History Characters / RurouniKenshinSupportingCharacters

13th Jan '17 12:34:10 AM DrPsyche
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[[folder:Okubo Toshimichi]]
-> Voiced by: Yoshisada Sakiguchi (JP), Michael Forest (EN)
-> Portrayed by: Kazufumi Miyazawa (Live Action)

Ōkubo Toshimichi was one of the head samurai of the Ishin Shishi, and after the war ended he became head of the Department of Internal Affairs in the Meiji Government. The war is long over but it's taken its toll on Lord Ōkubo who finds their attempts at keeping the peace and building a nation far harder than destroying the old one. When Shishio reemerges he goes to his old comrade Kenshin for help defeating him but is ultimately assassinated by Sojiro. His death is what motivates Kenshin to step up and take down Shishio's new empire.
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* BeardOfSorrow: An impressive dignified beard that nonetheless contributes to Ōkubo's appearance as a tired and pensive man who's seen too much.
* TheChainsOfCommanding: Restoration has been a long and grueling journey for him and when introduced he's the last surviving founder of the Meiji Government and he feels the weight of the struggling country upon him.
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Ōkubo was a real life person who served a similar position in real life. The manga even incorporates his real life death by assassins into the story with them only taking credit after Sojiro kills him.
* RedOniBlueOni: He's the calmer and more rational blue oni to the HotBlooded Chief Kawaji. Averted in the Live Action films where they're actually more similar in demeanor at least in the scenes they share together.
* SmallRoleBigImpact: Ōkubo's time in the story is very brief, but he is one of the key founders of the Meiji Government and the most powerful man in the country. It's his death that sets Kenshin down the road of the Kyoto Arc.
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[[folder:Chief Uramura]]
-> Voiced by: Sukekiyo Kameyama (JP); Creator/BobPapenbrook (EN)

The local chief of police, Uramura (or [[AdaptationNameChange Muriaki]]) first appears during a raid on Kaoru's dojo looking for Kenshin at the behest of Yamagata Aritomo. After that the chief occasionally approaches Kenshin and the gang for help on various cases.
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* AdaptationNameChange: Chief Uramura in the Manga, Chief Muriaki in the Anime.
* AdaptationPersonalityChange: In his anime debut, he's very strict and pushy, intending to arrest Kenshin and needed to be calmed down by Yamagata. In his manga debut, he's far more patient and doesn't antagonize Kenshin at all. Regardless, both end up becoming Kenshin's FriendOnTheForce.
* TheCameo: He has a few brief appearances in the Live-Action films and a small speaking role. However Kenshin's main contact with the police is now through Saitou.
* EyesAlwaysShut: An oddity in the series.
* FriendOnTheForce: After a fashion he becomes this to Kenshin and the other leads; often coming to them to ask for help when the situation is too tough for the police. Yahiko credits him with putting Kanryuu behind bars and letting Megumi go free as even with Kanryuu's connections the Chief trusts Kenshin's word over his. He also prevents the police from finding Sano when he becomes wanted for beating up the corrupt politician involved in trying to control Sano's birth village.
* InspectorJavert: In his debut in the anime, he's quite pushy and willing to invade the Dojo just to capture Kenshin. Even after he watches Kenshin fight off the corrupt Sword Police Officers, he still tries to arrest him. In his next appearance he apologizes for all the trouble.
* MrExposition: He is the one who tells the cast, and the audience, about Kurogasa; describing his actions and his murders.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Either he or Yamagata can be relied on to sort situations out favorably for the heroes.
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[[folder:Kawaji Toshiyoshi]]
-> Voiced by: Katsuya Shiga (JP); Joe Othman (EN)
-> Portrayed by: Mantra Koichi (Live Action)
The Police Commissioner of Tokyo. He accompanies Okubo to recruit Kenshin and appears intermittently afterwards.
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* AdaptationPersonalityChange: His film incarnation is a lot calmer and more reserved than his manga and anime incarnations. His threat against Megumi is also a lot more veiled and framed as a bonus to helping them rather than something they would do if he didn't.
* AscendedExtra: He's only really in the story to assist Okubo and get Kenshin to join them during the Kyoto arc in the manga but in the live-action films the government have a larger and more active role in opposing Shishio so Kawaji is given more scenes and more things to do.
* TheBusCameBack: He reappears in season 3 of the anime, having come down personally to assess the fate of Shougo and his followers.
* EveryoneHasStandards: In the live action films he treats the manhunt for Kenshin less as a means to an end and more of a way to counter-plan against Shishio. When the military begins shelling the Purgatory Kawaji is outraged because Kenshin, Saito, and many of their own officers are still onboard the vessel.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Much less tactful than Okubo when recruiting Kenshin as his idea was to threaten Megumi with legal charges to make him obey. In spite of this he is a man for peace and justice. When Okubo dies, he is in tears fearing for Japan's future.
* JurisdictionFriction: A Police vs. Military example. In season 3 he clashes with Yamagata over Yamagata's investigation of Feng Shui as Kawaji finds it pointless. Yamagata, being a higher ranked official, threatens to pull rank and continue Yamagata's corruption investigation without him.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Japan's future is his first priority and he does what he can to save it.
* RedOniBlueOni: He's the Red Oni to the other Japanese Officials. Kawaji is hot headed, confrontational, and not the easiest to get along with so at first he plays off the cooler and more reasonable Okubo and in Season 3 plays this to Muriaki and Yamagata.
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[[folder:Chief Officer]]
->Voiced by: Norito Yashima (JP-Anime), Dan Martin (EN-Anime), Creator/HiroshiShimozaki (JP-OVA), Lowell Bartholomee (EN -OVA)
The Police Chief of Kyoto who falls under Saitou's command when he finally arrives in the city. He's the one who sends out his men to stop the burning of Kyoto.
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* AdaptationalBadass: And How! In Shin Kyoto Hen it was he who stops Shishio's plan with the Purgatory by shelling the battle ship with cannon fire, with the cannon blast he fires being the one to strike the ship's engine and sink it.
* NoNameGiven: Unlike Uramura/Muriaki, this chief has no name.
* SmallRoleBigImpact: In the OVA's he plays a surprisingly pivotal role in Shishio's defeat.

