Voiced by: Houko Kuwashima (JP, anime only), Brittney Karbowski (EN)
Chizuru is a young girl who came to Kyoto disguised as a boy in search of her missing father, an accomplished doctor of western medicine with whom she suddenly lost contact several months ago.
When the Shinsengumi reveal that they too have been in search of Dr. Yukimura, they allow Chizuru to remain under their care and assist them with the search. Agreeing to continue living as a boy so as not to distract the men who serve her new benefactors, Chizuru quickly becomes acclimated to their lifestyle, even working for them as an occasional messenger and healer.
- Ancestral Weapon: Her kodachi, the Shotsuren.
- Attempted Rape: By the drunk samurai in Sumiya (where she had to be saved by Saitou and Yamazaki), and earlier from Itou by Okita. Iba, in a fit of Demonic Possession, also assaults her in this manner in his route.
- Baby Factory: Due to her status as a rare, pureblood female Demon, quite a few characters view her this way. Kazama's one (though this naturally changes on his route), Takeda on Iba's route is another, Kaoru confirms that the Nagumo clan would have raised her to be this if they'd gotten their hands on her, and her own father can express a desire to force her to breed with the Furies or Kazama depending on the route.
- Better to Die than Be Killed: On Kazama's route, when she's captured and realizes that her father wants to force her to breed with Furies, she tries to kill herself rather than be used to bring such evil to humanity. Fortunately, she's stopped and Kodo killed, but props to her nonetheless.
- Break the Cutie: She is involved with the losing side of the war. Suffice to say, Chizuru goes through a lot of emotional anguish, though how much and what variety depends on the route.
- Calling the Old Man Out: Downplayed. She tries to reason with him in most of the routes, even the ones in which he's clearly beyond redemption. Thankfully, there's always someone else who'll call him out in her stead.
- The Chick: Is literally the only woman directly involved with the Shinsengumi, and as the years pass she becomes both a mediator and a comforting influence for the higher-ups in the organization, even the ones she's not romantically involved with.
- Childhood Friends: With Heisuke in Sweet School Life.
- Childhood Friend Romance: With Heisuke in SSL, potentially, or with Iba in Shinkai.
- Disappeared Dad: The entire plot is kicked off when Chizuru goes to Kyoto in search of her father. Whether or not she finds him depends entirely on the route chosen.
- Feminine Women Can Cook: Her cooking is remarked to be excellent, and while she can't outwardly be feminine, Chizuru has a feminine personality.
- Girly Girl with a Tomboy Streak: She's excellent at cooking and housework, has a "cute" liking for sweets, and inwardly misses the chance to dress up like a girl. She also travels alone as a boy and knows enough sword-play for self-defense, which by the standards of the time would be very tomboyish of her.
- Half Identical Twin: She and Kaoru have exactly the same facial features and hair color, and very similar builds. The resemblance is so striking that, after encountering Kaoru during the attack on the signboard the Shinsengumi were assigned to guard, Harada initially thinks it might have been Chizuru and has to ask her if she was involved.
- Healing Factor: Referenced early in the common route—she has always healed with remarkable speed, though at Koudou's urging she's been careful to keep it secret. It's part of being a demon, especially since she's pure-blooded. In the anime adaptation, Kazama confirms that she's a demon when he sees her quick healing in action.
- The Heart: She becomes the emotional core of the Shinsengumi, making sure they don't overwork themselves, providing emotional support, and keeping their spirits up. Harada even tells her that the reason they can all fight so hard is because of her.
- I Am Not Pretty: She considers herself rather plain, but just look at her when she gets shanghaied into dressing up as a maiko.
- I Am What I Am: On Kazama's route, she comes to terms with and accepts herself as a demon woman when she announces herself as the head of the Yukimura clan. From then on, she opens herself to learning more about their culture and her forgotten past.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Realized and hid that she heals abnormally quickly from an early age, and tries hard to distance herself from her demonic ancestry. Averted on Kazama's route, though.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: Desperately wants to be considered and treated as both a full-fledged member of the Shinsengumi and a human being.
- I Will Wait for You: Declares this to Souma in his route, when he's about to turn himself in at the end of the war. Three years later, he makes it back to her.
- Insecure Love Interest: In Harada's route, her wish to be normal and nervousness about being a demon expands to the point she thinks Harada should be with a human female who doesn't cause him trouble.
- It's All My Fault: She blames herself for the demon attack on the temple and for the transformation of certain characters.
- Like an Old Married Couple: She develops this rapport with Kazama on his route. During their stay in Sendai, they rent a mansion for six months; by the end of their time there, Chizuru's welcoming him home with dinner and a bath, scolding him for drinking too much, and bantering with him like he's her husband.
- Living Emotional Crutch: In the cases of Hijikata, Okita, and Toudou, Chizuru is the only thing they're living for by the end of their respective routes.
- The Load: Played With. She has no real combat ability and is thus a liability to the Shinsengumi any time there's a fight, particularly once they've left Kyoto and are embroiled in losing battle after losing battle. Her narration in the game frets continuously over how little she's able to do to help them, and she tries to find ways to be useful off the battlefield, if only by doing chores and making tea. That said, in certain routes she can be a distraction, assist in her own escape, get people to safety in battle, or pull a Go Through Me, and her role as The Heart is very important.
- Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter: Well, adopted daughter.
- The Medic: As a doctor's daughter, she has enough knowledge of first aid to assist Yamazaki in acting as the Shinsengumi's medic. Some of the epilogues also show her studying medicine under Dr. Matsumoto or re-opening her family clinic.
- Neutral Female: Moreso in the anime than in the game; although she has a number of moments in both in which she freezes up on the sidelines during battles, she can also prove more than willing to draw her kodachi and take a swing at the enemy, or just generally do whatever she can to distract or hinder them and give the Shinsengumi an opening.
- One of the Boys: Justified, as there are no women she can hang out with other than Osen whom she rarely gets to see anyway. Despite being the Yamato Nadeshiko, she grows accustomed to their antics and starts to enjoy their company.
- Paper-Thin Disguise: Her crossdressing, which completely fails to fool a good half of the Shinsengumi captains. Unnamed minor characters fall for it more easily, but even then it tends to fall apart quickly if they pay attention to her for very long.
- Parental Betrayal: Kodou does this to her a lot, as the poor girl just wanted to find her benevolent dad...only to find that he's actually a self-absorbed guy who wants to use her for his science experiments. Ouch.
- Player Character: Chizuru is the character you'll go through the world as, with your choices only changing the guy you romance...Or you could just end forever alone.
- Sweet Tooth: She perks up any time she gets to eat sweets; Kondou even remarks on how cutely excited she is in an (optional) scene where he brings her some.
- Take Me Instead: On a couple of occasions, such as one of the early scenes of Saito's route, she tries to surrender herself to Kazama to protect one of the guys. None of them ever allow her to go through with it.
- Tender Tears: She cries a lot, but considering what she goes through, can you blame her? Lampshaded by Hijikata in his ending.
- Tomboyish Ponytail: Subverted. She does wear her hair this way while crossdressing, but she isn't particularly tomboyish and generally dislikes dressing as a male.
- Tsundere: She's a type B on Kazama's route. Chizuru remains her sweet, ladylike, and compassionate self, but whenever Kazama gets too arrogant or bossy, she digs her heels in and meets him head-on.
- Wholesome Crossdresser: Her disguise may be paper thin (see above), but it works just enough for Shinpachi, Heisuke, and Kondou to be fooled, and also normally works on minor characters provided they don't get the chance to look too close.
- Will They or Won't They?: With Hijikata in the anime. They do.
- Yamato Nadeshiko: Being a crossdresser she naturally doesn't look the part but she has the personality down to a T. She's sweet, kind, and too ladylike for her crossdressing to be remotely effective; at the same time, she also won't hesitate to step forward to protect others and in her gentle way proves to be very stubborn and resilient, as Hijikata ruefully acknowledges in his route and in the anime.
- You Are Too Late: In Kazama's route and the normal route, after she is separated from the Shinsengumi at the Fushimi Magistrate, she tries to reunite with them, but just barely keeps arriving after they've left.
Voiced by: Shin-ichiro Miki (JP), Andrew Love (EN)
Portrayed by: Tsubasa Sakiyama
Vice Commander of the Shinsengumi. He takes care of most of its technical affairs and is said to hold the real power. Very dedicated to the Commander, Kondou.
- A Father to His Men: Shows the most in the later parts of his route; near the end he even says outright that the men following him are like sons to him.
- Annoying Patient: Even Chizuru's constant scolding can't keep Hijikata from trying to ignore his own physical condition and get back to work. Saito has to deliver a very pointed and physical smackdown to convince Hijikata to take time to rest and heal from the injuries he received at Utsunomiya Castle rather than go marching straight off to the front lines in Aizu.
- Attack! Attack! Attack!: While he's a lot better than Kondou at knowing when to order his men to retreat, when it comes to himself he refuses to back down from a fight no matter how outmatched or injured he is.
- Badass Boast: Hijikata is the source of no few of these.
- Badass Longcoat: His second outfit.
- Big Brother Instinct: To Saitou and, to an extent, Souji. This is more evident in Reimeiroku where he seems extremely worried about Souji's increasing bloodlust. He even picks a fight with Serizawa after he successfully turned him into a killer.
- Can't Hold His Liquor: It's for this reason that he stays away from drinking, even though he'll claim otherwise. According to Word Of God, his limit is about four pints - along with Kondou, he has the lowest tolerance for alcohol in the entire cast.
- Chick Magnet: According to the others.
- Cluster F-Bomb: He's pretty foul-mouthed in the Aksys Games English release.
- Despair Event Horizon: When Kondou orders Hijikata to flee with the men while he buys them time.
- Determinator: Shows the most in his route. Even more after becoming a fury. The man does not rest!
- Determined Defeatist: Though he rarely admits it to others lest their morale go down the tubes, he's well aware from as early as Toba-Fushimi (if not before) that the Shinsengumi are fighting a war they can't win. Nevertheless, he does everything even remotely within his power to make things work, and throws himself wholeheartedly into the fight all the way to the end.
- Giftedly Bad: His poetry sucks, but he's still fond of it. He even admits that he has no talent, albeit in desperation because he doesn't want to hear Saitou inadvertently tell him so.
- Hidden Heart of Gold: Hijikata pretends to be Drill Sergeant Nasty to his men because he sees it as a necessary evil. Deep down, he's a very caring individual who shows his concern through small acts of kindness.
