|“||You find...war...to be enjoyable. You are addicated to the sensation of emerging victorous through your own cunning...and that is...a trait shared by many exemplary Generals. It's irritating but...You have...the Talent too. I won't grovel to you, but...Promise me this. Become the Number One General in Qin, Kan Ki. I leave Qin...To You.||”|
—Chou Tou's last words to Kan Ki.
|“||Rage. That is what drives Kan Ki. Rage that burns so strong it's hot enough to melt even rock.||”|
—Saki to Naki on Kan Ki's motivations.
Kan Ki is a member of the Six Great Generals of Qin and the leader of Kan Ki Army. In the past, he was a bandit leader with a penchant for decapitation, which earned him the moniker The Beheader. He also served as a Vice General in the Mou Gou Army, and after the death of Great General Mou Gou, he commands his own independent army.
- 1 Appearance
- 2 Personality
- 3 History
- 4 Story
- 5 Abilities
- 6 Quotes
- 7 Gallery
- 8 Trivia
- 9 References
Kan Ki is a somewhat young and very handsome general, shown to entice women and even men. He has long, jet black hair arranged in a ponytail, with shorter stray hairs around his hairline. He, like many others, has a small goatee. He typically wears a smug expression on his face, never being shown looking truly angry or upset. He wears purple armor with dark-colored fur around the neck, a robe with leopard print trim, metal boots with suns on them, and a general's cape, as well as multiple cuff earrings. His eyes are slender and he has thick eyebrows, a sharp nose, and soft looking lips.
His personality is said to be extremely brutal, as he has no qualms in killing surrendered soldiers and personally beheaded every person in any city or village he conquered. This is shown in how he sends heads of Wei soldiers back to their commanders, who have been severely tortured, along with bags of eyeballs back to their camp to decrease morale and incite fear.
He always has an arrogant smirk on his face and talks in a crude manner at times. He shows no respect for his foes as he calls Gen Bou "an old fart" and "trash" before killing him. He exhibits a sense of humor and sarcasm as in the case when a fellow soldier asked him, why he made an apparently unskilled individual like Ogiko a 1000-Man Commander of the Kan Ki army, to which the General merely responds lightheartedly with the words "cause it's funny obviously."
He has personally stated that he could care less about the concept of loyalty to one's kingdom and wouldn't even be concerned if Qin was to fall. In his personal opinion, despite his employment within Qin's military forces, the concept of kingdoms is nothing more than a corrupted system or 'cesspool' where a select upper classes can treat commoners as they please. On the other hand, he is still quite content with being a General as it allows him to quench his thirst for the thrill of warfare (no matter how savage) in a sanctioned manner. Despite his outward reasoning for his actions and methods, some of Kanki's closest soldiers and subordinates claim that he isn't motivated by the thrills of war but pure rage and anger towards the world.
He also has a frighteningly cool demeanor and almost never displays any panic no matter how dire the situation is. Kan Ki is also very sadistic as he toys with Haku Ki Sai by dangling the idea of survival in front of him and forced him to beg for his life. Kan Ki then stabbed him several times after he refused to grovel.
He does exhibit a sense of loyalty exclusive to Mou Gou by holding the position of Vice General in his army and coming when summoned as demonstrated when Chou Tou used Mou Gou's name, as he knew that Kan Ki would simply ignore a request for a conversation with him. His loyalty extended to such degree, that he "offered" incinerated enemy soldiers who had surrendered to his now-deceased general, calling him by his moniker Ha Kou Rou.
Kan Ki also has no problems being endangered or at risk due to his willingness to make snap decisions despite being in danger, even though Kyou Kai once held her sword to his throat he showed no problems ordering his men to decapitate Den Yuu as a response.
In his youth, Kan Ki was the leader of a large pack of bandits based in the mountains in Southern regions of the state of Qin during the waning days of King Sho's era of warfare. He became infamous for his unusual ways of guerilla tactics and brutal personality as he would behead every single citizen of any local cities and villages he conquered. At some point during this period he was recruited by Mou Gou, a Great General of Qin, as the old general saw potential in the young bandit and decided to take him under his wing. He along with his other peer who was named Ou Sen, rampaged their way across the Warring States while living underneath the shadows of the Six Generals of Qin.
