Afterwards, Shishio easily deflected every attack Saitō threw at him, including his best move the Gatotsu Zero Stance (likely due to Saitō's leg injuries from Usui, which slowed him down, allowing Shishio to observe his movement much more easily). February 18, 1844 A former captain in the loyalist Shinsengumi, Saitō has had a long time rivalry with Himura Kenshin, a former manslayer of the Imperialist cause. Shinsengumi (others) - still noted to be highly elite in the Bakumatsu era, I think the other Shinsengumi that couldn't handle Kenshin would more likely end up around here. He himself kills the second most powerful warrior amongst the Juppongatana, Uonuma Usui, but suffers deep leg wounds during that battle. Birth Tokio - His wife who made his favourite food. He can easily see through his opponent's battle tactics and mindset, thereby enabling him to exploit his opponent's physical weaknesses. Eguchi reprise his role in sequels to film: The Great Kyoto Fire and The End of a Legend. The first story, published in December 1992 in the Weekly Shōnen Jump Winter Special issue of 1993, featured an earlier version of Kenshin stopping a crime lord from taking over the Kamiya family dojo. Saitō Hajime makes his first appearance as a pharmacist selling a medicine to cure bruises and broken bones, a disguise that was often used by Shinsengumi spies. When fighting offensively, his styles resembles boxing as he possesses amazing footwork and quick relentless jabs. His prowess was made evident when he decided to have a fist fight against Sanosuke and still beat him almost effortlessly. He was among the best swordsmen of the group with Okita Souji. Kirk Thornton (Bang Zoom! This is the story of a wanderer named Himura Kenshin, formerly known as the assassin "Hitokiri Battōsai" (Battōsai the Manslayer). Saitō with fellow members of the Shinsengumi. During the Bakumatsu he had a long sweeping ponytail reaching his mid back, but cut it off after he became an agent of the police. You'll prefer it over delivering the final blow to an unconcious man. In addition, Harada appears in the anime series Peacemaker Kurogane, as well as in the manga it was originally based on, Shinsengumi Imon PEACE MAKER and Peacemaker Kurogane. He is depicted in NHK's Taiga drama series Shinsengumi! He has a long face with pronounced cheekbones and tear-troughs. Fujita Gorō (藤田 五郎)Lone Wolf of Mibu (壬生の一匹狼) Hajime Saito. After participating in the Bakumatsu war, Kenshin wanders the countryside of Japan offering protection and aid to those in need as atonement for the murders he once committed as an assassin. Having dispatched the attackers, Saitō and Kenshin both realized burning Kyoto was merely a distraction, while the main event will take place in Tokyo. Nevertheless, the pro-shogunate forces were ultimately defeated and he was forced to go into hiding. Saitō and Kenshin agreed they should confront Shishio's men at Kyoto to prevent the destruction of the city. Simple isn't it?" Rurouni Kenshin Most of Rurouni Kenshin's story takes place after the end of the Bakumatsu era. Several publications for manga, anime, video games, and other media have provided praise and criticism on the character. Eventually, however, after Kenshin and Sanosuke fight their way through Kanryū's soldiers and find themselves facing Kanryū who is in possession of a gatling gun, Saitō attacks Kanryū head on and ends up arresting him, despite the constant barrage of gunfire directed towards him. Though he frequently wore the traditional Shinsengumi uniform during the revolution, Saitō is almost always seen in his blue policeman's uniform during the Meiji era. Featuring new cover art and alternate character designs, the kanzeban was printed on high-quality paper, and restored the color pages from the original magazine serialization. His skills rank among the strongest in the series as shown from his long-standing rivalry and constant fighting on par with Himura Kenshin, leading to all their fights ending inconclusively. My favorite character is Saitou Hajime from Rurouni Kenshin. The Takarazuka Revue has done musicals about the Shinsengumi. Okubo appears just as they were about to finish and stops the duel, apologizing for testing Kenshin to see if he was still a skilled enough swordsman to face Shishio. The Shinsengumi are firstly mentioned in chapter 48 of the manga (episode 28 of the anime series). Watsuki considers Saitō as the "curse" of the villains in the series as he always ends defeating the enemies who believe they are