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Ri Boku
Chinese Li Mu
Kanji 李牧
Romaji Ri Bokku
Epithet The Great Blaze
Strongest of the Three Great Heavens
Biographical Information
Marital Status Single
Age Early 40s
Gender Male
Eyes Blue
Hair Blonde
Skin White
Relatives Unnamed Parents (Deceased)

Unnamed Brothers (Deceased)
Qi (cousin, deceased)

State Zhao
Residence Domei, Zhao
Location Gian, Zhao
Birth Place Unknown, Zhao
Professional Information
Classification Strategist
Occupation Soldier
Affiliates Zhao Military
Ri Boku Army
Zhao Government
Military Rank Great General
Political Position Prime Minister (formerly)
Equipment Sword
Glaive (formerly)
Japanese VA Morikawa Toshiyuki
Manga Debut Chapter 135 Official Appearance
Anime Debut Episode 29
If you were but a simple strategist, there would be no need to kill you. Of course, you are no mere strategist. Nor do I mind you declaring yourself to be a coward. That is not something which demonstrates the caliber of a man. Your claims having no desires is probably true. Normally, an entity of greed such myself would view people like you as nothing more than a piddling existence...Yet for some reason instead, I feel you project a fearsome greatness.

—Ryo Fui to Ri Boku.

Ri Boku is a member of Three Great Heavens of Zhao and the leader of Ri Boku Army. During king Tou Jou's reign he also served as the Prime Minister of the State of Zhao before being deposed Kaku Kai.


A tall and handsome man, Ri Boku has a kind face and rugged body riddled by scars. He has long, light hair, tied into a high ponytail, blue eyes, and a small black goatee. He wears long blue robe with a fur collar and a white tunic underneath it.


A humble and kind person to those around him, he neither cares for fame nor glory. He truly wants to live on a peaceful farm, start a family and spend his days without war and pain. He also does not mind physical labor, actually preferring that work, as seen during his tenure in Gan Mon, and later during his exile after the Coalition Army's defeat.

As a strategist though, he is shown to be ruthless to his enemies and willing to utilize so-called underhanded means for victory. He allowed and commended the idea of attacking Ou Ki from behind in his duel with Hou Ken, and was willing to betray Qin despite alliance after their gain the strategic region Sanyou after defeating the Wei forces led by Ren Pa; realizing leaving Sanyou to Qin would become a massive threat to Zhao and the rest of the Warring States.

One of his most characteristic traits is his loyalty to Zhao and drive to protect his homeland, even at the risk of his own life. Although he considers himself a coward, he is willing to put himself in harms way for the sake of fulfilling his duty.


In his youth, Ri Boku lost half his entire family through the strife of war. Consumed by a bottomless sense of rage, he lost further friends and family in an unknown war after goading his battalion into recklessly charging into the heart of the enemy army. While he succeeded in killing the enemy commander, he was the sole survivor. Sometime after surviving as the last remaining soldier of his unit, he was chased by enemy soldiers deep into a forested mountain. Half dead and delirious from exhaustion, he encountered the mysterious figure, Hou Ken. While the cloaked figure initially threatened him with death for crossing his path, he spared Ri Boku after learning that the latter had lost his will to live. Hou Ken then spoke of the gods, which he cryptically referred to as the voices of the earth, told him that he still has a role to play and would be his guide to the answer he sought. Later, Ri Boku wakes up and finds himself somehow to be healed of injuries and wonders to himself if that man he saw was even real. But upon seeing the number of corpses everywhere, which were his pursuers slain, he realizes that was no dream. Afterward, Ri Boku left and distanced himself from the Zhao military due to weariness from the constant battles and decided to investigate the mysterious tribe knows as Bushin. Upon meeting at least one of their number, who focused on meditating, Ri Boku would learn more about their history despite being treated with contempt as an outsider.

Li Mu and Hai Yin[]

Ri Boku is a great general from Zhao before he made a name for himself, he was mostly known for subduing the Xiongnu threat to the north which constantly raids the northern part of Zhao, a feat which no other Zhao General had achieved before. In the past, he lost his parents and brothers in a war. Consumed by rage, he and his battalion recklessly defied orders and charged the enemy camp. While he succeeded in killing the enemy general, he was the only survivor. As a result, he realized that his reckless act of vengeance led to further loss of friends and family. Due to this, he learned to value the lives of his subordinates and became more patient as a commander. Later, he is sent to northern Zhao as a general and met Kaine, who would become one of his trusted subordinates.

