The ill-fated warrior Saito Kuranosuke Toshimitsu appears in two separate prints in One Hundred Views of the Moon. Toshimitsu was originally a retainer of the Saito family of Mino province. Later, he served Akechi Mitsuhide. Mitsuhide allied with the successful military leader Oda Nobunaga, yet soon sought revenge for Nobunaga’s persistent chastisement. Toshimitsu tried to persuade Mitsuhide not to attack Nobunaga, but when Mitsuhide attacked Nobunaga anyway, Toshimitsu joined forces with him. Toshimitsu was captured soon after the battle and became a monk. Yoshitoshi depicts the warrior in full armor, scouting the land before the battle. As the last hint of sunset fades on the horizon, the moon hangs high. The warriors’ sword shimmers in the changing light, foretelling the violence yet to come.