Tokushirou Tsurumi (鶴見 篤四郎, Tsurumi Tokushirō) is the 1st Lieutenant of the 7th Division and one of the antagonists of the series.

Appearance[edit | edit source]

Tsurumi's most distinguishable physical trait is a porcelain enamel plate that covers his forehead, with brain fluid leaking out sometimes. He has his hair slicked on the back of his head and has a handlebar moustache and goatee. He is of average height and has a muscular, lean build.

Tsurumi usually wears his officer uniform with a coat to protect himself from the cold. On a few occasions he was shown to wear a quite unusual shirt made of the skin of tattoeed convicts.

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As Kouichi Hasegawa, Tsurumi sported a buzzcut hairstyle and wore round glasses. As an outwear he would wear a furry coat, a pair of boots; he would also carry some of his photography tools in a handbag and a briefcase. While at home, Hasegawa wore a dark vest over a light long-sleeved button up shirt as well as traditional Russian bast shoes (lapti).
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Personality[edit | edit source]

Ambitious, mysterious, erratic, histrionic and slightly eccentric, Tsurumi is a unpredictable man, even to his own followers. However, in the past, Tsurumi was more normal and even a brave Japanese officer who fought at the front during the Russo-Japanese war.

Receiving a shrapnel in the head and the general bitterness at the poor treatment his division has received after the war has made Tsurumi psychotic and violent, though his manipulative tendencies have already been present even before the injury, having manipulated most of his current subordinates into joining him. It's unknown whether he already had sadistic tendencies back then or not, as Tsurumi before his injury in the flashback clearly didn't want so many soldiers to rush mindlessly into war to be killed, but when he recalls the war, he states how the skies poured with blood of the fallen soldiers was one of the most perfect sights he'd ever seen.

Tsurumi biting Captain Wada's finger off

He is prone to threatening people and personally inflicting physical injury on his enemies but hides his brutal tendencies under a veneer of sophistication and sympathy. Tsurumi doesn't care whether someone is his ally or foe once they did something he didn't like, such as he bit Captain Wada's finger off and had him killed when feeling insulted by him. He also genuinely admires the macabre work of Edogai and develops a friendship with him. Tsurumi never becomes angry, but coldly manifests his rage with a brutal gesture, perhaps due to his brain damage. Tsurumi mentioned once that he has trouble controlling his temper ever since the brain damage, showing that he's self aware and sometimes uses his brain damage as an excuse of his actions despite that. Although not being able to show normal emotions since the brain damage, he suffers from mood swings as well as sudden outbursts of violence and leaks more brain ooze than normally when dealt with certain emotions.

Tsurumi aims to take over Hokkaido and is very ruthless in his methods. He kills anyone in his way or threatens his plan. He seems to still hold the men under his command in high regard but hates traitors. He has shown a level of care for his subordinates as seen when he tries to get Nikaidou to eat his food and provide prosthetic limbs for him.

Tsurumi displays great charisma as an orator

Tsurumi is also a very charismatic and manipulative man that can sway the minds of other people with a powerful and explosive speech. As a result, he is not above lying to other people if it is to get what he desires, such as loyal and strong followers, Tsukishima for example who Tsurumi lied to for 9 years and had him study Russian in order to become an interpreter just to get him out of death row, recruit him into the 7th Division, and make him one of his loyal followers.

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Under the identity of Kouichi Hasegawa, Tsurumi was a humble and compassionate man who loved his family and was also kind towards strangers who had come to him for help. He was also a very observant man as he easily noticed how other people would behave and any other unique traits that they displayed. When the Okhrana (secret police force that cracked down on revolutionaries and anti-governmet elements) found out about him, a worried Tsurumi told his wife that she should go back to her family home, stay there and absolutely not return until he comes to get her, knowing that she wasn't safe if she had stayed with him, showing that he truly cared for her despite being a spy. Though they were part of his guise while on a spy mission, Tsurumi genuinely seemed to care about his family as he spent time with them in their final moment and became disillusioned with the Japanese government as a result of their deaths.
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Background[edit | edit source]

Tokushirou Tsurumi was born on the Niigata mainland. While talking to the Herring Magnate, Tsurumi mentioned that his family used to be wealthy but fell on hard times. This is further proved by Tsurumi's skillful piano playing and his rank as First Lieutenant, which is also evident of him finishing Imperial Japanese Army Academy.

