|First appearance||How to Stop an Exploding Man|
|Equipment used:||Bows & arrows, horses, swords|
A group of Japanese warriors prepare to fight Takezo Kensei.
Outside Kyoto, Japan in 1671, several Japanese soldiers led by Whitebeard ready their bows and arrows and prepare to battle Takezo Kensei. Several others stay ready for battle on horseback. Together, they wait for Kensei, who arrives from over a nearby hill.
Whitebeard and his men then raid Otsu, burning it and driving the villagers from their homes.
Later, several of Whitebeard's men ambush Takezo Kensei, shooting him twice in the shoulder and then placing another arrow into his chest. Believing Takezo dead, they abduct Yaeko and leave. Distraught at the death of his hero, Hiro pulls the arrow from Takezo's chest and is amazed when Takezo's wound heals before his eyes.
In Chapter 1, "The Battle of the Twelve Swords", Professor Donna Dorn reports that White Beard expects easy victories, so he marches to Otsu with only a small company of men. He is met by Takezo Kensei, who saves the people of Otsu, in what eventually became known as the Battle of Twelve Swords.
In Chapter 3, "The Trial of the Hidden Fortress", Curator Tatsuya Atsumi claims that in 1671, White Beard's army at the Hidden Fortress is numerous because it was the largest in all of Japan. Takezo Kensei fights the men for eleven days until it was only Kensei and White Beard left alive. Kensei defeats White Beard and rescued Japan. The narrator continues to comment that facing the ninety angry ronin, the Black Bear, and White Beard's army makes Kensei a god among men.