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Our protagonist and his true companions. Shin forms the Hi Shin (Chinese: Fei Xin) Unit from survivors of the Keiyou Campaign after his promotion to 100-man commander. The Hi Shin Unit has since proven decisive to Qin's victory in countless campaigns and taken the heads of numerous renowned generals. The Hi Shin Unit is one of Qin's special independent units who are expected to become leaders of the next generation. As with the other Special Independent Units, despite being only a 8000-man army, their abilities are considered greater than that of many generals.

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     General Tropes 
  • Badass Army: A highly personalized unit consisting entirely of elite soldiers.
  • Big Damn Heroes: The Hi Shin loves to show up at just the right moment to turn the tide. As an independent unit, this is what they are designed for, to put it plainly: to show up where the fight is at its thickest and make the situation advantageous to Qin.
  • Boring, but Practical: Gyoku Hou and Gaku Ka are both comprised of elite noblemen trained to the battlefield from birth. The Hi Shin unit is composed of ordinary people that left their farms to join the fight. And they're arguably the most effective of the three.
  • Determinator: Despite not having the pedigree of the other special units, the Hi Shin more than makes up for it in sheer guts. Unlike the other elite units that are composed of mainly highly-trained noblemen, every single member of the Hi Shin unit started as a foot soldier, and climbed their way to the top through sheer skill.
  • Elite Mooks: Besides being this for the Qin military as a whole, Hi Shin receives elite transfers from other armies that like and respect his way of fighting.
  • Nonindicative Name: They are classified as an 5000-man unit... that comprises of 8000 soldiers. Ryuukoku even lampshades it. This is mainly due to Kyoukai's refusal to leave them even after being promoted to 3000-man commander. The high command leave them be because of how effective they are.
  • Ragtag Bunch of Misfits: A majority of the early fighters that started the Hi Shin Unit with Shin were basically a bunch of nobodies. Down the line, the unit gains more powerful recruits that have barely any similarity to one another; making the army a huge mixture of awesomeness. The unit is the also the only one shown actively recruiting from the peasantry. It is truly remarkable that a group of untrained commoners like them managed to stand shoulder to shoulder to the children of some of the realm's oldest military families, and, in many cases, outdo them - and not that long after they were formed.
  • True Companions: The Hi Shin Unit is all friendly with one another, and will fight to the death for each other, and their commander, Shin, as if they were family. Their cohesion and loyalty to one another is arguably their greatest strength.

Leadership

     Shin 

Li Xin/Shin

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Hi Shin Unit Leader
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Voiced by: Masakazu Morita

The protagonist of the story, Shin is a war orphan who strove to become the "World's Greatest General" alongside his childhood friend Hyou. Hyou is eventually taken into the palace as a body double for the king and is fatally wounded due to a coup. Before his death, he leads Shin to King Sei, whom he helps regain his throne and strikes a firm friendship with. After joining the military, Shin rapidly climbs through the ranks through his strength and accomplishments, forming the formidable Hi Shin Unit and playing a key role in several major battles. He's currently the commander of a 5,000-man army.

Stats (First Campaign): Strength |80+a| note , Leadership |50|, Knowledge |40|
Stats (Wei Invasion): Strength |88+a| note , Leadership |70|, Knowledge |70|
Stats (Qin Invasion): Strength |90+a| note , Leadership |80|, Knowledge |72|

