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Kabukicho is an infamous red light district in Edo where the main characters also reside.
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    Four Heavenly Emperors 
The Heavenly Emperors are the four leaders of Kabukicho. Months after Jirocho's retirement and Kada's "disappearance" they are replaced by Gintoki for Otose, Azumi for Saigo, Tae for Kada, and Katsuo for Jirocho.


Voiced by: Kujira (JP), Shelley Calene-Black (EN, movie)

Gintoki's tough-as-nails landlady. "Otose" is just her alias, and her real name is Ayano Terada.

She owns a snack-bar and is usually helpful towards those in need. Up until the Four Devas Arc, she mostly remained in the backgorund, often giving precious advice or taking in Tama, Catherine or Seita temporarily.

Despite constant arguments over Gintoki's inability to pay his rent, she is confident in his defense of her. She is apparently one of the four "emperors" that rule the Kabukicho and has the personal title "Empress of the Kabuki District," mainly because of her good relationships and channels... and Gintoki.
  • Badass
  • Cool Old Lady
  • Disney Death: Jirocho stabs her in front of her husband's grave, presumably killing her, only for her to survive and it to be revealed as part of Jirocho's plan to keep her out of the eventual confrontation with Kada.
  • Her Heart Will Go On: As is exposed during the Four Devas Arc.
  • I Was Quite a Looker: Yes she was.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite her often blunt attitude, she sincerely cares for the Yorozuya and her employees, Catherine and Tama (even though Catherine's very introduction into Gintama was trying to steal from Otose) , going as far as to call them her family. This kindness was more obvious when she was a young woman, as she secretly fed poor children food from her job (and got fired for it).
  • Landlady: To Gintoki.
  • Never Mess with Granny: Her title "Empress of the Kabuki District" should tell you that this is one old lady you do not want to mess with. While she has zero ability to defend herself, she has a small army made of the best fighters in Kabukicho under her command. The kicker? Every single one of them holds an Undying Loyalty toward her and are thus ready to fight to death if it means protecting or avenging her.
  • Non-Action Snarker: Despite counting on the Yorozuya for her own protection, since she is just too old to really make an impression in a heated physical fight, she does gibe at them a lot.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname
  • Parental Substitute: Functions as one for Gintoki, Catherine, Tama and, briefly, Seita.
  • Pet the Dog: Among other examples, she is shown many times ripping into Gintoki for not paying her each month's rent on time, yet she cuts him some slack a few times all the same.
  • Plucky Girl: In her youth.
  • Protectorate: Otose first met Gintoki while offering meat pies at her husband's grave. She let grubby-looking Gintoki eat them and for this favor, Gintoki promised to protect her until she joins her husband. Even earlier, Tatsugoro (Otose's husband) with his last words entrusts her safety to Jirocho.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!: This! Is! KABUKICHO!!!
  • Skunk Stripe: In the second movie, her future self is seen sporting a double one, though she remains otherwise unchanged.
  • Smoking Is Cool
  • Undying Loyalty: Be it Gintoki himself, Catherine, Tama or pretty much anyone who knows her well, she inspires this due to her kind and caring self underneath her apparent toughness.
  • Widow Woman

