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Most characters in this anime are based on actual historical figures, including the main character, Tetsunosuke Ichimura.
Almost all of the characters in Peacemaker Kurogane were real historical figures, except for some such as Saya, Hana, Hotaru, Kichisaburo, and Maro. The Shinsengumi were essentially a band of hit-men hired by the Shogunate but are admired by the Japanese and many others for their heroics in losing the revolution. The name "Shinsengumi" in itself means "newly selected team" and the flag bears the sign of "makoto" or "sincerity/truth". The anime ends at the Ikeda Inn incident, which was the highest point in the Shinsengumi's career and spread their name all throughout Japan. However, there is more history after the anime ends which is very tragic. An important historical Shinsengumi figure is not mentioned in the anime, but he is in the manga. His name was Serizawa Kamo, the original commander of the Shinsengumi. He and Kondo had their own groups, and did not get along very well. Serizawa was known for causing trouble and getting away with it due to his title as "commander of the Shinsengumi". Eventually it got to the point where the daimyo Matsudaira was displeased with his conduct and had the Shinsengumi execute him, along with his partner Niimi Nishiki. The Shinsengumi were not named the "Shinsengumi" in the beginning and were known as the "Roshigumi". It was not until after the Ikeda Inn incident that they were truly known as the Shinsengumi. Kondo Isami was beheaded April 25, 1868. Hijikata Toshizo's death in the Boshin Wars in combat on May 11, 1869, marks the end of the Shinsengumi.
Serizawa Kamo was mentioned in the anime and his assassination was portrayed. This was shown in Yamanami's flashbacks of the incident where he, Hijikata, Souji and Kondo where the ones who did the assassination. It is also mentioned that Matsudaira Katamori, Lord of the Aizu Domain, ordered the assassination of Kamo.
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