Who is Umemiya Ryunosuke?
Umemiya Ryunosuke, also known as “Wooden Sword” Ryu, is a fictional character from the Shaman King manga and anime series. He was a member of Team “Funbari Onsen” during the Shaman Fights and was a former gang leader who became a shaman. Ryu was promoted to head chef of the Funbari Onsen after the tournament.
Voice Actor of Umemiya Ryunosuke
His English voice actor is Sean Schemmel and his Japanese voice actor is Masahiko Tanaka.
Ryu acted like a typical delinquent during his first few appearances, with no regard for anyone but himself. However, as the series progresses, it becomes clear that he is a deeply passionate and emotional person who is willing to sacrifice anything, including himself, for his friends.
Ryu’s most admirable quality is probably his sense of loyalty, which once led him to accept an attack for Yoh that completely froze him, only to demonstrate that his passion was so strong that it melted the ice. When expressing his gratitude for Anna’s rigorous training, he even cried at one point.
Ryu has spent his entire life looking for the “Best Place.” His gang shared this passion, and at the start of the series, they were always on the lookout for their own personal best spot. He joined Yoh in the Shaman Fights in order to find his best place, which he later believes is the world Yoh will create once he becomes Shaman King.
He has a thing for women as well, but he knows nothing about them. They consistently reject him, and he has been attacked as a result, as seen when he attempted to hit on Tamamura Tamao, prompting Conchi to strike him in the crotch.
Ryu is a muscular man who has a distinct appearance. He usually wears a white three-piece suit from the 1970s, with a purple shirt with oversized collars and cuffs, and white pointy shoes. His goatee and sideburns are exaggerated and both end in a spike. His collar grew larger, more rugged, and spiked as he used his first Over-Soul.
Ryu fights in a pair of black slacks with a purple belt and a black waistcoat with purple lapels and lining. His midriff is revealed by the waistcoat’s high cut. It was bought by the Asakura family and made by the best tailor of Funbari ga Oka’s best tailor’s shop.
The design is similar to Asakura Yoh’s second battle outfit, but Ryu’s shamanic abilities, chivalry, and sultry, filthy appearance set him apart. He only wears this suit when he is serious about a battle.
His crowning glory is a foot-long pompadour, which Asakura Yoh and others keep cutting off. His hairstyle was eventually changed to a boomerang shape, but when he faced Boris Tepes Dracula, Ryu combed it back to its pompadour shape, and it grew back to its original size.
When he is extremely sad or shocked, it appears that his hair shape is affected by his emotions, and it will fall down and lose its shape.
Abilities and Powers
Ryu is a skilled streetfighter who fights his opponents with kickboxing, regular boxing, and whatever else is available to him. He’s also a fantastic chef, particularly when it comes to sushi. Later, he incorporates the knife skills he learned in the kitchen into his own sword fighting style.
Ryu has always been seen carrying a Bokuto, and he is quite capable of using it, cleaving a gravestone in half with a single strike. While training in the Izumo Mountains after becoming a shaman, he receives a new Bokuto carved from the god wood Shin-Boku and uses it to demonstrate his newfound skills against Boris Tepes Dracula. “Ame no Murakumo” is the title.
Kyoyama Anna examined the Furyoku values of himself and the others as he fought his way through the Plants. There, his Furyoku level is revealed to be around 85,500.
Tokageroh first encountered Ryu in an abandoned Bowling Alley’s ladies’ restroom, where Tokageroh possessed him and used his body to exact revenge on Amidamaru, but Tokageroh eventually left on his own after a brief battle with Yoh. While waiting for Asakura Yohmei to train him, Ryu ran into Tokageroh, who had lost his purpose in life and had decided to become Ryu’s guardian ghost.
Ryu would later learn to use an Over Soul thanks to Yohmei’s training, as well as a technique called Yamata no Orochi, which he would later learn to harness thanks to Anna’s training. He would then create a giant Over Soul called “Yamata no Orochi Go” and later an Armor Over Soul called “O.S. “Sashimi Bouchou Susanoro” before the second round of the Shaman Fights.
So far, Ryu has only demonstrated two new moves: Hell Dragon, a powerful sword slash that cleaves the opponent in half, and Ultra Sabaki, a cutting technique in which he slashes his opponent as if he were cutting sushi, all in the blink of an eye.
Ryu also creates a “Big Thumb” over Soul, calling a trucker named Billy Anderson on the spur of the moment to give the group a ride across America.
Born on the 24th of December, 1980, in Tokyo, Japan. Ryu’s early life is unknown, but he may have been born at the wrong “time.”
