Gabimaru (画眉丸 Gabimaru?), also known by his infamous moniker, Gabimaru the Hollow (だがらんの画眉丸 Dagaran no Gabimaru?), is a shinobi assassin formerly from Iwagakure. He later becomes one of the few criminals sent to Kotaku to find the Elixir of Life for the shogun. His assigned Asaemon is Yamada Asaemon Sagiri.
Gabimaru is a young man with a below average height. He has white, untamed hair that covers the right side of his face. He wears a standard ninja outfit which consists of a black robe with long sleeves that are frayed, a black tattsuke bakama, and a frayed white sash tied at his waist. He also wears a wide collar dickey to cover the bottom part of his face as a mask when he is prepared to go into battle. He wears ninja gauntlets and sandals with gaiters tied to his legs. He has a well-toned build, with muscles and scars he developed during his training.
Gabimaru is calm, level-headed and rarely shows any emotions. He is calm to the point where he is unfazed by any sort of crisis, such as being executed or when he was confronted and attacked by Warped Keiun, a well-known criminal sentence for death. While being attacked, he paid no mind and simply focused on retying the restraints on his hands as demanded by Sagiri. As noted by Sagiri, once Gabimaru calms down he tends to complain. When the two landed on the island, Gabimaru complained about the restraints being a nuisance and the supplies he was given by the shogun as being useless. He prefers to stick with his main objective at hand and not get tangled with anything else that doesn't involve his goals, finding his fight with Keiun to be a waste of time.
During his time in Iwagakure, Gabimaru was known and admired by his peers for his cruelty and ruthless killings of his victims. After suffering from amnesia and reverting back to his old self, Gabimaru expressed his bloodlust of how he was going to kill Chōbē and decided that if Fuchi, Tamiya and Mei were enemies then he would kill them without question. As a Iwa shinobi he had followed their principles such as continuing forward with a mission, defeating his opponents no matter what the tactics were, and that his life meant nothing. Being raised from infancy by his cruel and ruthless leader, Gabimaru was influenced into believing that having sentimentality was a sign of weakness and that he could not protect anything he cared about. Having these words committed to heart, Gabimaru would fall into a murderous, emotionless state which he refers to as being "Hollow", and focus solely on killing his target.
After being married to Yui, Gabimaru underwent a major change. Even though he was influenced by his leaders words of ridding himself of his emotions to become strong, Gabimaru was also influenced by Yui's kind and caring nature into believing that having emotions made him truly strong and would turn him into a true warrior. This overwrite his cruel nature as a ninja and made him want to avoid unnecessary killing. When realizing that there is no other way out of it, Gabimaru will make the distasteful decision of killing but would feel grief for the lives he has taken. This influence would later on stop him from killing Sagiri.
Because he is given limited time to find the Elixir of Life, Gabimaru is very determined and wastes no time on anything. He planned to kill Sagiri to not be weighed down and cleared his mind from all distractions, including Sagiri's well being, except killing and receiving the pardon when facing the Sōshin. When the opportunity presented itself, Gabimaru quickly departed for Hōrai when Senta fall asleep while on guard duty. During his struggle with Zhu Jin, Gabimaru was willing to risk his life if it meant returning home.
Ever since he arrived on the island, Gabimaru has noticed that his behavior has been changing, particularly caring about others such as Mei and Sagiri even though he reminds himself to focus solely on the mission. When Sagiri was in danger of being attacked by the Sōshin, Gabimaru unconsciously rushes in to save her. He commits the same action when he steps in protect Mei from the Dōshi, saying that he could not bear to see her cry and was repaying a debt since she helped him escape danger. After hearing the Dōshi say that Mei's scar meant that she was "marked" and remembering his wife, Gabimaru broke out of his calm composure and showed genuine anger for the first time.
Although he is viewed as being obnoxious (mainly by Sagiri), he can also be respectful and polite at times. Back when he was with his wife he advised her not to cover her scar with her hair, saying that appearances don't matter. He later gave the same advice to Mei which caused her to see the good in Gabimaru. Because he learned basic customs from Yui, Gabimaru would show his gratitude to whoever helped him. He thanked Yuzuriha's team for freeing his head from one of the Sōshin's tentacles and praised Sagiri for her strength as well as thanking her for helping him find his resolve.
After being recognized by the Iwagakure Chief, Gabimaru was given the privilege of marrying the chief's daughter. When Gabimaru told of his time with her to Sagiri, he stated that he could hardly stand her kind and innocent behavior and wanted to leave her. In truth, Gabimaru actually cared for her and desired to live a peaceful life with her. The chief however despised this idea and had Gabimaru captured.
After being given a second chance at redemption by taking on a mission given by the Shogunate, Gabimaru accepted in hoping that he could he see his wife again.
