a little game of captain obvious.Sure sure, most fansites in the past, and even today, stereotypically have a section dedicated to a character's appearance. And while I could easily pass this section up (since I think it's pretty obvious what Hijikata looks like just based on a picture), Gintama's given me too many opportunites to take this to the next level. Thanks to the flexible nature of Gintama's (lack of) plot, as well as Hijikata's multi-faceted character, Hijikata himself has a pretty extensive wardrobe. To start off with the blatantly obvious:
Hijikata and The Shinsengumi UniformHijikata's appearance itself is pretty standard: he has short black hair and blue eyes. His only real "notable" phsysical trait (mentioned by a few of the characters earlier in the series) is that his pupils look as if they're constantly dilated. His Shinsengumi uniform is pretty much his default and most recognizable attire, and is standard dress for all the members. Though it's colored with silver trim in the manga, the anime features the costume as black with gold trim. Because Hijikata, Kondo and Okita's uniforms are different than the rest of the Shinsengumi, we can assume that the style theirs are in are for higher ranking members. Each uniform comes with black pants, a vest, and a jacket along with a white dress shirt and cravat. Hijikata can occasionally be seen without his jacket on, and unfortunately for his fellow Shinsengumi members, a few of them have also been seen without pants too.
Day Off AttireThough days off are few and far between, even Hijikata takes a vacation once and awhile. During his days off, Hijikata can be seen wearing a plain navy yukata. These are accessorized with a simple pair of sandals, and of course any mayonnaise or tobacco addictions needed to get one through the day. Hijikata wearing this outfit also seems to be a pretty good indication that he'll be running into Gintoki at some point, as the two commonly bump into each other during his days off work.
Young HijikataDuring the time when Mitsuba comes to town, there are quite a few flashbacks to scenes of the Shinsengumi membes when they were younger. Hijikata is featured as what we can guess is probably teenager-age (Okita is a child). He sports much longer hair which is pulled back into a ponytail, and is seen wearing a regular blue yukata, probably worn for the ease of training at Kondo's dojo where they all spent time together.
Mayonnaise PrinceIn order to fend off the growing crush that Kuriko has on Hijikata, the Yorozuya decide that the best plan of action is to expose Hijikata's absolute worst character traits. One of these is of course, his love of mayonnaise: as a last resort, he dresses as the prince from the planet Mayo Maniac. One could say that it's rather stylish: a yellowish, round, mayonnaise-bottle suit with a crown on the top, and even cute white tights to boot.
Though it didn't necessarily stop the crush she managed to develop on him, it gave him a good form of escape as the prince would die if he stood on Earth for too long. During Gintoki's explanation of why Hijikata could use his help getting rid of Kuriko, a series of scenes featured poodle-walking Toshi, overweight workaholic husband Toshi, as well as father of three kids Toshi.