Saitou wanted to join the Guard because he, too, was a national imperialist and felt that the Shinsengumi was inefficient in the expulsion of foreign influences.
>>Wanted them to stay.
“Are you sure you won’t change your mind?” asked Kasumi. “Stay here with the Shinsengumi? I can’t be the only one who doesn’t want you to go. We all like you! Aren’t the Shinsengumi your friends?!”
Of course she wanted them to stay, but would they respond to her pleas?
“There was still time… If I could just convince them, make them understand, then they wouldn’t have to go away.”
The guys rebuffed her.
“But if you go, then you might have to… you might have to fight the Shinsengumi some day!” said Kasumi.
“I made one last desperate attempt, but Saito simply shrugged it aside.”
“As I said, my ambition comes before my emotions,” stated Saito.
Heisuke needed more time to think about his answer and asked Kasumi to come with him to the courtyard, where he revealed more of his feelings. “It’s… not like I hate all the guys or something.”
“I know, I just… I wanted you to… I wanted to stay with you longer, Heisuke,” said Kasumi.
“Yeah… Thanks. It’s nice to know you feel like that. I mean, I’d be lying if I said I’m not gonna be sad to leave you, but that… uh… doesn’t mean that, um…” He blushed. “Look, this is hard for both of us, okay? But it’s something I gotta do. I’m a man, too.”
“I understand, Heisuke.”
“And… thanks for everything, all right?”
“Thank you for telling me how you really feel.”
“Phew… Glad to hear it. I just wanted to, you know, make sure we were… clear. On that. Oh… Sorry I can’t stick around until you find your dad.”
“No, it’s all right. Don’t worry about it. Just… be careful, Heisuke.”
“Yeah, I know. I won’t throw my life away. I promise.”
Kasumi complained that, once Itou, Saito, and Toudou left, the compound seemed emptier. Then, the game skips ahead to July 1867.
Sen dropped by one night to drop a load of exposition about demons and to reveal that Kasumi is one of the few pureblood demons left. Whut.
Another pureblood is Chikage Kazama, who was interested in Kasumi.
“Should two purebloods mate, they will produce an even more powerful demon,” explained Sen. She wanted Kasumi to go with her and receive protection from Kazama.
My BFF’s totally G2G and some demon guy who isn’t Dante wants to breed with me. This is not a good time. Continue reading Hakuoki: Memories of the Shinsengumi Part Four: Departure