Yamada Asaemon SagiriEdit
When they first met, Sagiri acted as a reporter that took notes of Gabimaru's history during his time serving Iwagakure. She later revealed herself as a Yamada Asaemon and once Gabimaru accepted her offer to acquire the Elixir of Life for the shogun, Sagiri severed as Gabimaru's executioner and made it her top priority to keep watch over him. Gabimaru accepted this
After learning of the possibility of Iwa ninja being involved in the mission, Gabimaru tried to kill Sagiri so she wouldn't weigh him down.
Yamada Asaemon SentaEdit
Yamada Asaemon GenjiEdit
Yamada Asaemon FuchiEdit
As soon as he was born, Gabimaru's parents planned to leave Iwagakure and live a normal life outside of the village's principles. However, their plan was discovered by the chief and they were executed for their actions. From then on, he was raised by the chief himself and, like every shinobi in the village, started his training at a young age and was one of the few who survived until the end.
At some point he had become a shinobi of high standard within the village and was given the privilege of marrying the chief's daughter.
While surviving every execution method he was sentenced to, Gabimaru talks to Sagiri about his past. Later, he is once again met by Sagiri who reveals herself as a executioner. As Sagiri prepares to decapitate Gabimaru, he dodges in confusion. Sagiri explains that it was his desire to see his wife again that motivated him. She then offers him a chance to be pardoned of his crimes if he were to complete a task given by the shogun. Gabimaru accepts and leaves off with Sagiri.
After being gathered together with a group of criminals, they were told to start a massacre until only a few were available to leave for the island. Gabimaru complained to the guards that he would rather avoid unnecessary murder, which angered one of the guards and commanded a few criminals to kill Gabimaru. Seeing as he had no other choice, Gabimaru killed the criminals and managed to survive the massacre, departing to the island with his assigned Asaemon, Yamada Asaemon Sagiri.
Once Gabimaru and Sagiri landed on the island, he told her of his leader's immortal body and how it connects to the Elixir of Life but finds it hard to believe that it’s on the island. Gabimaru then frees himself of his restraints but Sagiri refuses to allow this action to occur. After Gabimaru complains to Sagiri she draws her sword and tells him to bind his hands. Gabimaru is then hit with a surprise attack by Warped Keiun but intercepts it by dislocating his neck. Keiun then declares to Gabimaru that he will kill him and every criminal on the island so that he will be the one to find the Elixir of Life. After the Asaemon's stated that they would not interfere with fights caused between their criminals, Gabimaru had no choice but to fight back. Keiun launches towards Gabimaru and releases a barrage of weapon attacks but Gabimaru is unaffected by them and focuses on retying his hands together. He then lifts Keiun up using the shaft of his spear and kicks it towards his chest. Keiun survived the attack, revealing that he had armour underneath and prepares to attack Gabimaru once more. Later, Gabimaru kills Keiun with his weapons and sighs in boredom. He then tells Sagiri that he wishes to move on but then spots Kisho drawing his sword.
Having drawn his sword, Kisho cuts off the head of Warped Keiun's corpse and made his leave, however, Sagiri warned him of the sixty men that went missing on the island. Kisho informed Sagiri that this wouldn't be the time to be worrying about others and warned her of the dangers to come. He then pointed to Gabimaru as an example of being one of the criminals that were not willing to follow the rules and offers her a chance to return home by killing him. Having heard enough from him, Gabimaru silenced Kisho and told him that he did not care for what he said and all that matter to him was returning to his wife. Kisho then warned Gabimaru that Iwagakure might get involved in the mission, which got Gabimaru concerned. After the Asaemon left, Sagiri asked Gabimaru where to go next but suddenly clashes swords with him. Sagiri wanted to have an answer for his actions, to which he responds by saying that he wanted to kill her painlessly.
Once he had heard Kisho's warning of Iwagakure potentially being involved, Gabimaru knew that he had no time to waste and that Sagiri would only get in his way to find the elixir. As the two clashed, Gabimaru was confused as to why he was hesitating behind his attacks. He then has memories of the time he was with his wife. Gabimaru explains to her he doesn't feel emotions, but she believes this statement to be false and that he should follow his sentimentality which will make him strong. Gabimaru learned that he was taught sentimentality from her but also hatred, believing that he had learned weakness. Remembering the chief's words on how if he was not strong he could not protect anything, Gabimaru becomes emotionless and prepares to kill Sagiri. However, he stops in confusion and is frustrated that he won't survive with the way he is and won't be able to see his wife again. Sagiri disagreed with him and tells him the fact that he can feel emotions is a sign of strength and not weakness and promises him that if he faces his emotions while reclaiming his life then she will support him throughout the journey. Finally, Sagiri tells Gabimaru that he is no longer the man he was before and sheathes his sword.