the strongest. Voice Actor Male The Shinsengumi (新選組 or 新撰組, 'newly selected corps') were a special police force of the Bakumatsu. Saitō Hajime makes his first appearance as a pharmacist selling a medicine to cure bruises and broken bones, a disguise that was often used by Shinsengumi spies. Besides his undeniably overwhelming swordsmanship, Saitō is extremely well-versed in hand-to-hand combat and martial arts. Saitō is an able observer and a quick analyst (working as a spy for the Meiji government). )Dan Woren (Sony)Ken Webster (OVAs)John Swasey (New Kyoto Arc)Robert McCollum (Live action dub over). Having a long-standing rivalry with Himura Kenshin since their days on opposite sides of the Bakumatsu, Saitō nevertheless holds a begrudging respect for the rurouni and has come to his aid on assignment more than once, acting as a ruthless ally and the voice of cynical reason in the Kenshin-gumi's major battles. He is also remarkably fast, able to catch Shishio off-guard and successfully strike him before he could react, his attack only failing to kill Shishio because the latter's head was protected by a metal headband. After incapacitating Sagara Sanosuke (who saw through his trick), he flees, but leaves clues to alert Himura Kenshin of his presence. Occupation As a result of his involvement in the Ikedaya Affair, he and his Shinsengumi comrades successfully prevented the burning of Kyoto by an extremist faction of the Ishin Shishi. Another Shinsengumi mention exists in Act 9 of the Manga series, with Udō Jin-e being mentioned to have side… Saitō stops and replies simply. Saitō, Kenshin and Sano join forces in the battle against Shishio. Saitō knocking Sanosuke into the air with an uppercut. Saitō appears again during the Kyoto Arc to fight against Shishio Makoto. In the start of their founding, the Shinsengumi were initially known as the Miburo (壬生浪), meaning ronin of Mibu (Mibu being the suburb where they were stationed). And similar to his depiction in Rurouni Kenshin, he is shown with a fondness for soba. Inspired designs on t-shirts, posters, stickers, home decor, and more by independent artists and designers from around the world. Unique Rurouni Kenshin Posters designed and sold by artists. Saitō fighting alongside the Kenshin-gumi. In addition to being a skilled swordsman, he is revealed to possess immense physical strength when he pummels the herculean Sagara Sanosuke in a hand-to-hand fistfight. In the meantime he is in Shingetsu village to check on his informant, Eiji's elder brother who is killed by Senkaku, a minion of Shishio Makoto. However, the reputation of being known as the ronin of Mibu became tarnished quite early on, and their nickname soon changed to Wolves of Mibu (壬生狼), a name that would be synonymous upon their ranks being formally now known as the Shinsengumi upon the second term of Aizu led Kyoto Shugoshoku, Matsudaira Katamori. It's a much more painful way to go," Saitō smirks like a wolf waiting for its dinner to make a mistake as he says this line. Age - Saitō Hajime, Episode 31, English sub. After Kenshin defeated Sawagejō Chō, Saitō learned from this Katana loving, hired assassin that Shishio's plan was to attack Kyoto and burn the city. However, Saitō's former boss Shibumi (whom he later killed) stated he was said to be a better swordsman than Okita. - Saitō Hajime to Usui, Episode 49 'The Wolf Destroys the Shingan'. He obeys his superior and leaves after saying that Kenshin Himura is utterly useless, but Himura Battosai would be relatively useful Saitō disappears. "You little fool, killing for the purpose of seeking revenge has been forbidden since the sixth year of the Meiji," - Saitō Hajime, Episode 37 English dub to Aeiji of Shingetsu village. He largely operates to fill in the hole Okubo's death left, but manages to subtly nudge Shinomori Aoshi into joining in on the upcoming war. He is also revealed to be married to a woman named Tokio (who has never been seen). A former captain in the loyalist Shinsengumi, Saitō has had a long time rivalry with Himura Kenshin, a former manslayer of the Imperialist cause. A master swordsman, he is well-versed all the various techniques of the "Shinsengumi-Kenjutsu". When Kenshin arrives at the dōjō, he notices Saitō and becomes angry, revealing Saitō's true identity as the former 3rd Captain of the Shinsengumi. Saitō also tends to integrate hand-to-hand combat techniques into his swordplay, using them to cover blind spots in his sword technique and to give himself additional offensive and