|Manga Debut||Chapter 9|
|Voiced by||Hiroki Yasumoto (Japanese)|
Ian Sinclair (English)
Hijikata Toshizo was once the feared “demon” vice commander of the Shinsengumi, an elite Japanese police force that patrolled the imperial capital of Kyoto in the nineteenth century. His pledge to protect the Tokugawa regime eventually cost him his life at the Battle of Hakodate, where he was shot to death. As an End, Hijikata can manifest ghostly images of his former comrades to cut down his enemies. He serves as the main rival of Shimazu Toyohisa.
Hijikata was once said to be taller than the average Japanese, and was very handsome. With shoulder-length black hair and steel-gray eyes, his face constantly holds a stoic and grim appearance.
He has the ability to summon an army of his fallen comrades from within the Shinsengumi in spectral form, he is also an accomplished master swordsman with minimal knowledge of hand-to-hand combat.
Once holding the position as vice commander of the elite police, Hijikata holds great leadership skills as well as being a good tactician in the battlefield.
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His hatred with Toyohisa
During Tokugawa's clan 14th reign as shogun of Japan, turmoil erupts within as isolationist Japan were forced to open trade with United States. The opposition forces included the Mori clan of the Chōshū and the Shimazu clan of Satsuma. It is not known whether he hated the Shimazu clan personally but as a vice commander of Shinsengumi in Kyoto during the Bakumatsu period (late shogunate) fighting against the Reformist (Meiji Restoration), he could've cross swords with Toyohisa's future clansmen during the era.
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