Later, the two encounter and are attacked by a strange fish monster. Gabimaru focuses his mind on only killing the monster but is struggling. He then believes that it would be safe for them to flee but are surrounded by other monsters. Gabimaru had no choice but to fight back. While Gabimaru attacks, he notices that Sagiri is being attacked by one of the monsters but choices to focus solely on killing them. However, subconsciously he saves Sagiri and right after she thanks him, Gabimaru has his head wrapped by one of the monster’s tentacles. Just when Gabimaru was endanger, Yamada Asaemon Genji arrives and kills the monster. Yuzuriha then makes her introduction to the two and is seen with two Asaemon. Gabimaru thanks them for the help but questions why they did. After she failed to seduce Gabimaru, Yuzuriha proposes in teaming up to find the elixir but Gabimaru refuses, saying that he doesn't trust them. Yuzuriha explains that they didn't have to trust each other as long as they could find the elixir. She then persuades him by saying that she can provide information of the insects on the island such as the human-faced butterflies. Gabimaru asked how she got this info. Yuzuriha says that she used Moro Makiya as bait and proceeds to mock Gabimaru for worrying about others. Gabimaru agrees to teaming up for the information but then finds Sagiri unconscious.
After Sagiri awoke, Gabimaru made kikatsugan from what he found on the island and tells them how he could not find the Elixir of Life based on the drawing he was given. He then tells them about the samurai in bloom and how they connect to the samurai that were first dispatched to the island. Senta then presents his findings on the statue’s characteristics and Sagiri explains how the monsters possessed zero signs of organs or genitalia. Hearing this statement, Gabimaru becomes excited to hear that this may be a clue to finding the elixir and how he has a chance to return home. Taking Gabimaru's suggestion, Senta says that they should investigate further on the monsters. By nightfall, Gabimaru is watch by Sagiri who tells her that it’s pointless since he doesn't sleep. Gabimaru asked if she was recovering well after the wound he gave her which shocks Sagiri for showing concern. He then his showed gratitude for Sagiri helping him find the resolve to face anything that comes his way if something went wrong with the mission. She compliments him on this strength but Gabimaru returns it by complimenting on how strong she is compared to him. He then proceeds to give her a saying from his village which encourages her.
The next day, Gabimaru arrives and kicks Rokurōta who was about to attack Sagiri. After noticing that his kick didn't faze him and that escaping wouldn't be possible, Gabimaru decides to engage him in battle and attempt to kill him. He makes the strategy of testing out his strength and tells Sagiri to move away from the battle. He then asked Yuzuriha for support, however, she refuses because of the agreement they made about her role in providing information while he handles fighting enemies. Gabimaru continues to fight Rokurōta and takes note of his strength. Seeing as how he can't find a technique that would against him, Gabimaru decides to come up with another strategy. He realizes that the only way possible for him to find an opening is to have a team of two. After Gabimaru dodges his attack, he notices Sagiri managing to cut off one of Rokurōta's fingers and both asked for their assistant.
Gabimaru comes up with the plan of using Sagiri to decapitate Rokurōta's head, however, Sagiri says that his neck is to high up for her to make the killing blow. He then suggests bringing him to his knees by cutting off his legs. Rokurōta charges another attack towards Gabimaru but he manages to deflect it with his leg. After Sagiri is unable to cut his right leg, they proceed once again as planned but notices that his leg is injured from when he intercepted Rokurōta's first attack. Sagiri tries a second attempt to cut Rokurōta but fails once again due to his bones getting in the way. The two then hear Rokurōta's stomach loudly rumbling and attempt to block out the noise, however, Gabimaru is caught off guard and is slammed down by Rokurōta's palm, leaving him badly injured. Sagiri steps in and defends Gabimaru who notices how strong she is. After Rokurōta falls down, Sagiri prepares to cut off his head but the giant jumps out of the way. Seeing as how normal tactics were not working, Gabimaru comes up with another plan that he notes is a little dangerous.
Gabimaru sets himself on fire and launches a barrage of flaming ninjutsu attacks at Rokurōta who deflects them towards the trees that catch on fire. Gabimaru tells Sagiri that he plans to suffocate Rokurōta with smoke so he can fall to his knees and have Sagiri deliver the killing blow. Sagiri gets close to Rokurōta after inhaling the smoke and prepares to behead him. Rokurōta notices Sagiri and gets ready to attack but Gabimaru holds his arm down, asking for her to hurry before he loses strength. After Sagiri beheads Rokurōta, Gabimaru suggest leaving before the monsters become attracted to the fire. He suggests going towards the direction the monsters came and asked Sagiri if she is worried about her comrades. She states that focusing on completing the mission would set them free, which appeals to Gabimaru. After catching up with Yuzuriha and Senta, the group are shocked to see an abandoned village. Senta implies that the village must be where the Hermits on the island reside. Gabimaru says that it didn't matter who or what was living on the island but whether or not they were allies or enemies.
