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The Oniwabanshū is a group of ninjas that once served the Tokugawa Shogunate as spies and assassins. After the group was disbanded, most of the former members have become freelancers, taking whatever jobs they can.


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    Ayame Sarutobi 

Ayame Sarutobi

Voiced by: Yuu Kobayashi (JP), Kazuyuki Okitsu (JP, male), Nicole Bouma (EN, series), Carli Mosier (EN, movie), Carolina Tak (Spain)

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A female ninja and former member of the now disbanded Oniwabanshū nicknamed Sa-chan. She meets Gintoki when she falls through his roof during a failed mission and has since become infatuated with him, much to his chagrin. Her feelings for him seem to be encouraged, as she enjoys being put down and threatened by him, due to her blatant masochism.


    Zenzo Hattori 

Zenzo Hattori

Voiced by: Keiji Fujiwara (JP). Brent Miller (EN)

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A skilled ninja from the Oniwabanshū, acquainted with Ayame. He used to lead the organisation, but with it being disbanded, he takes what jobs he can get. He's a big fan of Weekly Shonen Jump, just like Gintoki—he and Gintoki once fought to the death over the Jump Christmas double issue (which turned to be a double issue of Akamaru Jump). Despite his great skill, he's unfortunate enough to have hemorrhoids. Even more unfortunately, Ayame loves taking advantage of that fact...


  • The Ace: Laziness aside, Zenzo is actually the strongest of the Oniwabanshu ninjas. In his first appearance he fought Gintoki to a standstill, has had several One-Man Army feats, and even successfully managed to smuggle the shogun out of his palace after an assassination attempt without anyone realizing.
  • Animal Motifs: As a ninja, he compares himself to a cat, while the samurai are dogs. Where dogs are loyal to their owners like the samurai are to their masters, cats are only loyal as long as they are fed in the same way ninjas only serve someone as long as they are paid. Of course, he's a lot more loyal to the Shogun and his friends than his personal philosophy suggests.
  • Ass Shove: Poor guy, always getting something stuck up his ass.
  • Badass Boast: Makes a boast when he saves Hinowa from Jiraia's mooks.
    Zenzo: I'll show you how scary a real ninja can be. Pop out your eyes and watch carefully. My moves will be over in an instant. Zenzo Hattori of the Marishiten has come to play!
  • Badass Longcoat: He wears a long blue coat as part of his more casual wear. Notable in that he wears it when he saves Hinowa from Jiraia's mooks and single-handedly takes them all down.
  • Big Damn Heroes: In the Red Spider arc he shows up to save Hinowa when she is attacked by Jiraia's mooks.
  • Blinding Bangs: His eyes are always covered by his air and never seen in the anime, though on occasion glimpsed in the manga. In recent dramatic moments, his blue eyes have shown themselves from behind the hair.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: Similar to Gintoki in combat skill and in obsession with Jump. What's he doing when Jiraia beats Gintoki during the two's first encounter? Laying back on top of a nearby container, reading Jump, claiming he didn't see anything and that he wouldn't get involved, albeit with good reason, citing his father's own clash with Jiraia. Later in the arc he saves Hinowa from a large group of Jiraia's mooks, taking them all down off-screen.
  • Butt-Monkey: Despite his great skill, he has literally shitty luck as something always ends up getting stuck in his ass.
  • Bystander Syndrome: Despite being nearby during Gintoki and Tsukuyo's first encounter with Jiraia, he stays out of the fight and just reads Jump on top of a container, leaving Gintoki to almost get killed and Tsukuyo to get captured. He does however save Gintoki's life by dragging him out of the water he fell into, before getting him to Yoshiwara for medical attention. He also later saves Hinowa from Jiraia's mooks.
  • Combat Pragmatist: As a ninja, Zenzo doesn't care one bit about fighting fairly. Smoke bombs, feints and traps are just the tricks of the trade of his profession.
  • Fake Defector: Pretends to defect to the Kiheitai by seemingly assassinating the Shogun, who was actually a Body Double.
  • Flechette Storm: Makes his grand entrance to protect Hinowa with an absurdly large amount of thrown kunai.
  • Has a Type: In his own words, he's not into pretty women and is more entranced by ugly ones. He was even attracted to the gender-bent Hijikata.
  • In Harm's Way: His former employer Saizo mentions that he feels the most alive when he puts himself in danger. He also gets very excited at the prospect of fighting said former employer and his minions because Okuni had foreseen his death if he did so.
  • I Have the High Ground: He does this a lot, including in the 9th anime opening. Probably comes with the territory.
  • Intergenerational Friendship: He befriends the clairvoyant little girl Okuni.
  • I Was Just Passing Through: His default excuse when he helps the Yorozuya is that he was simply nearby, always claiming that he doesn't want to get involved in any way, shape or form.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He jabs at people and pretends to not care one bit about other people, but will often get personally involved when they are in danger
  • Literal Ass-Kicking: Often the victim of this approach from Ayame.
  • Mr. Exposition: During the Red Spider Arc he provides most of the information about Jiraia's past, letting the audience know just who he is and what his motives are.
  • Ninja: He is a very skilled ninja and is regarded as the closest thing to a leader among them.
  • One-Man Army: Singlehandedly defeats Jiraia's large gang of mooks in the Red Spider arc.
  • Only in It for the Money: Claims to only have interest in the money he is hired with, but in certain cases he is perfectly willing to do the right thing without being paid for it.
  • Pocket Protector: A shojo manga magazine saves his life when he protects Okuni from one of his former employers.
  • Professional Killer: Just like Ayame, he works as an assassin.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Briefly serves as an antagonist in the Go-Ninja Arc, but mainly because he just happened to have been hired by the magistrate. Though his earlier encounter with Gintoki where they fought over Jump made their confrontation in the same arc a bit... personal on Zenzo's side.
  • Rich Idiot with No Day Job: Averted. He's the scion of a very wealthy ninja family but he holds two jobs: an official one as a pizza guy (mostly a cover) and his real one as an assassin.
  • Scarf Of Asskicking: Like Sa-chan, he also wears a very long scarf all the time, and has no problem fighting while wearing it.
  • Stock Ninja Weaponry: He uses a wide variety of typical ninja weaponry in the series, including: Ninjato, kunai, smoke bombs, and flashbangs.
  • Straight Man: He's even played straight man to Shinpachi.
  • Strange Minds Think Alike: He and Gintoki often comment on how similar they are in tastes and personality.
  • Undying Loyalty: Despite his insistence to the contrary, Zenzo is actually extremely loyal and devoted to the Shogun Shigeshige. Part of his loyalty comes from being Childhood Friends with him.
  • Volleying Insults: Mostly with Gintoki, whenever a JUMP issue is involved.