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11th Jan '17 3:06:50 AM DrPsyche
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* AdaptedOut: He's taken out of Shin Kyoto Hen and the destruction of the Purgatory is the Police's doing.

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* AdaptedOut: He's taken out of Shin Kyoto Hen and the live-action movies. The destruction of the Purgatory is ironically enacted by the Police's doing.police force of the government he despised so much.


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* EveryoneHasStandards: In the live action films he treats the manhunt for Kenshin less as a means to an end and more of a way to counter-plan against Shishio. When the military begins shelling the Purgatory Kawaji is outraged because Kenshin, Saito, and many of their own officers are still onboard the vessel.
10th Jan '17 6:20:43 PM blueflame724
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* {{Foil}}: His introduction shows him as one to Sanosuke; both of them are bitter at the destruction of the Sekiho army and the death of Captain Sagara. However, Katsu is the one who actually sets out to attack the government while Sanosuke was reformed after fighting Kenshin.
9th Jan '17 11:47:25 PM DrPsyche
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[[folder:Chief Uramura]]
-> Voiced by: Sukekiyo Kameyama (JP); Creator/BobPapenbrook (EN)

The local chief of police, Uramura (or [[AdaptationNameChange Muriaki]]) first appears during a raid on Kaoru's dojo looking for Kenshin at the behest of Yamagata Aritomo. After that the chief occasionally approaches Kenshin and the gang for help on various cases.

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[[folder:Chief Uramura]]
[[folder:Okubo Toshimichi]]
-> Voiced by: Sukekiyo Kameyama (JP); Creator/BobPapenbrook (EN)

Yoshisada Sakiguchi (JP), Michael Forest (EN)
-> Portrayed by: Kazufumi Miyazawa (Live Action)

Ōkubo Toshimichi was one of the head samurai of the Ishin Shishi, and after the war ended he became head of the Department of Internal Affairs in the Meiji Government.
The local chief of police, Uramura (or [[AdaptationNameChange Muriaki]]) first appears during a raid war is long over but it's taken its toll on Kaoru's dojo looking for Lord Ōkubo who finds their attempts at keeping the peace and building a nation far harder than destroying the old one. When Shishio reemerges he goes to his old comrade Kenshin at the behest of Yamagata Aritomo. After that the chief occasionally approaches Kenshin and the gang for help on various cases.defeating him but is ultimately assassinated by Sojiro. His death is what motivates Kenshin to step up and take down Shishio's new empire.


