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Tropes associated with the uchigatanas as a whole:
- Nakigitsune's fox: "Well, well, since it has come to this, you may call me Nakigitsune, an Uchigatana from the Kamakura period. I'm the fox accompanying him!"Nakigitsune: "......please take care of me."
- Animal Motifs: Foxes are his motif, same as Kogitsunemaru.
- Cool Mask: He wears a black menpoo (a protective armored mask that covers the lower half of the face) that gives him a fox-like appearance. He's never seen without it. In the manga anthology SQEX Formation, Izuminokami, Urashima, and Tsurumaru are curious as to what he look likes without his mask and attempt to take him by surprise when he has it off. However, he doesn't even take it off when bathing or eating. When his mask finally comes off in front of them, they find that underneath it is just another mask. According to his fox, it's a secret.
- Commonality Connection: Despite his shyness, he'll open up (or try) to anyone who has fox motifs, such as his fox or Kogitsunemaru.
- No Social Skills: According to the fox, Nakigitsune is awkward at socializing.
- Please Wake Up: If he gets destroyed.
Nakigitsune's fox: "Nakigitsune! Please open your eyes, please breathe, please stand up...! Ah, is it not working..."
- Talking Animal: His fox, which actually does most of the talking for both of them. The Saniwa and Kogitsunemaru are understandably creeped out by it.
- The Quiet One: Nakigitsune rarely speaks, so his fox talks for him. This is based on how the real Nakigitsune was never used in battle. His resume consists of sitting in display at Akimotos family residence for hundreds of years and then continuing to wallflower at the Tokyo National Museum. No wonder he is so difficult with people, since he has hardly ever stepped out of his glass case.
Yamanbagiri Kunihiro (山姥切国広)
- Voiced By: Tomoaki Maeno (Japanese), Clifford Chapin (English)
Live actor: Yoshihiko Aramaki (Stage Play)"I'm Yamanbagiri Kunihiro. ......What's with those eyes? Does the fact that I'm a duplicate bother you?"
- Berserk Button: Really doesn't like being called a fake. He also dislikes being called "beautiful", since he understands they're complimenting the sword he's a duplicate of. Ironically, he is the only one who ever mentions his own status as a duplicate and often presses his own button.
"I'll make you regret slighting me because I'm a duplicate. Repent with your death!"
- Big Little Brother: In the official High School A.U. manga, he's a year younger than Horikawa.
- Cloning Blues: In a fashion, anyway. He is noted to be meant as a copy of a peculiar sword, which complexes him a lot. Interestingly, he is thought to be a masterpiece (and he acknowledges that) note ; his design just isn't original.
- Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: Is this to Mikazuki Munechika in the Stageplay adaptations.
- Disproportionate Retribution: He threatens to kill people because he thinks they look at him funny. Yes, he is that paranoid about people judging him for being a replica.
- The Eeyore: He is not the most positive of people.
''"This is fine. If I'm all in tatters, no one will compare me anymore."'
- Guest Fighter: Appears as a playable character in the Granblue Fantasy x Katsugeki Touken Ranbu'' collaboration event alongside Izuminokami Kanesada and Mikazuki Munechika.
- Hey, You!: Calls the Saniwa this way.
- I Am Not Pretty: One of his lines tells the Saniwa to not call him beautiful.
- I Am What I Am: In his MVP line:
"I am myself."
- I Can't Believe a Guy Like You Would Notice Me: He is always genuinely surprised when the Saniwa recruits him and during some chores.
"Are you... sure I'm the one you want?"
- In the Hood: Wears a cape with a hood that partially covers his face. This is on purpose, since he doesn't want people to compare him with the original Yamanbagiri.
- No Social Skills: Tends to keep to himself. In one of the stories in the SQEX anthology, he mentions that his brothers and the Saniwa are the only people he can talk to with ease.
- The Runt at the End: He certainly feels like he is in Katsugeki, despite being the leader of the First Unit. His appointed team consists of treasured, well-known historical swords, while he stands there as an "unimpressive" copy of one.
- Single-Issue Psychology: His inferiority complex comes from the gaze of others, as he always thinks that the Saniwa would not acknowledge his strength as Kunihiroís masterpiece, a worthy sword on his own, due to his status as a replica.
- Starter Equipment: One of the five swords the player can choose from when beginning the game.
Mutsunokami Yoshiyuki (陸奥守吉行)
- Voiced By: Hama Kento (Japanese), Jason Liebrecht (English)"I'm Mutsunokami Yoshiyuki. Since I've went through all the trouble of coming here, I'll seize the world!"
- Animal Motifs: Fans associate him with dogs due to his upbeat personality and hairstyle resembling dog ears and tail (much like how Kogitsune's hairstyle resemble fox ears).
- Boisterous Bruiser: He is always enthusiastic with everything he does.
