|“||I discarded my emotions. Sorrow and hate. Humanity cannot be saved otherwise. I know that for sure....||„|
|~ Shirou Amakusa|
|“||It is time for prayer nameless vampire. I shall go kill, and I shall let live. I harm... and I heal. There are none who shall escape from my grasp, and none who shall escape from my sight. Be crushed. Those defeated, those grown old... I welcome you. Devote yourself to me, learn from me, obey me... and you can rest. I am light and shall relieve all your burdens. Ask forgiveness, I the reincarnation shall swear, kyrie elesion.||„|
|~ Shirou's prayer whilst killing Count Dracula.|
|“||From here on the Hanging Gardens will roam the world and absorb magical energy from every leyline. As a result of this, humans will be unshackled from their bodies. Survival instincts will dissipate, self-absorption will wain, humanity will ascend to spiritual bodies that think. They will become immortal, without discarding emotions such as love. Allow me to ask something Jeanne d'Arc: If this is not salvation, then what is it? Humanity will likely attain that state on their own in the future, all I'm doing is accelerating that process.||„|
|~ Shirou explaining his intentions for humanity to Ruler.|
Shirou Tokisada Amakusa (in Japanese: 天草四郎時貞, Amakusa Shirō Tokisada), also known as Ruler (in Japanese: ルーラー, Rūrā), was the titular anti-heroic main antagonist of the light novel, manga and anime series Fate/Apocrypha. He is based off of the historical figure Shirou Amakusa. He also appears as a playable servant of Ritsuka Fujimaru in the 2015 turn-based role-playing mobile game Fate/Grand Order. In the story of Grand Order, Amakusa plays a minor role in Part 1 Fate/Grand Order: Observer on Timeless Temple. Specifically, he acts as a minor antagonist in the special event Vengeful Demon's Wail at the Prison Tower and a minor supporting character in the final chapter Salomon: The Grand Time Temple. In Part 1.5 Fate/Grand Order: Epic of Remnant, Shirou appears as the main antagonist in Episode III Shimōsa Province: The Stage of Rivers of Blood and Mountains of Corpses as a member of the Avenger-class.
In life, Shirou Tokisada Amakusa was the teenage leader of the Japanese Shimabara Rebellion who sought to freely practice Christianity in the Edo Period. Unfortunately, the rebellion failed. Shirou's comrades were massacred and he was executed by decapitation. Shirou's deeds in life were great enough to secure him a place as a Heroic Spirit.
In the 1930s, Shirou was summoned as a servant of the Ruler-class by the Einzbern Master for the Third Holy Grail War of Fuyuki. Despite his stockpile of command seals, Ruler was unable to protect his master from death. Although his master died, Ruler was able to stay materialized after receiving a new flesh body from the Greater Grail.
After the War, Shirou was taken in by Risei Kotomine after Ruler had helped him during the Grail War. Risei adopted Shirou Tokisada Amakusa, giving him the name Shirou Kotomine (in Japanese: シロウ・コトミネ, Kotomine Shirō). Shirou Kotomine later joined the Holy Church as a member of the Assembly of the Eighth Sacrament.
In Fate/Apocrypha, Shirou Amakusa was voiced by Kōki Uchiyama in Japanese and Max Mittelman in English. Uchiyama has also voiced Devilman in Devilman Crybaby. Mittelman has also voiced Saitama in One Punch Man, King in The Seven Deadly Sins, Inaho Kaizuka in Aldnoah.ZERO, Kira Yamato in Mobile Suit Gundam SEED and Mobile Suit Gundam SEED Destiny, and Serpico in the 2016 Berserk series.
Shirou is a young man with white hair and tanned skin. His hair was originally black and his skin was originally pale .His hair became white as compensation for when he forcefully incarnated and after that his skin changed color because he spent twenty years in the middle-east. He wears the vestments of a priest and a golden cross around his neck. His vestment is a type of a red holy shroud and he wore a red stole over his cassock. He has an innocent, boyish face showing that he has yet to have aged past twenty years of age. Though incarnated decades ago, Left Hand - Xanadu Matrix has granted him his still youthful appearance. He is eternally seventeen years old despite he is over seventy years old. He hasn’t emotionally matured regardless of how much knowledge and experience he has gained. His body is covered in scars and he has two Command Spells on his chest, the seals are very similar to Kirei Kotomine.