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Tsurumi joined the Imperial Japanese Army and he was sent to Russia to act as a spy under the guise of Kouichi Hasegawa, a photographer who came to live in Vladivostok because of his father's work. He met and married a Russian woman named Fina and together they had a daughter, Olga. The three of them lived peacefully in Vladivostok with Fina taking care of the baby and Tsurumi out doing field work as a spy while taking photographs with his camera.

One day, Tsurumi was taking photographs of the town of Vladivostok when he hears a howl coming from behind. Upon seeing a wolf nearby, he attempted to take a photo of it, but by then it had already ran away and he notes how rare it was for one to come close to a human dwelling. Tsurumi then returned to his store where he was welcomed by Fina and he asked if Olga had been good. When Fina notified him that they have customers, Tsurumi heads up front to see two men and a woman, greeting them. The woman, Zoya tells him that they didn't come to have their picture taken and one of the men, Grigori says that they are interested in Japan and would be willing to pay him for teaching them the Japanese language.

Tsurumi agreed to teach them Japanese and over the course of several months, would oversee their lessons and report their progress to Fina. He notes that both Grigori and Philip are learning Japanese at an amazing rate, especially the former. However, he says that Zoya is simply not interested in learning Japanese while noticing that she is able to speak French. Grigori and Philip takes Tsurumi out to teach him to hunt and he comments that he could buy himself a new camera if he sets a lot of traps. Meanwhile, Tusrumi noticed that the two men were constantly on guard and asked them where they came from. He notes the differences between them and Zoya, saying that she seemed like she came from a noble class unlike the two of them. Sometime later, Tsurumi finds wanted posters of Grigori and Philip and looks at them with a grim look on his face.

As Tsurumi prepares to take a photo of the revolutionaries, he begins to talk about the Three Great Nobles of the Restoration and how they played a central role in bringing about a successful revolution that would result in Japan becoming the only country in Asia to proceed on the path to modernization. Tsurumi would go on to warn Fina to head to her family home and not to return until he comes for her and Olga. When the revolutionaries arrived at his store for their lesson, Tsurumi tells them not to come anymore and to immediately leave. Just then, they hear a knock on the door and Tsurumi goes to answer it to find himself coming face to face with an Okhrana officer.

Suddenly, Zoya hits the officer with the butt of her rifle which allowed Philip to grab and bring him inside for Grigori to interrogate. The Okhrana officer does not know who the three people are and that they only came for Tsurumi, revealing him to be a spy for the Japanese army. With his secret now out, Tsurumi takes Philip upstairs to his studio where he reveals that his camera stand was actually a machine gun, much to Philip's surprise. Philip then used the machine gun to kill most of the Okhrana officers, but one was able to escape. Grigori exclaimed that not one should be allowed to escape or else he will be back with reinforcements, which caused Zoya to head out and kill the lone survivor. Upon turning around, Zoya finds Fina lying on the ground with blood coming out of her body.

Tsurumi takes Fina in his arms and upon examining her, says that she cannot be saved. He turns to the revolutionaries and tells them to get going, but when Zoya attempts to apologize to him, he coldly tells her to hurry up and leave. Tsurumi then turns his attention back to Fina as she calls him by his fake name, reaching out to touch his cheek. Tsurumi grabs her hand, saying that his name is not Kouichi Hasegawa, which leads to her asking who he is. He reveals his true name to Fina before taking Olga in his arms one last time. Tsurumi takes Fina and Olga's body back to the store, laying them in the bed before lighting the store on fire, and walks away from his life in Russia.

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Upon returning to Japan, Tsurumi heads back to the Imperial Japanese Army where he is placed in the  2nd Division and attains the rank of 2nd Lieutenant. It is during his time in the 2nd Division that he became acquainted with one of his subordinates, Hajime Tsukishima. Some time later, Tsurumi was eventually transferred to the 7th Division.

In Meiji 33 (1900), Tsurumi travels to Kagoshima so that he could visit Takamori Saigou's grave, however he is knocked down by a 14-year old Koito riding his father's De Dion-Bouton vehicle. Koito approaches him to apologize for hitting him but Tsurumi says that he is at fault for stepping out so suddenly and that he never imagined something like Koito's vehicle would come flying at him. Tsurumi asks Koito about the vehicle and he reveals that his father got it from an acquaintance in France. Tsurumi wonders if it is alright for him to drive it and if his father will scold him for it but Koito reveals that his father won't.