Tokumori Saigo

Voiced by: Hisao Egawa

A former member of the Anti-Foreigner Faction. Since his wife's death he has done everything he could to be both a father and a mother to his son. He is also the owner of an okama cabaret bar, and most of the crossdressers are formerly of the Faction as well. In his first appearance he tried to transform Gintoki and Katsura into crossdressers as well until they helped him out.
  • A Mother To Hir Women: And hir son.
  • Badass
  • Bare-Fisted Monk
  • Battle Strip: Always discards his kimono before he goes into battle.
  • Berserk Button: Do not call him or any of his "girls" freaks if you don't want to be curb stomped and forced to be a crossdresser at his club.
  • The Big Guy
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: He may as well be the physically strongest human in Gintama, pulling off feats that are impossible for Gintoki.
  • Crossdresser: Duh.
  • Drop the Hammer: Wields a massive one in the attack on Otose's snack-bar.
  • Macho Camp
  • Old Soldier: A renowned veteran of the Joi War.
  • One-Man Army: He took down Amanto battleships on his own during the Joi War while wearing nothing but his signature loincloth.
  • Papa Wolf / Mama Bear: Don't put a finger on Teruhiko if you want to live.
    • Slight subversion in that by doing so, Kada forced Saigo to attack the Yorozuya even though he and his faction doesn't really want to. Of course, once the Yorozuya rescue him...
  • Perma Stubble: In case he wasn't obvious enough already.
  • Red Baron: White Loincloth Saigo as a member of the Anti-Foreigner Faction and Fearsome God Mademoiselle Saigou as an okama.
  • Shirtless Scene: Many times.
  • Underwear of Power/Fundoshi: Often strips all his garments save for his fundoshi when he goes to battle.
  • You Have 48 Hours: What he says to Catherine, Tama, Shinpachi and Kagura during the Four Devas Arc. After that, he was to destroy the Yorozuya's home as Kada instructed him to, having kidnapped his son.


Voiced by: Miki Itō

Also known as "Kujakuhime" ("Princess Peacock"), she is an Amanto who operates most of the gambling outfits in Kabukicho.

Manipulative, vain and highly territorial, she runs her casino with an iron fist and isn't very close to the other "Emperors" of Kabukicho. During the Four Devas Arc, it is revealed that she is actually linked to the Harusame Space Pirates and that her intentions are far from benevolent.

Jirocho Doromizu

Voiced by: Takayuki Sugo

The last Emperor of Kabukicho to be revealed in the series. A former member of the Anti-Foreigner Faction, currently a yakuza. Grew up with Otose and ended up befriending her future husband. Due to the fact that he also loved her, he backed down, allowing Otose to marry his best friend. When Otose's husband died protecting Jirocho from a bullet, Jirocho took it upon himself to protect Kabukicho.

    Otose's Snack Shop 


Voiced by: Yuu Sugimoto (JP), Luci Christian (EN, movie)

A middle-aged cat-eared Amanto whom Otose takes in. She used to be a cat-burglar and eventually got framed for larceny by Gintoki and his pals after trying to steal from them.

Sharp-tongued and rather unpleasant, she often gets called out on her "lack of manners" by Otose and often gets into fights with Kagura. However, she can be genuinely helpful and kind when she wants to. Especially remarkable for her strange accent and her uneven accentuation when she speaks.


Voiced by: Omi Minami

Tama is a female android found as a disembodied robot head in a trash can one night by Gintoki and Kagura. She was named by Kagura, who was obsessed with eating egg on rice at the time. She seems to have some rather strange main functions, such as acting as an interactive interface for a Dragon Quest game.

Tama was originally a robot servant created by Dr. Hayashi to provide his sickly daughter with a companion. Hayashi tried to implant the personality of his daughter, Fuyo, into Tama, but the experiment killed his daughter in the process. He gradually became wracked by grief and his intentions became more and more selfishly twisted after the event. Tama came to possess the element known as the "Seed", and is therefore capable of human emotion in addition to retaining some of Fuyo's personality.

After the events of the Fuyo Arc (in which she was introduced), Tama was fully reconstructed and has since been employed at Otose's snack house where she is always seen working alongside Otose and Catherine.

    Kodokan Dojo 

Tae Shimura

Voiced by: Satsuki Yukino (JP), Shelley Calene-Black (EN, movie)

Shinpachi's violent and unhinged older sister. She runs the Kakidōkan Dojo, the family dojo, with her brother, working part-time as a bar hostess to pay for the upkeep.

She is usually addressed as "Otae", although Kagura always addresses her as anego ("big sister" in Japanese informal speech), and the Shinsengumi call her nee-san ("big sister" in Japanese formal speech), which the usual honorific used to refer to a samurai leader's consort.

Despite her sweet face and cheerful demeanor, she is one of the most brutal characters in the show. She often delivers sound thrashings to Isao Kondo and Gintoki, or well, anyone else, whenever they anger her.