Lord Tensen ArcEdit
Gabimaru notices someone watching him and goes after the spy. He pulls down their hood and discovers its a little girl. He then dodges an attack coming from a tree monster but instead of engaging in a fight Gabimaru focuses on the girl, thinking that she might know more about the island. Once he caught up to her he is shocked by how strong she is after being thrown aside. After Sagiri assures her that they don't intend to cause any harm, the girl throws a punch towards Sagiri but Gabimaru manages to block it. He notices her brute strength but also senses something else coming from her. Gabimaru starts to act serious and restrains her with vines, causing her to cry. Sagiri tells Gabimaru to get her down and notices that she was just an ordinary girl from her innocent behavior. They then group back with Yuzuriha and Senta. Gabimaru wanted to ask her about the Elixir of Life but Sagiri tells him that would not be possible with her crying. The group then hears the tree monster talking, asking for them not to hurt the girl and that it can tell them about the elixir and guide them to the village.
The tree monster leads the group to the village. Sagiri feels uncertain if they should trust it but Gabimaru tells her that he was willing to take his chances but assures her that if it tricks them he will take care of it. The tree monster tells them that it will not trick them and that the village is save from the monsters, revealed to be called the Sōshin, and the butterflies. After they arrive to the village, Gabimaru asked the tree monster about the island and the elixir. The monster reveals that the island is called Kotaku and the elixir, also known as Tan, is real and can be found at the center of the island. However, it tells them that they will soon meet a group of immortal beings called Lord Tensen who will not allow them to leave the island. Gabimaru and Yuzuriha views the tree monsters tone as a threat and point their weapons towards it. The tree monster tells them that it was harboring no ill will and it was only speaking the truth. He then watches as the tree monster breaks a part of its hand and demonstrates its regenerative abilities, giving evidence that the elixir exists. Gabimaru looks towards the girl and asked if she also has the ability but receives a scolding from Sagiri and Yuzuriha.
Later, Gabimaru walks with Sagiri to the bath and discuss whether if they can trust Mei and Hōko. Once they entered, Gabimaru accidently walks in on Mei undressed. Despite this incident, Gabimaru undresses seeing as how he used to bath with others back at his village. While washing himself he thinks back to the time his wife advised to relax his body and how he told her not to hide her scar. Gabimaru looks towards Mei and gives her the same advise about her marking on her back. This advise makes Mei feel comfortable standing next to Gabimaru. After washing themselves, Gabimaru reminded himself that he had not time to waste in finding the elixir. Once they arrived, Senta overexerts himself with gathering intel but insists in keeping watch for the night. However, he falls asleep next to Gabimaru which gave him the opportunity to leave for Hōrai.
As Gabimaru rushes for Hōrai he stumbles upon an area full of strange immobile tree beings chanting sutras. He continues on until he finds a large gate. Seeing how its man made Gabimaru realizes that he has arrived at Hōrai and prepares to enter. However, an unknown woman appears behind him and becomes irritated with his appearance after her scuffle with another group of humans. After Gabimaru realizes that she turns humans into the Elixir of Life and attacks her. While the two engage in battle, Gabimaru uncovers the woman's true identity. Just when he had the upper hand in battle Gabimaru is overwhelmed by its counter attacks. Gabimaru recovers and asked if he is the infamous Lord Tensen. Gabimaru continues to fight the Lord Tensen and notices his attacks are ineffective. However, he manages to land a fatal blow and wondered what changed. It then transforms into a woman and launches a set of invincible attacks towards Gabimaru. Gabimaru struggles with guarding against her attacks but pushes throw and clashes with a barrage of attacks. He gains the upper hand and stops her from regenerating. Once she was down, Gabimaru asked her where was the elixir but is shocked to see the blooming female transforms into a monster.
Before Gabimaru could come up with a strategy, the monster attacks with bolts of lightning and gravely injures him. He then becomes overwhelmed with the monsters attacks and is unable to fight back. As he is thrashed around he dreams of waking up to a peaceful life with his wife, believing that the events that had occurred was a nightmare. Though he took into consideration that he is dreaming of her he was glad that he got to see her and told her that he may not get the chance to see her for real. After waking up, in a last ditch effort, Gabimaru sets himself on fire and attempts to kill the monster along with himself. Gabimaru is freed from its grasps and thinks of his wife as he starts to lose conscious. Unknown to him, Mei appears at Gabimaru's side and helps him escape by creating a crater leading them down a cliff.