About a decade later and now a general, Kan Ki would be a major player in the Sanyou Campaign of the State of Wei while serving as a vice general to the Qin Army, having conquered five cities before arriving at the place where the conclusion of the campaign would take place.
He is first seen in the Qin-Wei conflict when Rin Ko is scouting out targets to slay before the upcoming battle. His strange camp setup checks the Wei general as it appears to be full of openings yet they could all be traps. Kan Ki arrives on Mount Ryuu to set up his camp, giving him a good terrain advantage before the main battle. He sees a smoke signal from the HQ saying that they'll be praying for their victory and Kan Ki calls it "rare" for Mou Gou to do such a thing.
After the vanguard from both sides had faced off, Kan Ki and his 30,000 men faced off against General Kai Shi Bou in the hill region. His effective use of guerilla warfare combined with his ruthless and cruel mental warfare tactics that made the Wei troops succumb to fear for the Qin General gave Kai Shi Bou quite a challenge. He finishes with a "human forest" before finding out that the enemy's main army is heading for his headquarters. He turns this threat in an opportunity as he and his men disguise themselves as Wei messengers who are able to infiltrate Kai Shi Bou's HQ in order to get close to the Heavenly King Gen Bou. Upon being found out, Kan Ki and his men proceed to kill the Wei guards present and he comes face to face with the old man who tries to recruit Kan Ki as his student. His request is the last thing he says before he is beheaded by the Qin general who calls him trash. He later attacked and captured the Wei headquarters and cruelly killed Haku Ki Sai the Wei commander-in-chief. His crew then beheaded the other captured officers as well.
During the reward ceremony following the Sanyou Campaign, Kan Ki has raised two ranks in the nobility and given the lands of Sei Hi, Sei Rin, and Dai Ka. While kneeling before the king, Kan Ki was curious to see the face of the person who had his power stolen by Ryo Fui. He is surprised by the fierce light emitted from the king's eyes, which he found strange for a person "raised as a doll in a palace of luxury."
In the Battle of Kankoku Pass, he and his crew use oil barrels stolen from Kanyou’s warehouses to throw it on the Go Hou Mei siege tower. Kan Ki then shoots a fire arrow that burns the tower and hundreds of Wei troops while laughing.
After Chou Tou got poisoned by Han's poison arrow troops, he gathered some troops and stole a Wei flag and started going towards his HQ. Chou Tou followed along with his army. They broke through the armies without fighting because, in the middle of the siege of Kankoku Pass, every single soldier was focused on destroying the wall. After they defeated the Han Defense HQ, Chou Tou slew the Han commander in chief Sei Kai and shortly afterward died himself from the poison. Kan Ki afterward stayed on the Kankoku Pass walls for the rest of the Coalition Army war, but because the Coalition Army was focused on fighting at other battlefields, there was no action on Kankoku Pass.
After the end of Coalition War Kan Ki is ordered to attack the gigantic Wei stronghold of Kyuu. He easily took the city and burned Wei commanders alive as a tribute to Hakurou.
He is the leader of the army that attacked the hills. But he never appeared on any battle and instead used his typical move, massacring nearby villagers and made a bridge made of corpses, that unnerved Shin and Kyou Kai who tried to attack him, thus negating their victory over Ryuu Tou and Kei Sha.
He was placed as the general of the first army of the western Zhao attack army. Along with the mountain king Yo Tan Wa who leads the second army and general Ou Sen who acts as the commander of the third army as well as the supreme commander. He was later tasked to be in charge of besieging Gyou.
At the start of new year Kan Ki was promoted to the member of Six Great Generals when Ei Sei brought back the system. He then returned to the frontlines and ordered a brutal offensive of Heiyou that resulted in many casualties on his side. Because of that, He caught the attention of great general Ko Chou who moved his main army and decided to face him in battle.
|“||Young yet endowed with talent. It's said that if he were only born one generation earlier, he would have been counted amongst Qin's Six Generals.||”|
—Rin Ko commenting on Kan Ki's abilities.
|Demonic Eyes: 99|
|Cruelty: 99 Eyeballs|
|Cruelty: 99 Eyeballs|
Kan Ki was noted to possess a talent for warfare on par with Six Great Generals of Qin, eventually becoming a member of the new Qin Six. A prodigy at warfare, he has never formally studied strategy, yet has never lost a battle because of his unorthodox tactics. Because of that, Kan Ki was even considered by Mou Gou to be Qin's number one general at turning the tables.