When they were both in high school, he first met and befriended Blue Chateu. Ryu rescued Space Shot from an unknown gang at some point during a summer festival. He met Muscle Punch and Apache later in life. Muscle Punch claims that they had no place in culture or purpose before meeting Ryu, but that it was thanks to Ryu that they discovered their own purpose.
The four of them eventually became close friends, and they formed their own gang as a result.
However, their main issue was that they were homeless and were constantly moving around in search of their “Best Place,” a place to rest.
Meeting with Tokageroh
Ryu and his gang began as minor adversaries. They attempted to make the Tokyo cemetery their current home not long ago. At first, Ryu was unknowingly standing on the tombstone of Amidamaru, the infamous samurai. Ryu had no faith in superstitions at the time, and in a display of arrogance, he destroyed the deceased samurai’s tombstone with his wooden sword. He claimed that ghosts couldn’t harm them, but Oyamada Manta was caught in the wrong place at the wrong time.
He and his gang decided to beat him up to teach him a lesson, believing he was the one who was trespassing in his “best place.”
The next day, Yoh returned to the same cemetery where the gang was hanging out, defeated Ryu, and drove the gang out with the help of Amidamaru, whose grave had recently been desecrated.
Ryu goes to his gang’s new “Best Place,” the abandoned Funbari Bowling alley, where he busts out and cries, believing Yoh is ruining his life, after attempting to “woo” Kyyama Anna. Tokageroh takes possession of him and offers him a chance for vengeance.
Tokageroh, on the other hand, was seeking vengeance against Amidamaru. Ryu, who has been possessed, enters the museum, steals Harusame, and then kidnaps Oyamada Manta.
Yoh and Amidamaru are confronted by Ryu, who orders Amidamaru to unite with his master so they can fight. He deceives Amidamaru into attacking Harusame and fights back with Tokage Kenpo, a new technique (Lizard Style). After remembering how important Harusame was.
Harusame is still broken by Amidamaru, and Tokageroh is stunned. Tokageroh had already lost, according to Yoh, due to Amidamaru’s lifelong devotion to his best friend Mosuke. He tells him to rest in peace and move on with his life. Tokageroh refuses and declares that he and Amidamaru will perish together. Ryu’s gang then attacks him, saying that they don’t want Ryu to turn into a thug, and that no matter what happens, they’ll always be friends with him.
Tokageroh then pulls out a knife and tries to kill Ryu, but the painful stress of having two souls in one body prevents him from controlling Ryu’s body. However, he discovers that if he does not leave Ryu’s body, Ryu will die soon, which Tokageroh is fine with. Yoh offers Tokageroh his body because he has no other choice. which he accomplishes.
Shaman Fights in Tokyo
Manta forgot his money after he wanted to see Yoh and ended up running into Ryu, who drove him to Izumo. They met Tamao there, who mistook them for an enemy due to a misread prophecy.
During his stay in Izumo, he persuades Yoh’s grandfather, Asakura Yohmei, to train him to become a shaman and compete in the shaman grand tournament. Ryu’s first-round time and how he received his Oracle Bell are unknown, but he did win two matches and attend the opening ceremony.
After his two fights, he ended up at a Shinto shrine. He complained that the BoZ Brothers woke him up when they attacked, but they were easily defeated, and he later revealed he was a shaman. When Ren was kidnapped, he went to China to assist in his release.
Yuan’s bodyguards apprehended him as soon as he entered the Tao Family residence. Horohoro rescued them and defeated one of them. Ryu rose to his feet and defeated another. Yoh had gone off to find Ren. Horohoro and Ryu remained to finish off the remaining three bodyguards.
They defeated two of the three bodyguards and advanced to the third, but Shamon defeated both of them and was about to defeat the third. If Lee Pyron hadn’t arrived in time to save them, they would have perished.
When Tao Yuan arrived, they all attacked at the same time, but nothing worked. Ren, on the other hand, realized that the large bulky figure in front of them was just an Over-Soul, and Yuan revealed his true identity and told his story. He lost to his son after putting all of his strength into one final attack. Ryu and the others returned to Japan after a meal and conversation with the rest of the Tao Family.
Travel through America
Ryu boarded the Patch plane and was dumped alongside Yoh and the rest of the crew on Route 66. Because there was no town nearby, he used the Over-Soul “big Thumb,” effectively imitating a giant hitchhiker’s thumb, and was picked up by an American named Billy Anderson.
They went to a town and discovered Lilirara, as well as the patch Hao. Lyserg was introduced to him, and he was welcomed into the group. He then went on to fight Boris near Patch village, which he defeated. Before passing out, Ryu told Boris that those who choose the path of destruction accomplish nothing. Boris was killed by the X-Laws after Ryu’s actions. Later, he arrived in Patch village.