Upon first arriving in Gan Mon province during his first tenure as a general, he was able to stop Xiongnu raids by simply avoiding conflict. Instead of facing them, he ordered that the villagers evacuate with all their livestock and supplies while taking shelter inside the walls of Gan Mon castle during the attacks. When pressured by the veterans as to why he took this course of action, he explained that Gan Mon was mostly open ground, enabling the Xiongnu to use their cavalry to their fullest potential. In addition, Gan Mon did not have hundreds of thousands of troops or specialized soldiers needed to crush the raiders in a head-on battle.

Initially, Kaine did not get along with him. Along with her archer friend Shou (Chinese: Zhao), she did not like this strategy and always wanted to face them head-on instead of cowardly staying in safety, seeking revenge for her family's death at the hands of the Xiongnu. Ri Boku was forced to strike her unconscious and imprison her for a day to prevent her from risking her life recklessly. Over time, she soon came to realize that Ri Boku had suffered the same past as her; having been orphaned in a war and losing his brothers and of how his reckless pursuit of revenge resulted in his entire battalion being wiped out. Instead of choosing to remain the path of revenge, he chose to become a strategist in order to save as many lives as he can. Still believing Kaine still resented Ri Boku, Shou reported to Kantan that Ri Boku was neglecting his duties. As a result, so Ri Boku was recalled back to Kantan for questioning and was replaced by yet another hot-headed commander. The result is devastating, Gan Mon Castle was overrun, the replacement general was killed, most Zhao's forces in the region were killed, and refugees were forced to flee south. In the aftermath of a battle, Shou was killed and besides Kaine, there were only a handful of survivors. Meanwhile, Kaine was wounded, regretting what Ri Boku's exile did to Gan Mon. Soon after Shou and her comrades were buried, Ri Boku returned and started anew; much to Kaine and the survivors' relief. Sometime afterward, he and Kaine were able to amass enough skilled soldiers to wipe out the next army of Xiongnu raiders; a battle that Yo Tan Wa witnessed the aftermath of upon setting out on her own campaign against the horsemen tribes.

It is also shown that fifteen years before the Koku You Campaign that Ri Boku was attached to Zhao's Zan Men Army to oversee a truce and prisoner exchange during the Tragedy of Rigan. During this time period, he observed Ki Sui for the first time.


Battle of Bayou Arc[]

Ri Boku is first seen when Ou Ki's army battles against Zhao forces led by Houken and he stumbles on a watch post occupied by Qin Strategists who are wary of his presence.

They later appear and it is revealed that he is the mastermind behind the whole war. Once Ou Ki is surrounded, he goes to the battlefield himself, but only from afar to observe. Once Ou Ki dies, he orders a retreat to the Zhao army, having accomplished their goal of killing Ou Ki and seeking to prevent any more losses to the Zhao army.

Alliance Arc[]

After the death of the Monstrous Bird of Qin, Ou Ki at the Battle of Bayou, a year has passed and Ri Boku has become a symbol of the Zhao military as he leads a battle against the state of Yan  and defeats them in a one-sidedly battle. And it is later revealed that he has appointed the position of prime minister due to his achievements and his popularity among the common people. Among his first duties as prime minister he is ordered by Tou Jou, the king of Zhao, to personally visit the state of Qin's capital, Kanyou in order to negotiate the released of one the king' favorite male lovers, Shun Pei Kun as he was kidnapped under the orders of his old friend and associate Ryo Fui who , who blackmailed the king with a latter that said if he wanted the safe return of Shun Pei Kun he would have to order his prime minister to personally come and retrieve him. After receiving the king's orders, Ri Boku's vassals start to panic as it is obviously a trap set up by Ryo Fui and plead with their master that he should wait as they try to talk the king out of sending him but with the threat of being executed under treason if he should refuse and the curiosity of wanting to meet Ryo Fui, the man that holds the true power in the state of Qin, and visiting the Qin capital, Ri Boku decides that he will go while not showing a single hint of fear while remembering the tale of the heroic tale of the brave Zhao king, Bu Rei. 

