This cube craft paper toy is Shinomori Aoshi, the genius young leader of the Oniwabanshū onmitsu, 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. Known to his followers as the “Okashira”, Aoshi’s skills in combat, stealth and information gathering are without parallel, but having missed his chance to gain glory for the Oniwabanshū during the bakumatsu, he led a group of his men in serving as enforcers for the wealthy industrialist and opium dealer Takeda Kanryū in the hopes of finding a new battlefield in the Meiji era.
When Kanryū made himself the enemy of the legendary Hitokiri Battōsai, Aoshi believed that his long-missed chance to prove the superiority of the Oniwabanshū had finally come. Unfortunately, Kanryū’s wicked deception and greed cost Aoshi’s men their lives and the shame of being defeated and then rescued by Battōsai drove the Okashira to a new vow: he would defeat Battōsai at any cost in order to gain the title of “the strongest” and offer that title at his comrades’ graves.
At first glance, Shinomori Aoshi appears inhumanly cold and emotionless. He bears a calculating nature which shows itself in his high observational intelligence, a reticence to say more than is necessary and a demeanor that rarely shows emotion. He is said never to smile except when smirking with confidence in his supreme combat and tactical abilities.
This long-standing confidence in his abilities has fostered in Aoshi a fixation with being the best and demonstrating his superiority as well as the superiority of the Oniwabanshū. Even from a young age, he lived for battle and has allowed the shame of being left out of the Bakumatsu in his youth to drive him toward combat in the Meiji era, not caring whom he has to fight or why so long as his opponent is strong and victory will bring glory to his Oniwabanshū. After his Oniwabanshū onmitsu are murdered in front of his eyes, Aoshi’s already frigid soul sinks deep into the shadows of his nature and his desire for victory in battle becomes an obsession that threatens to transform him into an honorless murderer.
However, his icy and ruthless demeanor hides a deeply passionate nature; Aoshi’s ordinarily cold heart bleeds for his comrades and he places their well-being and happiness before his own without hesitation, as displayed when he declined glamorous government positions and solitary battles so as to look after his subordinates. Even when his soul is poisoned, his obsession with battle and victory is specifically fueled by his need to honor his late comrades with the “flower of being called the strongest”. Even after Aoshi succumbs to the darkness and pits himself against former comrades, he holds his true strength back subconsciously, unable to fully sever ties with those alongside whom he has fought. Aoshi also shows the ability to be compassionate even behind his steely expression and glacial eyes; even while ruthlessly completing a mission or securing a victory, he is able to feel sympathy for innocents who have been harmed or respect for an opponent’s spirit, but keeps these feelings separate from his duties. Though accustomed to blunt, dispassionate analysis, Aoshi reveals that he is reasonably well-versed in employing tact and sensitivity where the facts are too harsh for certain ears.
Tall and lean, Aoshi is frequently described as being very handsome, with a long, youthful face and short black hair cut neatly in back but with a distinctive fringe of permed bangs falling in front of his face and parted in the center. Aoshi’s most distinctive feature is his eyes, which are a piercing, ice-cold blue.
For most of the series, Aoshi sports decidedly Western dress in the form of a deep blue, collarless short-sleeved dress shirt with a goldenrod trim, matching deep blue slacks and shiny black dress shoes. More distinctive still is his trademark coat – a long, sweeping trench coat of light tan with a ribbed goldenrod interior trim. He also wears deep blue, wide-mouthed fingerless gloves.
After his trench coat is destroyed and his mind cleared by Kenshin, Aoshi displays his renewed allegiance to the Oniwabanshū by switching his slacks and coat for a shinobi shizoku worn over his dress shirt. His shizoku is similar in design to Han’nya’s, carries the same deep blue and goldenrod color scheme as Aoshi’s old outfit, but also is tied with an obi belt left in a long bow like Misao’s.
Aoshi is a grand master and Okashira of the Oniwanbanshou shinobi. Aoshi’s weapon of choice is a kodachi, a sword that is described in the series to act like a shield because its light weight makes it easy to block with. He originally used only one of these short swords for defense outside of Kaiten Kenbu and relied mainly on ninjutsu for his offense, but later used a two-sworded style, employing a pair of the swords. When in their saya, they appear to be part of a single sheathed sword, one blade appearing to be the hilt, while the second blade is stationed opposite the first and blends in with the saya itself, giving it the impression of being a nodachi. A dangerous opponent, he uses his speed together with a mix of sword and hand-to-hand combat moves. His physical strength is extremely high, having once knocked Sanosuke out with one blow to the back of the neck.
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