have the same name "Jack Johnson".
President of DWC
- A small, pitiful man who "controls" DWC in place of the CEO. He
is constantly bullied and intimidated by Ranshiin in just about
every episode they are together, most often due to either Ranshiin
being unhappy with the electric fans he uses to air himself or
because of the constant failures to retrieve Shu's Talispod.
Sasuke Matsutani (サスケ・マツタニ Sasuke
- Voiced by: Hiroyuki
- Shu's dad who works at DWC. He gives Shu the Wind Talispod. A
seemingly typical Japanese father who just wants his son to be
Yoko Matsutani (ヨウコ・マツタニ Yōko
- Shu's mother. Despite a seemingly minor role in the anime, her
involvement in the story becomes deeper toward the end. Much like
Shu's father, she simply wants Shu to be happy with things.
Bruno Sparks (ブルーノ・スパークス Burūno
- Dino's father, who was the president of the Duck Mind Company.
He and Sasuke develop the Talisdam, an upgrade of the Talispod,
with three Soul Doll docking bays.
Shiron the Windragon (シロン ’’Shiron’’)
- A wind-type Legendz who can't remember his past. His attack is
"Wing Tornado". The main Legendz character. He is fond of windy
days and is actually quite social, despite the fact he spends a
great deal of his time in his lesser form, a hamster-like animal
that can't say anything beyond that of "ga ga ga."
Greedo the Blazedragon (グリードー Gurīdo)
- Voiced by: Yoshiyuki
- A fire-type Legendz, he transforms into a rose which Dino takes
around with him. Greedo is part of a three-Legendz team called
G-W-Nicol. Despite his rebel appearance and tough personality he
slowly grows to befriend Dino and is actually quite friendly. He is
a stark contrast to Dino in many ways.
Wolfy the Werewolf (ウォルフィ Whorufi)
- Earth-type Legendz. A member of Greedo's group, G-W-Nicol.
Leon the Manticore (リーオン Rīon)
- Voiced by: Tsuyoshi
- Wind-type Legendz. A member of Greedo's group, G-W-Nicol. It
could be that his name is actually Nicol because of the way the
group announces themselves, but this is unknown.
Garion the Griffin (ガリオン Garion)
- An earth-type Legendz. Wise and powerful, frightening when
provoked, she can be set in her ways.
Zuou the Bigfoot (ズオウ ’’Zuou’’)
- A water-type Legendz (though he actually uses ice). He is young
and naïve, but cares for Meg and will protect her at all costs,
despite Meg's initial desire for him to stay away from her.
Ranshiin (ランシーン Ranshīn)
- A mysterious black-winged Windragon who seems to be the one in
true control of DWC (he bullies and intimidates the President of
the company constantly) and has an interest in Shiron as he is very
similar to him. He seems to be rather easily annoyed by the lack of
wind at where he's staying and uses electrical fans often. Ranshiin
is physically and mentally an antithesis to Shiron in every way.
The idea of him being such a mysterious character stems from the
fact that his bio always appears as a series of question marks in
the opening theme. In addition, it seems he is prone to small fits
of insanity, though why this happens is relatively unexplained as
characters in the anime
- Summoned by BB to attack Shu in the first episode so he will
surrender the wind talispod. While at DWC, he seems to be a file
- Formed by multiple goblins merging together, Shiron's 1st
- Shiron's 2nd opponent. Does not put up much of a fight.
- Shiron's 3rd opponent. It only really wants to return to the
Dandy the Devour Crocodile
- First appears in episode 4. A water-type Legendz who is hired
by DWC to negotiate with Shu for his Talispod, but is reformed and
does good deeds. He calls Shiron his "aniki", which means "Boss" or
"Leader". Later in the series, Dandy opens up a bar for Legendz to
hang out at called "Cafe Wani no Ana", meaning "Crocodile Cave
Cafe". He snaps at people when he is called a crocodile. He
apparently knows Salamander, as he mentions him by name in episode
4, but exactly how they met is unknown (their friendship is unusual
in that they are both opposite elements). Voice Actor: Kouji
Anna the Harpy
- First appears in episode 5. A caring, free-spirited wind-type
Legendz who disguises herself as a young girl to steal Shu's
Talispod. However, she realizes that she cares for Shu.