Shaman Fights Second Round
Ryu arrived in Patch village with a boost in strength. Ryu screams for Lyserg as soon as he wakes up. Anna appeared and began training Yoh, Ryu, and Faust in new techniques. In the second round, Yoh, Ryu, and Faust, now known as team Funabari Onsen, were pitted against the Icemen team.
The Icemen started the match with Faust VIII, but were quickly beaten back by a massive Over Soul. The Icemen then proceeded to Ryu. Ryu used a throw to knock Pino off his feet. Ryu then transformed Tokageroh into a Seirei class spirit, summoning the Yamata no Orochi Over Soul to defeat the Icemen. Yoh won the fight for Funbari Onsen by using the Spirit of Sword to finish the fight.
Invading the Plants
Team “Funbari Onsen,” Team “The Ren,” and Team “X-I” decided to forfeit the tournament after being transported to the Continent of Mu by the Patch Tribe, claiming that none of them could face Hao. This was agreed to by both Luchist and Opacho, making Hao the next Shaman King by default.
Lip and Rap, the Ten Patch Priests, and Goldva led the three remaining teams in watching him walk into the plants.
He was worried that he would be too weak to fight the Patch Officiants when he invaded the Plants, but when he met Namari at the first plant, the desert, he quickly announced that he would take him out because Ren and Horohoro were unable to use their powers, and revealed his Amour Over-Soul- “Sashimi Cleaver Susanor,” surprising Ren and Horohoro.
Yoh reveals that Ryu had intended to use the technique in their battle, but that he was unable to do so due to the loss of his arms, and he wishes Ryu luck. Namari accepts Ryu’s challenge and dispatches his guardian ghost Red Rope to attack him.
Ryu says he doesn’t blame Namari for forgetting about him, but he can’t forget about it and goes on to stab Red Rope before slicing it into several pieces. Namari acknowledges Ryu’s abilities but tells him that destroying his Over Soul once will not suffice, so he creates another. Ryu agrees, stating that his goal was to defeat Namari rather than slice up the snake before attacking Namari’s Over Soul.
As Ryu gets closer, however, Namari reveals it to be a mirage, appearing behind him and attacking him. Ryu reveals his understanding of Namari’s strategy, as the latter only attacked from afar and didn’t reveal it until the opponent jumped into his reach.
Ryu expresses his dissatisfaction with “such a cheap trap,” but says he’s glad Namari finally revealed it. He admits that he is unsure if he could compete, but he agrees to have informed everyone. Namari throws a surprise attack at Ryu, but Ryu deflects it with dexterity, surprising Namari, who realizes Ryu had been expecting a trap from the start.
Namari kills Ryu, leaving him unconscious until Faust revives him, despite being at a disadvantage because his cleaver is unable to attack because he was blocking.
Ryu later questions Yoh about his decision to resurrect him, knowing that Faust still had some Furyoku in him, but Yoh explains that it was because Ryu was trustworthy. Ryu protests, but Yoh tells him not to think about it any longer because “what’s done is done,” and that if he does, his heart will be broken by the constantly changing circumstances.
When the group reaches the tenth and final “Plant of the Universe,” they discover that there is no oxygen and no gravity, and they begin to wonder how they will fight there. Lyserg initially suggests that they each protect themselves with their own personal O.S., but Ryu abruptly interrupts and suggests that they all use the heads of his O.S.
Yamato No Orochi so that the rest of the team can fight at full strength. Ryu says he wants to be useful, and the seven is currently “his best place,” as Ren questions the responsibility he would suddenly take on. [number six] Finally, Yoh agrees with Ryu and warns him not to “die.”
Funbari no Uta
Ryu and Tamamura Tamao, according to Ichihara Ryuji, became legendary thugs after uniting all of Nishitokyo’s gangs under Ryu’s leadership. Ryu works as a chef for Tamao at the Funbari Onsen six years after the tournament. He also joins Asakura Hana in her search for the Five Elemental Warriors, who have imprisoned him and forced him to travel through China in a small rowboat, among other things. Ryu has grown a full beard and his hair has grown longer, and he is no longer dressed in his exaggerated 1970s suit. Instead, he’s dressed in a white muscle shirt, purple pants, and sunglasses.
He calmly watches the warriors’ antics as they slowly arrive at the train station, and he is not surprised when Ren arrives in a Horse Carriage. Ren receives a call from Yoh and Anna while waiting for them at the restaurant with Hana and the other four warriors, informing him that they are delayed and that they should meet them at the riverside instead, much to Ren’s chagrin. When everyone returns, he prepares the Onsen at the feast.