  • Abandoned War Child: Lost his parents during one of China's constant wars along with Piao. He went from being a war orphan to a virtual slave when having to serve the Mayor of Li Village.
  • Accidental Kiss: Shin ends up falling on Ten, and they lock lips, much to Duke Hyou's amusement.
  • Almighty Janitor: Despite being a 5000 man commander, Shouheikun states his accomplishments and abilities exceed that of most generals. In fact, Shin's fighting abilities were on a general's level even back when he was a mere foot soldier. This can be seen as a Justified Trope as Shin's lack of strategic ability and youth are strong reasons against promoting him further.
  • Badass Normal: He lacks professional training in either combat or warfare, but is still remarkably deadly on the battlefield, having claimed the heads of many powerful generals. His skill at arms is the primary motivation for most of his promotions.
  • Berserk Button: Do not kill civilians needlessly in front of Shin, he doesn't care if you're an enemy or a allied commander with a higher position on his own side, he will cut you down without mercy. Deconstructed in the Kokuyou arc; despite having had his button pressed by the Kanki army until he snapped, there was nothing he could do then, and his fury only damaged his position: Shin's confrontation with Kanki ended up costing him his promotion.
  • Blade on a Stick: Started using one after the Qin invasion. During the invasion of Gyou, he begins using Ouki's glaive. He's slowly getting used to it.
  • Chaste Hero: Played With. He gets flustered when the topic of romance is brought up, but wouldn't mind "climbing the mountain" with Kyou Kai if she offers. There is more than a little Ship Tease between them to confirm this.
  • Determinator: He's greatly determined to one day become a Great General of Qin, and will go to any length to kill any noteworthy enemy to reach it. His tenacity is capable of bringing even the likes of Houken into a standstill. The greatest example of this is the Battle of Sai: Shin held the southern wall, the worst battlefield in the city, to the very end. Odds, numbers, provisions, as long as Shin is concerned, all this be damned - if he has to do something, he will do it. Shin is as stubborn as a mule.
  • Four-Star Badass: Wants to become one, but compared to his superiors, he has a long way to go. The story revolves around his journey to achieve this.
  • Freudian Trio: With Mouten and Ouhon. Being a Hot-Blooded Idiot Hero firmly cements him as the Id.
  • Gut Feeling: Shin is developing into an "instinctual" general, who can instantly read the ebb and flow of battle without formal tactics and structural thinking. Greatly showcased during the Battle of Shukai Plains, when he takes over with "tactics" similar to those Duke Hyou used to great effect (at least for a while).
  • Hot-Blooded: Tends to yell, and argue with others. Has drawn his blade towards superiors more than once.
  • Historical Domain Character: He's based on a well-known Qin General of the warring states era.
  • Idiot Hero: Was called his home village's number two/one idiot during his time as a servant to the landowner. Even after maturity and considerable war experience, Shin's strategic abilities are lacking to the point the unit was on the verge of collapse before Karyo Ten joined as the team strategist. Justified as he never received the military education that helped the likes of Ouhon and Mouten (or even Ten, for the matter); and even if he had, it probably wouldn't be put to use much, as he's an instinctual general rather than a strategic one.
    • It takes him year 29 volumes before his charisma/leadership capability finally surpasses his old friend. His intelligence is still below par by standards of the series.
  • The Leader: Of the entire Hi Shin Unit as a 5,000-man army commander. Can be seen as this in his Freudian Trio combination with Ouhon and Mouten, at times.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Deconstructed Trope. His gung-ho battle behavior leads to a series of defeats. He is in the verge of getting demoted if not for Mouten's intervention and Ten becoming his strategist.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Does not realize Ten is female. Until he performs a Crotch-Grab Sex Check on her.
  • Signature Laugh: "Ka ka ka ka!"
  • Taught by Experience: His swordsmanship is self taught with well over a thousand sparing matches against against Hyou along with first hand battlefield experience.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Just about every battle has him taking at least one. It's one of the key aspects of the series.
  • Tragic Keepsake: Hyou's sword, Ouki's glaive, Rinko's sword and Duke Hyou's shield. Shin has a knack for collecting these.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: What he lacks for in raw technique compared to Mouten and Ouhon he makes up for in brute strength. This applies to his warfare as well - Shin's lack of tactical understanding means his unit relies on his sheer destructive ability more than his rivals until he begins using his instincts to substitute strategy in Gyou. And boy, is it effective.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Shouheikun has dubbed him the most valuable piece to obtain. Shin doesn't know his value but he is more focused on becoming a general. Fortunately, Shouheikun defects to Sei's faction before he can make use of either him or Ten.
    • He becomes this for Kanki in Kokuyou, who intentionally leaves him in a irresistibly vulnerable position to lure Keisha from his unbreakable web.
  • Weapon of Choice: Started out with swords, but eventually took up glaives, after he inherited Ouki's glaive.

     Kyoukai 

Qiang Lei/Kyo Kai

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Hi Shin Unit Lieutenant
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Voiced by: Yoko Hikasa

The heir of the legendary assassin clan "Chi You." With her special sword named "Lu Seui," Kyo Kai is out to get revenge on the assassin from said clan who killed her sister, "Xiang." Her special ability allows her to harbor a 'war god' by doing a 'priestess dance' that draw the war god power into her. Further down the line, she decides to help Shin and the Hi Shin Unit by becoming a Great General herself, and serves as one of the unit's lieutenants. She's currently the commander of her own 3,000-man army that fights with the Hi Shin Unit for a grand total of 8,000 soldiers.

