Useful Notes: Ishikawa Goemon
Ishikawa Goemon is a Historical-Domain Character from Japan, specifically the Sengoku Jidai. This outlaw character is considered the Japanese equivalent of Robin Hood, and his story is still featured in Kabuki Theatre. This legendary rogue is Shrouded in Myth and has become a Japanese Folk Hero. He is often given exaggerated ninja skills. His attempt to assassinate Toyotomi Hideyoshi have given rise to speculation for his reason (some say Hideyoshi had his wife killed, others that he wanted to stop a tyrant), but was caught when he accidentally knocked off a bell. Ishikawa was boiled alive in a iron kettle along with his son. With the last of his strength, Ishikawa held his child out of the kettle◊. This story has given rise to the nickname of "Goemon bath" (goemonburo) for the large iron kettle-shaped bathtubs common in Japan. Traditionally, Goemon tends to be portrayed as a Gentleman Thief and a Large Ham, sometimes as a Big Fun-character type, often with Kabuki Sounds, mannerism and huge, afro-like hair.
Works that feature Goemon:Anime and Manga
- Lupin III has Goemon Ishikawa XIII, descendant of the real deal. In Lupin III: Dragon of Doom, Goemon is introduced watching the 400th anniversary of the Kabuki play about his ancestor. He cries.
- Oda Nobuna no Yabou has Hachisuka Goemon, who is a Composite Character of several people, including Ishikawa.
- Yaiba features Goemon in all his characteristics: Ninja-like outfit, Kabuki face paint, huge hair, oversized Kiseru and at least one cover reference his "bath". This one, however, can use Fuuma Shuriken and can turn in a Bear man.
- The assassination attempt on James Bond in You Only Live Twice was attributed to Goemon himself (note: said method, involving a rope and a bottle of poison, is shown in Yaiba too, seen above).
- A live action film simply titled Goemon stars a lanky and physics-defying version, with Lovable Rogue traits.
- Samurai Warriors features Goemon as a playable character, armed with a club and a ''cannon'' strapped to the back. Unlike his historical counterpart, he survives the boiling. He also has a relationship with Okuni the foundress of Kabuki.
- Ganbare Goemon features a kiseru-wielding Goemon as main character.
Works that reference Goemon:
- Itazura Na Kiss has a "Goemon bath" in Volume 7.