Minamoto no Yorimitsu
Minamoto no Yorimitsu (源 頼光, 948 – August 29, 1021), also known as Minamoto no Raikō, served the regents of the Fujiwara clan along with his brother Yorinobu, taking the violent measures the Fujiwara were themselves unable to take. He is one of the earliest Minamoto of historical note for his military exploits, and is known for quelling the bandits of Ōeyama.
His loyal service earned him the governorships of Izu Province, Kozuke and a number of others in turn, as well as a number of other high government positions. Yorimitsu served as commander of a regiment of the Imperial Guard, and as a secretary in the Ministry of War. When his father Minamoto no Mitsunaka died, he inherited Settsu Province.
Raiko wrote a renga with his wife, which appears in the Kin'yō Wakashū (nos.703-704):
tade karu fune no suguru narikeri
asa madaki kararo no oto no kikoyuru wa
This translates as:
a boat harvesting smartweed is passing by
I thought I heard someone rowing smartly before dawn
A genderbent version of him appears in the mobile game Fate/Grand Order as Berserker and Lancer class Servant.
The main character; Raikoh Minamoto in the 2003 Xbox game Otogi: Myth of Demons, and it's sequel- Otogi 2: Immortal Warriors were loosely based on Minamoto no Yorimitsu (Otogi, Otogi 2) and The Four Guardian Kings (Otogi 2).
The 2005 anime: Otogi Zoshi was also based loosely on Minamoto no Yorimitsu and his retainers.
He also appears in GARO: Guren no Tsuki as protagonist of the series and the bearer of the Garo title.
Raikou's fictional descendant, the also named Raikou Minamoto, is the main antagonist in both the manga and anime versions of Tactics. The original Raikou himself later appears in the form of flashbacks.
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