- He belongs to Edo, the self proclaimed Fire Saga. Though he
knows Edo isn't very reliable, he supports him as best he can.
- An intelligent cat Legendz working for DWC. However, his
weakness is that he can behave very much like an ordinary cat
(chasing mice, lying in sunlight, etc.) though that was due to
Shu's constant attempts at proving he was literally a cat.
- Five dog Legendz that combine into one. They greatly endangered
Rapper King the Maze Octopus
- A water-type Legendz who has more of a desire to sing instead
of fight. Despite his name, what he sings can't be considered
- Fire Legendz, used as a distraction to get Shiron's
- Shape shifting Legendz, one of Shiron's first difficult
opponents. This legendz can split into fiery forms of a goat, lion,
eagle, and a snake.
- Water Legendz, attacks Shiron when he goes off on his own.
- Dark Legendz, able to reform no matter their damage.
- Sent by Ranshiin to test Shiron, summons zombies to fight him.
He is actually quite irritating and more of a nuisance than
anything due to his exasperating tone of voice.
- A powerful dark Legendz summoned by Skeleton to deal with
- A dark unicorn Legendz who goes by the name "Kirubito"
(Killbeat), she delights in the suffering of others. Her strongest
ability is making anyone relive their worst fear, which she
particularly enjoyed subjecting Greedo to.
- Summoned by Bicorn to cause panic amongst the people.
- Ice-Type Legendz similar to Zouh who happened to interrupt a
baseball game and fought Zouh. He was difficult for a few minutes
but then Zouh suddenly transformed to his 2nd form and took Yeti
- Appears in episode 20 disguised as a hotdog vendor at Coney
Island. A fire-type Legendz summoned by BB to capture Shu's
talipod, but fails. A few episodes later, he reunites with Dandy
and works at his bar, "Cafe Wani no Ana". Voice Actor: Eiji Takemoto
- A wind-type Legendz that tries to steal Shiron's cap, summons
Cloud Giant when he is outmatched.
- An extremely gigantic wind-type Legendz summoned by Jin to
fight Shiron after stealing Shiron's cap. He is so huge, his head
literally could be in the clouds.
- Dark Legendz, summoned by Haruka and Ranshiin to take Shiron
down, also fights and loses to Garion.
Mr. English (Eigo A-ta)
- A strange carrot-nosed character who randomly appears in the
show and speaks in Engrish. Eigo assumes the role of narrator,
though it is not consistent narration.
Ms. General Affairs (Soumu-san)
- A polite-speaking employee of DWC who appears randomly to
- An absentminded scientist working for DWC.
- A strange little man, who is constantly changing his name and
- The self proclaimed Fire Saga, but he is actually a timid man
with few talents.
- Meg's mother and father, who have a small role in the anime.
They are concerned for their daughter's happiness, but they know
Meg makes the right choices.
- Mac's mother and father, who have relatively minor roles in the
anime despite their concern for their son. Mac's father seems to be
a pottery maker.
storyline characters in the anime
- Greedo's past Saga, who was killed by Greedo's archrival
Killbeat, a bicorn.
Tornado Elemental Legion (Blue)
- Fusion of Shiron, Zuou, and Garion
Volcano Elemental Legion (Red)
- Fusion of Greedo, Wolfie, and Leon
Spiritual Elemental Legion (Gold)
- Fusion of Shiron, Garion, and Greedo
CEO of DWC
- As his name implies, he is the one who pulls all the strings at
DWC (he wields more authority than Ranshiin). His entrance into the
series is late, but his role is one of the most important.
Tornado King Dragon
- One of the four Dragon Kings. Governs all wind-type
Storm King Dragon
- One of the four Dragon Kings. Governs all water-type
Volcano King Dragon
- One of the four Dragon Kings. Governs all fire-type
Earthquake King Dragon
- One of the four Dragon Kings. Governs all earth-type
- A terrifying gigantic Legendz who is rightfully feared by those
who have heard of him. He wields the power to manipulate both
humans and Legendz.
