When and How did the Hyakuhekitou move to Japan (Ikki Tousen)

More proof of Yuji Shiozaki’s fine historical touch.

The answer to the title question is buried in chapter 118.

The setting is this: the Battle of Red Cliffs is at its height.  Shiba’i (who supposedly is working for Sousou but not really, heck she’s not even Shiba’i really) is sneakily summoning a dragon entity that will give her the ultimate power to wipe off the Big Three off the table.

She starts thinking of History and we get the following picture [see below].

The blurb says that according to the Gishi-Wajinden, a gold seal and 100 copper mirrors were sent from China to Japan, and that Cao Cao’s 5 Hyakuhekitou swords were secretly transferred at that point as well.

The Gishi-Wajinden is a real text.  It’s a collection of Chinese chronicles detailing Chinese-Japanese relations in ancient times.  The fuzzy text that Shiozaki gives us in between the blurb is an actual excerpt from the Gishi-Wajinden.  And after a lot of squinting I can safely declare it is completely relevant.

The section, translated into English, can be found in 2 parts [here] and [here].  The gist of it is this: a Japanese queen sent gifts to China earlier, and now China is sending gifts to Japan in return.  The gold seal and the 100 copper mirrors show up in the text, just as Shiba’i muses.  The Hyakuhekitou don’t show up but Shiozaki has told us this was a secret gift so it makes sense.

Now, how can Shiozaki even dream of China passing on these awesome swords to Japan???  Let’s look at the chronicle record. The Japanese envoys arrived in China in June of 239.  They arrived, let’s be clear, at the court of Wei (the kingdom established by Cao Cao, whose magatamic ancestor in Ikki Tousen is Sousou of Kyosho Academy).  Cao Cao died in 220 so he was long gone by this time, his son and successor Cao Pi had died in 226, and Cao Pi’s son Cao Rui had just died in January of 239.  At this time Cao Fang ascended the throne of Wei.  Cao Fang, an adopted son of Cao Rui’s, was a weak ruler controlled by his regents.  Eventually he was deposed by Sima Yi (Jp. = Shiba’i).

Think of it: the last blood-relative of Cao Cao dies and a weak man ascends the throne (=January 239).  Barely 4 months later envoys from a faraway land show up with gifts (=June 239).  How convenient!  The only conclusion we can make is that Shiozaki wants us to think that some loyalist at court (maybe someone already fearing Sima Yi’s growing influence) shipped off the Hyakuhekitou lest they fall into schemers’ hands.  Thus when the Japanese envoys sailed back to Japan (in December of 239 according to the chronicles) the great swords sailed with them.

The irony, of course, is that we get all of this information from the woman who, claiming to have Sima Yi’s/Shiba’i’s magatama, is trying to usurp ultimate power yet again, this time at Yokohama in Japan.

Shiozaki doesn’t spell any of this out, and I don’t think he cares much whether readers grasp these finer details or not, but it’s always fun to find them!

~ by Haloed Bane on November 16, 2011.

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