Gabimaru wakes up from his ordeal and assess the situation. He realizes that the being can be killed but needs assistants in order to do so. He is then met by Tamiya Gantetsusai and Yamada Asaemon Fuchi. The two criminals then predict each others movements before making any attempt to actually attack. Fuchi stops them from this exchange, believing that it was pointless. Fuchi draws his sword and wanted to extract information from Gabimaru's experience on the island. Gabimaru thinks about his options and decides in trying to pair up with them. Tamiya drew his sword to see if he was trying to trick them but was convinced, though he was disappointed with him showing weakness in front of him. He then tells them of his whole experience on the island and how he encountered Lord Tensen, which peaked their interest. Tamiya agrees into teaming up him but Fuchi asked whether his decision was the right one since Gabimaru was also seeking the pardon. Tamiya states that he had no interest in the pardon and expressed his desire to become legendary. Having successfully convinced them, Gabimaru forms an alliance with the two. Fuchi suggests sharing intel which Gabimaru agrees with and starts with Mei. Gabimaru is then shocked to see her grown up and to hear her speak for the first time. He then quickly asked her if she knew anything about the elixir and what was the power she used to save him. Mei explains that her power is called Tao but Gabimaru becomes confused by her odd explanation. The group are then approached by the Sōshin and prepare to fight back. While looking at the horde, Gabimaru notices something unfamiliar amongst the Sōshin.
Gabimaru and Tamiya fight off the Sōshin. He then asked what Fuchi was up to. He responds saying that he was analyzing the monsters corpses and tells him of their differences. He then wonders as to who Mei is, thinking back as how she is not an ordinary human after helping him escape. She sees him looking at her viciously and starts to cry, making him realize that she is a girl deep down. He is then covered in blood after Tamiya criticizes him for making her cry and states that he would not be liked by females but Gabimaru points out that he doesn't mind since he is married which shocks both Tamiya and Fuchi. He asked if he was also married which he replies saying that he has multiple wives. Mei is then captured by a Dōshi who is pleased with their meeting and addresses her in a polite manner. Gabimaru becomes shock after the Dōshi explains to them that Mei is similar to Lord Tensen and starts to rethink his decision in looking after her. However, he moves towards Mei's side and tells the Dōshi that he will protect her even if she had nothing to do with him. He then prepares to fight the Dōshi alongside another that joins his side.
Gabimaru watches as the two Dōshi summon a swarm of insects and decides to think up a strategy before attacking. However, Tamiya steps in a slashes away attack the butterflies and states that he seeks revenge on the Butterfly Dōshi that caused him to lose his left hand. Tamiya prepares to attack again but Gabimaru sees that he is hit by an invisible attack like the one during his fight with the Lord Tensen. Gabimaru warns Tamiya of the technique and the two defend themselves against the Dōshi's attacks. They then accidently attack each other and start to argue. After the Dōshi asks Gabimaru why he wanted to protect Mei, Gabimaru starts to realize his behavior has changed ever since he got on the island. He accepts his change in personality and tells the Dōshi that he was repaying a debt to her. He then asked why they wanted Mei. The Dōshi explains that they need Mei as a partner to perform Bochu Jutsu in which they combine their Yin and Yang energies by having sexual intercourse. He explains that since Mei possesses only Yin energy she was viewed inferior to Lord Tensen and was expelled from the palace with an option of either dying or becoming a part of the Dōshi's training. After hearing that the scar has marked her for this purpose, Gabimaru becomes angry and tells the Dōshi to stop viewing her as an object. Gabimaru and Tamiya stand behind Mei ready to battle the transformed Dōshi's.
Gabimaru notices that the Dōshi's transformed resemble the monster transformation of Lord Tensen. He fights the Centipede Dōshi and manages to dodge his barrages of invisible projectiles. The Butterfly Dōshi then sends out a swarm of butterflies towards Gabimaru. After being told by Tamiya that the butterflies were dangerous, Gabimaru expels out a large torrent of fire to ignite the swarm and block out the two Dōshi's. Gabimaru finds it difficult to fight the Dōshi's while not understanding of Tao works. Interpreting Mei's words, Fuchi tells Gabimaru that he is using too much of his strength and needs to accept his weakness. Mei helps by holding Gabimaru sense his Tao by holding his hand. Gabimaru finds it hard to believe to use his weakness but after Mei tells him that weakness gives rise to strength, Gabimaru is reminded of something similar to what Sagiri said to him earlier, causing him to awaken his Tao. Gabimaru then says that he got the idea as to how Tao works and steps forward to face the Dōshi once more. The Dōshi's attack Gabimaru with invisible Tao projectiles but he manages to see them and dodge every one of them. Gabimaru starts to understand the nature of Tao and destroys the Centipede Dōshi's arm, saying that he no longer stands a chance against him. After he dispels the Dōshi's transformation, Gabimaru states that he was ready to fight Lord Tensen.
