weapon: Mugenjin ( a sword w/ VERY fine teeth in it almost
like a saw )
Shishio is the leader the Juppon Gatana. He is extremely evil and also
insane, which even Shishio himself admits. Shishio hates all weaknesses
and lives by the motto, 'The strong will live, the weak will die'. So in
other words his philosophy is similar to Darwinism only much more
extreme. Shishio is very confident in his abilities and believes that he
is the strongest fighter ever. He is extremely intent on taking over Japan
so that he can reform the government system so that only the strongest
will survive and the weak will become his 'prey'. Shishio is malicious in
the fact that he is basically using all of his followers to simply make
himself stronger and to weaken his enemies. In fact the only person that
Shishio cares about other than himself is his devoted lover, Yumi Komagata.
The two share a romantic relationship that only they understand. Fighting
and winning is everything to Shishio so he is more than willing to take on
Kenshin, whom he knows is the only obstacle in the way of his plans.
Shishio, like quite a few people in the RK story hates the Meiji
Government since he believes it supports the weak too much and also
because of what happened to him in his past.
After Kenshin decided to come out into the open as the 'Hitokiri Battousai'
during the Meiji Restoration, Shishio was the one who took over his
position as the Inshin Shishi's shadow assassin. Unlike Kenshin however
Shishio merely took the job because he wanted to show the Inshin Shishi
how strong he was, and he carried out many key assassinations for them.
After the Restorartion ended the Inshin Shishi became nervous that Shishio
might expose their roles in certain assassinations. And so they tried to
get rid of him by shooting him many times and then setting his body on
fire. However Shishio somehow managed to stay alive. While everyone
thought he was dead, he secretly assembled a gigantic fighting force in
addition to creating the Juppon Gatana to help him take over Japan and
have his revenge on the Meiji government for betraying him.
age: unknown, mid-20s at the youngest
also known as: Night-Witch, Yumi of the Night
animal of assosiation: none
fighting style: she doesn't fight
weapon: a dagger that she hides from plain view
When she first appears in the RK series, Yumi Komagata seems to be nothing
more than a simple arm decoration for Shishio. As the story progresses
though, it becomes very apparent that she is much more than that. Yumi has
many qualities of the classic bad girl. She dresses provocatively and has
an air of sensuality about her. And she’s definitely ‘evil’ though
she’s hardy one-dimensional. Besides being his lover, Yumi is also
Shishio’s number one confidant. No one is able to understand him or his
aspirations for a new Japan the way that she does. Yumi is completely
devoted to Shishio but she is also fond of Soujirou Seta in a platonic
sense and often treats him like her little brother. Like Shishio, Yumi has
a strong hatred for the Meiji Government and secretly feels jealous of the
other members of the Juppon Gatana because the only way that she can
really help Shishio is by trying to take care of him since she cannot
actually fight. She particularly dislikes Kamatari, another member of the
Juppon Gatana because he too, is in love with Shishio. Although she is
fully aware of Shishio’s desire to defeat Kenshin, Yumi secretly worries
what the effects of such a duel will have on her lover physically.
Yumi was once a top- ranked oiran ( the highest level of prostitute
in the Red-Light District ). But after an incident known as the 'Mary Ruth
Case' the Meiji Government basically declared that prostitutes were no
better than animals and thus the title of orian lost any prestige it
formerly had. Yumi grew to hate the Meiji Government for its treatment of
prostitutes. Somewhere down the line she met Shishio and stopped being an
orian after they fell in love.