Woop, I drew Wang Yi.
These are two people I do want to do a full biography on in the future, so I’lll give you a quick run down of both, some fun tidbits, and how they relate to each other.
- 黒田 孝高 (Kuroda Yoshitaka), born December 22, 1546, and died April 19, 1604. 官兵衛 (Kanbei) is actually a nickname, supposively given to him by Toyotomi Hideyoshi. It’s unclear if he really did use that name in history, or if this was a fictional account.
- Kanbei became the head of his family in 1567, the same year that Hanbei was invited to join Hideyoshi. A few years after this event, he pledged his loyalty to the Oda clan, and served as a strategist under Hideyoshi.
- Roughly in 1587, Kanbei lead an attack on Kyushu. He went along with a famous Christian daimyo, 高山右近 (Takayama Ukon), and subsequently was baptized. His baptismal name was ドン・シメオン (Dom Simeão, read Don Simeon or Don Simon).
- Nearly a year later, Hideyoshi became fearful of the Jesuits and Christians, and ordered all under his rule to abandon their faith. He instead became a monk, calling himself 如水 (Josui).
- Not much is known about his death. He likely died peacefully in his old age, as his son, 黒田 長政 (Kuroda Nagamasa), succeeded him before he passed on.
- 竹中 重治 (Takenaka Shigeharu), born September 27, 1544 and died July 6, 1579. 半兵衛 (Hanbei) is actually a nickname, supposively given to him by Toyotomi Hideyoshi. It’s unclear if he really did use that name in history, or if this was a fictional account.
- Initially, Hanbei served the Saitō clan. However, Hanbei took control of their castle at Mount Inaba and lead the defense against Oda Nobunaga. This greatly impressed Hideyoshi, who invited him to join his service as a strategist, which Hanbei accepted.
- He had a wife, officially known as 得月院 (Tokugetsu-In), and 1 son and heir, 竹中 重門 (Takenaka Shigekado)
- Not much is recorded about Hanbei from this point, until his death. It is noted that he did die after he either contracted pneumonia or tuberculosis during an attack against the Mōri clan in Chūgoku. He was only 36.
In regards to each other, there isn’t anything recorded showing them having a special bond of any sort. Modern fiction depict them this way, as they both served under Hideyoshi, and Hideyoshi both giving them contrasting nicknames. Kanbei meaning “official”, and Hanbei meaning “half”. It’s said that he gave them these nicknames upon evaluating their strategic skill.
Another connecting fact is that when Hideyoshi ordered Kanbei’s son to be executed as a result of Kanbei being condemned as a spy, Hanbei took pity on the boy and managed to have his life spared. Kanbei was apparently quite grateful for this, and ended up sharing his family crest with Shigeharu. The family crest story cannot be confirmed, however.
- “The Routledge Course in Japanese Translation”, Yoko Hasegawa
- "Takenaka Clan", Lambert M Surhone, Mariam T Tennoe, Susan F Henssonow
- “The East”, Volume 42, East Publications
Pokémon Conquest artbook.
They’re doing a good job making Cao Cao look like a bastard, but an enjoyable bastard.
- Sure these girls are cute, but what’s cuter? Never removing the source/credit and stopping by the artist’s pixiv to show some sweet sweet bookmarkin’ love.
Samurai Warriors 4
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