The Legendz gods
- Mysterious divine Legendz that appear near the end of the
series, their only interest is in speaking to Shiron. The leader of
these gods (a being cloaked in bright light so you can't make out
his face) tends to go off subject and the others interrupt him
before he goes off on a tangent.
- An incredibly powerful Legendz of "legend" who had the power to
wield all the elements. He was once the general of the army of
Legendz and the heir to the throne of Tornado King Dragon. He
nearly brought the world to ruin long ago and has not been heard
from since, becoming no more than a legend. He is depicted in the
removed and hidden final pages of the "Book of Legendz", along with
many pages worth of undeciphered text. He is later reavealed to be
Characters in the manga
Ken Kazaki (風来ケン Kazaki Ken)
- A normally aloof kid who takes Legendz seriously. His Legendz
is the Windragon Shiron (シロン). He is the Wind Saga. He's really
been influenced by Eiji Yashiro, after he had been beaten twice by
him and ruthlessly pressed Shiron into training. Ken has a way of
forcing others to drink his green tonic (that his grandmother made)
for him; once his grandmother accidentally stuffed it down Yuki's
throat, and he had pushed Shiron into doing so.
Ririko Yasuhara (安原りり子 Yasuhara Ririko)
- A girl talented at Legendz who has a Mermaid Tetty. She is the
Saga of Water. The Water Saga's greatest gift is one of healing,
which she used to the maximum when driven to do so. She likes Ken,
and was shocked when learned that he was going to America.
Eiji Yashiro (八代英治 Yashiro Eiji)
- The champion of the previous year's Legendz Carnival. His
Legendz is a Dwarf named Kotaro. When Ken was in third grade, Eiji
taught him to respect his Legendz because they are alive. He moved
to America shortly after that. He liked to flick Ken's forehead and
grin, "I sure like your forehead."
Hideaki Hiyama (檜山ヒデアキ Hiyama Hideaki)
- A boy who loses to Ririko every time despite all of his
research on the game.
When Ririko makes it to the finals of a school Legendz
tournament, he takes out a case filled with many talispods, showing
that he may raise numerous Legends at one time.
Hosuke Dekai (出海砲輔 Dekai Hōsuke)
- The school bully who thinks that he is the best at Legendz.
Hosuke has a Troll named Banriki. He wants the Golden Soul Figure.
He even tried cheating in the school Legendz tournament to acquire
it. He was in the Ryudo Elementary Four, but it is unknown if he
was kicked out. Ken calls him "troll."
Shunsuke Dekai (出海瞬輔 Dekai Shunsuke)
- Hosuke's younger brother who wants to win at Legendz. However,
his neglection of his Werewolf Balthus prevents his victory. When
Balthus is driven to attack him and Hosuke, Shunsuke refuses to
attack back and instead defends himeself and Hosuke, remarking that
"Balthus is my best friend." Yet, later on, he loses to Tetty and
Leo Engokuin (炎獄院レオ Engokuin Reo)
- The son of the president of DWC. He runs this year's Legendz
Carnival competition. His Legendz is the Blazedragon Greedo. Leo is
one of the two Fire Sagas. He had red eyes and fire came out of his
hands, and had no friends as a child but his sister.
Kaoruko Goshika (御鹿カオルコ Goshika Kaoruko)
- A contestant in the Legendz Carnival. She is the daughter of a
Legendz researcher looking for crystals (her character background
is very similar to Haruka's in the anime). Her Legendz is Bjork the
Golem. She is the Earth Saga. Ken calls her "Miss Underwear,"
because in the Legendz Carnival, she wore bloomers that Ken thought
at first were underwear.
Namio Afuro (阿風呂ナミオ Afuro Namio) / Namio Curly
- Leo's assistant. His most prominent feature is his large
Afro-style wig. He loves wigs, and tries them on when alone. He's
even shown trying on a camo-styled wig. He's been with Leo a
Mio Engokuin (炎獄院ミオ Engokuin Mio)
- Leo's older twin sister. Mio was kidnapped by Necrom, the Dark
Kingdom. Mio is the other Fire Saga. She occasionally pulls on
Leo's face, and once made him promise that he would be strong.
