This section is the crowning jewel of my collection. He is also why I started and continue to collect cels. Saitou Hajime is a character from Rurouni Kenshin known also by the name Fujita Goro. He was a Meiji cop in the series but prior to that he was Captain of the Third Troop of the Shinsengumi, the mortal enemy of the Battousai Kenshin Himura. Saitou was initially based from the real man of the same names. His name before taking on Saitou was Yamaguchi Hajime and during the Boshin War he changed his name to Yamaguchi Jirou after the Bakufu lost and he was taken as a POW he changed his name again to Ichinose Denpachi to avoid being found out by the Meiji. Finally in Aomori he changed his name permanently to Fujita Goro as shown by the marriage record to his first wife Shinoda Yaso. There are many versions of Saitou that I’ve seen and Rurouni Kenshin is my favorite aside from the movie “Mibugishiden”. Make no mistake though the mangaka himself created a character that he adapted heavily into Rurouni Kenshin. “Saitou” in Rurouni Kenshin stands by his own, with his own characterization and beliefs, which may or may not be the same as other versions of him whether in film, drama or history. RK’s “Saitou” is my favorite.
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