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These are the characters that debuted in the fifth game of the Yakuza series.

For Kazuma Kiryu, Haruka Sawamura and Goro Majima, see their entries on the Character Index page.

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New Playable Characters

    Tatsuo Shinada 

Voiced by: Toshiyuki Morikawa

"Quit writing my life story."
Shinada as he appears in Yakuza 5.

One of the new playable characters who only appears in Yakuza 5. Shinada is an infamous baseball player who only had one at-bat. That at-bat ended up getting him banned from playing baseball due to accusations of stealing signs from the opposing team, the Gigants. Fifteen years later, he's an adult entertainment writer for a newspaper, is dirt poor and indebted to several people, and is too lazy to find a real job. His luck changes when he's approached by a Mysterious Backer to learn the truth behind his expulsion from the game. Who turns out to be his old friend from high school, Daigo Dojima.

  • The Ace: A lot of baseball players see him as such.
  • Badass Normal: Other playable combatants so far and since have been Yakuza, a loan shark and a cop. In other words, experienced street fighters with an intimate understanding of the criminal underworld. Compared to every other protagonist, his unarmed fighting style is simple and unpolished, while his interactions show he can be uncomfortable and a bit naive about some of the danger and darkness that other characters take in stride. But, being a Yakuza game, Shinada still solves a grand conspiracy, taking on countless thugs along the way, and even goes toe to toe with an Amon like the rest of the heroes.
  • Berserk Button:
    • He really doesn't take it well when people attempt to manipulate him. Also punched the hell out of Daigo for being a yakuza.
    • Mistreating or taking advantage of women is also a good way to end up in the hospital.
    • Baseball is sacred to Shinada. Disrespecting the game with fixing, cheating or even mistreating equipment is unacceptable.
  • Book Dumb: Admits he wasn't a great student, but when it comes to baseball he's a walking encyclopedia. Furthermore he's able to come to some surprising deductive conclusions during his investigation into the Nagoya Family.
  • Broken Pedestal: Punches the shit out of Daigo when he learns he's a yakuza boss.
  • Butt-Monkey: The guy's surrounded by all kinds of misfortune and can't seem to get a break. Granted, a lot of it is self-inflicted.
  • Childhood Friend: Daigo Dojima's. Daigo looked up to Tatsuo as a baseball player in high school, and even got himself expelled for the sake of the team. Tatsuo just regarded Daigo as a classmate.
  • Chivalrous Pervert: He likes the ladies, but also respects women and doesn't take kindly to anyone trying to take advantage of them.
  • Cowardly Lion: He's a natural brawler and is built like a Greek god, but this guy is terrified of his loanshark and lets half of the town pick on him. He doesn't want any trouble and actively avoids confrontation, but back him into a corner, mistreat women or disrespect baseball, and you're in for a world of hurt.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Aside from being a Lazy Bum, he comes off as quite dense on things that don't involve baseball. But he can also unload a can of whoop-ass on anyone that picks a fight with him.
  • Deadpan Snarker: By far the snarkiest of the playable characters in Yakuza 5.
  • Fall Guy: He was setup to take the fall for Fujita, his baseball trainer, who was involved in the gambling scandal.
  • Five Temperament Ensemble: Sanguine
  • Gameplay and Story Segregation: Shinada is terrible with money, blowing what little he makes on girls and booze. He scrapes by as a half-starved magazine reporter with a hefty debt to a loanshark, plenty of money owed to his best friend and a long tab at a local eatery, not to mention an overdue rent payment for his extremely shabby home. Yet in his shoes, you can make yourself astronomical amounts of money simply fighting thugs, selling loot, running errands and even racing chickens. No matter what you have in your wallet, Shinada always claims to be too broke to even pay for a kid to play at the batting cage.
    • Given Shinada's reputation in the city, any time he fights the thugs chances are they know someone Shinada owes and the money is written off as an iou. So it isn't money he earned that he is spending, but the money he owe at some point to another person or just used to pay off the tab on someone else's dime.
  • He Knows Too Much: The very moment he looks into the scandal from 15 years ago, everyone and everything around him is out to kill him. None of the others have ever had QTE's popping up simply by walking around town!
  • Heroic BSoD: After he discovers that Fujita tried to have him killed, and everyone that he considers s friend is part of the Nagoya Family, he decides to skip town instead of finding out the truth. Thankfully Takasugi is there to snap him out of it.
  • Heroic Build: He might be lazy, but that sure as hell doesn't include his training regimen which consists of 5,000 swings, 1,000 sit ups, and 1,000 push-ups every day. And the work shows.
  • Honor Before Reason: Suffers it the most out of any character. After Daigo reveals himself and gives him the money he promised, Shinada absolutely refuses to accept what could possibly be dirty money, even after Daigo tells him he won't be able to get back on his feet and pay off his loans without it. In the end, he gives all of the money to Takasugi, wanting him to spend the rest of the money to give his kids a good life (and Takasugi's not even married), which leaves Shinada next to nothing.
