Okita Sōji was the leader of the first squad of the Shinsengumi during the Bakumatsu. He suffered from tuberculosis, as seen when he fought Kenshin in a flashback as well as in Trust and Betrayal, though he was still able to hold his own with the Battōsai.
Okita has a very youthful appearance, looking several years younger than his actual age. He has straight brown hair done in a short ponytail and large brown eyes. He wears a traditional Shinsengumi uniform.
Okita is kind and respectful to both his fellow Shinsengumi members and his enemies alike. He is usually shown with a confident smile and takes his fights seriously, despite his child-like appearance. Although he respects all Shinsengumi leaders, he shows a particular respect to Saitō Hajime who was also considered on an equal level with him in terms of swordsmanship (both being leaders of the first and third squads of the Shinsengumi, respectively).
- Shinsengumi - Bakumatsu faction
During the Bakumatsu, Okita faced Himura Kenshin shortly at the Battle of Toba-Fushimi. Despite wanting continue even though he was coughing up blood, he was stopped by Saitō Hajime, who wanted to face Kenshin himself. Sometime that year, Okita died due to tuberculosis.
Development and ReceptionEdit
- Okita bears a striking resemblance to the Juppongatana's Seta Sojiro due to the fact that Sojiro was based on Okita.
- In reality Okita suffers tuberculosis during the Ikedaya Attack. But in both the Anime and OVA, he suffered the disease during the Battle of Toba Fushimi when he confronted Kenshin. Historically he was never present in the battle due to being forced to recuperate from the illness.
- He was played by Tatsuya Fujiwara (who portrayed Shishio in the live action Rurouni Kenshin movies) in 2004 television series Shinsengumi!