Marvel characters reinterpreted through the lens of Japanese history and folklore.
Mister Fantastic is reimagined as Azari
Ryuuchi Toritsu was a respected scholar-monk, known for his intelligence and deep understanding of Buddhist law. During research into old temple records, Ryuuchi discovered the location of a lost sutra manuscript. With this knowledge, he organized a pilgrimage to the abandoned monastery he believed held the scroll. He and his four companions made the long journey, staying at temples and in the homes of laypeople. At each stop, he would recite passages from the sutras and speak with great authority on all aspects of the faith. When the pilgrims at last approached the place that housed the forgotten sutra, one of their number stole ahead in the night-- hoping to claim the sutra's power and wisdom for himself alone. Something went wrong, and the pilgrims found themselves set upon by monstrous demons from the hell realms. The demons seized them, and pulled them bodily down into the depths of Yomi.
Watching from paradise, the wise boddhisatva Monju had seen the monk as he made his way. He had listened to the monk's patient and skillful instruction on the Dharma. When he and his exalted fellows saw the demon's attack, they implored the great Buddha to intervene. The Buddha lent a small fraction the power of the Great Buddha of the West to aid Ryuuchi. With this power, and the help of his companions, he was saved.
The power of the lord of the West is that of the waters. Ryuuchi's mind and body now flow like water, and he leads the pilgrims as they make their never-ending pilgrimage throughout the land, bringing the shining truth of the Buddhas' teachings to the darkness of the world.