    • Earn Your Happy Ending: But since Takasugi didn't had family anyways, he considers the debt forgiven and repays the gratitude for helping everyone in Kineicho through the events and tells him that everyone in Kineicho misses him and more importantly, Milky is waiting for him for a bareback session for 3000 yen.
  • I Know Madden Kombat: Played with in that while he uses a lot of baseball-inspired moves in his combat style and specializes in weapons, he refuses to use baseball bats as weapons. If he gets his hands on one in a fight, he takes a moment to look at it nostalgically before setting it on the ground.
  • Keet: Has his moments.
  • Knight In Sour Armor: What happened 15 years ago has left him very bitter.
  • Lazy Bum: He's lazy, down on his luck, indebted to several people, doesn't bother to find a real job, and constantly misses deadlines with the simple one that he has. As some others point out, he only gets by from taking advantage of the goodwill of others.
  • Leitmotif: "What a FUNKTASTIC hit"
  • Likes Older Women: He likes all women, but he prefers Milky who's older than him.
  • Limit Break: His Climax HEAT attacks, which have a lot of improvisation with weapons and are less refined than his comrades':
    • My Essence of Bashing: When equipped with a blunt, baseball bat-esque weapon, Shinada ricochets it several times off an enemy before swinging for the head.
    • My Essence of Dragging: Shinada trips and enemy, grabs their legs, and drags them on the ground face-first.
    • My Essence of Whirlwind: With a longer weapon, Shinada can spin it around like a tornado to launch enemies and slam them down.
  • Lovable Coward: Not a coward by average standards, but in a franchise full of veteran street fighters and hardened criminals he's the only one who's actually afraid of shady characters like thugs, loansharks and Yakuza. That changes.
  • Multi-Melee Master: Starts with higher mastery than any of the other characters with most weapons. He also gets special weapons with infinite durability, Climax Heat moves using weapons, and has unique Heat actions for when he draws a weapon out.
  • Naïve Newcomer: Since Kineicho is supposedly free of the yakuza, he's not familiar with them or how they operate, and is clearly in over his head when he accepts the job to find the truth behind the scandal years before.
  • New Meat: He gets this treatment when the group is challenged by the Amon clan and fights in Tanimura's absence. He's anything but thrilled to fight against a clan of dangerous assassins, which Saejima in particular calls him out for, while Sango sees him as just another target to destroy.
  • Only Sane Man: Compared to the group of yakuza and yakuza-adjacent fighters he falls into due to the events of Yakuza 5. Shinada is a civilian sucked into yakuza matters, and he is constantly questioning his companions' willingness to take on impossible odds, or their obsession with stopping the conspiracy.
  • Plucky Comic Relief: Almost every one of his faults and shortcomings are Played for Laughs throughout his story, and he patronizes his enemies like none other.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Kiryu, Akiyama and Saejima's blue.
  • The Reveal: He's Daigo Dojima's friend from high school.
  • Sacrificial Lion: Was sacrificed to ensure Tojo and Omi would get the hell out of Nagoya, installing a long period of peace without Omi and Tojo duking it out in the streets.
  • Tender Tears: After defeating Baba in the Japan Dome and hearing from Takasugi about him earning a special service from Milky for a good discount and how much the locals of Kineicho missed him so much.
  • The Scapegoat: Was banned because he was accused of cheating. The team did cheat; he just never knew about it, which makes him very similar to the famous American baseball player Shoeless Joe Jackson.
  • The Slacker: If it wasn't for the Mysterious Backer appearing before him and having Takasugi accept the job for him, he'd probably still be sleeping in and missing out on his debts.
  • Spanner in the Works: Kurosawa clearly wasn't expecting him to interfere with his back-up plan.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: To Tanimura, he's also well versed in chaining Heat moves after normal attacks, with more emphasis on weapons than Tanimura's counters and grapples.
  • Weak, but Skilled: Not Shinada himself, but his unique weapons. They're not as strong as other weapons, but they can't be broken, allowing Shinada to almost have a Stance System.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: He's not mentioned at all in any games following 5, even though 6 features an entirely new baseball minigame.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: Some of his Heat moves involve a snap DDT and a Boston crab.

The Tojo Clan

    Minoru Aoyama 

Voiced by: Kenyuu Horiuchi

Current chief of Tojo headquarters, and assistant to Daigo Dojima. A shrewd man who runs the Tojo Clan like a tight ship, eliminating any weaknesses. He has promoted newer families that pledge loyalty and produce results, while mercilessly cutting off senior families that cause scandals, and this severity has earned him criticism. Although he doesn't bring as much muscle to the table as the Majima Family, there's no doubt he's the real second in command of the Tojo Clan now. He planned to kill Daigo during negotiations with the Yamagasa family but Daigo caught on and went underground, but the truth is that he was ordered to bring Kiryu out of hiding.