Sanyou Campaign Arc[]

Ri Boku and his vassals are receiving the news about the war between Qin and Wei. He is surprised about Kan Ki and Ou Sen's talent since until now it was hidden from the world. At first, he claims that Wei should be able to win 9 out of 10 battle scenarios, however when he learns about Ren Pa and Mou Gou facing each other in the past he changes his mind and says that the outcome is once again unknown.

Sanyou Aftermath Arc[]

When news of Ren Pa's defeat reaches him, Ri Boku states that the entire continent could be stirring into action depending on what Qin does next. After Sanyou is renamed "Tougun" and realizing Qin's intention to expand its borders, Ri Boku orders General Kou Son Ryuu to muster an army and call both Man Goku and Ri Haku. His intention is to attack the state of Yan with an army of 100,000 Zhao troops with Hou Ken as the Commander-in-Chief.

Coalition Invasion Arc[]

Later, he met with Shun Shin Kun at the Chu/Qin border to discuss the coalition initiative, Seeing Shin at their location, he apologizes for his presence there and challenges the boy to a duel, saying he will reveal his plans if Shin defeats him. Knocking back Shin, he comments on his growth before leaving to visit the King of Wei.

During the Battle of Kankoku Pass, he was stationed with the commander in chief of the coalition army, Shun Shin Kun as they observe the entirety of war while moving the strings behind the scenes. With the events of the 15th day and Qin's momentum, Ri Boku suggested that the coalition army should withdraw their forces and reconsider their strategy. During the night, he secretly departed the HQ with unknown direction, leaving only one request: All army generals should pick 1000 elite soldiers and have them follow Ri Boku's trail.

Two days later, as the Qin officials were discussing their next move that would ensure their victory, news came to the capital that an unknown army was attacking city after city in the southern pass, slowly making their way to Kanyou. To everyone's surprise, it was soon revealed that this army was lead by no other than Ri Boku himself.

During the Battle of Sai, Ri Boku sieged the city of Sai for six days and nights, relentlessly, but due to the citizens' high morale, the city wouldn't fall. On the seventh day, his army finally managed to breach the city gates, but it was then when the Yo Tan Wa Army arrived at king Ei Sei's aid. Ri Boku realized he couldn't confront the mighty mountain warriors and have enough strength remaining to capture Kanyou, so he sounded the retreat.

After reuniting with the rest coalition generals, they led their armies against the state of Qi. The Coalition Army managed to conquer some minor cities but was forced to disband due to general Mou Bu's assault.

Conspiracy in the Court Arc[]

After the Coalition War, Ri Boku was blamed by the king of Zhao for his failure as leader of the state's military. As a result, the former prime minister was stripped of his title and exiled in the small city of Domei, near the Zhao-Wei borders. There, along with Fu Tei and Kaine, he helped the locals with their labor while planning his next moves.

State of Ai Arc[]

Ri Boku is seen during strategical meeting with Kei Sha, Kaine and Fu Tei. He is worried about the rise of Qin's power and Kei Sha notes that Chu also began to strengthen their military in earnest. He then wonders if Qin has the resolve to break the balance of power in China. They come to the conclusion that it will come down to the political clash between king Ei Sei and Ryo Fui.[1]

Koku You Campaign Arc[]

After the Qin's victory over the Battle of Koku You Hill, He is shown with Shun Sui Ju and Ba Nan Ji, two mysterious generals of Zhao. While he was happy to discover Kan Ki's weakness he also was angry and saddened at the news of his protégé Kei Sha death’s and vowed revenge with his own hands.

Bureaucrats Job Arc[]

He was dispatched to escort Ou Ken, King of Qi. After meeting up with the Qi king, Ei Sei met up with him. Not wasting time, he offered something that nobody expected: a 7-nation alliance, which was equal in terms. But Sei declined, leading him to issue a threat to the King of Qin that as long as he was present, the unification was in vain, and left Kanyou.

Western Zhao Invasion Arc[]

Even before the invasion of Zhao Ri Boku had planned its defense thoroughly. When the Qin Military eventually made its move, he acted as supreme commander of the Zhao forces. Despite Ri Boku's achievements (or perhaps because of 'em), King Tou Jou grew suspicious of his General's ambitions and denied his requests to utilize the support of the elite troops protecting the capital city of Kantan during the invasion.

