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* SmugSnake: He frequently believes his intelligence is without peer and that his capacity for brutality is unmatched. Irako is thus unpleasantly and almost lethally surprised when his targets prove to be smarter, meaner, and tougher than he thought they'd be.

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* DeathOrGloryAttack: His ''mumyou sakanagare'' requires him to use all of his body's strength in a single swing. If it hits, it's a guaranteed lethal blow that cannot be guarded against with conventional swordsmanship. If it doesn't, it leaves him wide open for his enemy to outmanoeuvre him.


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* VillainForgotToLevelGrind: Ultimately, it's Fujiki's [[spoiler:substantially larger, if warped, muscle mass attained from long hours of training while Irako was busy social climbing that acts as the deciding factor in their final duel.]]


* AnythingThatMoves: Discovering Chika's unusual genitals doesn't deter him from raping her.



* DepravedBisexual: Discovering Chika's unusual genitals doesn't deter him from raping her.

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* SerialKiller: After having his way with the wives and daughters of his retainers, Tadanaga frequently murders them to further satisfy his depraved sadism.


* HonorBeforeReason: Fujiki ''does not'' take kindly to anyone tainting the name of Kogan, or ridiculing the Kogan style--and as such, is willing to do some truly terrifying things in order to uphold the honor of the Kogan school.

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* HonorBeforeReason: Fujiki ''does not'' take kindly tolerate any insult to anyone tainting the name his master or school of Kogan, swordsmanship, and his code of honor requires him to immediately retaliate with extreme violence. It doesn't matter if doing so will make life much more difficult for him and his allies than if he'd just ignored it or ridiculing the Kogan style--and as such, is been willing to do some truly terrifying things in order accept an apology: he's honor-bound to uphold teach them the honor of the Kogan school.hard way.



* YamatoNadeshiko: Mie has always lived with the expectations of being the only daughter of the grandmaster of the Kogan school, expected to uphold the honor of the Iwamoto clan through hard work and sacrifice. Despite going through periods of rebellious behavior in which she lashes out against her father and her sad lot in life, after [[spoiler:Kogan's death]] she takes up the burden of restoring her family's honor through revenge on Irako. Mie's pride and loyalty are especially poignant while she and Fujiki are living as social outcasts because they did not commit ''seppuku'' after losing the revenge match with Irako. While waiting for the tournament at Sunpu castle they live in a miserable shack with no servants or income. Being treated as scum by people who used to be her social inferiors is painfully humiliating, yet she puts on a brave face for Fujiki and never lets him see how much she's suffering. She comes home from shopping later and later every day because she has to walk miles to find a merchant who won't recognize her and charge exorbitant prices, and she is unable to get dried abalone for the before-battle meal she serves to Fujiki before they leave for the tournament, but she presents it to him without the abalone, and he pretends to eat it. All of the officials who deal with her and Fujiki are struck with admiration for the beautiful maiden who stays constantly at the side of her samurai champion, helping him with all her strength and never losing her poise or grim determination to get justice for her family.

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* YamatoNadeshiko: Mie has always lived with the expectations of being the only daughter of the grandmaster of the Kogan school, expected to uphold the honor of the Iwamoto clan through hard work and sacrifice. Despite going through periods of rebellious behavior in which she lashes out against her father and her sad lot in life, after [[spoiler:Kogan's death]] she pulls herself together and takes up the burden of restoring her family's honor through revenge on Irako. Mie's pride and loyalty are especially poignant while when she and Fujiki are living as social outcasts pariahs because they did not commit ''seppuku'' after losing the revenge match with Irako. While waiting for the tournament at Sunpu castle they live in a miserable shack with no servants or income. Being treated as scum by people who used to be her social inferiors is painfully humiliating, humiliating beyond description, yet she puts on a brave face for Fujiki and never lets him see how much she's suffering. She comes home from shopping later and later every day because she has to walk miles to find a merchant who won't recognize her and charge exorbitant prices, and she prices. She is thus unable to get dried abalone for the traditional before-battle meal she serves means to serve to Fujiki before they leave for the tournament, but so she presents it to him without with the abalone, place for the abalone empty, and he politely pretends to eat it.the imaginary abalone. All of the officials who deal with her and Fujiki are struck with admiration for the beautiful maiden who stays constantly at the side of her samurai champion, helping him with all her strength and never losing her poise or grim determination to get justice for her family.


