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Saccho Kobayakawa (サッチョウ゠コバヤカワ, Satchou Kobayakawa) is a Double-Star Problem Hunter and a member of the Zodiacs with the codename "Horse" (午, Uma). He is part of the Intelligence Team, created in preparation for the voyage to the Dark Continent.
Saccho is a horse-faced man with two protruding front teeth. His long black hair is tied into a ponytail. He has the kanji numeral for "9" (九) tattooed on his left shoulder. He wears a yukata of various shades of purple with three flowers painted on the lower half, a belt with two pony tails at the back, multiple black bands on his arms, and zōri with white tabi. The hilts of his katanas are wrapped in white bandages. The sheaths are brown in color.
Saccho is a calm and collected man. He is often seen considering the implications and downsides of a scenario in detail. During the election, he seems to be very careful when it comes to rules. Despite his rather quiet attitude, he is confident enough to volunteer himself to keep an eye on Beyond Netero while Cheadle is contacting the V5.
13th Hunter Chairman Election arcEdit
After Netero's death, Saccho and the other Zodiacs are gathered to vote for a new Chairman of the Hunter Association. They are hostile towards Pariston, especially after he proposes himself as the new Chairman. Like the other Zodiacs, he's forced to follow Ging's rules to elect the new Chairman. After he's voted out of the fifth round in the 13th Hunter Chairman Election, Saccho states he'll support the organization in the shadows and won't say whom, but wants someone worth supporting to stand in the top spot. He looks confused when Pariston, after winning the election, leaves the position of Chairman of the Hunter Association, making Cheadle the new chairman.
Dark Continent Expedition arcEdit
Saccho, and the rest of the Zodiacs are surprised to learn that the Kakin Empire is holding an expedition to the Dark Continent, especially when the leader of the expedition is the son of the former chairman of the Hunter Association, a man named Beyond Netero. The Zodiacs are given the task of hunting him. The Zodiacs hold a meeting to discuss their next course of action. The meeting is interrupted when Beyond Netero himself calls and asks them to inform the V5 of his capture. Beyond Netero then requests a "give and take". During Cheadle's interview to Beyond Netero, Kanzai gets confused of the conversation, and Saccho explains to him about how Beyond Netero is able to go to the Dark Continent by promising the King of Kakin of becoming a historical figure, however Saccho also understands that the V5 will make the Hunter Association go to the Dark Continent alongside Beyond to watch over him. Saccho also volunteers to watch over Beyond Netero while in prison. Later, Saccho witnesses Beyond signing the contract with the terms the Hunter Association has set.
Cheadle summons a meeting to introduce the new Boar and Rat, and she starts explaining about the V6, the Five Threats, the difficulty of the mission, which is A, whereas the Chimera Ants were ranked B, and asks if anyone has any questions. Kurapika then asks how many infiltrators on Netero's side the Zodiacs have managed to identify, much to everyone's shock. Mizaistom then asks Kurapika to talk outside the meeting room where he explains to the younger Zodiac about the situation and asks him to keep his theory to himself for the time being. Afterwards, the Zodiacs sum up their preparations for the journey, with Saccho announcing that research on the support members of the Science and Biology team has been cleared. Furthermore, countermeasures have been taken against any potential dangers, and the Hunter Association is completely unrelated to Kakin in that regard. Saccho also announces that the candidates have understood the risk of not being able to return safely from the expedition. He is assigned to the Intelligence Team.
When Mizaistom calls a new meeting, Saccho is left astounded by the announcement that a spy might be hiding among the Zodiacs. However, like the others, he agrees to reveal his power. Unbeknownst to him, Kurapika is using his dowsing to determine who is lying, and he is revealed to be innocent.
Succession Contest arcEdit
When the Black Whale finally sets sail, Kanzai, Saccho, and Saiyu stand guard over Beyond's cell. Saccho thinks to himself Kanzai is right and having three Zodiacs guard Beyond is a waste of personnel. He suggests they decide on a rotation and confront Mizaistom so one of them may go help the royal troops.
Abilities & PowersEdit
Being part of the Zodiacs, Saccho is one of the best Hunters in the world. His authority in the Hunter Association is inferior only to that of Cheadle. His contributions have allowed him to become a Double-Star Problem Hunter. As a Hunter, Saccho is shown to be quite versatile that besides being a swordsman, he is also intellectually reliable. While other martial artists in the Zodiacs are positioned in the Defense Squad, Saccho is part of Intelligence Team, most likely because of his profession as a detective which may help him in doing the background check for the candidates for the expedition to the Dark Continent.
- It is possible that Saccho's last name is derived from the Kobayakawa Clan, a renowned clan of samurai. This hypothesis is bolstered by the fact that Saccho always carries swords on his person. The most famous member of the clan is Hideaki Kobayakawa, one of the Hideyoshi Toyotomi's general who betrayed Western Army at Battle of Sekigahara.
- "Kabayo" is Filipino for horse.
- In the Viz translation of Volume 33 and 34 introductions, his name is written slightly different—as "Satcho".
Translations around the WorldEdit
|Active||Cheadle Yorkshire • Cluck • Pyon • Saiyu • Kanzai • Kurapika • Leorio Paradinight • Ginta • Gel • Mizaistom Nana • Botobai Gigante • Saccho Kobayakawa|
|Former||Ging Freecss • Pariston Hill|
|Biology||Ginta • Cluck|
|Defense||Kanzai • Saiyu • Botobai Gigante|
|Science||Cheadle Yorkshire • Leorio Paradinight • Gel|
|Intelligence||Kurapika • Mizaistom Nana • Pyon • Saccho Kobayakawa|