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Peacemaker Kurogane (Japanese:PEACE MAKER鐵) is a historical fiction manga and anime series created by manga-ka Nanae Chrono (黒乃奈々絵 Kurono Nanae). It takes place in 19th century Japan before the Meiji Restoration, while the seeds of the revolution are being planted. The story focuses on a boy, Ichimura Tetsunosuke, who joins the Shinsengumi as Hijikata Toshizou's page seeking to become strong enough to avenge the deaths of his parents. The series was animated by GONZO Digimation and ran 24 episodes which aired on TV Asahi in late 2003 and early 2004. The US license for the anime is held by ADV Films.
The original manga series, Shinsengumi Imon Peacemaker (新撰組異聞ピースメーカー Peace Maker), was published by Enix and has not been licensed for the North American market. The follow-up series, Peacemaker Kurogane, was published by another company, Mag Garden , who has licensed that series to ADV Manga in the United States and TOKYOPOP in Germany.
Tetsunosuke Ichimura: The main character of PeaceMaker, with his fiery red hair. He wishes to join the Shinsengumi with his older brother Tatsunosuke. The main reason he wants to join is to find the man who killed his parents. He knows for sure that the man is part of the Choshu. Tetsu is easily angered by being called a shrimp or shorty, but is a persistent spirit.
Tatsunosuke Ichimura: Tetsu's older brother. After the death of his parents, Tatsunosuke had to take care of himself and his brother. He worries often about Tetsu and often gets sick when he worries about things too much. He is a Shinsengumi book keeper. He has tried to forget what happened to his parents but convincing his younger brother to do the same is a little more difficult.
Souji Okita and Saizo: The first unit captain of the Shinsengumi, Souji Okita, with his pig, Saizo. Souji is often very happy and is one of the only people who takes Tetsu seriously. Where as Saizo and Tetsu are on bad terms, but whenever those two fight, Saizo always wins. Souji will often spar with Tetsu and sees himself as well as someone else inside of Tetsu.
Sanosuke Harada: The best spear fighter in the Shinsengumi and the tenth unit captain of the Shisengumi, Sanosuke Harada, 25. Sanosuke is a very comical character especially when around Shinpachi and Todo. Sanosuke also has a scar from attempted seppuku. Most of the time he only has one thing on his mind, food, and when it comes to food he just absolutely love's Ayumu's cooking.
Shinpachi Nagakura: The second unit captain of the Shinsengumi, Shinpachi Nagakura. He may be short, but he packs quite a punch. He's quick on his feet with his sword, but also is quite the joker, especially in combination with Sanosuke and Todo. Though he picks on Tetsu, and jokes around a lot, he has a very laid back personality.
Heisuke Todo: The eighth unit captain of the Shinsengumi, Heisuke Todo. Heisuke has a slight enfatuation with small, cute things, so when he sees Tetsu he thinks he's absolutely adorable. He always calls him "Puppy Boy" to Tetsu's dismay. Together with Shinpachi and Sanosuke he rules the comedy floor. He, like Sanosuke, absolutely loves Ayumu's cooking, and will do anything to get some.
- Ichimura Tetsunosuke voiced by Yumiko Kobayashi
- Ichimura Tatsunosuke voiced by Yuji Ueda
- Okita Souji voiced by Mitsuki Saiga
- Hijikata Toshizou voiced by Jouji Nakata
- Yamanami Keisuke voiced by Norihiro Inoue
- Kondo Isami voiced by Takaya Hashi
- Yamazaki Susumu voiced by Takahiro Sakurai
- Yamazaki Ayumu voiced by Yuko Nagashima
- Saito Hajime voiced by Takashi Matsuyama
- Nagakura Shinpachi voiced by Kappei Yamaguchi
- Harada Sanosuke voiced by Kenji Nomura
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