(封神演義, Hōshin Engi
?), also known as Soul Hunter
, is a Japanese manga series by Ryu Fujisaki. Hoshin Engi
was inspired by an ancient Chinese novel Fengshen Yanyi
. The story involves the Chinese mythology and history of China, in particular the last members of the In (Yin Dynasty) and the plot to overthrow them.
The manga series was serialized in Weekly Shōnen Jump
magazine from 1996–2000 and compiled in 23 tankōbon volumes by Shueisha. VIZ Media has acquired the rights to the manga, with bimonthly releases starting June 5, 2007. Also of note is that the manga has been re-released and re-compiled into fewer larger volumes with new cover art, illustrations and afterwords. The 18 Kanzenban volumes were released periodically between July 2005 and June 2006 in Japan only.
The story has been adapted into an anime series, broadcasted on Japanese TV in 1999 and released in North America on DVD as Soul Hunter
in 2001. It is 26 episodes in length.
Characters from the series appear in Jump Ultimate Stars.