Ri Boku did not waver and led his men into the Battle at Shukai Plains, where he took control of the center army who was destined to face the Ou Sen Army itself. During this battle, however, Ri Boku would not be constrained to a strategist position as he rode among the Zhao Right Wing during a surprise attack to collect the head of Ma Kou - a powerful Ou Sen retainer. He also devised an ingenious battle plan to take out A Kou, who was leading the Qin against Zhao's Left Wing, but his plan was frustrated by the timely intervention of A Ka Kin, who saved his commander from the brink of death.

When Ri Boku's army eventually clashed with the Ou Sen army in the center, it was revealed that after his battle with Duke Hyou during the Coalition Invasion Arc, the Zhao general was able to study the Instinctual General, deconstructing and deciphering the mechanisms regarding how instinctual types wage war. He then proceeded to hammer that knowledge into the soldiers at his command, thus creating a hybrid army that combined the strengths of both strategical and instinctual fighting forces. His "Origins Tactics" (as it was informally named by Ou Sen), proved to be very effective against all sorts of formations and even against sheer brute force. The initial success of such tactics was not meant to last, however, as general Ou Sen was able to quickly read and counter them.

After this exchange, Ri Boku and Ou Sen decided to talk face to face. Ou Sen asked Ri Boku to join him and create a new kingdom. Ri Boku, however, refused, saying that while Ou Sen might be someone who can easily lay waste to swathes of kingdoms but can never be a man who is capable of raising and nurturing one. He then said he won't hesitate to risk his life for Zhao's sake. Disappointed Ou Sen decided to finish the conversation by sending his soldiers to attack and the battle continued on.

When Qin forces were pushing their way through Zhao's front lines Hou Ken suddenly appeared in order to talk to him. Ri Boku told him that the promise he gave him 20 years ago will be fulfilled on this day and that Shin is the one that holds the answer he seeks. He then sent Fu Tei and Ba Nan Ji to pincer Ou Sen's HQ and ordered Earl Rai and Earl Kou to return back to the rear. However, Ou Sen's life was saved by Ou Hon and Mou Ten who returned to HQ to help their commander. Meanwhile, Hi Shin Unit was able to overpower Kin Mou Army and close in on Zhao's HQ but was stopped by Hou Ken. Ri Boku decided to stay and watch the duel between Shin and Hou Ken. When Hou Ken lost Ri Boku ordered a full retreat and attack on Kan Ki Army. However, due to Zhao Army being severely weakened and Ou Sen's forces attacking his rear he was unable to recapture Gyou in time and the city gates were opened.

Ri Boku decided to surround the city and starve Qin forces inside. He realized Qin might use the river for food transport, so he ordered a blockade. After a while, King Tou Jou's men came to arrest him for losing the battle, and on his way to the capital, he realized that Qi might help Qin to resupply. However, it was already too late and supplies had reached Gyou's walls. Ri Boku begged Kaku Kai to make peace with Yan, mobilize the Northern Zhao armies and sent their eastern forces to the Gyou region, but he didn't do any of that.

Zhao Crisis Arc[]

Due to Prince Ka's decree of freeing critics of Tou Jou, he was released. He organized a council to discuss plans to evict Qin out of Gyou when he was shocked to realize that Sen, not Ka is the heir to the throne.[2] After the announcement of prince Ka's removal from the line of throne succession, he and his subordinates were attacked on the royal palace by assassins. He escaped with prince Ka on a carriage while heading for Houshou. However, on their way, they were ambushed by another army and he fought too. After that, an army led by Ba Nan Ji stalled the Kantan army in order to allow Ri Boku and prince Ka to escape to Houshou. The next day, when they arrived there, Ri Boku chose to return to Ba Nan Ji instead of going inside Houshou with prince Ka.[3]

Battle of Eikyuu Arc[]

Ri Boku still remains a guest in Saika city. He receives the news about Ko Chou confronting Kan Ki. His subordinates are cheering, but Ri Boku is unsettled. Later he gets a message from the king summoning him to duty and his army sets out to the frontlines.

