Okita Sōji was the leader of the first squad of the Shinsengumi during the Bakumatsu. He suffered from tuberculosis, as seen when he fought Himura Kenshin in a flashback as well as in Trust & Betrayal, though he was still able to hold his own with the Battōsai.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

Okita has a very youthful appearance, looking several years younger than his actual age. He has straight brown hair done in a short ponytail and large brown eyes. He wears a traditional Shinsengumi uniform.

Abilities[edit | edit source]

Although he only appears in the flashbacks, he is one of the best swordsmen of the Shinsengumi. He created his own move called mumyō-ken (aka sandanzuki) derived from Hijikata Toshizō's hirazuki which is a move involving hitting three parts of the torso simultaneously in a single strike. In the OVA he was able to hold on his own against Kenshin temporarily until Saitō told him to step back and resumed the battle in his place.

Personality[edit | edit source]

Okita is kind and respectful to both his fellow Shinsengumi members and his enemies alike. He is usually shown with a confident smile and takes his fights seriously, despite his childlike appearance. Although he respects all Shinsengumi leaders, he shows a particular respect to Saitō Hajime who was also considered on an equal level with him in terms of swordsmanship (both being leaders of the first and third squads of the Shinsengumi, respectively).

Relationships[edit | edit source]

History[edit | edit source]

During the Bakumatsu, Okita faced Himura Kenshin shortly at the Battle of Toba-Fushimi. Despite wanting to continue even though he was coughing up blood, he was stopped by Saitō Hajime, who wanted to face Kenshin himself. Sometime that year, Okita died due to tuberculosis.

Development and Reception[edit | edit source]

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Okita bears a striking resemblance to the Juppongatana's Seta Sojiro due to the fact that Sojiro was based on Okita.
  • In reality Okita suffers tuberculosis during the Ikedaya Attack. But in both the Anime and OVA, he suffered the disease during the Battle of Toba Fushimi when he confronted Kenshin. Historically he was never present in the battle due to being forced to recuperate from the illness (but dies later that year).
  • He was played by Tatsuya Fujiwara (who portrayed Shishio Makoto in the live-action Rurouni Kenshin movies) in 2004 television series Shinsengumi!
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