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Okita (Saber)

Sakura Saber (さくらセイバー, Sakura Seibā?, lit. Cherry Blossom Saber) is the Saber-class Servant of Kohaku in the Strange Tales of the Imperial Holy Grail of Fate/KOHA-ACE. She is able to be summoned by Ritsuka Fujimaru in the Grand Orders of Fate/Grand Order.

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IdentityEdit

Sakura Saber's True Name is Okita Souji (沖田総司, Okita Sōji?), the captain of the first unit of the Shinsengumi, a public order organization that was mostly active in the Kyoto of the Edo period's closing days. Even among the Shinsengumi, which was feared as a band of master swordsmen, the one admired as the strongest genius swordsman was Okita.[3]

HistoryEdit

During her childhood, while she was still an apprentice at the Shieikan, the dojo of the Tennen Rishin-ryuu in Edo's Ichigaya area, Okita Souji met Hijikata Toshizo and Kondo Isami, core figures of the Shinsengumi in the future. She was skillful enough to serve as the head coach of the Shieikan at a young age, and there was no person who was superior to her regarding the talent with the sword.[2]

Kondo formed the Roshigumi on behalf of being bodyguards for the Shogun in the third year of the Bunkyuu era, and Okita went to the Imperial Capital to participate in the group together with Hijikata. After the break up of the Roshigumi, Kondo formed the Shinsengumi together with Hijikata, and Okita was entrusted with the position of captain of the first unit.[2]

Demonstrating their sword abilities in many conflicts like the Ikedaya Incident and so forth, the name of the Shinsengumi roared throughout Kyoto of the Bakumatsu era. However, Okita's body was adversely affected by an illness around that time, and her physical condition gradually deteroriated. Before long, she withdrew from the frontlines for medical treatment.[2]

Afterwards, Okita continued her life of recuperation while separated from her comrades, but in the fourth year of the Keio era, she died at the place where she was medically treated in Edo's Sendagaya area. It is said that she died without knowing of Kondo's death, who was decapitated two months prior to her death.[2]

"We swore oaths on our swords together, we raced through the times together, and we did battle together."[2]

"Even if a meaningless death lies ahead in the end, I wanted it to be that way."[2]

"Engulfed in a warm light that narrowly lies ahead, I did not want to do something like looking up at the skies."[2]

"However, it would have been nice if I had the character "sincerity" together with me up to my final moments."[2]

"————No."[2]

"Right now is the time."[2]

AppearanceEdit

Okita Souji is a female in history and she looks similar to King Arthur. A lovely girl in her mid-teens, who wraps her body in fashionable Japanese clothing. In order to conceal her original costume, which is simply too conspicuous, Okita normally uses this outfit,[3] wearing a Taisho-style Kimono that consists of a Hakama and long leather boots.


PersonalityEdit

Okita has both the facet of a cool-headed manslayer, as well as a cheerful side that is fond of children.[3] Although she is essentially a cool-headed manslayer, towards those who pardoned that mentality, Okita borders on being openly friendly as if they were members of the same organization. During her lifetime, since she had nearly no relationships in regards to love affairs, she is poor at exchanging conversations in that area.[2]

Okita's wish for the Holy Grail is "to fight to the bitter end." Her dearest wish from while alive, which ended not being achieved no matter how much she wanted to. Even now, after having turned into a Heroic Spirit, she is regretting not having fought to the end together with her comrades and has a wrong impression of herself as a failure of the Shinsengumi's soldiers.[2][3]

RelationshipsEdit

Oda Nobunaga
There is a relationship between them since they competed in a certain Holy Grail War. Okita has good compatibility against this opponent as the effectiveness of the latter's ability that is specialized in Anti-Mystery is bad against her, and she furthermore thwarts the Archer's forte in marksmanship with her Reduced Earth... or so it should be, but in "Fate/Grand Order", the compatibility has been reversed!? No wayyy!![2]
Li Shuwen
There is a relationship between them since they competed in a certain Holy Grail War. Even Mibu's Miss Okita has a question mark above her head as he appears to be vigorously slaughtering his enemies barehanded in spite of being a Lancer.[2]
Sasaki Kojiro
"Haa... As for that swallow, which swallow was it?"[2]

RoleEdit

Koha-AceEdit

  • Sakura Saber being revealed.
  • Sakura Saber's Shinsengumi uniform being revealed.

Sakura Saber appears as a joke character in Koha-Ace. She becomes a regular character afterwards, and her identity is revealed in a later issue. Mordred calls Saber father and Sakura Saber mother due to their similar appearance.

Fate/KOHA-ACEEdit

Fate/Grand OrderEdit

GUDAGUDA HonnoujiEdit

Okita Souji, along with Oda Nobunaga, travel from their world to Ritsuka Fujimaru and Mash Kyrielight's world while chasing a bizarre creature resembling Nobunaga called Mini-Nobu. After Romani Archaman reports that a Singularity colliding with Chaldea is the source of the creatures, Okita and Nobunaga join forces with Chaldea to destroy the source of the creatures. Arriving in the Singularity, Okita tells the Chaldea group about how the Holy Grail in her world went out of control when it was tampered with strange technology. Later, Okita and the others observe Musashibou Sessai and Imagawa Yoshitune with an army of Mini-Nobus, which Nobunaga suspects to be brainwashing the Servants. Okita further suspects that the Servants have gained some unnecessary factors during their summoning. Agreeing with a night raid on Sessai and Yoshitune's army, Okita decides to go get the army's attention so the others can ambush them. However, her illness alerts Matsudaira Arash to the group's presence. Though she and the others defeat Arash, they decide to run when he prepares his Noble Phantasm.