"Mahahahaha! Leave it to me!"
- Camera Fiend: In Touken Ranbu - Hanamaru, he has a fondness for taking pictures with different kinds of cameras.
- End of an Age: His introduction quote mentions that by the time he was passed to his most famous owner, Sakamoto Ryoma, swords had become outdated and replaced by modern weaponry. However, Yoshiyuki is fine with that and looks forward to seeing a new age.
"In Ryōmaís period, swords had already become old-fashioned. But hey, thatís the world for you."
- Friend or Idol Decision: In Katsugeki, due to the Retrograde's interference, Mutsunokami finds himself stuck at a crossroad and must decide whether to save his former master from being killed or let the Fushimi Magistrate's Officer capture him. He chooses the former, even though it is mostly forbidden for swords to interact with their former owners.
- Gameplay and Story Segregation: Despite being the only sword who wields a gun, he can't equip Musketeers as troops since he's an uchigatana (they can only be equipped by tantou).
- Hidden Depths: Yes, he's loud, enthusiastic and overall acts like a big kid. But he also shows a surprisingly mature side when he calmly tells Nagasone (who at least in appearance looks older and usually acts more mature than Mutsukonami in his own lines), an old foe, that he should drop the sentimentality, and that trying to change the past won't work. And when he spars with Nagasone in the Internal Affairs, he says he prefers to exchange words rather than swords when trying to get to know someone.
- A Rare Sentence: Lampshades his predicament while horsekeeping.
"Gahahaha, a sword on horse duty! How original!"
- Starter Equipment: One of the five swords the player can choose from when beginning the game.
- Sword and Gun: Notably, the only sword to be Dual Wielding, and to use a non-bladed weapon. This is a reference to how he was made when guns were becoming more widely used. Also a reference to his most famous owner Sakamoto Ryoma, who was an activist for modernisation in the Bakumatsu era and favoured a gun over a sword for self defense.
- Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Towards the Shinsengumi swords because Sakamoto Ryoma was an anti-Bakufu activist and was constantly hunted (and eventually assassinated) by pro-Bakufu forces such as the Shinsengumi. He states he'd end up fighting with them sooner or later and his skit with Nagasone is quite hostile.
Yamatonokami Yasusada (大和守安定)
- Voiced By: Mitsuhiro Ichiki (Japanese), Dallas Reid (English)
Live actor: Yuuki Torigoe (Musical)
- Alliterative Name: Yamatonokami Yasusada
- Beauty Mark: Has one below his right eye.
- Beware the Nice Ones: He's usually pretty nice, but during combat his lines become quite ruthless.
"Lose your head and die!"
- Blood Knight: Despite his normally gentle appearance, he is quite hot-blooded in combat, and he actually giggles in a somewhat unsettling way when he's the leader of your party and you've reached a boss node. This is, of course, another trait of Okita Souji he's trying to emulate. Goes Up to Eleven after Kiwame, where he tries to move on from his past and becomes more devoted to the Saniwa, but is even more aggressive in combat.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: If left idle, he'll ask if you're playing a different game.
- Character Development: In order to move forward with his life, Yamatonokami visits his former master, Okita Souji, for Kiwame training. Par for the course, Okita collapses and Yamatonokami laments over his eventual passing. He visits him on his sickbed, but Okita scolds him for doing so because he is well aware that Yamatonokami is in the middle of an important duty and is simply wasting his time seeing him. Yamatonokami then realizes that if he keeps focusing on the past, he won't be able to move on, so he decides it would be best to forget his former master and return once he can finally dedicate himself solely to the Saniwa as their sword.
- Coat Cape: He wears his Shinsengumi haori on his shoulders in his Kiwame form.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: He wears his hair down in his Kiwame form.
- Hair Decorations: He wears a bow in his hair that holds up his ponytail. In the Hanamaru anime, he also gains a cherry blossom themed hairclip from his Saniwa, which also becomes something of an Iconic Item for him.
- Letting Her Hair Down: His Kiwame form loosens his ponytail to reveal his shoulder-length hair.
- Man in White: He wears a simple white kimono in his Kiwame form. With this and his undone hair, it makes him look like an Ill Boy, much like how Okita was in his last days.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Kashuu's red, though he can be Hot-Blooded at times. He even wears mostly blue to highlight this.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Is it Yamatonokami or Yamato-no-kami?
- Together in Death: If he gets destroyed.
"Okita-kun... Finally... With you..."
- Undying Loyalty: To his previous master, Okita Souji. As shown in-game, he hasn't gotten over Okita's death, to the point of dressing and behaving like him. Word of God says that he doesn't dislike the Saniwa, just that he doesn't want to attach to his new master so easily and fears that he'll end up betraying the memory of Okita by forming a new bond with the Saniwa.
