|4-Kanji Translation:||Graceful Magnificence|
|Series Debut:||Sengoku BASARA 2|
|Playable Debut:||Sengoku BASARA 2|
|Games:||Sengoku BASARA 2|
Sengoku BASARA 2 Heroes
Sengoku BASARA X
Sengoku BASARA Battle Heroes
Sengoku BASARA 3
Sengoku BASARA Chronicle Heroes
Sengoku BASARA 3 Utage
Sengoku BASARA 4
Sengoku BASARA 4 Sumeragi
Sengoku BASARA Sanada Yukimura-den
|Anime:||Sengoku BASARA Samurai Kings|
Sengoku BASARA Samurai Kings 2
Sengoku BASARA The Last Party
Sengoku BASARA Judge End
|Voice Actor:||Matthew Mercer (Samurai Heroes)|
Eric Vale (Samurai Kings/2/The Last Party/Judge End)
|Stage Actor:||Tatsuya Isaka|
Maeda Keiji is a character first introduced in Sengoku BASARA 2. He is Maeda Toshiie's and Matsu's adopted nephew, and occasionally fights with them. He has a mysterious past with Toyotomi Hideyoshi and Takenaka Hanbei which was touched on in Sengoku BASARA 2 Heroes.
Description[edit | edit source]
Keiji is what people call a happy-go-lucky man. He enjoys festivals, as well as pulling pranks on Toshiie and others. Despite his demeanor towards his adopted family, he loves them, though sometimes shows resentment towards them due to their objection to his lifestyle. Accompanying him is a small monkey named Yumekichi. He receives a three-stage gaiden in Sengoku Basara 2 Heroes, where he used to be friends with Toyotomi Hideyoshi, but loses him due to Hideyoshi's lust for power.
Role in Games[edit | edit source]
Sengoku BASARA 2[edit | edit source]
In his story mode, Keiji hated being restrained and led a very carefree life in the capital city. But when he decided to leave the capital to travel around the country, his uncle Toshiie and his wife Matsu stood in his way, decided to bring him back home. In the first stage, Keiji keeps running away from both of them, Toshiie asks if Keiji has no intention to return home, which reply‘s by saying no, so he decides to fight against his nephew, to bring him back. After defeating Toshiie, Keiji fight Matsu, even though he doesn’t want to face her. Keiji ends up defeating her, making Matsu feeling dizzy after her defeat. Toshiie runs to help his wife, while Keiji runs away comically.
After fleeing from the capital, Keiji wandered aimlessly through the land, until he decided to go to Hasedo Castle, to pay a visit to the famous Masamune Date, and challenging him to a fight. During his fight with Kojuro, Keiji says he an determined man, who would protect his lord till the end, and he wouldn't be bad with the ladies. During his fight with Masamune, Keiji asks if Masamune if he already a girl he likes, and almost tells his past to him, and asks if he could hide right eye, to be fair against Masamune, which pisses him of.
Sengoku BASARA 3[edit | edit source]
After the death of his former friend Hideyoshi, Keiji joins the ranks of the Uesugi army, under his good friend Kenshin. In his default paths, Kenshin asks him to him to run an errand to deliver a message to Saika Magoichi, telling him to stop by the Maeda's on the way there. Upon meeting Magoichi, Keiji falls in love with her at first sight, and the remainder of his path is devoted to following her and attempting to protect the woman, much to her ire. Like Magoichi's path, this means that the player and Keiji will join either the Eastern Army or the Western Army. Depending on the player's choices and the paths they follow, in the end Keiji can return to the Uesugi, return to the Maeda, or join Magoichi and the Saika.
Keiji's story is unlocked by finishing the first story of Date Masamune. Additionally, he can be unlocked an ally when the player defeats him (and the Uesugi) as Magoichi. As an ally, he has a special ability: Damageproof, which reduce damage taken from enemies up to 20%. Pressing the Select button will cause him to dance and say "Anta mo odotte, odotte!"
Sengoku BASARA 4[edit | edit source]
Keiji's taken up Toshiie's position and is now the head of the Kaga clan and the commander of the Maeda Army. While he's still a free-spirited man at heart, he's begun to gain a sense of awareness of being head of his clan. He's also begun to harbour doubts about his responsibility of carrying the land of Kaga on his shoulders, and opposes the turbulent era that was brought about by Yoshiteru's 'restoration of power to the heavens'. Despite this, as an ex-vagabond he can't deny the enthusiasm brought about by this change.
Before the events of the game, Keiji meets Sakon - then known as Kiyouki, who is similar to him in many ways, and has a gamble with him that eventually escalates into a friendly but full-blown fight. Keiji goes onto lecture him about how he shouldn't be wasting his talents when the country is in such a tumultuous state (mirroring how Matsu lectured him during his days as a vagabond), which is a message that sticks with Kiyouki up until he meets Mitsunari and changes his name to Sakon.