- Meiko is a sixth grader at Kokuryu Elementary School and is
Hosuke's self-proclaimed girlfriend. Meiko kidnaps Ririko to lure
Ken to the school. Then she battles Ken with her Assassin Bug,
Baiks (and loses, too).
Yuki Amagi (天城勇樹 Amagi Yūki)
- A sixth grader at Ken's school. Yuki offers Ken his Golden Soul
Figure if Ken proves himself as worthy of the soul figure. Ken's
reply? He stuffed it into Yuki's mouth. He is the leader of the
Ryudo Four and wields the Yeti Gosetsu.
Maki Mitsui (三井真希 Mitsui Maki)
- Another sixth grader who has a Kansai dialect. She is a member of the
Ryudo Four. Her Legendz is Suzu, a Catsy. Both of them love meat
Vivian Kazaki (風木ビビアン Kazaki Bibian)
- Ken's rather eccentric grandmother. She makes green tonic
(which Ken really hates). She also tells fortunes and somehow drove
across the Pacific Ocean from Japan to America.
Jabberwock (ジャバウォック Jabawokku)
- Jabberwock is the Lord of Necrom, summoned by Skeleton Lord
Lich. He was incompletely resurrected; only the power of the Water
Saga and some of the Fire Saga was used in his resurrection by
Mitsuru Aoi (葵充 Aoi Mitsuru)
- A soft-spoken member of the Ryudo Four. His Legendz, Sofia, is
a Cloud Giant.
Legendz types of the
- Windragon - Known owner: Ken Kazaki
A powerful wind element dragon.
- Fire Giant - Known owner: Taizo "Hentai"
A large fire element golem. It is about 12 feet
(3.7 m) tall and can pull its sword out of its body.
- Troll - Known owner: Hosuke Dekai
The most powerful earth element Legendz up to date. It has
amazing raw strength and lethal 1 hit kills.
- Mermaid - Known owner: Ririko Yasuhara
A water element Legendz with healing abilities and very low
- Werewolf - Known owner: Shunsuke Dekai
Quick and stealthy earth element Legendz. It has a very fast
long ranged attack that can be used consecutively for great
- Yeti - Known owner: Yuki Amagi
Large water element Legendz that focuses on ice attacks.
Proficient at counterattacks and regeneration.
- Black Hound - Known owners: Kokuryu Elementary
Blackhounds (employed by Hosuke Dekai)
Fire element dog-like Legendz that usually attack in packs
although alone they are very weak.
- Dwarf - Known owner: Eiji Yashiro
Small earth element Legendz with low HP and defense. About
3 feet (0.91 m) tall but with training it can become
- Assassin Bug - Known owner: Meiko
A large wind element bee Legendz. Very speedy with long range
- Catsy - Known owner: Maki Mitsui
Freakishly large earth element cat. It likes meat and doesn't
like to fight.
- Giant Crab - Known owner: Kogao Kino
Strong water element crab. Large and has regeneration abilities,
but incredibly slow.
- Triton - Known owner: Goh Tokudaiji
Very agile water element "lord of the water". Can manipulate
water however they desire, and are very powerful around bodies of
- CALLING IN THE WIND (オイラが風を呼んでいた)
- A DRAFT THROUGH MY HEAD (頭の中はカラッ風)
- ATTACK OF THE KILLER CRAB (カニに襲われアワくった)
- CROCODILE WAIT A WHILE (ワニがワニしてワニとやら
- THE BIRD'S LOVE POTION (鳥が恋してズッキュンバッキュン! )
- ENTER THE GOBLIN (忍び込んだらどこまでも
- THE NAME OF MY ROSE (まいべびべびばらばら
- SOME LIKE IT FIERY (熱いの熱いの熱いのよ
- CATTY PROFESSOR (ネコたらしいヤツ、ムカつくニャン )
- LONG LONG TIME COMING (話せば長～い物語
- AND THERE WAS NO MORE SUSHI (寿司食って、究極って、イェイイェイ!)