Stats: Strength |94+a| note , Leadership |80|, Knowledge |87|, Weakness: Low stamina.
Stats (Qin Invasion): Strength |95+a|, Leadership |80|, Knowledge |87|, Weakness: Low stamina.

  • Almighty Janitor: She's actually stronger than Shin and has superior strategic abilities. In fact, going by stats she is currently the strongest combatant in Qin besides Moubu, and that is without counting her Alpha stat.
    • Her general abilities are no less than Shin's, Ouhon's and Mouten's, but she chooses to remain Shin's subordinate despite stating ehr intention to become a great general as well, in a similar relationship Tou had with Ouki (complete with possible romantic subtext).
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She always had a cool and aloof aura around her.
  • Badass Adorable: A beautiful woman no matter how much she fights.
  • Big Eater: Her appetite won't lose to the guys.
  • Cool Sword: Her unique named sword Ryokusui. Like all Shiyuu she treats it as a companion and converses with it.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Always kept to herself and disliked talking to others but after a talk with Xin and Diao she warms up a bit.
  • Gender Flip: Was presumably historically a man.
  • Gender Reveal: Reveals herself to be a woman later in the story.
  • Heroic RRoD: Her Priestess Dance drains her heavily, and extended use is both physically draining as well as potentially fatal.
    • Sacrificial Technique: She goes beyond the limit of her Priestess Dance to defeat Yuuren in an attempt to pull this, but memories of the Hi Shin Unit pull her back.
  • Lady of War: Kills and fights just as good as anyone.
  • The Lancer: Is essentially Xin's Number Two.
  • The Leader: As a 3,000-man army commander that fights alongside the Hi Shin Unit.
  • Little Miss Badass: Despite being one of the shorter fighters, she's still one of the greatest fighters in the story.
  • Miss Conception: She thinks that climbing a mountain with a strong guy will cause something to explode, resulting in a baby.
  • One-Woman Army: Similar to Houken, she has achieved a level of martial skill where she can match an army single handed, something which Shoukeikun considers defies the concept of an army itself. In Sanyou, she slays 500 heavy cavalry singlehanded, albeit at nearly the cost of her own life.
  • Put on a Bus: After the Wei invasion campaign, she leaves in search of her sister's killer.
  • Revenge: Out to get her sister's killer. She eventually succeeds some time around the Qin invasion.
  • Samus Is a Girl: Believed to be a boy. Turns out to be a girl.
  • Short Hair with Tail: Her hair-style.
  • The Smurfette Principle: For the Fei Xin Force intially, and still is in her own unit.
  • The Strategist: Is revealed to have been this for the Fei Xin force and they face failure after failure after she leaves, because calling Xin a terrible strategist would be an understatement.
  • Sweet Polly Oliver: Her original appearance when Shin first meets her is quite manly.
  • Thanks for the Mammaries: How Xin found out she was a girl.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Twice.
    • She initially believes Houken to be stronger than Ouki as she is unaware of the concept of a general's weight. She is shocked at the full extent of Ouki's might.
    • Because she was more talented than Yuuren in her youth, she underestimated Yuuren, not expecting her to have mastered the priestess dance far beyond her level.
  • Weaksauce Weakness: She has an extremely short stamina and when that runs out, she is all but taken out of the current fight until she's finished what amounts to napping.
    • Her Praetorian Guard is built around countering this deficiency, being made of burly men who can take a beating while she quickly recovers through meditation.
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     Karyo Ten 

He Liao Diao/Karyo Ten

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Hi Shin Unit Strategist
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Voiced by: Rie Kugimiya

Karyo Ten is the last descendant of a mountain tribe who chances upon Shin and Sei as they are fleeing from Seikyou's forces. After they defeat the coup, Karyo Ten lives with Shin before enlisting into Shouheikun's strategist academy and eventually becoming the Hi Shin Unit's stategist.