Kasen Kanesada (歌仙兼定)
- Voiced by: Kaito Ishikawa (Japanese), Oscar Seung (English)
Live actor: Takuma Wada (Stage Play)"I am Kasen Kanesada. I am a famous liberal arts sword who loves elegance. Pleased to meet you."
- Alliterative Name: Kasen Kanesada
- The Berserker: Despite being a courteous man while in the citadel, Kasen has shades of this during battle, alluding to his owner Tadaoki, who had a violent streak. He gets notably enraged if injured in-battle (most swords brush it off, give a mild complaint or even give the attacker some credit) and curses the enemy to "die a thousand times", and when sparring in Internal Affairs, he apologizes to his partner for attacking with such brute force.
- Blood Knight: Not to the extent of some other swords, but you probably wouldn't expect such a brutal attacking line ("Present your neck") from someone who goes on and on about grace and elegance.
- Combat Aestheticist: Is very passionate about elegance in combat. He's also a little exigent with the equipment he's given to.
- Cultured Warrior: Fancies himself as one. According to Kasen, his specialties are Japanese poetry, tea ceremonies, and epicureanism.
- Know-Nothing Know-It-All: Subtly implied. His official profile says Kasen is a self-proclaimed cultured person. While his owner was known for being well-versed, what Kasen actually does to be considered cultured is... debatable.
- Last Request: His line if he's destroyed.
"Ahh... So this is the afterlife? I must write a poem... My brush... Someone, bring me my brush..."
- Starter Equipment: One of the five swords the player can choose from when beginning the game.
- Warrior Poet: A big part of his character; he talks often about writing poems (even his Last Request, as mentioned above, is related to it). Here's one of his lines when he's injured, in the citadel:
"...Ah, pardon me. I was too deep thinking of a poem, I didn't even notice."
Souza Samonji (宗三左文字)
- Voiced by: Yuuki Tai (Japanese), J. Michael Tatum (English)
Live actor: Yoshihide Sasaki (Stage Play)"... Souza Samonji, present. Do you too, desire the Symbol of Conquerors in your service?"
- Battle Trophy: As he belonged to powerful warlords, Souza's previous owners saw him mainly as symbol of conquest, rather than a battle tool. This is a source of angst for him, as subtly shown in his lines directed to the player.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Had Oda Nobunaga's name engraved into him while in his possession once the latter defeated Souza's former master, was badly burnt during the Edo period to the point had to be reforged (this event also left him with a fire trauma), and thanks to his powerful owners, was always seen as a Battle Trophy rather than an actual combat sword, something he seems to resent.
- Deadpan Snarker: When not complaining about the Saniwa treating him like a Battle Trophy, he's very sardonic and cynical. This extents to the musical and the anthology, where he never misses a chance to make fun of Hasebe's serious Undying Loyalty, often comparing him to a dog.
- The Eeyore: Like his brothers, he's not a very positive person, though it doesn't seem very obvious at first since he's always seen smiling.
- I Just Want to Be Free: Compares himself to a "caged bird". His line when he breaks also confirms this wish:
"(...) Aah... At long last, freedom."
- Red Baron: "The Symbol of Conquerors." Refers to how he was used essentially as a status symbol for his previous owners, being an unusual take on this trope, since the title is almost entirely based around his possession by others than whatever deeds he'd done or his quality as a sword. In fact, Souza was hardly ever used in real combat at all.
- Stepford Smiler: His sprite shows him smiling and he speaks to the saniwa in a lighthearted tone, but most of his lines sound quite passive-aggressive, since he doesn't trust the saniwa won't just treat him like a Battle Trophy.
- Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Why Did It Have To Be Fire? Being burnt in the Edo Fires was very traumatizing for him.
Kashuu Kiyomitsu (加州清光)
- Voiced by: Toshiki Masuda (Japanese), Garett Storms (English)
Live actor: Ryuuji Satou (Musical)"Uhh. I'm the child beneath the river. Kashuu Kiyomitsu. I may be difficult to handle, but my performance is good."
- Attention Whore: Not so noticeable at first, but he often subtly fishes for compliments. For example, he says he's not good at scouting, even though he has the best scouting stats out of all the uchigatanas. It's more obvious in his First Year Anniversary line.
"Hey, after being a saniwa for one year you surely have known, right? About who's number one, I mean."
- Agent Peacock: Very fixated on his appearance, and he even wears nail polish and high heels, but he'll still go into the fray alongside everyone else. However, despite his willingness to fight, he'll still complain about being made to do fieldwork or horsekeeping.
- Beauty Mark: Has one below his mouth.
- Berserk Button: Getting damaged, to the point that he snaps in his Awakening mode. Given that he firmly believes he should always look beautiful to be loved...
"Anyone who sees me naked... shall die...!"
- Combat Stilettos: He wears high-heeled boots into battle.