- Honor Before Reason: Reconstructed. Like the historical Hijikata, he refuses to surrender even when faced with certain defeat because it goes against his honor, pride and principles. While this almost always leads to his death, the game presents the narrative that staying true to himself is more valuable than doing the "smart" thing, and characters respect Hijikata greatly because his spirit is befitting a true samurai.
- The Leader: Although he's second-in-command to Kondou, he's in charge of operations and is thus the one who gives most of the orders and does most of the actual work of keeping the Shinsengumi together and working smoothly.
- Named Weapons: His katana, Izumi-no-Kami Kanesada. (Approximately, "establish and guard the spring of harmony".)
- "No More Holding Back" Speech: To Kazama after the battle of Toba-Fushimi.
- Not So Stoic: When he snaps.
- Out-of-Character Moment: On Nagakura's route, when Chizuru leaves, what does Hijikata—who takes the Shinsengumi's duty to protect her very seriously, who is A Father to His Men, who tells her that her presence does not hinder the Shinsengumi—say?Hijikata: Well, beats having the Demons lurking around here to snatch you away.
- Poisonous Friend: To Kondou, to an extent. Where Kondou's warm and friendly nature wins him the loyalty of most of the Shinsengumi captains, Hijikata intentionally takes on the role of harsh disciplinarian and "Demon Vice-Commander" to keep order within the Shinsengumi and further Kondou's goals against the heavy opposition of the era's very classist society. It's a mild example since Kondou is aware of everything Hijikata is doing, but there are points at which Hijikata is specifically noted as "playing the villain" for Kondou's sake. In the end, it kind of backfires on both of them, as Hijikata's efforts protect Kondou from many of the harsher realities of leadership leaves him unprepared to deal with the situations the Shinsengumi face after the Boshin War begins.
- Red Baron: The "Demon Vice-Commander" ("Oni no Fukuchou").
- Samurai Ponytail: Until he cuts it short during the Shinsengumi's switch to Western-style clothing.
- Snake Oil Salesman: Ishida Sanyaku, the medicine his family sells, doesn't actually work—at least, not to the extent that's advertised. Even so, Hijikata (and Saitou even moreso) swear by it.
- So Bad, It's Good: In-universe, Okita certainly thinks this in regard to Hijikata's poetry, and will take every opportunity to make fun of the poor vice commander for this. Shinpachi mentions in Sanosuke's route that everyone thinks this in regard to Hijikata's poetry. There's even an unlockable gallery scene that features Okita keeping Hijikata's poetry book away from him.
- Took a Level in Kindness: For most of the storyline he's the "Demon Vice-Commander" who leads with an iron fist, but by Hakodate he becomes a much gentler and more approachable leader, going out of his way to reassure and encourage the men under his command.
- Tragic Dream: His only ambition is to uplift Kondou to fame and glory and have both of them, and the rest of the Shinsengumi, recognized as true samurai.
- Trapped in Another World: In the 2018 AkaSeka crossover, he and two others are abducted from the real world and trapped in the other game's Alternate Universe until they can find a way to go back.
- Trauma Conga Line: The Shinsengumi's fall. Hijikata blames himself for everything that goes wrong and each new comrade that falls only adds to his burden.
- Trying Not to Cry: Thankfully, Chizuru is there to do the crying for the entire cast.
- Warrior Poet: Except he's apparently terrible at the poetry part. A for effort though.
- What the Hell, Hero?: He gets a stern talking to from a dying Yamazaki, and later from Ootori, for charging recklessly, ahead of his men.
- Will They or Won't They?: With Chizuru in the anime. They do.
- Workaholic: Several characters call him out for it.
Voiced by: Tōru Ōkawa (JP), David Wald (EN)
Commander of the Shinsengumi. A rather likeable and even humble person.
- Aloof Big Brother: That said though, Reimeiroku shows that he can be quite oblivious to Okita's mental state
- Ambition Is Evil: He's not evil, but his ambition to become a respected samurai leads to him bringing in elements like Itou and continuing the experiments with the Water of Life, two major factors for the Shinsengumi's corruption.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Somewhat of an Informed Ability. In Okita's route, Okita says that Kondou is much stronger than him - and in Saito's Memory he notes that Kondou is basically invincible when he gets serious. However, he's rarely seen fighting on-screen. Aside from the Ikedaya Incident, the only time he really gets to demonstrate his combat prowess it's trading blows with Kazama, who comments that Kondou is not a weakling but doesn't break a sweat either.
- Big Brother Mentor: Especially to Okita, and his leadership of the Shinsengumi takes this tone in general.
- Bus Crash: Depending on route, he either gets Put on a Bus after the Battle of Toba-Fushimi, is captured on-screen, or simply disappears from the story. Chizuru later hears that he's been executed.
- Can't Hold His Liquor: Like Hijikata, his limit is about four pints.
- Drunk with Power: In every Shinsengumi route, after he becomes a daimyo. Sobers up very quickly when his first battle afterward goes badly. It's this behavior that makes Shinpachi and Sanosuke depart.
- Face Death with Dignity: On Saito's route, Hijikata bitterly recounts how Kondou, upon being rudely denied the right to commit seppuku, simply politely asked to at least be allowed to shave.
- First-Name Basis: He's one of exactly two people (the other being Inoue) who doesn't address Hijikata by his surname or title, choosing to call him by the diminutive "Toshi" instead.
- Heroic Sacrifice: In every route. After realizing that he's been Drunk with Power, he gives himself up to buy everyone else time to escape. He's planning on them recognizing that he is a daimyo and showing him mercy or allowing him to commit honorable suicide. He doesn't get either, and is executed.
- Good Old Ways: Even when all his men start dressing up in Western-style uniforms, Kondou does not. Fittingly enough.
- Honor Before Reason: He remains blindly loyal to the shogunate, even when the Shogun proves unworthy of such loyalty.
- Jade-Colored Glasses: In the end, he finally comes to terms with the fact that courage and idealism alone can only get you so far.
- My God, What Have I Done?: As seen in Hijikata and Saitou's routes. Burdened with the guilt of having led so many of his men to a meaningless death, he becomes understandably depressed.
- No Hero to His Valet: Nagakura recalls their days at the Shieikan, when their lives were simple and Kondou treated them more like friends than subordinates.
- Off with His Head!: He's executed by beheading, which is just rubbing salt in his wounds as that's considered a criminal's death.
- Tragic Dream: All he wanted was to be a hero to the people and prove that anyone, even a peasant, can become a samurai. In every route, this leads to the deaths of him and his friends, with an added kick to Kondou—he's denied an honorable death.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: Downplayed, but he's still a bit too idealistic for his own good.
Voiced by: Nobuo Tobita (JP), David Matranga (EN)
Also known as Yamanami Keisuke in history. He is the General Secretary of the Shinsengumi.
- Ambiguously Evil: His villainy changes depending on what route you're on. Generally, he's only a villain in Heisuke's and Saitou's; he antagonises Chizuru in Harada's route, but disappears once they leave the Shinsengumi, and in all the other routes is either faking it or fights and dies with the Shinsengumi.
- Barehanded Blade Block: He pulls one in Heisuke's route. The sword slices most of the way into his forearm, but since he's already a Fury by that point...
- Big Bad: In Heisuke's route. Sannan uses his connections with the Sendai domain - where he is originally from, to achieve his goal of creating a new kingdom of furies. He transforms innocent people into furies and even tries to get Princess Sen to be the ruler of his new fury kingdom.
- Blind Without 'Em: Sannan never takes off his glasses unless he's sleeping or showering (in Sweet School Life, he wears them to the pool, and there is a reason for that). According to himself in Tsukikage no Shou, he just can't see without 'em.
- The Chessmaster: Played for Laughs in the drama CDs, but played straight in his own route, where he plays Kodo and Kaoru like fiddles.
- Deadpan Snarker: Best seen here:Hijikata: Rather than a beloved brother, on the contrary, all those needless meddling and trouble-making are more like how someone treats an annoying unwanted relative.Sannan: So true. That's Hijikata-kun, knowing full well what you're like in other people's eyes.
- Deliberate Injury Gambit: The abovementioned Barehanded Blade Block is also one of these. He comes to regret it when Heisuke takes a page out of the same book shortly thereafter.
- Despair Event Horizon: The dam was going to burst inevitably after his injury, but it's when Itou, who just joined and is of higher rank than Sannan, remarks on the aforementioned's hurt arm in a very faux-polite way that Sannan decides to drink the water of life.
- Dissonant Serenity: Sannan doesn't even have to play the villain to do this, and the narration often remarks on how calm he can sometimes be despite saying or doing callous things.
- Don't You Dare Pity Me!: He's perfectly capable of pitying himself, thank you very much.
- Driven to Suicide: Somewhat. He eventually decides that he'd rather die become a Fury than continue to live with his useless arm; the process of becoming a Fury just happens to have a high chance of death, something he's also fine with at the time.
- Forceful Kiss: Plants one on Sen in Heisuke's route, in order to make her swallow his blood and become a Fury.
- Four Eyes, Zero Soul: He comes off this way following his injury, and especially after he becomes a Fury. It's subverted, however, in the anime and in Hijikata's route of the game, in which he turns out to have kept hold of his better nature right to the end.
- Handicapped Badass: Averted. His arm injury severely hinders his ability to use a sword. He's quite bitter about it, leading to his fall in most routes.
- Heel Realization: In the musicals, Heisuke's route, in a variant of the original game. Sannan, after mentioning he remembered he was human once and that this prevented him from blocking Heisuke's last strike, also remembers the faces of everyone in the Shinsengumi. He comes to realize what he's done - and gets into position for an assisted suicide with Heisuke's help.
- It Has Been an Honor: He says that although he and Hijikata haven't always seen eye to eye, he was proud to fight alongside him and the Shinsengumi, right before he turns to ashes at the same time Heisuke does.
- Living on Borrowed Time: Him and all of the Furies, but it's especially bad due to him being the first truly sane Fury around and thus having shortened his lifespan considerably more than the rest over the course of the story.
- Mad Scientist: After he turns into a Fury. How bad he gets depends on the route. He's at his worst in Heisuke's route, with Sanosuke's route (and his near-constant harassment of Chizuru during one chapter of it) a close second.
- Manipulative Bastard: Sannan pulls a lot of this in Heisuke and Harada's route, with the latter having him straight up use Heisuke's alleged suffering to try to drive Chizuru into cooperating with him through using her blood.
- Necessarily Evil: Sannan completely seems to believe this of himself in most routes where he doesn't go full on villain, completely willing to do morally questionable stuff even if it destroys people's perception of him.