Master Swordsman: While Kan Ki is not seen fighting actively very often, his high strength value indicates of him being a capable combatant. He shows a proficiency with a sword as he was able to cut two members of the Zenou Clan with ease. He deflected a strike from Ka Man from Ko Chou Army with immense speed and cut the old commander in half.
Archery: Kan Ki displayed some proficiency with the bow, being able to aim a flame arrow at Wei Siege Tower from the top of Kankoku Pass.
Kan Ki possesses a strong leadership as he was able to unite many independent bandit clans into a large bandit group under his rule. Many of his bandit leaders are willing to follow him through ferocious battlefields. Some of them like Rai Do are willing to withstand brutal tortures in order to protect his secrets which is a further indication of his charisma.
Kan Ki is an aggressive general and tactician who likes to use guerrilla warfare and psychological warfare. Instead of being called a "meticulous strategist" he is a commander who goes by feel in how he fights and doesn't do anything pointless. Because of his unorthodox tactics, his results are unbelievable, as seen from the Battle of Koku You Hill. Ka Ryo Ten commented that the greatest of Strategists would be hard-pressed to replicate similar results like his. Even the renowned general, Ou Sen stated that Kan Ki's way of thinking elude him.
He had proven to be very ingenious, making great use of existing resources (even though by not so legal means) to use them against his foes, as in the instance when he took down a Wei Siege Tower with the use of oil (which was "secretly borrowed" from the capital of Kanyou's storehouses) and a flame arrow. His most unique and seemingly lethal trait is his uncanny ability to infiltrate an enemy's headquarters and kill their general and commanding officers. This tactic being the downfall of many prominent generals like Gen Pou, Haku Ki Sai, Sei Kai and Ko Chou. His own base camp was also noted to utilize an unique formation that at first seem to be full of openings that in actuality are deathly traps meant to lure and wipe out opponents.
Kan Ki was also shown performing acts of extreme cruelty in order to demoralize or manipulate his opponents. He often mutilates the bodies of dead troops or civilians and sends them to the enemy or tortures captured soldiers for information.
Manipulation of Information: Kan Ki is adept at manipulating information flow. During the Battle of Eikyuu he used a strategy based around fooling his enemies into false sense of security by making them misjudge the number of his soldiers. He then used newly created opening to strike their HQ and take the head of their commander-in-chief Ko Chou. After that he instructed his commanders to spread misinformation to weaken Zhao soldiers' morale. As a result, he got tens of thousands of soldiers surrendered.
- Hahahahah! What a lame old fart. He got his ass kicked in the blink of an eye! Damn Geezer's all talk!!
- [To Ri Shin] Hahahahaha!! Know what? You win. You're actually number one. Of all the Twisted bastards I've met in my life, you are the biggest villain of them all, Shin.
- [To Ri Shin] The unification of China. Going by your eyes...Are you telling me that if you manage to pull that off, that all war will finish and peace will descend upon the world? Yep, you're one evil bastard.
- [To Shin] The whole idea of unifying China involves butchering an enemy state's people through overwhelming military power until they no longer have the strength to fight back. Then, you just swoop in and claim everything they own for yourself: The land, The people, the resources, all of it. It's the slaughter and pillaging on a whole new scale. And the only ones who will be happy for the peace this brings...Are the people of Qin.
- We will continue burning down villages and slaughtering the people of Kokuyou.
Kentaro Ito, the Japanese voice of Kan Ki, has provided the voices of Renji Abarai a former enemy turned alley in the Bleach series, Yoshitake Shiraishi, a core alley in the Golden Kamuy series, and Chouji Akimichi, a core character in the Naruto series.
He is noted by Bi Hei to have smelled very nice.
He doesn't like wearing soldier armor. It "rubs him the wrong way".
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- Chapter 293
- Chapter 677 Page 16
- Chapter 483 Page 15
- Chapter 676 Page 9
- Chapter 198 Page 14
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