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Gintama Sougo Okita - The sadist of the Shinsengumi

Sougo Okita is a character from Gintama, a Japanese manga series by Hideaki Sorachi, first serialized in Shueisha's Weekly Shonen Jump in late 2003. Gintama has since become one of the most popular and well-known manga series in recent years, spawning a long-running TV anime series, light novels, video games, two animated films, and a live-action movie adaptation. Sougo is the 1st Division Captain of the Shinsengumi and recognized as the best swordsman in the group.


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Sougo Okita is the 1st Division Captain of the Shinsengumi and a former trainee under Commander Isao Kondo's dojo. It was at Kondo's dojo where Sougo first met Toshiro Hijikata, who would become the vice-commander of the Shinsengumi. Sougo grew jealous of Hijikata and Kondo's relationship; the grudge fueling his goal to assume Hijikata's role as vice-commander of the Shinsengumi.

Despite Sougo's rather angelic appearance, he is extremely sadistic in nature, to the extent that Hijikata refers to him as the "King of the Planet of the Sadists" early on in the Gintama anime. Despite being a sadist, he is extremely submissive to his older sister, Mitsuba Okita, whom he idolizes. Despite his somewhat evil exterior, he does show genuine affection for those his loves and respects, such as his sister and Isao Kondo. Sougo is quite close to Gintoki, as they share a common love of torturing and humiliating Hijikata.

Gintama creator Hideaki Sorachi originally intended for Sougo to be a female character, wielding an umbrella as a weapon. His name is based on Soji Okita, a historical figure who was the real-life captain of the Shinsengumi's first unit.