Taito Magatsu (Jpn. - 凶戴斗 - "Magatsu Taito") is a core Ittō-ryū member in Blade of the Immortal, and also one of its finest swordsmen. He is known to have assisted in the slaughter of the Asano household which was led by Kagehisa Anotsu. Of peasant origin, he became a swordsman to avenge his sister, who was killed as a child by a samurai. Taito is one of the few swordsmen who has fought Manji and survived. He has also fought by Manji's side as well. He can be considered a kenshi, a swordsman who is not from the samurai class.
He despises the government by extension to his hatred of samurai and quits the Itto-ryu when Anotsu allies the group with Kagimura and the shogunate, though he remains on friendly terms with Anotsu. When his lover of sorts, a prostitute named O-Ren, iss killed by Shira, Magatsu ends up following Manji around due to the fact that he knows Shira is after Manji. Although they argue a lot, Manji and Taito have a relatively friendly relationship. In the end Manji allows Taito to find Shira, and despite how much Shira wants to kill Manji, he lets Taito get him.
Eventually Shira loses the one hand he had left to Taito and presumably falls to his death. Concerned by something Shira said, Taito decides to meet up with Anotsu and he eventually rejoins the Ittō-ryū. Magatsu later joins Manji and Meguro to finally finish off Shira.
Taito's weapon is a gladius-like triple-sectioned sword named Grand Turk. The main blade is a gladius, the second is a smaller, shorter sword hidden in the handle, the last is a spear-head like dagger hidden within the pommel of the second blade. The sword is curiously missing a sword guard. First appears in Conquest part 1, first named in Fanatic part 1.
Powers and Stats
Name: Taito Magatsu
Origin: Blade of the Immortal
Classification: Human, Kenshi, Member of the Ittō-ryū
Attack Potency: Likely Wall level (Fought several strong opponents such as Manji, Shira and Giichi throughout the series)
Range: A few meters
Speed: At least Subsonic with Supersonic reactions, likely higher
Lifting Strength: Peak Human
Striking Strength: Wall Class
Durability: Peak Human (Fell face first off of a bridge that was several feet high and got up some moments later)
Stamina: Large (Can fight against the likes of Manji, Shira and Giichi as well as large waves of soldiers)
Standard Equipment: His sword which contains a hidden blade and that blade also contains a hidden dagger, several kunai
Intelligence: Skilled combatant, highly adept in strategy, Magatsu will make you play his game and will use the environment if needed
Weaknesses: None notable