- Only a Flesh Wound: Subverted. Chizuru is relieved to hear that it was only his left arm that was injured - until the other captains point out that it's enough to permanently end his career as a swordsman, and thus nothing to be relieved about.
- Promoted to Love Interest: A major supporting character in the original game, Sanan gets his own route in the Updated Re Release Shinkai.
- Scary Shiny Glasses: Played for Laughs on Heisuke's route in Yuugiroku.
- The Smart Guy: He's a valued strategist in the Shinsengumi and the one responsible for researching the Water of Life.
- Stoic Spectacles: He's aloof and calculating.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: When Chizuru first meets him, he's quite nice, if scary. After suffering his Career-Ending Injury, his attitude sours fast; he becomes increasingly depressed and impossible to talk to (taking offense at the slightest provocation while simultaneously maintaining a haughty demeanor), until he's eventually driven to become a Fury to try and cure his injury. And from there, he gets worse.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He's portrayed as this in the musical of Harada's arc as an expansion of the original route, where his final fate was a bit untold. Although he gets smacked down verbally by Hijikata many times, Heisuke and Hijikata mourn him after he gets killed fighting Kazama. They say that although his methods were less than desirable he really only wanted a future for the furies, who at that point comprised most of the Shinsengumi.
- Zero-Approval Gambit: The quintessential example. In his route in Shinkai, Sannan commits a lot of "crimes" and acts that he is okay with, or even wants other people misinterpreting, such as his bloody clothes that Chizuru can reprimand him for. Turns out he was just trying to protect her. By far the most egregious example comes at the end of his route; where Sannan teams up with Heisuke and Sen to fake Heisuke's death and Sen's capture so he can get revenge against Kodo for his mistreatment of Chizuru and stop his plans altogether. By this point he loves Chizuru, meaning that he is deliberately making the love of his life hate him to do the right thing in his eyes.
Voiced by: Showtaro Morikubo (JP), Blake Shepard (EN)
Captain of the first squad in the Shinsengumi. His loyalties lie with Kondou alone.
- All of the Other Reindeer: He was bullied as a child.
- Annoying Patient: Hijikata has to stay on his case constantly to keep him out of the fighting when his health starts going bad, and even then it doesn't always work.
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: While complaining about Hijikata.Okita: However, the person Kondou-san trusts most is that certain somebody who's treacherous, self-centered, self-absorbed, and enjoys writing crappy haiku.
- Berserk Button: Do not threaten Kondou. Just don't.
- Black Comedy: Much to everybody's chagrin.
- Blood from the Mouth: In the midst of pretending he's just got a cold, he starts coughing up blood, which very quickly tells Chizuru he's got tuberculosis.
- Blood Knight: Shows signs of this in Reimeiroku.
- Bittersweet Ending: His best ending in Shinsengumi Kitan is bittersweet even in comparison to the other characters' endings, given that he's still dying of tuberculosis and thus he and Chizuru will only have a limited amount of time together.
- But for Me, It Was Tuesday: At the beginning of his Sekkaroku OVA, he's challenged by a ronin who declares his intention to avenge his master. Okita replies that he doesn't even remember the name.
- Cat Smile: His chibi form in Yuugiroku, and all the time in the AkaSeka collab. He also pulls one in the Sekkaroku OVA while trolling Hijikata.
- The Champion: For Kondou, and how. His dedication runs almost to the point of Subordinate Excuse.
- Dark and Troubled Past: His parents died when he was young. He was raised by his sister Mitsu, who then abandoned him at Kondou's dojo after getting married. While it's implied she felt he'd have a better life there than with her and her husband, it shook Okita's sense of self-worth.
- Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Especially when he was a child. Kondou earned his loyalty by being the only one who encouraged him to look to the future instead of saying things like, "Oh, you poor child, your parents are dead and your sister left you all alone."
- Friend to All Children: Rather adorably so. Does not apply to children who bad-mouth Kondou.
- The Gadfly: The epitome of this trope. Especially in the drama CDs - see the "we named the cat Toshizo" incident for just one example of his trolling.
- Heroic Sacrifice: In one of his endings, he dies protecting Chizuru from Kaoru. In the anime, he uses the last of his strength to protect Hijikata.
- Hypocritical Humor: When Hijikata finds out about Okita naming a cat after him and demands that Okita imagine what it would be like if he got a dog and named it 'Souji,' Okita's response is, "That's so disgusting. Please stop."
- I Can Still Fight!: Says this like a mantra after his tuberculosis hits him.
- Ineffectual Death Threats: Towards Chizuru. To everyone else, very effectual.
- Incurable Cough of Death: Only this time, the game pulls no punches about naming his disease: he has tuberculosis, the disease his real-life counterpart died of in his twenties. Likewise, he dies in every route except for his own, either implicitly or on-screen.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Likes teasing, is fond of sarcasm and isn't particularly pleasant to the people around him... However, he is a good-natured person deep down below.
- Lack of Empathy: Taking lives is easy for him and he really doesn't get what the problem is. This starts to get remedied in his relationship with Chizuru.
- Kondou: Shuusai-sensei and I taught [Okita] sword skill. But perhaps we failed to teach him the most important thing about being a human.
- Master Swordsman: Naturally, as he is the Sword of the Shinsengumi. His mastery and skill are being noted by other characters throughout the game.
- Murder Is the Best Solution: His suggested solution to any problem is almost guaranteed to be killing someone.
- Odd Friendship: He and Saitou get along well enough for Saitou to joke around with him, especially in the drama CDs. Of course, it should be mentioned that their first meeting involved them beating each other up with wooden swords until Heisuke, Harada and Nagakura were forced to intervene.
- Parental Abandonment: It's revealed in Reimeiroku that after his parents died, his older sister begged Kondou to take him in. Okita didn't get over it until Kondou told him that everything must happen for a reason. This one scene is why Okita is so dedicated to Kondou.
- Put on a Bus: In every route but his own. In at least one route, there's a Bus Crash. In others (namely, Yamazaki's and Souma's), the bus comes back with him pulling a Big Damn Heroes.
- The Resenter: Okita appears to have a pretty strained relationship with Hijikata. Reimeiroku justifies it.
- Stepford Snarker: He's utterly caustic and always quick on the verbal draw, which he uses to cover up his pain and insecurities from his Parental Abandonment.
- Suggestive Collision: In the game, one possible course of events during the demon attack on Shinsengumi headquarters has Yamazaki throwing Chizuru bodily into the nearest room to get her out of the way of the fighting. It happens to be the room that Okita is resting in, and she lands directly on him. Cue teasing from Okita and embarrassed flailing from Chizuru.
- Trapped in Another World: A flimsy Excuse Plot as to why he and two others can end up in Hinomoto in the AkaSeka crossover.
- Undying Loyalty: To Kondou, so much so that in Okita's route, hearing of Kondou's death prompts him to almost attack Hijikata. Though he doesn't, he also expresses no desire to rejoin the Shinsengumi without Kondou.
- Verbal Tic: When drunk, "deshu~".
- Would Hit a Girl: He makes it quite clear that he doesn't care whether his enemy is a man or a woman. He's prepared to kill anyone who stands in the Shinsengumi's way.
- Your Days Are Numbered: Just like the real Okita, he has tuberculosis and is expected to die young. Out of all Chizuru's love interests, he's the one who will die the fastest, as on his route he also has to suffer from a Fury's shortened lifespan.
Voiced by: Kosuke Toriumi (JP), Leraldo Anzaldua (EN)
The serious and reserved captain of the third squad in the Shinsengumi. He is also a kenjutsu instructor and is actually the preferred instructor among the lower ranks, as he is the most patient one.
- All of the Other Reindeer: Prior to arriving at the Shieikan, he was constantly ostracized for being a left-handed swordsman.
- Badass Longcoat: His second outfit.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: His Undying Loyalty to Hijikata and the Shinsengumi is because they understood and unreservedly accepted his left-handedness instead of trying to "correct" his stance or accusing him of cheating.
- Cannot Tell a Joke: In one of the drama CDs, Okita affectionately calls Saitou "Pochi".note With a completely straight face, Saitou responds with "Woof". The other captains think that he's telling them something by code. Saitou just looks dejected and tells them that it's okay if they don't get it.
- Comically Serious: He's usually the Straight Man to Okita's Wise Guy.
- Cuteness Proximity: In one of the drama CDs. He also has a similar reaction to seeing Chizuru dressed up as a maiko.
- Death by Adaptation: He dies in Hijikata's route, but the historical Saito was one of the two survivors of the Bakumatsu War (the other being Nagakura).
- Fake Defector: Plays The Mole for Hijikata in order to spy on Itou after he and his men split from the Shinsengumi.
- Geek: When it comes to Japanese swords, Saitou knows everything.
- Historical Beauty Update: Looked like this in real life.
- I Was Just Passing Through: Word for word, this is his excuse for turning up to save Chizuru from Amagiri in his route of Shinsengumi Kitan.
- Iaijutsu Practitioner: Says in chapter two of Reimeiroku that he practices Iai because "it is a skill that can reliably slice the enemy at the first strike."
- Keigo: Some find him difficult to translate because he uses very polite speech with social superiors.
- Master Swordsman: One of the best of the Shinsengumi, right up there with the prodigiously-talented Okita and the Demon Commander himself. His real-life counterpart, too, was acknowledged as being a particularly gifted swordsman.
- Never Gets Drunk: A downplayed type one. He's the best drinker out of the Shinsengumi, but is still prone to blackouts, even if he looks and acts like he's completely sober.
- Not so Above It All: They're rare, but there are occasions where Saitou participates in the Shinsengumi's antics.
- Oblivious to Love: There are a number of times in Saitou's route where he's utterly baffled by Chizuru, wondering why she's always worrying about him or mistaking her dedication to gratitude for him saving her life.
- Odd Friendship: With Okita.
- Only Sane Man: In the more light-hearted scenarios.
- Peek-a-Bangs: His bangs cover his left eye no matter the length of his hair.
- The Quiet One: Until he gets drunk, that is. He will either lecture at length (with the same emotionless face, no less) or start rambling about swords.
- Scarf of Asskicking: A white version, and quite prone to blowing in the wind.
- Serious Business: Gets into an argument with fellow Geek Souji over whose sword is better: Kondou's or Hijikata's.
- Snow Means Love: Snow is a recurring motif for Saito in the games and supplementary material, most visibly in his good ending in Shinsengumi Kitan. His Sekkaroku end theme is subtitled "The Whisper of Snow Falling," and two of his character-specific short stories are "The Warm First Snow" and "Banked Fire in Winter."
