FANDOM


"His mood had been so bleak lately that the atmosphere around him seemed to darken when he spoke derisively about himself, and anyone who talked to him became depressed."

Sanan Keisuke, known as Keisuke Sanan in the localization, is a character in Hakuōki. In Hakuōki: Kyoto Winds and Edo Blossoms, he is also one of Chizuru's potential love interests. Sanan is one of the Vice-Commanders of the Shinsengumi, referred to as the Colonel in the localization. After he drinks the Water of Life, he leads the Fury Corps.

Personality Edit

Sanan is intelligent, dutiful, and headstrong. Though he appears kind and gentle on the surface, Hijikata refers to him as "the scariest of all of us". This likely refers to the fact that he has a severe side when angered, and his lectures and tongue-lashings are intense. Additionally, he has a habit of subtly trying to get a rise out of people, especially Hijikata. However, despite his understated mischief, Sanan is at heart a pacifist. He states early on that the Shinsengumi "would ill serve the public good by murdering civilians in cold blood", and later objects to forcing the monks of Nishi Hongwanji aside to make room for a barracks, despite all other advantages.

After his arm is injured, Sanan becomes self-loathing and passive-aggressive, frequently mentioning his wound and/or putting himself down. During this time, he becomes so irritable that the other members of the Shinsengumi start avoiding him. He is also abnormally sensitive to Itou's snide remarks, as he feels that he has been replaced.

Following his transformation into a fury, Sanan is consumed with fervor for his various discoveries at several points, most prominently the fact that Chizuru's demon blood might be usable in some experiments with the Water of Life. In some routes, such as Heisuke's, this zealotry consumes him, and he goes mad. In others, such as Hijikata's, he masters it, but may feign the same obsession for his own reasons.

Background Edit

Sanan is based on the historical figure of the same name, Sannan Keisuke, although he is sometimes referred to as Yamanami Keisuke due to the discrepancy between the on-yomi and kun-yomi readings of the characters in his name. He is the second son of a samurai from Sendai, and (in Hijikata's and Heisuke's route) later uses this connection to his advantage.

At some point, Sanan entered Shiei Hall and met his fellow future Shinsengumi officers.

In Hakuōki: Stories of the Shinsengumi Edit

See also: Sanan Keisuke/Route
Sanan starts out as a protagonist, but later becomes an antagonist in Saito's and Heisuke's routes, and is the main villain in the latter.

Chapter 1 Edit

Meeting the Shinsengumi Edit

Sanan is first encountered during Chizuru's introduction to the rest of the Shinsengumi officers. Though he is aware of the possibility that she may have to die for what she saw, he initially tries to reassure her. However, he later takes a neutral stance on Chizuru's execution, pointing out that even if Hijikata is correct and she was a victim of circumstance, their enemies could still torture her for information.

Escape or Explanation [Player's Choice] Edit

If Chizuru tries to escape after Saito takes her back to her room, Sanan will appear alongside Kondou, Hijikata, and Okita to warn her against running, although he does not directly attempt to stop her. Upon discovering her true gender, he does not appear to be surprised. If Chizuru stays instead of continuing to run, he suggests that the captains reconvene to review this new information.

Chizuru's Story Edit

Sanan is not particularly affected by the revelation that Chizuru is a girl, as he believes that "killing in general is wrong", regardless of gender. After she mentions her father, Yukimura Kodo, Sanan points out that Chizuru presents an advantage to the Shinsengumi, since his daughter is much more familiar with his appearance and behavior than the captains. Hijikata agrees, and it is decided that Chizuru will stay with the Shinsengumi.

Hijikata then suggests making her someone's page, asking Kondou and Sanan if either of them need an assistant. However, Okita insists that it was Hijikata's idea, so he should take her on himself. Kondou and Sanan both agree, although Sanan is implied to have done so just to annoy Hijikata. Some time later, Sanan explains to Chizuru that she must continue crossdressing for as long as she stays with the Shinsengumi, because the presence of a woman in the compound could "disrupt morale, so to speak".

News From Osaka Edit

Later that week, Sanan and Hijikata depart for Osaka on business. While there, Sanan investigates a report of several ronin harassing a cloth merchant. He successfully drives them off, but his left arm is gravely wounded in the process, leaving him unable to wield a sword. Inoue delivers the news to Kondou, the captains, and Chizuru.

Shinsengumi Adventures 1 Edit

A few months later, after Chizuru finishes setting up the dining hall for breakfast, Sanan apologizes on behalf of the Shinsengumi for giving her chores, even though she is supposed to be a guest. Chizuru assures him that she gets uneasy without anything to occupy her time, but Sanan expresses regret that he is "unable even to assist [her] with carrying the trays". When Chizuru attempts to reassure him that a colonel is too important to do menial chores, Sanan interrupts that his title is meaningless without his ability as a warrior.

Before Chizuru can respond, Inoue arrives and asks where everyone else is. Sanan says pointedly that he would not know, as he no longer frequents the training room due to his injury. After Inoue asks Chizuru to check on Heisuke, Sanan asks Chizuru to stop by Hijikata's room since he was up late last night doing paperwork. After she does as he asks and returns with Hijikata, Sanan defends his choice to use a civilian as a messenger by stating that his concern "truly was not unnecessary".

