Alternative names:

四乃森 蒼紫
しのもり あおし


Human, Ninja, Adult


Gender: Male
Age: 25
Blood type: A
Eye colour: Olive
Hair colour: Black
Hair length: To Ears
Height/size: 1.82m
Nationality: Japan
Weight: 72kg
Shinomori Aoshi was raised a ninja of the Oniwabanshū, who worked for the Shogunate government during the Edo period. He helped to raise Makimachi Misao from childhood as a member of the Oniwabanshū.
After the revolution, since a few members of the Oniwabanshū were unable to adapt to life in the Meiji era, Aoshi and these members worked for the corrupt, power-hungry business man, Takeda Kanryū instead. Aoshi's subordinates included Beshimi, who specialised in darts and poison; Hyotoko, whose name literally means "Fire Man" and uses flint-and-steel teeth to breathe fire; Han'nya, a skilled martial artist, deft ninjutsu practitioner and Aoshi's student; and Shikijou, a "muscle man".
Aoshi himself remains an enigma. He rarely (if ever) shows emotions in or out of a battle. His weapon in the beginning of the series involved only one kodachi (in combination with martial arts). However, after his defeat at Himura Kenshin's hands at Kanryu's mansion, he dedicated himself fully to revenge for the sake of his fallen comrades. When Aoshi next appears, he uses double-kodachi, and seems to have fully disregarded his emotions in order to kill Himura.
They fight at Shishio Makoto's mansion in order to settle the score, and upon the battle's break, Aoshi realizes where he went wrong, and becomes somewhat of an ally.

Related anime:

Rurouni Kenshin TV, 1996
Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Kenkaku Romantan - Shin Kyoto Hen OVA, 2011

Related manga:

Rurouni Kenshin: Meiji Swordsman Romantic Story Manga, 1994
Rurouni Kenshin Manga, 1994
Rurouni Kenshin: Haru ni Sakura One Shot, 1999

Voice actors:

Yoshito Yasuhara, Japanese
Terrence Stone, English
John Gremillion, English
Cassius Romero, Brazilian
Min Seok Kim, Korean