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Yoshitake Shiraishi (白石 由竹, Shiraishi Yoshitake) is one of the Abashiri Convicts that travels with Sugimoto's Group. He is a famous prison escapee who has escaped from numerous prisons all over Japan. His reputation gained him the nickname of the Escape King (脱獄王, Datsugoku-ō).


Shiraishi is an ordinarily built man whose upper body is covered in the tattooed map. He has light hair which he keeps in a buzzcut complete with sideburns and a small beard. If he grew out his hair, it would be slightly wavy. [2]

Shiraishi wears a purple hanten (winter jacket) which was given to him as a gift by a brothel girl who liked him.[3] Underneath he wears western style clothes, a white shirt and a black vest.


Shiraishi is carefree and goofy and prefers to sneak his way out of trouble. Most of the time, Shiraishi lacks seriousness and prefers to spend time on frivolous pursuits like gambling or eating rather than looking for the gold. He also likes pretty women; his backstory involves him searching for a woman he fell in love with through a sloppy drawing. Shiraishi is a romantic, but he's never had a significant other and only had sexual relationships with prostitutes. [4]

Shiraishi has a roguish personality. Because he lacks strength, he prefers to flee danger, but he is confident in his ability to escape any bond. He tends to keep his calm when in danger as a result and given time, can psychologically dominate his guards and manipulate them. Shiraishi is sociable and easily makes friends and useful acquaintances, so while he was imprisoned he was often in contact with political prisoners and quite a few people who worked in intelligence.[5]


Shiraishi's stats from the fanbook

  • Deliberate Injury Gambit: Shiraishi can easily dislocate his joints, enabling him to pass through narrow orifices or escape arm locks.
  • Escape Artist: Shiraishi's specialty — he's not only nimble or knows his way around locks, but exploits the organization of the prisons themselves to his advantage.
  • Professional Regurgitator: He keeps some items in his stomach he ties to his teeth for later regurgitation, such as a small razor blade, needle, wires or even cartridges.


  • Candy
  • Needles
  • Wires
  • Other useful things hidden all over his body

Shiraishi's equipment as shown in Chapter 27

Chapter Appearances

Escape King Arc
6. Persecution Debut
7. The Escape King Appears
8. Flight Absent
9. Cornered Rat Absent
10. Gamble Absent
11. Ainu Kotan Absent
12. Kamuy Mosir Absent
13. Guardian Spirit Absent
14. Howling Absent
15. Scent Absent
16. Shinigami Absent
17. Trackers Appears
18. Rescue Operation Appears
19. Gallop Appears
20. Argument Appears
21. Ghost Mentioned
Legendary Hunter Arc
22. Legendary Bear-Killer Absent
23. Hunter's Spirit Absent
24. What Lives On Absent
25. Yuk Appears
26. The Law of the Mountain Appears
27. The Scent of Death Appears
28. Complication Appears
29. The Old Man and the Mountain Appears


  • "I'm the Escape King! Even if I'm caught, I'll just vanish like a puff of smoke."[6]
  • (To Asirpa)"Look, kid. I love gambling. So I'm betting it all on you two."[7]


  • Shiraishi's name contains the kanji:
    (白) White
    (石) Stone
    (由) Wherefore, to depend on
    (竹) Bamboo
  • Shiraishi likes sake, candy, and white rice but dislikes deer brains.[8]
  • Shiraishi is based on Yoshie Shiratori who is known for having escaped from prison at least four times.
  • In Chapter 85, the panel of Shiraishi's escape from prison references the iconic scene from the movie The Shawshank Redemption.
  • In 2018 Golden Kamuy All-Stars popularity poll, Shiraishi ranked 6th, gaining 7,010 votes. [9]
  • When asked what occupation Golden Kamuy characters would have if they lived in the present time, Satoru Noda said Shiraishi would be a prisoner. [10]
  • According to Golden Kamuy anime character reference sheet, Shiraishi's height is 170 cm (5'7). [11]
  • Shiraishi is older than Ogata, the same age as Inkarmat, and younger than Tsukishima.[12]
  • Shiraishi is shorter than Ogata but taller than Hijikata, Usami, and Sofia. [13]
  • Shiraishi is lighter than Koito, the same weight as Ogata, the Nikaidou twins, Usami, and Wilk but heavier than Kadokura. [14]
  • Satoru Noda compared Shiraishi to Fujiko Mine from Lupin the Third series, describing him as Sugimoto’s hidden partner who still has a sense of danger about him. [15]
  • Shiraishi smells like peanut butter. [16]
  • Hijikata occasionally gives Shiraishi pocket money for reciting haiku to him. [17]
  • According to Satoru Noda, Shiraishi has one of the "juiciest" asses in the manga; the other listed characters are Tanigaki, Tsukishima, Ariko, and Usami. [18]
  • When asked about a possible spin-off, Satoru Noda chose Shiraishi as the main character of it. [19]
  • Shiraishi's birthday falls on Hinamatsuri, also known as Doll's Day or Girls' Day, a Japanese holiday that is celebrated on March 3.


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Warden Shirosuke Inudou 
Staff Toshiyuki Kadokura Tokishige Usami 
Convicts Anji Toni Fusatarou Oosawa Heita Matsuda Kanjirou Kasahara Kano Ienaga Kazuo Henmi Keiichirou Sakamoto Keiji Ueji Kiichirou Wakayama Kiyohiro Suzukawa Maiharu GansokuMichael Ostrog Mutsuo Tsuyama Noppera-Bou Shiton Anehata Soroku Funabashi Takechiyo Gotou Tatsuma UshiyamaTetsuo Takarai Tetsuzou Nihei Toshizou HijikataWaichirou Sekiya Yoshitake ShiraishiYouichirou 
v  e Sugimoto's Group
Main Group AsirpaSaichi SugimotoYoshitake Shiraishi
Former Members CikapasiFusatarou Oosawa Genjirou TanigakiInkarmatKiroranke RetarRyuVasily
Associates Hajime Tsukishima Hyakunosuke Ogata Otonoshin Koito Tatsuma Ushiyama
v  e Hijikata's Group
Main Group Kantarou OkuyamaKirawusRikimatsu ArikoShinpachi NagakuraTatsuma UshiyamaToshiyuki KadokuraToshizou Hijikata
Former Members Anji Toni Hyakunosuke OgataKamezou Kano Ienaga 
Associates Kenzou TamotoKiroranke Takuboku IshikawaYoshitake Shiraishi
v  e Kiroranke's Group
Main Group Asirpa Hyakunosuke Ogata Kiroranke Yoshitake Shiraishi 
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