Sanada Juuyuushi

Leader: Sanada Yukimura

Roster:

  • Anayama Kosuke
  • Kakei Juzou
  • Kirigakure Saizou
  • Miyoshi Isa
  • Miyoshi Seikai
  • Mochizuki Rokuro
  • Nezu Jinpachi
  • Sarutobi Sasuke
  • Unno Rokuro (deceased)
  • Yuri Kamanosuke

First Appearance: Vindicators #634
Base of Operations: Best Akachōchin, Tokyo, Japan

Biography: In the fifteenth century, Japan was rocked by upheaval. Initiated in 1467 with the Ōnin War, the Sengoku jidai lasted one-hundred and thirty-six years, ultimately concluding with the establishment of the Tokugawa Shogunate in 1603.

During this instability, a small cloister of monks sought to secure the emperor’s power, and conducted a ritual that they believed would give them dominion over nature itself. Instead, it unleashed the Fallen on Earth for forty days, allowing the first generation of Nephilim to be born since Solomon had sealed them thousands of years prior.

While many of these oni were hunted down by the samurai, a few managed to hide their dark heritage. As the years passed, a handful of Neo-Sapiens manifested their powers. Ten such figures joined various ninja clans, putting their abilities to use during the constant battles the period suffered.

In 1600, one of Uesugi Kagekatsu’s followers warned him of an attack on Sekigahara. Further, he was told that Tokugawa Ieyasu was searching for a relic rumored to help whoever held it outlive their enemies. The ten were sent to retrieve the artifact and, fearing that it might eventually end up in the hands of their enemies, destroy it. Doing so caused a surge of power—one that imbued each of the ten with agelessness. Though mortal, they forever ceased to age from that day forward.

A samurai named Sanada Yukimura revealed that he possessed the ability to glimpse the future. The ten banded together under his banner and devoted themselves to becoming the defenders of Osaka Castle.

Looking ahead to the future, Yukimura saw that the castle would fall in 1868, at the Battle of Toba-Fushimi. It was at that moment that he vanished, unwittingly manifesting the other aspect of his powers: the ability to travel to the periods he foresaw.

The Sanada Juuyuushi—the Ten Brave—remained at the castle, reuniting with their leader at the moment he had seen. Thanks to his prophesies, Yukimura helped secure victory for the Kangun troops over the Imperialists, turning the Battle of Toba-Fushimi into the downfall of the Tokugawa shogunate.

As a new age dawned over Japan, Yukimura looked further into the future, and saw that it was not only Japan that needed the Juuyuushi’s power, but the whole world.

Under Yukimura’s direction, the Sanada Juuyuushi threw themselves into the Blood War and both World Wars. They no longer moved to prevent the events he foresaw but manipulate them. Yukimura had looked further into the future and saw a possible outcome that he truly believed would benefit all of mankind.

One such prophesy involved a war erupting over the legendary sword Kusanagi, which the Vindicator Godai discovered after dredging Shimonoseki Strait. Under Sanada’s direction, the warriors fell in behind the heroes and became allies to the Vindicators. (Vindicators #634)

Years later, Yukimura found himself serving on a group of timeless beings tasked with preventing the Sephirot, an ancient artifact capable of nullifying all of existence, from being assembled. Though the universe was not destroyed, one of the Juuyuushi gave their life to fighting against Ahasuerus. (Illuminati #1-5)

Following his departure from the order, Yukimura saw that Deimos would one day be in a position to kill one of the Fallen, but that in order to do it, he would need training. When Deimos arrived in Japan, he was pitted against one of the Juuyuushi: Sarutobi Sasuke, who managed to defeat Deimos handily, and without his Neo-Sapien gifts. (New Vindicators #6)

Sometime later, one of the Juuyuushi—Kirigakure Saizou—lent his talents to the newly formed Tokyo branch of Vindicators. Along with his new teammates, Saizou was summoned to New York to help fight Apocatastasis. Though he survived his battles with the resurrected Nephilim, he never returned to Japan, and has since been counted amongst the missing. (New Vindicators #41-50)

Deimos eventually returned to Japan, to test himself against the other members of Juuyuushi. (New Vindicators #63-64)

Sanada Juuyuushi

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