Roppongi Hills, headquarters of Ashura-kai.

The Ashura-kai (八部連合阿修羅会, Hachibu Rengou Ashura Kai)? is an organization in the series.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

Profile[edit | edit source]

Shin Megami Tensei IV[edit | edit source]

Led by Tayama, the Ashura-Kai is based in Roppongi Hills and controls most of the nearby districts including Shibuya. The group has gained a large following because of their lofty goal of coexistence with demons. Ironically, the group actively opposes those who would resist them; their methods are often violent and twisted, sometimes straying from their ostensible goal. Those who wish to join the group must either bring them three kids or a recommendation from a member.

The prentice Samurai first meet members of this group after exiting Naraku, where they are barely able to understand them because of their accent. After stating they are from above, the two men panic and believe they are Angels, fleeing the scene seconds later. They meet other members at the entrance to the Counter Demon Force Base. After learning they are the "Angels" other members have mentioned, they decide to attack before they get killed. They flee after Tsuchigumo is killed.

To protect their main center of influence, guards have been posted near the Shibuya and Wangan subway tunnels.

Their forces consist of Demon Hunter mercenaries, Ashura-kai members, and a handful of recruited indigenous Japanese demons called the National Defense Divinities.

The Ashura-kai's major enemy is the Ring of Gaea. Due to prevailing circumstances however, their feud is pretty much at a standstill.

It is later revealed that their key to coexistence with demons lies in using humans that are not affiliated with the Ashura-Kai as livestock to create Red Pills, a substance extracted from conditioned neurotransmitters from brain matter and serves as food for demons. Mastema is implied to be the one who talks to most demon groups for the Ashura-kai when one of Tayama's men mentions him after they learn that Yuriko is a demon.

After Tayama's death and the outpour of demons the organization becomes defunct. He was the one keeping the organization together and likewise the contracts with demons he made are now void, though several members of the group have not been informed of this yet and continue their duties.

Shin Megami Tensei IV Apocalypse[edit | edit source]

"Officially known as the "Hachibu Rengou Ashura-kai," the organization HQ is in Roppongi, but they maintain branches throughout every underground district. The Ashura-kai's main goal is to maintain order and protect citizens from demons. The safety of the underground districts partly stems from their efforts. However, some Ashura-kai perform their duties through extortion, demanding unreasonable compensation in exchange for protection, and even use violence. For a time, the districts could do little about this. But once Tayama vanished, the organization's power weakened and its enforcers dwindled."
Shin Megami Tensei IV Apocalypse Notes, entry - "Ashura-kai"

The group lives on after the death of Tayama in IV, with an older brother figure to Hallelujah ordering him to join with Nanashi's group in the battle against the Divine Powers.

Etymology[edit | edit source]

"Hachibu Rengou" (八部連合) in the full name of the organization means "squad/union of the eight legions" which refers to the eight Buddhist guardians (天龍八部衆). They are Deva, Naga, Yaksa, Gandharva, Asura, Garuda, Kimnara and Mahoraga.

List of Demons[edit | edit source]

The Ashura-kai does not have its own race in Shin Megami Tensei IV, with its members instead being classified under the Human race. However, the members of that race identified as Ashura-kai members will be listed here as well for the sake of completion.

Human Level
Ashura Man 16
Ashura Woman 27

List of Known Members[edit | edit source]

  • National Defense Divinities: Enslaved minions of Tayama save for Masakado in Shin Megami Tensei IV.
  • Asmodeus, Gemori, and Murmur: Guardians of the birdcage in Shin Megami Tensei IV.
  • Tayama: Leader in Shin Megami Tensei IV.
  • Mastema: Angel in charge of Tokyo in Shin Megami Tensei IV.
  • Hallelujah: Member in Shin Megami Tensei IV Apocalypse.
  • Abe: Leader in Shin Megami Tensei IV Apocalypse.
  • Lilim: A minion of Abe in Shin Megami Tensei IV Apocalypse.
  • Succubus: A minion of Abe in Shin Megami Tensei IV Apocalypse.
  • Ken: A well respected member in charge of Ikebukuro in Shin Megami Tensei IV Apocalypse.


Characters
Main Flynn - Isabeau - Jonathan - Walter - Burroughs
Supporting Hope - Issachar - Gabby - Hugo - K - Tayama - Kaga - Hikaru - Fujiwara - Skins - Stephen - Black Samurai - The White - Kiyoharu - Akira - Kenji - Aquila - Ahazuya Mikado - Charon - Mido - Minako - Lucifer - Merkabah - Masakado - Terminal Guardian - Gina - Stan - Al-mi'raj - Asuma - Ys
Setting
Locations Eastern Kingdom of Mikado - Mikado Castle - Naraku - Kiccigiorgi - Tokyo - Ueno - Chiyoda - Shinjuku - Ikebukuro - Kagome Tower - Shibuya - Roppongi - Ginza - Tsukiji Hongwanji - Midtown - Reverse Hills - Camp Ichigaya - Blasted Tokyo - Pluto Castle - Infernal Tokyo - Monochrome Forest - Tokyo Bay - Minami Sunamachi - Purgatorium - Lucifer Palace - River Styx
Organizations Samurai - Hunter Association - Ashura-kai - Ring of Gaea - National Defense Divinities - Counter Demon Force
Archives
Terminology COMP - Gauntlet Rite - Turn Press Battle - Smirk - Domain - Horde - Terminal - Cathedral of Shadows - Red Pill - Hunter - Yamato Perpetual Reactor - Whisper event - Demonoid - Neurisher - Cocoon - Streetpass
Lists Demons (Evolutions - Special Fusions) - Bosses - Skills - Items - Apps - Quests - Translations
Other Media
Games Shin Megami Tensei IV Apocalypse
Production Original Soundtrack
Publication DEMONIC GENE - -Prayers- - Artbook
Characters
Main Nanashi - Dagda - Asahi - Navarre - Nozomi - Hallelujah - Gaston - Toki
Supporting Boss - Manabu - Nikkari - Danu - Dr. Matsuda - Saint Germain - Mii and Kei - Maruo - Tamagami - Hiroshi - The Patriots - Spirit of the Spring - Flynn - Isabeau - Jonathan - Walter
Monotheistic forces Adramelech - Merkabah - Lucifer - Satan - YHVH
Polytheistic Forces Krishna - Odin - Maitreya - Inanna - Shesha
Setting
Locations Eastern Kingdom of Mikado - Mikado Castle - Naraku - Kiccigiorgi - Tokyo - Ueno - Chiyoda - Shinjuku - Ikebukuro - Chaos Realm - Shibuya - Roppongi - Ginza - Tsukiji Konganji - Midtown - Minami Sunamachi - Reverse Hills - Camp Ichigaya - Kinshicho - Yomotsu Hirasaka - Fairy Forest - Kanda-no-yashiro - Cosmic Egg - YHVH's Universe - Tir Na Nog - Twisted Tokyo - Diamond Realm
Organizations Divine Powers - Samurai - Hunter Association - Ashura-kai - Ring of Gaea - National Defense Divinities - Counter Demon Force
Archives
Terminology COMP - Turn Press Battle - Smirk - Domain - Horde - Terminal - Cathedral of Shadows - Red Pill - Hunter - Yamato Perpetual Reactor - Whisper event - Streetpass - Godslayer - Kalki - Barrier - Jade Dagger - Power Spot - Aether - Tokugawa Mandala - Observation - Axiom
Lists Demons (Evolutions - Special Fusions) - Bosses - Skills - Items - Apps - Quests
Other Media
Media Shin Megami Tensei IV - Original Soundtrack - Artbook
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