- The Stoic: To extremes. He even stays stoic while drunk and doesn't show signs of discomfort during summer. Even moreso after he becomes a Fury.
- Sugar-and-Ice Personality: A classic example. He's quiet, logical, and seems emotionless, but in reality he just struggles to express them. On the inside, Saito's very sweet and surprisingly dorky; he just doesn't show it to anyone but Chizuru and occasionally the other Shinsengumi.
- Swipe Your Blade Off: Within seconds of meeting him.
- Trapped in Another World: Temporarily abducted from the real world into AkaSeka universe in the crossover event.
- Uncertain Doom: In most routes, he goes missing during the Bakumatsu War. This fits what happened to his real-life counterpart, who was captured but survived execution by giving a fake name, and actually lived to the 1900s.
- Undying Loyalty: To Hijikata and the Shinsengumi in general. Growing out of this and learning to pursue his own dreams is part of his route.
- What You Are in the Dark: Early in his route, he's in danger of losing to Kazama. Chizuru offers to go with Kazama in exchange for leaving Saitou and his men alone. Kazama suggests that he agree and simply tell his superiors that they were overpowered and she was captured. Saitou states that he would know the truth and is determined not to surrender.
- Workaholic: So much so that in his route, being a Fury doesn't deter him from working in the daytime. This only gets stronger as the Shinsengumi's doom approaches, to the point Chizuru has to force him to stop working and get some sleep.
- Worthy Opponent: To Amagiri. It's his salvation in his good ending, as it prompts Amagiri to step in momentarily on his behalf, and to share with him the information about how to mitigate the effects of the Water of Life.
- You Shall Not Pass!: His name is Saitou Hajime! ...and he pulls this in the anime, never to be seen again.note .
Voiced by: Hiroyuki Yoshino (JP), Greg Ayres (EN)
Captain of the eighth unit.
- Badass Adorable: Being a captain of the Shinsengumi means he is one of the strongest members, and hands down the most adorable.
- Big Damn Heroes: With Sanosuke and Shinpachi, in the climax of Saitou's route.
- Butt-Monkey: Being both young and short gets him picked on quite a bit by Harada and Nagakura, but in loving fun.
- Childhood Friends: With Chizuru in SSL.
- Childhood Friend Romance: Potentially with Chizuru in SSL.
- Conflicting Loyalty: Unlike most of the other main characters in the Shinsengumi, Heisuke is an Imperial loyalist. This was not an issue when the group started out, but as the shogunate comes to power and conflict rises between the factions, he becomes increasingly uncomfortable and uncertain as to whether remaining with the Shinsengumi is the right thing for him to do. His discomfort with the difference in ideologies cause him to leave with Itou for the Guardians of the Imperial Tomb, but when the shit hits the fan at Aburano Koji he throws in with his old friends and rejoins the Shinsengumi.
- Cute Bruiser: Being a captain of the Shinsengumi, Heisuke is possibly the strongest of his unit and he's definitely cute.
- Deliberate Injury Gambit: In his route of the game, this is how he defeats Sannan.
- Dope Slap: Throughout his Butt-Monkey career, he gets quite a few of these from Hijikata and Harada. He also receives a well-deserved Armor-Piercing Slap from Chizuru at one point in his route. Chizuru!
- Emergency Transformation: Shortly before the route split, Heisuke is fatally wounded at Aburano Koji and is forced to drink the Water of Life and become a fury.
- Friendly Address Privileges: Insists on this with Chizuru, since they're around the same age.
- Gallows Humor: Not to the same level or usage as Souji though.
- Heroic Bastard: Illegitimate son of the Lord of Tsu.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He throws both his swords to save Chizuru at Aburano Koji, leaving him vulnerable to Amagiri. This would have been fatal had he not been given the Water of Life, and even then, dealing with being a Fury is a considerable sacrifice.
- Hidden Depths: He looks like an energetic and carefree lad, but inwardly Heisuke has a lot of doubts about whether the path he's on is the right one. He spends a lot of time in contemplation of corruption and morals in his search for living "correctly".
- Hot-Blooded: Not to extremes, but in comparison to everyone else.
- Keet: Zig-zagged. He starts out reasonably loud, energetic, and the friendliest of the Shinsengumi captains, but he starts to fizzle out after he becomes a fury. It never goes away completely, though.
- Living on Borrowed Time: As a Fury. Out of all of Chizuru's potential love interests, he's the only one (prior to Sannan gaining a route) who drinks the water of life on every single route. It makes sense, since the real Toudou did die at Aburano Koji.
- Older than They Look:
- He looks to be about 15 or 16, he's actually about 18 or 19 when introduced, 22-23 when he becomes a fury and about 24 when/if he dies. Not only that, but his voice still sounds like he's in the mid-stages of puberty as it is much higher than the other characters.
- While still one of the youngest members in reality, the historical figure was born in the same year as Saitou and Souji.
- Parental Neglect: Due to being illegitimate, Heisuke's parents probably didn't really raise him, he may have even run away from home considering how young he is and the fact that he's been in the Shinsengumi for years before meeting Chizuru.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: He says himself that he isn't very strong, but he definitely can hold his own in battle. Considering he's a captain, it can also be assumed he's the strongest member of his unit.
- Plucky Comic Relief: At least, until things start getting Darker and Edgier...
- Power Trio: With Harada and Nagakura.
- Throwing Your Sword Always Works: He throws his sword (and in the game his wakizashi) to save Chizuru at Aburano Koji. He's thus left defenseless and open to Amagiri's attack, and would have died but for taking the Water of Life.
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Harada and Nagakura.
Voiced by: Koji Yusa (JP), Illich Guardiola (EN)
Captain of the tenth unit.
- Affectionate Gesture to the Head: He gives a lot of these to Ryuunosuke and Chizuru.
- The Anti-Nihilist: Made especially obvious in his route.
- Babies Ever After: Has a son with Chizuru in his Good Ending.
- Badass Longcoat: His second outfit.
- Badass Normal: In the games, he's the only one of Chizuru's potential love interests in the Shinsengumi who never drinks the Water of Life, and it makes him no less badass. In fact, it probably makes him more badass, as he goes up against a Water of Life-enhanced Koudou and an army of furies with a little help from Shiranui and survives. It also means his is one of two to have a genuine, long term happy ending.
- Badass in Distress: At one point in his route, he gets cornered by Shiranui while trying to protect Chizuru, and it's up to her to save him. Her choosing to heed his advice and run away instead leads to a bad ending in which both she and he are killed.
- Big Brother Instinct: Especially in regard to Saitou in the drama CDs, and Ibuki in Reimeiroku.
- Big Damn Heroes: With Heisuke and Shinpachi, in the climax of Saitou's route.
- Blade on a Stick: Like the historical Sanosuke, his preferred weapon is a spear.
- Bungled Suicide: Just like his historical counterpart, he tried to commit Seppuku when he was younger, but failed.
- Every Scar Has a Story: Always played for laughs.
- First-Name Basis: Towards the end of his route, he asks Chizuru to call him by his first name, signifying their Relationship Upgrade.
- Friend or Idol Decision: Ultimately, he finds himself torn between his sense of camaraderie towards Nagakura and his devotion to Chizuru, as their paths suddenly diverge at the end of his route. Chizuru decides to return to Edo to try to stop Koudou and his furies from ravaging the city, while Nagakura and the Seiheitai prepare to join the Bakufu forces in Aizu. Either way, he must say goodbye to one of them for what may well be the last time.
- Handwraps of Awesome: Red ones, which he keeps even after switching to his black and white Western-style attire.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Nagakura is his best buddy. Their bromance is actually a major theme in his route.
- Hidden Depths: While he appears pretty cheerful and easygoing, he's constantly wrestling with doubts and negative emotions concerning the Shinsengumi, the furies and the fighting in general. Unless he's asked for his opinion, though, he usually keeps it to himself.
- Humble Goal: In contrast to Kondou's grand ambitions and Hijikata and Saitou's high ideals, Sanosuke reveals in his route that his dream is to marry a woman he loves and settle down with her to live a peaceful life.
- Implausible Fencing Powers: In his encounters against Shiranui.
- Large Ham: Usually when facing off against demons, or showing off his scar.
- Mistaken for Gay: In Zuisouroku, he starts hitting on Chizuru in front of some men, briefly forgetting that she's supposed to be a boy. Needless to say, this happens.
- Power Trio: With Nagakura and Toudou.
- Put on a Bus: Willingly, along with Shinpachi. The bus turns around in the climax of Saitou's route. In his route, you get on the bus with him.
- Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!/To Be Lawful or Good: In Sekkaroku, as well as his route in the main game.
- Sexy Discretion Shot: The only guy in the original game with a sex scene. It's not explicit and barely descriptive.
- Shipper on Deck: He actively encourages Ryuunosuke's relationship with Kosuzu in Reimeiroku, and eventually helps them run away so they can finally be together.
- "Shut Up" Kiss: To Chizuru in his route. Claims it's the only way he knows to calm a woman down.
- Stay in the Kitchen: He firmly believes that it's a man's responsibility to protect women and children, and often takes a very dim view when Chizuru tries to take action on her own. Justified considering the setting and the fact that the woman he's dealing with is Chizuru, who is pursued by demons and has very little ability to defend herself: his objection is often not so much that she's trying to do something as that she insists on trying to do it alone rather than asking for help.
- Twinkle Smile: In some of the artwork.
Voiced by: Tomohiro Tsuboi (JP), Kalob Martinez (EN)
Cheery captain in Shinsengumi, Kondou Faction. He is also a kenjutsu instructor.
- A Father to His Men: Contrasting Hijikata, who fathers his men by being strict and careful with their lives, Nagakura fathers his by taking them out for drinks and covering for them when they're in trouble. His route shows that his dedication to them extends to single-handedly protecting their backs when they retreat, no matter what risk it puts on him.
- Affectionate Nickname: Heisuke calls him "Shinpattsuan/Shinpat-san."
- Apologetic Attacker: To Kodo's Furies on his route. He feels bad for them, but he can't let that stop him.
- Bad Liar: Often played for laughs.
- Big Damn Heroes: With Sanosuke and Heisuke, at the climax of Saitou's route.
- Big Eater: Is he ever! One of the first CGIs is him trying to steal Heisuke's dinner under the excuse that he needs to eat more to support his muscles. Besides that, Nagakura has a frequent appreciation for Chizuru's food and often goes for seconds or thirds.
