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Purgatory (煉獄 (れんごく) , Rengoku) is one of the most prominent underground martial arts organisations in Japan, rivalling that of even the Kengan matches.[1] The organisation was founded and hosted by Toyoda Idemitsu.

About

Fifteen years prior to the events of Kengan Omega, Toyoda Idemitsu founded Purgatory. Its policy of putting its distinctive entertainment value to the forefront brought it explosive support and it gathered many Gladiators (闘士 (とうし) , Tōshi) by paying them large sums of fight money.[2] Also, the Purgatory fighting stadium is built in the mountains, far from civilisation, and typically hosts upwards of tens of thousands of spectators per event night.[3]

In recent times, Purgatory has become the largest-scale underground martial arts promotion in Japan and has greater momentum than even the Kengan Association.[1] Toyoda scouts talented martial artists, at any expense, even headhunting the headline of fighters from smaller martial arts promotions (who have since become defunct); some of the Kengan Association's affiliated fighters have gone on to transfer over to Purgatory.[1] Purgatory guarantees "a degree" of safety and fight money equal to or exceeding that of the top public martial artists (this only applies to A-list and some B-list gladiators however).[3] Purgatory recently even absorbed Bishamon, the third biggest underground martial arts promotion in Japan.

Purgatory's gladiator tier list

The vast number of Purgatory gladiators are classified into three tiers:[2]

  • A-list (~30 gladiators)
  • B-list (~200 gladiators)
  • C-list (~2000 gladiators)

According to Kureishi Mitsuyo, who was once a gladiator, the overall strength level of the C-list is not particularly high, being an assortment of different levels with the diamonds in the rough getting promoted to the B-list relatively quickly. The B-list itself, while a higher level than the C-list, is also a mixed bag. However, the A-list is on a different level entirely, with only "strong guys" and "super-strong guys" on the A-list. Kureishi added that the "super-strong guys" are just about as strong as the top-level fighters in the Kengan matches, if not stronger.[2]

Rules

The rules of Purgatory are unique and set apart from that of other underground martial arts organizations, giving them the perfect balance between "extreme and competitive". A gladiator will automatically lose the match if:[3]

  1. Knockdown: After being knocked down, they fail to return to their feet by the referee's count of 10.
  2. Ringout: Any part of their body makes contact with the ground outside of the ring.
  3. No Kill: A gladiator causes the death of their opponent during the match.

A gladiator who breaks the "No Kill" rule is not only disqualified in their match, but their fight money is also confiscated.[3]

Ultimate Gladiator Payoffs

One year before the Kengan Association VS Purgatory Tournament, Purgatory hosted the Ultimate Gladiator Playoffs (最強 (さいきょう) 闘士 (とうし) (けっ) (てい) (せん) , Saikyō Tōshi Kettei-sen; lit. "Strongest Fighter Deciding Matches"). It is a tournament similar to the Kengan Annihilation Tournament, where Lolong Donaire became its champion.

Gladiators

A-list

The Two Kings

Three Demon Fists

Other A-listers

Kim Jang Gi
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Kim Jang Gi (キム・チャンギ, Kimu Changi; "Jang Gi Kim"),is an newbie A-list gladiator mentioned by Lolong.

He is one of the substitute fighters of Purgatory's team, in case anyone from their side decided to stop down from the tournament. He was about to replace Liu Dongcheng but then, the latter came back.

Characteristics
Kanji: キム・チャンギ
Romaji: Kimu Changi
Status: Alive
Gender: Male
Affiliations: Purgatory
Omega Debut: Chapter 97 (Mentioned)
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B-list

Other B-listers

Tommy "The Gun" Strummer
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Tommy "The Gun" Strummer (トミー・"ザ・ガン" ストラマー, Tomī "Za Gan" Sutoramā; "Tommy "The Gun" Strummer"), also known as The Bare-Knuckle Crusher of the British Empire (大英帝国のべアナックル クラッシャー, Daieiteikoku no Beanakkuru Kurasshā), is a B-List gladiator in Purgatory. He recently ascended to the B-List after defeating Mark Myers in a title-fight.

He is a muscular individual with a visible Three Lions tattoo on his right arm.

Characteristics
Kanji: トミー・"ザ・ガン" ストラマー
Romaji: Tomī "Za Gan" Sutoramā
Epithet: The Bare-Knuckle Crusher of the British Empire (大英帝国のべアナックル クラッシャー, Daieiteikoku no Beanakkuru Kurasshā)
Status: Alive
Gender: Male
Affiliations: Purgatory
Omega Debut: Chapter 31
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C-list

Mark Myers
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Mark Myers (マーク・マイヤーズ, Māku Maiyāzu; "Mark Myers"), also known as The Monster of Illinois (イリノイの怪人, Irinoi no Kaijin), is a C-List gladiator in Purgatory. He recently lost to Tommy "The Gun" Strummer in a title-fight, with the latter ascending to the B-List.

He wears a simple featureless mask and possesses a huge hulking frame.
Mark is most likely based on Michael Myers from the Halloween franchise.

Characteristics
Kanji: マーク・マイヤーズ
Romaji: Māku Maiyāzu
Epithet: The Monster of Illinois (イリノイの怪人, Irinoi no Kaijin)
Status: Alive
Gender: Male
Affiliations: Purgatory
Omega Debut: Chapter 31
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Unknown Rank

Other Personnel

Representative

Aide

Shibuya Rei
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Shibuya Rei (渋谷 玲, Shibuya Rei; "Rei Shibuya") is Toyoda Idemitsu's personal aide.

Characteristics
Kanji: 渋谷 玲
Romaji: Shibuya Rei
Status: Alive
Gender: Female
Affiliations: Purgatory
Omega Debut: Chapter 22
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Referees

Assistant Referees

Hashimoto Honoka
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Hashimoto Honoka (橋本 ほのか, Hashimoto Honoka; "Honoka Hashimoto") is one of the assistant referees of Purgatory.

Together with her collegues, she investigated Alan Wu's murder at the hands of Kure Raian.

Characteristics
Kanji: 橋本 ほのか
Romaji: Hashimoto Honoka
Status: Alive
Gender: Female
Affiliations: Purgatory
Omega Debut: Chapter 97
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June Cameron
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June Cameron (ジューン・キヤメロン, Jūn Kiyameron; "Jun Cameron") is one of the assistant referees of Purgatory.

Together with her collegues, she investigated Alan Wu's murder at the hands of Kure Raian.

Characteristics
Kanji: ジューン・キヤメロン
Romaji: Jūn Kiyameron
Status: Alive
Gender: Female
Affiliations: Purgatory
Omega Debut: Chapter 97
Image Gallery
Nagase Matsuri
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Nagase Matsuri (氷瀬 まつり, Nagase Matsuri; "Matsuri Nagase") is one of the assistant referees of Purgatory.

Together with her collegues, she investigated Alan Wu's murder at the hands of Kure Raian.

Characteristics
Kanji: 氷瀬 まつり
Romaji: Nagase Matsuri
Status: Alive
Gender: Female
Affiliations: Purgatory
Omega Debut: Chapter 97
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Trivia

  • Compared to the Kengan Association, Purgatory has a higher tendency to hire foreign fighters into their ranks. In addition, many of these fighters have epithets related to their backgrounds.

References

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