Anju is a character from the Kishin Douji Zenki series. She is a human woman with green hair, green eyes, skimpy clothing and a huge earrings.
She is an antagonist of the Karuma ark and a powerful magician, who mainly uses elemental magic.
When Anju was a girl, she was found and raised by monks in a buddhist villiage. She was a close friend of Miki Souma and soon both of them fell in love with each other, but then Karuma came, killed most of the monks and kidnapped Anju. Anju was then brainwashed into serving Karuma.
Obviously, Miki Souma was one of the few monks to survive Karuma's wrath.
Anju was never seen again until the events of the second episode of the anime.
She dies in Episode 17 when Karuma turns her into a Hyouijuu and forces Anju to fight Zenki. Zenki himself gets mortally wounded, as Anju is so powerful, that he needs to use Rudra to defeat her.
Fortunately, Zenki recovers and is able to fight on.
Guren and Goura often get into arguments about who is Karuma's best servant, while Karuma and Anju try to calm them down.
Miki Souma meets Anju and finds out that she has been brainwashed by Karuma into being her servant. A flashback occurs where the story of Anju and her relationship with Miki Souma are revealed. Souma desperately tries anything to free Anju from Karuma's control.
Anju is slowly awakening from Karuma's spell, but Karuma notices it and forcibly removes Anju's memories of Miki Souma. In this episode, Karuma supplies Anju with a powerful sealing spell, because Karuma is slowly getting annoyed by Zenki and his friends foiling her plans. At the end of the episode a mind controlled Anju (assisted by Goura and Guren) even manages to seal Zenki into a stone statue. As Karuma lets out an hysterical laugh and calls her servants back.
Souma finally succeeds to free Anju, which enrages Karuma so much, that she flings a magically altered Hyouinomi at Anju, forcibly transforming her into a Hyouijuu, which then attacks and badly wounds Miki Souma. Zenki then comes to Souma's aid and fights Anju and defeats her by using his Rudra attack. Anju isn't only defeated, but dies and Zenki ends up in a badly injured state. This is a huge breakdown for Souma, who then ends up in a coma, having nightmares of Anju's death.
While Anju's devsketches are first shown in Volume 6 of the manga, Anju herself doesn't make any plot related appearances and stays exclusive to the devsketches sections of the manga.
Interestingly, though, the beginning of Volume 8, features a young woman named Yuki, who looks very similar to her, though is an entirely different person and not related to Anju in any other way.
Devsketches of Anju
Names and Appearances
- Anju should not be mistaken for Anjura, who is a completely different character from the same series
- Anju is one of the rare characters to be shown in another kind of media before appearing in the manga. Anju first appears in the anime, before being adapted late in the manga and making an appearance as a minor character. Something similar can be seen with Battle Raiden's Crazy Monks.
- In the original, Japanese version, Anju shares her voice with Goki.
Both of them are voiced by Megumi Ogata.
Besides her appearances in the anime and manga, Anju only appears in one of the Kishin Douji Zenki games. She is introduced in the third of the SNES games, Tenchi Meidou.
Tenchi Meidou features her both an enemy and a playable character.
She joins the party when the player sends Miki Souma to visit the Kagekouya monks' shrine. If Zenki and Chiaki visit the shrine, they will be shooed away by Anju and cause her to request Miki Souma. If Miki Souma dies in this Stage, it will count as a failure and the Stage will restart. Once Anju has joined the party and talked to Miki Souma, the Stage will be completed.
Anju is very special as unlike the other playable characters, who only have one element each, she has two.
She is also the only playable, female character that can fight in the game's battle mode as Chiaki is only available to board game mode.
This allows her to use two three card and two four card elemental moves instead of just one of each, giving her an advantage in battle. Yet, her two elements might also give her both elements weaknesses as a tradeoff. The latter still needs further research.
Anju's AI counterpart just loves to use wind cards and shield cards and will rarely use any other cards. While her attacks aren't as damaging (she only deals up to 200 points of damage at maximum to Zenki), her fast drawing and excessive use of shield cards might make it quite difficult to land a hit on her.
If Zenki manages to break her shield(s), Anju will fall very quickly. Miki Souma also fares quite decently against her. The latter will take less damage from Anju's attacks, but will also deal less damage to her.
The abducted girlfriend
Anju is fought late in the game when a Stage features a snowy section set in the anime's Karuma ark. This section features her in a mind controlled state, where she's forced to help Karuma.
This stage also introduces Miki Souma as an enemy, as he tries to protect Anju and can only be convinced, that his girlfriend is mind controlled, by defeating him. Once Souma is defeated, Chiaki, Zenki, Goki, the Inugami Roh and Chimaru will need to face and defeat Anju to rescue her.
This will take Miki Souma and Anju out of the game for the next stage, which has them recover.
Another stage, which happens shortly after this, features a Miki Souma only section, where he needs to protect the resting Anju, which alters the game's events.
If he succeeds to protect Anju from Guren and Goura by preventing them from stepping onto Anju's tile (which is a little snowed in house) and taking them down, Anju will recover and be kept as a playable character.
If either Guren or Goura reaches her instead, while Miki Souma isn't on her tile, the will take Anju with them and she will join Karuma's ranks once again and die the next time she's fought and defeated.
More screenshots and sprites of Anju will be added soon.
in her human form
as a Hyouijuu (Episode 17)
Some scenes from Episode 17 also reappear as flashbacks in Episode 26 when Miki Souma, Kuribayashi, Jukai, Chibi Zenki and Saki can be seen sitting and talking together, starting somewhere around the mark of 05:50 when Saki mentions "the horrors that happened lately".