Okita Soushi
1842 - May 30, 1868 (Birthdate Unknown)
Lived to the age of 25
His sword was named Kiku Ichinonji Norimune
Okita Soushi was born 1844 to the name of Soujirou Harumasa to the Shirakawa house. At the age of nine, he entered a dojo and learned the Tennen Rishin-Ryu from Kondou Isami Masanobu. By the age of twelve, he had already gained enough skill to defeat opponents, such as the Shirakawa kenjutsu master. By the age of eighteen, he was able to teach kenjutsu as well. In July 1862, Soushi caught the measles while teaching kenjutsu in Edo. Sometime around the age of eighteen or nineteen, Soushi joined the Shinsengumi, the policeforce that defended Kyoto against rebels. Though this group was despised at its start, it would prove its worth when Soushi was nineteen. The infamous Ikeda-ya affair, which would spring the Shinsengumi into history, included Soushi as the leader of the First Troops. Sometime after this, Soushi contracted the illness that would defeat him. Soushi contracted tuberculosis sometime during his life in the Shinsengumi, which was incurable in that point in history. His illness was hidden from the rest of the Shinsengumi (apparently to keep the troop's morale intact) with the aid of Kondou and Hijikata, captain and cocaptain of the Shinsengumi, respectively. After the Boshin war, where the Shinsengumi allegedly met their end, Soushi was admitted to a Tuberculosis hospital in Edo. In May 30, 1968, Soushi died, and was apparently buried in the Senshouji Temple, located in the Azabu/Roppongi area.
Soushi was greatly, and rightly, feared for his skills as a swordsman. Most known for the Sandanzuki, the thurst to the neck, left shoulder, and right shoulder, he is believed to be one of, if not the best, of the Shinsengumi. However, he is also known for his smile and his kindness. As well as he is known for his skills, he was also known for playing with the kids in Kyoto. Rumors say this was to make up for his lost youth.