Akashi Gidayu served as a general for Akechi Mitsuhide in the 16th century. Following the complete defeat of his lord’s forces, Gidayu offered to commit seppuku, an honorable death by suicide, to pay for his failure. Though Mitsuhide refused, Gidayu was so overcome by shame that he disobeyed his lord’s command and killed himself. Yoshitoshi presents Gidayu in his final moments. His death poem sits before him, his knife unsheathed. His hair is disheveled and the tiger painted on the screen glares reproachfully at Gidayu, its yellow eyes glowing in lamplight as the warrior wallows in his shame. He feels that even the moon in the sky is mocking his despair as he writes: “As I am about to enter the ranks of those who disobey/ ever more brightly shines/ the moon of the summer night.” Once again, Yoshitoshi portrays the emotional struggle of the individual rather than the violent act that soon follows.