Hajime Obi

Voiced by: Masaya Onosaka

The former head coach of the Shimura family dojo, the Kodokan.

He was like a big brother to Tae and Shinpachi back in their childhood and all three used to be very close until he chose to take-off to outer space and earned the title of Galaxy Warrior. He comes back late in the series and reunites with his estranged wards.

Unfortunately, it is later revealed that he only survives thanks to his cybernetic half that was given to him by aliens who found him on the brink of death after he got defeated in one of his many battles. He was also infused with a split personality, called Kenofi, in the service of the aliens who fixed him.

    Homeless People 

Taizo "Madao" Hasegawa

Voiced by: Fumihiko Tachiki (JP), Chris Ayres (EN, movie)

A close acquaintance of the Yorozuya Gin, introduced as an official working for the Bakufu. After an incident with Amanto dignitary Prince Hata, whom he was assigned to serve and protect, he fled. He has consequently become homeless, jobless, and a heavy drinker and survives pretty much the same way Gintoki and his pals do: doing pretty much anything he can get paid for.

He is often referred to as "Madao," which stands for "totally useless middle-aged man" in Japanese. In the English translation, it's "dork", which stands for "dumb old retarded kook."
  • Action Survivor: One of the least action-oriented males of the series, yet still capable of coming out on top in dangerous situations.
  • Almighty Janitor: Subverted. Despite having bouts of Hidden Depths, his epiphanies and reflective speeches are often ignored by everyone.
  • Butt Monkey: Things keep getting worse and worse for him. If it helps any, he's most definitely not the only Butt Monkey among the cast.
  • Chew Toy
  • Cool Loser: Despite being called out on his inability to crawl out of his homelessness, he is still part of the Yorozuya's entourage and they consider him a friend.
  • Cool Shades: Parodied. Although he starts off as a high-ranking official in the government, he becomes less cool and far more loserly as the series goes on. On the other hand, they sorta invoke the image of Gendo Ikari, whom Fumihiko Tachiki also voices.
    • In a hilarious demonstration, during the Ryugujo Arc, he is shown to have the fighting power of something around 600K (K for kelp, and regular humans possessing roughly 360 times K, Shinpachi had 364). That is, until he drops his sunglasses and it's revealed that device was reading data from said sunglasses and his actual fighting power was a mere 1K, i.e. on the same level as kelp. "It's true, Madao is nothing more than a pair of sunglasses."
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Who would've though a laid-back, easy-going homeless guy would hold such a fierce streak in times of need?
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Madao.
  • Gay Option: Was the lone guy in Gintoki's Unwanted Harem during the Scandal arc. He gets bonus points for being the only person who actually did the deed with Gintoki.
  • Hidden Depths: He has tons. In fact, if you take out his butt-monkey style, Hasegawa is easily one of the best if not the best person in the series. He has been having countless chances of turning his life around but eventually ruined them himself for the sakes of other people. Pathetic as he may seem, you gotta admire the man's selflessness.
  • Hobos: A rather benevolent and dignified one.
  • Jerkass Fašade: At one point, puts one on in order to dissuade a caring family from taking him in.
  • Perpetual Poverty: After his redundancy.
  • Running Gag: His nickname, Madao.
  • Smoking Is Cool: Not that it makes him any less of a loser, though...
  • The Tramp: Rather than a member of the Crazy Homeless People since he is much more sympathetic and much less slovenly than your average bum.


Voiced by: Kouichi Sakaguchi

A recurring minor character, an old homeless man usually seen with Hasegawa. His name actually isn't Musashi, but it's what he is listed as in the credits. He is actually Ikumatsu's amnesiac father Matsugoro Nishiki.


