This cube craft paper toy is Saitō Hajime, the former captain of the third unit of the Shinsengumi and currently a special agent for the Meiji Government’s Department of Internal Affairs, based on the manga / anime / video game series Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Swordsman Romantic Story (aka Rurouni Kenshin and Samurai X), this paper craft was created by alonso jacobo. Having a long-standing rivalry with Himura Kenshin since their days on opposite sides of the Bakumatsu, Saitō nevertheless holds a begrudging respect for the rurouni and has come to his aid on assignment more than once, acting as a ruthless ally and the voice of cynical reason in the Kenshin-gumi’s major battles.
A former captain in the loyalist Shinsengumi, Saitō has had a long time rivalry with Himura Kenshin, a former manslayer of the Imperialist cause. As a result of his involvement in the Ikedaya Affair, he and his Shinsengumi comrades successfully prevented the burning of Kyoto by an extremist faction of the Ishin Shishi. Nevertheless, the pro-shogunate forces were ultimately defeated and he was forced to go into hiding.
Saitō has no compassion or mercy for his enemies. He lives by the Shinsengumi code “Aku Soku Zan” (Swift Death To Evil), though he never shows much regard for human life, at some points even letting on that he likes to kill. He is rather morbid and arrogant. Nevertheless, none of these character flaws prevent him from being a superb investigator and fighter. He believes in peace and order, even in the society created by his former enemies. Anyone he considers to be corrupt or despotic, he targets for elimination. He expects those involved in the military, whether Shinsengumi swordsmen or Meiji era policemen to carry out their duties without letting their personal feelings interfere.
Though normally serious, Saito’s slight sense of humor is morbid and slighltly sadistic, shown as he casually stabs Sanosuke Sagara in the butt through the roof of the horse carriage the two of them and Kenshin were riding on with his sword.
During the Kyoto Arc, Saitō joins forces with Kenshin to fight against Shishio Makoto. However, he considers Kenshin to be more of an adversary rather than an ally. After acknowledging Kenshin’s vow to never kill again, Saitō decides to put an end to their rivalry.
Saitō is an able observer and a quick analyst. In addition to being a skilled swordsman, he is revealed to possess immense physical strength when he pummels the Herculean Sagara Sanosuke in a hand-to-hand fistfight. He considers Sanosuke to be a dimwitted amateur with mild potential, due mostly to Sano’s lack of insight.
He is also revealed to be married to a woman named Tokio. He remarks at one point early on that he has a fondness for soba, a simple noodle dish.
Saitō is highly recognizable by his narrow eyes, “spider-like” strands of hair in front of his forehead, his propensity for smoking and the katana which hangs from his left side.
Saitō is a particularly tall and lean man with long limbs and a long face. His eyes are piercing and narrow and his short black hair is neatly slicked back with the exception of four forelock bangs which others have compared to cockroach antennae. During the bloody revolution he wore a samurai style ponytail, but cut it off after he became an agent of the police.
Though he frequently wore the traditional Shinsengumi uniform during the Bakumatsu, Saitō is almost always seen in his blue policeman’s uniform during the Meiji era. In the anime, Shishio Makoto described him as “a man who looks like a wolf.” This could be due to his gatotsu sword form, his overall lean appearance and angled golden eyes.
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