If sorry was enough, seppuku wouldn't exist in the world.
Shimura Tae

Shimura Tae (志村 妙 Shimura Tae ), or just Otae (お妙) (the "お" (O) is an honorific used to refer to women), is the older sister of Shimura Shinpachi. While the Shinsengumi have almost accepted her as the de facto lady boss, or rather the consort of their boss Kondou Isao, by calling her 姐さん ne-e-san.

She works at 'Snack Smile' スナック「すまいる」 as a cabaret hostess to keep the family doujo Koudoukan 恒道館 going (though more often than not, she behaves more like a bouncer).


Shimura Tae grew up with her brother Shimura Shinpachi and his father in their family dojou Koudoukan. Their father died when they were still young, leaving them to take care of the dojou, and also to be left in debt

Otae and Kyuubei were close childhood friends and Kyuubei greatly admired her because she was strong. They promised to get married when they were younger. When people came to the dojo asking for money, Kyuubei protected her losing her eye in the process.


She appears quite normal, with brown hair tied back in a ponytail and brown eyes. She usually wears a pink yukata with red flowers on it. She once admitted in her own words that she is 'flat chested'.[1] She can also be very violent, and her weapon of choice seems to be her fists.

  • Tae Standard
  • Otae as a stand
  • Otae in winter garbs
  • Otae old
  • Otae in a swimsuit
  • Tae in her childhood with Kyuubei


Highly egotistical about her own good qualities, yet remarkably stoic in the face of adversity, leading Shinpachi to say that she would still smile even though inwardly she feels sad. Though outwardly appearing sweet and good-natured, in reality she has a quick temper and a violent disposition, in particular towards 'gorilla-like stalkers'.

Her speech manners are totally unlady-like, peppered with vulgar descriptions, especially of human genitalia, frequently prompting Shinpachi to scold her saying that 'girls should not speak like that'. She is also very ruff as she is seen scolding her stalker, Gin and even her own brother in a very harsh manner.


Shimura Tae's "dark matter" fried eggs

She loves the expensive brand of ice cream called Bargain Dash (破亜限堕取(バーゲンダッシュ)), a parody of the Häagen-Dazs ice cream in real world, and her most famous cuisine specialty is the 卵焼き tamago yaki aka fried egg, but labelled as 'Dark Matter' or even 'Pitiful egg' by Gintoki and others. This dish has caused the following side effects when eaten:
  1. caused Shinpachi's eyesight to deteriorate over long periods of consumption, thereby needing eye glasses
  2. aggravated Gintoki's amnesia [2]
  3. made Kondou Isao lose his memory [3]
  4. caused Yagyuu Binboksai to have diarrhea [4]

When not eaten, it can be used as a ballistic missile, as seen when they went up against the Tagosaku-possessed Oiwa in the Onsen Chapter. In fact, literally everything Shimura Tae touches will come out burnt, even sushi (which does not require fire to make). [5] Strangely enough, the konjac jelly she made for her younger brother in Episode 126 (of the Pen-pal Chapter) came out properly as konjac jelly. However, this can not be considered canon as she was not seen actually making it in the manga, and the scene with her talking to Kagura afterwards was a filler.

She was revealed to be a die-hard fan of B'z band as she sang the chorus of Taiyoh no Komachi Angel while facing a sunset, thinking she was all alone, before Shinpachi, Hasegawa and Gintoki came along.[6]

She has a constant fear of monsters, as seen during the Test of Courage in Episode 68 when she and Oryou entered the Test booth. This made her so scared it caused her to go berserk destroying the skeleton model, making Oryou vomit blood (due to her German Suplex Hold) and smacking up Ochi-san in the process.

Strength & Abilities

She inherited a dojo together with his younger brother Shimura Shinpachi called Koudoukan (恒道館), specialising in the Tendoumushin sword-fighting style (天堂無心流 - Tendou Mushin Ryuu). She specialises in using Naginata and she can even use only one hand swinging.

This is matched equally by her physical strength in walloping other people though she is not known to be a fighter. She was able to give Kondou Isao a concussion using just a pico-pico hammer (an inflated squeaky toy hammer) even though he was already wearing a safety helmet.[7] Other than Kondou Isao, Sakata Gintoki is frequently on the receiving end of her rough treatment.

List of Victims

Thus far, Katsura Kotarou seems to be the only main character acquainted with Otae not to have been roughed up by her. Her list of 'victims' include the following characters:

  1. Shimura Shinpachi[8]
  2. Sakata Gintoki[9]
  3. Loanshark Amanto [10]
  4. Kondou Isao[11]
  5. Underwear Thief [12]
  6. Hanako[13]
  7. Hasegawa Taizou
  8. Kikuya boss[14]
  9. Eromes[15]
  10. Oryou
  11. Ochi-san[16]
  12. Yamazaki Sagaru & other Shinsengumi members [17]
  13. Hijikata Toushirou in Episode 184



  • Shimura Shinpachi: Otae's younger brother, she can be over protective of him.
  • Shimura Ken: Otae's father, she trying her best to save his Dojo.


  • Obi Hajime: He was the former chief coach of the Koudoukan. He was like an older brother to Shinpachi and Otae. He went missing before Shinpachi met Gintoki travelling around the Galaxy. According to Shinpachi, her first true love was Hajime.

