Hero Tales
  • Hero Tales, Vol. 1

    Hero Tales, Vol. 1

    By Hiromu Arakawa, Huang Jin Zhou

    From the popular creator of FULLMETAL ALCHEMIST comes this Chinese legend about the warriors of the stars.

    A young boy named Taitou finally completes his coming of age ceremony and is given the sword Kenkaranbu as a gift. It is described as the Champion's sword, which can only be drawn by a true hero. As the frustrated Taitou struggles to draw the sword, a mysterious thief appears, demanding the sword and citing the legend of the Hokushin Tenkun: There are seven heroes on earth, each one the avatar of one of the stars of the Big Dipper. Two of the stars are destined to fight and bring the world into chaos: Tonrou and Hagun. And Taitou, he says, is the avatar of Hagun. Taitou stands his ground, but during the fight, Shimei awakens the long-dormant power within the young boy and Taitou loses control. Shimei manages to escape with the sword. That night, Taitou, his sister Laila, and Ryuukou (a wandering priest) leave on a journey to get the sword back.


  • Hero Tales, Vol. 2

    Hero Tales, Vol. 2

    By Hiromu Arakawa, Huang Jin Zhou

    With the Imperial Army in hot pursuit, Housei leads Taitou and the others on a little detour to the home of his master. But the "mean old devil woman" he had described turns out to be nothing of the sort. Master Kouei is a veritable font of wisdom; in addition to knowing a more covert route into the capital, she is well versed in the legends of the Hokushin-Tenkun. There is much she can teach Taitou as he struggles to control the overwhelming power of his star, but will she have enough time to impart her wisdom before tragedy strikes?

  • Hero Tales, Vol. 3

    Hero Tales, Vol. 3

    By Hiromu Arakawa, Huang Jin Zhou

    Sneaking into the palace and meeting with the emperor has given Taitou renewed hope for the country, but it has also drawn soldiers to Touyuu Temple. As Taitou and the others escape, Ryuushou stays behind to hold off the attackers. His sacrifice buys some time, but they don't get far before Taitou finds himself face-to-face with Keirou and a contingent of Genrou-Tou soldiers. Though Taitou's skills have improved, he is still no match for his rival. Once again, someone is left behind as Taitou makes his escape. As the number of victims in Hagun's wake grows, will Taitou's resolve falter or will he continue to move forward?

  • Hero Tales, Vol. 4

    Hero Tales, Vol. 4

    By Hiromu Arakawa, Huang Jin Zhou

    Ryuukou's warning still ringing in his ears, Taitou hurries back to Taizan, only to discover that the Genrou-tou has left his hometown in ruins. Though Taitou is devastated by the loss of his father, the attack has given him a renewed sense of purpose. Unless General Keirou is stopped, countless families and towns will face similar destruction. Meanwhile, back in the capital, Keirou's plan for seizing power from the emperor is well underway. With Keirou as the new commander in chief and Taigatei in prison, can anything stop the general's reign of terror?

  • Hero Tales, Vol. 5

    Hero Tales, Vol. 5

    By Hiromu Arakawa, Huang Jin Zhou

    The loss of his friend Housei still weighs heavily on Taitou's heart, as does the betrayal of the priest Ryuukou. But with Keirou poised to throw the Ken Empire into chaos and violence, Taitou's determination to protect those who remain with him (and his brother, the overthrown emperor) drives him again to the capital.
    The stars Tonrou and Hagun are ever at odds, and as their avatars, Keirou and Taitou are destined to meet and do battle for supremacy. When the time comes, will Taitou have all of the divine warriors on his side, or will he stand to face the wrath of Keirou alone?