- Bromantic Foil: To Harada, in Harada's route.
- Chivalrous Pervert: Likes ladies, has a heart of gold.
- Dreaming of Things to Come: His symbolic dream about Kondou.
- Exposed to the Elements: He always wears his sleeveless, chest-bearing outfit, even in the winter. When it's lampshaded that he should be wearing warmer clothes, an affronted Nagakura exclaims he couldn't deny the world "this".
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Harada.
- Hot-Blooded: Nagakura's got a well-meaning, but rash and hot-headed nature, which he admits tends to get him in trouble. Chizuru also describes him as the first one into battle and the last one out in his route.
- Like Brother and Sister: He's protective of and friendly towards Chizuru, but in the way of an older brother. Even on his route expresses that he sees her like a little sister. It takes a lot of time for him to work past that.
- Power Trio: With Harada and Toudou.
- Promoted to Love Interest: Gets his own route in Shinkai.
- Put on a Bus: Willingly, along with Sanosuke. The bus turns around in the climax of Saitou's route. In Sanosuke's route, you get on the bus with him, but depart with Sanosuke. Naturally, the reverse happens in Nagakura's own route.
- Shirtless Scene: Complete with Pec Flexing. Parodied in Sweet School Life.
- Smarter Than You Look: Chizuru is surprised to find out that he's pretty knowledgeable when it comes to politics.
- Testosterone Poisoning: His eagerness to demonstrate his "manliness" is always played for laughs. Like a lot of things with Nagakura.
Voiced by: Norio Kobayashi (JP), Kurt Bauer (EN)
Captain of the sixth unit.
- Dropped a Bridge on Him: In about half the routesnote , his death is sudden and off-screen.
- Emergency Transformation: He tries to drink the Water of Life in Hijikata's and Kazama's routes, but is cut down before he can—by Kazama in the former, by Imperial soldiers in the latter. He ends up doing this to Nagakura in his route.
- The Farmer and the Viper: In Nagakura's route, he persuades Nagakura to spare two Imperial soldiers, who have already betrayed the shogunate, beaten Inoue near-fatally, and are intent on taking his head in for a reward. It's not surprising, then, when the soldiers come back with reinforcements.
- First-Name Basis: Aside from Kondou, he's the only person who doesn't call Hijikata by his family name, addressing him instead as "Toshi-san."
- Heroic Sacrifice: Sacrifices himself fighting Kazama in Hijikata's and Souma's routes.
- It Has Been an Honor: His Final Speech in Hijikata's route.
- Parental Substitute: To Chizuru in Hijikata's route. Immediately after Chizuru accepts him as one, he sacrifices himself to save her.
- Undying Loyalty: Towards Kondou and Hijikata.
- You Shall Not Pass!: Several of his on-screen deaths are this. He intends to hold Kazama (in Hijikata's and Souma's routes), Takeda and Kodo (Iba's), or Imperial soldiers (Kazama's and Nagakura's) off long enough for Chizuru to escape.
Voiced by: Takayuki Suzuki (JP), Connor Leach (EN)
- Heroic Sacrifice: Takes a fatal blow for Hijikata in the latter's route. In Souma's route, he stays behind to hold off Kazama so Souma and Chizuru can escape.
- Combat Medic: He studied medicine under Matsumoto Ryoujun, and his job in Kyoto was that of a doctor. He acts as an emergency medic in the Shinsengumi.
- Ninja: Though he dresses like a stereotypical ninja, oddly enough, he isn't one. He actually works as a spy for the Shinsengumi. However; he does (quite hilariously), pretend to be one in Zuisouroku and Sekkaroku in order to save Chizuru.
- Promoted to Love Interest: He gets his own route in Shinkai.
- Sherlock Scan: Deduces Chizuru's identity and motives for following him just from the hesitation in her footsteps.
- The Stoic: Comes off as this even though he's actually quite expressive and even a little childish.
- Undying Loyalty: To Hijikata. To the point where he performs a Heroic Sacrifice in Hijikata's route.
- You Shall Not Pass!: Pulls this alongside Inoue against Kazama in Souma's route.
Voiced by: Takeshi Ohba (JP), George Manley (EN)
- Gentle Giant: He towers over all the other characters, but is soft-spoken and kind-hearted.
- Manly Tears: On a number of occasions in Hijikata's route.
- Shipper on Deck: Encourages Chizuru to stay by Yamazaki's side in the latter's route.
Voiced by: Yūki Kaji
A character introduced in Hakuouki Shinkai. A later recruit to the Shinsengumi, Souma was born into an actual samurai family, but has been disillusioned by the so-called "true samurai" around him and yearns to find what it really means to be a samurai.
- Fiery Redhead: His hair is a reddish-brown, and when he first meets the Shinsengumi he has a quick temper and tendency to make rash judgments.
- He Knows Too Much: Subverted. After the ruckus with the ronin, Harada notices that Souma has a drawing of Serizawa as a Fury and he's quickly taken to the Shinsengumi headquarters, where he explains that he made the artist, Ibuki, give him the drawing without knowing what it meant, and as far as he knew, it was the only copy. The Shinsengumi end up letting him go, and he later joins them.
- Sempai/Kouhai: He calls Chizuru "Yukimura-senpai".
- Sexy Discretion Shot: Upon announcing his intentions to surrender to the Imperial Army, Souma and Chizuru realize that there's a very good chance they'll be separated and might not reunite. Chizuru asks that he allow her to spend the night with him. Like with Harada's, it's not explicit and barely descriptive.
- Survivor's Guilt: On his route, Souma's wracked with this as his comrades keep dying or sacrificing themselves for him, even wondering out loud why he's still alive.
- Take Up My Sword: Like his historical counterpart, he's groomed into Hijikata's successor.
- Those Two Guys: What he and Nomura become in the routes besides his own.
- Unsettling Gender-Reveal: Unlike most people, Souma is fooled by Chizuru's disguise, even after touching her to assess her body (even noting that she has the measurements of a girl) after learning she isn't very good with a sword. He doesn't learn the truth until the Shinsengumi basically tell him and Nomura.
Voiced by: Takuya Eguchi
A character introduced in Hakuoku Shinkai. He joins at the same time as Souma.
- Go Out with a Smile: In Souma's route, he manages to give a smile as he falls off the ironclad into the sea, already mortally wounded.
- Those Two Guys: What he and Souma become outside of Souma's route.
- Unsettling Gender-Reveal: Like Souma, Nomura is fooled by Chizuru's disguise, and only learns the truth at the same time Souma does.
Voiced by: Ryuusaku Chijiwa (JP), Clint Bickham (EN)
- Animal Motifs: He's compared to a Tanuki.
- Asshole Victim: He's assassinated on his way home while drunk out of his mind. He was a major Jerkass who framed the Shinsengumi for Sakamoto's murder and planned to assassinate Kondo, so it's hard to say he didn't deserve it. In fact, the Shinsengumi are more upset by the Dirty Business itself than the prospect of killing a former ally.
- Camp: Shown best when he blows a kiss in Yuugiroku.
- Disc-One Final Boss: Killed at the end of Chapter 4 (Chapter 3 in the original), at just about the end of Kyoto Winds.
- Even Evil Can Be Loved: A Jerkass through and through, but even he's loved by someone—namely his brother, Saburo Miki.
- Smug Snake: Joins the Shinsengumi, only to betray them by making a separate organization.
Voiced by: Kenjiro Tsuda (JP), Corey Hartzog (EN)
A pure-blood demon and head of the Kazama family, working alongside imperialist forces to repay a clan debt to the Satsuma domain despite looking down on humans. His role in the story depends on the route chosen by the player, and he is the only potential love interest who is not a member of the Shinsengumi. Really wants Chizuru to have his babies.
- Ancestral Weapon: The Doujigiri Yasutsuna, his demon-slaying blade, has been passed down through his clan for ages.
- Anger Born of Worry: He is very unamused when Chizuru insists on travelling to Aizu Castle, which is currently swarming with Imperial troops, and is harsher than normal when he criticizes the decision. Amagiri notes its unusual for him to lose his cool like that, the implication being that Kazama only did so because he was that concerned for Chizuru.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Is he ever! He's one of the most powerful characters in the franchise, regularly trash-talks people who try to fight him, and there are several times where he decides to let Amagiri or Shiranui take care of opponents he considers "too weak" to bother with.
- Badass Baritone: Courtesy of Kenjiro Tsuda, he's got the deepest voice in the game and is definitely a badass. Also overlaps with Evil Sounds Deep.
- Big Bad: In Saitou's and Hijikata's routes.
- Brutal Honesty: Kazama's as ruthless with his words as he is in battle, never lying or holding back on delivering a scathing opinion on humans, Furies, or foolish actions.
- Cultured Badass: Overlaps with Wicked Cultured. He's an arrogant One-Man Army who despises humans and is intent on kidnapping Chizuru. That doesn't stop him from being well-versed in human politics and history, nor having an appreciation for architecture.
- Curbstomp Battle: He tends to deliver this to whomever he fights. The tables get turned on him at the end of Saitou's route; Saitou, Heisuke, Sanosuke, and Shinpachi beat him down.
- The Cynic: He believes that Humans Are Bastards, and all they care about is power and wealth.
- Deadpan Snarker: He's very droll and sarcastic, especially when mocking humans or people who he thinks are being stupid. Amagiri lampshades it at one point, claiming he's not surprised Kazama's shooting a snarky remark at him.
- Distinguished Gentleman's Pipe: Is depicted smoking a kiseru in the anime and several pieces of official art, befitting of someone who prides himself in being above others.
- Enemy Mine:
- In Heisuke's route. In the original, it's because he's irked that Sannan kidnapped Sen, who promised to mother his children; in the remake, it's because he's furious about Sannan's experiments with the Furies. Approaches Friendly Enemy by the route's conclusion, judging from the banter post-rescue.
- A combination of this and Villainous Rescue is what begins his and Chizuru's travels together on his route. They both want to stop her father. After that, they stick together for other reasons.
- Similarly, he and Amagiri clean up Kodo's Furies while Yamazaki deals with the man himself, in the latter's route.
- He helps Sen and Chizuru reach Ezo in the Normal Route, and technically does deal with Kodo for them, albeit in a way both found too drastic.
- Even Evil Has Standards:
- He hates humans, but even he's genuinely disgusted if Sannan and his Fury Corps go on a wanton murder spree in Edo and/or Sendai.
- He takes extreme ire with people who participate in the experiments to create Furies or become Furies themselves.
