Toshihide (1863 - 1925)
Benkei in a Boat
Series; Eighteen Honorable Men and Deeds

An illustration of the Noh play titled “Funa-Benkei” (Benkei in a Boat), a drama about Yoshitsune and his loyal retainer, warrior monk Benkei. After Yoshitsune and the Minamoto forces defeated the Taira at the naval battle of Dan-no-ura, the Taira commander Tomomori committed suicide by tying himself to an anchor and leaping into the sea. While Benkei and Yoshitsune are later sailing through Daimotsu Bay, a huge storm arises, caused by the vengeful ghosts of the Taira. Here, the spirit of Taira no Tomomori rises from his watery grave, gripping a naginata and dancing about, his long hair flowing over his shoulders and back. His skin is pale blue, a sign of his otherworldliness, and he wears a white patterned tunic over full hakama pants with a design of splashing waves. In the boat, Benkei clasps a string of prayer beads between his hands, praying for the safety of his companions. His entreaties are heard, and the fearful Taira ghosts disappear beneath the sea.

Benkei has to be my overall favorite, he was the first one I played, I love him now as much as I loved him when I first played. I’m seriously in love with this character, when I see him I smile, his dialogue makes my heart flutter, and I just get those warm feels lol ❤️ but who couldn’t love the big lug?