|“||As if he could fly, he would materialize anywhere and everywhere wielding that ferocity. At some point, Ou Ki became known as the Monstrous Bird of Qin.||”|
— Gi Ka, about Ou Ki
|“||An eternal struggle by men risking their lives that never come to an end. Good grief, this is exactly what makes these chaotic times so interesting.||”|
— Ou Ki's final words
|Chinese||Wang Qi (王騎)|
|Epithet|| Six Great Generals|
Monstrous Bird of Qin
Ou Ki was a huge and muscular man. He had long dark hair, flowing on his back, a three pronged goatee and remarkably large lips. He had tribal tattoos on his forearms and numerous scars on his whole body. When in battle, Ou Ki wore a blue set of armor befitting for a general under a crimson cape. He also had a set of unique neck and shoulder guards on his armor.
Ou Ki emitted a heavy pressure and his presence could easily intimidate the weak-willed. Despite that, he actually was an easy going and very talkative person, with very heightened sense of humor (as seen when he joked about being Shou Bun Kun's lover), seen when he often joked around with his lieutenant, Tou. He also liked to provoke his company, going as far as making jokes about his sexual preferences, although it is clear that he preferred women, having a female fiancee. He was also shown to have taken his relationship (along with his promise to marry) with her seriously as in his youth, he made a man from another unit die a horrible death when the latter was caught flirting with her.
During battles, he took on his serious attitude, without missing the chance to joke from time to time. It is quite impressive that, even in dire situation, he maintained his calm demeanor, a feat that led him into taking the right decisions.
Ou Ki went into military service at the age of 13. Through out his entire career, he lost tens of thousands of comrades while sending hundreds of thousands of enemies to their graves. During the times he trained at home for his military career, Kyou, a girl raised as the daughter of a servant of his household, participated in his practices. One time she asks if Ou Ki will conquer a lot of cities when he becomes a Great General, he confirms, so she says she will become a Great General as well and when she has conquered a hundred cities she will become his wife, which he then approves, creating the promise between them. At some point when he was in command of his own unit, he took Kyou, who was then still in her early teens, as one of his retainers. During this time his unit would come in contact with Shou Bun Kun's unit and they end up touring battlefields together up until and maybe after the Conquest of Bayou.
By the time of the Battle of Nanan, Ou Ki had risen far enough in the ranks to be pushed into command of the battle after the then commander-in-chief, general Kiriku, had died in battle. When he informs Shō Bun Kun of his promotion, he assigns Shou Bun Kin as Kyou's support as she had a tendency to ignore finer details on the battlefield, while Ou Ki couldn't be at her side all the time anymore. As a sign of trust, he also informs him about the ruthless culture in the Royal Harem and how a palace girl favored by the king gave birth. This girl handed her child over to a pedlar to smuggle her child outside the Royal Palace. He then calls the child by name, Kyou, shocking Shou Bun Kun. He continues by saying that the child was taken in by their household because Kyou's mother's father was a war buddy of Ou Ki's father. To avoid suspicion, Kyou was adopted by one of their servants. Shou Bun Kun then asks if the King or Kyou knew about this and Ou Ki responds with "no".
Ou Ki goes on to successfully conquer the Nanan region, a region that Qin had trouble conquering for quite some time. For this achievement, King Sho himself comes to the front to congratulate him. The king proceeds by asking for Kyou, who contributed a lot to the Qin victory, to step forward. This caused Ou Ki to show an expression in the sense of "so the time has finally come". King Sho realizes Kyou is his daughter and congratulates her and the rest of the troops for their victory, he walks away while requesting Ou Ki to talk later.
While Kyou continues to walk her own path to Great General and the conquest of a hundred cities, Ou Ki makes sure to keep tabs on her progress. So when Kyou has set up camp around the City of Bayou, Ou Ki comes to visit her. While treating a wound on Kyou's arm, Ou Ki answers her question of why he is there. He says the next battle will be a cooperation with him as Vice and her as Head General. While he walks out of the tent, he mentions there is "only one left". This meant that he remembered his promise with her and would fulfill it. Unfortunately, Kyou was slain by Hou Ken. Enraged, Ou Ki attacked Hou Ken and the latter was believed to be dead after being defeated.
Sei Kyou's Rebellion ArcEdit
During the uproar in the palace, both sides of the war were wary of the great general because he was playing by his own rules. No one anticipated that he would get involved in the war, because he seemed so unconcerned with the court struggles before, but he finally allied himself with Sei Kyou because he was promised Shou Bun Kun's land as a reward.