- Desperately Craves Affection: His obsession with being beautiful is because he equates being beautiful to being loved, and he thinks that if he's beautiful enough he'll never be abandoned. His fixation with being loved and his insecurities have historical basis: when Okita took him into battle in the Ikedaya Incident, Kashuu's tip was broken off during the battle and deemed irreparable, so Okita abandoned him. Word of God says that Kiyomitsu wholeheartedly welcomes any new master who would love him.
"If you're bothering to repair me, does that mean you still love me?"
- Hidden Depths: At first he seems a very carefree guy who is a bit too much fixated on his appearance, until he gets damaged and starts blurting out about his abandonment issues and asking not to be discarded. At the same time, he's also mature enough to let go of most of his resentment towards Okita when sent to Ikedaya, surprising Nagasone.
- Inferiority Superiority Complex: The reason he's so fixated on looking beautiful is that he was born in the poorest and most oppressed part of Edo society, and he tries to come across as much of a refined beauty as possible so he won't be reminded of that.
- My Greatest Second Chance: He dresses himself beautifully to get his new masterís love and avoid abandonment.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Yamatonokami's blue. Much like Yamatonokami, he wears mostly red to highlight this.
- The Resenter: Towards Okita, for discarding him. He even refuses to call Okita by name, instead referring to him as "that guy".
- Starter Equipment: One of the five swords the player can choose from when beginning the game. He's also the Saniwa's starter sword in the Hanamaru anime.
Heshikiri Hasebe (へし切長谷部)
- Voiced By: Tarusuke Shingaki (Japanese), Aaron Roberts (English)
Live actor: Masanari Wada (Stage Play)"My name is Heshikiri Hasebe. If it's an order from the master, I will accomplish anything you wish."
- Attention Whore: According to Word of God, he wishes to become the Saniwa's favorite sword, but he's subdued about it and never mentions it to the Saniwa directly. Flanderized in Touken Ranbu - Hanamaru, where just about everything that Hasebe does that isn't following the Saniwa's orders is to gain and keep the attention of the Saniwa. He also does not like anyone who takes his master's attention away from him and comments as such when the citadel gains a new sword.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: Revealed to be the reason he never voluntarily mentioned the family that owned him for the majority of his existence. After Nagamasa's death, his good memories of the Kuroda family became so painful that he tried to forget them all and only spoke bitterly about his first master Nobunaga.
- Blood Knight: Behaves calmly normally but gets fired up in battle and laughs when he gets injured.
- Calling Your Attacks: He does this in one of his attacking lines, which is a reference to how Nobunaga allegedly cut through the shelf and killed the servant just by pressing down.
- Catch-Phrase: "If it's an order from the Master..."
- Crazy Jealous Guy: Flanderized in the anime, where he doesn't want anyone else to interact with the saniwa.
- Control Freak: Comes off as this in the anime due to wanting the best for the Saniwa and getting mad at the other swords when they goof off.
- Determinator: Insists that he can still go on even when severely injured.
- Fragile Speedster: He's the fastest uchigatana by some margin and places 6th even among tantous. Prior to Hakata's introduction, when fully equipped, Hasebe was the fastest sword, period. On the flip side, he has one of the lowest leadership stats among uchigatana, making him relatively vulnerable to damage.
- Hidden Depths: Hasebe shows extreme loyalty to his current master and only mentions Nobunaga to insult him, but his recollections and anime show he feels more than he cares to admit for both of his former masters.
- I Will Wait for You: If left idle. It has more sense after his recollections reveals that he believes Oda abandoned him because he passed him down to someone who wasn't even one of his trusted people.
"I will wait for eternity if you ask me to. As long as you come back for me in the end."
- Last-Name Basis: He prefers being called "Hasebe", because Heshikiri reminds him of his previous master, Oda Nobunaga.
- Married to the Job: Is single-mindedly devoted to the current Saniwa and is much more distant with the other swords.
- My Master, Right or Wrong: He has a clear dislike for his previous master, Oda Nobunaga, but he would still carry out his orders. It's implied that he'd have the same attitude towards the Saniwa no matter what they might order him to do.
"What shall I do for you? Retainer killing? Temple burning? By all means, take your pick."
- Not So Different: Irritated by everyone else's antics in the anime, but he isn't so sane himself.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: When Hasebe doesn't simply brush off Nihongou's accusation of his disloyalty to the Kuroda and actually exposes his feelings about the past.
- Purple Eyes: The color of wisteria, the symbol of the Kuroda Family.
- The Resenter: Towards Nobunaga, his previous master. However, it's not because of his ruthlessness or the fact that he used Hasebe to kill a servant over a Disproportionate Retribution. In fact, Hasebe resents him because Oda passed him to someone who wasn't even one of his ministers, which he interprets as abandonment. In Hanamaru it is suggested that his feelings for Nobunaga are not complete hatred.