Tsurumi then changes topic, asking where he could find the grave of Saigou and Koito takes him to the cemetery on the De Dion-Bouton. As they head uphill, Tsurumi notes that the De Dion-Bouton is slow going up and that a horse would be better. However, Koito says that horses can't run downhill on steep slopes so the De Dion-Bouton is faster going back. Upon reaching the cemetery, Tsurumi thanks Koito for the ride and gives him some Tsukisappu Anpan to eat. Tsurumi then asks Koito about some delicious foods in Kagoshima and Koito suggests Sakurajima daikon.

Koito breaks off the anpan and places a piece on one of the graves, revealing that it belongs to his older brother. He explains that his older brother had pale skin like their mother and so he would make fun of him, calling him "Sakurajima daikon". Despite the teasing, his brother never once got angry at him and Koito described him as being a really kind older brother. Koito laments that he should have been the one to die and Tsurumi asks him to tell him more about his brother.

Koito remained silent and Tsurumi tries to get him to open up but he apologizes, saying that he has spoken too much to a stranger he has just met. Tsurumi then tells Koito that he does not have any duty to his father to fill in the hole left by his brother, which causes Koito to hesitate momentarily before revealing how his brother Heinojou Koito had died in the Sino-Japanese War and how his death had affected both him and their father. As they leave the cemetery, Koito says that his brother might be feeling lonely soon as the Koito family will move to Hakodate due to his father's work. They say their farewells and Koito wonders if they will meet again with Tsurumi says that they just might.

Two years later in Meiji 35 (1902), Tsurumi is summoned to the Koito residence in Hakodate due to him being the only person in either the Imperial Japanese Army and Navy able of speaking fluently in Russian in order to help the Koito family with the kidnapping of their son Otonoshin. He took the liberty of entering their home through the back door and suggests that they close all of their curtains to prevent any leaks. Tsurumi, Heiji Koito, Yuki Koito, and Nakayama discusses how to rescue Koito and Tsurumi says that if Russia are involved in the kidnapping, then the situation becomes significantly more serious.

They hypothesizes that the Russians wants for Fort Hakodate and the Ominato Torpedo Division to be disabled in order to lower Japan's defense. When Nakayama states that it feels like the culprits should have sent a threat by now, Tsurumi and Heiji decides to investigate the Russian consulate and they hear a phone ringing from inside the consulate. Heiji goes to answer it but Tsurumi stops him, saying the timing of the call is too perfect and that the Russian consulate is being watched. He suggests that they should act as though nothing happened and to think ahead than their enemies.

Back at the Koito residence, they go over all of the telephone owners in Hakodate and narrows them down to the ones in close proximity of the Russian consulate. Tsurumi lays out a plan to figure out the location of the kidnappers and reassures Yuki that they will do everything that they can and to not give up hope. At the Russian consulate, Tsurumi, Heiji, and Nakayama manages to find a phone and readies themselves for the call the next morning. Heiji tells them that if the kidnappers demands that Fort Hakodate and the Ominato Torpedo Division be rendered defenseless, it would lead to an all out war with Russia and that for the sake of millions of innocent citizen's lives, there will be no other choice but to let Koito die.

When morning is about to break, Tsurumi goes over their plan to rescue Koito with Heiji and Nakayama before the phone begins to ring. Heiji stops Tsurumi from answering it in order to tell him that if the kidnappers thinks he will betray the Navy out of love for his son, they are underestimating him and that he plans to tell his son to die for the sake of the country. Tsurumi then speaks to the operators and they prepare to connect them to the kidnappers. The three of them listen as the kidnappers demands the destruction of the destroyers and the fort, which they had predicted and Tsurumi tells them to put Koito on the line to speak with Heiji.

They hear a commotion coming from the other end of the phone and Tsurumi quickly grabs the phone to ask the operator for the number, finding out that it belongs to 144. Nakayama frantically searches through the telephone number regristry book and they find that it belongs to an army training camp. Tsurumi tells the operator not to let anyone else connect with number 144 and Nakayama states that if the kidnappers are at an army training camp in Hakodate, they must be at Fort Goryokaku. Nakayama tells Tsurumi to send a signal to his men to head there but Tsurumi says that they do not know the number of Fort Goryokaku.