When Shou Bun Kun and Hyou tried to escape the royal palace during Sei Kyou's coup d'état, general Ou Ki was waiting for them outside the city gates. He seemingly assaulted and killed Shou Bun Kun and then reported his actions to Sei Kyou's minister, Ketsu Shi, who was pleased by Ou Ki's service. What happened in reality, however, was quite different. Ou Ki did attack the convoy and even sparred with Shou Bun Kun, but he just threw him off a cliff, leaving plenty of room for doubt about his mortality. In the meantime, Hyou took command of the remaining soldiers and secured an escape route, while Ou Ki chose not to hunt them down anymore. The head Ou Ki presented to Ketsu Shi as Shou Bun Kun's apparently belonged to a random soldier.
When the royal palace ran out of "toys" (Shou Bun Kun subordinates) for Rankai, Sei Kyou ordered Shi Shi to round up Shou Bun Kun's family and all the people on his lands to be the new "toys" for Rankai. This order, however, was thwarted by Ou Ki who was given ownership of Shou Bun Kun's lands, with the words: "But his territory belongs to me now. Which means that all of the humans inside it belong to me as well." Fascinated by Sei Kyou's demand, he joked that Shi Shi should give his family in exchange and only then would Ou Ki consider handing over Shou Bun Kun's.
When Ei Sei began his assault to reclaim his throne, Ou Ki appeared in the royal court, monitoring the fight. In secret, he sent his lieutenant Tou to prevent the rebel officials from escaping the throne room, a move that raised even more confusion regarding Ou Ki's true intentions. After Sei Kyou's capture, he confronted Sei, and noted that Sei had even more ambition than King Sho himself. He remembered Sho telling him to keep his talons sharp despite resting from the battlefield, and had a feeling that this might be the lord who he would be satisfied serving under. After stating that Sei had to earn his respect, he retreated to his own city.
Keiyou Campaign ArcEdit
Ou Ki appeared at the battle after Baku Koshin and Kyuugen had both died, making the excuse that it was on the way to his intended destination. Though Qin's army was in a dire situation due to the advance of Gokei's entire army, the mere presence of Ouki's army helped even the odds.
He quickly made his way to the top of the hill where Shin and Heki were, and engaged in a quick discussion regarding the instinctual type versus the strategical type of general. Watching the battle between Duke Hyou and Gokei continue, Shin quickly borrowed a horse and charged down to join the fray. Tou noted that Ou Ki seemed to have taken a liking to Shin.
After Duke Hyou killed Go Kei, Ou Ki confronted the Wei general Haku Kisai, persuading him to leave with the remaining Wei forces. Immediately after, Duke Hyou demanded Ou Ki to drink with him. After drinking with the Duke, Ou Ki continued his journey into Wei to great general Ren Pa's new estate. They started conversing with each other and Ou Ki eventually goaded Renpa to have a go at Mou Gou's army, to fight the two monsters; Kan Ki and Ou Sen.
After the Keiyou campaign was over, Shin visited Ouki, requesting help to become "the world's greatest general". Ou Ki didn't feel like helping the young man himself, but instead took him to the northern plains of Qin. It was a law-less area inhabited by about ten tribes, who constantly fought for dominion over each other. Ou Ki threw Shin and his companion En in that area, claiming that if he managed to bring peace between the tribes, that he would be worthy of his attention.
Battle of Bayou ArcEdit
When the state of Zhao invades Qin, Ou Ki is appointed as supreme commander of the defensive Qin forces, instead of Mou Bu from the Ryo Fui faction. What nobody knew was that Ou Ki only agreed because he wanted to face Hou Ken, the leader of the Zhao forces, whom he thought he had killed before in revenge for having killed Kyou. At the plains outside of Bayou, Ouki decided to reposition the Qin army instead of attacking the Zhao army head on.
The first few days of the war saw Mou Bu's extreme power come to light. Due to him serving under Ryo Fui, his fame had never spread through the country. While Mou Bu was attacking the Zhao force, he gave Shin a special mission: to take Fuu Ki's head. He also gave Shin and his men a name: The Hi Shin Unit.
He predicted multiple factors such as the collapse of the left army and Heki's perseverence, and was able to trap Fuu Ki and take his head. Though Qin had taken a heavy loss in terms of troops at the hands of Shou Mou, the Zhao had lost their most valuable general. This was the Hi Shin Unit's first achievement.