After coming out on top, Gabimaru orders the Centipede Dōshi to tell him everything he needed to know. The Dōshi explains that he along with two other Dōshi's were ordered by Lord Tensen to see how the humans that made landfall differ from the humans in past and if they present a threat. He then hears Tamiya coming in wanting to make the final blow. Thinking that he has let his guard down, the Dōshi's attack Gabimaru. However, Gabimaru reacts quickly and kills the Butterfly Dōshi while Tamiya kills the Centipede Dōshi. Having just gained the ability to sense Tao, Gabimaru stills finds it to be a mystery but thinks that if he can dig deep into the nature of Tao he can deal some damage to his enemies. He is then yelled at by Tamiya for how things ended with the Dōshi's. After eliminating the Dōshi's, Fuchi suggests using Mei as a source of information but Tamiya suggests returning her home. Gabimaru tells Mei that he was willing to do whatever she requested of him since she saved his life twice. Before she could speak her mind, Mei and Tamiya watches in shock as Gabimaru bleeds from his nose and faints.
After carrying his unconscious body to a cave halfway up the valley, Gabimaru awakens and jumps back to see Tamiya, Fuchi, and Mei. With his awakening, Fuchi goes over what they know about Tao, however, Gabimaru is unable to recall the events that had happened or recognize the people in front of him, concluding that he is left with amnesia. Gabimaru's amnesia reverts him back to his old self as Gabimaru the Hollow. He decides to go along with the situation until he is able to figure out whether he can trust them or not. After ending their discussion, Gabimaru sits outside and is met by Mei who asks him if he was feeling okay. Gabimaru says that he was fine but Mei senses that his Tao is not fully formed.
The next day, the four travel up the valley to reach the Hōrai gate, however, they are met by Aza Chōbē and Aza Tōma. Chōbē smiles and responses by attacking Gabimaru. Gabimaru counter attacks by getting on top of him and snaps his neck to kill him. However, as Mei warns him that Chōbē has large amounts of Tao, the bandit survives, picks up Gabimaru and slams him down to the ground. Gabimaru figures that Chōbē is one of the immortals the others were talking about and plans to restrain him in order to extract information. He gets up and sends a kick towards Chōbē but manages to block it, grab his leg and swing him down. He then calls upon his killing instincts and attempts to rid Chōbē of his senses by kneeing him in the back of his head to aim for his brain and scratches out his left eye. However, he is kicked by Chōbē but responds quickly by chewing out his tendon and tries to bite his vital areas. He bites down on his carotid but manages to heal his wound. Chōbē causes Gabimaru to lose his footing by stomping down on the ground and stated that he was weak. He then uses a Tao-enhanced punch to strikes him down. Gabimaru tries to throw a punch but is blocked and gets hit with an uppercut. In turn, Gabimaru chews out two of Chōbē's fingers. He sees that Chōbē is too strong and decides to become "Hollow". After remembering his chief's words about facing certain death, Gabimaru sets himself on fire. He then uses Ninpō: Fire Bridge and Ninpō: Thunder Stones to get Chōbē down and incinerate both him and himself. Chōbē is surprise that Gabimaru is willing to sacrifice himself in order kill him. He explains to Chōbē that his life did not matter as a ninja and as long as Chōbē has something to live for he will never triumph. Hearing this, Chōbē thanks Gabimaru for making him realize his resolve to protect his brother no matter what and unleashes a transformation. Gabimaru tries to defend himself against a rampaging Chōbē but continues to exert his body. He then stops for a brief moment after suddenly remember someone but chooses to charge straight to attack Chōbē. After Tōma attempts to stop Chōbē, Gabimaru sees an opening to attack despite knowing that he might die.
As he prepares to use his ninjutsu, Mei rushes in and releases her Tao to create a massive crater. Gabimaru gets himself over the edge and throws a few rocks to attack Chōbē as a last ditch effort. He then falls unconscious and is carried up to the Hōrai gate where the group meets with Sagiri, Yamada Asaemon Shion, Yuzuriha, Nurugai and Hōko. After Gabimaru wakes up, he is unfamiliar with the people he sees. After showing signs that he wasn't himself, Sagiri asked who he was. Gabimaru answers with his infamous epithet, leading Sagiri to understand that he is not his old self. Gabimaru attacks Sagiri but is protected by Shion and Fuchi. She then tries to reason with him but Gabimaru pushes her away, resulting in Sagiri using force by pinning him down. As she uses Tao restoration, she explains to him that they are in need of his strength in getting back home and that there was someone who he needed to return to. After his Tao is fully restored, Gabimaru successfully regains his memories.
The group relocates to a cave to be safe from Lord Tensen's sensory field in Hōrai. Gabimaru confirms to everyone that he has regain his memories and wishes to continue to search for the elixir so he can reunite with his wife with the full protection of the pardon. Hearing this, Yuzuriha explains her earlier theory of his wife being an illusion as a way for his chief to control him. Gabimaru believes that she indeed exist, however, Yuzuriha doubts his suspicion since he is relying solely on feeling. After Gabimaru gives a description of her, he tells them that based on these feelings, his wife, Yui, is real and can only confirm this if he is able to make it back home.