* NobleDemon: Although he's a violent and even cruel man, Seigen still has his own moral code -- even showing kindness to a starving child at one point.

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* NobleDemon: Although he's a violent and even cruel man, Seigen still has his own unconventional moral code -- even showing code. On one occasion he shows kindness to a starving child at one point.child, and on another he sends medicine to Fujiki when he's on death's door.



* PetTheDog: Despite a lot of wicked deeds, he also saves Fujiki from drowning, treats Iku better than Kogan did, gives his aid to a beggar girl, speaks passionately to ''Toudouza'' member Tsutanochi about how he wants to prove their worth, and leaves a miracle cure for Fujiki while he's deathly ill.

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* PetTheDog: Despite a lot of wicked deeds, he also saves Fujiki from drowning, treats Iku better than Kogan did, gives his aid to a beggar girl, speaks passionately to ''Toudouza'' member Tsutanochi about how he wants to prove their that all blind men have worth, and leaves a miracle cure for Fujiki while he's deathly ill.



* SocialClimber: Born into abject poverty, he took advantage of the doctor Irako Seigen and, using his name, set out to win a name for himself as a swordsman. He plans to ingratiate himself with Kogan Ann's marry Mie in order to inherit the dojo with its stipend of 300 ''koku'', and that's just the beginning! Later, having obtained the patronage of the leader of the blind men's guild and impressing Tadanaga, he hopes to enter the top ranks of society. Ironically, the samurai class which he wants to join are still the kind of people he hates the most. Ultimately he is motivated to rise not merely by his own ambition, but in order to repudiate hierarchical society and the fixed class system.
* WorthyOpponent: One scene does show that Irako actually respects Fujiki, but the feeling is not mutual. [[spoiler: It became mutual only at the very end of the series.]]
* VillainProtagonist: The story focuses on [[{{Deuteragonist}} him as much as Gennosuke]] and both are violent men who will kill anyone who questions their honor.

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* SocialClimber: Born into abject poverty, he took advantage of the doctor Irako Seigen and, using his name, set and--taking Seigen's name for himself--set out to win a name for himself reputation as a swordsman. He In the early part of the manga he plans to ingratiate himself with Kogan Ann's and marry Mie in order to inherit the dojo with its stipend of 300 ''koku'', and that's just the beginning! Later, having obtained the patronage of the leader of the blind men's guild and impressing impressed the great lord Tadanaga, he hopes to enter the top ranks of society. Ironically, the samurai class which he wants to join are still the kind of people he hates the most. Ultimately most; he is motivated to rise not merely by his own ambition, but also in order to repudiate hierarchical society and the fixed class system.
* WorthyOpponent: One scene does show that Irako actually respects Fujiki, but the feeling is not mutual. [[spoiler: It became mutual only [[spoiler:Only at the very end of the series.does Fujiki reciprocate with grudging respect.]]
* VillainProtagonist: The story focuses on [[{{Deuteragonist}} him as much as Gennosuke]] Gennosuke]], and both are violent men who will kill anyone who questions their honor.
while he plays the role of villain to Gennosuke's Nominal Hero, it is his personal desires and ambition to shake up society which drive the plot forward: for the most part, Irako acts while Gennosuke reacts. On one hand he's a seducer, a fraud, and a murderer, which makes it possible to see even the deeply flawed Gennosuke as the lesser of two evils. At the same time, his self-made success and willingness to defy repressive social convention might resonate with a modern reader, and he displays admirable talent and willpower in conquering his blindness and reinventing himself after his initial failure.