In his Servant form, he has long hair tied into a ponytail. His clothing is a mixture of traditional samurai outfit with European influence. He wears a jinbaori style haori with Christianity crosses decorated on them. He wears a tradition umanori hakama with Shin guards which had cloth straps that were used to tie the Shin guards to the lower leg. He wears a collar shirt underneath his Kimono and a Cravat tied around his collar.
In his lifetime, Shirou walked the path of suffering and despair. He and his comrades fought for their faith and beliefs, and in return, they failed and died. He once hated everything, from God to humans. He claims that he hated humans, not because they had killed him or his comrades, but how humanity easily accepted it as a repeating system in history where life is priceless yet has no value. He finds humanity to be just like Ouroboros, eating themselves in order to grow. Shirou admitted to his failure, his mortality and his guilt. So, he forsook his heart filled with hatred, for the sake of humankind's salvation. He claims he does not hate humanity anymore, and that he will save the current six billion people and the people from past and future. In reality he is trying to save humanity to forgive himself for not being able to save a single person, he wishes for everyone to throw away their selfishness and create a world where everyone is saved and happy. He desires to make use of the Holy Grail to fulfill his own ambition. He simply wished the happiness of all mankind, for innate goodness to be found in the heart of all humanity and the annihilation of Angra Mainyu: All the Evils of the World.
Shirou appears to be a benign man with an innocent smile; he is in actuality a manipulator who would destroy his adversary with no hesitation in order to fulfill his own ambition. He is essentially a character who looks light on the outside and has a darker personality inside. Kairi sees him as being overly judicious given his supposed age.
He is the mastermind, but is a good and virtuous being. In the first place, it is a matter of argument whether or not Shirou’s actions are truly evil. Because you could say that he guided people through a slight shortcut to the place they would eventually reach someday. However, on the other hand, he is unmistakably evil. Because he tried to save not individual people, but only the human race itself. Having no hobbies or anything he likes, he's lived for seventy years for the sake of humanity’s salvation. Even if his plans were overturned in the end, the instant when he saw the rising sun as he lay on Semiramis’ lap—was a moment of supreme bliss for Shirou.
Ambition by Masaru Yokoyama
Amakusa Shirou Tokisada by Masaru Yokoyama
- Shirou's summoning by the Einzbern Master in the Third Holy Grail War of Fuyuki is the event that diverged the timeline of Fate/Apocrypha from Fate/stay night. In the stay night timeline Angra Mainyu was summoned instead of Shirou which ultimately led to the corruption of the Greater Grail. Subsequently, Shirou can be considered the catalyst for the Fate/Apocrypha timeline's existence.
- Yuuchirou Higashide, the author of Fate/Apocrypha, stated that he was partially inspired to use Shirou Amakusa as the main antagonist of his series by the historical fantasy novel Makai Tensho. In the novel, Shirou Amakusa acts as a major antagonist who commands historical figures from around Japan.
- Amakusa's legal alias Shirou Kotomine pays homage to both the protagonist and main antagonist of Fate/stay night - Shirou Emiya and Kirei Kotomine respectively.
- Ototsugu Konoe, the character designer for Fate/Apocrypha, reportedly had problems designing Shirou in regards to balancing certain elements of his appearance. Regardless, he claims to be pleased with the design featured in the finalized product.
- Apocrypha in the title of Fate/Apocrypha likely refers to Shirou, who is the apocryphal saint of the series. Therefore, Amakusa can be considered the titular character of the series.
- Shirou is the only servant character in Fate/Apocrypha whose theme song Amakusa Shirou Tokisada directly references his true name in the title (Jeanne d'Arc's themes refer to her servant name). Outside of servant characters, Sieg and Justeaze von Einzbern also have titular themes.
- Shirou acts as an antithesis to Jeanne d'Arc, the main heroine of Fate/Apocrypha. Both were extremely devout Christians during their lives who fought in the name of God and were eventually executed due to their beliefs at a young age. Furthermore, both of them are usually servants of the Ruler-class. One key major difference between the two of them is that Jeanne was eventually canonized as a saint for her deeds in life whereas Shirou never received such decoration.
- In Fate/Grand Order, Shirou Amakusa maintains his experiences and memories from Fate/Apocrypha despite the two products being based in alternate timelines with completely different events.
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