The next few days passed at a stalemate. Shou Mou attacked Qin relentlessly on the right flank, but Mou Bu was doing the same with the center army and proving too much for even Ri Haku. On the third night, the Zhao forces prepared a maneuver that would catch Mou Bu's army in a trap and put his devestating force to a halt. However, Ou Ki predicted this, and commited his entire forces to charging the enemy HQ.
Though this charge could have devestated Zhao's forces, Chou Sou chose to retreat into the mountains. Mou Bu quickly followed them into the mountains, and Ou Ki moved the army's HQ to the top of the mountain where Zhao's headquarters used to be.
That night, Houken attacked the Hi Shin unit. Ouki deduced that the warning gongs had been sounded because of Houken's apperance, but couldn't give chase due to the treacherous terrain of his surroundings, and the possibility of being ambushed.
The next day, he saved the Hi Shin Unit from Shou Mou's army, who had been drawn to Shou Mou by fake Qin flags. He easily killed Shou Mou, then continued on to follow Moubu, whose forces had been nearly depleted by Chou Sou's trap. Again, he had the feeling that something was wrong, but couldn't put his finger on it.
As Mou Bu's forces were cornered by Chou Sou's army, Ou Ki came to the rescue and attacked with unexpected ferocity. Both Ryuu Kou and Chou Sou noted that it was unlike Ou Ki. Ou Ki's increased ferocity was due to his suspicions of some trap, and he intended to destroy Chou Sou's army as soon as possible. However, as he was ravaging Chou Sou's army, Hou Ken joined the fray.
The two of them duelled back and forth, and both of their feelings from nine years ago emerged yet again. Hou Ken was stronger, had better technique, was faster, but each strike Hou Ken scored never slowed Ou Ki down. Instead, Ou Ki grew stronger and stronger the more wounds he took. Hou Ken grew increasingly bewildered as Ou Ki continuously defied all logic and all of his beliefs. Even though Hou Ken had grown stronger, it still wasn't enough to defeat Ou Ki. In the end, Ou Ki went in to deliver the finishing blow, but Ri Boku suddenly appeared behind them with his army.
In an instant, Ou Ki realized that he had been outplayed and tried to order a retreat, but Hou Ken blocked his path. Frustrated, the two of them duelled again while the rest of his army fought Ri Boku's new Zhao army. He gave his troops more morale to fight, but as he was about to kill Hou Ken, Gi Ka shot him with an arrow, allowing Hou Ken to deal the final blow.
Ou Ki fell unconscious for a few seconds, but woke quickly and berated his men for giving up. To prove that Qin still had a chance, he started to overcome Hou Ken in a contest of strength, despite having a huge hole in his chest. Hou Ken couldn't believe it. It was unthinkable that Ou Ki could still muster so much strength. This was truly a being beyond his imagination. Ou Ki was sawing at his neck with his glaive despite Hou Ken's best efforts, and in a moment of fear, Hou Ken asked what Ou Ki could possibly be.
Ou Ki simply stated the truth. He was a great general of the heavens.
At that moment, Hou Ken yanked out his spear and pulled back, only to be blocked by Tou who had entered a rare state of bloodlust. Shin quickly got on Ou Ki's horse, and led Ou Ki through a hole in the Zhao army that Moubu had made. As they rode to safety, Ou Ki gave Shin an insight to the vision of a general. The sight that every great general had earned. They were able to escape to safety, and Ri Boku didn't pursue them.
Ou Ki died in a clearing. His retainers, Shin and Mou Bu gathered around him. He left his army to Tou, and gave Moubu the task of becoming the next symbol for Qin's millitary. As his retainers sobbed in grief, he gave Shin his glaive. He uttered his last parting words, and died, seeing Kyou for the first time in nine years, while their souls soar into the heavens.
As a member of Qin's Six Great Generals, Ou Ki was one of the most dominant military figures of his era, numbering victories on the battlefield against many formidable foes. At the time of his death there was not a single general as hated by the masses as him and he was rumoured to be the strongest of the Six Generals.
He was one of the top tier characters to have made an appearance in Kingdom manga, in terms of physical strength. His combat skills were so great, that he managed to fight on par with the great general, Hou Ken twice and even bring him to the verge of death.