Zhao's Retaliation Arc[]

At the start of new years Ri Boku is shown to be in his room for two days without a break planning a new strategy for upcoming war. He then discusses it with his vassals and marches towards Gian to check on it's defenses. During the travel he tells Kaine that after all of this is over they will return to Ganmon together. Qin moves north according to his plan. When he's back at Kantan he is visited by his king who informs him he will not intervene in his affairs like his father did. Ri Boku in return tells him that his intentions are the same - to protect the state of Zhao. He also reveals that his plan is to cleave Qin army in half thanks to Atsuyo.

After Ri Boku's plan to split Qin armies succeeds he decided to make a speech to all soldiers at Gian. He speaks about their close ones they have to protect in order to boost the morale. When they march out he is able to surround Qin forces with most of northern armies he was able to gather. When Shin decides to move his army and join Mou Ten in a common atempt of breaking through he sends the Seika generals to intercept them. However, despite suffering heavy loses they are able to still break through the encirclement. Ri Boku gives the words of respect to Shin and sends general Kotsu Min Haku in order to preventing them from returning. After that he decides to focus on Kan Ki.


Ri Boku, the strongest member of Three Great Heavens in all of history.


Strength 91
Leadership 99
Intelligence 100
Experience S
Accumulating strength at Seika

Strength 91
Leadership 99
Intelligence 100
Experience S
I am always: Aiming for something

Strength 91
Leadership 98
Intelligence 100
Experience A
Politics 92

Strength unknown
Leadership 98
Intelligence 100
Politics 88

The man who surpassed Ou Ki as the strongest general of the time and the single most dangerous foe Qin had faced.[4][5] He is considered Zhao's best Great Heaven in history and a commander of an unprecedented level.[6][7]

Physical Abilities[]

Ri Boku clashes with Shin

As proof of his battle experience, he was shown to have numerous scars on his body. It was stated by Shin and the generals who were present during his appearance at Kanyou that he has a terrifying and overwhelming martial presence that is a sign of living through a ridiculous number of battlefields as a warrior.[8] It was later proven when Shin, who managed to kill Rin Ko, challenged him to a duel. Ri Boku easily kept up and even had the upper hand against Shin in their brief bout.[9]


As a member of the second generation of Three Great Heavens, Ri Boku is a living symbol of the Zhao Military.[10] It was noted that after his victory in the Battle of Bayou he became extremely popular amongst the common folk.[11] The loyalty of his vassals runs so deep that many of them like Kaine [12] and Shin Sei Jou [13] are ready to sacrifice their lives for him. He was also shown making a passionate speech to his soldiers before battle in order to boost their morale.[14] With a leadership stat of 99, Ri Boku ranks among the best leaders in the series.

Tactical Abilities[]

Master Strategist: Ri Boku is the only character in the series so far with the highest knowledge of war, surpassing the likes of Ou Sen, Shou Hei Kun and Haku Ki in that aspect. Unlike most strategists, his plans and tactics are based on real experience as a soldier/officer in the front lines which makes them much more effective, allowing him to operate in almost all situations. In examples shown so far, his strategies seem to be focused on the situation before the battle begins. This was seen during the Coalition War when he devised a contingency plan for the worst scenario before fights even started. He deliberately chose for Zhao the battlefield closest to the southern path and was sending his men to the Bu Pass, a few thousand at a time. To send tens of thousands of troops to the southern path without anyone catching on would take numerous days, however since they were being sent from day one, Ri Boku quickly turn the tides after Ka Rin's plan failed.[15]

Against Yan, he was able to move his HQ to the right of the Yan, giving him a significant advantage, while against Ou Ki, the misinformation and movement speed of his army was able to completely overcome The Monstrous Bird of Qin.[16] Ri Boku's tactics were enough to defeat an army of 200,000 Xiongnu in a way that was later described as "completely one-sided slaughter" with only 130 000 men.[17][18]

Ri Boku has a talent for being able to maneuver his own headquarters and troops in ways enemy generals do not expect often with devastating consequences. Utilizing his own talents he often methodically researches his opponent's strengths and military records to predict their actions. His two most notable achievements utilizing this skill has led to the defeat of Ou Ki and Geki Shin. Ri Boku's own analysis of war also allowed him to see through Shou Hei Kun's invasion of Wei as a potentially checkmating move, and thus, he deemed it necessary to form the Coalition Army in order to prevent that.[19]

