Kanichiro Yoshimura became an obscure member of the celebrated Shinsengumi, which is widely known as a group of patriotic samurai whose duty was to gu...more
Kanichiro Yoshimura became an obscure member of the celebrated Shinsengumi, which is widely known as a group of patriotic samurai whose duty was to guard and defend Kyoto. Kanichiro is the "gladiator" of the group, who is by far the best swordsman among its members, but is also attached to money that his fellow samurai call him a moneygrubber. He accepts jobs despised by others, takes the money and saves it. His behavior is far removed from the usual image of a samurai. His true purpose, however, lies in supporting his family left behind in his hometown, a far off northern province, and he struggles to the end to survive and provide for his family.The sense of purpose is what keeps him going, and he stakes everything on his motto "Not to die, but to live."
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