Stats (Qin Invasion War): Strength |60|, Leadership |85|, Knowledge |88| Cooking |99!|

  • Accidental Kiss: Shin ends up falling on her, and they lock lips.
  • Achilles' Heel: She has trouble reading commanders who rely on instinct like Gyou'un.
  • Blow Gun: Her choice of weapon after taking it from Muta.
  • Boyish Short Hair: Initially when hiding her gender, but later grows it out.
  • Gender Reveal: Ten was believed to be a boy in the early stages of the story.
  • The Load: Her initial status before learning strategy and tactics from Shouheikun.
  • The Smurfette Principle: She was the only female of the group before Kyou Kai.
  • The Strategist: Is the Hi Shin Uuit's strategist, and extremely capable for her age.
  • Supreme Chef: Her stats confirm it!
  • Sweet Polly Oliver: Masquerades as a boy when accompanying Xin, Zheng and their ragtag group. While others such as Bi find out soon after, Xin doesn't discover it until four years later down the line - even requiring a... definitive answer to confirm this - much to his shock.
  • Tagalong Kid: As a child. Especially apparent when she basically follows Shin to deal with Ryofui's assassins, despite being in no real position to contribute anything.
  • Team Mom: Besides being a strategist, she is also in charge of the unit's provisions.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Goes from being a street-smart kid embarrassed about her own gender, to a far more mature and capable strategist.

     En 

Yuan/En

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Hi Shin Unit Lieutenant
A Qin clerk that was tasked by the government to look out for Shin. He assists Shin when Ouki tasks him with gaining control over a lawless region, and has been one of Shin's main lieutenants since.

     Sosui 

Chu Shui/So Sui

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Hi Shin Unit Lieutenant

A 1000-man commander that was formerly a lieutenant of Kaku Bi. After Kaku Bi is killed by Rinko, So Sui and the rest of Kaku Bi Troops are entrusted to Shin. He eventually becomes one of the main lieutenants of the Hi Shin Unit.

Stats: Strength |80|, Leadership |82|, Knowledge |85|

  • Alliterative Name: So Sui.
  • Badass Beard: Has a small chin beard.
  • Cavalry Officer: The Kaku Bi unit serves as the Hi Shin's cavalry division.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: One through his left eye.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: A non-fatal example. When one of Rinko's deputies tries to interfere in the former's fight with Shin, So Sui holds him off taking a wound from Rinko in the process. He does, however, survive.
  • The Leader: Of the Kaku Bi Troops within the Hi Shin Unit.
  • Out of Focus: Outside his introduction, he's had the least amount of noteworthy appearances amongst those that lead the Hi Shin Unit.
  • Undying Loyalty: He sees Xin as the inheritor of Kakubi's spirit, and as such follows him with the same devotion as he did his original commander.

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Notable Personnel

     Denyuu 

Tian You/Den Yuu

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Hi Shin Unit Commander

A large muscular man who fought alongside Shin when they were first becoming soldiers during the Keiyou Campaign. Den Yuu becomes part of the newly created Hi Shin Unit with several other massive soldiers where they become known as the Monster Squad through multiple battles. Continuing to work his way up as the leader of the Monster Squad, Den Yuu eventually becomes one of the Hi Shin Unit's top fighters as a 1000-man commander.


  • The Big Guy: As part of the Monster Trio for the Hi Shin Unit. Den Yuu serves at the trio's leader.
  • Blade on a Stick: His Weapon of Choice is a glaive.
  • Curtains Match the Window: Black-hair with black-eyes.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has quite a few on his face.
  • The Lancer: Den Yuu is basically Shin's #2 when Kyo Kai's not around.
  • The Leader: Of the Monster Group which becomes the Monster Trio after the death of their 4th member. After becoming a Squad Leader, Den Yuu eventually becomes a 1000-man army commander for the Hi Shin Unit.
  • The Quiet One: Said to not be much of a talker.
  • Took a Level in Badass: He starts off as a nobody just like Shin during Keiyou Campaign arc. After becoming part of the Hi Shin Unit where he and his two companions become known as the Monster Trio, Den Yuu works his way up all the way to becoming a 1000-man army commander.
  • The Worf Effect: Despite his size and strength, he ends up on the losing end of several fights throughout the story in order to hype up the strength of the enemies that the Hi Shin Unit faces off against. Some losses include those to Rai Ka, and Fu Tei.
  • Undying Loyalty: Greatly respects Shin after witnessing the boy's accomplishments during their first battle on the Dakan Plains.

     Gakurai 

Gaku Rai

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Hi Shin Unit Commander

A 1000-man commander who formerly served under the Duke Hyou Army. Following the demise of their leader during the Coalition Invasion arc, Gaku Rai and many other Hyou Army soldiers decide to follow under the banner of the Hi Shin Unit after fighting alongside Shin and his army. Gaku Rai's branch within the unit are known as the Hi Hyou Troops.