Manipulation of Information: Ri Boku is adept at manipulating information flow. During the battle of Bayou, he created information lock-down on Zhao's northern border that enabled him to hide his army and intrude into the battle from the side. In addition, he purposely leaked information that Hou Ken was a general in Zhao in order to lure Ou Ki into his trap.[20] He also used a similar method as a key stratagem to form the coalition of armies that invaded Qin, hiding the alliance from Shou Hei Kun. Later during Qin's invasion of the Gyou region, he cut three Qin armies from any communication between each other as well as from the outside as part of his plan. He later control the information flow during Qin's attack to the Gi'an region by concealing the mobilization of entire northern army. He is also known to lie about never using his sword in battles, as in later situations the surprise of an attack by him in the flesh completely catches the enemy off guard, as seen when he ambushed the unprepared Ma Kou and beheaded him.

Ri Boku catches Ma Kou off guard

Assassination Tactics: Ri Boku is capable of personally leading a detachment of soldiers in order to hunt down and slay the commander of an army. It was a strategy originating from his and Kaine's days fighting off the overwhelming Xiongnu back in Ganmon. He waits for the right moment when enemies are vulnerable to completely surprise them thanks to the extraordinary speed of his cavalry. By using this tactic he was able to catch off guard and swiftly kill Ma Kou as well as numerous Xiongnu leaders during his time at Ganmon. Such a tactic enabled the Zhao forces to paralyze the Xiongnu due to their leaders fearing for their lives in the midst of battle.[21]

Zhao's Great Wall

Architectural Skills: Ri Boku also possesses amazing skills in building and modifying fortifications. After the battle for the Koku You Hills, he ordered the construction of several outposts in western Zhao creating an elaborate multi-layered defense that would take at least ten years to conquer which later forced Qin to make a risky and somewhat suicidal attack on Gyou.[22] He also modified Retsubi as a way to be easily recaptured and upgraded Gyou to the point where it was considered by Ou Sen to be the perfect city that is impossible to take from the outside by force.[23][24] This enabled him to cut off the enemy's supply line and turn the entire region into a deadly trap. Later it was revealed that Ri Boku planned and started the construction of a Great Wall south to Kantan that extends over a distance of 250 Li three years ago. By connecting the already existing castles in the region and stretching over mountains and rocks he was able to create a massive bulwark with tremendous defensive capabilities.[25]

Origin Tactics: Ri Boku has demonstrated the ability to find the "origin" of the workings of armies on the battlefield. After his battle with Duke Hyou, he was able to deconstruct and decipher the mechanisms of how instinctual generals wage war. He then proceeded to hammer that knowledge into the strategical type soldiers under his command. Emerging from that crucible was a new army that combined the strengths of both the strategical and instinctual.[26]

Ri Boku using the Ryuudou

Military Formations: He is one of two known great generals who is able to perform highly the advanced defensive tactic known as Ryuudou. Its purpose is to use the flow of soldiers to split the attackers into smaller groups and drive them away from the HQ. The more the enemy tries to close in on the defender's HQ, the stronger the flow becomes. Usually, the commander needs a high vantage point to make this technique possible, but Ri Boku is able to see the entire field while at ground level and doesn't require the tower to use it.[27] All the officers in his army are well educated in warfare and capable of quickly reading the enemy's moves and reacting accordingly even without Ri Boku's command. This was showcased when they created an iron wall defense with Halting Point Formation and other defensive field tactics or when they used Widened Arrow Formation to trap the pursuing Qin forces.[28] When on the attack, the army can form a super offensive formation that utilizes "origin tactics" to make almost unstoppable advances. Ri Boku's knowledge of field tactics is so great that he was able to analyze Ou Sen's advanced defensive formation. Other talented strategists like Ou Hon and Chou Ga Ryuu couldn't grasp it, but Ri Boku was able to find its weakness after a brief observation which resulted in A Kou's defeat.


As the prime minister of Zhao, Ri Boku is a talented politician and diplomat. After the Battle of Bayou, he made a temporary alliance with Qin that enabled him to invade Yan.[29] He was also the man behind the creation of the Coalition Army convincing other states to fight together against Qin.[30] In addition, Ri Boku kept good relations with the Quanrong tribe from Ryouyou, which enabled him to use them during Qin's invasion of the Gyou region. He was well liked and supported by many citizens and peoples of Zhao. Ironically, his relationship with the former king Tou Jou was so severely negative, he was treated as Ren Pa had been, with utter contempt.


