Hanada allies himself with fellow Itto-ryu members, Higa and Uruma, both of whom he has shown great distaste for. He plays a small role in the triple attack on Manji, who was only expecting to face one enemy. Initially Hanada's only role was to hang Manji by the arm in a tree, but stepped in joyfully when Higa said it was fine with him, and broke the single rule of the Itto-ryu by doing so. Hanada Landed some very painful looking spears into the back of Manji's head, and chest , thinking that no matter how close Manji was to being Immortal, he still could not survive two hits to the head, and is shocked by the fact that Manji found it less painful than a hit to the torso. Eventually Uruma runs off into the woods following Manji, while Hanada stays behind. Once Uruma is defeaten, Hanada spots Manji roaming through the woods with Uruma's body, and resumes his battle against him, and has the upper hand until Manji jumps into a small pond with Uruma's body. Hanada comments that the outcome would be no different, but Uruma's blood begins to dye the pond water red, and Manji is hidden under, but still unable to see Hanada. Hanada begins to panic, giving away his position to Manji who brings his blade up from under the water, and slices Hanada in two.
Hanada appears only in the four chapters Comrades (I-IV), and is never shown in the anime adaptation
Equipment and AbilitiesEdit
Hanada wields a pair of very narrow swords, one with a small hooked blade and the other with a straight small blade at the ends of the pommels, called Enchū-maru (Swallows of Death), which Samura notes would not allow Hanada to kill anyone unless he precisely strikes a lethal point. The blades Hanada uses reflect his confidence in his own skill, and precision.
Even though Hanada never truly fights an opponent one on one, he is shown to be skilled with his Enchu-maru blades, and can fight on par with Manji.
His glasses have a similar, but much less exaggerated shape, of those worn by Spider Jerusalem (the protagonist of the American Comic Book series Transmetropolitan), one being round and the other quadratic.