- He holds the Demon Code in extremely high regard, and just about the only thing that infuriates him more than Furies are demons who break the code. As such, he'll never break a promise, holds himself to high personal standards, and won't touch Chizuru until marriage even when they're completely alone.
- Explosive Breeder: His aspiration to have children is exaggerated and Played for Laughs in Yuugiroku, where he exclaims that Chizuru will give him 100 children. She's quick to point out that she's physically unable to.
- Face Death with Dignity: In Hijikata's route, overlapping with Graceful Loser. He's calm and complimentary as he dies.
- Go-Karting with Bowser: In Yuugiroku, the drama CDs and live drama.
- Hidden Depths:
- Kazama has a cultural side and admires architecture. In fact, one of the few kind things he'll say about humans is that they really do know how to construct beautiful buildings.
- He's also surprisingly intuitive and has a strong grasp on the intricacies of human politics (which has done nothing for his worldview).
- I Gave My Word: One of the cores of Demon culture is to never break a vow, and Kazama's no different. If you can get him to swear to something, whether that be abandoning his pursuit of Chiruzu in Heisuke's route or getting Chizuru back to the Shinsengumi in his own, then he will stick to it.
- Identical Grandson: He's a dead-ringer for his ancestor Chitose.
- Like an Old Married Couple: On his route, he and Chizuru end up stuck at Sendai for six months. They rent a mansion for the stay and decide that Kazama will search for a boat to take them to Ezo, while Chizuru will manage the household. This naturally culminates into domesticity, with Chizuru welcoming him home with dinner and a bath, arguing with him about sake being bad for his health, and trading relaxed banter.
- Maybe Ever After: His ending in the original game has him and Chizuru part ways, but not before they kiss and Kazama promises to return for her. Zuisouroku shows the reunion, subverting the trope, and Shinkai averts it entirely by turning the reunion from Zuisouroku into the epilogue.
- Noble Demon: Pun not intended. Despite his warped personality, he lives by a strong moral code and despises demons (like Kaoru) who go against it. For this reason, he also will not attack Chizuru when she's alone on the streets of Kyoto or pick fights with the Shinsengumi when she's not around. He also states in his route that he does not intend to touch her until they're married.
- One-Man Army: He completely decimates the Fury Corps all by himself, and can generally kill swathes of soldiers on his own without breaking a sweat.
- Out-of-Character Moment: While some characters change across routes, there are two routes that are particularly eyebrow-raising for Kazama: Saitou's and Nagakura's, where he agrees to work with Sannan and Kodo, when viewing their Furies with disgust and considering them fakes is one of his most notable traits.
- Pet the Dog: He makes several recurring appearances in the Normal path, but stops pursuing Chizuru; Sen theorizes it's because he feels guilty for going vigilante on her father.
- Pitiful Worms: Likes to address the Shinsengumi in this manner. Another favorite is "Bakufu's dogs". Additionally, he constantly calls the furies "fakes", to the point where Sen comments in Heisuke's route that he'd do so with his last breath.
- The Proud Elite: He's the head of the largest Demon clan in western Japan, takes immense pride in his heritage and social status, cultured, intelligent, and looks down his nose at almost everyone. At the same time, Kazama lives by a strong moral code and is concerned with the survival of his race. And on his route, he's just as capable of genuinely loving Chizuru as the other love interests.
- Put on a Bus: Like Shiranui and Amagiri, in some routes he disappears in the second half of the plot.
- This Is Unforgivable!:
- His reaction to basically anyone proving that they can stand up to him, especially Hijikata and Saito managing to draw blood on him in their respective routes.
- Ditto for anyone who's involved with the creation of Furies or breaks the Demon Code.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Most notably on his own route, where he becomes genuinely respectful of all the Shinsengumi. Happens to a lesser extent on the routes he ends up as an ally.
- Tsundere: Develops into a Type A for Chizuru on his route. He lets his actions speak for themselves rather than be openly emotional, and he speaks just as harshly as ever even when concerned for her.Kazama: Don't flatter yourself. What good do you expect to do? You look dreadful. Hurry up and return to the inn. Get some rest. ...Got it?
- Unskilled, but Strong: In his fight with Okita, Chizuru notes that Kazama lacks the former's technique and skill, but his sheer strength is overpowering.
- Villainous Breakdown: He absolutely loses his shit when Hijikata and Saito prove able to stand up to him in their respective routes. He gets over it in Hijikata's, not so much in Saito's.
- Villainous Rescue:
- On his route, he rescues Chizuru from the Imperial Army when the Battle of Toba-Fushimi goes south and she's separated from the Shinsengumi.
- On Heisuke's route, he does this a few times as well.
- Villains Never Lie: He makes it a point to never lie or break his word, which, once she realizes this, is one of the things that helps Chizuru trust him or what he says in some routes.
- Villains Out Shopping: Chizuru bumps into him in this fashion a few times in his route on Kaze no Shou. The first time, it's because he dropped by the temple for some sightseeing. The second time, she's out shopping with Yamazaki when they meet Kazama on his way to drink sake.
Voiced by: Ryu Yamaguchi (JP), Steven Fenley (EN)
- Bare-Handed Blade Block: Pulls this on Iba's route in their confrontation at Niju Castle.
- Enemy Mine: Like his two companions, he'll come to the Shinsengumi's aid on occasion, if circumstances and route are willing. In both Yamazaki and Nagakura's routes, for example, he helps fight the Furies and warns Chizuru's Love Interest of the ramifications of using his Fury powers.
- Good Old Fisticuffs: Doesn't use a sword or a gun. This does not make him any less badass.
- HeelFace Turn: In Saitou's route. Out of respect for Saitou as a warrior, he turns on Kazama and is almost killed for it.
- Mercy Kill: On a couple of occasions he indicates that he thinks it would be merciful for him to kill Chizuru in order to save her from suffering at Kazama's hands. In the final bad end of Saito's route, as well as in one of the bad endings of Hijikata's route, he goes through with it.
- Noble Demon: Quite literally. While Shiranui and Kazama have their own senses of honor, Amagiri is the one most likely to suggest a peaceful solution. He's also more likely to acknowledge a worthy opponent when he meets one.
- Put on a Bus: Like Shiranui and Kazama, in some routes he disappears in the second half of the plot.
- Reluctant Warrior: An interesting villainous example. He makes it obvious that he prefers peaceful solutions over fighting, and tries to talk down nearly every member of the Shinsengumi that he comes into conflict with. When they almost inevitably refuse to back down, the result is often as not a Curb-Stomp Battle. With his fists. Against swords.
- The Stoic: Fitting for someone who usually tries to come to a peaceful solution, Amagiri is a very even-tempered man who rarely raises his voice.
- The Teetotaler: Doesn't like to drink.
- This Is Unforgivable!: He's not very amused with Kazama's BS at the end of Saitou's route.
- Unusual Eyebrows: Of the "none" variety.
- Worthy Opponent: He grows to consider Saitou this, so much that he intervenes to save his life in Saitou's good ending.
Voiced by: Hiroaki Yoshida (JP), Houston Hayes (EN)
- Beneath the Mask: Compared to his two compatriots, Shiranui is more easygoing and joking. Peel it back, and you find legitimate grief over his dead friend.
- Dead Partner: He was friends with Takasugi until Takasugi died of tuberculosis.
- Enemy Mine:
- In Sanosuke's route. Teams up with the Shinsengumi when the furies interrupt their fight, and gives them an opening to escape from the fight. Sanosuke later returns the favor when Shiranui appears near the end of his route to confront Koudou.
- He does it off-screen with Harada in Kazama's route as well. They team up while investigating Kodo's Furies, but this time only Shiranui makes it back.
- Fangs Are Evil: There is no evil or good in Hakuouki, but Shiranui is one of the enemies for the majority of it.
- Friendly Enemies: He and Harada treat their battles more like friendly scuffles.
- Guns Are Useless: While the guns used by the Imperial Army are a constant source of grief for the Shinsengumi, Kyo's pistol is practically useless against any character with a name; Harada repeatedly goes toe-to-toe with him wielding a spear. Given that they're fairly friendly about their fights, an argument could be made that his failure to just shoot Harada is because he's having too much fun fighting him - he does mow down Mooks by the dozen - but if that's the case it's never made explicit.
- Hidden Depths: He has a more positive view of humans than Kazama and Amagiri, trying to understand their side of things rather than writing them off. Though, he hardly considers humans perfect.
- Humans Are Flawed: They just ...up and die on you.
- I Was Just Passing Through: In Sekkaroku, he just "happens" to bump into the thief that Chizuru is trying to chase down, and beats the crap out of him "for not apologizing." This conveniently allows Chizuru to retrieve the stolen document and get back with it in time to prevent Sanosuke from having to commit seppuku.
- Moment Killer: In Sakamoto's route, he frequently interrupts Sakamoto and Chizuru while they're having a romantic moment. The stage play for Kazama's route also has him ruining the mood of Kazama and Chizuru's First Kiss. Naturally, neither men appreciate this.
- Put on a Bus: Like Kazama and Amagiri, in some routes he disappears in the second half of the plot.
- Revolvers Are Just Better: He carries a nifty Smith & Wesson Model 3.
- Stepford Snarker: He's cheeky and wise-cracking, with a penchant for poking fun at enemies and allies alike. He's also grieving his Dead Partner, but good luck getting that out of him.
- Survivor's Guilt: Kazama's route implies it, as Shiranui quietly laments Harada's fate and wonders "maybe it's me" as the reason everyone he fights alongside dies.
- You Remind Me of X: Harada reminds him of Takasugi, which may partly explain his complicated attitude toward Harada and Chizuru.
Voiced by: Hasumi Ito (JP), Shannon Emerick (EN)
- Abusive Parents: Kaoru was adopted by the Nagumo clan as a child, who were not happy he was the "wrong" gender, and took their disappointment out on him.
- Adaptation Expansion: Was originally only relevant in Okita's route, but Shinkai gave Kaoru more screentime in Kazama's, Sannan's, and Sakamoto's.
- Ancestral Weapon: Daitsuren, the twin of Chizuru's kodachi, which is one of the ways he clues her in that they're siblings.
- Attractive Bent-Gender: Is noted to be feminine and elegant by Chizuru earlier in the game. Is actually a boy.
- Batman Gambit: He orders his men to shoot Chizuru, knowing Okita will jump in to protect her and thus be left severely injured from the silver bullets.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: As discussed by Okita. Kaoru looks like an innocent, kind girl, but that doesn't mean she is. "She" is not, nor is she even a she—he is Chizuru's twin brother, and his friendly demeanor masks a burning desire for revenge (against who, and how much, depends on route).
