|4-Kanji Translation:||The Sure-Kill Blade|
|First Appearance:||Sengoku BASARA|
|First Playable:||Sengoku BASARA|
|Voice Actor:||Paul Dobson (Devil Kings|
Peter Beckman (Sengoku Basara: Samurai Heroes)
R Bruce Elliott (anime)
Shimazu Yoshihiro is a character introduced in the first installment and has appeared in all of them ever since.
Shimazu Yoshihiro is depicted as a small, though muscular man wielding a big sword. Yoshihiro likes to fight and even more so when his rival, Honda Tadakatsu, is in the enemy ranks.
In Sengoku BASARA 4 he is unlocked by completing Mōri Motonari's storyline.
Historical informationEditShimazu Yoshihiro 島津義弘
August 21, 1535 – August 30, 1619
Was a general of the Shimazu clan in south Japan
After surendering to him Yoshihiro had been a willing and a skillful general for Hideyoshi. On both 1592 and 1597 of the Seven-Year War, Yoshihiro set his foot on the Korean peninsula and successfully carried out a series of battles. On 1597, working together with Todo Takatora, Kato Yoshihaki and Konishu Yukinaga, Yoshihiro defeated Won Kyun's navy. At the battle of Sacheon in 1598, facing Ming China's army counting 37,000, Yoshihiro defeated them with only 7,000 soldiers. Shimazu troops under Yoshihiro were called "Oni-Shimazu (literal translation-Shimazu demons or Shimazu ogres)" by Ming. On the final battle of the war, the Battle of Noryang , Yoshihiro's objective was to cross the Noryang Strait, link up with Konishi and retreat to Japan. The Korean admiral Yi Soon Shin that had obstructed Yoshiaki was killed by him at sea. And, he rescued all Japanese commanders, and returned to Japan.
For the Battle of Sekigahara , Yoshihiro was supposed to take the side of Tokugawa Ieyasu, but his army was was crushed on arriving for a rescue and after being humiliated, took the side of Ishida Mitsunari instead. Yet Yoshihiro could not get along with Mitsunari as well, who did not listen to any of Yoshihiro's plan including surprise night attack on the day before the actual battle. On the day of the battle, Yoshihiro and his troop of 1500 simply held ground and did not fight at all. After the rest of Mitsunari's side was wiped out, Yoshihiro was stranded in at least 30,000 of Ieyasu's troop. Vastly outnumbered, Yoshihiro tried to make a charge against Ieyasu himself but after Shimazu Toyohisa demanded that he not kill himself over a meaningless battle, Yoshihiro instead chose to charge straight through Ieyasu's troop to make an exit at the other side. By having his troop make a fighting retreat called Sutegamari where until certain number of men died holding a position and repelling an attack, the main body of army fought as well. Toyohisa and the bulk of troop died, but the charge and the retreat was a success . After beating back the chase, he picked up his wife at Sumiyoshi and went home by ships.
After recognizing why and how Yoshihiro behaved on the battle field, Ieyasu had Shimazu clan retain its domain and let Yoshihiro's son succeed him. Yoshihiro retired and took up teaching younger generations. He died on 1619 and several of his retainers who had fought along him followed him by committing suicide .