The BEST Episodes of Flame of Recca
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Jan 12, 2022
Network: Fuji TV
Recca was an average ordinary boy, who happened to like ninjas. One day as an dark and mysterious women enters his life, Recca finds that he has some extraordinary powers. Now he must use these powers to protect his friends and himself from a long lost brother, who holds a hatred against him.
#1 - The Princess and the Ninja - Awakening of the Power!!
Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Jul 19, 1997
A boy named Recca Hanibishi is obsessed with being a ninja. After an accident, a girl named Yanagi Sakoshita heals him, and he declares her to be his princess, and pledges to be her loyal ninja. After an encounter with Kage Hōshi, he learns that he has the ability to control fire.
#2 - Wind And Fire - A Dangerous Seduction!!
Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Aug 2, 1997
Fūko Kirisawa is irritated by the fact that Recca became someone's ninja just because he felt like it, and accepts the Fūjin, an object that enables its user to control wind, from Kage Hōshi. The Fūjin, however, is rigged with a mind control orb that enables Kage Hōshi to manipulate Fūko's thoughts. Fūko then arranges to meet Recca on the school grounds after dark to fight with him. Recca is at a disadvantage at first, but is saved by Domon Ishijima after the latter is informed by Yanagi of what was happening. Recca eventually resorts to using his power to control fire to combat Fūko.
#3 - The Water Swordsman - The Fang of Revenge!!
Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Aug 9, 1997
Recca and Domon manage to defeat Fūko and destroy the mind control orb, and they learn that Kage Hōshi cannot be killed. The next day, Tokiya Mikagami confronts Recca and states that he knows of what occurred the night before, but Recca acts oblivious. Shortly after, it is revealed that Tokiya is pursuing Recca because Kage Hōshi led him to believe that Recca may have connections to the men who murdered his sister when he was a child. He eventually confronts Recca in the park, and attacks him with Ensui, a sword that manipulates water. As Recca is about to be killed, Yanagi rushes in to try to stop the fight, and Tokiya is shocked upon seeing her because she looks just like his deceased sister.
#4 - Labyrinth of Mirrors - The Flame of Death!!
Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Aug 16, 1997
As Yanagi appears, Tokiya withdraw from the fight and Yanagi manages to heal Recca using her powers. Feeling down because he let Yanagi saved him, Yanagi recommend they goes to the amuzement park. On the way to buying some drinks, Tokiya appears and take Yanagi to Mirror House. Recca then confronts Tokiya in order to save Yanagi, after a fierce battle, Tokiya admit defeat. It is also revealed that Kage Houshi is actually Recca's biological mother, and make them fight each other to strengthen their power.
#5 - The Shadow Ninja Clan - The Mystery of the Hokage!!
Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Aug 30, 1997
Recca meets a teacher that knows a lot about the Hokage Ninjas. Yanagi is kidnapped by people from Kurei's Uruha [his Death Squad], including a greatly skilled but rather innocent swordschild named Koganei.
#6 - Fearful Fire Sorcerer - Kurei!!
Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Sep 13, 1997
Yanagi wakes up to find herself in a huge bedroom. She meets Koganei, who has washed her clothes and tells her he did not mean to hurt her, but that he must follow Kurei's orders. It is revealed the Kurei's 'father' has ordered the kidnapping of Yanagi, because she has the innate ability to heal and he thinks this can help him achieve immortality. Kage Houshi appears and encourages Recca to fight for Yanagi's release. Recca, Domon and Fuuko team up to go for this. They head to Kurei's mansion, but are met by a stone statue called Maria that shoots lasers at them, upon entrance.
#7 - Stone Guardian - The Game of Death!!
Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Sep 20, 1997
Recca, Domon and Fuuko realize that Maria is too fast for them but, taking advantage of the time she needs to occasionally recharge her laser, they defeat her. They are met by a doll controller in the next room that turns all of them into 'dolls' she can control.
#8 - The Room of the Dolls - Fuko's Desperate Struggle!!
Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Sep 27, 1997
Katashira Reira gains control of Fuuko's body and begins to attack the other two. During this, Reira uses the moment to gain control of the boys. Stuck in her control, Reira tortures Fuuko with Primera until she begins to laugh. Fuuko learns the secret of the doll controller and stops her, ultimately defeating the duo. Kage Hoshi is then seen trying to convince Tokiya to assist Recca and company. Meanwhile, Kurei gives order to let lose a dangerous character that is locked up in a cage on the second floor.
#9 - Demon Domon - His Unknown Power!!
Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Oct 4, 1997
The group goes up to the second floor with new friend Ganko to meet Seiko. Seiko who was locked up because he was too dangerous is now stopping our team from getting to the fourth floor where Yanagi is. Domon steps up to the challenge, and declares he'll face Seiko alone. Seiko is at first taken down, but after the use of his elemental weapon, creates a rock armor and pulverizes the group. It's then we learn that Domon is given Saturn's Ring from Kage Hoshi, and with its aid manages to defeat Seiko. As the episode closes, Tokiya makes his appearance at the mansion.
#10 - Clash of Flames - The Two Hokage!!
Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Oct 11, 1997
Fuuko, Recca, and Domon are holding up a wall when Tokiya appears and taunts them. He destroys the wall and then begins to battle with Koganei who was waiting from the group on the third floor. Tokiya engages Koganei, and allows the rest of the group to run on to the fourth floor where they meet Kurei. After getting their attention, Kurei tells Recca about their past 400 years ago and how both were sent to the present time when they were infants.
#11 - The Five Fangs of Kogonanki!!
Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Oct 18, 1997
Recca has a flashback to the past, caused by Kurei's revelation. He awakens to find that he, Fuuko, Domon and Ganko have fallen into Mokuren's lab, where plants attack. Meanwhile, Kogenai shows off the versatility of his Kōgan Anki weapon in a series of attacks against Tokiya. He disarms Tokiya, yet waits for him to retrieve his blade in an effort to show off all five forms. In the end, Tokiya uses a fake image of himself created with water to catch Kogenai off guard and win the battle. Back in the lab, the group encounters Mokuren, a psycho with the ability to manipulate plants. Recca bludgens him with stereo equipment, and when Mokuren transforms, Recca sets him on fire, winning the battle. The group heads for the elevator, where Kurei is waiting in ambush.
#12 - Kurenai The Flame - The Angel of Death!!
Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Oct 25, 1997
#13 - The Ultimate Flame! Legend of the Fire Dragons
Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Nov 1, 1997
#14 - The Past Revived - The 400-Year-Old Truth!!
Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired Nov 15, 1997
After rescuing Yanagi and destroying Kurei's mansion, Kage Hoshi invited Recca and his friends into her secret hideout carved in the face of a cliff. Kage Hoshi reveals to them that her real name is Kagero, and that she is Recca's true mother. While Recca refuses to believe, she tells all of them the truth of 400 years ago: Oka, the Hokage clan's leader and a flame master, had two sons: Recca with his wife Kagero, and Kurei with his mistress Reina, making Kurei and Recca half-brothers. Kurei, who exhibited flame powers as a child, was slated to inherit the clan leadership, but it was soon discovered that Recca also possessed the same powers. According to prophecy, only one member of the Hokage clan can use the powers of flame in each generation, and when there are two of them at the same time, one of them is bearing a cursed flame which can lead to the end of the clan's existence. The clan elders determined that Kurei was the one with the cursed flame, and sentenced him to death, but was spared upon Kagero's request. Meanwhile, while Kagero was telling them all of this, three members of the Uruha under Kurei's orders was spying on them, having discovered the hidden passageway towards the hideout, and was planning to attack them all unaware.
#15 - The Curse of Time - Mother and Son!!
Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired Nov 22, 1997
Kagero continued on with her story: Kurei, in an attempt to please his mother who has fallen out of grace with the rest of the clan, tried to kill Recca, giving him the prominent scar on his cheek, but was stopped in time and was subsequently imprisoned. Meanwhile, the warlord Oda Nobunaga was preparing to attack the Hokage, with the hopes of stealing the Madogu and use their powers to conquer Japan. The Hokage clan, out of fear that the Madogu will fall into the wrong hands, decided to fight Nobunaga's soldiers without using them, but were overwhelmed by sheer numbers and were all defeated. Kagero, in a last desperate attempt to save her son, used a forbidden spell to open a time portal and send Recca into the future, at the cost of being immortal. However, Kurei, who was able to make his way out of his prison during the destruction of the village, found them and tried to get to Recca, and was sent into the future as well. Mikagami was able to sense the presence of the three interlopers while Kagero was telling her her story and they all proceeded to engage them in combat. It turns out however, that they are not able to use their Madogu well, and they were all able to defeat them quickly. One of them, however took Kagero hostage and was about to kill her (pointlessly, as she is immortal), but Recca was angered by this and unconsciously summoned Nadare, his first flame dragon, to defeat him. After the battle, Recca finally acknowledged Kagero as his mother and tried to check if she was alright, but found out that he is unable to touch her, as the forbidden spell that Kagero used ensured that mother and son cannot make contact.
#16 - Ready to Fight! - Recca's Challenge!!
Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired Nov 29, 1997
Recca, Domon, Fuko and Tokiya all decided to train during their summer break in case Kurei confronts them again later on. Before leaving, however, they decided to meet at Recca's house, where Recca introduced Kagero to his adoptive father and thanked him for looking after him for all those years. Yanagi, who was worried about Recca's safety, decided to accompany him in his training, much to his chagrin. Meanwhile, Fuko and Domon decided to train using the Madogu they acquired from the battle at Kagero's hideout. After a month, Recca was able to tame two of the flame dragons, while Mikagami, Fuko and Domon got more proficient in using their Madogu. Their reunion was interrupted however, by Genjuro and Jisho, who sent them an invitation from Kurei to join the Urabutou Satsujin, the most dangerous martial arts tournament in history.
#17 - Underground Death Tournament! - The Hokage Arrives!
Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired Dec 6, 1997
The Team Hokage decided to participate in the Urabutou Satsujin. Upon admission, however, they realized that they have to place a predetermined wager to enter the tournament, which turned out to be Yanagi, whom Koran Mori, the tournament organizer, wants because of her healing powers. Team Hokage was first hesitant, but Yanagi volunteered herself, saying that she trusts them all that they will not lose the tournament and let her fall into Koran Mori's hands. Before the tournament's opening ceremony, Recca decided to go out for some rest and fresh air. Outside, he met Kukai, a laid-back monk who is also participating in the tournament under Team Kuu.
#18 - Sword of Blood! - Tokiya - Tokiya in the Ring!!
Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired Dec 13, 1997
The fight between Hokage and Kuu begins with the match between Daikoku and Mikagami. But before the match, Tokiya walked away from the ring to refuel his Ensui in a nearby fountain. He recalled what his master/grandfather, Meguri Kyoza taught him on how to use the Ice Crest Sword for revenge by saying the words, "The path of Revenge is hard road in life. This sword requires blood of its opponents and soon, you’ll be covered in blood." When the match began, Tokiya began dodging Daikoku's staff attacks. The former also asked a logical question on how to stop a fan without turning off the switch and touching the blade. Near the end, Daikoku uses his bo's 1000-attack technique.
#19 - The Iron Fist Fails! - Domon's Trump Card!!
Season 1 - Episode 19 - Aired Dec 20, 1997
The second part of Tokiya's match with Daikoku continues. In this episode, Recca explained what Tokiya really meant in the previous episode, by stopping the fan by pointing towards the center of the fan to stop rotating. Which Tokiya exactly did to Daikoku's bo which led to the Hokage fighter's victory. The next match is between Minamio (Kuu) and Domon Ishijima (Hokage). Domon began giving attention before the match which the audience find uninteresting such as making poses and carrying a radio as well as intentionally getting hit by Minamio. It is revealed that Minamio's body is made of rubber which is impervious to any attacks. The secret was a Madogu inside his mouth called, Nan which ability is mentioned earlier. Near the end of the bout, Domon used his Kuchibashi-oh which chains bound and defeated Minamio and emerged Domon victoriously. However, Tokiya said that Domon used the Madogu too late which made the latter fall unconscious as well despite saying "I won!" which resulted in a draw. (NOTE:There is a comic relief in this episode. When Kukai requested for paper from Saicho, the referee thought that the Kuu leader was about to make an announcement. However, Kukai used the paper as a tissue to blow his nose. He even asked the referee if she wanted to keep it as a souvenir). The bout between Fujimaru and Fuuko begins. The episode ends with Fujimaru countering Fuuko's darts and starts throwing sickles at Fuuko stripping off her long sleeves.
