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Hakuouki: Saito Hajime by behindinfinity Hakuouki: Saito Hajime by behindinfinity
One of the reasons I chose to cosplay Saito was because of what Chizuru said about him in the normal ending route in the game.

"Hajime-san… doesn’t say much but cares about others more than anyone."

That single line tugged at my heartstrings so hard. The characters I tend to get attached to have this intimidating exterior along with formidable fighting skills — but under that lies a certain vulnerability and an unexpected kindness.

Even considering character designs though, it was his that I immediately felt attached to when I first saw the game illustrations. My friends happened to have their eyes on other characters so it was really easy for us to organize our group.

For a long time I had associated the name Saito Hajime with the visualization of him in Rurouni Kenshin: [link]

When I first stumbled upon the artwork from the Hakuouki game, I did not expect that Saito would be the relatively short, blue-eyed boy with long purple hair in a dainty side ponytail: [link] It certainly was a big change of perception, but not necessarily a bad sort! While the RK version will always stick with me, I also do appreciate this softer depiction of him.

:note: Journal entry with outtakes from this shoot and more :pointr: [link]

:iconbehindinfinity: Jin (me) as Saito Hajime
:camera::iconmoonlightflight: photo taken by Kat
:bulletblack: photo editing by me
:bulletblack: costume by Charmie ~yaoiangel14, with help detailing from all of us
:bulletblack: background texture from #resurgere, some stock from ~masterjinn
:bulletblack: characters are from Hakuouki Shinsengumi Kitan © Idea Factory

:bulletgreen: About the shoot:
For those of you who are wondering, Hakuouki Shinsengumi Kitan is an otome game. (An anime adaptation was made which started alright but just became TERRIBLE by the second season. Even the bad ending route in the game is more dignified than how the anime ended. I suggest you only watch the first season if you are really interested.)

My friends and I have been interested in the historical Shinsengumi for many years now, and pick up almost any work of fiction that involves them. We decided to cosplay Hakuouki after seeing artworks from the game around the time it was released. The art style was the type that appealed to us, and we thought the character designs were excellent.

:bulletgreen: About this photo:
As with the other photos from this series, my goal with the photography and editing was to emulate the look and feel of the game artworks and some fanart. The reference illustration for this shot was this :pointr: [link]

I went for this pose because I was actually feeling a bit tired (but in a good way) from the rest of the day's activities by that time. :lol:


photos from Hakuouki Shinsengumi Kitan photoset:




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:iconcloudochan:
Cloudochan Featured By Owner May 22, 2018  Professional Photographer
Beautiful! absolutely awesome, well done
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:iconjohnlockeddancer:
JohnlockedDancer Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Beautiful!
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yukan00 Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2017  Hobbyist Photographer
great photo
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:iconmaria-yamada:
Maria-Yamada Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
T-that's you!?!? wow, I thought you were a doll... -//w//- sorry about that... but you did really good on the cosplay!
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:iconiloveyou1989:
iloveyou1989 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2015
cute
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:iconng9:
ng9 Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2015  Hobbyist
saito-san Heart 
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:iconriiriimush:
Riiriimush Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
OMG *-*
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AngelKnight91 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
love this :)
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:iconhellokittytsi:
HelloKittyTsi Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Nicely done! I have two of the games: one for the DS (which is in Japanese) & one for the PSP (Hakuoki: Demon of the Fleeting Blossom). Hajime Saito is my most favorite & I greatly enjoyed his route. Sanosuke Harada's route was enjoyable as well.
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black-shinai Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2013
Oh wow I was surprised, this is a completely different image from Saito in RK! (Saito's my fav character of all time btw! XD) But this version is still very nice!

I actually think you would make a perfect Seta Soujiro! His character is so interesting.
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Kapalaka Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Oh my goodness! You look SO much like Saito I think my heart skipped a beat! X3 Great work, you did his character justice! The costume looks great and you nailed the look! <3

I wish I lived in the Philippines, I'd totally throw on Chizuru for photos together! X3
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:iconszeleste:
Szeleste Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Love this one ><
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SarinaAmazon Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2012
I like it. Best Saito!
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:iconxkiiro-me:
xKiiro-me Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2012   Digital Artist
Oh, please, stay with me forever D: lol

