As a child Ikki always looked after his younger brother Shun at the orphanage. When it was time to send the children to their training destination Shun's fate was to be sent to Death Queen Island, the most brutal training ground of them all. Ikki once again protected his brother by offering to be sent to the hellish island himself. Years later Ikki appears full of rage and wielding deadly fighting techniques swearing revenge against everyone responsible for his suffering. He leads a group of Saints wearing black Cloths who steal the Gold Sagittarius Cloth and escape.