Later, Okita and the others encounter Takeda Darius and Sanada Medusa, and then after defeating them, they encouner and defeat Uesugi Artoria. After Romani reports that a particle is contaminating the Servants, the group encounters Shimazu Setanta, Chousokabe Emichika and Mori Medinari, but Okita is unable to fight due to her illness. However, hearing the enemies' names causes her to don the Coat of Oaths in a fit of rage. Though Okita is able to defeat them, she collapses almost immediately afterwards.

After she had recovered, Okita and the others head towards "Osaka". During the journey though, she reveals that the Singularity wouldn't have been created if Nobunaga didn't try to turn the Holy Grail into a bomb. After arriving in "Osaka", the group encounters and defeats Toyotomi Gilyoshi, Takenaka Andersen and Kuroda Mephisto. However, after defeating them, Okita and the others are betrayed by Nobunaga when she uses the teapot-transformed core of the Grail left behind by Kuroda to restore her power. Nobunaga then reveals that she plans to use the Grail to take over the Singularity, and then proceeds to reveal her True Name, though Ritsuka and Mash aren't surprised. After Okita explains that Nobunga revealed her name during lunch, another Nobunaga appears, revealing that the Nobunaga that came with the group to "Osaka" is an impostor. Deciding to call the impostor the Bad Nobu and the real one the Good Nobu, Okita and the others proceed to battle Bad Nobu and defeat her. With the Singularity starting to collapse as the result of Bad Nobu's defeat, Okita gives her thanks and farewells to Ritsuka and Mash. However, she and Nobunga reappears in Chaldea again, where she tells Ritsuka and Mash that her evil heart has gone out of control this time, but Mash tells both of them to leave.

Salomon: The Grand Time TempleEdit

Okita Souji is among the "special event" Servants in assisting Chaldea against the Demon Gods Pillars.[4]

GUDAGUDA Meiji RestorationEdit

GUDAGUDA Teito Seihai KitanEdit

Other appearancesEdit

Sakura Saber and Demon Archer are the regular hosts for Fate/GUDAGUDA Order.

AbilitiesEdit

A genuine genius swordsman who possesses both transcendental finesse and innate talent, but as a member of the Saber Class, Okita's low Endurance and Magic Resistance stand out.[3] Both of her Saber Class Skills are very poor. Her Magic Resistance is very low as because she is a Heroic Spirit from an age where Mystery was very thin, one can hardly expect any Magic Resistance from her. Her Riding is very low as there is no anecdote that she was active in riding a horse. As a degree of apology, she is compensated with these Skills only due to her Class container.[1][2]

In addition to her illness from while alive, there is also a result of Okita being heavily painted over by the impressions held by the later masses; in a sense, she is under the influence of a curse very similar to Innocent Monster.[3] This is the Weak Constitution (病弱, Byōjaku?) Skill, a weakness struck by the nature of frail health. It is similar in nature to Innocent Monster, where the perception of the people in the future affects the existence of the Heroic Spirit.[1] In Okita's case, it is the result of the tuberculosis illness in her lifetime. She is accompanied by the risk of a sudden status drop at anytime of every action. The probability of risk is not high, but when it is invoked in combat, it is immense.[1]

Reduced Earth (縮地, Shukuchi?) is a technique to cut down the distance between opponents instantly. Many martial arts masters have pursue the extremity of Step Movements (歩法, Hohō?) in martial arts. Rather than a simple quickness, there are numerous phenomena that are connected with each other and are completed with walking, body movement, breathing, blind spots, etc.. The highest grade beyond A-Rank becomes a long dimension leap technique and it would be in the category of Sage Techniques (仙術, Senjutsu?).[1]

Okita's Noble Phantasms are her Shinsengumi uniform, the Coat of Oaths, and the Shinsengumi flag, the Flag of Sincerity. Lightless, Three-Stage Thrust, while a Skill, is treated as a Noble Phantasm in Fate/Grand Order.

DevelopmentEdit

Creation and ConceptionEdit

  • Kimono Concept
  • Chikai no Haori

Takashi Takeuchi is the character illustrator for Okita Souji.[2][3] Keikenchi is the scenario writer for her character.[2]

Sakura Saber was first introduced as part of a joke in that Takashi Takeuchi was supposed to introduce a new Servant in Koha-Ace, but instead drew another version of Saber.

It is worth noting that Irisviel von Einzbern wears an almost identical outfit in Onegai! Einzbern Consultation Room.

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 1.12 1.13 1.14 1.15 1.16 1.17 1.18 1.19 1.20 1.21 1.22
  2. 2.00 2.01 2.02 2.03 2.04 2.05 2.06 2.07 2.08 2.09 2.10 2.11 2.12 2.13 2.14 2.15 2.16 2.17 2.18 2.19 2.20 2.21 2.22 2.23 2.24 2.25 2.26 2.27 2.28 2.29 2.30 2.31 2.32 2.33 2.34 2.35 2.36 2.37 2.38 2.39 2.40 Fate/Grand Order material II - Okita Souji, p.268-275
  3. 3.00 3.01 3.02 3.03 3.04 3.05 3.06 3.07 3.08 3.09 3.10 3.11 3.12 3.13 3.14 3.15 3.16 3.17 3.18 3.19 3.20 3.21 3.22 3.23 3.24
  4. Fate/Grand Order - Salomon: The Grand Time Temple - Act 09: X / Disposal Chute Andromalius