Tsurumi and Nakayama attempts to head to Fort Goryokaku themselves but the horses are too scared of the steep slope. Just then, Heiji comes roaring through on his De Dion-Bouton and Tsurumi jumps on, joining him. As they ride through Hakodate, Tsurumi realizes they are being chased by a pursuer who is trying to reach the fort before them, but Tsurumi manages to shoot him off his horse. However, they find that they are on a collision course with a horse drawn carriage and Tsurumi falls off as they crash into the other vehicle. Despite the obstruction and the destruction of the De Dion-Bouton, Heiji was able to keep on going as he screamed the name of his son.

Tsurumi is able to quickly recovers and heads to Fort Goryokaku. Upon arriving at the fort, Tsurumi tells Heiji that he will break in from the back while Heiji go in from the front to draw the kidnapper's attention. He engages in a gunfight with one of the kidnappers and emerged victorious as he opens the door and presents himself to Koito, saying that they did meet again after all. Tsurumi and Koito waits for Heiji to regain consciousness and as Tsurumi takes off the mask of one of the kidnappers, he says that he will investigate them but doubts that they will be able to connect them to the Russian government.

Koito tells Tsurumi that the kidnappers had given him some Tsukisappu Anpan, which had reminded him of their first encounter. Tsurumi reveals that the food was only distributed within the Imperial Army's 25th Infantry Regiment and that the fort had been used by them until recently with the food having been left behind. Koito says that he had never imagined that the "Tsukisappu Anpan person" from before would come and save him, believing that it must be fate that they met again. As he pulls on Heiji's overall straps, Tsurumi says that perhaps Tsukisappu Anpan has brought the both of them together. He lets go of the strap, causing it to hit Heiji's chest but the three of them have a laugh together.

Sometime later at the 7th Division's headquarters in Asahikawa, the Koito father and son meets with Tsurumi to inform him that Koito has successfully applied to the Army's military academy. Heiji says that if his son becomes a great officer, it does not matter to him whether it is in the Army or the Navy and he asks Tsurumi to take care of his son. Tsurumi tells Heiji that he is sure that Koito will become an important person to both the Army and the Navy. Noting that both groups have never gotten along, Tsurumi vows that Koito will become vital in bridging the gap between them. Hearing this, Koito begins to speak in the Satsuma dialect and Tsurumi wonders if he is nervous.

Tsurumi visits Hyakunosuke Ogata at a brothel and they talk about Ogata's younger half-brother, Yuusaku Hanazawa's personality. Tsurumi comments that Hanazawa's sense of justice is too strong for them to control him since he comes from a noble bloodline which Ogata refutes. Tsurumi observed Hanazawa's leadership skills in the Battle of Port Arthur and spoke to Ogata, saying that Hanazawa is a more gallant soldier than they'd imagined, having won over the hearts of all the other men. Ogata then agrees not to kill Hanazawa in order to avoid the consequences from the act.

In Meiji 29 (1896), Tsurumi paid a visit to Tsukishima who had been thrown into the army prison for commiting parricide where the latter recounted his early days to him, including the time that he spent with a girl called "Igogusa". After hearing Tsukishima's story, Tsurumi went out to tour the island as an excuse to fabricate his lie that "Igogusa" was still alive, in order to get Tsukishima to follow him into the 7th Division. Nine years later in Meiji 38 (1905), on Mukden during the Russo-Japanese War, Tsukishima finally realizes this lie and confronted Tsurumi as he coldly stares back at him.

As Tsukishima screamed, he punched Tsurumi and grabbed him, asking if he had been lying to him for the past nine years to which Tsurumi replied that he had done it because Tsukishima had already come to accept his execution. Tsurumi then took a moment to tell the rest of the 7th Division, who had gathered due to the commotion, to leave the two of them alone. Turning back to Tsukishima, he tells him that if had found out Igogusa was still alive, then he would feel regret about being on death row and that his own life was more valuable than his father.

Tsurumi then goes on to praise Tsukishima, which causes him to break down, saying that he never wanted Tsurumi to use Igogusa to deceive him. As Tsurumi was about to tell more about the story, the Russians began to bombard their location with cannons and Tsukishima pushes Tsurumi down in an effort to protect him. However, this causes Tsurumi's face to become severely wounded and sends Tsukishima flying. The 7th Division tries to rescue the both of them as Tsurumi, blinded from his wound, screams for Tsukishima, asking if he was still alive. The other soldiers then brings the both of them to a frozen body of water to be carried away on sledges, unknowingly running into a soldier whom they would have a fated encounter with in the future.