- Single-Issue Psychology: His grudge against Oda Nobunaga, which is the focus of a great number of his lines in the game and even affects his relationships with the other swords. One of Mitsutada's idle lines mentions that he'd probably get along with him but it's hard to approach him because he's always griping about Nobunaga. In the Kuroda Family recollections, Nihongou accuses him of having this. According to him, Hasebe is always complaining about how terrible Nobunaga was, forgetting that he was also owned by the Kuroda clan once. At the end of the recollection, Hasebe reveals to Nihongou that he liked the Kuroda family and he was very devoted to their shared master but now they must both follow the Saniwa. Nihongou is surprised at Hasebe's words but accepts them and calms down.
- Stepford Smiler: Though his usual sprites give him a calm smile, his recollections show that he is obscuring a great deal of unresolved issues related to abandonment and the ephemeral quality of human life.
- Sugar and Ice Personality: Nice and polite to the Saniwa and cold and businesslike to everyone else.
- Supporting Leader: Has this role in Hanamaru. He is the second sword to come to the Citadel and often acts as the Saniwa's liaison.
- The Rival: An one-sided one with Tomoegata Naginata in their recollection about the Saniwa. He really doesn't trust him just because he doesn't have a history and is very attached to the Saniwa.
- Undying Loyalty: Towards the Saniwa. Even if he doesn't agree with doing chores not fitting for a sword (fieldwork or horsekeeping), he'll still do it anyway. And as he dies, his main worry is that his Master's wish might not be fulfilled without him there.
"Enemies who stand against my master will be killed!"
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: Admits that if he could have died when his previous master Kuroda Nagamasa died, he would have.
Hachisuka Kotetsu (蜂須賀虎徹)
- Voiced By: Kazuyuki Okitsu (Japanese), Ian Sinclair (English)
Live actor: Kensuke Takahashi (Musical)"I'm Hachisuka Kotetsu. I'd be happy if you didn't assume I was a counterfeit."
- Absurdly Sharp Blade: As a part of him confirming his authenticity, he'll mention this, as it was what Kotetsu blades were coveted for. In history, his authenticity was proven in a cutting test where he sliced cleanly through two corpses.
- Big Brother Instinct: Towards Urashima, who's the only character he isn't rude towards.
- Big Brother Worship: Not that he'll ever admit it, but according to Word of God, Hachisuka secretly admires Nagasone for his swordsman skills and bravery.
- Bling of War: Just look at that gold armor.
- The Bully: He verges on this in the official manga by coldly reminding Nagasone every time he sees him that he's a counterfeit and driving him away when he sees Nagasone bonding with Urashima.
- Fantastic Racism: He is prejudiced against counterfeit Kotetsu swords (like Nagasone), who tend to be of lower quality than actual Kotetsu swords (unlike Nagasone, however).
"... These such things, how about leaving them to the counterfeits?"
- The Fashionista: In Hanamaru, he appears to be an excellent designer. He helps Shishio with his Super Touken Danshi outfit by borrowing pieces of clothing from the other Touken Danshi in order to impress Mikazuki.
- Freudian Excuse: There are so many fake Kotetsus floating around that it is difficult even for sword appraisers to identify the real ones. Thatís why Hachisuka dresses in Bling of War and needs to adamantly proclaim that he is real, and doesnít want to get involved with his elder brother who is deemed a fake.
- Jerkass Has a Point: An interesting meta example. Obsessive he may be over his authenticity as a Kotetsu, his maxed-out Toku Rank stats make him one of the strongest uchigatana, which is fitting as original Kotetsu swords were coveted for their legendary sharpness. This is ultimately subverted because Nagasone, who's a well-made counterfeit, has even higher total stats.
- Lonely Rich Kid: The musical explains his demeanor as more socially awkward than outright malicious. He's lived his life as a treasured display sword and has difficulty understanding swords who lived more practical lives, like the ones owned by the Shinsengumi.
- Non-Nazi Swastika: His sword crest is the emblem of the Hachisuka clan.
- Pet the Dog: The only person he holds highly is Urashima, whom he even praises for his kindness. In the musical, he realizes that the Shinsengumi swords being being sent to the time period of their old masters was a terrible idea and feels sympathetic for them.
- Starter Equipment: One of the five swords the player can choose from when beginning the game.
- Tsundere: A non-romantic example towards Nagasone; he acts cold and harsh towards Nagasone, but according to Word of God, Hachisuka secretly admires him.
Nagasone Kotetsu (長曽祢虎徹)
- Voiced By: Tarusuke Shingaki (Japanese), Christopher Sabat (English)
Live actor: Yuu Imari (Musical)"I'm Nagasone Kotetsu. I'm a fake, but I'm set to outdo the real thing. Please take care of me."