It's enough to make your heart bleed. This is why I dislike warfare. However, one cannot open a path with sentiment alone.

—To Kaine

(Chapter 171, page 9)

Understand that there are two types of commanders. The first are those who once slain will result in their soldiers completely losing morale and ending the battle right there. While the other becomes a symbol of martyrdom upon death and causes their soldiers to instead fight to their deaths.

—To Sei Mei

(Chapter 172, page 5–6)

I was never the type of man who wished to stand above the others, to begin with. To be appointed by the people and the state is a heavy responsibility. Neither can I get accustomed to the elegant streets and houses. If possible I would rather return to the countryside and protect the land there with my comrades, perhaps build a family, raise some sheep, and leisurely spend my days till I go gray, that's the sort of peaceful life I most desire.

—To Ryo Fui

(Chapter 176, page 8)

The purpose of an alliance is not simply for the sake of preventing an enemy from attacking you. Rather, the importance lies in what one can obtain after the alliance. As well as your actions after the alliance.

—To Shin

(Chapter 259, page 16)

So long as you continue to believe that acquiring territory is all there is to warfare, you will never be able to defeat me in this life.

—To Shin

(Chapter 259, page 17)

Nothing good will come out of trying to do something on a battlefield that has already been defeated.

—To Shun Shin Kun

(Chapter 316, page 9)

Warfare is directly linked to politics. A defeat in war often leads to interior conflict breaking out within the courts.

—To Kaine and Fu Tei

(Chapter 366, page 16)

This is only a guess, but though you may be someone who can easily lay waste to swathes of will never be a man who is capable of raising and nurturing one.

—To Ou Sen

(Chapter 608, page 6)

I can tell you from is only when you find something worth protecting that your passion will burn brighter than ever.

—To Ou Sen

(Chapter 608, page 8)

An eye for an eye... a pincer for a pincer.

—To himself

(Chapter 614, page 20)



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Doing labor work in Domei
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Ri Boku confronting and charging Ma Kou.
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Ri Boku thrusting his sword into Ma Kou's throat.
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Ri Boku being attacked by Ma Kou in his last stand.
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Ri Boku slaying Ma Kou as he beheads the Qin general.
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Ri Boku and Kaine at Gian.


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Ri Boku and Kaine's appearance.
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Ri Boku in season 2 of the anime.
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Ri Boku with Kaine and Kou Son Ryuu advance to Kanyou
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Ri Boku poses himself as a Qin Military Strategist
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Ri Boku smiles as the Qin-Zhao alliance was established
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Ri Boku glares at Shin
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Ri Boku with Kaine and Kou Son Ryuu return to Zhao
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Ri Boku strikes Shin.


  • Ri Boku is based on the famous historical general, Li Mu who was distantly related to the Qin general, Li Xin whom Ri Shin is based on despite the manga's differences of being a war orphan and the two presumably being unrelated to each other.
  • Wikipedia lists him ("Li Mu") as one of the four generals "commonly known" as the greatest generals of the Warring States period. That's alongside Ou Sen ("Wang Jian"), Ren Pa ("Lian Po") and Haku Ki ("Bai Qi").
  • He can crush rocks by pinching them.
  • He is noted by multiple people to be smaller and shorter than they expected, including Qin court officials and Duke Hyou himself.
  • In his youth, he had a best friend by the name of Yong Shan.


  1. Chapter 402
  2. Chapter 645
  3. Chapter 646
  4. Chapter 168 Page 13
  5. Chapter 700 Page 21
  6. Chapter 550 Page 15
  7. Chapter 172 Page 12
  8. Chapter 176 Page 3
  9. Chapter 260 Page 7
  10. Chapter 267 Page 11
  11. Chapter 176 Page 8
  12. Chapter 583 Page 8
  13. Chapter 351 Page 5
  14. Chapter 714
  15. Chapter 321 Page 8
  16. Chapter 161 Page 2
  17. Chapter 155 Page 17
  18. Chapter 159 Page 10
  19. Chapter 270 Page 6
  20. Chapter 159 Page 10
  21. Chapter 531 Page 9
  22. Chapter 495 Page 10
  23. Chapter 511 Page 9
  24. Chapter 512 Page 4-5
  25. Chapter 702 Page 15-16
  26. Chapter 606 Page 15
  27. Chapter 322 Page 13
  28. Chapter 634 Page 10
  29. Chapter 177 Page 16
  30. Chapter 269 Page 5

