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Shinsengumi
Shinsengumi group
Information
Japanese name: 真選組
Romanized name: Shinsengumi
Affiliations: Yorozuya,
Bakufu (during Tokugawa Shige Shige's leadership until his death)
Jouishishi
Meiji
Leader: Kondo Isao
Hijikata Toushirou (main field leader)

Shinsengumi is the special military police force, that formed the law-enforcement entity of Edo. With Shige Shige's death after being poisoned as a result of Nobu Nobu's assassin, same time when Intendent and commander, Matsudaira and Kondou were about to be beheaded during Nobu Nobu's reign, Shinsengumi had been disbanded in Chapter 525, until it was later revived in Chapter 529 as special force against Nobu Nobu's tyranny.

Introduction

They are the service of the ruling Shogunate, in the world of Gintama. Though their main tasks usually involve going after groups/individuals in anti-government or terrorist activities, they do perform regular police duties such as street patrols. In Episode 172 they were also tasked with interrogation of dangerous criminals when other departments are unable to make any headway.

Because they serve under the government, they have been given various negative labels, such as:

  • The Dogs of Bakufu (幕府の犬 Bakufu no Ken) by the Jouishishi,
  • Tax Revenue Robbers (税金泥棒 Zeikindorobou) by Sakata Gintoki.

History

Kondo Isao, Hijikata Toushirou and Okita Sougo left their hometown Bushuu to Edo looking for sucess. However, being a group of Ronin was trouble and Matsudaira Katakuriko claims that he was the one that picked up Kondo's group and helped them create the Shinsengumi.

Main Regulations

Original Version

In the original Shinsengumi's Kyokuchuu Hatto (局中法度), there were 5 main regulations, namely:

  • Do not betray the bushido creed (士道ニ背キ間敷事).
  • Do not desert the troop (局ヲ脱スルヲ不許).
  • Do not willfully obtain funds (勝手ニ金策致不可).
  • Do not willfully get involved in disputes (勝手ニ訴訟取扱不可).
  • Do not engage in personal fights (私ノ闘争ヲ不許).
  • Personnel in breach of the afore-mentioned conditions will be ordered to undergo seppuku (右条々相背候者切腹申付ベク候也).

Gintama Version

In Gintama, the Demonic Vice-Commander (「鬼の副長」) Hijikata Toushirou formulated the Kyokuchuu Hatto, known as the 45 Regulations that form the disciplinary framework for Shinsengumi members.

Kondou stipulated a new Regulation 46 to treat Shinpachi well in the Pen-pal chapter as reported by Okita (ep.127).

  • Regulation 1:
  • Regulation 2:
  • Regulation 3:
  • Regulation 4: In the event that the chief is absent, then the Vice captain is to take over the right to command, and the commanders are to carry out his orders (recited by Okita in [[Chapter 529]
  • Regulation 10:
  • Regulation 12: No comics other than that of MAGAZINE are allowed to be read within the confines of the station (recited by Hijikata in Episode 105).
  • Regulation 17: Turn off handphones during meetings and important ceremonies (recited by Hijikata in Episode 105).
  • Regulation 20:
  • Regulation 21: Personnel conspiring with the enemy shall be punished (recited by Okita in Episode 103).
  • Regulation 25:
  • Regulation 25 (Supplementary Regulation): All personnel must consume 5 bottles of mayonnaise each everyday (recited by Hijikata in Episode 185).
  • Regulation 45: All warriors following the path of bushido must achieve enlightenment upon death and are forbidden to turn into ghosts (recited by Hijikata in Episode 105).
  • Regulation 47: Keep to protect your own life, even if that will mean to violate all the other rules!” (recited by Hijikata in chapter 535).
  • Regulation ?: Smoking is forbidden.

For more details on the historical precedent Shinsengumi 新選組, refer to Historical Precedents.


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Hierarchy

SHINSENGUMI 真選組 Organization Chart
Shinsengumi overall
Police Superintendent

Matsudaira mug
Matsudaira Katakuriko
松平 片栗虎

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Shinsengumi
真選組

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Commander

Kondou mug
Kondou Isao
近藤 勲

Adviser

Itou mug
Itou Kamotarou
伊東 鴨太郎
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Vice-Commander

Hijikata mug
Hijikata Toushirou
土方 十四郎

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Spies

Yamazaki mug
Yamazaki Sagaru
山崎 退

Shinohara-shinnoshin mug
Shinohara Shinnoshin
篠原 進之進

Yoshimura Oretaro
吉村 折太郎
1st Division Captain

Okita mug
Okita Sougo
沖田 総悟
2nd Division Captain

Nagakura Shinshichi
永倉 新七
3rd Division Captain

Saitou Shimaru
斉藤 終
4th Division Captain

Sugihara Chuji
杉原 忠司
5th Division Captain

Takeda Kannensai
武田 観念斎
6th Division Captain

Inoue Genjiro
井上 源二郎
7th Division Captain

Oka Sanjuro
丘 三十郎
8th Division Captain

Todo Bokosuke
藤堂 凹助
9th Division Captain

Niki Jiro
二木 二郎
10th Division Captain

Harada mug
Harada Unosuke
原田 右之助
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Kumanaku-seizou mug
Kumanaku Seizou
隈無 清蔵
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Kamiyama mug
Kamiyama
神山
Revised organisation chart from http://gintama.wikkii.com/

Members

Commander

Kondou mug
Kondou Isao
近藤 勲


Vice-Commander

Vice-Commander

Hijikata mug
Hijikata Toushirou
土方 十四郎

Vice-Commander Assistant

Sasaki
Sasaki Tetsunosuke



1st Division

Okita mug
Okita Sougo
沖田 総悟
Kumanaku-seizou mug
Kumanaku Seizou
隈無 清蔵
Kamiyama mug
Kamiyama
神山


3rd Division

Placeholder other
Saitou Shimaru
斉藤 終


10th Division

Harada mug
Harada Unosuke
原田 右之助


Spies

Yamazaki mug
Yamazaki Sagaru
山崎 退
Shinohara-shinnoshin mug
Shinohara Shinnoshin
篠原 進之進


Deceased

Advisor

Itou mug
Itou Kamotarou
伊東 鴨太郎


Story

Gengai Arc

Rengokukan Arc

Memory Loss Arc

Umibozu Arc

Inugami Arc

Train Samurai Arc

Benizakura Arc

Yagyu Arc

Okita Mitsuba Arc

pakuy!!

Shinsengumi Death Game Arc

Otsu Arc

Character Poll Arc

Rokkaku Arc

Timeskip Arc

Vacation Arc

Baragaki Arc

Ikkoku Keisei Arc

Trivia

  • In the original Shinsengumi (新選組), the character for 'Shin' (新) literally means new. In the Gintama version, the character for 'Shin' (真) literally means 'real' or 'true'. There is a possibility of the manga author's pun here as there are many other characters that can be read as 'shin', which the author did not choose.
  • Shinsengumi's police cars are white, where as Mimawarigumi's police cars are black, which is a contradiction to their trademark colours.

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