Katsuo Kurogoma

Voiced by: Katashi Ishizuka

An infrequently recurring character and one of the higher-ranking members of Dobunezumi, Jirocho's organization. An on-again-off again antagonist.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: A minor case, as a much later color page shows his hair to be black and his clothes to be white in the manga.
  • Affably Evil: Though antagonistic would probably be a better fit.
  • Alliterative Name: Katsuo Kurogoma.
  • Badass: He is one of the most feared men in Kabukicho for a reason, despite his unfortunate encounters with the Yorozuya. He certainly proves himself a competent fighter when he gets the chance against Kada's assassins.
  • Beleaguered Assistant: Of Jirocho, as is implied many times in his first appearances.
  • Character Tic: He has a habit of smoothing his hair back.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: Smashes alien Ninjas through roofs and walls with nothing but sheer physical strength.
  • Good Old Fisticuffs: Nothing like beating armed alien Ninjas with just your bare hands.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars
  • Graceful Loser: Takes his first loss at Gintoki's hands pretty well and backs off when he realizes it's more trouble than worth.
  • Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain
  • Oral Fixation: Constantly seen with a large toothpick in his mouth.
  • Pet the Dog: Has an adorable dog that he loves and pampers.
  • Rank Up: He takes the place of Jirocho as one of the new Four Heavenly Emperors of Kabukicho after his former boss leaves town with his daughter.
  • Scarf of Asskicking: Wears a big red scarf, even into combat.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: He is very quick to abandon the Planet Catnip ambassadors when their plans backfire on them.
  • Straight Man: Plays the role among the new Four Heavenly Emperors, all of whom seem determined to drive him nuts with their crazy ideas.
  • Yakuza

Pirako Chin

Voiced by: Ai Nonaka

A young girl who comes to the Yorozuya Gin at the onset of the Four Devas Arc and asks them to help her find her father.

Despite her happy-go-lucky appearance and her perpetual smile, she soon reveals herself as a sadistic, bloodthirsty Psycho for Hire, in the service of Kada, whose goal is to infiltrate Kabukicho's line of defense and facilitate Kada's takeover, in exchange of being reunited with her father, Jirocho.

    Other Residents 

Gengai Hiraga

Voiced by: Takeshi Aono

A crazy inventor who can repair any kind of machine. He is often concerned about his son who he often wishes to have raised better.

He is the one to put Tama back together and helped a lot in taking down the army of robot-maids.

Ikumatsu Nishiki

Voiced by: Mayumi Asano

Owner of the Hokuto Shinken ramen shop in Edo. She lost her husband to members of the Anti-Foreigner Faction. Katsura hides out in her house to escape the Shinsengumi at one point and falls in love with her.
  • Bound and Gagged: By her brother-in-law.
  • Damsel in Distress: Her brother-in-law kidnaps her with the intention of selling her, but she gets saved by Katsura.
  • Determined Widow: Despite being pretty defenseless, she still stands her ground firmly against her would-be embezzlers.
  • Implied Love Interest: Her relationship with Katsura is heavily hinted at but never shown on-screen or on-panel.
  • Mrs. Robinson: She is somewhat older than Katsura.
  • Parental Abandonment: Her father disappeared when she was little. Turns out he had gotten amnesia after saving a young boy who would eventually become Ikumatsu's future husband.
  • Samaritan Relationship Starter: A variation. She gave Katsura home and shelter for a while, which he didn't quite expect from her. This is how he started to see her as a potential lover.
  • Satellite Love Interest: Entirely linked to Katsura story wise and lost pretty much all plot significance after her first appearance. She only made cameos afterwards until finally regaining some importance in a so-far unanimated arc.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: She's a very mannerly and hospitable lady who hides quite a fierce streak.

Hachibei Takaya

Voiced by: Hiroyuki Yoshino

Shinpachi's infrequently appearing best friend and a member of Otsu's fan club, known more widely by the name Taka-chin. He used to be a delinquent, but was mistreated by the gang he was involved with. However Shinpachi managed to pull him out from the gang and he has since then been a member of Otsu's fan club.
  • Butt Monkey: Hardly a stand-out case, but he frequently finds himself physically abused.
  • Delinquent Hair: Wears his hair in the style of a delinquent's pompadour.
  • In-Series Nickname: Always referred to by Taka-chin. Bet you didn't remember his real name?
  • Otaku: Becomes an idol otaku alongside Shinpachi when he joins Otsu's fan club.


