Date of birth: September 1854
Notable Characteristic: Blue kimono, smiles all the time
Fighting Technique: "Heavenly Sword Technique"
Height : 163 cm
Weight : 51 kg
Blood Type : AB
Weapon : Katana
Manliness scale: perfect 10!! he's so cute..
First Appearance: Episode 31
People close to his heart: None
Personality: He hides his emotion with his smile, making him
He's an illegitimate son of a a rice merchant. Because of that he was treated quite badly
by his half sisters and brothers. He was made to work for a long hours and sometimes
wasn't given any food to eat. He discovered that whenever he smiles, his brothers and
sister would stop beating him.
He was staying in
the rice granary when he witnessed a bandaged man on a killing spree. He was about to be
killed by Shishio, but he decided to spare his life. So Shishio has brainwashed Soujiro
with the belief of survival of the fittest.He have always thought that everyone has the
right to treat him badly because of the status of his birth. One day his brothers and
sister has suspected that Soujiro has been hiding Shishio and decided to kill him. But
then Soujiro used Shishio's sword to kill them all. After that, Shishio was impressed and
Soujiro went along with him.
Soujiro proved to
be a valuable member of the Juppon Gatana. However Kenshin was able to defeat him, thus
Soujiro realized that the beliefs he followed was wrong. So he went on his way to find the
meaning of life.
Nobuhiro Watsuki's Free
talk: Seta Soujiro
Thanks to: Serizawa Kamo's Translation"
- He is quite a popular
character, but he gave me lots of headaches. As I wrote before, his
motif is Okita Soushi from Shiba Ryoutarou's "Shinsengumi Keppuuroku", but I
difficult was the portrayal of his personality. To add insult to injury, this story was
in the end of the year, the busiest period, so I wasn't able to chew the cud. (It looks
person in charge ("Tantou") of Ruroken understood Soujirou better than I...)
(note from Serizawa: "Tantou" is the person from the publisher (Shuueisha, in
this case) that
is responsible for a manga series (e.g., Ruroken). The "Tantou" has to interact
a lot with the
series' author, discussing the pros and againsts of the series, scanning the author's work
that there's nothing strange or not appropriate.)
Lots of fans were worried that, as Okita Soushi died very young, Soujirou would also die
but I had decided quite early about his survival. Even though he has his harsh background,
Soujirou, who left everything to Shishio and gave up from thinking, was not meant to
atonement through death, but rather he should live to atone for his deeds. This may sound
a bit cruel philosophy, but I believe this is the choice worthy of a man. (the
between Shishio and Soujirou could be that of a religious sect leader and his believer,
looks like a brainless man, eagerly accepting every word of the leader without a doubt)
I believe strongly that, no matter how hard life can become, be it due to family or social
problems, a man who deserves to be called as such can never stop thinking by himself.
- So, even after all those babbling, I guess Soujirou will carry a carefree and a smiling
from now on, given his character. Like Anji, there are some aspects of Soujirou I wasn't
to show, so I want to feature him again later in the story, although honestly I don't know
if it will be possible.