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Yamada Asaemon Jikka (山田浅ェ門 (じっ) () Yamada Asaemon Jikka?) is the 3rd ranked Asaemon in the Yamada Clan. After the shogun sent criminals to Kotaku to find the Elixir of Life, he was tasked with being Hōrubō's executioner.

AppearanceEdit

Jikka has violet hair tied in a topknot, bangs that frame the sides of his face, and small amounts of facial hair. He is usually seen with a relaxed expression. He wears a dark haori with the standard attire of a Asaemon underneath: a white robe, with a bell tied on the left collar, along with a hakama held together with a waist cord, and sandals.

PersonalityEdit

Jikka is a lazy individual who, compared to his fellow members, is less dedicated to his work as an Asaemon. He is rather dishonest, as shown when he lied to the shogun's officials that he felt guilty of not completing the mission after his criminal was killed, when in actuality, he expressed great joy at the time and shook Chōbē's hand in gratitude. He is also rude and disrespectful to others around him regardless of who they are, even towards his fellow Asaemon.

Jikka believes that it is unwise to be involved in dangerous situations, preferring not to have anything to do with Kotaku after witnessing how dangerous the island was and believes that those that did were foolish. To this extent, he was not above insulting the shogun.

Jikka is fond of the Red-Light District and is hinted to be homosexual, as he got too close with a worker and offered to invite him to his room.

PlotEdit

Island ArcEdit

Jikka became one of the few Asaemons who got assigned to a criminal and sent to search for the Elixir of Life on an island ordered by the shogun.[1]

Before he and his criminal, Hōrubō, had the chance to land on the island, Hōrubō attempts to kill Aza Chōbē on board his boat but ends up being killed by the bandit. Knowing that he can return back to the mainland since he is unable to complete his mission, Jikka happily shakes Chōbē's hand in gratitude. However, in his attempt to head back, Jikka is forced to land on the island because of the currents. He later makes another attempt at escape but is attacked by a sea monster. By using the currents to his advantage, Jikka cuts down the monsters head and brings it back with him as he proceeds to safely return to the mainland.

Lord Tensen ArcEdit

Upon his return, Jikka's superiors ask him to explain how he returned safely. After explaining and cutting his story short, Jikka says that he wanted nothing to do with the island and comments that only foolish people would want to be involved. The officials take this as a direct insult to the shogun, causing Yamada Asaemon Shugen to step in and apology for Jikka's behavior. The officials overlook this and gives them their next orders by the shogun, only for Jikka to ignore their reading of the message and figures that the request is to send more Asaemon to the island. After the meeting, Shugen scolds Jikka's behavior towards the officials, but Jikka shows disrespect about his presence being of use to him, causing Shugen to become furious. Jikka apologies and wonders if there were anymore more criminals to send. Shugen informs him that the shogun has hired Iwa ninja instead of criminals and tells him that he will also depart once again for the island, much to the latter's disapproval. After listening to Shugen's worries about his comrades, Jikka is asked by a worker what they should do with the large monster head he had brought back. He apologies to the workers after forgetting to bring up the monsters on the island to the officials and offers an invitation to accompany him to the Red-Light District or to join him in his quarters. Once done inspecting the monster, Shugen informs Jikka and the two additional allies to prepare to leave for the island.

The next day, as he departs with the second team, Jikka sits down sulking. He then talks to Aoki about how bringing all these suspicious people were going to make the mission difficult. Aoki replies that this was a way of providing the other party on the island aid. However, Jikka replies that the true purpose of this team was not to provide aid but to bring more death and chaos. He then tries to persuade him into thinking it would be a good idea to turn back home.

Abilities and PowersEdit

Being the third ranked Asaemon, Jikka is undoubtedly skilled. He is shown to be rather quick-witted. By using the currents to his advantage, he was able to slay one of the undersea monsters that blocked his path and became the only known person to escape Kotaku alive, an achievement that not even one of his fellow Asaemon could accomplish.

SwordsmanshipEdit

As an Asaemon, Jikka is capable of decapitating a person with a single cut of his sword. A noteworthy feat was that he was able to easily severe the head of one of the huge undersea monsters of Kotaku.

WeaponsEdit

As an executioner, Jikka carries his own sword.

TriviaEdit

  • Jikka ranked 13th in the manga's 1st Character Popularity Poll.
  • Jikka and Shion are the only known Asaemon to not wear their bells tied to their left collar.

ReferencesEdit

  1. Chapter 2, Page 54
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