- Animal Motifs:
- Subtly, tigers. The name Kotetsu contains the character for tiger and his blade was passed off as a Kotetsu with a forged signature. Thus, his appearance has a more noticeable motif akin to that of a tiger, as shown by his layered hair and eye color.
- A blazing spiritual aura resembling a phoenix can be seen behind Nagasone in his Kiwame awakening sprite, which is also said to be a symbol of death and rebirth.
- Blood Knight: A downplayed variant, but he enjoys fighting to prove himself. This may be a reference to the contrasting interpretations of the Shinsengumi: romanticized in popular culture, but also criticized by historians as ruthless killers.
- Character Development: For Kiwame training, Nagasone travels to the Bakumatsu Period to visit his previous master, Kondo Isami. Nagasone strikes up a conversation with Kondo, who proudly boasts about owning a genuine Kotetsu and attests to its authenticity because of its fine craftsmanship and the quality of the blade. Despite knowing otherwise, Nagasone gains something from their exchange and comes to realize that being a fake shouldn't matter. So long as the sword has the properties that its master seeks and fulfils the master's desires, it can rival that of the real thing. After obtaining the answer he sought out, he returns to the citadel with a newfound resolve to serve the Saniwa.
- Cloning Blues: He's actually a counterfeit Kotetsu (albeit, a very well-made one). Subverted in that he doesn't mind the fact that he is a fake, but he does have to cope with Hachisuka's disdain of him. He does mention the fact a lot though, as well as mentioning that it can't be helped.
- Cornered Rattlesnake: References a variant of this in his duel quote:
"Ever heard of the phrase 'a cornered rat will bite a cat'?"
- A Father to His Men: As the sword of the Shinsengumi's commander, he tries to be this for the other swords owned by Shinsengumi members. In the musical, the other Shinsengumi swords greatly respect him, even the brash Izuminokami.
- Flower Motif: Chrysanthemum. In Asian culture, it symbolizes death, and grief for loved ones.
- Impossibly-Low Neckline: He may be wearing a shirt for Internal Affairs, but it still has a deep neckline.
- Hidden Depths: In the musical, it's revealed that while he cherished his time with Kondou (hence why he keeps the Kotetsu name), he does not adhere as strictly to the rules of the Shinsengumi as one might expect (especially notable since Kashuu adhered so strongly to them in the previous musical that Ishikirimaru scolded him for endangering Imanotsurugi). When a surprised Hachisuka asks why he disregarded them to retreat from a battle, he says that the rules didn't save the Shinsengumi from their downfall.
- Not So Above It All: A much more serious take on the trope; for all his apparent maturity and calmer attitude, in one recollection he considers changing the past to save his master Isami Kondo from being shot by Ryoma Sakamoto, a sort of action that only the more immature swords (such as Imanotsurugi and Namazuo) are tempted by, even when they know they shouldn't. When Mutsunokami calls him out on it, he doesn't take the scolding well in the slightest and bitterly tells him to shut up.
- Not So Stoic: In the manga anthologies, he's shown to be quite sensitive to the remarks of others that don't have to deal with his counterfeit status. His attempts to be a mentor and leader figure to the Shinsengumi swords also result in this response from him due to their colorful personalities working against it.
- Perma-Stubble: Has stubble on his chin, making him look more masculine compared to the other characters despite actually being much younger than most of them.
- Rare Random Drop: For a long time, he was only available as a very rare drop after fighting Kebiishi, and even then was considered a rarer drop than Urashima, who was similarly obtained. Currently, they are both only obtainable via forging.
- Stepford Smiler: The Depressed type. Despite seemingly ignoring Hachisuka's open dislike of him and trying to prove that he is worthy of being a Kotetsu despite being a counterfeit, and his line when he breaks proves it. In the musical, Izuminokami says it outright that Nagasone is rather depressed, even if he doesn't show it.
"I-is this...how it ends? A fake will only rot away as a fake, huh..."
- Slasher Smile: He smiles like this in all three of his battle sprites.
- Walking Shirtless Scene: His default look. Surprisingly, his casual clothes cover up more of his chest than his usual attire. His Kiwame outfit also covers most of his chest, only for his damage portrait to show it off anyway.
- Younger Than They Look: It may be hard to believe, but he's the second-youngest sword after Izuminokami. While he isn't as reckless, his immaturity actually shows through in his recollection with Mutsunokami, and it reflects how he's a counterfeit of an sword that's supposed to be older (true Kotetsu swords predate him by almost two centuries).
Izuminokami Kanesada (和泉守兼定)
- Voiced By: Ryohei Kimura (Japanese), Robert McCollum (English)
Live actor: Shotarou Arisawa (Musical)"I am Izuminokami Kanesada. I'm cool and strong! Recently, I'm a popular sword."