Sometime later, once their injuries had been treated at camp, Tsurumi continue to tell more about Igogusa and spoke of the Ainu plan that he plans to execute once the war is over. He tells Tsukishima that he needs men with resolve at his side and that he is the only one whom he can trust. When Tsukishima says that he will use his life for his service, Tsurumi pats him on the shoulder, saying that he is glad to hear him say that while staring at the soldier from Sado who peeks in momentarily before walking away.

Sometime during one of the 7th Division's excursions, they stayed in a wooden building in the midst of a heavy snow storm. While the rest of the platoon were resting, Tsurumi was in another room with Genjirou Tanigaki, listening to him talk about his Matagi heritage as well as his past about how his younger sister was murdered and his reasons for joining the 7th Division. After hearing his story, as well as him questioning what his purpose in life is, Tsurumi tells him that he is a man that he needs, and asks if he would be willing to make kane mochi with walnuts for him.

Plot[edit | edit source]

Introduction Arc[edit | edit source]

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Escape King Arc[edit | edit source]

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Kazuo Henmi Arc[edit | edit source]

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Immortal Beast Arc[edit | edit source]

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Sometime after subduing Nikaidou and before heading to Yubari, Tsurumi met with a fortune-teller named Inkarmat and advised her to make use of one of his soldiers, Tanigaki, whose leg should have be healed by now.

Edogai Arc[edit | edit source]

in Yubari, Tsurumi is staking out a graveyard with Sergeant Tsukishima and Nikaidou in order to capture a grave robber. As he and Tsukishima are talking about the latest events in town, he notices Nikaidou holding his brother's ear to his, and he asks if he could have Tsurumi's left ear. Tsurumi humours him saying that he could have it if he dies, just then Tsukishima calls out to him to spot a silhouetted man in front of a grave. However, Nikaidou steps on a branch which alerts the man causing him to flee. He tells Tsukishima and Nikaidou to chase after him as he stops to pick up a glove that the man dropped. He sees that it is made out of human skins, and supposes that he'll have to bring it back to him as he puts it on his left hand.[5]

Tsurumi is seen approaching a big store and knocks on the door. He is greeted by a kind-faced man who Tsurumi confirms as Yasaku Edogai and is let into the store. Inside, Tsurumi asks Edogai several questions about his duties as a taxidermist and pats his shoulder, praising him for his skills. Edogai sees that he is wearing a glove made of human skin, and pretends to not know anything. However, approaching a window, Tsurumi tells him that they were able to track him down as Nikaidou and Tsukishima are in the next house over prepared to fire in case anything happens. He surprises Edogai by saying that he would like a pair of human gloves made for him as well. When Edogai goes into the next room to retrieve them, Tsurumi throws the door open to see that the other people in the house aren't alive, seemingly unaware that Edogai is behind him waiting to kill him.[6]

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However, Tsurumi speaks up saying that the people seem like they may start moving any time, surprising Edogai. As Edogai is arguing with his mother, he comments on how Edogai is the only one who can hear her voice and that it is not healthy. In order to grab Edogai's attention, Tsurumi takes off his coat to reveal Tsuyama's skin to which Edogai is fascinated with. Back in the workshop, Edogai shows Tsurumi some of his skins to which he praises. When Edogai heads back into the dining room and sees Nikaidou on top of his mother, Tsurumi grabs him and gives him a gun to shoot at his mother to let go of his past. Afterwards, as Tsurumi and Edogai have one final dance, Tsurumi tells Edogai that he wants him to make fake skins with fake tattoos to throw off the other parties also in search of the skins.

Tsurumi and Nikaidou returns to Otaru leaving Tsukishima and Maeyama to watch over Edogai's activities. Some time later, he received a report from Tsukishima whose uniform had been dirtied in the Yubari mine explosion. Tsukishima was able to deliver the fake skins to him as well as Edogai's final word "iron". He says that he had received a report while he was on his way back to Otaru and assumes that Edogai had passed away. He tells Tsukishima that he has done an excellent job and that he should take a long rest. Later, Tsurumi muses on Edogai's final word while feeling the rain drops with his skin glove from a window. He then touched a pot which revealed markings on the gloves. At this, Tsurumi realized how to distinguish the real skins from the fake ones and swore that he would not let Edogai's sacrifice go to waste.

