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"Because of Dakki's influence, the people have already lost all faith in the Yin Dynasty. If things continue on their current path, nothing good can come of it. First you must destroy the Yin! Then you must create a new Dynasty!! And finally, you must become the next Emperor!!"

Taikoubou's answer to Ki Shou's question about what he should do.

Biographical Information




Also known as

Ryo Bou
Bou-chan (by Fugen Shinjin)
Ou Eki

Basic Information



72+ (Chronologically)



Hair Color

Brown (Manga)
Black (Both Anime)

Eye Color

Blue (Manga & 2018 Anime)
Green (1999 Anime)


Unnamed Father
Unnamed Mother
Unnamed Brother
Unnamed Sister
Ryo Yuukyou (Great Grand Niece)



Professional Information

Karyuuhou (temporarily)

Spiritual Beast





Kun Lun Mountain


Story 1


Episode 1 (1999)
Episode 1 (2018)

Other Media

Jump Ultimate Stars

Voice Actors
Japanese Voice

Yuuki Hiro (1999)
Kensho Ono (2018)

English Voice

J. Shannon Weaver (1999)
Josh Grelle (2018)

Image Gallery

Taikoubou太公望, Tai Gong Wang, Kyou Shiga, Jiang Ziya」 is the main protagonist of the Houshin Engi anime and manga series and is a Doushi from Kun Lun. He is a disciple of Genshitenson, one of the Three Great Sennin.


Taikoubou (2018)

Taikoubou's appearance varies a bit with different media. In the manga, he has brown hair and blue eyes, however in the 1999 anime, Taikoubou has black hair and green eyes. The 2018 anime keeps the blue eyes from his manga counterpart and goes with black hair, like in the 1999 adaption.

He wears a piece of cloth on his head that covers most of his hair, and is shaped like a pair of rabbit ears. Taikoubou also wears a deep blue (black in the 2018 anime) shoulder and chest pad that opens at the front, with a body-length yellow shirt beneath with a turquoise and white yin-yang symbol with a black border around it, a white (dark blue in the 1999 anime) undershirt, and baggy white pants. He also wears large yellow gloves and long, dark blue (black in the 2018 anime) pointed shoes.


Taikoubou is cheerful and friendly to all people, but is also cunning and mischievous with a light-hearted personality. He's lazy and often tries to find the easiest way to end things without anyone getting hurt. And if circumstances make it so that someone is inevitably hurt or injured, he would have preferred that the person be himself. He's very loyal and values his friends and family above all else.

He's very kind, and often makes decisions based on his heart and emotions than logic; such is the case with the Two Princes of the Yin. He regrets any action he takes when it results in people being hurt or killed, but he also understands that such losses cannot be avoided.

He loves eating peaches, and often prefers to use the special peaches to make him drunk in order to end a fight.

He values the simple things in life; eat (peaches), sleep, and (due to his childhood upbringing) sheep as well. Above those priorities though, he values friends and family.

Lastly, Taikoubou is also very sensitive and conservative. He never burdens his friends with his own worries or pain. He prefers to cry on his own undisturbed and doesn't showcase his grief (from losing people) outwardly. He doesn't 'bury' the pain exactly, but he prefers to keep it under wraps.

Above all else, Taikoubou is strong at heart. He can get disappointing, and hurt, but he always makes the best of whatever situation he finds himself in and strive to make things better. He has a fighter's spirit; if not in body, in the heart.


Taikoubou as Ryobou 60 years ago.

Before starting his training as a Doushi, Taikoubou (known as Ryobou at the time) lived in a Kyou village and was the son of the village's chief. When he was 12 years old, the Empress, Ou Shi, decided that the Emperor needed to be buried with a thousand times the normal amount. So the people wouldn't revolt, she ordered soldiers to captured people from other tribes as slaves, that way no one would care. Most of these were Kyou and almost everyone, including Taikoubou's family, were captured or killed. Afterwards, the leader of Kun Lun, Genshitenson, approached him and offered to train him to become a Sennin. Taikoubou accepted, wanting to acquire the power to fight against oppressors like the Empress so others wouldn't have to suffer, and began his training immediately.


Beginning Arc

After 60 years of training, Taikoubou began slacking off on his training so he could be sent to the human world. As a result, Genshitenson gave him leadership of the Houshin Project and was sent to the human world to carry it out. To assist him with the task, he was given the Paopei, Dashinben, and the Spirit Beast, Suupuushan.

Immediately after Taikoubou heads out to the human world, he is confronted by Shinkouhyou, whose name appears at the very top of the Houshin List. While Shinkouhyou is very eager to fight, Taikoubou wants to avoid him and merely insults his clothes and fashion sense, resulting in Shinkouhyou to attack him with his Paopei, Raikouben. Taikoubou just barely manages to defend against it to protect a village behind him, and manages to graze Shinkouhyou with the Dashinben.

