Kojiro Sasaki

佐々木 小次郎, Ganryuu

The legendary archrival of Miyamoto Musashi. Raised by Kanemaki Jisai, after he is found as a baby in casket, floating on the ocean. He develops an intense attachment to swords and fencing at an early age, possessing an almost preternatural ability to react to his opponents' moves. Kojiro is deaf and mute, though still literate. His personality is very playful, almost child-like. Ittousai has also commented on the possibility that Kojiro's eyes have become better developed to compensate for his lack of hearing. Kojiro is renowned for his "Tsubame Gaeshi" (Turning Swallow Cut) technique, inspired by the movement of a swallow in flight.