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|“||I am the Bushin, Hou Ken be mine name!||„|
|~ Hou Ken giving his signature greeting.|
|“||Soldiers, armies, Zhao, Qin... you are all insignificant. The only thing of import is that right here, there are two beings which the Heavens fear, Apart from me... there is one more. Even if the heavens were to split and the earth were to sunder... that cannot be allowed!! I AM THE BUSHIN, HOU KEN. COME OUT AND FACE ME, O'ENEMY OF MINE.||„|
|~ Hou Ken to the Kyou Army.|
|“||YOU!! YOU AND THEM...!!!||„|
|~ Hou Ken's last words to Shin as the Bushin is cleave in half.|
Hou Ken was a centrel antagonist of the popular historical seinen anime and manga series, Kingdom. He was a path seeker or Bushin/God of Martial Arts of a martial oriented lifestyle, a Great General of the state of Zhao, the first member of the second generation of the Three Great Heavens, their most powerful and famous great generals, and a somewhat comrade to its leader Ri Boku.
Introduced as a mysterious Zhao Great General and new member of the Three Great Heavens, Hou Ken appeared as the de facto leader and figurehead of his own personal army alongside his generals, Chou Sou, Shou Mou, Kou Son Ryuu, Ri Haku, Fuu Ki, and Man Goku as they led a vicious invasion into the state of Qin's territories of Baou and Bayou at the start of the Battle of Bayou Arc. It was reveled that he had killed Kyou, a member of Qin's Six Great Generals to prove his might and worth to the "heavens", and was defeated by Ou Ki nine years prior to the start of the series. Becoming an entity of vengeance that wanted nothing but to fight and kill Ou Ki in single combat.
In the anime series, he is voiced by Masaya Takatsuka who provides the voices of Gedatsu, Jabra, Avalo Pizarro from One Piece, Ultraman Belial in Ultra Zero Fight, Jackal in Fist of the North Star: Ken's Rage 2, Aquila of Ruina in Super Robot Wars Destiny, and Cottonmouth in Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers.
|“||What a waste of breath. No matter what era it is there are always fools like you with such mistaken ideals. You are simply deluding yourself if you think you are carrying the will of the dead. The only thing the dead become is dust. The defeated fall to the earth while victors rise ever closer to the Heavens. THAT IS THE ONE AND ONLY TRUTH!!||„|
|~ Hou Ken|
A stoic man who kept to himself and rarely spoke when necessary, Hou Ken had grand ambitions to be the strongest warrior in the world. He preferred to stay by himself and to train continuously to become much stronger than he already is. Hou Ken was a very confident warrior who believed that almost no one was a match for him except for Ou Ki. Hou Ken has a major appetite for battle and is willing to fight anyone who can put up a challenge for him. In battle, Hou Ken is ruthless by how he casually and immediately cuts down any foe that stands in his way. Hou Ken showed absolutely no signs of loyalty towards the Zhao kingdom despite only showing interest in the battle.
Born to a kind pair of qiqong/chi healers as Master and Madame Hou, a baby Hou Ken was kidnapped by unnamed Bushin after he brutally murdered his parents and their patients. While its unknown on what his childhood and gruesome training he received were like, Hou Ken would spend his entire life training deep within the mountains of the state of Zhao to become a Bushin or God of Martial Arts.
Meeting Ri Boku
Honing his body to the pinnacle of human limits, Hou Ken attained an almost supernatural level of martial arts worthy of his title. At some point during his training, he met a young and severely injured Zhao soldier by the name of Ri Boku who was on the run from enemy soldiers during a war between an unnamed state and the Zhao Kingdom. Like any of his kind, Hou Ken immediately threatened him with a brutal death but speared him after learning that the letter had lost the will to live.
|“||It seems you were the ones who summoned me. Though you might be children...I shall still have your lives.||„|
|~ Hou Ken threantening both Shin and Kyou Kai.|
|“||The Violent God that resides within me will not allow the existence of any other powerful warriors.||„|
|~ Hou Ken to Kyou Kai and Shin.|
|“||The Bushin should just be myth...The Bushin are meant to possess the ability to indefinitely manipulate their chi and achieve a level of strenth on par with Clan Shiyuu's Priestess Dance, but without a time limit. It's unthinkable for something like that to exist.||„|
|~ Kyou Kai on Hou Ken during the beginning of their duel.|
|“||I had thought that it was that man...But perhaps this was also the guidence of the Heavens. O Summoner of the Gods, You too, are one of my enemies. This night is truly for my sake. NOW! BETWEEN ONE WHO SUMMONS A VIOLENT GOD AND ONE WHO HOSTS A VIOLENT GOD...LET US SEE WHO IS TRULY THE RIGHTFUL CHOSEN WARRIOR OF THE HEAVENS!!||„|
|~ Hou Ken to Kyou Kai.|
|“||The ability to read an opponent's moves...obviously does not belong exclusively to you.||„|
|~ Hou Ken to Kyou Kai as he reads and blocks her killing strike.|
|“||It has been long since I last met a foe capable of blooding me. An even if it were but for a mere instant, that sensation of being at death's door...Truly you are the first since those two from nine years ago. You have made this trip worthwhile, O Summoner of the Gods.||„|
|~ Hou Ken complimenting Kyou Kai during their duel.|
|“||Not a single person...Is allowed to leave. All of you shall behold this battle until its very end.||„|
|~ Hou Ken threatening the Hi Shin Unit after killing some of them.|
Powers and Abilities
|“||You could say he's pure to a frightful extent. A crystallization of martial skill.||„|
|~ Shou Bun Kun on Hou Ken.|
- Superhuman Strength: Even for a Bushin, Hou Ken's strength was completely monstrous he pulled off incredible feats like killing a grown tiger with his bare hands, instantly crush a heavily armored Yan soldier into a pulp with his grip, and overpowered Geki Shin, a Great General, in terms of strength with just one arm.
- Superhuman Speed:
- Superhuman Reflexes:
- Superhuman Stamina:
- Superhuman Endurance:
- Superhuman Durability:
- Superhuman Agility:
- Superhuman Senses:
- Expert Combatant:
- Fighting Abilities: As a path seeker of the martial path who "host a violent god" within himself, Hou Ken was a Bushin or God of Martial Arts, a powerful martial artist.
- Podao Mastery: One of the greatest within the state of Zhao, Hou Ken was extremely skilled in wielding his podao as he could slicing through multiple armored soldiers as they were paper with one swing of his blade.
- Calamity Embodiment: As a Bushin of the martial path, Hou Ken was a harbinger of calamity to those who stand against him.
- Enhanced Lung Capacity
- Body Meridian Manipulation: Thanks to years of endless training, Hou Ken could manipulate his meridian system, the bodily network through which one’s life energy (aura-based, chi-based, soul-based) flows. A system that permeates the entire body, transporting the life energy just as one’s vascular system transports blood and other bodily fluids.
- Chi Manipulation:
As a Bushin, Hou Ken could utilize and manipulate his inner chi, mostly using it for combat purposes like sending it into his opponent's body, destroying their internal organs.
- Survivability:Before finally getting killed by Ri Shin, Hou Ken was capable of surviving massive wounds that would kill or crippled an ordinary person as he survived to have his face split open, getting shot with a volley of over thousand arrows, and losing huge amounts of blood in various duels throughout his life.
- Fear Inducement: As a Bushin with almost overwhelming might, Hou Ken's mere presence caused intense fear within those around him.