Takasugi Shinsuke || Character Analysis
Hello AA, Yoana here with a new Gintama blog. I mean I may be the biggest Gintama fag in the community but its not my fault that Gintama is my Favorite anime and I enjoy writing about it and its Characters.
Since today, 10.08.2017, is Takasugi Shinsuke's Birthday here is my little present for him
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『I'm fine with being a beast, I neither want nor need anything to protect. I just want to destroy everything, until the beast stops whining. 』
~Takasugi Shinsuke to Katsura Kotarou
Basic Character Information
Name: Takasugi Shinsuke | 高杉 晋助
Date of Birth: 10.08 | Leo
Age: Late Twenties
Titles: Leader of Kiheitai
First Appearance: Lesson 30 (Manga)
Episode 17 (Anime)
Japanese Voice Actor: Koyasu Takehito
English Voice Actor: Kyle C. Jones
Takasugi Shinsuke is the leader of the Kiheitai as well a war veteran. He was part of the Joui Wars along with Sakata Gintoki, Sakamoto Tatsuma and Katsura Kotarou. He just like Katsura continued his Joui activities after the end of the war. Before Utsuro to became the main antagonist, Takasugi wore that title as well.
Takasugi has dark hair which often appears to be purple. In compared to the other characters is rather small, only 170 cm. He has very deep green eyes...well eye since he lost one in the Joui wars. He has that dark look in his eye that always intrigued me. If you ask me he is very handsome.
Another thing that you can see on his face are the bandages that cover his left eye unlike Kuuybei who wears an eye patch.
Now for his clothing.
As many other people in the Edo period as well in the show, Takasugi is seen wearing a traditional Yukata with a haori jacket. His Usual Yukata is purple with yellow butterflies.
Many things can be said for the color choice because some people including myself believe that the color for a specific person has a Meaning and can help us define the character' main features.
The most common association for the color purple is ambiguity, ambivalence and mourning. This is really something that many gintama fans noticed. For example I associate ambiguity with mysterious because that's the first thing I noticed about him, the ambiguity about his character and the sound of mystery his voiced carried was the thing that intrigued me to see more of Him, to expect what he will do next and to enjoy his character's devopment. Now for the mourning part, I deeply believe that Takasugi is still mourning the death of his teacher. That particular death was the breaking point of the friendship between the Joui 4.
As bad as the habit is he is quite the smoker. He is often seen To be smoking a pipe.
If you think they Sakata Gintoki is a demon then you will probably compare Takasugi to a beast. He is a typical antagonist on the front but when you look deep inside you will realize that he is just a broken man driven by guilt and anger. He wants to destroy the world because that awful world was the thing that took away from him the only father figure that he knew - his teacher Yoshida Shouyou. He often blames himself and his fellow classmates for the death of Yoshida.
Usually almost all antagonists are blinded by the need of revenge. The revenge path is empty and should never be crossed. The need of revenge clouded Takasugi's mind so much that he even fought his friends because they tried to stopped him.
He is very stubborn and strong. He has great abilities with The blade and is perfectly equal to Gintoki. He has that strange dark charisma that makes the fangirls scream. And his leadership skills are magnificent. He is very intelligent because only a smart person can create such battle plans. In the War times he was known exactly for those plans. Also it is suggested that he has a very nice tongue and has his way with words.
It is not known what he thinks about Sakamoto Tatsuma after the wars.
As for Katsura when they were young they acted like brothers so it is to believe that Takasugi still views him as a brother.
His Story of the Past
Takasugi was born in a low class samurai family and even as child he could fight well with the sword. He would often during sword training battle kids and mock them for being "useless rich kids" this of course got him and his only friend Katsura in trouble.
They were saved by Shouyou and Gintoki and later after finding out about the strange new school of Shouyou for poor children, Takasugi decided to check it out because he was curious if they were strong or not. He challenged many students for a spare only to be beaten by Gintoki. Shouyou, after that match, bandaged him and encouraged him to get more training so he can be strong enough to fight all those who oppose him.
After learning what their child was doing, Takasugi's parents began to abuse him and went as far as telling them that they would disown him.
Takasugi wanted to get as strong as his new mentor Shouyou and Gintoki so often challenge the silver haired kid to battle him sometimes not even his old wounds were healed completely before the next match. After many tries Takasugi finally managed to win against Gintoki.
Takasugi was spending so much time there that you would think he was an actual student. It was until after the time when he and Katsura decided to help the school from shutting down that they finally joined as students.
It is still know if his parents actually disowned him or not.
Years leter Shouyou was arrested during the Kansei Purge, though Takasugi wasn't there when they arrested him. Takasugi, Katsura and Gintoki and some of Shouyou's other students joined the war on the Joui side so they can free their teacher. They were known as the Joui rebels.
You may wonder wtf i am talking about? Or which war I am referring to so here is a little history lesson about the war:
The place is Edo Japan and the time was 20 years before the first arc of the show. The wars were between the samurai and the Amanto(aliens) who were attacking Earth and they are divided by two generations - The OLD generation and THE FOUR HEAVENLY KINGS GENERATION.
Now that you got a little basic information about it let's move to where I left. Now that you may wonder why it is known as " The FOUR heavenly kings" Generation when I only mentioned the names of 3 of the Joui Rebels - Takasugi, Gintoki. The other Joui rebel has the name Sakamoto Tatsuma, who was not a student of Yoshida but still fought alongside Takasugi and the other rebels.
During the war Takasugi formed a volunteer army which gained the name Kiheitai while Takasugi was nicknamed The Kiheitai Leader.
Almost everyone died in that war. Takasugi, Katsura and Gintoki were ones of the little survivors (Sakamoto left the front lines because of an awful injury).
The trio was forced to watch the beheading of their teacher, more like 2 of them because Gintoki was forced to do the deed. Later Takasugi lost an eye when he was going to confront Gintoki for his actions.
That was pretty tragic, to watch someone you cared about die and later to bury his head and the corpses of your own comrades.
After that Takasugi continued with his war actions driven by the need of revenge. He created new Kiheitai and his only purpose is to destroy Japan for taking his teacher away.
My Thoughts about Takasugi
Before you stop and try to look if you missed the Relationships part well sorry for that but I think I already covered most of his relationships except the one with Matako Kajima but I will leave this to your imagination.
Honestly I think of Takasugi as a misunderstood guy who blames himself for the loss of a close person. I strongly admire his character because he showed me that no matter what you want a revenge or not if you work hard enough and kill anyone on your way to the top you will succeed in life. His role as an antagonist was perfect. If he was part of the Harry Potter universe I would say that Takasugi fits Slytherin perfectly.
When I first saw him I thought that he was hot, he still is, and mysterious. Honestly I can't imagine Gintama without him. He fits the show so well. And I love his dark sense of humor. He will always be my favorite antagonist.
Overall I give his character 10/10.
Hope you guys enjoyed my blog.