* YamatoNadeshiko: Mie has always lived with the expectations of being the only daughter of the grandmaster of the Kogan school, expected to uphold the honor of the Iwamoto clan through hard work and sacrifice. Despite going through periods of rebellious behavior in which she lashes out against her father and her sad lot in life, after [[spoiler:Kogan's death]] she takes up the burden of restoring her family's honor through revenge on Irako. Mie's pride and loyalty are especially poignant while she and Fujiki are living as social outcasts because they did not commit ''seppuku'' after losing the revenge match with Irako. While waiting for the tournament at Sunpu castle they live in a miserable shack with no servants or income. Being treated as scum by people who used to be her social inferiors is painfully humiliating, yet she puts on a brave face for Fujiki and never lets him see how much she's suffering. She comes home from shopping later and later every day because she has to walk miles to find a merchant who won't recognize her and charge exhorbitant prices, and she is unable to get dried abalone for the before-battle meal she serves to Fujiki before they leave for the tournament, but she presents it to him without the abalone, and he pretends to eat it. All of the officials who deal with her and Fujiki are struck with admiration for the beautiful maiden who stays constantly at the side of her samurai champion, helping him with all her strength and never losing her poise or grim determination to get justice for her family.

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* YamatoNadeshiko: Mie has always lived with the expectations of being the only daughter of the grandmaster of the Kogan school, expected to uphold the honor of the Iwamoto clan through hard work and sacrifice. Despite going through periods of rebellious behavior in which she lashes out against her father and her sad lot in life, after [[spoiler:Kogan's death]] she takes up the burden of restoring her family's honor through revenge on Irako. Mie's pride and loyalty are especially poignant while she and Fujiki are living as social outcasts because they did not commit ''seppuku'' after losing the revenge match with Irako. While waiting for the tournament at Sunpu castle they live in a miserable shack with no servants or income. Being treated as scum by people who used to be her social inferiors is painfully humiliating, yet she puts on a brave face for Fujiki and never lets him see how much she's suffering. She comes home from shopping later and later every day because she has to walk miles to find a merchant who won't recognize her and charge exhorbitant exorbitant prices, and she is unable to get dried abalone for the before-battle meal she serves to Fujiki before they leave for the tournament, but she presents it to him without the abalone, and he pretends to eat it. All of the officials who deal with her and Fujiki are struck with admiration for the beautiful maiden who stays constantly at the side of her samurai champion, helping him with all her strength and never losing her poise or grim determination to get justice for her family.



* TheCaligula: One of the previous shogun's sons, and favored by his mother to become shogun before his older brother Iemitsu beat him to it, he nevertheless rules a domain of 550,000 ''koku'' as a mad tyrant. He rapes and kills his subjects at a whim and with complete impunity, causing even his subordinate daimyo and counsilors to be utterly terrified of his unpredictable cruelty. His complete incapacity for restraint eventually causes the only power greater than him, his brother the shogun, to sieze his lands and make him commit seppuku.

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* TheCaligula: One of the previous shogun's sons, and favored by his mother to become shogun before his older brother Iemitsu beat him to it, he nevertheless rules a domain of 550,000 ''koku'' as a mad tyrant. He rapes and kills his subjects at a whim and with complete impunity, causing even his subordinate daimyo and counsilors councilors to be utterly terrified of his unpredictable cruelty. His complete incapacity for restraint eventually causes the only power greater than him, his brother the shogun, to sieze seize his lands and make him commit seppuku.


The aged Grandmaster of the Kogan-Ryuu school, notorious for his deadly techniques and having six fingers on his right hand. Lately reduced to a state of senile dementia in which he behaves like a beast of pure instinct, he temporarily regains his sanity at certain times, most often in the period between fall and winter. He cares nothing about the feelings of his daughter, Mie, only thinking about the future of his school.

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The aged Grandmaster of the Kogan-Ryuu school, notorious for his deadly techniques and having [[ExtraDigits six fingers on his right hand.hand]]. Lately reduced to a state of senile dementia in which he behaves like a beast of pure instinct, he temporarily regains his sanity at certain times, most often in the period between fall and winter. He cares nothing about the feelings of his daughter, Mie, only thinking about the future of his school.


The daughter of Kogan Iwamoto.

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The daughter of Kogan Iwamoto.
Iwamoto Kogan.


