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The Shinsengumi were a 19th Century police force in Japan.[1] The group has been the subject of many works of historical fiction and frequently makes cameos in anime, manga, and other media. In addition to liking these specific sources, some fans consider themselves part of shinsengumi fandom in general.

Shinsengumi fandom encompases cosplay, tourism, and historical study along with roleplaying games, original historical fiction, and fanac related to particular shinsengumi-themed media.

Historical Figures

Okita Souji is probably the shinsengumi member who has inspired the largest fan following. Other particularly popular historical figures include Saitou Hajime, (and who else?)


Fandoms with significant shinsengumi characters that are often associated with the umbrella shinsengumi fandom include:

See Also


  1. ^ Shinsengumi on Wikipedia. Accessed October 13, 2011.