In his drama route, Keiji decides to settle his dark past with Hideyoshi once and for all. But before doing so he encounters Kasuga, who delivers a request from Kenshin to meet up with the emperor Yoshiteru, but not stating why. He heads to Osaka where he once again meets Sakon and is happy to see that he's gotten a job now, albeit one for those he has a troubled history with. Eventually he runs into Hanbei, who slaps him and reminds him that no matter how much he tries to change, he didn't walk alongside Hideyoshi on his path from the very beginning. Keiji reveals that deep down he was jealous of Hanbei for replacing him as Hideyoshi's close friend, but was grateful to him for staying by his side. After defeating him, he finds his way to Hideyoshi and tries to accept Hideyoshi's way of life in a last-ditch attempt to make amends with him. However, Hideyoshi berates him for throwing his hate for him away and trying to acknowledge him as being correct when he swore to never do so. Despite Keiji's attempts not to fight with him, he eventually defeats him. Hideyoshi tells Keiji, who is now in tears, that no matter what changes between them they can never go back to being friends, and that he doesn't regret killing Nene and allowing him and Keiji to distance themselves from each other - he believes they were both in the right. Keiji desperately tries to call out to him as he walks away, but he never turns back.
After coming to terms with losing Hideyoshi, Keiji heads to the Remains of Ounin to meet the emperor. Keiji quickly catches on to Yoshiteru's tendency to call apparent enemies 'friends', which confuses him. After catching up with Kenshin, Keiji finds Yoshiteru, who says that his heart seems clouded. Keiji asks back why Yoshiteru sounds so sad when he says 'friend', before telling him that he understands how he feels as he himself recently lost a friend in Hideyoshi. Yoshiteru, finding someone who he can relate to, has a fight with him, which eventually leads to Keiji disarming him and telling him that he once had a brawl with Hideyoshi that was like the fight they're having now. Yoshiteru asks Keiji if he could also accompany him before running in weaponless - Keiji throws his sword in the air and takes his punch, coming to the decision that he would never again divert his eyes away from his friends, much to Yoshiteru's shock. Not long afterwards, Keiji's sword lands on both their heads, leaving them in pain but making them burst out laughing. Yoshiteru realizes that he's made his first friend and decides to come with Keiji to form new bonds.
Weapon[edit | edit source]
His base weapon is a ludicrously oversized nodachi. Despite its length, he can use it one-handed. He also uses its sheath, but rather than carry it around he throws it in to the sky, having it come down just when he needs to use it.
Skills[edit | edit source]
- Koi no Kakehiki
- 恋のかけひき (Love Bargain) flourishes sword about, taking down enemies.
- Toromeku Ichidai
- 惚めく一代 (Admiring Generation) cancels attacks and movements. Cancelled attack determines what can be performed after.
- Keiji takes a nap to slowly recover health.
- Koibumi Okuri
- 恋文送り (Sending Love Letter) calls his monkey Yumekichi to bring a random item. The item could be beneficial or harmful.
Historical information[edit | edit source]
Maeda Keiji (前田慶次?) or Keijirō (慶次郎) (1543 – June 4, 1612) was a Japanese samurai of the Sengoku Period through early Edo Period. Toshimasu was born to the Takigawa Clan of Owari, originally the son of Takigawa Kazumasu. He was adopted by Maeda Toshihisa,
the older brother of Maeda Toshiie. Toshimasu served under Oda Nobunaga along with his uncle. Toshimasu was originally intended to inherit Maeda family headship; however, after Oda Nobunaga replaced Toshihisa with Toshiie as Maeda family head, he lost this position. Perhaps because of this loss of inheritance, Toshimasu is well known for not getting along with his uncle.
While in Kyoto, Toshimasu met and befriended Naoe Kanetsugu, Uesugi Kagekatsu's karō. The two became close friends. Consequently, Toshimasu agreed to join Kanetsugu in the Uesugi clan's invasion of Aizu. During the retreat from the failed invasion, Keiji was given the task of leading the rear guard. Riding his horse Matsukaze into battle and brandishing a two-pronged spear, he made a splendid show of force. Due in part to Toshimasu's actions, the Uesugi forces were able to retreat largely intact.
After this, Toshimasu returned to the capital and devoted himself to arts and literature. Keiji was barred from Toyotomi’s Kyushu campaign for his wild way. When the Tokugawa challenged the Uesugi in 1600, he once again fought with Uesugi’s army. In the battle against the Mogami, he broke through the enemy lines with only eight riders, and shattered their formation. After the Uesugi clan's move to the Yonezawa Domain, Toshimasu remained with them, serving as a retainer. Maeda died in 1612 at age 69.
Keiji's armor can still be seen today at the Miyasaka Museum.
Gallery[edit | edit source]
How to Unlock[edit | edit source]
|Game||How to Unlock||Notes|
|Sengoku BASARA 2||Unlocked by Default||-|
|Sengoku BASARA 2 Heroes||Unlocked by Default||-|
|Sengoku BASARA X||Unlocked by Default||-|
|Sengoku BASARA Battle Heroes||Unlocked by Default||-|
|Sengoku BASARA 3||Clear the game with Masamune||-|
|Sengoku BASARA Chronicle Heroes||Unlocked by Default||-|
|Sengoku BASARA 3 Utage||Unlocked by Default||-|
|Sengoku BASARA 4||Unlocked by Default||-|
|Sengoku BASARA 4 Sumeragi||Unlocked by Default||-|
|Sengoku BASARA Sanada Yukimura-den||Complete Story Mode||-|