#20 - Explosion! - The Secret of Maiden's Flower!!
Season 1 - Episode 20 - Aired Jan 10, 1998
Fujimaru stripped Fuuko Kirisawa during the match and called her ugly. At the end of the match, Fuuko warned the audience if there is someone like Fujimaru, she would make their lives as a living hell. Later, Saicho apologized for Fujimaru's perverse behavior and gave a paper bandage to Fuuko's arm and give his jacket to her.
#21 - Paper Dance. Breathing in Life!
Season 1 - Episode 21 - Aired Jan 17, 1998
The match between Saicho and Recca begins. The former tells Hanabishi that he can only fight for 10 minutes since he had a heart condition (which revealed to be an injury caused by stabbing by one of the rebellious Kuu students). Throughout the fight, it is revealed that Saicho's Madogu, Shikigami (animator) can produce paper made of a magical barrier that cannot be easily burned. Some of the artworks made by the Kuu fighter include a deflecting force field (Nuno Zarashin), a paper sword (Kami No Ken) and as well as a crane of a thousand paper birds. In this bout, Saiha, the second flame dragon shows his true power in a form of a flame sword. At the end of the match, Recca challenged Kukai despite Hokage's victory.
#22 - Sudden Change of Buddha
Season 1 - Episode 22 - Aired Jan 24, 1998
Recca challenges Kukai however, the referee protested since regardless of the result, Team Hokage still wins. However, Kouran Mori appears in the screen and decided to make some changes. He proposed that all of the previous fights will be discarded, and the winner of the match will advance in the next round. Recca provokingly accepts the proposal. During the fight, Kukai warned Recca that he only has to hit the Kuu master 3 times in any method, after which, it could mean certain death for Recca. Nobody was able to comprehend what Kukai really meant except Daikoku who had a flashback of what happens afterwards. But Recca was reluctant and attacked Kukai with Nadare. Kukai deflects the fireballs with his hands. However, he missed one. Recca has two hits left, so he decided to use Saiha against Kukai but avoids it. Recca kicks Kukai in the face but later gets up and laughs. Now the young ninja only has one strike left. This time, Kukai will not move. If Recca knocks Kukai out, he wins. But if Kukai still has the strength to fight, Recca dies. Daikoku warns Recca not to do it, but Hanabishi was still persistent and gave Kukai a mighty punch. Kukai gets up and activates his madogu, Oni, a demonic necklace that activates after the user is hit three times, turning the possessor in to a perfect killing machine. Both Kagero and Genjuro explained this fact. Kukai began beating Recca up badly. Minamio, who was shocked told his teammates that everybody has a lust for killing just like everybody else, even a gentle and serene teacher like Kukai. He also told that the Urabutousatsoujin is based on killing as a sport. In the end of the episode, Kukai prepares to smash Recca's head.
#23 - Desperate Trials!
Season 1 - Episode 23 - Aired Jan 31, 1998
Kukai teaches Recca the true meaning of life and death during a battle. Near the end, Homura appears to Recca which led to Hokage's victory over Kuu as well as Kukai returning to his gentle normal self. NOTE: In the end of the episode, it is revealed that despite in demonic state, Kukai was still aware of his actions. He admitted to his teammates that Recca was too tough for him and he almost killed Hanabishi the last time.
#24 - The Call from the Monster, the Warrior from Hell
Season 1 - Episode 24 - Aired Feb 7, 1998
Koganei joins the Hokage team after learning that they do not have enough members. NOTE: Fuuko and Domon were fallen by Kurei's trap.
#25 - Shock! Lightning Fast Conclusion!
Season 1 - Episode 25 - Aired Feb 14, 1998
After Koganei defeats Shiju, Genjuro suggested to change the format of Round 2 as single elimination where the loser gets eliminated and the winner keeps fighting.