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Con Artists Arc[edit | edit source]

When Nikaidou was severely wounded on a mission against Sugimoto and Hijikata, Tsurumi paid him a visit at the hospital in Otaru. There he finds that Nikaidou has been stealing bottles of morphine and scolds him for it. He takes Tsukishima out to meet Lieutenant General Narizou Arisaka who supplies them with the latest weapon designs made by him and his subordinate. Due to Arisaka's hearing loss, they have a conversation in shouts as they talk about Asahikawa, opium, weapons, and Nikaidou's situation.

They return to the hospital where Tsurumi introduces a wonderful guest to Nikaidou but are interrupted by a strange man who Tsurumi shoos away. Arisaka then comes into the room and greets Nikaidou, giving him a prosthetic leg as a present. The leg is capable of firing off shotgun shells in close combat for a surprise attack, which Arisaka shows off to the injured man. After being scolded by the doctor, Tsurumi, Tsukishima, Arisaka, and the strange man all congratulates Nikaidou on his new leg.

Lightning and O-Gin Arc[edit | edit source]

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Shiton Anehata Arc[edit | edit source]

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Abashiri Prison Arc[edit | edit source]

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Journey to Karafuto Arc[edit | edit source]

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Youichirou the Manslayer Arc[edit | edit source]

After returning to Abashiri, Tsurumi visits Nikaidou at the clinic since he'd had heard from Usami that Nikaidou hadn't been eating due to having lost motivation from Sugimoto's "death". Tsurumi tried unsucessfully to convince Nikaidou to eat his food by rewarding him with morphine. They are then joined by by Arisaka who'd had made a new hand for Nikaidou and Tusrumi tries to get Nikaidou's attention by asking if it had anything special in it. However, after seeing that its special trick is a chopstick holder, Nikaidou, unimpressed, goes back under his covers.

Karafuto Circus Arc[edit | edit source]

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Border Crossing Arc[edit | edit source]

At some point in time, Tsurumi did some investigation into Kiroranke's background and found out about his involvement with the assassination of Emperor Alexander II of Russia]. He then took pre-emptive measures and gave information to the Russians that Kiroranke will secretly attempt to cross the border in the near future, hiding out among one of the nomadic groups. Tsurumi later spoke of this development to Nikaidou who was still recovering from his injuries.

Afterwards, Tsurumi begins to examine the tattooed skins that the 7th Division has collected thus far and talks about the code breakers and their personalities regarding their occupation. When Tsurumi notes the number of skins that they have, Usami asks if he should kidnap someone from the army and bring them to Abashiri. However, Tsurumi declines, saying that Wilk wouldn't have been able to create a code so complex that they would need a cryptanalyst and says that the code must have been designed so that only Wilk's daughter, Asirpa can solve it.

Pet Monster Arc[edit | edit source]

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Akou Prison Break Arc[edit | edit source]

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Return to Karafuto Arc[edit | edit source]

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Some time later, Tsurumi receives a telegram from Usami and informs him that he is coming to Noboribetsu to review the incident that occurred there.}}

Return to Hokkaido Arc[edit | edit source]

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Bear Man Arc[edit | edit source]

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Town of Reunions Arc[edit | edit source]

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Abilities[edit | edit source]

  • Charisma: Tsurumi is highly manipulative and can convince others with his sweet lies or a powerful speech.
  • Intelligence gathering and analysis: Tsurumi is regarded as a dangerous man for has proficiency in the intelligence discipline, as well as his sharp might and
  • Physical strength and agility: Tsurumi is shown to be physically strong, as he snapped a incoming cane with one hand. He is also quite agile as when he pursued Sugimoto and his horse was shot down by an arrow, he did a barrel roll and immediately kept pursuing Sugimoto on foot.
  • Russian language: As part of his duty as a spy in Russia, Tsurumi is also fluent in the Russian language.

Equipment[edit | edit source]

Throughout the events of the series, Tsurumi has been shown carrying different arms, including:

  • Borchardt C-93
  • Colt Model 1903
  • Winchester Model 21
  • Winchester Model 97

Borchardt C-93

Gallery[edit | edit source]

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Quotes[edit | edit source]

  • (To Sugimoto) "I'm your Shinigami. Your life is a candle, and I can blow it out anytime I choose."