  • Badass Beard: Sports a huge one.
  • Bald of Awesome: He's got no hair underneath that helmet.
  • Blade on a Stick: His Weapon of Choice is a glaive.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Gaku Rai admits to Shin that he and many of the Duke Hyou soldiers were jealous of how much Hyou seemed to talk about and focus his attention on Shin. However, they accepted it when the soldiers realized that Shin's entire existence seemed to be the one thing that brought out Duke Hyou's happiness.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has quite a few on his face.
  • The Leader: Served as a 1000-man commander for Duke Hyou's Army. He then becomes the leader of the Hi Hyou Troops that joined the Hi Shin Unit after the death of Duke Hyou.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Doesn't act out when around the Hi Shin Unit given that he's come to respect them, and even asks for the men on guard duty to get their share of food just like what he's getting while resting at the unit's camp.
  • Undying Loyalty: Towards Shin given that Duke Hyou came to view the boy as the son he never had.

     Naki 

Na Ki

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Hi Shin Unit Commander

A 1000-man commander who formerly served under the Kan Ki Army. Na Ki was part of a switch-up between two armies during the Kokuyou Campaign where he's sent over to the Hi Shin Unit while Bi Hei moved with the Kan Ki Army so that both sides can get a better understanding of one another. Na Ki however, ends up enjoying the time he spent with the Hi Shin Unit, and results in him asking Kan Ki for a transfer, which Kan Ki accepts.


  • Badass Beard: Has a small chin beard.
  • Cool Sword: His Weapon of Choice is a sword.
  • Facial Markings: Has a tattoo on the right side of his face.
  • Hyper-Awareness: Pays close attention to the things going on around him. Watching how the Hi Shin Unit works is what eventually brings him to wanting a transfer off the Kan Ki Army.
  • The Leader: Of a 1000-man army within the Kan Ki Army, and then the Hi Shin Unit.
  • Undying Loyalty: Proves himself to have switched his loyalty over to the Hi Shin Unit after he kills off the Kan Ki Army's Gan Jin to protect Bi Hei.

     Garo 

Wo Lue/Ga Ro

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Hi Shin Unit Commander

A soldier who formerly served under Duke Hyou. Following the demise of his leader, Go Ro decides to join the Hi Shin Unit having come to respect Shin for what the latter's been able to achieve. As part Gaku Rai's Hi Hyou Troops within Shin's army, Go Ro acts as a supporting commander.


     Denei 

Tian Yong/Den Ei

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Hi Shin Unit Commander

An older gray-haired man who Shin appointed as one of his Squad Leaders for his special 100-man army during the Battle of Bayou. Den Ei has remained a worthy contributor of the Hi Shin Unit despite some initial hostility towards Ten, and is now currently a 100-man army commander.


     Ryuusen 

Long Chuan/Ryuu Sen

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Hi Shin Unit Commander

A large obese-looking man who Shin appointed as one of his Squad Leaders for his special 100-man army during the Battle of Bayou. Due to his massive size, Ryuu Sen finds his role in the unit as the leader of its Heavy Weight Squad. He eventually becomes a 100-man army commander.


  • Acrofatic: An obese guy that kicks major ass.
  • The Big Guy: One of the biggest members of the unit. The Heavy Weight Squad steamrolls through enemy lines creating an opening. He's shown to be stronger than 5 men combined.
  • Carry a Big Stick: His Weapon of Choice is a giant mace.
  • Determinator: Fights to protect his family back home.
  • Family Man: Cares deeply for his family back home, and points out that his love had just recently given birth.
  • Gentle Giant: Shows genuine concern about not hurting any of his fellow members in the unit.
  • The Leader: Starts off as a Squad Leader. He leads a group of massive soldiers known as the Heavy Weight Squad within the Hi Shin Unit. He eventually becomes one for a 100-man army.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Ryuu Sen starts off as a Squad Leader in the Hi Shin Unit. He becomes the leader of the unit's Heavy Weight Squad, and eventually becomes a 100-man army commander.
  • The Worf Effect: Lost badly to Fu Tei during the Battle of Sai. However, he manages to get Revenge on Fu Tei later on by charging him off the castle wall.

     Suugen 

Chong Yuan/Suu Gen

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Hi Shin Unit Commander
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A master sword user who first appeared as one of Shin's Squad Leaders for his special 100-man army during the Battle of Bayou. Suu Gen ends up losing his left eye during the battle, but manages to continue on as a prominent member of the Hi Shin Unit. He's currently worked his way up to being the Hi Shin Unit's primary commander over the infantry.