- Affectionate Nickname: Horikawa calls him "Kane-san".
- Badass Boast: His line when obtained introduces himself as strong, cool, and popular. He certainly lives up to the strong part at least, as his total Toku stats place him fifth out of the entire cast, beating out all but a few exceptional tachi.
- Badass Cape: He wears a cape with the distinctive blue and white pattern of the Shinsengumi on it.
- Badass Longcoat: He wears a Shinsengumi haori in his Kiwame form.
- Berserk Button: In Katsugeki, Izuminokami doesn't like when people speak ill about the Shinsengumi. And with him and Mutsunokami at odds with each other, he hears it a lot.
- Can't Hold His Liquor: Implied by Horikawa's New Year's Greeting line, in which the latter asks that sake be drunk in moderation... and then says he's off to scold Izuminokami. In the Bakumatsu musical, even though he just takes one sip of alcohol, he easily gets drunk and passes out.
- The Charmer: Judging from a few of his lines, he seems to fancy himself as this.
"What are you doing. Could it be... that you are charmed by me?"
- Character Development: Izuminokami infiltrates the Shinsengumi and works alongside his former master Hijitaka Toshizou during his Kiwame training. He explains that his current form was forged to best suit his former master, so in order to overcome his current limits, he has to venture on this unavoidable path of self-discovery to better understand his very core or being. After witnessing Hijikata's tragic death, Izuminokami realizes his sentimentality for the past, as a famous sword during the samurai era, was what made him who he is and growing means surpassing that stage in his life. The age of swords maybe over, but Izuminokami knows he still has the Saniwa to serve and so he returns, ever confident he can fight as one of the finest blades of this era.
- Combat Stilettos: After Kiwame, he wears high-heeled boots into battle.
- End of an Age: His self-introduction mentions he was created in a time where swords made way to new weaponry, but he has no complaint about being born.
- Expository Hairstyle Change: After Kiwame, he wears his hair in a high ponytail instead of wearing his hair down.
- Guest Fighter: Appears as a playable character in the Granblue Fantasy x Katsugeki Touken Ranbu collaboration event alongside Mikazuki Munechika and Yamanbagiri Kunihiro.
- Manly Tears: Sheds these in his recollection skit with Horikawa, while they're both in Hakodate, remembering their previous master. In Katsugeki, after he catches a glimpse of his former master, he begins to shed tears of joy and sadness upon seeing Hijikata again, even if for a brief moment.
- No Historical Figures Were Harmed: Much of Izuminokami's character is directly inspired by Hijikata himself.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: In Katsugeki, Izuminokami is horrified by the destruction of Edo at the hands of the Revisionists. Blinded by rage, he takes out his anger on them and attempts to kill them all without coming up with a strategy.
- Samurai Ponytail: His Kiwame form has him do up his hair instead of tying it low like usual.
- Strong Family Resemblance: Played with; He and Horikawa are not related, but according to him, he was forged by a 12th generation swordsmith from the Kanesada school. Hijikata Toshizou requested that his sword have characteristics similar to his wakizashi (Horikawa), so this may be the reason why they look alike.
- Those Two Guys: In the Hanamaru anime, he's always seen with Horikawa.
- Trying Not to Cry: In the recollection with Horikawa regarding of their previous master, Hijikata:
Horikawa: "But Kane-san, you're crying, you know?"Kanesada: "Shut up...!"
- Younger Than They Look: The youngest of all of the swords in the game as he was, historically, the most recent sword forged. Because of this, he's often reckless and Horikawa always has to assist him. Even more so in the official High School A.U. manga, where he's shown to be a freshman.
Doudanuki Masakuni (同田貫正国)
- Voiced By: Tooru Sakurai (Japanese), Cris George (English)
Live actor: Naoki Takeshi (Stage Play)"I am Doudanuki Masakuni. We're weapons, so being strong should be good enough. You know, simple and sturdy, or something?"
- Animal Motifs: Fans tend to associate him with the tanuki, since part of his name sounds like the word for the animal but is written with different kanji.
- Blood Knight: He considers himself a weapon and nothing else.
- Boisterous Bruiser: He's more than a bit grouchy during his interactions at the citadel, but when it comes to fighting he becomes very enthusiastic.
- Boring, but Practical: As a Doudanuki school sword, he was made to be a strong and sturdy weapon instead of a work of art. Doudanuki himself definitely ascribes to this philosophy, repeatedly saying that it doesn't matter if he's not pretty as long as he's a fully functional weapon.
- No Indoor Voice: Uncoincidentally, he shares the same voice actor with Yamabushi.
- Rugged Scar: He has two across his face. Such malformations are rare in the game and serve to accentuate his self-appraisal as a crude, functional weapon instead of a work of art.
