Jubei Yagyu (柳生十兵衛, Jubei Yagyū): An ambitious young warrior who is first leader of the Yagyū clan and originator of Shinin style sword combat. Also known as Sougen Yagyu or Sekishusai. All leaders of the Yagyu clan are given a childhood name of Jubei. His father was the late Head of his clan, who was seduced and had a child by a female demon named Takajo (高女). Jubei and his descendants possess the blood and ability of Oni-Clan; as Jubei is Half-Oni. Jubei was modelled after the late Japanese actor Yusaku Matsuda. After a period of solitary training, Jubei returns to Yagyu Village to find that his home has been raided and destroyed by Nobunaga's army.