Seeing as how he needs to prepare to fight Lord Tensen once again, Gabimaru sits outside and calls on Tamiya, Tōma, Shion, and Nurugai to help him undergo training with Tao. As they attack him, Gabimaru starts to understand the nature of Tao and believes that they must use the Tensen's Tao against them in order to gain victory. After getting serious, Tamiya punches Gabimaru.
Abilities and PowersEdit
Gabimaru is a very powerful shinobi whose abilities far exceeds that of a normal shinobi. He started his training during his childhood and was strong enough to survive and become a revered ninja not only in his own village, but other ninja communities as well. His abilities impressed even Zhu Jin who questioned whether the young man was even human.
Aside from his physical abilities and ninjutsu, Gabimaru's greatest strength is his intelligence. His years of experience as a ninja has made him into a tactical genius. At a young age, Gabimaru was taught ninja principles. Using these principles, Gabimaru can determine what he should do if he is ever caught in a situation. When facing the Sōshin, Gabimaru knew that he had to avoid facing unfamiliar enemies and determined that escaping was ideal. Gabimaru takes the time to think of a well thought out plan before he engages in a battle. He is capable of analyzing an opponents strengths and weaknesses and can determine what approach would be more effective. During his fight with Rokurōta, Gabimaru tested out his strength by using ninjutsu and came to the conclusion that a two man team was required. After being defeated by Zhu Jin, Gabimaru quickly corrected himself and came up with a strategy in order to deal with him in the future. Gabimaru is also able to make accurate predictions if he should make the wrong move.
He is shown to be a fast learner. After just awakening his Tao, Gabimaru was able to quickly figure out the mechanics behind it and managed to defeat a Dōshi who was more adept in using it
Gabimaru possesses superhuman physical strength, demonstrated when he lifted Warped Keiun, a large man twice his size, using the sheath of his spear, and tear apart the Sōshin limb from limb. He was capable of sending the giant Rokurōta crashing with a single kick and easily broke Zhu Jin's wrist and neck twice. He was able to match and overpower the strength of a Lord Tensen and even managed to stop them from regenerating.
He possesses superhuman durability and endurance. After being captured, he was sentence to death by many forms of executions, only to have them fail as Gabimaru managed to survive every single attempt. He was also capable of surviving a barrage of weapon attacks from Warped Keiun and received not a single injure or show any signs of worrying. He is the only known person to survive a direct attack from Rokurōta, who caused the deaths of Eizen and Genji with a single strike. After taking devastating blows from the Sōshin and Rokurōta, Gabimaru was able to act completely normal without receiving any medical attention. He managed to survive Zhu Jin's Tao attacks and remain standing.
Gabimaru is also a powerful and skilled hand to hand fighter, using devastating punches and kicks that are complimented by his highly immense physical prowess. During the times his hands were restrained, Gabimaru was not tied down and was capable of killing effortlessly. He was able to match Zhu Jin, an immortal being with superhuman abilities, in one on one combat and cause major damage despite not learning Tao at the time.
- Iwagakure Style: Heel Talon (石隠流 踵爪 Iwagakure Ryū: Kakato Tsume?): A heel kick that is powerful enough to block a sword attack from an Asaemon.
As a former well trained shinobi from Iwagakure, Gabimaru is capable of performing various levels of ninja arts. Gabimaru's ninjutsu mainly revolves around the use of flames.
- Ninpō: Fire Monk (忍法 火法師 Ninpō: Hi Hōshi?): Gabimaru sets himself on fire by raising his body temperature to ignite the oil in his skin. Using this technique, Gabimaru is capable of engulfing and incinerating his opponents. This is called Ninpo: Ascetic Blaze in the Viz Manga.
- Ninpō: Thunder Stones — Fire Monk Version (忍法 雷礫 火法師拵え Ninpō: Ikari Tsubute — Hi Hōshi Bājon?): After using Ninpō: Fire Monk, Gabimaru grabs and sets a few rocks on fire and launches them in the same manner as Thunder Stones. This is called Ninpo: Stone Storm, Ascetic Blaze Mode in the Viz Manga.
- Ninpō: Wind Sewing — Fire Monk Version (忍法 風縫い 火法師拵え Ninpō: Kaze Nui — Hi Hōshi Bājon?): Gabimaru uses Wind Sewing combined with Ninpō: Fire Monk, expelling a fireball from his mouth. This is called Ninpo: Zephyr Weave, Ascetic Blaze Mode in the Viz Manga.
