Kondou Isao 近藤 勲

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Kondou Isao
近藤 勲
Kondou mug.jpg
Other Names Gorilla
Technical Name: Gorilla gorilla gorilla
(Western Lowland Gorilla species)
Seiyuu 千葉 進歩
Chiba Susumu
Office Osawa Link
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Affiliations Commander of Shinsengumi
Birthday 4 Sep / Virgo
Age Coming to 30
Species Human
Gender Male
Hair Dark Brown
Eyes Brown
Height 184 cm
Weight 80 kg
Blood Type A
Status Live
Others Right-handed. Hirsute.

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"The katana is the samurai's soul."
Kondou Isao


As Commander of the Shinsengumi, Kondou Isao is in charge of a team of elite military police responsible for going after terrorists or anti-government rebels. Most of the Shinsengumi members were hand-picked by him back in Bushuu, including Hijikata Toushirou and Okita Sougo. This may explain why he calls them by their first names, Toushi or Toushirou and Sougo.

Kondou is also often called "gorilla" by many people, including his own subordinates, and he is often called "stalker" by Shimura Tae, Shimura Shinpachi, Sarutobi Ayame and Sakata Gintoki.

His immediate superior is the Police Superintendent Matsudaira Katakuriko, whom he often has to report to.


Said to be very hirsute, in particular, his backside. Short brown hair styled upwards, with a hint of goatee. Tanned skin.


He is a Stalker stalking Shimura Tae 志村 妙 when not working, he still stalks Otae even when he is supposed to be working. In Episode 127, both Hijikata Toushirou and Okita Sougo went searching for him to ask him to go back to work, and they both guessed correctly that he was lurking in the Shimura's family dojo. He is so obsessed with her that when he hears that Gintoki is staying under the same roof as Otae is, he wanted to kill Gintoki (Episode 62). He already takes for granted that he will get to marry her eventually as he kept referring to Shinpachi as his brother-in-law (Episode ?), and even enacted a new regulation in the Kyokuchuu Hatto to that effect.

A Mr Nice Guy who "can only see the good points in people, and has problem recognising their bad points", Kondou is described by Itou Kamotarou 伊東 鴨太郎 as 清廉 seiren aka honest and pure, and 無垢 muku aka unsullied. When Hijikata tried to warn him about Itou's hidden agenda, he dismissed the words of his second-in-command, who was widely acknowledged, even by Itou himself, as the 'brains' behind Shinsengumi. However, when he realised the truth of Hijikata's words and found out that Hijikata was possessed by a cowardly otaku's spirit in Episode 105, he took responsibility for his bad judgment and offered to surrender himself to end the bloody in-fighting within Shinsengumi. He further instructed Yorozuya to take Hijikata away to safety since he can no longer fight, and offered to pay them every penny in his savings if they do so. It is most likely these final words from Kondou that enabled Hijikata to break away from the possession with the words 'You, Kondou-san, are the soul of Shinsengumi. And we, are the swords that protect it.'verify: actual words? and finally drew his cursed sword to take on Itou.

Kind-hearted and trusting with his subordinates, the members of the Shinsengumi are fiercely loyal to him, seeing as they revere him for being the one to give them back their swords after the Sword Prohibition Act. Shinsengumi's 1st Division Captain Okita Sougo 沖田 総悟 often remarks that Kondou's nice-guy attitude is also his weakness as he never notices negative points about other people. Some characters in the series often call him "gorilla" due to his hirsute nature and although he gets angry with this nickname, he sometimes uses the same word to identify himself.

His use of "Gorilla 13" persona in Episode ? while out to spy on the admirers of Matsudaira Kuriko 松平 栗子 on Matsudaira Katakuriko's orders is a spoof of "Golgo 13", a series about a professional hitman.

Background Story

Before joining Shinsengumi, Kondou used to run a dojo for training samurais back in Bushuu, with together with his master Shishou. His master has already planned to hand over the dojo to him due to his old age. It is not known what became of the dojo after Kondou left Bushuu for Edo to set up Shinsengumiverify: any leads? . It was in Bushuu that he came to know about a trouble-maker samurai by the name of Hijikata Toushirou. After seeing him fight a big gang of dojo members and getting injured, Kondou decided to save the injured Hijikata even though he knows of his notoriety.

Kondou Isao once asked Otae whether she would still love her boyfriend if he has a hairy butt in Episode 8. She became the target of gorilla-like stalker Kondou when she replied that she would love her boyfriend just as much, hairy butt and all. He refused to give up even when Otae blatantly lied that Gintoki is her fiance, that they will be getting married the coming autumn and that they have "done this and that". Because of that, Kondou then challenged Gintoki to a duel for Otae's hand in marriage.


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List of Gintama Characters
OrganizationsFamilies and Relations
Shinsengumi 真選組 Kondou Isao 近藤 勲Hijikata Toushirou 土方 十四郎Saitou Shimaru 斉藤 終Okita Sougo 沖田 総悟Yamazaki Sagaru 山崎 退Harada Unosuke 原田 右之助Matsudaira Katakuriko 松平 片栗虎Itou Kamotarou 伊東 鴨太郎Shinohara Shinnoshin 篠原 進之進Kumanaku Seizou 隈無 清蔵Kamiyama 神山
Okita Family 沖田家族 Okita Mitsuba 沖田 ミツバOkita Sougo 沖田 総悟Kuraba Touma 蔵場 当馬
Matsudaira Family & Relations 松平家族 & 関係者 Matsudaira Katakuriko 松平 片栗虎Matsudaira Kuriko 松平 栗子Shichibei 七兵衛Puusuke プー助

  1. Translated from 空知英秋 Sorachi Hideaki, 銀ちゃねる! Gin Channel! (Gintama Official Character Book), 集英社 Shueisha, Jump Comics.