defensive coverage. Okita Souji, Nagakura Shinpachi and Saitō Hajime were considered the strongest swordsmen of the group with Kondo Isami and Hijikata Toshizō acting as the lead commanders. He shows Sano how faulty his weak defense and reliance on his toughness were, but is unsuccessful, and only manages to make the rooster head more set on going to center of the current chaos surrounding the Rurouni. Nevertheless, the pro-shogunate forces were ultimately defeated and he was forced to go into hiding. In addition, he is in pursuit of Takeda Kanryū, a very successful businessman, suspected of smuggling opium. Nevertheless, none of these character flaws prevent him from being a superb investigator and fighter. He adherently lives by the Shinsengumi code "Aku Soku Zan" (悪即斬, literally: "Slay Evil Immediately", but more poetically rendered as "Swift Death to Evil"), though he never shows much regard for human life, at some points even letting on that he likes to kill. - Episode 37, English dub. However, as the series continued Saitō became one of the most popular character of the series as he ranked 3rd in the two last Shonen Jump popularity polls and 2nd in the "Who is the best enemy of Kenshin?" Rurouni Kenshin. First, the brutal anti-hero, Hajime Saito, who fights for the harsh justice of "aku soku zan", slay evil immediately.Saito begrudgingly works alongside Kenshin to thwart the efforts of rebels, and the two are acquainted from Kenshin's days as Battosai. His fighting style is more commonly defensive, seeing through his opponent's attacks and blocking, to which he has a very solid guard, or evading before countering with jujutsu, judo and aikidō maneuvers, performing quick strikes to key weak points followed by body-locks and throws. I found a few claims online that this was a real motto of the Shinsengumi the group that both historical Saito and fictional Saito are part of, but Wikipedia says it was probably not: Later, while meeting Kenshin, Saitō showed him the corpses of the cops that Shishio sent back to them, making it clear how serious a threat Shishio was. Price: US $1,500.00. He also fights against the first of the four Sushin guards of Enishi's second-in-command and defeats him even after he exploits Gatotsu's weak spot as Aoshi, Sanosuke, and Yahiko take care of the rest. Now an officer of the law and known a… While his signature stance is left-handed, he is in fact an ambidextrous fighter, able to skillfully switch his stance and dominant hand at any time and likewise battle just as efficiently with either side. "There's only one path, Kyoto. However, he considers Kenshin to be more of an adversary rather than an ally. Also, the major part of references to the Shinsengumi, both in the manga and in the anime series, are made by Saitō. Although Sanosuke is a main character in the series, Watsuki felt that he could not write everything he wanted about him, and thought that making him the title character of a series would prove interesting. One man in particular--Saitô Hajime, captain of the third unit--lingers in Kenshin's mind. 5. As noted by Kenshin, defeating Saitō is an extremely difficult feat that cannot be accomplished merely by defeating his signature techniques. With the compound disintegrating and fire burning, Saitō could neither pursue Shishio nor save his men. Character Information He considers Sanosuke to be a dimwitted amateur with mild potential, due mostly to Sano's lack of insight. He expects those involved in the military, whether Shinsengumi swordsmen or Meiji era policemen, to carry out their duties without letting their personal feelings interfere. Katana Saitō Hajime Some of his signature techniques can also be used as effectively with or without a sword. They celebrate his introduction, past and fight scenes, and Japanese voice actor as one of the best moments of the series. Furthermore, the sheer force behind the Gatotsu is such that, even after being gravely wounded by both Usui and Shishio, Saitō was able to blast apart a steel door that Sanosuke admitted was too thick to be destroyed by a Futae no Kiwami. However, he is defeated by Shishio as his ambush on him fails, due to the protective armor on Shishio's head. Some concepts of the Rurouni Kenshin version of Saitō Hajime were used in is the fighting game series The Last Blade in the character of Keiichiro Washizuka, a unit leader of the Shinsengumi, a police-like group during the Bakumatsu era. Saitō is highly recognizable by his narrow eyes, "spider-like" strands of hair in