- Ninpō: Thorn Quilt — Fire Monk Version (忍法 棘衾 火法師拵え Ninpō: Toge Fusuma — Hi Hōshi Bājon?): Gabimaru uses Thorn Quilt by grabbing a tree and sets it on fire by using Ninpō: Fire Monk. He then thrusts the tree at his opponent. This is called Ninpo: Quilt of Thorns, Ascetic Blaze Mode in the Viz Manga.
- Ninpō: Giant Stone — Fire Monk Version (忍法 大礫 火法師拵え Ninpō: Daireki — Hi Hōshi Bājon?): Gabimaru uses Giant Stone by grabbing a giant boulder and sets it on fire using Ninpō: Fire Monk. He then hurls it at his opponent. This is called Ninpo: Grand Crag, Ascetic Blaze Mode in the Viz Manga.
- Ninpō: Thunder Stones (忍法 雷礫 Ninpō: Ikari Tsubute?): Gabimaru first stomps on the ground to send the gravel beneath his feet in mid-air and throws a swift kick to launch the stones as projectiles to injure his opponent. Gabimaru uses this technique to attack from a distance in case he can not allow himself to get too close to his opponent. This is called Ninpo: Stone Storm in the Viz Manga.
- Ninpō: Flexible Blade (忍法 撓刃 Ninpō: Shinariba?): Gabimaru unwraps his belt and uses it to slash at his opponent. The "blade" is said to be as tough as rope. This was first used against Rokurōta, however, the giant managed to block it before the full effects were shown. This is called Ninpo: Unformed Blade in the Viz Manga.
- Ninpō: Wild Archery (忍法 野弓 Ninpō: Noyumi?): An unknown ranged ninjutsu Gabimaru considered using against Rokurōta. This is called Ninpo: Wild Archer in the Viz Manga.
- Ninpō: Rough Hook (忍法 荒鉤 Ninpō: Arahari?): An unknown ranged ninjutsu Gabimaru considered using against Rokurōta. This is called Ninpo: Ravaging Claw in the Viz Manga.
- Ninpō: Explosive Water (忍法 爆水 Ninpō: Bakusui?): An unknown ranged ninjutsu Gabimaru considered using against Rokurōta. This is called Ninpo: Aqueous Bomb in the Viz Manga.
- Ninpō: Flying Savage Head (忍法 飛頭蛮 Ninpō: Hitōban?): An unknown ranged ninjutsu Gabimaru considered using against Rokurōta. This is called Ninpo: Savage Headbutt in the Viz Manga.
- Ninpō: Wind Sewing (忍法 風縫い Ninpō: Kaze Nui?): An unknown ranged ninjutsu Gabimaru considered using against Rokurōta. This is called Ninpo: Zephyr Weave in the Viz Manga.
- Ninpō: Thorn Quilt (忍法 棘衾 Ninpō: Toge Fusuma?): This technique has never been seen in its normal state, but from what can be said from its Fire Monk version (without the flames added), Gabimaru grabs a tree and thrusts it towards his opponent, using the branches as a means to injure his target. This is called Ninpo: Quilt of Thorns in the Viz Manga.
- Ninpō: Thorn Quilt — Fire Monk Version (忍法 棘衾 火法師拵え Ninpō: Toge Fusuma — Hi Hōshi Bājon?): Gabimaru uses Ninpō: Thorn Quilt by grabbing a tree and sets it on fire by using Ninpō: Fire Monk. He then thrusts the tree at his opponent. This is called Ninpo: Quilt of Thorns, Ascetic Blaze Mode in the Viz Manga.
- Ninpō: Giant Stone (忍法 大礫 Daireki?): This technique has never been seen in its normal state but from what can be said from its Fire Monk version (without the flames added), Gabimaru grabs a boulder and hurls it towards his opponent. This is called Ninpo: Grand Crag in the Viz Manga.
- Ninpō: Fire Bridge (忍法
火ノ 橋Ninpō: Hi Hashi?): Gabimaru takes a deep breath and expels a large torrent of fire to ignite his target. This is called Ninpo: Pyro Bridge in the Viz Manga.
- Ninpō: Flower Needle (忍法
花 針Ninpō: Hanahari?): Gabimaru grabs a pebble and flicks it as a projectile to attack his opponent.
- Further information: Tao
Gabimaru's Tao is noted to be immense by Mei and his skills with it was compared to be similar to Lord Tensen's by a Dōshi. With its usage, Gabimaru is able to sense the presence of others and read the intentions behind his opponents attacks. Against other Tao users, Gabimaru is able to sense the presence of invisible Tao projectiles.
Gabimaru is highly proficient with a sword, being able to fight on par with an Asaemon who are known to be true masters of wielding a sword.
- "I've got no attachment to living. Up 'till this point I've killed a truly disastrous number of people. I have no intention of outliving them for very long."
- "Shinobi ain't got any ambition or creeds. All we do is kill whoever we're told to."
- "If you come trying to kill me, I will kill you"