  • Brains and Brawn: The Brains to Watase's Brawn.
  • Boom, Headshot!: Killed by Morinaga before spilling the beans on who he was taking orders from.
  • Fatal Flaw: His pride in his own intelligence. While he is smart, to survive and succeed in the underworld you need to be both smart and strong, the latter of which Aoyama is sorely lacking as he's revealed to be a spineless coward when Kiryu tears through his thugs. Furthermore, he's not as smart as he thinks he is because his plans to get Daigo killed were too obvious, and he's just a pawn used by a far more experienced and intelligent mastermind.
    Kiryu: Guile can only get you so far in this game.
  • Killed Mid-Sentence: By Morinaga, as he was going to reveal his master's name.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He pins his own attempted murder on Madarame on Kiryu, Aizawa and Morinaga, leaving Yahata to think they were responsible.
  • Oh, Crap!: After Kiryu demolishes the Tojo Clan.
  • Smug Snake: Very, very arrogant.
  • The Starscream: To Daigo, he wants to take his place.
  • Villainous Breakdown: After Kiryu beats him, he's nothing more than a sniveling mess.
  • Xanatos Gambit: He tries to get Daigo killed to take his place. When Daigo catches on and goes into hiding, he takes the leadership of the Tojo Clan as Acting Chairman anyway.

    Yuu Morinaga 

Voiced by: Hiroki Tochi

Bodyguard to Tojo Clan Chairman Daigo Dojima. Always cordial and willing to follow his orders to the letter, he carries out his duties together with Aizawa. He was held responsible for Daigo's disappearance after the talks with Madarame in Nagasugai and searched the area for him frantically with Aizawa, and seeks Kiryu's help in finding him.

  • Blood Brothers: With Aizawa.
  • Decoy Antagonist: He's set up to be one of the game's major villains that lures Kiryu and the others to Tokyo, but gets taken out long before they arrive.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: When Kiryu and the others finally reach Tokyo and are ready to face him, he's already dead.
  • Dual Boss: He's fought alongside Aizawa when Kiryu refuses to cooperate in their search for Daigo.
  • Killed Offscreen: When Saejima reaches Kamurocho, Kage informs him where they can find Morinaga: the morgue. Aizawa tells Kiryu that he was the one who killed him when he proved too much of a hassle to handle for his boss' plans.
  • Know When to Fold 'Em: Realises he doesn't stand a chance against Kiryu and advises he and Aizawa just bail Aizawa kills him or it.
  • The Mole: He is part of the Omi Alliance and is actually infiltrating the Tojo clan.
  • Those Two Guys: With Aizawa.
  • Unexplained Recovery: He gets shot multiple times by Aoyama with bloodshed and all. But a couple of days after that, he shows up at the battle between the Tojo Clan and the Yamagasa Family like nothing happened to him. Kiryu theorizes that it was all a set-up, but Morinaga is evasive.

    Masato Aizawa 

Voiced by: Hiroki Yasumoto

Bodyguard to Tojo Clan Chairman Daigo Dojima. He is normally silent at Morinaga's side, but once riled up, it's hard to calm him down. He's put in a tight spot after Daigo vanishes following the talks with Madarame in Nagasugai, and searches for him everywhere with Morinaga. He survives his supposed death by Morinaga and ends up in Tokyo where he meets Saejima, and they fight to discover Morinaga's whereabouts.