  • Cool Sword: His Weapon of Choice is a sword.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Pants-pisser Suugen, for his actions in his first battle.
  • Eyepatch of Power: Sports an eye-patch later in the series after losing his left eye during the Battle of Bayou. However, it doesn't stop him from being a total badass on his own.
  • Handicapped Badass: Even after losing his left eye, he continues to kick ass for the Hi Shin Unit.
  • Idiot Hair: His hair-style.
  • The Leader: Starts off as a Squad Leader, and then becomes the leader of a 100-man army. He's also been deemed as the leader of the Hi Shin Unit's infantry.
  • Master Swordsman: Deemed the best swordsman in the entire unit and his personal squad are almost equally good. The Battle of Bayou shows him off cutting up many of Zhao's soldiers by himself.
  • Perpetual Smiler: So confident in mastering the art of the sword that Suu Gen is seen giving off a creepy looking smile whenever he's in battle as if everything is too easy for him. He tones down on the smiling a bit after losing his eye.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Suu Gen starts off as a Squad Leader in the Hi Shin Unit to eventually becoming a 100-man army commander. He's also acquired the role as the leader of the Hi Shin Unit's infantry.

     Kyogai 

Qu Hai/Kyo Gai

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Hi Shin Unit Commander

A soldier who first appeared as one of Shin's Squad Leaders for his special 100-man army during the Battle of Bayou. As a part of the Hi Shin Unit, Kyo Gai has since worked his way up to being a 100-man army commander.


     Shousa 

Song Zuo/Shou Sa

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Hi Shin Unit Commander

An optimistic soldier who first appeared as one of Shin's Squad Leaders for his special 100-man army during the Battle of Bayou. As a part of the Hi Shin Unit, Shou Sa has since worked his way up to being a 100-man army commander.


     Bihei 

Wei Ping/Bi Hei

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Hi Shin Unit Squad Leader

A young man from the same village as Shin, and Bi Tou's older brother. Bi Hei eventually manages to become a 10-man Squad Leader for the Hi Shin Unit.


  • Badass Normal: For a guy with absolutely average toughness, Bihei has done an amazing job surviving through all the intense war zones the Hi Shin has took part in.
  • Asian Buck Teeth: One of his defining character traits.
  • Butt-Monkey: Due to his antics, personality, and bucktooth character design, Bi Hei comes off as the comic relief for the Hi Shin Unit.
  • Can't Catch Up: He is promoted to a 10-man commander along with most of Shin's notable subordinates such as Denyuu and Suugen immediately after Bayou, but while they have ever since continued being promoted and are now commanders of far more soldiers, Bihei has stagnated in his position. A subversion that Bihei understands his lack of talent and is content to remain at his low position so long as he can continue serving under Shin.
  • In-Series Nickname: Known by many in the story as "Buck Teeth" due to his Asian Buck Teeth.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He's a choleric complainer, but also a genuinely good person.
  • The Leader: Of his 10-man Hi Shin Unit army.
  • Lovable Coward: Despite his cowardish antics, Bi Hei has enough comradery and good traits that make him a worthy member of the Hi Shin Unit. He also crosses over to Cowardly Lion at times.
  • Those Two Guys: With his brother, Bi Tou.
  • Took a Level in Badass: He's gone from being a weak and cowardly former bully to a leader of a group of soldiers within the Hi Shin Unit.
  • Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: He manages to get a really attractive girlfriend after the first Qin-Zhao battle.

     Bitou 

Wei Dao/Bi Tou

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Hi Shin Unit Squad Leader

Bi Hei's younger brother, who joins the Qin army alongside Shin. Bi Tou eventually becomes a 5-man Squad Leader for the Hi Shin Unit.


  • A Death in the Limelight: His moment to shine was also sadly the moments right before his death. Bi Tou provides Shin some deep words of wisdom moments before passing on to the afterlife about how he believes Shin will indeed become a Great General one day, because there's something about Shin that causes people to want to follow behind him into battle.
  • Gentle Giant: Despite his huge size compared to the rest of the Qin soldiers, he's also one of the nicer folk.
  • Go Out with a Smile: Dies peacefully in his sleep.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He manages to save Shin's life after the Hi Shin Unit had been split apart by Mangoku's army, only to die of the wounds sustained from that.
  • Killed Off for Real: The first noteworthy character amongst the Hi Shin Unit to die.
  • The Leader: Of his 5-man Hi Shin Unit army.
  • My Girl Back Home: The woman he loves is back in the town that he, Bi Hei, and Shin originated from.
  • Nice Guy: One of the nicer people amongst those of Qin.
  • Those Two Guys: With his brother, Bi Hei.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Started off as a normal civilian training to be a Qin soldier, but manages to eventually become one for the Hi Shin Unit.