The aged Grandmaster of the Kogan-Ryuu school, notorious for his deadly techniques and having six fingers on his right hand. Lately reduced to a state of senile dementia in which he behaves like a, he temporarily regains his sanity at certain times, most often in the period between fall and winter. He cares nothing about the feelings of his daughter, Mie, only thinking about the future of his school.

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The aged Grandmaster of the Kogan-Ryuu school, notorious for his deadly techniques and having six fingers on his right hand. Lately reduced to a state of senile dementia in which he behaves like a, a beast of pure instinct, he temporarily regains his sanity at certain times, most often in the period between fall and winter. He cares nothing about the feelings of his daughter, Mie, only thinking about the future of his school.


* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: The "evil" part is arguable--Fujiki's not actively malicious, but his loyalty to Kogan is such that he is willing to do the most monstrous things imaginable to ensure Kogan's honor remains intact. That being said, he holds sincere affection and love towards Mie--it is implied that seeing her during his very first bout with Irako wracked his nerves to the point where Irako was able to gain the upper hand and break two of his fingers. However, the tragedy of their situation is that Fujiki's willingness to uphold his honor as a samurai perpetually ends up causing rifts between them both, [[spoiler:and this ultimately drives Mie to suicide, when she realizes that despite everything that's happened between them, he is still a slave to his honor.]]

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* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: The "evil" part is arguable--Fujiki's not actively malicious, but his loyalty to Kogan is such that he is willing to do the most monstrous things imaginable to ensure Kogan's honor remains intact. That being said, he holds sincere affection and love towards Mie--it is implied that seeing her during his very first bout with Irako wracked his nerves to the point where Irako was able to gain the upper hand and break two of his fingers. However, Mie--however, the tragedy of their situation is that Fujiki's willingness to uphold his honor as a samurai perpetually ends up causing rifts between them both, [[spoiler:and this ultimately drives Mie to suicide, when she realizes that despite everything that's happened between them, he is still a slave to his honor.]]



* ChildhoodFriendRomance: Cruelly subverted. Gonzaemon, in his youth, had a mutual crush on a girl in his village named Fuku--and tearfully promised her, when he went off for training, that he would return as a powerful warrior. [[spoiler:Sure enough, he realizes that the cost of becoming a powerful warrior meant sacrificing his love for her--so he would never be conflicted again. And the only way he saw fit to do this was to kill her the minute they reunited.]] The kicker is that [[spoiler:his last coherent thoughts are that of his beloved, hinting that despite it all he still held her deep in his heart]].



* HonorBeforeReason: [[spoiler:When forced to choose between his childhood love and his master, he ultimately chose the latter; going so far as to ''disembowel'' his beloved the moment they reunited and later that evening tear off his own testicles.]]



* ManlyTears: As he prepares to blind Irako by preparing to use ''nagare boshi'', taking the stance reminds him of how Yagyuu Munenori sabotaged his chance to become sword instructor to the Shogun, and the old master sheds tears of chagrined rage.



* TearsOfRage: As he prepares to blind Irako by preparing to use ''nagare boshi'', taking the stance reminds him of how Yagyuu Munenori sabotaged his chance to become sword instructor to the Shogun, and the old master sheds tears of chagrined rage.

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* TearsOfRage: As he prepares to blind Irako by preparing to use ''nagare boshi'', taking the stance reminds him of how Yagyuu Munenori sabotaged UndignifiedDeath: [[spoiler:Killed like a mad dog in his chance to become sword instructor to the Shogun, and the old master sheds tears of chagrined rage.
own home by an ex-student whom he despised beyond belief.]]


* GlasgowGrin: When Kogan gets impatient with him for vascillating over whether Fujiki or Irako is more worthy to impregante Mie, he shoves his blade in Ushimata's mouth, giving him a permanent slit-cheeked grin afterwards.

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* GlasgowGrin: When Kogan gets impatient with asks him for vascillating over whether Fujiki or Irako is more worthy to impregante or Gennosuke should be the successor, and he makes the mistake of suggesting that it should be Gennosuke out of respect for Mie, he Kogan shoves his blade in into Ushimata's mouth, mouth until he's cut deep into the cheeks, giving him a permanent slit-cheeked grin afterwards.