After breakfast, Sanan requests that Chizuru remain behind for the usual captains' meeting so that she can meet the Watch. Following Kondou and Hijikata's briefing, Sanan leads into Chizuru's involvement and requests that she explain her circumstances to Shimada and Yamazaki. After this, he reiterates that "secrecy is [their] highest priority", warning them not to let any sensitive information fall into the wrong hands.

Later that day, Sanan is in a meeting with Kondou and Hijikata when a cat starts causing trouble in the compound. In his sub-route, Chizuru tries to help Heisuke distract the three officers, but Hijikata and Sanan are suspicious. When Chizuru insists they are not hiding anything but does not contribute to Heisuke's cover story, Hijikata begins interrogating Heisuke. Sanan then requests that Chizuru bring some snacks from the kitchen, saying he will show her where to find them. He escorts her out of the room, suggesting that they stay away until Hijikata calms down. When Chizuru asks why he helped her, Sanan says that she is not at fault, and only Heisuke need be punished. He advises Chizuru to mention her orders from Hijikata next time someone tries to use her, and if that fails, to say that Sanan will be displeased. After Chizuru thanks him, Sanan invites her for tea in his room.

Toudou Memories of Love 1 (Heisuke's route) Edit

Sanan appears to interrupt a conversation between Heisuke and Chizuru, telling the former that Hijikata is looking for him. Heisuke reluctantly responds to the summons, leaving Sanan and Chizuru alone. When Chizuru asks Sanan why Hijikata wanted to see Heisuke, Sanan explains that Hijikata intends to scold him for shirking his duties and that he will most likely "be made an example of". When Chizuru remarks that she has rarely seen Heisuke on his own, Sanan explains that he was probably worried about her, then departs.

The Ikeda Incident [Player's Choice] Edit

If Chizuru remains in the compound instead of going out on patrol, she goes to the courtyard in an attempt to cool off, and Sanan overhears her talking about her father's possible relationship with the Shinsengumi. When she asks if he is all right, he explains coldly that he is not an invalid and rhetorically asks whether Chizuru is allowed out of her room. He warns her that roaming the headquarters without permission makes her seem suspicious. Before returning to her room, Chizuru tells him to take care of himself, and he returns the sentiment more genuinely.

Chapter 2 Edit

Chapter 3 Edit

Hijikata's route Edit

Okita's route Edit

Saito's route Edit

Heisuke's route Edit

Sanan is the main antagonist.

Harada's route Edit

Kazama's route Edit

In Hakuōki: Kyoto Winds Edit

Sanan's involvement in the plot is largely the same as in the first half of Stories of the Shinsengumi, with the following exceptions.

Chapter 1 Edit

Chapter 2 Edit

Chapter 3 Edit

Chapter 4 Edit

Chapter 5 Edit

Final Chapter Edit

In Hakuōki: Edo Blossoms Edit

Sanan's involvement in the plot is largely the same as in the second half of Stories of the Shinsengumi, with the following exceptions.

Chapter 1 Edit

Chapter 2 Edit

Chapter 3 Edit

Chapter 4 Edit

Final Chapter Edit

In other routes Edit

Hijikata's route Edit

Okita's route Edit

Saito's route Edit

Heisuke's route Edit

Harada's route Edit

Nagakura's route Edit

Yamazaki's route Edit

Iba's route Edit

Sanan appears at the beginning, granting Chizuru approval to search her old home with Iba for anything Kodo left behind of the Furies, though he doubts they will find anything.

Hijikata later reveals that Sanan and Heisuke both died in Sendai.

Souma's route Edit

Sanan does not appear in this route, but Hijikata reveals his death upon reuniting with Chizuru, Souma, and Nomura.

Sakamoto's route Edit

Sanan and Heisuke accompany Chizuru and Sakamoto to Sendai to stop Kodo. They deal with the Tosa furies while Chizuru and Sakamoto confront Nakaoka. Afterwards, they order the couple to flee while they handle Kodo. The three are not seen or mentioned again, but it is unlikely they survived.

Kazama's route Edit

Following Chizuru's separation from the Shinsengumi, Sanan is not seen again, but Amagiri reveals his death to Chizuru.

In Hakuōki: Sweet School Life Edit

Main article: Sanan Keisuke/SSL

In the anime Edit

In the musicals Edit

Main article: Sanan Keisuke/HakuMyu
Sanan is portrayed by Mikata Ryosuke in HakuMyu Hijikata-hen through Toudou-hen; and by Teruma in HakuMyu Reimeiroku, Harada-hen, and Hijikata-hen 2.

Gallery Edit

Main article: Sanan Keisuke/Gallery

Quotes Edit

  • "I apologize for all of this frightening behavior. Please, don't give them the pleasure of unsettling you." (Chapter 1, to Chizuru)
  • "Oh, my… Well, that was rather bold. You meant to run away, I assume?" (Chapter 1, to Chizuru)
  • "Why don't we just wait for all of this to blow over? Hijikata will get tired of yelling at some point. His voice may give out first, but… Well, we'll see." (Shinsengumi Adventures 1, to Chizuru)

Trivia Edit

  • When citing members of the Shinsengumi with "sense in their brains", Sanan mentions Saito and Harada first.