Very nice job. I have no words, I think I'm in love lol
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SakuraNakamura Featured By Owner Oct 8, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is really good! Really nice job on the costume, and I like this picture, too.
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:iconirihime123chan:
Irihime123chan Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I LOVE THIS ONE THE MOST!! SO AMZING!!! U LOOK SO CUTE IN THERE!!! >3<
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:icongracedoragon:
GraceDoragon Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2012  Student Traditional Artist
WOW!!!! I LOVE THIS !!! :D you look just like the anime!!! >< SO COOL!!!! YR SUCH A GOOD COSPLAYER!
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:iconjanetly:
Janetly Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2012   Interface Designer
:iconiheartitplz:
AMAZING!!!
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:iconxshunshin:
xShunShin Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing o.o
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:iconaoryutochanz:
aoryutochanz Featured By Owner May 22, 2012   General Artist
omg!!!! >w< AWESOME!! The best cosplayer ever!! d>w<b
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:iconhinata76hyuga:
Hinata76Hyuga Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
i love this one. Very nicely done. Although i must say that the real Saitou Hajime aka Fujita Goro is a short man. Very quiet and a renown swordsman. In a way the Hakuoki Shinsengumi version fits him exactly that. But no offend to the RK version. I like any version of Saitou Hajime as long as they keep in track with the real hero of the Edo period. But this is a good job well done i must say. Love it :D
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:iconchigami:
Chigami Featured By Owner May 22, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is so lovely. :heart:
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BubbaJoseph Featured By Owner May 20, 2012  Student Photographer
You have world class ability

I wish that i had half the talent and ability that you do!


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What ever people say that I am, that's what I'm not.
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KaoriEtoile Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
omg, this is awesome xD
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:iconrazzle162:
Razzle162 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2012
Wow this is amazing, good work!
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:iconhael-roy:
Hael-Roy Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
I thought this was a manga pic when I saw it as a thumbnail lol. You are good XDXD Saito is also my fav character. Did you know they are releasing another season for anime?
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kurohiko Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hello Jin! Featured you again on CH: [link]

;A; Saito is also my favorite character... I wish I can cosplay with you some day as Chizuru. ;_; Ah, but that day is somewhat of an impossible dream...
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EternalRussianSnow Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012
Wow, I am usually into cosplay at all...but, you make a TERRIFIC Saitou ^^. You match him so well, I am impressed. Thanks for sharing!
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nikkaroo Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2012  Professional General Artist
i so agree with your description. i shouldn't have watched the second season--am a depressed ball of goop right now x_____x
but tragic anime aside, you make a really awesome Saitou! you look so good and so fitting as him! :D i can now rest in peace. ; v ;
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StavGuini Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I love your Saito so much!*0*
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:iconaiish:
aiish Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
you are beautiful!!! good job!
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AhdSeyyal Featured By Owner Nov 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
º¬º
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ayeshax3 Featured By Owner Jul 24, 2011
Amazinggg D:
I want to play the game. T^T
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LaLAMelody11 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2011
out of curiosity could you mabye do a costume for the gengi charcters fromt he video games?
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AvariP Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2011  Hobbyist
This is probably the best Saitou Hajime cosplay I've ever seen. <3 I love Hakuouki and Hajime is my favorite character, and this cosplay of him is absolutely gorgeous!!
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Miyabi-angelic Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011
OMGG!! <3<3
I love this cosplay, you're perfect and beautiful!!!.
I love the Shinsengumi.
are a valuable model to follow in cosplay.

arigato~! <3
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Miyabi-angelic Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2011
OMGG!!!!
I love this cosplay, you're perfect and beautiful.<3
I love the Shinsengumi. are a valuable model to follow in cosplay.

arigato~!! <3<3 *w*
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shadowzabimaru Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011  Student General Artist
you are undoubtedly the most perfect saito hajime i have ever seen *.*
haha, i too thought it was hilarious seeing hakuouki saito after kenshin saito =)
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:icontraithorz:
traithorz Featured By Owner May 29, 2011  Hobbyist Artist
i do still love the saito design in hakuouki
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00wana00 Featured By Owner May 21, 2011
such an awesome Saito Hajime *o*!
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Seiyuumihatsu Featured By Owner May 2, 2011
I love this one!!!! You are so hot!!!!
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:iconpucky-chan:
Pucky-Chan Featured By Owner Apr 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lovely job! ^^
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xSweetMomox Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
Q///u///Q y....you're too cute!!~~ so lovely^^
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:iconakie-sasu-chan:
akie-sasu-chan Featured By Owner Apr 21, 2011
I love the pose. You look so much like Saito, so you've obviously done great. (As always) Amazing! :D
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:iconmomochanx:
momochanx Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Awesooooooome :la: A real life saitou :la::la:
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:iconamanduur:
Amanduur Featured By Owner Apr 11, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are extraordinarily beautiful in this shot!
Actually, you're very beautiful in general. It's like the more I look at you, the more amazing you get~
Aaah, the colors in this photo ;v; So nice!
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Dih-Kyushu Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2011  Hobbyist Interface Designer
Amazing work! ♥
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:iconblack-ageha:
Black-Ageha Featured By Owner Apr 3, 2011  Student Traditional Artist
OMG!! OMG!! GREAT!! COOL!! thanks for the cosplay!!
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Kakunoji Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011
the Peacemaker Kurogane version of him is interesting.....he's not quite as pretty, but he's um...different...XD. I dunno...have you seen Peacemaker yet?
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Mi-Chan148 Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
This is probably the best cosplay I'll ever see! I love it!

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