Katsushiro Okamoto
Tends to fail a lot.
Gender Male
Age 19
Race Human
Ship 4423
Position Seaman
Birthplace Colvus
Nationality Vohemaro
Faction 4423/Samurai

Katsushiro (NOT Kat, Kitty, Neko, or Kitty-Katsu) is a young samurai serving as a seaman on the 4423. He's very nice and polite...unless you happen to be Beat, or call him Kitty.


Though he’s lost some of the innocence he had when he was younger, Katsushiro is still young, and it shows. He’s idealistic and still a little naïve, and this idealism makes him lose respect for people who he thinks are acting dishonestly or dishonourably. It’s also a large part of what prompted him into taking up his present role as a wandering samurai – to help and protect people in need. He’s determined and persistent – having once said he’ll do something, he’ll see it through as best he can. Nor does he lack courage, generally being ready to rush into a fight, even one he can’t win. Although his first kills fazed him completely, he’s since grown into someone who can kill, if not without qualms, without having a complete breakdown over it. While he’s guilty about killing, he feels strong enough to carry the weight of that guilt. As a samurai, Katsushiro tries to live by the bushido code of values, and, not yet being old or cynical enough to question them, his ideas of loyalty and honour are something he holds to in their purest state. To the despair of more pragmatic souls, he tends to hold honour at a higher value than success, and a plan that dishonours the participants is a bad plan in his book, even if it succeeds. It will probably take a deal of life experience, rather than argument, to convince him to the contrary – he can be a stubborn ass when he wants. While he has a lot more respect for his elders than a lot of boys his age, he’s still a teenage boy, with the teenage capacity to see everything in uncompromising black and white.


Katsushiro was born in the Colvus area, to a fairly prosperous family. Although the family was traditionally a samurai one, by the time Katsushiro was born, they mainly concentrated on trading and managing their large farm estate. He was trained somewhat in the fighting skills necessary for repelling monster attacks, but no-one ever expected him to want to devote his whole life to fighting. Katsushiro’s grandfather, who had been a respected warrior in his day, inculcated him with respect and admiration for the samurai codes of honour, as well as for the old man’s stories of battles and adventures he’d been involved in. This, combined with Katsushiro’s desire to help other people, as well as his natural restlessness (he didn’t want to live on the farm his whole life, it was a dismally boring prospect for an adventurous teenage boy), led to his desire to become a samurai himself.

At sixteen, he left the family farm and struck out on his own. Heading into Colvus city, he encountered Kambei, and, awestruck by the older samurai’s skill, begged Kambei to take him on as a student. Kambei wasn’t willing at all, but Katsushiro persisted, and basically clung to the other samurai like a limpet, pestering him until he gave in. It was in following Kambei that he became a real samurai – when they first met Katsushiro was thoroughly naïve and rather incompetent, and had never really seen death or been in a serious fight. Defending a farming village from bandits alongside Kambei and five other samurai, Katsushiro went through a lot of growing up, very fast. He came out of it having become a pretty formidable fighter, as well as encountering his first kill and the associated guilt. However, once he learned to deal with the idea of killing people, he developed something of a taste for fighting, and once the village was safe found himself missing the smell of the battlefield. Once the bandits had been defeated, he set out alone in search of more adventures, despite the friendships he’d formed with the other samurai.

His newfound skill and maturity gave him a fairly successful life as an itinerant warrior for the next year or so, fighting off bandits and monsters on behalf of farmers across the land. He travels alone, which gives him free rein to go wherever he feels the need – so upon encountering the 4423, with the pleasant surprise of re-encountering some of his old comrades, there was nothing to keep him from signing on.


Kambei Shimada - Katsushiro's teacher, who he admires even when he disagrees with him.

Daisukenojo "Beat" Bito - Katsushiro's fellow student, and friend in the 'I facepalm because I care' way. Katsushiro sees him rather like a younger brother.

Penelo Galbana - With whom Katsushiro is tentatively fumbling towards a relationship. With lots of mother-henning on both sides.

Heihachi Hayashida

Gorobei Katayama

Komachi - Friendly, but offscreen because lol muncest


A rather fortuitous meeting - In which Katsushiro walks into Gorobei, and is introduced to the 4423.

Check-ups - In which Katsushiro is one of the few people who voluntarily go see Penelo and Mamma.

Jealousy - In which Beat and Katsushiro are both far too possessive.

Boys...will be boys - In which Beat and Katsushiro have an epic bitchfight over Kambei.

Kambei is not amused - And in which they get a well-deserved telling-off.

Mental scarring - In which things are seen that would best have remained unseen.

Catching up - In which Heihachi and Katsushiro go out for dinner.

Shopping! - In which eggs are bought.

That Egg - In which Katsushiro despairs of Beat a little.

Beat's baby - In which Katsushiro becomes a parent.

Laundry - In which Katsushiro helps out, and cuteness occurs.

Shipwreck mission - In which some actual pirating occurs.

Want to go out sometime? - In which Katsushiro is not asking Penelo on a date. Not at all.

Training - In which Katsushiro and Beat show off their fail.

Date! - In which Katsushiro and Penelo go out.

Pirating - In which Kambei, Winry, and Katsushiro kick some butt.

And afterwards - In which there is fail and books to the face, and Katsushiro and Penelo each try to out-fuss the other.


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