    Zenzo's Father 

Zenzo's Father

Voiced by: Tomomichi Nishimura

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Zenzo's father, who died shortly before actually setting foot in the series — though what appears to be his ghost sticks around for a moment to play kick-the-chan with Yorozuya. He was the previous leader of the Oniwabanshū, having retired after getting his leg injured while protecting the former Shogun. After retiring, he settled down to teach the next generation of Oniwabanshū; including Ayame Sarutobi and his own son Zenzo.


  • Body Double: Acted as one for former Shogun Sadasada, knowing that Jiraia would try to assassinate him.
  • Career-Ending Injury: Jiraia injured his legs to such a degree he could no longer work as a ninja.
  • Dirty Old Man: According to Zenzo, he sold all of his Jump magazines to buy a lot of porn DVDs.
  • Dual Wielding: Wielded two short swords in his confrontation with Jiraia.
  • Handicapped Badass: Despite his leg injury forcing him into retirement, he was still a quite capable ninja.
  • Manchild: He had a quite childish fascination with the game kick-the-can.
  • Ninja: As the leader of the Oniwabanshu, he was a skilled ninja in his own right.
  • No Name Given: We never hear his actual name; the most we know for sure is that his family name is Hattori.
  • Posthumous Character: Apart from the one instance of his apparent ghost appearing to play kick-the-can with the Yorozuya, he's mostly explored through other characters and in flashbacks.
  • Retired Badass: Retired at the time of his death, but seemingly still quite skilled.
  • Reverse Grip: Held two short swords reversed in his hands when he faced Jiraia.

    Kaoru Waki 

Kaoru Waki

Voiced by: Satomi Arai

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A fellow member of the disbanded Oniwabanshū, and an acquaintance of both Sa-chan and Zenzo. She works as part of the Shinobi Five, a group of ninjas led by Zenzo which is hired by the magistrate Chintaro Toyama. After the magistrate "kidnaps" Elizabeth, the Shinobi Five clash with the Katsura, Sacchan and the Yorozuya. Apart from working as a ninja, she also has a daytime job at a flower shop.


