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Holding an exterior of a "goze" (pronounced "goh-zay"; a blind female musician who plays the shamisen; usually she also sings about stories and old myths), Ichi is actually a skilled swordswoman who can battle an army of thugs on her own. Although she is blind, she has sharp instincts. She can tell when it's going to rain, when someone is about to attack and most of all she can sense emotions of the people around her. Great as she may seem, Ichi is portrayed as having no dreams or wishes of her own. In the midst of the war of the Shinsengumi and the Edo shogunate, she takes no sides, but only stands for those who are kind to her.
She travels around with Touma Fujihira doing odd jobs such as security escorts and minor investigations for organizations upon request. Touma is a strong fighter as well, however he's always mistaken as insignificant due to his non-serious attitude. His incredible bad sense of direction doesn't give him much credit either. Nonetheless, such characters are actually more than they appear. Touma's real intention in his travels is to seek out the man who murdered his father.
While Touma slowly reveals his past, Ichi remains silent. Will she finally come to reveal her secret? Is she out for vengeance or repentance? [6gatsu]
Note: "Ichi" focuses a lot on the history of the war in Japan during the Edo period. The characters and background story were inspired by real people and happenings of that time. This could be due to "Ichi" being an inspired work of Kan Shimozawa. Shimozawa-sensei did some research on warriors of the Edo period and was intrigued by the story of a blind swordsman and penned down pages and pages of what then later became "Zatoichi" (the lead role was male). "Ichi" may be considered a female adaptation of that.