Toshizo Hijikata

土方歳三, Demon Vice Commander
Hair Colour: Black Eye Colour: Dark Brown Height: Medium Position in Shinsengumi: Fukuchou secondin command Nicknames: Oni no Fukuchou Demonlike Fukuchou Fighting Style: Tennen Risshin Style Hijikata Toshizo the Shinsengumi039s Demon. He is stern unforgiving and cruel on the surface but once you scratch his surface you039ll find that there039s much much more to this seriouslooking man than meets the eye. He is the founding member of the Shinsengumi that wrote the Internal Regulations and developed the fighting style that Shinsengumi came to be known for the TennenRishin Ryu. In the series he seems to be the one in control of the entire Shinsengumi though the decisions of the Shinsengumi are made by a council of three : Kondou Kyoukuchou Hijikata Fukuchou and Yamanami Fukuchou. The mentor of Okita Souji the tensai swordsman he was no pushover in swordfighting. In episode one you039ll get a taste of just how good Hijikata is. In the later episodes Hijikata is seen to worry about Okita039s illness as well as about Tetsunosuke. He refuses to let Tetsu hold a sword apparently for fear that Tetsu will walk down the same bloody path as Okita. He has a deep sense of commitment to the Shinsengumi and this is the most probable reason why he puts on a stern unforgiving face. In Episode 7 he reprimanded Kondou for allowing the Shinsengumi to play like a 039gang of buddies039 and told him to stop doing things to soften the Shinsengumi039s edge. He tolerates no imperfection but is not unreasonable. As such he has the respect of all 40 members of the Shinsengumi.