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Sohryuden: Legend of the Dragon Kings
Author Yoshiki Tanaka
Illustrator Yoshitaka Amano (Novels),
Clamp (Bunko)
Publisher Kodansha
Original run August 5, 1987 – ongoing
Volumes 13
Original video animation
Director Hisayuki Toriumi
Kyosuke Mikuriya
Norio Kashima
Studio Kitty Films
Released 19911993
Episodes 12
Suito no Yonkyōdai Sōryūden Gaiden
Author CLAMP
Publisher Kadokawa Shoten
Magazine Monthly Mystery DX
Original run February 1994April 1994
Author Megumi Koji
Publisher Kodansha
Magazine Magazine Special
Original run June 2004January 2006
Volumes 5
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Sohryuden: Legend of the Dragon Kings (創竜伝 Sōryūden ?) is a set of novels based loosely on Chinese mythology.

It was written by Yoshiki Tanaka in collaboration with Japanese illustrator Yoshitaka Amano (Kodansha Novels edition) and mangaka group Clamp (Kodansha bunkobon). It is written with a humorous and satirical tone. It is published to the 13th volume as of 2005.

On July 24, 2008, at San Diego Comic-Con, North American publisher Del Ray announced that they have secured the licence to the Sohryuden novel series.[1] This will be the first work by Yoshiki Tanaka to be released in English. This was projected to be released in 2009, but has since been seen on online bookstores as having a 2011 release date.



The story features four divine Dragon Kings, each with their own kingdoms: one to the north, one to the east, one to the south, and one to the west. The brothers are reborn in the modern world, complete with supernatural powers and the ability to become the Dragons they descended from. They are content to live ordinary lives until evil creatures come to attack them.

It becomes the mission of the four brothers to defeat the "Four Sisters", four girls from America and the descendants of the "Bulls", before they use their control over technology and the economy to take over the world. However, as this battle begins, the four brothers must also find their place in the world as they flee from the destructive will of the "Bulls".


The contents to the 4th volume of an original novel serve as animation.

Sohryuden has been released as a 12 episode animated series. Each episode is about 45 minutes. In the U.S., Central Park Media has released all of the series on both VHS and DVD, and is currently in the process of rereleasing the series at a lower price. The new releases came out November 22, 2005.

The anime was also released in the UK and Australia under the title of The Legend of the Four Kings by Manga Entertainment across six videos. Many fans were upset by the changes they made to the opening and ending similar to what they did with the Street Fighter II V series. The series was only released on video and is now long out of print. The odd thing with the English releases are that the Manga Entertainment and US Manga Corps releases use different voice actors, which was rare when US Manga Corps collaborated with Manga in the UK for dubbing and licensing.


The Clamp version was serialized as Mystery DX of Kadokawa Shoten in 1994.

Intended to be a comedy, Owaru, one of the Dragon Kings, goes to Osaka to wakes snakes up. There are only three stories, and the story has not been concluded. As research, Clamp went to Osaka.

The manga version by Clamp is quite rare and had been previously very difficult to obtain. Because of high demand from fans, the chapters have been compiled into tankoban format under the title Sohryuden Genga-shu in 2004. Additionally, there is a manga short (only 4 pages) drawn for the Sohryuden drama CD, which had been included in Sohryuden Genga-shu.

In 2004, mangaka Megumi Koji (恵 広史 ?) began another manga version of Sohryuden as a comedy starring Owaru. Currently serialized in Magazine Special of Kodansha, it is Koji's debut work and has received positive reception and reviews.


  1. ^ Del Rey Adds Negima Neo, Orange Planet, Yokai Doctor - Anime News Network

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