- Broken Bird: Once an innocent, happy child, now mentally unstable and out for revenge.
- Bus Crash: In Kazama's route. He's severely injured in the final confrontation with Kodo, but escapes, so one might expect him to turn up later. Weeks later, Kazama and Chizuru stumble across his long-dead corpse in Yukimura village; Kaoru died of his wounds.
- Cain and Abel: The Cain to Chizuru's Abel.
- Disguised in Drag: He's even better at crossdressing than his sister is!
- Dragged into Drag: A dark example. In Okita's route, he mentions that the Nagumo clan was very unhappy that he wasn't a girl, and implies that being forced to crossdress was part of the abuse heaped on him.
- Dying Alone: Metaphorically in Okita's, having wasted his entire life shunning connections for revenge. Literally in Kazama's, having spent the last of his energy dragging himself to the remains of Yukimura Village before succumbing to his wounds. Both circumstances prompt Chizuru's pity and grief.
- Freudian Excuse Is No Excuse:
- His reasoning for tormenting Chizuru in Okita's route. He had an incredibly crappy childhood, simply because he wasn't female. Okita basically shoots down the idea this justifies hurting Chizuru the way he is, since she had nothing to do with that, so he's taking his anger out on a completely innocent person.
- In both Okita and Kazama's routes, he seeks revenge against humans and demons alike for the destruction of his village. While Chizuru can empathize with his anger and pain, she notes that he still chose to cope with it in an unhealthy and wrong manner.
- Go Out with a Smile:
- Chizuru notes his body has a peaceful expression on it in Kazama's route.
- On Sakamoto's route, Kaoru grows confused and delirious while dying, calling for Chizuru. She holds his hand and he dies smiling.
- Heroic Sacrifice: It's only implied in Kazama's and Sannan's routes, but Sakamoto's confirms he went to the Nagumo clan to save Chizuru from them.
- Manipulative Bastard: Kaoru spends all of Okita's route twisting him and Chizuru around his finger, starting with when he goads Okita into drinking the Water of Life by asking whether he wants to spend the rest of his life bedridden or be able to fight again.
- Revenge: Wants it against the humans who slaughtered his parents and village, as well as the Demons who stood by and let it happen. In Okita's route, this extends to his sister too.
- Revenge by Proxy: In Okita's route, he utterly despises Chizuru for escaping the abuse he suffered in her stead (since he was "the wrong twin"), and makes it his life's goal to torment her. Part of this is targeting Okita just because Chizuru loves him.
- Self-Made Orphan: Not his birth parents, but his adoptive ones; Kaoru says he "took care of" the people who abused him in Okita's route.
- Stepford Smiler: As one point, Chizuru thinks "the smile she gave was beautiful, but something seemed...off about it." For good reason: Kaoru's a mix of Type A and Type C, wrapping up his pain, thirst for revenge, and instability in a facade of normalcy.
- Used to Be a Sweet Kid: Chizuru's flashbacks of him in Kazama's route show him to have been a sweet little boy trying to protect his twin sister in their childhood.
- Walking Spoiler: Kaoru's past, goals and role in the story are very spoileriffic, to say the least.
Voiced by: Ayano Ishikawa (JP), Hilary Haag (EN)
- Adapted Out: She was never a major character to begin with, but her character is outright cut from the movies.
- Famous Ancestor: She's a descendant of Suzuka Gozen.
- Heroic Sacrifice: In Heisuke's original route. Not the standard type of sacrifice: Sen convinces Kazama to leave Chizuru alone, saying she'll bear him a child instead. In the remake, she instead takes Chizuru under her personal protection and warns Kazama that not desisting will get his entire clan in trouble.
- Hypnotize the Captive: Sannan force-feeds her his blood in Heisuke's route to bring her under his thrall. Sen's able to resist the worst of it until the final battle, where she fights against the heroes.
- If You Ever Do Anything to Hurt Her...: Platonic, female example. On Kazama's route, she warns him that Chizuru had better not get hurt while they're traveling together...by others, or by him. He's insulted at the insinuation.
- Keigo: Similar to Oichi in that Chizuru calls her "Osen-chan".
- Lonely at the Top: Kimigiku reveals that she has lots of adoring subjects, but no real friends.
- My God, What Have I Done?: In Heisuke's route, she's so shaken by stabbing Kimigiku that it (and the taste of Kazama's pure demon blood) helps her break her brainwashing.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: In Heisuke's route. Sharing information about the Furies in front of Sannan was not the smartest thing she could have done, as it worsened his Mad Scientist nature.
- Shipper on Deck: She asks Chizuru if any of the men in the Shinsengumi have caught her eye; if you choose to respond "yes", Sen giggles, says that she understands her reluctance to leave now, and cheerfully wishes Chizuru well.
- Tomboy Princess: By Japan's standards, at least. Sen's outspoken, opinionated, and won't hesitate to let you know when she hates your gut, which is quite different from the ideal Japanese lady. She's not much of a fighter, like Chizuru, but that won't stop her from whacking Kazama with her hand fan in the anime or blackmailing him in Heisuke's Shinkai route.
Voiced by: Akiko Katsuta (JP), Carli Mosier (EN)
- Affectionate Nickname: Sen calls her "Okiku" (localized into "Kimi" in the game's official translation).
- Buxom Is Better: Nagakura certainly seems to think so. Harada has to tell him to look at her face.
- Femme Fatale Spy: She's not really a geisha; she's working undercover at Shimabara to gather intel on the Shinsengumi for Sen.
- Ninja: Operates in the shadows, handles infiltration missions, dresses like one when not at Shimabara—she fits the bill.
- Undying Loyalty: She's descended from a line of ninja who have served Sen's family faithfully for generations, and Kimi's no different.
Voiced by: Mamoru Miyano
A bannerman of the shogunate, he's been entrusted with guarding and attending the shogun. Though not an official member of the Shinsengumi, he has been an acquaintance since their time in Edo, and he idolizes Hijikata.
- An Arm and a Leg: Loses the mobility of one of his arms in his route and is given a demon arm by Sen to compensate. He keeps it bandaged since, to avoid anyone noticing.
- Childhood Friends: With Hijikata, being one of the ones who calls him Toshi. Also with Chizuru, even if she won't remember at first.
- Childhood Friend Romance: Chizuru eventually remembers him as an older boy that came to study with her father on Western subjects.
- Demonic Possession: In his route, he's revealed to hear a demonic voice in his mind, and sometimes loses control to the arm.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: In Souma's route, he's disappointed by Souma and Chizuru becoming a couple, but takes it in stride. Mostly.
- If You Ever Do Anything to Hurt Her...: Very calmly describes how he will hunt down and murder Souma, in the latter's route, if he hurts Chizuru.
- Nice Guy: He's legitimately kind to Chizuru, checking several times on her despite not being even a Shinsengumi sympathizer.
Voiced by: Ryuugo Saitou (JP), Mark X. Laskowski (EN)
- Abusive Parents: In Yamazaki's route. He tested poisons on Chizuru throughout her childhood.
- Ambiguously Evil: His goals and methods vary from route to route, making it hard to firmly say how evil he is.
- Big Bad: In about half the routesnote . Unusually, he's actually killed before the final chapter in the last one's—the rest of the route is Chizuru trying to get back to the Shinsengumi.
- Deadly Doctor: He can throw scalpels with scary precision and has drunk the Water of Life.
- The Dragon: To Kazama in Saitou's route.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Being a Mad Scientist doesn't stop him from loving his daughter, though how much and whether it can redeem him depends on the route.
- Fallen Hero: Chizuru remembers him as a kind-hearted man who was generous to his patients, even waiving payments if they couldn't afford it. Once he started working on the Water of Life, though, he began losing his morals and sanity.
- Freudian Excuse Is No Excuse: Like Kaoru, on some routes his goal is to take revenge on humans and demons for the destruction of the Yukimura clan. Like Kaoru, Chizuru empathizes with his feelings, but points out that how he chose to deal with them was wrong.
- HeelFace Door-Slam: In Nagakura's route. Nagakura spares him and Chizuru affirms that she still sees him like a father, which noticeably makes Kodo waver...before he's torn apart by his own Furies.
- Hypocrite: On Kazama's route, part of his motivation is stopping humans from waging pointless wars that will create more orphans. His plan to stop this is...start a war that will create more orphans.
- Killed Offscreen: In Iba, Saitou's, Souma's, and the Normal routes.
- Mad Scientist: Whether he was mad before is in question, but he definitely started going mad after experimenting with the Water of Life. His goals range wildly, from Taking Over The World to avenging his clan, and his methods are very unethical.
- Offing the Offspring: Successfully, in some of the bad endings.
- Redemption Equals Death: In Hijikata and Okita's routes. Both times, he dies to save Chizuru.
- Revenge: Like Kaoru, he harbors a grudge against humans for slaughtering the Yukimura clan...sometimes.
- Shut Up, Kirk!: Chizuru will always try to talk him out of his Evil Plan before resorting to violence. Whether or not he's willing to listen to her depends on the circumstances. Played straight and then inverted for good measure in Harada's route; subverted in Hijikata's and Okita's routes.
- The Unseen: Does not personally show up in Heisuke's route.
- Walking Spoiler: Everything about this guy is definitely a spoiler.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist:
- In Kazama's route, he's grown disgusted by how humans are so eager to wage wars and wants to prevent them from creating more orphans like Kaoru and Chizuru.
- In Yamazaki's route, he's driven to create Furies to protect Japan from the West.
Voiced by: Kouta Sato (JP), John Swasey (EN)
- The Medic: Well, the doctor.
Voiced by: Yasuaki Takumi (JP), Clint Bickham (EN)
- Older than They Look: He's older than Hijikata.
Voiced by: Tomokazu Seki (JP), Adam Gibbs (EN)
Taken in by Serizawa, Ryuunosuke is the player character in Reimeiroku. Brash and slightly immature.
- Babies Ever After: In Yamazaki's ending in Shinkai, he and Kosuzu become new parents.
- Player Character: Of Reimeiroku.
- Put on a Bus: Leaves the Shinsengumi after Serizawa's death, with Kosuzu in her route. He's mentioned in Souma's route in Shinkai as living now as an artist.
Voiced by: Joji Nakata (JP), Brett Weaver (EN)
Head of the Serizawa faction of the Roshigumi (what the Shinsengumi was called before it was the Shinsengumi). An extremely harsh yet very competent leader.