* OldMaster: His glory days as a swordsman were way back when Hideyoshi ruled, and despite his increasing senility he's still the unequaled of Nobi.

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--> "What did you just say? Mie what?! If only her mother had born me a son like she should! Then I wouldn't have to..."
* OldMaster: His glory days as a swordsman were way back when Hideyoshi ruled, and despite his increasing senility he's still the unequaled sword master of Nobi.Nobi.
* RevengeMyopia: Once, in an official tournament before Ando Naotsugu, lord of Kakegawa Castle, Kogan ripped off the jaw of his opponent Funaki Ichidensai. Contrary to common practice, Ando sharply reprimanded him for this, calling it "discourteous". Even now that they're both old men, and despite the fact that Ichidensai was clearly the one who suffered more harm, Kogan blames Funaki for the humiliation he suffered before his lord, and wants to wipe out the Funaki school by ordering Fujiki and Irako to seakily ambush and kill Ichidensai's twin sons. As the narration says, "Was Kogan really in a normal mental state? How could a man harbor so much hatred for someone he had once defeated?"


* DeadPersonImpersonation: Stole the identity of a doctor named Irako Seigen.

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* DeadPersonImpersonation: Stole the identity of As a youth he ingratiated himself with a doctor named Irako Seigen.Seigen, and beguiled the older man into teaching him all the techniques of manipulating pressure points to extend or shorten life. He then took Seigen out on a boat, murdered him using pressure points, and dissapeared. It was reported as a lover's suicide, but the bodies were never found. It wasn't until years later that the late Irako Seigen's other apprentice, Shun'an, heard that the long-haired youth was still alive and had stolen their master's name as well as his secrets.


A stoic and diligent pupil of the Kogan dojo. In the present time in his duel with Seigen he has only one arm but it is noted that his back muscles could theoretically make up for lost strength. Fujiki is very loyal to Kogan , and is said to be most likely to succeed as the school's master.

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A stoic and diligent pupil of the Kogan dojo. In the present time in his duel with Seigen he has only one arm but it is noted that his back muscles could theoretically make up for lost strength. Fujiki is very unwaveringly loyal to Kogan , Kogan, and is said to be most likely to succeed him as the school's master.
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* AntiHero: Is the main protagonist of the story. Does some nasty deeds without flinching throughout it.



* BadassBoast:
** Upon defeating seven sword-wielding ronin with his bare hands, he states, "I do not need a weapon when facing stray dogs."
** Before the final duel, when his sandal-bearer asks "You're not afraid?", Fujiki says witha perfectly calm and determined face, "I want to cut him down, so I will do so. That is all."



* {{Foil}}: To Irako. The both of them are demonstrably proficient in the way of the sword and hold their honor above all else, to the point where they would immediately kill anyone who would dare to put their swordsmanship skills into question. But Fujiki's UndyingLoyalty to Kogan brings him in conflict with the self-gratifying Irako, who mainly sees Kogan as a way to push him up the social ladder. While Fujiki has SingleTargetSexuality towards Mie, Irako is a shameless lecher who sleeps with any woman who catches his eye. Even their respective swordplay styles are different--though both of them mainly rely on using inertia and momentum to deliver their killing blows, Irako specializes in vertical slashes while Fujiki mainly uses horizontal ones.
* FatalFlaw: Refuses to see any other view that the way of Bushido and puts honoring the monstrous Kogan above all else. Due to this dogmatic outlook, he finds himself losing [[spoiler:the only man who understood him, the woman he loved and finally, any semblance of humanity he ever felt]].

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* {{Foil}}: To Irako. The both of them are demonstrably proficient in the way of the sword and hold their honor above all else, to the point where they would immediately kill anyone who would dare to put their swordsmanship skills into question. But Fujiki's UndyingLoyalty to Kogan brings him in conflict with the self-gratifying Irako, who mainly sees Kogan as a way to push him up the social ladder. While Fujiki has SingleTargetSexuality towards Mie, Irako is a shameless lecher who sleeps with any woman who catches his eye. Even their respective swordplay styles are different--though both of them mainly rely on using inertia and momentum to deliver their killing blows, Irako specializes in ascending vertical slashes while Fujiki mainly uses horizontal ones.
* FatalFlaw: Refuses to For all his honor and good intentions, he cannot see any other view that the way morality outside of Bushido and puts honoring the monstrous Kogan above all else. Due to this dogmatic outlook, he finds himself losing [[spoiler:the only man who understood him, the woman he loved and finally, any semblance of humanity he ever felt]].