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* BeardOfSorrow: An impressive dignified beard that nonetheless contributes to Ōkubo's appearance as a tired and pensive man who's seen too much.
* TheChainsOfCommanding: Restoration has been a long and grueling journey for him and when introduced he's the last surviving founder of the Meiji Government and he feels the weight of the struggling country upon him.
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Ōkubo was a real life person who served a similar position in real life. The manga even incorporates his real life death by assassins into the story with them only taking credit after Sojiro kills him.
* RedOniBlueOni: He's the calmer and more rational blue oni to the HotBlooded Chief Kawaji. Averted in the Live Action films where they're actually more similar in demeanor at least in the scenes they share together.
* SmallRoleBigImpact: Ōkubo's time in the story is very brief, but he is one of the key founders of the Meiji Government and the most powerful man in the country. It's his death that sets Kenshin down the road of the Kyoto Arc.
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[[folder:Chief Uramura]]
-> Voiced by: Sukekiyo Kameyama (JP); Creator/BobPapenbrook (EN)

The local chief of police, Uramura (or [[AdaptationNameChange Muriaki]]) first appears during a raid on Kaoru's dojo looking for Kenshin at the behest of Yamagata Aritomo. After that the chief occasionally approaches Kenshin and the gang for help on various cases.
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9th Jan '17 11:31:44 PM DrPsyche
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* AacendedExtra: He's only really in the story to assist Okubo and get Kenshin to join them during the Kyoto arc in the manga but in the live-action films the government have a larger and more active role in opposing Shishio so Kawaji is given more scenes and more things to do.

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* AacendedExtra: AscendedExtra: He's only really in the story to assist Okubo and get Kenshin to join them during the Kyoto arc in the manga but in the live-action films the government have a larger and more active role in opposing Shishio so Kawaji is given more scenes and more things to do.
9th Jan '17 11:31:29 PM DrPsyche
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-> Portrayed by: Mantra Koichi (Live Action)



* TheBusCameBack: He reappears in season 3, having come down personally to assess the fate of Shougo and his followers.

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* AacendedExtra: He's only really in the story to assist Okubo and get Kenshin to join them during the Kyoto arc in the manga but in the live-action films the government have a larger and more active role in opposing Shishio so Kawaji is given more scenes and more things to do.
* TheBusCameBack: He reappears in season 3, 3 of the anime, having come down personally to assess the fate of Shougo and his followers.
9th Jan '17 1:04:58 PM DrPsyche
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* AdaptationalPersonalityChanger: His film incarnation is a lot calmer and more reserved than his manga and anime incarnations. His threat against Megumi is also a lot more veiled and framed as a bonus to helping them rather than something they would do if he didn't.

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* AdaptationalPersonalityChanger: AdaptationPersonalityChange: His film incarnation is a lot calmer and more reserved than his manga and anime incarnations. His threat against Megumi is also a lot more veiled and framed as a bonus to helping them rather than something they would do if he didn't.
9th Jan '17 1:04:35 PM DrPsyche
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* AdaptationalPersonalityChanger: His film incarnation is a lot calmer and more reserved than his manga and anime incarnations. His threat against Megumi is also a lot more veiled and framed as a bonus to helping them rather than something they would do if he didn't.
28th Dec '16 1:04:25 AM DrPsyche
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* SmallRoleBigImpact: Katsu's a minor character in the story but indirectly he's responsible for some very notable things. He gives some experimental bombs to Sanosuke to use against Shishio which ultimately leads to Sanosuke becoming a SpannerInTheWorks by using them to destroy his Battleship, the Purgatory's, engine, crippling Shishio's master-plan. In Season 3 of the anime those bombs also kill the opening arc's BigBad Kaiou when Lorenzo drops them on him.

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* SmallRoleBigImpact: Katsu's a minor character in the story but indirectly he's responsible for some very notable things. He gives some experimental bombs to Sanosuke to use against Shishio which ultimately leads to Sanosuke becoming a SpannerInTheWorks by using them to destroy his Battleship, Battleship's, the Purgatory's, engine, crippling Shishio's master-plan. In Season 3 of the anime those bombs also kill the opening arc's BigBad Kaiou when Lorenzo drops them on him.
27th Dec '16 9:29:20 PM DrPsyche
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An old war buddy of Sanosuke's Tsukioka "Katsu" Katsuhiro was a boy who joined the Sekiho Army and served under Captain Sagara Souzou. Like Sanosuke their betrayal left him embittered and resentful towards the Meiji Government and though he lives his life as a painter Katsu secretly amassed an armory for a coup.

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An old war buddy of Sanosuke's Tsukioka "Katsu" Katsuhiro was a boy who joined the Sekiho Army and served under Captain Sagara Souzou. Like Sanosuke their betrayal left him embittered and resentful towards the Meiji Government and though Government. In the present he lives his life as Tsukioka Tsunan a painter but Katsu secretly amassed an armory for a coup.


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* AlliterativeName: His alias '''T'''sukioka '''T'''sunan
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