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Shimazu Toyohisa
Toyohisa
Characteristics
Name Shimazu Toyohisa
Kanji 島津 豊久
Romanji Shimazu Toyohisa
Status Alive
Age 30
Gender Male
Origin Japan
Affiliations Drifters
Relatives Shimazu Iehisa (Father)
Shimazu Yoshihiro (Uncle)
Manga Debut Chapter 1
Anime Debut Episode 1
Voiced by Nakamura Yūichi (Japanese)
Josh Grelle (English)
Image Gallery

Shimazu Toyohisa (島津 豊久, Shimazu Toyohisa) is the protagonist of Drifters.

Historically, he died in 1600. When he first arrived in the new world, he was critically injured, only to be brought to the hideout of Nobunaga and Nasu by some young "elves". Of the three Drifters in the group, Toyohisa is the most willing to help the elves, first by attacking the humans massacring them and then by convincing them to kill the leader of those humans. He uses a nodachi and is seen carrying a wakizashi as well. He's also shown carrying a tanegashima, a Japanese matchlock, which he only uses when his swords are unusable.

Appearance: Edit

Toyohisa has short black hair and light grey eyes. His Late Sengoku/Early Edo period armor consists of a red karuta sashinuki style kote with red lacquered steel han kote style forearm guards along with red lacquered steel suneate and haidate. Under the armor, he wears a black shitagi, yugake and hakama tied with a white himo where he ties his swords. He also wears a pair of cotton waraji over white tabi.

PersonalityEdit

Contrary to the impressions his hotheaded and belligerent exterior might create, Toyohisa is an intelligent and honorable man with little to no interest in power, a fact that often frustrates his conquest-loving comrade Oda Nobunaga.

Toyohisa also dislikes any violence against women. Doing so will invoke his wrath enough to ignore his code of killing those without a weapon, as shown how he made an exception to kill the weaponless-soldiers without mercy as deserved punishment for abusing and making sex slaves out of the Elven women. His code of conduct applies even to himself as he refused to kill Joan, even though she's a member of the Ends.

PlotEdit

Toyohisa is first seen at the battlefield at Sekigahara, where his uncle ordered his men to retreat, but Toyohisa refused and instead told his uncle that he will stay and die with the soldiers, giving him as much time as possible to retreat. After his uncle left, he rushed into the battle, killing as many soldiers as he could. Eventually, he faced Ii Naomasa and clashed swords with him. Naomasa's men quickly tried to protect him and surrounded Naosama, aiming their spears at Toyohisa.

To the surprise of Naomasa, Toyohisa jumped forward and ended up getting pierced by multiple spears. He then took out his gun and fatally shot Naomasa near the heart. Naomasa's men quickly took him and retreated, while Toyohisa was telling him to leave his head behind. Sustaining heavy injuries, Toyohisa was barely walking through the battlefield but suddenly found himself at a strange seemingly endless corridor with a strange man in the middle standing behind a desk.

He started asking the man where is he and told him to return him to Satsuma, but was instead sucked in by a black door that transferred him elsewhere. Barely conscious, he saw two elves and concluded that he must be in hell because to him, they looked like demons. The two elves realized he is a Drifter and brought him to Nasu Suketaka Yoichi and Oda Nobunaga.

When he awoke Toyohisa was skeptical of the other two warriors identities and believed himself to be dead. However, he obliged to tell Oda Nobunaga the state of affairs of Japan since his 'death'. Later when the Orte soldiers led by Aram attacked the elven village, Toyohisa repaid the elves by slaughtering the soldiers that were abusing them. After dispatching Aram in a humiliating manner with his bare hands he convinced the elves to take their revenge on the human for his crimes.

When the trio captured Olminu, and interrogated her they learned the situation of the world which they found themselves in and the Ends. To gain allies Oda enlists the aid of the elves to help them takeover the country. Toyohisa acting as head of the group, inflames the elves souls about reclaiming their pride and dignity for their ancestors. He learned from Marsha and Mark of the lack of elven women in the villages and swears to save them after defeating the retaltaion forces sent by the local governor.

When the Orte soldiers camp out in the elven village, Toyohisa spearheads the attack, killing several soldiers. Getting their attention he goads them in following him to the village center where a makeshift fortress manned by Oda and the elves let loose a barrage of fire arrows, alighting the village, trapping the soldiers making it easy for the rebels to shoot them. Toyohisa breaks the soldiers morale by killing their commander forcing the survivors to scatter.

To to his promise, the samurai commands the elves to move out to the governor's fortress to reclaim their women. After successfully infiltrating the fortress using the uniforms of deceased Orte soldiers, Toyohisa leads the elves in subjugating the remaining soldiers. he stops an elf from kill a surrendering soldier, stating is was dishonorable. However upon breaking open the chamber containing the captive elven women, he witnesses the sheer debauchery and depravity the women suffered at the hands of the human soldiers. Casting out his mercy for the immoral soldiers he orders all to be put to death.

AbilitiesEdit

Toyohisa is a great swordsman, capable of slaughtering entire armies on his own. He is also an excellent tactician. Though shown to be highly proficient in the use of firearms, Toyohisa prefers to use his skills as a swordsman in battle over his skills as a marksman.

RelationshipsEdit

Oda NobunagaEdit

Main article: Oda Nobunaga

Nasu Suketaka YoichiEdit

Main article: Nasu Suketaka Yoichi

Joan of ArcEdit

Main article: Joan of Arc

Toyohisa originally thought Joan was a brash young man with little battle experience. Much to his surprise, and her anger, she was a woman. Due to his code of honor, he refused to kill her as it was unsuitable for a warrior to kill a woman, much to the latter's anger.

Trivia Edit

  • At one point during the battle for the Orte Empire's capital, Murasaki called Toyohisa, the "Devil Shimazu". Historically, the nickname is attributed to his uncle, Shimazu Yoshihiro.

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