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Zenki
Ancient Zenki fan art
Gender Male
Species Demon God
Alignment Good
Height 2,10 m (meters)
6' 11" (feet)
Introduced in A japanese folklore about Zenki and Goki.

The ancient Zenki is a male Demon God with black and red hair, red eyes, sporting a fang is on the left side of his mouth and horns. He started out as a green skinned demon, but later became a Demon God, which changed his skin color to fair.

He is a real person, that descended from heaven in around 664 AD to 669 AD. While the actual year is unknown and Zenki's true age remains hidden, it can be assumed that he spent around 30 to 35 years in our world till he met the real Ozunu Enno.

Zenki was first spotted in a rural village in the Nara Prefecture where he lived until the districts of Tokyo were taken over by an dragon emperor who was only known by his nickname of "the Evil Dragon King of Hell".

It can be assumed that the local residents weren't to fond of the Evil Dragon King of Hell's actions, as one day, Zenki decided to go up against him. It is very likely that he wasn't the only one, as the manga depicts it as a war between good and evil, but Zenki and the Evil Dragon King of Hell were the only ones mentioned by their names.

It can be assumed that the local residents weren't to fond of the Evil Dragon King of Hell's actions, as one day, Zenki decided to go up against the vicious dragon to defend his home, a village where humans and demons accepted and respected each other.

It is very likely that Zenki wasn't the only one who went up against the dragon, as the manga depicts the scene as a war between good and evil, showing many humans and demons joining the battle and fighting the dragon's forces, but Zenki and the Evil Dragon King of Hell were the only ones mentioned by their names.

Zenki's streak of luck

Zenki is said to have faced the Evil Dragon King of Hell in a fierce battle, which almost ended Zenki's life, but when the situation got dire, he had a great streak of luck.

A man named Ozunu Enno appeared just in time to save Zenki. He was accompanied by two other people, which were named Goki and Vasara.

Zenki was badly wounded, so his new allies had to take over. In the end, Ozunu Enno, Goki and Vasara managed to overthrow the Evil Dragon King of Hell and end his dictatorship.

The four heroes, who rushed forth and risked their lives for the freedom and safety of both human- and demonkind, got recognized as heroes and went down in history.

After the battle

After the battle against the Ryuuma-ou-Mikado, Ozunu Enno saw Zenki's true nature and decided to ask the demon to join him. At first, Zenki was curious, if this human was trustworthy, but after all the human had saved his life, so he owed him.

Zenki joined Ozunu and was granted the power of the Diamond Horn by the human man, which raised Zenki to the status of a Demon God and granted him the powers of Thunder and Fire.

Zenki was very fond of his new powers and served his new master Ozunu for a long time, fighting many battles against the evils of our world and being soon given the title of the Red Lord.

After his servitude for Ozunu, Zenki returned to his hometown and continued to live there and protect it against the evils. When his hometown was safe, Zenki went out to distant villages and is said to have visited Shikigami-cho, where he went to rest his battle torn body and was sealed in a rock for a thousand years to recover his strength.

Once the thousand years had passed, Zenki was reawakened by a descendant of master Ozunu and started serving the Enno family line once again.

Being about the ancient Zenki, this doesn't belong into this article, tough, so what happened to Zenki afterwards can be read in his main article.

Notes

Despite being a hero to his people, Zenki is often gets turned into an object of amusement and many translations degrade him into a fierce and reckless warrior who only cares about fighting and eating Hyouinomi, completely ignoring his true intentions and his main character traits of speaking off his mind and staying true to his word, regardless if he is punished or respected for it.

Thankfully, there are people out there, that are doing their best to remedy these common misconceptions about Zenki and are willing to present him in the proper light.

Gallery

Battle against Ryuuma-ou-Mikado

Demon Zenki and Demon God Zenki


References

  • An epanded knowledge of the series and a general knowledge of its backgrounds
  • Kishin Douji Zenki Manga Volume 12
  • Various information on Ozunu, Goki and a few references about Zenki
  • Various references from Japanese history

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