* MasterSwordsman: An extremely diligent and talented student of the Kogan school, he was second only to Gonzaemon in strength among Kogan's students before Irako came along. He and Irako soon come to be known as the twin dragons studying under the old tiger, Kogan: together they defeat the fearsome Funaki brothers, showing them to be almost evenly matched. Later in the story when the blinded Irako comes back to get his vengeance on the Kogan school, slaying their members one by one, Fujiki turns out to be the only swordsman who stands a serious chance of figuring out how to counter Irako's undefeated ''mumyou sakanagare'' technique.

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* MasterSwordsman: An extremely diligent and talented student of the Kogan school, he was second only to Gonzaemon in strength among Kogan's students before Irako came along. He and Irako soon come to be known as the twin dragons studying under the old tiger, Kogan: together they defeat the fearsome Funaki brothers, showing them to be almost evenly matched. Later in the story Three years after Irako's banishment, Fujiki has recieved his license to teach Kogan-Ryuu, and demonstrates just how skilled and powerful he's become by single-handedly defeating seven sword-using ronin with ''nothing but his bare fists'', leaving only one of them alive. And immediately after that, when the blinded Irako comes back to get his vengeance on the Kogan school, starts slaying their the members of his school one by one, Fujiki turns out to be the only swordsman who stands a serious chance of figuring out how to counter Irako's undefeated ''mumyou sakanagare'' technique.technique. Even after losing his left arm, he manages to completely re-train himself to effectively wield his sword one-handed, and [[spoiler:slays Irako in their final duel]].



* BlindWeaponmaster: After his blinding by the members of the Kogan school, he learns how to fight without his eyesight and perfects a technique so deadly that he manages to destroy the Kogan school and attract the patronage of powerful aristocrats.

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* BlindWeaponmaster: After his blinding by the members of the Kogan school, he learns how blinds Irako using his secret sword cut ''nagare boshi'' ("shooting star") as punishment for sleeping with his concubine Iku. Irako and Iku are rescued by a swordsman named Tsukioka Yukinosuke, who takes them to a village in the Hida Mountains. There, with the help of Iku and Yukinosuke, Irako goes through the painful and difficult process of adjusting to his blindness, and ultimately develops the ability to sword fight without his eyesight and perfects as efficiently as he did before. He goes beyond that, however, by inventing a technique so deadly that he manages to destroy the Kogan school called ''mumyou sakanagare'' ("lightless reverse flow"): it's a modification of and attract the patronage of a counter to Kogan's ''nagare boshi'', which is even more powerful aristocrats.because Irako sticks the point of his sword into the earth instead of gripping it in his other hand as Kogan did, so that he can use his whole body to charge up the sword with energy and release it like a slingshot in a vertical ascending strike as he dives toward his opponent. With this technique, Irako comes back and starts killing highly skilled members of Kogan Ryuu one after another. He eventually earns the favor of the shogun's brother, Tokugawa Tadanaga, and his fearsome reputation as the Blind Dragon spreads far and wide.



* TheCasanova: Uses his wiles to seduce any maidens and wives within walking distance of the Kogan school. This comes back to bite him when his schoolmates leave him at the mercy of the menfolk of two women he'd spoiled.

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* TheCasanova: Uses his wiles to seduce any maidens and wives within walking distance While a student of the Kogan school. This comes Ryuu, he would go about sleeping with all the pretty girls and women of the village. When he finds himself about to be struck down by Kogan, his life flashes before his eyes and he sees all the women he seduced: Yae, daughter of a Kakegawa samurai; Fusano, younger sister of Sakurai Hikogurou; Kosuzu, wife of Master Kouta; Yoshi, the tailor's wife; Kimi, daughter of the eatery's owner; Man, widow of Kayoi Teramachi; and Iku, Kogan's Mistress, the last of which was the indiscretion that brought this upon him. After being blinded, he is left to be beaten close to death by two men whose female relatives he spoiled. After surviving all this, however, he goes right back to bite him when his schoolmates leave him at the mercy of the menfolk of two women he'd spoiled.womanizing.