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • The "篤" kanji in Tsurumi's name can mean "fervent", "kind", "cordial", "serious", while the "四" kanji might indicate that he's the fourth son in his family.
    • The kanji "幸" in his Russian alias Kouichi, on the other hand, means happiness.
  • The mangaka Satoru Noda based Tusurmi's background on Hasegawa Tokushirou, the grandfather of Noda's father's friend who shared the same name, Noda Masanobu. After Tokushirou passed away, his relatives found a couple of curious things within his possessions: an old résumé and a child’s pinky bone. [7]
  • Before the fanbook confirmation, there were other speculations about Tsurumi's character real personalities inspirations:
    • Toshiro Mifune, a famous Japanese actor from Niigata who also worked in the photography shop while he lived in China. [8]
    • Ishimitsu Makiyo, a member of Japanese Imperial Army and an intelligence officer who worked undercover in Siberia and Manchuria.[9]
    • The real-life Hasegawa Koichi, a Niigata photographer; however, information of him is sparse.[10]
    • Sumi Shinchirou, who lead the 26th Infantry Regiment of the 7th Division. [11]
    • Pier Luigi Bellini delle Stelle, an Italian anti-fascist partisan and practicing lawyer, notable for capturing Benito Mussolini at Dongo in April 1945. [12]
  • Tsurumi likes Japanese sweets (Wagashi) but dislikes alcohol.
    • In situations where he has to drink with his superiors, Tsurumi only pretends to drink and get drunk. It's because he is a lightweight and has low tolerance for alcohol.[13]
  • Tsurumi is often the subject of many references and homages to different works of fiction:
    • The quote Tsurumi said towards Sugimoto about being his Grim Reaper, capable of blowing his 'candle of life', is a reference to a Rakugo story titled Shinigami.
    • The gestures he did in Chapter 31 while giving a speech were identical to those of Adolf Hitler in Triumph of the Will.
    • In Volume 6 omake, Tsurumi plays Ludwig van Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor, Op. 57, also known as the Appassionata. [14]
    • The way Tsurumi enters the house in Chapter 105 is a reference to a scene from the movie Léon: The Professional.
    • The scene in Chapter 107, where Tsurumi cradles the baby as Nikaidou, Tsukishima, and Koito look on at them is a reference to "Song of the Angels", an 1881 painting by the French painter William-Adolphe Bouguereau.
    • In the scene in Chapter 136 where Tsurumi fires the gun, the line "Come and say hello to Arisaka's little friend" is a reference to a quote from the movie Scarface.
    • The way Tsurumi is holding the deceased Usami in his arms in Chapter 256 is a reference to Michelangelo’s famous sculpture of Jesus laying in the arms of the Virgin Mary, the Pietà.
  • The flowers, which are sometimes seen behind Tsurumi in scenes and panels, are opium poppies. Tsurumi oozing brain liquid is reminiscent of opium poppy seed pods exuding latex.
  • In 2018 Golden Kamuy All-Stars popularity poll Tsurumi ranked 7th, gaining 5 499 votes. [15]
  • When asked what occupation Golden Kamuy characters would have if they lived in the present time, Satoru Noda said Tsurumi would be a Public Security (Intelligence Agency) officer.[16]
  • According to Golden Kamuy anime character reference sheet, Tsurumi's height is 173 cm (5'8). [17]
  • Tsurumi plays with his headplate while bathing. [18]
  • Tsurumi is shorter than Sugimoto, Toni, and Wilk, same height as Koito, and taller than Edogai.[19]
  • Tsurumi is lighter than Sugimoto, Tsukishima , and Vasily, and heavier than Toni.[20]
  • Tsurumi's favorite gun, Borchardt C-93, was brought to him by Arisaka from Germany on his request.[21]

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7th Division members Hajime TsukishimaKazuo Maeyama Kennosuke Mishima Kouhei NikaidouMokutarou KikutaOtonoshin KoitoTokishige Usami Tokushirou TsurumiYouhei Nikaidou  
Deserters Fumio Okada Genjirou TanigakiHouzou Tamai Hyakunosuke OgataIkutarou KomiyaNaoaki Noma Rikimatsu Ariko
Allies Heiji KoitoNarizou ArisakaTeruchika YodogawaYasaku Edogai  
Associates Kouji Wada Koujirou Hanazawa Yuusaku Hanazawa 
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