front of his forehead (he is also often said to resemble a wolf), his propensity for smoking and the katana (Japanese sword) which hangs from his left side. He blaims himself and he blames the traitor. Saitō, changing his name to Fujita Gorō (藤田 五郎), would later become a cop for the Meiji government and still carry the Shinsengumi's code Aku Soku Zan (Slay evil to death), while Nagakura, changing his name to Sugimura Yoshie (杉村 義衛), becomes a Kendo instructor at Kabato Prison in Hokkaido. Manga Debut - Saitō Hajime to Shibumi, just before he kills him, Manga chapter 55. But that was not all, Himura Kenshin knew. Even when void of his sword, he is shown using the very clothing on his being such as his belt as an effective battle tool. Weapons https://kenshin.fandom.com/wiki/Shinsengumi?oldid=17507. Anime Debut He is very briefly shown in the colored special Haru ni Sakura, where an older Kenshin asks Aoshi to tell him of his whereabouts and state of health and learns that his former rival is now working at Hokkaido. Though he is normally serious, Saitō has a slight sense of humor that is morbid and slightly sadistic, shown as he uses his sword to casually attempt to stab Sanosuke Sagara in the butt through the roof of the horse carriage the two of them and Kenshin were riding on. In Japan, many fans of the Shinsengumi complained to Watsuki about the personality of Saitō Hajime. Saitō first appears masquerading as a medical herb seller outside the Kamiya Dōjō. It could be first seen when Sanosuke spoiled Shishio's plans by destroying the Rengoku, thus thwarting his plans to fire bomb Tokyo. Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Swordsman Romantic Story usually just called Rurouni Kenshin is a historical fiction manga/anime that takes a lot of cues from real history, and is usually surprisingly accurate as far as Japanese history goes. 1 viewed per hour. I also love the Shinsengumi of all verses so you will find a lot of them in my gallery but I have a small art collection on other subjects too. Rurouni Kenshin (sometimes known by the title Samurai X) is a manga and anime series that grew to great popularity around the turn of the millennium in both Japan and America. Titled Shinsengumi Gunrou-den, the title's key selling point will be that manga artist Nobuhiro Watsuki, creator of the popular Rurouni Kenshin series, will be designing the characters. After Japan's political chaos in the 1850s, the country was divided along various lines of political opinion. He believes in peace and order, even in the society created by his former enemies. His physical might is deceptively great, as he took a direct and serious blow in the face from Sanosuke unfazed and likewise struck back with even stronger blows. Saitō stays behind after Shishio is defeated, thus making it appear as though he is dead. Nevertheless, the pro-shogunate forces were ultimately defeated and he was forced to go into hiding. In the beginning of second film when Saitō and his colleagues raided to find crimnal's whereabouts when two of colleagues didn't come out so Saitō led his men to track down. My favorite character is Saitou Hajime from Rurouni Kenshin. While originally assigned to test Kenshin's skill to face Shishio, once Kenshin's Battōsai-side emerged and began pressuring him, Saitō lost sight of his mission, letting his rivalry resume with the full intent of killing Kenshin. It's also beautiful how the saem characters are portrayed so differently in both anime. The seamless nature of this is able to confuse even the most intuitive and analytical of foes, letting him more effectively find an opening to strike able to seamlessly switch between them to confuse his opponent. Saitō has become a better-known figure among young anime fans in the West since several anime and manga series used him as a character. After a discussion about Okubo's goals for Japan to become a nation state from the last person that saw Okubo alive, Yamayoshi (Morisuke) from Fukushima, Saitō and Kenshin have a discussion about what must be done. The Gatotsu sword technique that Saitō uses in the series is similar to the description of his original sword technique, but is purely fictional, and not entirely accurate to real sword fighting. He exists in the series both in […] Alias Stop by for a … Himura Kenshin - His rival for numerous years. Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. That's where Shishio is. Saitō as he appeared during the Bakumatsu. 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