- OCTOPUS STRIKES BACK (タコタコハマってさあ大変
- THE GLOBE'S UNEARTHLY SHRIEKS (地球の悲鳴が聞こえてた )
- STRANGERS IN THE SIGHT (何でどうしてどうなるの!? )
- WHEN THE WIND BLOWS (答えは風が知っていた
- EVERYTHING YOU WANTED TO KNOW ABOUT DAD YOU NEVER ASK (なんたることか父主役・・・?! )
- LOVE ME OR BELIEVE ME (調子の歯車ガッタガタ
- WHO'S AFRAID OF SLIMY SPECTER? (ゾンビわんさかベタつき模様 )
- THE SUN ALSO RISES AFTER ALL (夜をこえたら朝だった )
- TAKE ME OUT TO THE SKY (最初で、最後の、デートです )
- OF MICE AND BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATER (ねずっちょ、ちゅびるば 橋のはし )
- ALONE AGAIN, UNNATURALLY (ＧとＷでニッコル チュボーン )
- WHEN YOU WISH UPON A SPARK (君と見上げた夜の空 )
- MR. SPARKLE OR: HOW I LEARNED TO STOP WORRYING AND LOVE THE
- IT'S BEEN A LONG, LONG TIME, BUDDY (昔のサーガが出て来ます )
- CAN'T GET THERE FROM HERE IN SQUARE (気持ちアチコチスクエア )
- MY BIG FOOT GEEK WELDING (ついにここまでやって来た )
- ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WIND (風がはこんだめぐり逢い )
- A SONG IS BORN IN THE CLUB (ズジェレと歌おうレジェンズクラブ♪ )
- UNTIL IT'S TIME FOR HIM TO GO (歴史をかえた愛の歌 )
- CHASERS RUNNERS FLIERS (追いかーけて、飛ばさーれて )
- STAND TALL BY ME (青春、熱血、セレナーデ
- YET THERE STILL IS THE BLUE PLANET (ガリオン ガリルレ ガーリック )
- THREE GROUND BULLS (モォ～っと３匹ｳｼが来た! )
- WHEN THE BOSS GOES MARCHING IN (ラストのビッカリCEO!)
- DAD ON THE RUN (父よあなたはえらかった
- WHO'S RESPONSIBLE FOR PAINTING THE SKY? (この空染めたのダレなのさ! )
- CROUCHING LEADER, HIDDEN DRAGON (風がどうにも止まってた )
- THE WAY SHE WAS (ハルカが来た道もう一度
- WHEN THE WIND STOP BLOWING (真っシロンに燃えつきた )
- TOWN OF NO WIND (風が街から消えたとさ
- RETURN OF WIND-MAKER (風よ、オイラに吹いて来な! )
- WHO WANTS TO STOP THE UNSTOPPABLE? (もう、どーにも止まらない! )
- MEANWHILE... ADVENTURE OF FIRED BROTHERS (一方その頃、俺たちの旅 )
- SPLASH, FLIT, TURN AND GO! (泳いで 飛んで 回って・・・え? )
- LEFT BEHIND? FALL IN! (残された人、よっといで
- THE LEGENDARY, LONGEST DAY (レジェンズウォーがうぉううぉううぉううぉう )
- SO IT WASN'T A POINT OF NO RETURN! (今来たこの道戻りゃんせ )
- HOLY COW! GOIN' GOIN' GONE! (光のツッコミ入れたろか! )
- FORGOTTEN BUT NOT TOTALLY GONE (風と共に去ったとさ )
- "Legends of Wind" (風のレジェンズ Kaze no
Legends) by Kyoko (OP)
- "Dounimo Tomaranai~Nonstop" (風のレジェンズ) by Brenda Vaughn (ED, EPS 1-37) and
(ED, EPS 38-49)
between the Anime and the Manga versions
Legendz is the only Manga series that has it's storyline to be
completely rewritten in the Anime version instead of adapting the
Manga itself. Although the Anime version has a completely different
but goofy storyline and character designs, the Manga version has a
more serious tone, in both character designs and