Takasugi Shinsuke 高杉 晋助

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Takasugi Shinsuke
高杉 晋助
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Seiyuu 子安 武人
Koyasu Takehito
T's Factory ティーズファクトリー
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Affiliations Kiheitai
Birthday 10 Aug / Leo
Age 20's
Species Human
Gender Male
Hair Black, purple highlights
Eyes Light Olive Green, bandage over left eye
Height 170 cm
Weight 60 kg
Status Live
Others Smokes a thin pipe

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Takasugi Shinsuke is the leader of the Kiheitai 鬼兵隊, which is the resurrected 義勇軍 gi yuu gun (volunteer army) from the Joui Wars. Kiheitai is an extremist Joui faction bent on causing world destruction. According to the moderate Joui faction led by Katsura, Kiheitai accumulates military firearms through shady arms dealing to become a powerful military organisation, in order to stage a military coup to overturn the ruling shogunate.

A samurai by training under the same tutelage of Yoshida Shouyou just like Sakata Gintoki and Katsura Kotarou, Takasugi is reportedly highly skilled but has yet to show his true skills in any of the anime episode thus far.

He fought alongside Sakata Gintoki (白夜叉 shiro-ya-sha) during the Joui Wars, and it was reportedly during 1 particular combat during the war that he was injured in his left eye, resulting in the bandage over the left eye that he is always seen with now.

He too calls Katsura Kotarou 桂 小太郎 by his nickname 'Zura', but unlike Gintoki, he and Katsura have never got along with each other since their youth. Katsura stated explicitly in Episode 61 that he had always disliked Takasugi. His Kiheitai members addressed him as "Shinsuke-sama", with the exception of Kawakami Bansai who calls him by his first name only, i.e. "Shinsuke".verification/corroboration needed


Left eye covered by bandage, Takasugi is typically seen wearing a purple yukata with yellow butterfly motif, said to resemble women's clothing. He smokes a kiseru and wear sandals.


Single-mindedly ruthless, Takasugi does not hesitate to punish insubordination with death, as in the case of Nizou in Episode 61 Benizakura Chapter.

Yet he is also treacherous enough to offer Katsura and Gintoki's heads to the Amantos in exchange for their assistance in Episode 61 to succeed in his world-destruction plan. He likes to smoke a thin pipe called kiseru. The other character who smokes such a pipe is Yoshiwara's Tsukuyo 月詠.

He is apparently musically trained as heknows how to play the shamisen.

Background Story

His hatred for the world seems to have originated from the loss of his teacher / mentor Yoshida Shouyou, that he wants to destroy the world that took away his teacher, as explained in Episode 61 to Katsura Kotarou 桂 小太郎


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List of Gintama Characters
Organizations Families and Relations
Kiheitai 鬼兵隊 Takasugi Shinsuke 高杉 晋助Kawakami Bansai 河上 万斉Kijima Matako 来島 また子
Takechi Henpeita 武市 变平太Okada Nizou 岡田 似蔵
Old Jouishishi (旧攘夷志士) Sakata Gintoki 坂田 銀時Katsura Kotarou 桂 小太郎Takasugi Shinsuke 高杉 晋助Sakamoto Tatsuma 坂本 辰馬Saigou Tokumori 西郷 特盛
Yoshida Shouyou's proteges Oboro 朧Sakata Gintoki 坂田 銀時Katsura Kotarou 桂 小太郎Takasugi Shinsuke 高杉 晋助Imai Nobume 今井 信女