Royal Palace
Royal Family Rou Ai - Queen Mother

Government Chou Kou - Ko Reki
Generals Current
Han O Ki
Wa Tegi

Commanders Han Roki - Ha Mui - Bu Tai
Royal Palace
Royal Family Formerly
Shou Hei Kun

Government Shun Shin Kun
Great Generals Kan Mei - Ka Rin

Generals Formerly
Rin Bu Kun

1000-Man Commanders Haku Rei - Kou Yoku
Great Generals Sei Kai

2000-Man Commanders Formerly
Leader Jo Elder

Civilian Shuu (Jo)
Royal Palace
Royal Family Ou Ken
Generals Ganmo
Royal Family Current
Ei Sei - Queen Mother - Rei - Rui
Boku Kou - Sei Kyou - Sho - Sou Jou

Government Current
Ri Shi - Ryo Fui - Sai Taku - Shi Shi - Shou Hei Kun - Shou Bun Kun
Ketsu Shi

Royal Harem Amin - Chou Kou - Kou - Rou Ai - You
Great Generals Current
Mou Bu - Tou
Chou Tou - Duke Hyou - Mou Gou

Six Great Generals:
Ko Shou - Kyou - Haku Ki - Ou Ki - Ou Kotsu - Shiba Saku

Generals Current
Do Mon - Heki - Kan Ki - Kan Ou - Ou Sen - Roku O Mi - Ryuu Koku - Shou Kaku
Dou Kin - Ei Bi - En Ka - Koku Gou - Ra Gen - Rin Bou - Ryuu

5000-Man Commanders Ou Hon - Shin

3000-Man Commanders Kyou Kai

2000-Man Commanders Mou Ten

1000-Man Commanders Curent
Hoku Shu - Gaku Rai - Kaku Un - Kan Jou - Ogiko - Ran Dou
Baku Koshin - Jou Han - Kaku Bi - Tai Un

100-Man Commanders Chu Tetsu - Den Ei - Den Yuu - Hai Rou - Kyo Gai - Ryuu Sen

10-Squad Leaders Bi Hei - Ro En - Ryuu Yuu - Seki - Suu Gen - Taku Kei

5-Squad Leaders Former
Batsu Ken - Bi Tou - Bun Ketsu - Hou - Kyou Ji - San Ka - Yuu Gi

Strategists Ka Ryo Ten - Kai Oku - Mou Ki
Mountain Tribe
King Yo Tan Wa

Elders Chouga Elders

Warriors Ba Jio - Fuji - Rankai - Shunmen - Tajifu - Toji
Royal Palace
Royal Family Kei Bin
Great Generals Current
Go Hou Mei
Seven Fire Dragons:
Gai Mou
Go Kei - Tai Roji - Shi Ei - Rei Ou - Shou Sen - Ba Tou

Generals Current
Fuu Haku - Kan Ei
Kyuu Gen - Haku Kisai - Ga Gyuu - Rinko - Gen Bou - Kyou En - Kai Shi Bou

1000-Man Commanders Former
Dou Sei

Strategists Hyou Ki
Great Generals Current
Geki Shin - Gaku Ki
Royal Palace
Royal Family Tou Jou
Great Generals Three Great Heavens
Ri Boku - Hou Ken
Rinshoujou - Ren Pa - Chousha
Gaku Jou

Generals Current
Kou Son Ryuu - Ri Haku - Ki Sui - Ba Nan Ji - Shuu Sui Ju
Man Goku - Shou Mou - Fuu Ki - Rin Ko - Gen Bou - Kyou En - Kai Shi Bou - Kei Sha

Army Commanders Current
Ba Tei - Kin Mou - Gaku Ei - Kai Gou
Ryuu Tou

1000-Man Commander Gou Ran

Strategists Chousou

Commanders Kaine - Fu Tei

Others Gika

Merchants Former
Ryo Fui - Shi Ka - A Mon - Kou Shou