  • Action Girl: She is a capable ninja and fighter, capable of using both kunai and roses as weapons.
  • Improbable Weapon User: In her first appearance she uses roses as weapons, throwing them like they were kunai.
  • Ninja: Trained as a ninja alongside Zenzo and Sa-chan.
  • Petal Power: One of her ninja techniques spreads out rose petals that paralyzes her foes.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Like Zenzo, the main reason she fights Sa-chan and the Yorozuya in her first appearance is because she was hired by the magister that "kidnapped" Elizabeth.
  • Something About a Rose: Carries around a rose, and even uses them as weapons.

    Gou 

Gou

Voiced by: Wataru Hatano

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Gou is one of the members of the Shinobi Five, a group of ninjas led by Zenzo which is hired by the magistrate Chintaro Toyama. Like his comrades, Gou used to be a member of the now disbanded Oniwabanshū, and was trained by Zenzo's father.


  • Butt-Monkey: Gou doesn't have a lot of luck in the two appearances he speaks in. When he is first encountered, he eats Katsura's curry alongside Shuwa and Matsuo, which upsets his stomach and leads to his humiliating defeat. In his second appearance, Sacchan accidentally lands on his crotch and crushes it while he is talking with Zenzo.
  • Doppelgänger Spin: After being affected by Katsura's poisoned curry, he uses a ninja technique to make several copies of himself to distract and attack the enemy. Unfortunately, the real him is quite obviously struggling with an upset stomach and he is quickly defeated.
  • Groin Attack: Sacchan accidentally lands on his crotch and crushes it during the funeral for Zenzo's father.
  • Ninja: He is another ninja trained by Zenzo's father.
  • Peek-a-Bangs: His right eye is always covered by his hair, making him look more intimidating.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Like the rest of the Shinobi Five, he is an enemy the first time he appears because he has been hired by Chintaro Toyama. In later appearances he is actually an ally.
  • Scarf Of Asskicking: He wears a long red scarf, which comes with the territory as a ninja.
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    Shuwa 

Shuwa

Voiced by: Hisao Egawa

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Shuwa is one of the members of the Shinobi Five, a group of ninjas led by Zenzo which is hired by the magistrate Chintaro Toyama. Like his comrades, Shuwa used to be a member of the now disbanded Oniwabanshū.


  • Clothing Damage: In the anime, his attempt to use the Doping Technique causes his muscles to grow huge and destroy his shirt. When the muscles then reverse into his legs, he is left with an exposed thin upper body.
  • Cool Shades: Always wears a pair of sunglasses, which adds to his tough look.
  • Dark-Skinned Blond: In the anime at least, he is blond-haired and has darker skin than the other members of the Shinobi Five.
  • Growing Muscles Sequence: After being affected by Katsura's poisoned curry, he attempts to use a ninja technique to increase his already big muscles. In the manga it just causes him to poop, but in the anime it causes his muscles to grow huge and rip his shirt apart, only to then reverse into his legs as he poops, leaving his upper body thin.
  • Ninja: Despite his huge muscular appearance, he is a fellow ninja of the Shinobi Five and a former member of the Oniwabanshu.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Like the rest of the Shinobi Five, he is an enemy the first time he appears because he has been hired by Chintaro Toyama. In later appearances he is actually an ally.
  • Scarf Of Asskicking: He wears a long green scarf, which comes with the territory as a ninja.

    Matsuo 

Matsuo

Voiced by: Matsuo Matsuo

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Matsuo is one of the members of the Shinobi Five, a group of ninjas led by Zenzo which is hired by the magistrate Chintaro Toyama. Like his comrades, Matsuo used to be a member of the now disbanded Oniwabanshū.


  • Gonk: He is drawn with an exaggerated and ugly appearance to add to his nerdiness.
  • If My Calculations Are Correct: He is able to instantly calculate that the chances of him, Shuwa and Gou being able to counter Katsura and Kagura's curry techniques are 99.8%. When both Gou and Shuwa have been defeated, he calculates that the chances of him being defeated in the next panel or scene is 99.8%, before he is knocked out by Shinpachi.
  • Nerd Glasses: Wears a pair of glasses that reinforces his status as the smart and nerdy one of the Shinobi Five.
  • Ninja: Despite his rather nerdy appearance, he is a fellow ninja of the Shinobi Five and a former member of the Oniwabanshu.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Like the rest of the Shinobi Five, he is an enemy the first time he appears because he has been hired by Chintaro Toyama. In later appearances he is actually an ally.
  • Scarf Of Asskicking: He wears a long yellow scarf, which comes with the territory as a ninja.
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