This is a list of characters and organizations from the manga and anime Legend of Heavenly Sphere Shurato.
In the world of Tenkūkai, the Eight Legions (八部衆, Hachibushū) are a group of eight mystical warriors of legend (inspired by the traditional eight guardians of Buddhism tradition). Presumably, they are all the same people repeatedly reincarnated without any memories of their former lives. Their primary purpose is to defend the leader of Tenkūkai, Lady Vishnu and the rest of Tenkūkai from forces of evil called the Asura Gods. Alternatively they are also called the Deva Gods, seemingly based on both the HinduDeva deities and the Buddhistsupernatural beings. They are extremely powerful, possessing large quantities of Sohma (光流 Sōma), the inner essence that is the source of their power, and politically high-ranked, taking direct orders only from Indrah and Vishnu herself.
Each of the Hachibushu possesses a Shakti (神甲冑, Shakuti), a murti (known as Veda (ヴェーダ, Vedas)) that serves as a lantern, modeled after various mythical beings. By holding their Shaktis and chanting a specific mantra, any of the Hachibushu can transform into a super-powered version of themselves, clad in mystical body armor also modeled after an animal, and wielding a legendary weapon. While in armor form, the Hachibushu are stronger, tougher, and can manipulate their Sohma into extremely powerful techniques. Multiple Hachibushu can also work together to combine their techniques. The Hachibushu can also cause a partial transformation of their Shakti, turning it not into armor but a vahana (known as Valuda (バルダ, Varda)), a hoverboard-like vehicle with green fireball-shaped wheels/thrusters on both sides used for rapid transportation.
During the course of the anime, two of the Hachibushu, Shurato and Hyūga, are framed for the petrification of Vishnu and assumed evil. They eventually persuade two other Hachibushu, Ryōma and Reiga to their cause. These four become the “good” Hachibushu, whereas the other four become primary antagonists in the show.
Shurato Hidaka or Shurato, the King Shura, is the main character and protagonist of the show. A 16-year-old from Earth, Shurato is a brash, reckless, rude, impatient, and lazy individual. However, he is also brave, compassionate, and pure-hearted, and his resolve becomes the backbone of the “good” Hachibushu on their quest and the rallying point of the protagonists. His unfit behavior for a hero is remarked upon by many characters. He is an accomplished martial arts, a trait that quickly becomes useful in his time on Tenkūkai.
When he first discovers he is the reincarnation of a god on Tenkūkai, and is destined to fight the Asura Gods, Shurato is reluctant to get involved, although he does find Lady Vishnu extremely attractive. However, after witnessing a fight between Reiga and Ryōma, Shurato resolves to join the fight in order to prevent best friends from fighting each other and restore the peace in Tenkūkai. His other primary motivation is discovering what really happened to his best friend Gai.
Shurato and Gai have been best friends since high school, a seemingly unlikely pair due to their drastically differing personalities, but the two are extremely loyal to each other. Both martial arts masters, they are depicted as perfect equals, and were teleported to Tenkūkai in the midst of a tournament round battle. As Shurato is the best friend of Gai and knows he would never intentionally harm another living being, he is extremely confused and distraught when a changed Gai attempts to kill him and others repeatedly. Shurato resolves to return Gai to normal, an act which he attempts several times but fails.
His Shakti armor is inspired by a lion-like Shura being, and his weapons are a vajra—a one-handed club-like weapon and also a ceremonial object—and a shield. As Shurato has not been trained in the fighting styles and techniques of the Hachibushu, he is the only one of the eight who at first does not know how to manipulate his Sohma correctly and perform his Sohma techniques. However, he substitutes his Earth-trained martial arts instead, and is eventually taught to utilize the full potential of his powers.
Later, it is revealed that Shurato is one of the successors of Brahma, the Creator of Tenkūkai and presumably Earth. Brahma sacrificed his mortal form to seal away the Asura Gods 10,000 years prior to the events of the anime, leaving behind only his sacred Shakti, which would bestow godlike powers to its wielder. As Gai is also a successor to Brahma, the two best friends battle for control of the artifact, with Shurato ultimately being the victor. However, he initially cannot use it, as in order to unleash the power of Brahma, there must be a balance between light and dark, with Shurato representing the light and Gai representing the dark. This means Shurato and Gai must work together to use the power of Brahma.
- Shura’s Demon Destroying Fist (修羅魔破拳, Shura Mahha-ken)
- Shura’s Demon Destroying Vajra Attack (修羅金剛魔破拳, Shura Kongō Mahha-ken)
- Shura’s Light Fist (修羅光破拳, Shura Kōhaken)
- Demonic Wolf’s Gale Sword (疾風魔狼剣, Shippū Marōken)
- Beast King’s Maṇḍala Formation – Lion’s Face (獣王曼陀羅陣・獅子の面, Jūō Mandara-jin – Shishi no Men)