what is a fanlisting?
"A fanlisting is simply an online listing of fans of a subject, such as a TV show, actor, or musician, that is created by an individual and open for fans from around the world to join." -- TFL.org
Simply enough, this is a fanlisting for Hijikata Toushirou!
Name: Hijikata Toushirou
Based off of: Hijikata Toushizou
Seiyuu: Kazuya Nakai
Caution: certain spoilers ahead
Just for starters, this particular character in Gintama is based off of the actual Hijikata Toushizou, vice-director of the SHinsengumi, a Japanese police force that existed over 150 years ago. Now, with Hideaki Sorachi's adaptation, it's the Hijikata but this time with let's just say peculiar twists. Yes, he's the same smoking battle-loving badass that everyone (even before Gintama) loves, doing the dirty work in the Shinsengumi as a vice-captain and then some, and yes, he's popular with the ladies. Throw in a strange mayonnaise fetish, a bunch of weirder subordinates (I'm hinting at Okita here =P), and the fact that it's Gintama, you can't help but be
horrified fascinated by this Hijikata.
personal thoughts & misc.
Even though I'm obsessed (quite literally) with any form of Okita Souji (this includes Sougo), there was just something about this Hijikata Toushirou that just appealed strongly to me. Translate it as this: when Okita shows up in the anime, I get all smilely about it. But when Hijikata appears, I get all giggly and giddy. And then of course, there's the fact that he's SO easy to make fun of... *evil laughter*
The word "fortissimo" is, I believe, an Italian word that translates to "very strong" or "great force". To be honest, I just glanced over at my piano music sheets and saw the word on one of the sheets, and thought instantly "Hijikata". Don't ask why, and please don't bash... I just suck with names. Next time I remake the layout, I promise you that it'll be much more amusing to look at (with a better name too!).