* PragmaticVillainy: Perhaps he really took pity on Fujiki in some way, but at least part of the reason he leaves a cure for him is that he can't defeat Fujiki and increase his fame if his opponent dies before the match.



The Grandmaster of the Kogan-Ryuu school. Mentally unbalanced most of the time, he regains his sanity most often in the period between fall and winter. Cares nothing for his daughter, Mie, only thinking about the future of his school.

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The aged Grandmaster of the Kogan-Ryuu school. Mentally unbalanced most school, notorious for his deadly techniques and having six fingers on his right hand. Lately reduced to a state of the time, senile dementia in which he behaves like a, he temporarily regains his sanity at certain times, most often in the period between fall and winter. Cares He cares nothing for about the feelings of his daughter, Mie, only thinking about the future of his school.
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* AbusiveParents: To Mie he has always been a cruel and unloving father. When she was seven, he slashed a sparrow's nest she cherished in two. When she was eleven, "Fool" was the only word he spat out upon seeing that her mother had hanged herself in prison, leaving Mie to cry alone. A couple years after Irako Seigen's joining the school, Kogan molests Mie in his demented state, and although he stops when he comes to his senses, his immediate thought is that she has become ripe for childbearing and he must get his most worthy student to impregnate her, without her consent if necessary. Upon deciding that the right man is Seigen, he commands Seigen to rape Mie while his other students hold her down; she is only spared this because Seigen refuses to do it against her will.



* EvilMentor: Kogan is a cruel BloodKnight and encourages his students to kill anyone who questions his dojo and that the only thing that matters is their martial prowess.
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: He despises his daughter for having been born a girl and sees her only as a BabyFactory to produce a grandson who will inherit his skills as a samurai.

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* DirtyOldMan: Still frequently has sex with his concubine Iku, even at inappropriate times, and when he's out of his wits he'll indiscriminately grab any woman within reach, even his own daughter.
* EvilMentor: Kogan is a cruel BloodKnight and encourages BloodKnight, encouraging his students to kill anyone who questions his dojo and to believe that the only thing that matters is their martial prowess.
* FreudianExcuse: Being robbed of his chance to be the shogun's sword instructor or advance in society may have left him bitter and inclined to take out his frustration on others.
* ICouldaBeenAContender: Downplayed in the sense that he is still quite famous and feared as a MasterSwordsman, but at one time he was on the verge of becoming the Shogun's sword instructor, only for Yagyuu Munenori to sabatoge him with bad advice and take the position for himself. Kogan never got that kind of chance again. Having his own school and an annual stipend of 300 ''koku'' may be tempting for a commoner like Irako, but to Kogan it's far less than he deserves. With his sanity and health deteriorating, the most he can do is try to pass on his school to a worthy successor.
* PetTheDog: Despite being a cruel man in general, he did save Fujiki Gennosuke from execution when he was a boy by adopting him into his school. He also once treated all of his students to watermelons, an expensive imported fruit, giving them a precious memory of one of life's simple pleasures.
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: He despises his daughter for having been born a girl and sees her only as a BabyFactory to produce a grandson who will inherit his skills as a samurai.master of the sword.




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* TearsOfRage: As he prepares to blind Irako by preparing to use ''nagare boshi'', taking the stance reminds him of how Yagyuu Munenori sabotaged his chance to become sword instructor to the Shogun, and the old master sheds tears of chagrined rage.



* HonorBeforeReason: Her father is a monster, but he is still her father. Which is why, [[spoiler:when Kogan dies, despite suffering her entire life under his abuses, Mie still urges Fujiki to slay Irako.]]

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* ForgetsToEat:
* HonorBeforeReason: Her father is a monster, but he is still her father. Which is why, [[spoiler:when Kogan dies, despite suffering her entire life under his abuses, abuse, Mie still urges Fujiki to slay Irako.]]

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