Keiichiro Washizuka
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Washizuka is second in command of the Shinsengumi, a police-like group during the Bakumatsu era. His position in the group is unit-leader and investigator. A master of swordsmanship, he's a loyalist who value's his group's tenets as well as Bushido. He is a firm believer in restoring order to Japan, and in the old ways of Samurai sword fighting. Typically, he's a very serious individual. He is extremely loyal to his Shinsengumi unit, and is a friend of Kojiroh Sanada. Washizuka's design is loosely based on Hajime Saitō, one of the main characters from the Rurouni Kenshin series. He shares the distinctive X-shaped scar with the manga's protagonist, Kenshin.

The Last Blade


The Last Blade 2, The Last Blade: Beyond The Destiny, Neo Geo Battle Coliseum, Card Fighters Clash, Card Fighters Clash 2, Card Fighters Clash DS


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Page Updated:  Apr. 27th, 2020

Samurai are almost always "cool" in my book. As natural, stylish warriors who cut the BS and slice up their enemies without question... samurai usually end up being awesome fighting game characters. As a particularly "traditional" looking samurai, Washizuka follows suit. He's a somewhat simplistic design and might resemble a few other characters from samurai movies, games & anime. In The Last Blade series, Washizuka adds authenticity and natural coolness to the game.

In a fighting game filled with mostly traditional Japanese designs, Washizuka doesn't need much else as a design. He's one of those "silent and badass" types that we've seen before... and it works for him. However, his personality is a bit quiet and dry - especially when compared to more vibrant characters from the likes of Samurai Shodown. Thankfully, Washizuka's moveset has some interesting aspects and he definitely has some cool moves & animations. Although he isn't a "main attraction"... he adds something to the games he appears in.


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