The 108 Heroes of the Popular Suikoden, Part IV


There are ten extant ink and color paintings, generally considered to be by Kuniyoshi, that are in the same style as the preceding prints with the same title cartouche.á All are unsigned, and each portrays a Suikoden hero who is not represented in the 74 published designs. It is not clear whether these are preliminary studies for additional prints that were never published, or completed works commissioned by a collector.


Japanese name: Shutsud˘k˘ D˘i

Chinese name: Tong Wei

Scene: Shutsud˘k˘ D˘i wringing out his cloths after escaping through water-gate with the warning bells behind him


Japanese name: Hekirekika Shinmei

Chinese name: Qin Ming

Scene: Hekirekika Shinmei standing beside a wall with his favorite weapon, a toothed mace


Japanese name: S˘ben Koenshaku

Chinese name: Huyan Zhou

Scene: S˘ben Koenshaku

wielding a pair of steel rods in battle



Japanese name: Sensuish˘ (or Seisuish˘) Tanteikei

Chinese name: Shan Tinggui

Scene: Sensuish˘ Tanteikei carrying a spear along side a torrent of water he diverted to flood the enemy



Japanese name: Botsumenmoku Sh˘tei

Chinese name: Jiao Ting

Scene: Botsumenmoku Sh˘tei with drawn sword climbing through a window



Japanese name: Tetsusenshi S˘sei

Chinese name: Song Qing

Scene: Tetsusenshi S˘sei throwing an opponent down some stairs




Japanese name: Koh˘gi S˘k˘

Chinese name: Song Jiang

Scene: Koh˘gi S˘k˘ killing his adulterous wife Yan Poxi in a struggle for a letter





Japanese names: Seigank˘ Riun and Kokusenpű Riki

Chinese names: Li Yun and Li Qui

Scene: Seigank˘ Riun arresting Kokusenpű Riki by a waterfall




Japanese name: Shinkash˘ Giteikoku

Chinese name: Wei Dingguo

Scene: Shinkash˘ Giteikoku attacking Guan Sheng with his fire weapons





Japanese name: Tetsumenk˘moku Haisen

Chinese name: Pei Xuan

Scene: Tetsumenk˘moku Haisen escaping over a roof with falling roof tiles



áá ôRobinsonö refers to listing of the series in Kuniyoshi by Basil William Robinson (Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1961).á