- Spell My Name with an "S": The reading of his first name was changed from "Doutanuki" to "Doudanuki" in the August 25, 2015 update. His lines were re-recorded and a line was added to his book description lampshading the change:
"In stage plays, I'm traditionally called Doutanuki, but in my birthplace my name is read Doudanuki. Call me however you please."
- Voiced By: Makoto Furukawa (Japanese), Chris Ryan (English)
Live actors: Takuma Zaiki (Musical), Hiroki Ino (Stage Play)"...I'm Ookurikara. I don't have anything else to say. I don't plan on getting friendly with you."
- Affectionate Nickname: Shokudaikiri calls him "Kara-chan", while Tsurumaru calls him "Kara-bou".
- Aloof Ally: Very aloof, since he refuses to get along with the Saniwa or the other swords, but he'll still fight alongside everyone anyway.
- Animal Motifs: Dragons, because his name comes from the Dragon King Kurikara, whose picture is tattooed on his left arm.
- Catch-Phrase: "I don't plan on getting friendly with you.". To the point it's always the first thing he says to the swords talking to him and according to Mitsutada, he even says it to the enemies before cutting them down.
- Dying Alone: His line when he's destroyed indicates that he's fine with this.
"I will fight alone... I will die alone... That's just fine with me."
- Good Is Not Nice: Definitely one of the rudest swords and makes no effort at being courteous, but does what he's assigned without question.
- Hidden Depths: While very antisocial, he believes in working hard and that others should work hard, even manipulating Taikogane during fieldwork to do so.
- I Work Alone: He states outright that he doesn't plan to be friendly with the Saniwa or the other swords, and clearly prefers to be alone. Highlighted by the fact that his idle text is "Ah, this is fine," while the other swords' idle texts express dissatisfaction when being ignored by the Saniwa.
- Pet the Dog: In his fieldwork recollection with Mitsutada, he finally agrees to help with the fields after Mitsutada says it's for the sake of making everyone happy. He also congratulates the Saniwa in the first anniversary.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Color-inverted with Shokudaikiri, despite being the one with red color theme he's the quiet and calm one of the two.
Kikkou Sadamune (亀甲貞宗)
- Voiced by: Masahiro Yamanaka"I'm Kikkou Sadamune. The reason behind my name? ...Hehe. Perhaps I'll leave that to your imagination."
- Badass in a Nice Suit: He wears a white suit into battle.
- Casual Kink: He gets excited at the thought of neglectful play when you leave him alone for awhile. His Awakening portrait reveals that he wears shibari ropes hidden beneath his clothes, which is quite telling of his hobbies.
- Combat Sadomasochist: When injured, his sprite smiles as if he is enjoying the pain. However, when awakened, he cools down, denouncing pain without love as worthless.
- Meaningful Name: Named after the symbol that's engraved on his tang, a chrysanthemum in a hexagon, which resembles a tortoise shell. The word kikkou also refers to the "tortoise" style of shibari rope bondage, hence why he wears shibari ropes under his clothing.
- Megane: Wears notably hexagonal shaped glasses in keeping with his namesake.
- My Master, Right or Wrong: Like Hasebe, he'll take out any enemy and do anything for the saniwa.
Sengo Muramasa (千子村正)
- Voiced by: Junichi Suwabe
Live actor: Motohiro Oota (Musical)"Huhuhuhu. I am Sengo Muramasa. Yes, that so called demon blade Muramasa. Huhuhuhu...."
- Battle Strip: He has a habit of stripping, especially before or during battle.
- Calling Your Attacks: He does this in one of his attacking lines, which is a reference to Myouhou Muramasa, Sengo Muramasa's most famous work which was associated with Nichiren Buddhism. It is also the Sanskrit name for the Lotus Sutra, the most popular and influential of the Mahayana sutras upon which many sects of Buddhism, including Nichiren, were founded.
"Saddharma Puṇḍarīka Sūtra!"
- He's Got Legs: He is the only adult character to show off part of his legs, with part of his outfit having a very long slit at the side.
- Last-Name Basis: He is only referred to as "Muramusa" and is never addressed by his first name. Even Tonbokiri, who comes from the same school calls him as such. The Mihotose musical also takes this to account, as all of his comrades call him by his last name.
- Mythology Gag: His outfit and hairstyle make him look like a Gender Flipped version of Muramasa the Third of Full Metal Daemon Muramasa, another Nitro+ game NamanikuATK did designs for.
- Pet the Dog: While he calls Tonbokiri a worrywart, he understands the concern when they are both from an infamous school of swords and does not blame him.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: He has red eyes, and there are many legends surrounding him about how he's a "demon blade" who drives his wielders insane.
- Shameless Fanservice Guy: He often expresses a desire to take off his clothes, regardless of where he is or what he's doing.
- Signature Laugh: He has a distinctive laugh of "Huhuhuhu", written in letters instead of katakana or hiragana.