Human Paopei Arc

Genius Doushi Arc

Shuchi Nikurin Arc

Brothers of the Sky Arc

Two Princes I Arc

Idle Talk

Buseiou's Rebellion Arc

Shisei Arc

Past, Present, and Future Arc

Maka Yonshou Arc

Spy Arc

Killer Virus Arc

Two Princes II Arc

Chou Koumei Arc

Sennin War Arc

Togenkyou Arc

Son of Heaven Arc

Signpost of History Arc

Equipment and Abilities


  • Dashinben: A paopei that controls the natural element of wind. The wind element is very flexible and can be used as both offence and defense.
    • Dafuuba: An attack by creating moon-shaped blades of wind cutting across the enemy, slicing them up as it comes along. First Appearance: Chapter 2
    • Dafuuba Times 2: An attack by creating two moon-shaped blades of wind. First Appearance: Chapter 39.
    • Dashinpuu: An attack by creating a moon-shaped blade of wind, firing in an arc towards the enemy, slicing them up as it comes along. First Appearance: Chapter 4
    • Dashinpuu Maximum Force: An attack by creating a typhoon. First Appearance: Chapter 4
    • Dafuurin: An attack by creating multiple circular wind-blades. First Appearance: Chapter 81.
    • Chi: Either an attack by creating a moon-shaped blade of wind, as seen in chapter 2, or an attack by creating a tornado, as seen in chapter 81.
  • Karyuuhou:
  • Kyokouki:
  • Taikyokuzu:


  • Drunken Fist Technique: A fighting style relying on unpredictable movements, and an apparent lack of focus. First Appearance: Chapter 19.


Sennin World




Kou Tenka



So Dakki

Ou Tenkun


Ki Shou

Ki Hatsu

Shuukou Tan

Ryo Yuukyou


Beginning Arc

  • Taikoubou VS Shinkouhyou (Loss)
  • Taikoubou VS Chintou (Win)
  • Taikoubou VS Ou Kijin (Win)
  • Taikoubou VS Dakki (Loss)

Human Paopei Arc

  • Taikoubou VS Li Nataku (Inconclusive)

Genius Doushi Arc

  • Taikoubou VS Youzen (Win)


(To Ki Shou) "Because of Dakki's influence, the people have already lost all faith in the Yin Dynasty. If things continue on their current path, nothing good can come of it. First you must destroy the Yin! Then you must create a new Dynasty!! And finally, you must become the next Emperor!!"Taikoubou's answer about what Ki Shou should do.


  • Taikoubou is left-handed.



Kun Lun Mountain
Residents Taikoubou  |  Suupuushan  |  Youzen  |  Li Nataku  |  Kou Tenka  |  Bukichi  |  Raishinshi  |  Dokouson  |  Tou Sengyoku  |  Ryuukitsu Koushu  |  Hekiun  |  Sekiun  |  Li Kintaku  |  Li Mokutaku  |  Igo  |  Suu Kokuko  |  Unchuushi  |  Kokutsurudouji  |  Hakutsurudouji  |  Genshitenson  |  Nentou Doujin
The Juunisen Taiitsu Shinjin  |  Fugen Shinjin  |  Gyokutei Shinjin  |  Seikyo Doutoku Shinkun  |  Dokou Tenson  |  Kou Seishi  |  Seki Seishi  |  Reihou Daihoushi  |  Kuryuson  |  Monju Kouhou Tenson  |  Jikou Doujin  |  Kouryuu Shinjin
Houshindai Genshitenson  |  Hakutsurudouji  |  Hakkan
Kingo Island
Residents Tsuuten Kyoushu  |  So Dakki  |  Bunchuu  |  Chou Komei  |  Tou Sengyoku  |  Venus  |  Madonna  |  Queen  |  Kou Ranei
The Juttenkun Ou Tenkun  |  Chou Tenkun (Zhang)  |  Chou Tenkun (Zhao)  |  Son Tenkun  |  Tou Tenkun  |  En Tenkun  |  You Tenkun  |  Kinko Seibo  |  Haku Tenkun  |  Shin Tenkun
Shisei Ouma  |  Kouyuuken  |  Ri Kouha  |  Youshin
Maka Yonshou Ma Reisei  |  Ma Reikai  |  Ma Reijyu  |  Ma Reikou
Queen Joker Chou Komei  |  Venus  |  Madonna  |  Queen  |  Younin  |  Ryogaku  |  Bagen  |  Ryukan  |  Kyuuin  |  Chinki  |  Kou Keinou  |  Yoka  |  Hitou
Hourai Island
Residents So Dakki  |  Ko Kibi  |  Ou Kijin  |  Jyoka  |  Koukaku  |  Bazen  |  Ubunka
West Ki Shou  |  Ki Hakuyuukou  |  Ki Hatsu  |  Shuukou Tan  |  Nankyuu Katsu  |  Kou Hiko  |  Kou Tenshou  |  Kou Tenroku  |  Kou Tenshaku  |  Kou Kon  |  Kou Hihyou  |  Kou Hihyuu  |  Go Ken  |  Kou Mei  |  Ryuu Kan  |  Shuu Ki  |  Li Sei  |  In Shi  |  Tou Kyuukou  |  Ryo Yuukyou
East Kyou Kanso
North Suu Kouko  |  Suu Kokuko
South Gaku Suu
Kishuu So Go  |  So Dakki (Original)  |  So Zenchuu  |  Teirin
Chouka Chuu Ou  |  So Dakki  |  Kyouhi  |  In Cho  |  In Hon  |  Bunchuu  |  Kokukirin  |  Chou Kei  |  Ou Kijin  |  Ko Kibi  |  Kashi  |  Koushi  |  Tou Kyuukou  |  Shu Shi  |  Chintou  |  Hou Hitsu  |  Hou So  |  Kouhei  |  Ryono  |  Kousou
Chintou Outpost Li Sei  |  In Shi  |  Li Nataku
Rintou Outpost Chou Hou
Seiryuu Outpost Fuurin  |  Chou Keihou
Shisui Outpost Kanei
Residents Ryo Yuukyou  |  Taijou Roukun
Spirit Beasts Suupuushan  |  Kokutenko  |  Kokukirin  |  Suupuupapa  |  Suupuumama  |  Shinyou  |  Uen
Magical Beasts Ryuushuko  |  Hitou
The Original People Jyoka  |  Fukki
Unaffiliated Shinkouhyou  |  Taijou Roukun