- Bad Boss: Poor Ryuunosuke
- Face Death with Dignity: He knew the others were coming to kill him. He knew they would succeed. That didn't mean he would make it easy it for them.
- Freudian Excuse: subverted. He was dying from some disease (heavily implied to be syphilis) but when Ryuunosuke revealed it to the others, it was far too late for them to excuse Serizawa's actions.
- Grey-and-Grey Morality: The nicest way one could describe his whole character, and even then he has shown very few redeeming qualities.
- Manipulative Bastard: Oh so very much. Especially in regard to Okita. From a practical standpoint his actions are justified, but...
- Necessarily Evil: A lot of his actions are horrible, but it is also explicitly stated a lot of them have directly helped the Roshigumi get where they are.
- Pet the Dog: He does occasionally show kindness to Ryu and Oume, and he is pretty friendly with Nagakura.
Voiced by: Kensuke Tamura (JP), John Swasey (EN)
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Almost managed to easily kill some of the strongest members of the Roshigumi with the power he acquired from a more perfected elixir which did NOT turn him into a bloodthirsty, savage beast. This goes out of the window the moment he licks some blood. Doing that lifted his main advantage of having both power and (some) sanity, which turns the battle to the Roshigumi's favour.
Voiced by: Yoji Ueda (JP)
Voiced by: Kazunori Nomiya (JP)
Voiced by: Kazuya Murakami (JP)
Voiced by: Youko Nishino (JP), Margaret McDonald (EN)
Voiced by: Saya Shinomiya (JP), Molly Searcy (EN)
A strong guardian who seeks out to find a way to save Yasehime, who is under a coma, while at the same time, carrying another mission to stop the demons involvement with the humans. Thus, she departs on her journey. She is actually the younger sister of Yasehime, and has an ability to absorb the Life Force of other demons.
- Action Girl: in an Establishing Character Moment, she gets into a fight with Chitose, believing him to be an assassin sent after Yasehime, and very nearly wins.
- Combat Pragmatist: Does whatever's necessary to win a fight, from throwing leaves and sand into someone's eyes to —
- Comically Serious: takes almost everything at face value, and tends towards speaking in a more serious or blunt manner. This causes some trouble with some of the other demon warlords like Shin
- Daddy's Girl: the three Elders, Koto in particular, raised her as their own granddaughter and she returns the devotion tenfold.
- Expy: to Kimigiku, of all people. Demon? Check. Uses ninja techniques? Check. Has Undying Loyalty to a demon princess? Check!
- Familiar: Essentially has one in the form of Gin-o, a white hawk that used to belong to Elder Koto. More than once she speaks to him and seems to understand some of his body language.
- One of the Boys: was raised and trained by the Demon Elders, and often reminds others she considers herself chieftain of her clan first and foremost.
- Super Speed: inherited from her predecessor, the last Suzumori chieftain.
- Undying Loyalty: towards Yasehime and the Yase clan, both being sworn to protect her. She's also personally loyal to Kazuha, seeing her as a surrogate sister.
Voiced by: Kentarō Itō (JP)
The Head of Kyuushuu, a more brash and hotheaded of the chiefs. His weapon is a flaming sword. He warms up to everyone fast, and can be a bit of an idiot at times. Working with the Shimazu.
- Big Eater: He's bonding with Senkimaru over food in the live-drama despite his suspicions about the rogue demons. He also steals Senkimaru's food once.
- Bittersweet Ending: In his ending, he and Yukina managed to defeat Shutendoji, but the Shimazu were on the losing side of the war and his brother figure Toyohisa died.
- Butt-Monkey: He often gets the short stick in conversations.
- Cool Sword: His sword Hotarumaru is a flaming sword.
- First-Name Basis: He mentions how formalities make him feel all itchy...
- Get A Hold Of Yourself Man: Chitose does this to Yukina after one of her grandpas dies. He probably would have given her time, but the enemy was approaching and they had to get out of there asap.
- Happily Adopted: He calls Yoshihiro, the human warlord, his old man and likewise Yoshihiro thinks of Chitose as a son. Both of them are extremely happy with this relationship.
- Heroic BSoD: Has this after he kills a lot of shuras and Toyohisa sees him in his true demon form, making him believe that perhaps humans and demons can't live together.
- Heroic Sacrifice: In his bad end, he stops Shutendoji by himself so that Yoshihiro can escape the battlefield of Sekigahara.
- My God, What Have I Done?: After he has gone on a rampage in his true demon form.
- Nice Guy: One of the reasons why Yukina ends up falling for him in his route. He's very understanding and gives her time to recover after one of her grandpas dies and he's making it clear that he worries for her because it's her and not just because she is a rare demon lady. In pretty much every route, he's giving Kazutake's people a land to live on.
- The Prankster: The older characters imply he was that in his childhood. Considering his first encounter with Yukina he hasn't grown out of it.
- Undying Loyalty: The reason why he helps the Shimazu-clan despite it going against the demon rules.
Voiced by: Hiroshi Kamiya (JP)
The Head of Mutsu, a laconic, emotionless guy. More serious and quiet guys, but he can be pretty reckless at times. Working with the Tokugawa, to free his clan from Date Masamune.
- Friend to All Living Things: Gin-o, Yukina's hawk, is quite friendly to him almost immediately.
- Expy: takes a LOT of inspiration in both looks and attitude from Saito. Just compare this picture to◊ this one.◊
Voiced by: Kenji Nomura (JP)
He is the oldest of the ten leaders, the "big brother" character type at first. He is reliable and protects his friends and allies. He fights with his fist. Working as a bodyguard of Ishida Mitsunari by the request of someone(revealed later as Hideie), to get lands for his clan.
- Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Because of how rare female demons are, Kazutake has some reservations sparring with Yukina. She naturally gets upset, but even at her insistence he refuses to strike against her.
Voiced by: Satoshi Hino (JP)
The Demon Head of China. His family has been worshipped as gods, so he's arrogant and condescending guy. He enjoys messing with people, but he does care about others. He fights with enchanted threads.
Voiced by: Nobuhiko Okamoto (JP)
- Wise Beyond Their Years: being chieftain and watching their clan slowly starve to death has left him willing to do whatever it takes to save his people.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity
Voiced by: Naomi Lida (JP)
- FaceHeel Turn: some routes involve her joining forces with Shuu and Yoshiya to destroy the Alliance and humanity.
- Living MacGuffin: Her falling into a coma kickstarts several plotpoints and conflicts.
Voiced by: Bon Ishihara (JP)
One of the three Demon Elders and a part of the Ten Demon Alliance. Younger than the other three, he trained Yukina in swordsmanship and martial arts.
- Big Brother Mentor: helped train Kazutake when he was young and still spars with him years later.
- Commander Contrarian: Is more conservative than the other two elders, and more inclined to distrust the other chieftains.
- Stay in the Kitchen: Unintentionally, but he's the most vocal about keeping Yukina in the dark about both demon and human politics even after she joins the Ten Demon Alliance
Voiced by: Saori Hayami (JP-Battle Gameplay)
With her elder brother, Sousuke, she manages the dojo left to them by their late father. Embroiled in a certain tragedy when Sousuke died protecting her from an intruder - a white-haired monster in a blue haori - she resolves to take up the sword to avenge her brother.
- Revenge: Against the Shinsengumi, who she claims to be responsible for ambushing her famther's Dojo and her brother's murder.
Voiced by: Tomokazu Sugita (JP)
After losing his teacher in the Ansei Purge, he became a Choshu samurai and joined the isolationist movement. As a team leader he is a people-magnet and has a clumsy and childish personality.
- Ascended Extra: He was mentioned by Shiranui Kyou in Hakuouki, and now he's one of the main characters in Urakata.
- Foil: to Harada.
- Incurable Cough of Death: like Okita, he's also suffering from tuberculosis.
- Voiced by: KENN (JP)
He is from the Choshu isolationist movement. He comes from Choshu and is a person who doesn't like conflicts and loves his country and fellow men.
- Voiced by: Kenichi Suzumura (JP)
A disciple of Takechi Hanpeita. Although he is always wearing a smiling face, he once tried to take the life of Takechi, and has a murderous side to him.
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- Voiced by: Takahiro Sakurai (JP)
A mysterious foreign weapons merchant and a gentleman whose actions and words occasionally cast a deep and mysterious impression.
- Our Vampires Are Different: It has been implied that he's a demon that hailed from Europe (where his country referred them under the term "Vampires", along with furies as "Ghouls" or "The Undead").
Voiced by: Daisuke Ono (JP)
One of the new characters appearing in Akatsuki no Shirabe.
- Arms Dealer: Smuggles Western weapons and artillery to the Satcho, which is a big part in why they win the war.
- Ascended Extra: Twice, even. He was first mentioned in Hakuouki, then made an appearance in Akatsuki no Shirabe. Then get got a full route of his own in Shinkai.
- Loveable Rogue: He's a flirt, charming, breaks the law, makes enemies easily, and even sets sail for adventure with Chizuru in his epilogue; he fits the bill.
- Promoted to Love Interest: Gained his own route in Shinkai.
Voiced by: Daisuke Hirakawa (JP)
One of the new characters appearing in Akatsuki no Shirabe.
Voiced by: Juuta Morishima (JP)
Kozue's elder brother who carries on the legacy of his father's dojo. A tender-hearted youth. He was murdered by a fury wearing the Shinsengumi's iconic blue haori. His death is what drives Kozue to hunt down his killer.
- Back from the Dead: He was later revived as a Fury in every routes.
Voiced by: Kenji Hamada (JP)
A student of Shyoukasonjyuku, excellent in military power and leadership. A man of high pride who will not bend his own will. He joins the cavalry.
Voiced by: Daisuke Namikawa (JP)
A student of Shyoukasonjyuku. An honest person with a sharp mind. Considers Takasugi as a worthy opponent and best friend.
Voiced by: Daisuke Kirii (JP)
A student of Shyoukasonjyuku. Has experience from his voyage to England. Although he is a frank person with integrity, he has a masculine side of him and is quite playful.
Voiced by: Gou Inoue(JP)
A teacher of Shyoukasonjyuku and Takasugi. He was executed during the Ansei Purge. A person of good nature.
Voiced by: Ken Narita (JP)
Okada's teacher and the Chief of the Tosa Domain Alliance. Has a reputation for a sincere personality. However, for some reason he also holds an enigmatic side.
Voiced by: Naoya Nakanishi (JP)
A shogun's escort and the ringleader of the Roshigumi, who holds a resentment for the shogunate and the Shinsengumi