||God of War
, the God of War. This character perfectly embodies the nickname given to him: he is an extremely fast and powerful warrior, and a cunning tactician. His historical rivalry with Takeda Shingen was preserved in the game: Kenshin considers him as his fated rival, and the man that gives him the highest thrill in battle. His attitude and words towards Shingen at times leave strong suspicions of an interest bordering on romantic affection, but this is simply caused by Kenshin's flowery and somewhat effeminate speech. In fact, a great influence upon the creation of this character is the Takarazuka Revue theatre company, and particularly the type of actresses portraying male roles. Kenshin might look effeminate, and speak in soft and courteous tones, but he isn't someone to be taken lightly. In the game itself he is quite feared by other characters, and always considered a superb match. Along with the aforementioned Shingen and Shimazu Yoshihiro, Kenshin is probably the best commander in the cast, storyline-wise. He is also a fervent believer of Buddhism, especially the God of War Bishamonten (he is even referred to "Avatar of Bishamonten" sometimes), and stands in defense of the people when they suffer attacks by samurai.
His relationship with the kunoichi Kasuga too reflects a Takarazuka staple, the rapport between upper- and underclassman. While she more or less overtly displays her affection for him, he treats her kindly and lovingly, but always with cool detachment.
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