Shinzo is a 2015 live action CGI science fiction action fantasy-drama film based on a TV series, starring
In the distant past, the Guardian of the Milky Way galaxy named Lanancuras began to harbor a desire for more power. Because of his connection to the galaxy, he was able to absorb parts of planets and add them to his strength. As a result, he began invading the worlds he was assigned to protect. In the wake of his destruction, a following of creatures from across the galaxy pledged allegiance to Lanancuras and became known as the Kadrians. Taking notice of his ever growing power and followers, the other Celestial Guardians confronted him; however, he had become too powerful, and they were defeated. Unable to subdue Lanancuras, the Celestial Guardians each gave up a part of their power and combined it into a single new Guardian, Mushra. In a final desperate attempt, they used Mushra's core by transforming it into a powerful card with which to seal Lanancuras in a prison. The prison was created from the remains of planets that had suffered under Lanancuras' tyranny. Because planets are themselves large beings, their combined strength- along with the power of the card- was able to restrain him. Thus Lanancuras was successfully sealed in a large meteorite.
The meteorite was sent off into the galaxy to be sealed forever. Meanwhile, the way Lanancuras had increased his strength had consequences on the planets of the Milky Way. On Earth, it was in the shape of a virus that merged with human DNA and destroyed the humans that way. In order to eliminate the virus, scientists worked on combining human DNA with the DNA of animals and other creatures immune to the effects. They succeeded and created a sentient race known as Enterrans (a race of Engineered Earthlings) where the Enterrans are based on Humans, Insects, Reptiles, Birds, Sea Creatures, Wild Beasts, and Phantom Beasts. Eventually, a cure was found and the human race survived. This all took place around the 22nd century.
Meanwhile, the Kadrians had devised a plan to free their master: crashing the meteor into Earth would destroy the seal, thus allowing Lanancuras to escape. The Guardians eventually discovered this plan, but it was too late. With the meteorite already redirected and heading towards Earth, the Guardians held a vow that they would not directly intervene. They reasoned it was the duty of the planet and its inhabitants to defeat Lanancuras. In a stroke of luck, the Kadrians' plan was not a complete success. At impact, the seal holding Lanancuras merely ripped due to the impact; therefore, the Kadrian King was still trapped by the planetary pieces.
At impact, Lanancuras sent out three special gems that he had corrupted from the meteorite and placed them into the strongest Enterran he could find: Mushrambo. However, he also felt the Guardians influence and how they secured the energy they had given to Mushra, away from the meteorite. Lanancuras guessed that they would at some time grant this power to someone to counter him, and it could not be an Enterran since in a way, the Enterrans were a product of him becoming evil, and easily to be influenced because they were card-based creatures. It had to be a human. He chose six more generals to lead the Enterrans into a war against the humans, making them believe humans enslaved them. Besides Mushrambo, the other six Enterrans consisted of Daku the Insect King, Ryuma the Reptile Emperor, Rusephine the Bird Queen, Franken the Sea Queen, Diehanger the Wild Beast King, and Kymalis the Phantom Beast King.
Mushrambo led the war, and was like all the others completely oblivious to the reason he felt such a hatred. All they knew was that they wanted the humans destroyed and only Queen Rusephine of the Bird Enterrans and Mushrambo knew that the meteorite had something to do with the whole thing.
At one point, the Guardians elected a keeper of their power. The baby girl Yakumo Tatsuro was chosen where her father Dr. Daigo Tatsuro helped develop the Enterrans and the cure. Daigo knew they were losing the war, and under the inspiration of the Celestial Guardians he built a place where he could make Yakumo survive, knowing she was special. The Guardians sent Hakuba, a Celestial Equine who would transform into the Reversian Blade upon death. The most powerful weapon in the universe was shaped like a robot to transport Yakumo and was always aware of his task.
By the time Yakumo was at the age of 4, Daigo had finished building an underground for Yakumo to survive in, which would allow her to live for 30 years and only grow a single year in physical shape. Just at the moment this happened, Mushrambo destroyed the last sanctuary of the humans, the place called Shinzo. Then he went after Yakumo and killed Daigo in the process. However, the machines keeping Yakumo alive activated and awoke her powers. Yakumo froze the energy of Mushrambo and ripped him apart with her own aura. Mushrambo died, and his EnCard was divided into three gems. The Guardians guided these gems away for a later purpose (Mushra, Saago and Kutal were later sent to the past, but unable to make a difference).
The machine malfunctioned, though this was in fact the Guardians doing. Yakumo slept for 300 years and woke up at the age of 17 close to the time Lanancuras would break out. She was told to search for Shinzo, the last sanctuary of the human race and bring peace to the Enterrans. In fact, this journey was to help her become aware of her powers.
A while before that, the three gems had been given to three Enterrans. One of them was Mushra, who had been given a new body on Enterra by the Guardians, since they were both card based beings. Mushra received the Crown of Koira, a powerful artifact that had been given to him before to seal Lanancuras, but that was then used by Lanancuras to control Mushrambo.
Mushra met Yakumo after being hung above a waterfall as punishment for a crime. She freed him (which took her days to break one of the chains with a large rock) and he somehow felt compelled to go with her (the gem at work). Later they met Sago, who held the blue gem, and the cat Enterran Kutal, who held the green gem. While on their quest to find Shinzo, Yakumo, Mushra, Sago, and Kutal are often attacked by Enterrans who seek to claim the bounty for Yakumo's capture.
Yakumo's powers took long to develop, as she was a peaceful person and willing to forgive. She often had a conflict with Mushra and his violent nature.
The story tells about the group traveling and the enemies they meet, and bit by bit parts of the past are revealed. At the end, the timeline was altered by the destruction of the Evil Mushrambo, leaving only Yakumo and the three gems. The battle resulted in the timeline being altered. As a result, the human race didn't die out and the war between humans and Enterrans never happened.
This also meant that in the second timeline Lanancuras never used up a lot of energy to control the war, and while he was completely dormant in the first timeline, he was about to break free in the second.
- Abigail Breslin as Yakumo Tatsuro
- TBA as Mushra
- Brandon Tyler Russell as Sago
- Matthew Moy as the voice of Kutal
- Troye Sivan as Mushrambo
- Jason Ritter as the voice of Hakuba
- Kelly Anne Sweeney as the voice of Rei
- Kyle Corbin as the voice of Sen
- Francesca Capaldi as the voice of Este
- TBA as Binka