The Six Comrades (六人の同志, Rokunin no Dōshi) were a band of warriors led and funded by Yukishiro Enishi. Formed for the purpose of Jinchū, the group consisted of three mercenaries and three people who wanted revenge on Kenshin for various things he had done in their pasts. Enishi himself was included in the latter three. The Comrades are the main antagonists through most of the Jinchū Arc, and Enishi remains the sole main antagonist throughout the entirety of the arc.
A hand-to-hand brawler that joined Enishi to prove how powerful he is. Skilled in Jutsushiki Muteki-Ryū.
Skilled in assassination techniques. Uses tools called 13 anki - "Shadow Instruments". Joined Enishi for his enjoyment of fighting and to avenge the death of his fellow assassin who was killed by Kenshin. A drag queen.
An elderly puppetmaster who first showed up in the Kyōto Arc under the guise of "Iwanbo". Joined Enishi for a job and to test his technology on the frontier of battle.
Former samurai who lost his arm to Kenshin during the Bakumatsu, which is replaced with a cannon provided by Enishi. Joined the group in hopes of getting revenge on Kenshin.
Nameless miner-turned assassin for the Yaminobu. Fights with his clawed elongated left arm. Joined Enishi in hopes of getting revenge on Kenshin.
The progenitor and de facto leader of the group. Desires to bring Jinchū upon Kenshin for killing his sister, Yukishiro Tomoe. Created group to aid him in his revenge and persuaded them with hopes of revenge on Kenshin.
Creation & ReceptionEdit
- According to Watsuki, because the Juppongatana had many characters that were hard to hate, he wanted to make the five that accompanied Enishi as evil and scum-like as possible so the readers would want to see them destroyed. However, he feels that due to them not having any ideals, drawing the five as an entertaining read had proven difficult. This line of thinking does not seem to apply to Enishi himself according to Watsuki's words.
- Watsuki has expressed regret for including as many villains as he did in the Jinchū arc, believing Enishi should have been the sole antagonist of the arc as a terminator-type character who destroyed Kenshin's allies in combat before fighting him personally.