Akashi Gidayu served as a general for Akechi Mitsuhide. Following a complete defeat of his forces, he offered to commitseppuku, an honorable death by suicide, to pay for his failure. Though his master refused, Gidayu was so overcome by shame that he disobeyed his master’s command and killed himself. Yoshitoshi presents Gidayu in his final moments. His death poem is before him, knife unsheathed. His hair is disheveled and the tiger painted on the screen glares reproachfully at Gidayu, its yellow eyes aware of his desperate shame. According to the poem, he feels that even the moon in the sky is mocking his despair. Once again, Yoshitoshi portrays the emotional struggle of this individual rather than the violent act that soon follows.