|Toshiie Homura is one of the rivals offered to Yukimura in Battle Spirits Burning Soul, using the same color as the main character, just under a different facet, focusing on BP Destruction rather than battles. Despite his yakuza-like appearance, attitude and playstyle, Toshi is perhaps among the gentlest characters on BSBS. First of all, he tolerates Nagayori around him, not discriminating for a moment the fact Nagayori has more bark than bite. Second, when Yukimura wanted to test his Soul Burst, he challenged Toshi. Despite the implication of being used as nothing more than a stepping stone for Yukimura to get above Kanetsugu, Toshiie still accepted it. Third, despite having little to no connection with her (at least shown on-screen) when Souun was defeated by Maou, he showed much more worry than anyone else. Next, when the lone wolf Shingen prepared to leave without offering any words, Toshiie didn't allow for that and made sure to exchange goodbyes with the War Devil. Lastly, despite insisting he's battling for his own sake and interests, he still carries Souun's "hope" within him, the wish to prove their battles aren't for nothing resides within him.
Regarding his playstyle, it's as violent and intense as expected of Red. Sengoku Ashliger can open a way to the opponent's life, take two lives and refresh afterwards. Leon-Lancer has high odds of clearing the field and taking two lives (one through its effect, one by its attack) as well. His most recent trump is Great Eccentric Flame, which can destroy small fry spirits and allow his own Emperor Beasts to refresh. His main tactic is clearly to open the way to the opponent's life and mercilessly assault at once, even if cornered to the gates of hell, a single chance is all he needs to grasp a victory.
Regarding the man his name comes from, their characters overlay in certain points. Both are eccentrics in their fashion style and attitudes, both have a hot-blooded demeanor and a strong sense of loyalty can be felt on both of them. Their relationships, however, aren't quite as well translated. Toshiie Maeda was a loyal retainer to Oda, then became Toyotomi's right hand. Homura sees both as enemies he must defeat and nothing more. On a personal opinion, judging by his usual behavior, his friendship with Yukimura and dedication to strenght, while not a bad Toshiie in any way, I see him working better as Keiji Maeda than Toshiie Maeda.
Among references to the real personality, three stand out. First of all, Sengoku Tiger, which recalls to Toshiie Maeda's clothes which were styled after tiger fur. The second one is Leon-Lancer, which references to Maeda's nickname of sorts, Matazaemon of the Spear. The third reference comes from Hideyoshi, who calls Toshi a dog during their battle. Before his coming of age, when he still hadn't joined the Oda Army, Toshiie Maeda went by the name of Inuchiyo ('Inu' written with the kanji for 'Dog').
A strong personality with a few layers of depth, plus great skills as a battler (Seen during his match against Hideyoshi, where he surpassed even Invincibility and on his matches with Kanetsugu, where knowing his opponent plays a huge role on how he forms his strategies) give Toshiie many points as a developed character. If Burning Soul/Legend is to leave any marks, certainly the character of Toshiie Homura is to be one of them. Whether he wins or loses, he'll certainly prove to be the non-main character to show the greatest battle against Dairokuten Maou.
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