In combination with his physical abilities, Ou Ki had splendid strategical abilities as well. His intuition and broadened vision was best shown when he deduced the possibility of the presence of a second Zhao Army during The Battle of Bayou. With no information about a second army being in the vicinity, he was still able to deduce so based on Chou Sou's use of tactics.
Ou Ki was renowned for his insight and battle prowess, using unexpected strategies he specialized in making his opponents move in a way to create an opening that either he or one of his most trusted subordinates led a decisive thrust.
In contrast to Mou Bu, General Ou Ki was skilled in both offense and defense. On offense, when he was personally leading the charge, he would draw out a great deal of strength from his men to the point where they were described as the army of demon gods. His defensive formations were compared to a wall of iron and only experts in breaking through armies such as Rin Ko could penetrate them using advanced tactics like Rindou. His experience in war on defense was the reason he was appointed as Commander-in-Chief during Battle of Bayou.
- [To Ei Sei]
"Though there may be no need for compassion in war, neither should you treat those you conquer as slaves. One should not deign to oppress them but rather treat them with the same love as your subjects." (Chapter 173, page 13)
- [To Hou Ken]
"You, Who I was certain was already dead... Suddenly appeared once again at the head of a gigantic army that numbered in the hundreds of thousand.. Since when were you the type to lead an army?" (Chapter 160, page 14)
- [To Hou Ken]
"Even since the tender age of thirteen, I have toured countless battlefields across the lands. I have lost tens of thousands of comrades and buried hundreds of thousands of foes. The hope and wishes which faded together with the spark of life all those lives... All of that now dwells heavily upon these two shoulders. Naturally, Kyou's will is with me too." (Chapter 165, page 17–18)
- [To Hou Ken]
Once you've arrived in the afterlife... You should have Kyou teach you the reason for your loss." (Chapter 166, page 12)
- "Nfufufu, Most impressive. While I'm not sure who was responsible, we have been completely outplayed by them. Nfufufufu." (Chapter 167, page 15)
- [To his men]
"Men, become and fight as if you were a beast. Do you hear me everyone!? Now is the time for the Ou Ki Army to show it's true worth!! We will use our strength to open a path in this deathtrap!! I, Ou Ki, shall be right behind you all!!" (Chapter 169, page 11–12)
- "The pride of the Ou Ki Army should be... to never give up even until death." (Chapter 170, page 7)
- "A General is... the same as a Hundred or Thousand-Man Commander, nothing more than a position, a rank. However... only a select few are able to achieve it. Only those who overcome numerous brushes with death and accomplish numerous deeds are able to arrive at that destination." (Chapter 170, page 11)
- "A General obtains the responsibility of overseeing thousand and tens of thousands of lives, and the greatest of honours. Hence a General's existence carries so much weight. Hence, a General shines to such a degree, that they are dazzling." (Chapter 170, page 12)
- [Replies to Hou Ken]
Hou Ken: "Just what the hell are you?!" Ou Ki: "Nfufufu. Do you even need to ask? A Great General of the Heavens." (Chapter 170, page 13)
- [To Shin]
"Ou is a true General's steed. Right now, you are running through this battlefield while atop the mount of a General. If you understand that, then slowly open your eyes and take a good look at all the things within your sight. The enemy masses... the enemy faces... as well as... the faces of your allies... the sky... and the earth. This is... the view which a General sees." (Chapter 171, page 13–14)
- "No matter the era, the Military men who are considered to be the strongest will always be defeated by the appearance of even more powerful individuals." (Chapter 172, page 12)
- [To Shin, his last words]
"Delve into and overcome strife and carnage together with your men. You have talent, Shin." (Chapter 172, page 14–15)
"I have lived by the sword and contributed to the building of an era. Moreover, to be able to die by the sword is just as I desired... And in my finals days, I was even able to meet a trustworthy sprout of the next era. With this, I have no regrets left... At last, I go to where my fallen friends await..." (Chapter 172, page 16)
- Ou Ki is based on real life Qin general, Wang Yi. Based on history there is an opinion that Wang Yi and Wang He(another member of the six great generals) are actually the same person.
- Ou Ki's voice actor, Rikiya Koyama, is one of the most popular voice actors from Japan, and also the voice behind anime characters such as Yamato from Naruto Shippuden, Takamura Mamoru from Hajime no Ippo, Ging Freecs from Hunter x Hunter, Kyros from One Piece, Fukuro from Fairy Tail and Jubei Kibagami from Ninja Scroll.