     Soujin 

Sou Jin

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Hi Shin Unit Squad Leader

A former hunter that joined the Hi Shin Unit as a recruit following the Kokuyou Campaign, and Sou Tan's older brother. Despite failing the initial recruitment tests, Jin and his brother show off their incredible bow skills before Shin and company, which results in the two of them being accepted into the unit as specialists. He and Tan become the unit's first squad leaders dedicated to long-range fighting.


  • The Ace: He and Tan serve as the top archers of the Hi Shin Unit.
  • Archer Archetype: He and his brother serve as the first archers for the Hi Shin Unit.
  • Big Guy, Little Guy: The little guy to big Tan.
  • Character Development: Jin had never actually killed another person, so he struggles to shoot at Zhao soldiers during the siege of Retsubi. However, he eventually ends up Gaining the Will to Kill, and begins to kill Zhao defenders blocking the Hi Shin Units wall ladders.
  • Cute Little Fangs: Shows off his teeth sometimes.
  • Friendly Sniper
  • Hair Decorations: Head feathers.
  • Heroic Lineage: He and Tan are the sons of Sou Gen, a famous cavalry archer commander that served under Duke Hyou. It's a given that badass archery runs in the family.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: Can shoot an arrow to a target dead center while passing through gaps in running people. In battle, every single arrow of his meets the head of an officer.
  • The Leader: Becomes a squad leader for the Hi Shin Unit.
  • Nice Guy: Gets along with others quite nicely.
  • Performance Anxiety: Jin struggles to kill anyone at first during the siege of Retsubi due to having not actually killed anyone before. However, he eventually goes through Gaining the Will to Kill.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Tan's blue. Jin is more upfront and outgoing while Tan is more calm and submissive.
  • Sibling Team: With Tan.
  • Those Two Guys: With his brother Sou Tan as the two top archer recruits for the Hi Shin Unit.
  • Training from Hell: He and Tan didn't have the strength to pass the initial Hi Shin Unit recruitment tests.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Starts off as a normal civilian skilled with the bow, but then manages to become a full-fledged member of the Hi Shin Unit.

     Soutan 

Sou Tan

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Hi Shin Unit Squad Leader

A former hunter that joined the Hi Shin Unit as a recruit following the Kokuyou Campaign, and Sou Jin's younger brother. Despite failing the initial recruitment tests, Tan and his brother show off their incredible bow skills before Shin and company, which results in the two of them being accepted into the unit as specialists. He and Tan become the unit's first squad leaders dedicated to long-range fighting.


  • The Ace: He and Jin serve as the top archers of the Hi Shin Unit.
  • Archer Archetype: He and his brother serve as the first archers for the Hi Shin Unit.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Inverted, he slaughters the remanents of Kin Mou's unit including the man himself. After they tried to kill his brother and Ten.
  • Big Guy, Little Guy: The big guy to little Jin.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: He can decapitate and easily pierce armor with his shots.
  • Eyes Always Shut: Doesn't open his eyes much.
  • Friendly Sniper
  • Hair Decorations: Head feathers.
  • Heroic Lineage: He and Jin are the sons of Sou Gen, a famous cavalry archer commander that served under Duke Hyou. It's a given that badass archery runs in the family.
  • Improbable Aiming Skills: As good a sniper as his older brother, but haven't unleashed his potential yet due to his Performance Anxiety.
  • The Leader: Becomes a squad leader for the Hi Shin Unit.
  • Performance Anxiety: Tan struggles to kill anyone during the siege of Retsube due to having not actually killed anyone before. Unlike Jin who was able to go through Gaining the Will to Kill, Tan was unable to go through a similar process, and resulted in being unable to kill a single Zhao soldier throughout the siege.
  • Nice Guy: Gets along with others quite nicely. One could argue that he's nicer than Jin since unlike said brother, Tan was unable to kill anyone during the siege of Retsube.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Jin's red. Tan is more calm and submissive while Jin is more upfront and outgoing.
  • The Quiet One: Compared to Jin, Tan is a lot less talkative.
  • Sibling Team: With Jin.
  • Those Two Guys: With his brother Sou Jin as the two top archer recruits for the Hi Shin Unit.
  • Training from Hell: He and Jin didn't have the strength to pass the initial Hi Shin Unit recruitment tests.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Starts off as a normal civilian skilled with the bow, but then manages to become a full-fledged member of the Hi Shin Unit.

