oni fukuchou

of tobacco, mayonnaise and seppuku.

Name: Hijikata Toshirou ( )
Birthday: May 5 (Children's Day in Japan)
Zodiac: Taurus
Age: In his 20s
Blood Type: A
Height: 177 cm (about 5"8)
Weight: 64 kg (about 140 lbs)
Hand: Right handed
Rank: Vice Commander of the Shinsengumi
CV: Nakai Kazuya

Hijikata Toshirou is the vice commander of the Shinsengumi, serving loyally under his commander Isao Kondou. Where the rest of his subordinates take naps during their shifts and hide in the back room reading Jump, Hijikata remains extremely dedicated to his work. Because of his hot-tempered nature he is known within the Shinsengumi as the "demonic vice commander", one who won't falter to threaten seppuku upon even the smallest of rule-breakers. He is known in Gintama, as well as historically, to be the brains of the Shinsengumi, and with characters like Kondou and Yamazaki as part of the gang it's not really hard to believe. He is responsible for creating the Kyokucho Hatto, the 45+ regulations that create the disciplinary framework for the Shinsengumi and implements them firmly within the headquarters.

Prior to his position in the Shinsengumi, Hijikata was simply a ronin (masterless samurai), so it could be said that Kondou and the Shinsengumi are part of what gave him purpose. For that reason he is extremely grateful and loyal to Kondou, and will defend and fight for him regardless of his many faults. Despite Hijikata's tough exterior, the men are just as loyal to him as they are to Kondou, who claims that Hijikata is "the soul of the Shinsengumi". Deep down inside, Hijikata has a soft spot for the men and will do absolutely anything for the sake of his teammates: whether that's risking his life in battle, or risking his dignity by getting on all fours and barking like a dog.

That being said, even the fearsome soldier of Edo's police force isn't free of his faults. Hijikata is hopelessly, madly addicted to mayonnaise and will squeeze entire containers of the condiment on anything from yakisoba to coffee. For the love of tobacco, he'll travel to entirely different countries just to be able to take a smoke break. He's (secretly) afraid of ghosts, cries during (not particularly tear-worthy) movies, and is prone to an anime otaku side of himself due to a cursed sword. He is also the constant target of Shinsengumi member Okita's bazooka, who will stop at nothing to kill Hijikata and take his place as vice commander. He's also constantly at odds with the main character, Gintoki, and when the two cross paths an argument, fight and/or competition are almost inevitable. However, part of what gives the cast of Gintama their charm are all of their drawbacks, and these are what truly make Hijikata our beloved "Toshi", as Kondou calls him!