Battle Arena Toshinden

BAT-OVA-Cover1 Box art

Director Masami Ōbari
Producers Yoshiki Murase

Yasufumi Yoritsune

Written by Masaharu Omiya (1)

Haruo Takayama (2)

Music Kensuke Shiina
Studio Animate Film

J.C.Staff (Cooperation)

Released June 21, 1996

August 21, 1996

Runtime 27 minutes
Episodes 2

Battle Arena Toshinden (闘神伝) is a two episode original video animation, first released on June 21, 1996. The events are mainly based on Battle Arena Toshinden 2. It is directed by Masami Ōbari.

The ending theme "Makenaide! Fly Away!" ("Cheer up! Fly away!"), is performed by Kyōko Hikami, the Japanese voice of Ellis.


For one year, Master Swordsman Eiji Shinjo has been haunted by the memory of his battle with the renegade champion, Gaia - a battle that was cut short by the forces of the malevolent syndicate known as "the organization." 

Uncut Version DVD Box Art

Denied victory, Eiji left the tournament followed by his opponents mocking laughter. Worse still, Eiji walked away no closer to finding his long lost brother, Sho . But now, a mysterious warrior is hunting down the champions of the previous tournament and using their own moves against them - and it looks like that person may be Sho. Who is this powerful new foe and who is his next target? 

Eiji and Kayin , his closest friend and greatest rival, struggle to unravel the mystery before they, too, join the ranks of the defeated. The answer lies at the heart of the Organization and its plans for world domination. At last, the ultimate battle between the greatest fighters in the world will be decided. But if Eiji loses, his friends - Ellis - may Die... 

Cast and CharactersEdit

Character Japansese voice actor English voice actor
Eiji Shinjo Tomokazu Seki Ed Paul
Kayin Amoh Takehito Koyasu Chris Orbach
Sho Shinjo Bin Shimada Chris Yates
Uranus Kikuko Inoue Emma Rayda
Gaia Daisuke Gōri Alfred DeButler
Chaos Fumihiko Tachiki Chris Yates
Ellis Kyōko Hikami Lisa Ortiz
Sofia Yumi Tōma Debora Rabbai
Tracy Michiko Neya Apollo Smile
Fo Fai Ikuo Nishikawa Jimmy Zoppi
Rungo Iron Shinpachi Tsuji Greg Wolfe
Mondo Yukimasa Kishino Kim Carrell
Duke Kaneto Shiozawa Bill Timoney
Vermilion - -


  • Originally released in the U.S. in two versions: an edited PG-13 version and an uncut version (currently available on DVD).
  • It was the first anime DVD released by Central Park Media in the Western market (and possibly the first Western market anime DVD period).

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