Soji Okita

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Plot Summary: Kondo chooses Soji to stay behind and watch the base and the MC. Soji immediately accuses the MC of being a Choshu spy, but the quick return of the others saves the MC from being tortured. It doesn’t take long for Soji to dismiss the MC as too stupid to be a spy. Kyoto is abounding with the new about someone who goes around slaughtering people at night as “divine punishment” and one night the MC witnesses Soji return to the compound covered in blood

What I think of him: Soji is cunning, instinctual, and quite the bully. He is a people person and is very good at interacting with people, but he tends to trust his first impression of others. It is said that he has a knack for identifying spies and traitors and his instincts are right nine times out of ten. He is the best swordsman in the Shinsengumi and has had a knack for it ever since he was a young boy. When he holds a sword it is like he is a different person and he enjoys battle and bloodshed; he tells the MC at one point that it is impossible that he would be injured or defeated. Soji knows well the price of taking a life due to his past, and though he has no ambition of his own, he doesn’t mind walking the path to hell if it will help fulfill the ambition of those he has chosen to follow

Nickname: Sojiro (his childhood name)

Charm point: Like a kindergartner, he can’t resist teasing the girl he likes

Quote: “So, you and I… Let’s not worry about what anyone else thinks. Let’s walk our own path, together.”

Cuddle, kiss, or push down: Get pushed down, he was the original wolf, you know

Would have eloped with: No one

Favorite moments:

  • The MC seeing the “hellscape” that is Soji’s room and the ensuing teasing that Soji gets from everyone
  • Everyone bringing the MC thank you offerings
  • Soji terrorizing the soldiers with his training and the second training session
  • The MC telling Soji about her wishes for the future when they are sleeping together
  • The mask scene at the festival
  • Soji teasing the MC about the letter in the Written by Love ending

Worst moments:

  • When the MC first hears about the divine punishments she thinks that it could totally be Soji, but later she has the sudden realization that the divine punishments could be Soji’s doing
  • If Soji’s identity was such a big deal then someone should have explained the situation to the MC before he brought her into town, or he should have not brought her at all. Both Soji and Toshizo acknowledge this, but that just makes it worse

Worth the price of admission?: Disclaimer: I have Soji Okita bias, if someone is sporting that name, I’m fangirling

That being said, this one is a toss up, and it did take a long time for me to get into this route. It might be more the MC that I was taking umbrage with since I found many of her early thoughts and actions questionable or disagreeable; there were several times where I hated all the choices I was given when it was time for me to pick responses. By the end I did come around to her and was all for her and Soji being together. What made me really like Soji though was his point-of-view substory since I’m a sucker for those “I’m gonna go to hell for this but I’d do anything to achieve my ends” sort of characters. However the main route didn’t really win me over on its own merit.

One thing I did find super interesting was at the end when the antagonist asks the MC “what makes Okita different from me”. It would be easy enough for the MC to say something like “he doesn’t kill innocents”, which would be a lie since Soji says himself that the innocent tenth person in his 9/10 successfully spotted spies/traitors statistic is still usually killed and the MC was almost his victim several times. Soji also admits that he doesn’t really subscribe to Kondo’s ideals of justice himself, he’s supporting someone else’s dreams because he doesn’t really have one of his own. There are two interesting responses to the antagonists’s question. The first is “Because I trust Soji”, which is the MC claiming that she trusts that the path Soji is on is the one that will lead to the future she is hoping for, that no matter how drenched in blood that path might be, Soji is killing knowing the weight of his actions in order to bring about that future. The other interesting option is “I don’t know if this path is the right one”, which has all the implications that you can read into it. In essence, the interesting thing to me is that the MC doesn’t excuse Soji, not does she make light of what he does. She knows that there is very little separating Soji’s actions from the antagonist’s, and she also knows that her bias is what makes the world of difference between them. Okay, over analysis done 🙂

After the main route (POSSIBLE SPOILERS):

  • His PoV: The main route from Soji’s point-of-view. The first chapter was meh, but the rest was really great. There are some scenes about when Soji was a child and even more scenes that let you see hoe Soji sees himself. There are some really great moments that just crush your heart, in a good way since you know everything turns out well
  • Hearts in Training: The MC tries to come to terms with how she loves how happy Soji seems in a group and her desire to have him all to herself. At the same time it seems that Soji is going out every evening to spend the night at a tea house where certain services are preformed. I liked the humor in this, especially with the MC asking the other guys for their opinions and getting confusing answers from them. I would say that this might have been too light on the romance, but the scenes with Soji get really intense so I liked the balance with the humor
  • Love’s Command: The MC accidentally breaks the screen wall between her and Soji’s room. As they are nearly living in the same room, the MC begins to notice that Soji may be keeping a huge secret from her. I liked this story, the MC’s moral standpoint and Soji’s duties were going to have to resolve themselves eventually and this was a very gentle and not completely expected way of doing so

Notable substories:

  • Waton Amusements: The MC makes a mistake and brings the wrath of Hijikata down upon herself. She asks Soji for help and the two of them end up squeezed together in a closet. Being together in such close quarters causes the MC’s heart to race for a completely different reason. This is a cute story in and of itself and when you add in the voice element, I’m all happiness and stupid grins
  • The Warriors’ Full-Body Physical Exam: Kondo has decided that everyone should get a physical and of course the MC is the one who will be conducting them. The MC is determined to remain professional during Soji’s exam, but knows that the slightest wrong move and Soji will assume all control. This is really short but rather enjoyable

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