HAYASHIDA Heihachi

heihachiHayashida Heihachi’s most dangerous weapon is not his katana. It’s his monkey wrench. He will make virtually anything with gears move again, no matter how old or how messed up. Because of this talent, he has gotten the group through many narrow escapes, and helped them make a fort out of a farming village. Anything that has to do with machines is given over to Heihachi to worry about. His weapon of choice is a modified katana. He is best known for the goggles and pilot cap.

Heihachi might look like a really nice guy, and he is, but you still have to be cautious with him. He will flare up when provoked, especially where potential betrayal is concerned.

Hei-san is one of the people always on the sidelines among the seven. He’s the kind of nice guy always in danger of being forgotten, in favor of the charismatic leader. But I suppose I’m not alone in liking him, considering that there is plenty of fanart and one fanlisting for Heihachi.

I admired him for getting past a painful mistake. He chose to live on, try to smile, try to find the good in each new day and each new person he meets. He does not repress the past — it still hurts him a lot some days. But he does not dwell on the past, either. He actually wants to make up for it, by doing something good for someone every day.

But I like him best for always taking initiative. He does not have to be told to do something if he knows he can do it — he just does it. He’s very smart (Come on, how many people can fix up a whole cruiser or design a HUGE crossbow, just by himself?) but does not flaunt his intelligence. He is also very brave, willing to risk his life just to get the job done. Finally, he does not brag about what he does.

It hurts when life is cruel to nice guys.

*  Heihachi already liked rice a lot in the original movie, but the anime took it to a higher level. His history as given (why he hates traitors so much) is original to the anime.

*  If you’re wondering what that thing is at the end of Heihachi’s sword:  It’s called a teruterubuzou, a weather doll. A white cloth is wrapped over a small ball (the head), then the doll is suspended over a window. Generally the Japanese use it as a good luck charm for good weather the next day. If it rains the next day, meaning the charm betrayed the user, the user has the right to chop off the charm’s head! In Heihachi’s case, however, that takes on a whole new level of meaning.

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