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 female version of Yorimitsu appears in the mobile game Fate/Grand Order under the name Minamoto no Raikō. This iteration of Yorimitsu appears as both a 5-Star Berserker and a 4-Star Lancer class Servant, both of which are limited to specific summoning events. Berserker Raikō debuted during the original Onigashima event while Lancer Raikō debuted during the Summer 2017 event.
The main character; Raikoh Minamoto in the 2003 Xbox game Otogi: Myth of Demons, and its 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.
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.
A female version of Raiko appears in the 2004 New Getter Robo OVA series, fighting Oni with swords made of Getter Alloy.
Minamoto also appears on the game Onmyoji, as a ruthless onmyoji who made a deal with Orochi to create a shikigami under his control. Said shikigami is named as Onikiri, a manifestation of the Minamoto swords.
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- Sansom, George (1958). 'A History of Japan to 1334'. Stanford, California: Stanford University Press.