     Other Hi Shin Unit Members 

Shi/Seki

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Hi Shin Unit Commander

A mountain tribesman soldier who first appeared as one of Shin's Squad Leaders for his special 100-man army during the Battle of Bayou. Joining the Hi Shin Unit, Seki serves as a special commander over his Blue Stone Tribe, who've also joined up with the unit.


  • Blade on a Stick: His Weapon of Choice is a standard spear.
  • In-Series Nickname: He's also known as "The ear who hears even the flapping of wings."
  • The Leader: Starts off as a Squad Leader, and then joins the Hi Shin Unit where he has command over his Blue Stone Tribe.
  • Savage Piercings: Has many on his ears.
  • Super Senses: Proves himself to have the strongest hearing sense in the Hi Shin Unit, which comes in handy on several occasions.
  • Tribal Face Paint: Seki's defining character trait is the 5 rectangle markings on his face.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Goes from a simple Squad Leader to a commander of the Hi Shin Unit's Blue Stone Tribe.

Tian Xiao/Den Kou

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Hi Shin Unit Commander

A soldier who was assigned to be Ten's helper when she became the Hi Shin Unit's strategist. Den Kou serves as a supporting commander for the unit.


Lu Yan/Ro En

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Hi Shin Unit Squad Leader

An old veteran soldier who first appeared as one of Shin's Squad Leaders for his special 100-man army during the Battle of Bayou. He then officially joins the Hi Shin Unit where he continues to serve as one of its Squad Leaders.


Taku Kei

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Hi Shin Unit Squad Leader
Voiced by: Haruo Satou

The former leader of the 5-man unit that Shin was a part of when the latter was just starting out. Taku Kei eventually becomes a 10-man Squad Leader for the Hi Shin Unit.


  • Eyes Always Shut: His eyes never open.
  • The Leader: He was the official leader of himself, Shin, Bi Hei, Bi Tou, and Kyo Kai, when they were a 5-man squad first starting out in the Keiyou Campaign arc. He eventually becomes the leader of a 10-man squad within the Hi Shin Unit.
  • Talking in Your Sleep: Talks in his sleep according to Kyo Kai.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Was once considered to be the weakest 5-man squad leader, but eventually manages to become a 10-man Squad Leader for the Hi Shin Unit.
  • Weak, but Skilled: He is always deemed the weakest 5-man squad leader in the army. Still, not once has someone in his squad died in combat.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Disappears after the Battle of Bayou arc.
    • Earn Your Happy Ending: probably for the best, given he's last seen coming to his home village and being greeted by his children.

Kan To

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Hi Shin Unit Squad Leader

A soldier who joined the Hi Shin Unit as a recruit following the Kokuyou Campaign. Kan To manages to pass the hellish training alongside many other newcomers, and is assigned as one of the units new squad leaders.


  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: He complains that he doesn't need to go through the Hi Shin Unit's Training from Hell, and that he's already good enough to pass with just his sword skills. However, Kan To quickly realizes how wrong he is after being defeated easily by Suu Gen.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Ends up on the receiving end of one from commander Suu Gen when Kan To didn't believe he required the Training from Hell.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Given the nickname "All Talk Kanto" by Suugen until he can get his act together.
  • Humble Pie: Suu Gen easily defeating Kan To during training silences any complaints from the latter. Kan To also comes to respect the Hi Shin Unit for what they are since he's now experienced the strength of one of the unit's top fighters.
  • Scars Are Forever: Has a scar near his right eye.
  • The Everyman: As Hi Shin gets bigger and the main cast gets thrust into more leadership roles, Kan To reintroduces the POV of a low-rank foot soldier to the viewer.
  • Took a Level in Badass: He basically started off as a normal person, but then makes it through the Training from Hell, and becomes one of the new squad leaders for the Hi Shin Unit.
  • Training from Hell: Makes it through the Hi Shin Unit's exhausting recruitment tests.

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