Friends & Allies

  • Kagura: Kagura addresses her in the very respectful term of 姐御 ane-go aka 'elder sister'. Otae acts like an older sister to her, like to Shinpachi.
  • Oryou: Oryou is Tae's co-worker and friend from Snack Smile and the two are frequently seen together at work. She helped Tae in the competition with Ane and was also with her in the Test of Courage/Horror House (nearly getting strangled to death by the frightened Tae in the process)

Love Interest

  • Kondou Isao: Kondou once asked Otae whether she would still love her boyfriend if he had a hairy butt. She became the target of gorilla-like stalker Kondou when she replied that she would love her boyfriend just as much, hairy butt and all. [18]In Yagyuu arc, Hijikata mentioned that Otae had fallen for that person. [19]
  • Yagyuu Kyuubei: Years later, Otae became Kyuubei's fiancee at of obligation to what happened to her eye. Although Shinpachi and the rest stopped her from going through with the marriage, she still remains in friendly ties with Kyuubei afterwards.[20]
  • Sakata Gintoki: When she met Gin she felt mad by trying make him commit seppuku, as he had caused her brother to get fired. When he saved her, she started admiring his soul and skill as a samurai which she felt was a great example for her brother. It is also hinted that Gin makes her smile everyday she see him around Shinpachi and Kagura from the day she was saved. When he loses his memory, she even seems romantically attracted to him. He is the only person she trust to discuss her brother's problems and to be honest the most to. It is hinted that she consider Gintoki along with Shinpachi and Kagura as her family.
  • Obi Hajime: Old acquaintance and Tae's first love, as Shinpachi says.


  • Eromes: For having cat appearance and for pushing Shinpachi's love illusions to far to be true.


She tries to revive her family dojo that her and Shinpachi's father left to them after his death by doing whatever it takes such as working at a Hostess Club.[21] (Though, she was forced to spend their money first in fortifying their house to keep off annoying gorilla like stalkers i.e. Kondou)[22]

Memory Loss Arc

Infant Strife Arc

Train Samurai Arc

Benizakura Arc

Yagyu Arc

Owee Arc

Ryugujo Arc

Ghost Ryokan Arc

Correspondence Arc

Character Poll Arc

Kabukicho Stray Cat Arc

Santa Arc

Kabukicho Four Devas Arc

Timeskip Arc

Scandal Arc

Vacation Arc

Love Choriss Arc

Host Club Arc

Kintama Arc


  • She was the only person during the Kintama arc who didn't feel hate toward Gin even when she believed the lie that he hurt Tama and she was the first person to start remembering Gintoki.
  • Gintoki is the main guy otae forces to eat her cooking compared to everyone else.


  1. Sorachi Hideaki. Gintama. VIZ media, Vol. 1, Lesson 1, p. 41.
  2. Sorachi Hideaki. Gintama. VIZ media, Vol. 7, Lesson 50, p. 23.
  3. Sorachi Hideaki. Gintama. VIZ media, Vol. 7, Lesson 50, p. 23.
  4. Sorachi Hideaki. Gintama. VIZ media, Vol. 14, Lesson 117, p. 13.
  5. Sorachi Hideaki. Gintama. Shueisha, Vol. 22, Lesson 187, p. 9.
  6. Sorachi Hideaki. Gintama. VIZ media, Vol. 20, Lesson 175, p. 9.
  7. Sorachi Hideaki. Gintama. VIZ media, Vol. 3, Lesson 17, p. 13.
  8. Sorachi Hideaki. Gintama. VIZ media, Vol. 1, Lesson 1, p. 20.
  9. Sorachi Hideaki. Gintama. VIZ media, Vol. 1, Lesson 1, p. 21.
  10. Sorachi Hideaki. Gintama. VIZ media, Vol. 1, Lesson 1, p. 28.
  11. Sorachi Hideaki. Gintama. VIZ media, Vol. 2, Lesson 8, p. 5.
  12. Sorachi Hideaki. Gintama. VIZ media, Vol. 4, Lesson 28, p. 18.
  13. Sorachi Hideaki. Gintama. VIZ media, Vol. 6, Lesson 48, p. 3.
  14. Sorachi Hideaki. Gintama. VIZ media, Vol. 9, Lesson 74, p. 2.
  15. Sorachi Hideaki. Gintama. VIZ media, Vol. 11, Lesson 86, p. 21.
  16. Translated from 空知英秋 Sorachi Hideaki, 銀ちゃねる! Gin Channel! (Gintama Official Character Book), 集英社 Shueisha Jump Comics, page 45.
  17. Sorachi Hideaki. Gintama. VIZ media, Vol. 13, Lesson 110, p. 8.
  18. Sorachi Hideaki. Gintama. VIZ media, Vol. 2, Lesson 8, p. 1.
  19. Episode 81
  20. Sorachi Hideaki. Gintama. VIZ media, Vol. 15, Lesson 123, p. 4.
  21. Sorachi Hideaki, Gintama, VIZ media, Vol. 1, Lesson 1, page(s) 25-26, 36.
  22. Sorachi Hideaki, Gintama, VIZ media, Vol. 12, Lesson 98, page(s) 75.


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