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Character Profile: Hannya

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Name
Hannya Hannya Hannya (Rurouni Kenshin)
Alias
   
Race
Human Human
Gender
Male Male
Age
   
Hair
   
Eyes
   
Height
   
Weight
   
Status
Oniwabanshuu warrior Oniwabanshuu warrior
Quote
"Die Buttosai!"  
Voice
Abe Lasser Akio Nojima
Debut
   
Anime
Rurouni Kenshin Rurouni Kenshin

Character Description: Hannya

Hannya is a masked man who wears a weird outfit with red and black stripes on the sleeves, which have some sort of illusion. This illusion is that the stripes, when a punch is thrown, become vertical and to the mind condense distances (making Hannya's arm seem longer than it actually was). This effect, much like a telephoto lens distortion, was quite effective on Kenshin's depth perception until he used his sword like a temporary measuring stick.

Hannya is extremely loyal to Aoshi. He even sacrifices his life trying to save Aoshi.

Hannya was born in a poor village which had famine for years. His parents tried to kill him when he was still a child in order to lessen the number of family members they had to feed. Somehow, he managed to escape and was forced to live in the wild, fighting with animals for food until he was picked up by Aoshi. Aoshi trained him to become one of the best Oniwabanshuu warriors. In order to become Aoshi's right-hand man, he even disfigured his face so that he could easily disguise himself as anyone.

In Japanese lore, the hannya mask is specifically used to represent a vengeful and jealous woman. Her anger and envy have so consumed her that she has turned into a demon, but with some important traces of humanity left.