14 (TV series), 16 (Gaiden), 17
(Kikoutei and Message)
165 cm/5'4" (TV series)
178 cm/5'10" (Message)
55 kg/121 lbs (TV series) 66
kg/146 lbs (Message)
October 10 1973
Go (Japanese chess), Chess,
Puzzles, Computer Games
Kyodai fans (Baseball team,
he likes Hanshin.)
Bow and Arrows
Rumored to have an I.Q. of 250, Rowen is the most intellectual warrior
as well as the youngest. An only child of divorced parents, the
blue-haired young man enjoys studying (history) as well as physics
and astronomy (his father is a professor). Rowen is said to have
low blood sugar, and consequently consumes a large amount of candy
and anything sugar-saturated. He has a voracious appetite nearly
as bad as Shu's, but it doesn't show.
The name Hashiba was used by Toyokimi Hideyoshi, the person who
united Japan before Tokugawa. In history, the Hashiba clan was wiped
out by Tokugawa.
In his father's side of the family, there has been a legend about
a armor that the family once had but lost. Rowen was researching
ancient history and strategy, taking interest in this opposite to
what his father researched. He created a computer program to analyze
the data but couldn't understand the output. His mother happened
to drop by that day and identified as "Ama no Hashidate",
one of the three famous sites of Japan and where Rowen trains later
in the TV series. It is there that he receives his armor. The story
says he went there during the spring vacation of his second year
third semester of junior high. That would mean he got it almost
right before the battle. It was probably a year earlier.
Rowen's dark blue armour is Strata, and draws power from generally
air. He has a metal collapsible hankyu, Sho Ha Kyu (bow), that can
be hooked on his quiver which supplies an endless amount of golden
energy arrows. Rowen is skilled both in Eastern and Western archery.
His special attack is Arrow Shockwave, which creates a huge air
wave that obliterates anything its path
Rowen has lived with his father in a modern apartment in Osaka since
his parents divorced when he was twelve. His mother has the spare
key to drop in whenever she wants. Rowen's father's lab is in Kyoto.
In the original storyline, Rowen's paternal grandfather owned a
shrine and Kento was a foreign student who was staying there.
Rowen has an IQ 250, which means during the TV series, he had the
intellectual capacity of a 35 year old. (His mom did say he acted
like an old person.) Because of his intellect, others would call
him a Living Computer or genius. Adults didn't treat him like a
kid, so Rowen often acts like an adult. He actually enjoys studying.
He also likes reading detective stories.
Once Rowen got a zero on the math portion of the academic tests
given as practice for the college exams because he forgot to write
his name and the teacher was a substitute who didn't know him.
Though he is usually a cool, self-possessed person, matching his
computer-like intellect, his emotions can also make him as violent
as a tornado. The Ronins are the first real friends he's ever had
and he'll do anything to protect them.
In addition to the interests listed above, Rowen's hobbies are sleeping
and eating. He has low blood pressure which makes it harder for
him to get up but he also likes to sleep. Staying up til two in
the morning doesn't help either. His idea of waking early is eleven
am. Rowen actually eats as much as Kento but it doesn't show and
he doesn't talk about food like Kento either. He does have a sweet
* Father: Genichirou, a university researcher specialized in physics
and astronomy. He's the type of mad scientist similar to Doc Brown
of Back to the Future. He almost never leaves his lab. He'd like
Rowen to join him in his research. He has a beard which I guess
shows how far from the norm he is.
* Mother: About a decade younger than her ex-husband, she still
keeps in touch with the two. She is described either as a very cheerful
young person or an air-head. She is an international journalist
and is about 32 when the other Ronins met her in Tenkuden. She gave
birth to Rowen when she was eighteen. She treats both Rowen and
his father like friends.