Voiced by: Tessho Genda

An Amanto of the Dakini clan who moves into the house behind the Yorozuya. In spite of his scary appearance, he is a very friendly and nice person. He owns a flower shop, but doesn't have a whole lot of customers because of how scary he looks.
  • All the Other Reindeer: Everybody is afraid of him and shun him as a result. One of the endings in the anime show him as a child where none of the other children wanted to play with him.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He's impossibly nice, but won't hesitate to throw knives or punch somebody to prevent them from stepping on a bug.
  • Face of a Thug: Because of how scary he looks, everybody is afraid of him and assumes he has evil intentions. In reality, he's probably the nicest person in the entire series.
  • Gentle Giant: Huge and scary-looking, but very friendly.
  • Horned Humanoid: All Dakini have horns.
  • Nice Guy: Possibly the nicest person in the series.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Subverted. The Yorozuya initially assumes he's a bad guy, but he proves himself to be anything but.

Kyoshiro Honjo

Voiced by: Atsushi Kisaichi

The owner and frontman of the #1 host club Takamagahara. Occasionally visits Gintoki and company for help.
  • Beautiful All Along: Subverted. He was ridiculously ugly until the plastic surgery...
  • Bishounen: Probably has the most Bishie Sparkle scenes of all the characters.
  • The Charmer: Well, it is his job.
  • Gonk: Before plastic surgery.
  • Host Club: Head of the number 1 host club in Kabukicho.
  • I Know Kung-Fu: "Blade of the Male Escort!" It's super-effective against transvestites. (To be fair, they were lining up to be slain)...
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: His outfit is considered typical of pimps by the standards of Japanese culture.

Tetsuko Murata

Voiced by: Keiko Nemoto (JP), Brittney Karbowski (EN, movie)

Tetsuko is a swordsmith in Kabukicho and Tetsuya's younger sister. As children of renowned swordsmith Jintetsu Murata, the two run the swordsmith shop together. She helped Gintoki Sakata and the Yorozuya during the Benizakura Arc.
  • Action Girl: While not a particularly accomplished fighter she is capable of wielding a sword and brings a hammer to the battle in front of Otose's snack shop.
  • The Atoner: She feels responsible for standing by and letting her brother continue his work, and thus seeks out Gintoki to stop him.
  • The Blacksmith: Took up her father's craft as a swordsmith alongside her brother.
  • Drop the Hammer: Brings along a huge blacksmithing hammer as her weapon in the Four Devas arc.
  • Shy Blue-Haired Girl: Initially, though she seems to have grown out of it by the Four Devas arc.

Tetsuya Murata

Voiced by: Takeharu Onishi (JP), John Swasey (EN, movie)

Tetsuya is a swordsmith in Kabukicho and Tetsuko's older brother. As children of renowned swordsmith Jintetsu Murata, the two run the swordsmith shop together. Feeling overshadowed by his father's legacy, Tetsuya is completely obsessed with surpassing him. He forged Benizakura for Takasugi in an attempt to make the ultimate sword.
  • The Blacksmith: Took up his father's craft as a swordsmith alongside his sister.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Dies saving his sister from Benizakura.
  • No Indoor Voice: He shouts very loudly all damn the time.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Serves with the Kiheitai throughout the Benizakura arc, but redeems himself by saving his sister. Too bad he dies in the attempt.
  • Taking the Bullet: Pushes Tetsuko out of the way when the Benizakura-possessed Nizo attacks her and dies as a result.
  • Ultimate Blacksmith: He mixed together swordsmithing and Amanto technology in order to create Benizakura.

Tatsugoro Terada

Voiced by: Hiroaki Hirata

Otose's late husband, a policeman who was highly respected and looked up to by the people of Kabukicho. He and Jirocho became friends after having initially fought against one another. They joined the Joi war as part of the Anti-Foreigner Faction together, but he died during the war, leaving Otose a widow.

Kintoki Sakata

Voiced by: Yuuichi Nakamura

A replacement robot that Kagura and Shinpachi had Gengai build since Gintoki left them. He winds up brainwashing the whole cast and the whole Kabukicho with Fake Memories of him as the protagonist of the series.
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