Kotaro Katsura is the leader of moderate Joi (exclusionist) rebels
aiming to overthrow the shogunate, childhood friend of Gintoki
Sakata and Shinsuke Takasugi, student of Shoyo Yoshida and occasional rapper. Though
ostensibly an anti-shogunate terrorist, he often fights on the side of
the shogunate due to his own stupidity. Despite his self-serious nature, Katsura is defined by his
illogical decisions and
complete lack of common sense.
He is often seen with his pet and companion, Elizabeth.
When Sentai Filmworks dubbed the Benizakura compilation movie, Illich
Guardiola played Zura. Crunchyroll then gave the third series of Gintama
to Ocean Productions, where Matt Ellis took on the mantle. For the Hulu dub of the first series, Katsura
had two voice actors. In the first episode he was played by Rayner
Garranchan, and in subsequent appearances he was played by Jason Kesser.