  • Ambition Is Evil: Wishes to be at the top of the yakuza world, and to this end he infiltrates the Tojo clan. But he won't be satisfied unless he's able to beat Kiryu.
  • Animal Motifs: The carp. The legends say that a carp can ascend into a dragon, symbolising Aizawa's desire to surpass Kiryu, the Dragon of Dojima.
  • Blood Brothers: With Morinaga.
  • Brawler Lock: Gets into this with Kiryu and actually overpowers and pushes him back quite a bit at first. Kiryu can turn the tables and send him flying.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: Lifts a huge wooden structure with one hand and throws it across a room in an attempt to hit Kiryu with it.
  • Driven by Envy: He's jealous of how Kiryu is considered The Paragon of the yakuza, and to this end wishes to defeat him.
  • Dragon-in-Chief: He isn't the Big Bad, but he's defeated after the real Big Bad surrenders. He's far stronger too.
  • Dual Boss: He's fought alongside Morinaga when Kiryu refuses to help them find Daigo.
  • Dumb Muscle: He's a big and tough guy but he's not so bright and tough to control, having to rely on Morinaga a lot to keep him on track and calm him down.
    • Obfuscating Stupidity: It's all part of an act. He's a completely different person when Kiryu arrives to the Tojo Clan Headquarters.
  • Foil: Ironically, to Akira Nishikiyama from the first game. Both men bore koi tattoos and have a severe chip on a shoulder as well as being seen as utterly inferior to their Dragon counterpart. However, whereas Nishikiyama slowly loses control of his life which led to his fall. Aizawa always had things under control at the expense of his morality and nearly well made it to top despite Kiryu's interference
  • Final Boss: For Kiryu in Yakuza 5, and, ultimately, for the whole of the game.
  • Foreshadowing: When Saejima meets him, he seems on the losing end in an Arena Battle. All of a sudden, Aizawa ignores the pain, stands up and goes Extreme Mêlée Revenge on his opponent and turns the tides in one brutal Curb-Stomp Battle. This is a hint that he's far stronger than he seems.
  • Healing Factor: Can restore a portion of his health during the final phase of his boss fight, radiating with intense flames and being invincible while doing so.
  • Legendary Carp: He has a carp tattoo on his back, and serves as the final enemy to the Dragon of Dojima in the fifth game.
  • Leitmotif: "The Battle For The Dream".
  • Made of Iron: He can take A LOT of punishment. During the Final Battle with Kiryu he is slammed face first into the floor from 2-stories high, gets a knee in the face and sent flying through a door, but he still keeps on going.
  • The Mole: Like Morinaga, he's one for the Omi Alliance and is infiltrating the Tojo clan.
  • Purple Is Powerful: He wears a royal purple shirt. This tells you that he is the strongest (and healthiest) of all the boss characters in the game.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: His Heat Aura is Pink.
  • The Reveal: He's the son of the game's Big Bad.
  • Recurring Boss: Faced more than once in the game.
  • Sequential Boss: At the end, he's the last boss fought after Majima, Baba and Kanai.
  • Tattooed Crook: A Carp, and much like Nishiki, it reflects his ambition to be at the top of the yakuza world.
  • Those Two Guys: With Morinaga.
  • Villain in a White Suit: When you see him as the Final Boss, he has his appearance changed and it looks obviously similar to Kiryu's suit, with a white coat and pants.
  • Willfully Weak: He's fought several times in the story, but was always holding back until the Final Battle to reveal that he was actually a match for Kiryu all along.note 

Yamagasa Family

    Tadashi Madarame 

Voiced by: Kenji Utsumi

The Patriarch of the Yamagasa Family, a yakuza group that controls the Nagasugai entertainment district in Fukuoka. He knows the Yamagasa Family pales in comparison to the Tojo Clan and Omi Alliance, and prefers peaceful ties over conflict. Being old-school yakuza, he values etiquette and he even treats the much younger Chairman Daigo Dojima with the respect of an equal.

  • A Father to His Men: His men are mad loyal to him.
  • Good Old Ways: An old school yakuza who prefers etiquette and negotiations to violence.
  • It's Up to You: Madarame leaves the fate of the Yamagasa family up to Kiryu, and gives him the task of telling to his men that he retires and disband the family.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: He's a reasonable man who always tries to resort to non-violent ways with the other yakuza clans and families. He also treats his men like family.


Voiced by: Kenji Hamada

Yamagasa Family Lieutenant. A typical hot-headed man from the mainland who tends to let his fists do the talking. Fiercely loyal, he wouldn't hesitate to lay his life on the line for his boss Madarame. He fights Kiryu after Aoyama fingers him for the attack on Madarame. He swears revenge on the Tojo Clan and was prepared to go to war, but Kiryu convinced him to leave the fate of the Yamagasa family in his hands.


Nagasugai Residents

    Youtaro Nakajima 

Voiced by: Naomi Kusumi

Owner of the Nagasu Taxi Co. Despite the pressures of running a new taxi company in a place like Nagasugai, where competitions between rival cab firms is fierce, he always has a smile on his face. A 30-year veteran of the industry, his employees have a lot of trust in him. Like many men from the mainland, he's laid back and loves to drink. Six months before game's events, he found Kiryu wandering Hakata and gave him a job, taking him under his wing.

  • A Father to His Men: He gave Kiryu a job when he was a his lowest point. He also makes a point of getting to know his employees and treating them like family.
  • The Atoner: In a roundabout way. He used to be a street racer, but losing his wife in a traffic accident made him realize the risks of such an activity: he now promotes safe driving in his own taxi company.
  • Benevolent Boss: Although he doesn't have the best reputation among the other cab firms, his employees hold him in high regard, and he wants nothing more than for them to be happy working at his company. He even takes Kiryu out drinking and to a hostess club early on.
  • Megane
  • Nice Guy: He's very friendly with Kiryu, even though he suspects there is more to him than meets the eye. He also claims that his kindness has backfired on him before.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: For a boss, he's very thoughtful of his men. Kiryu can't have anyone badmouth him.
  • Red Baron: Known as one of the Three Musketeers, and the fastest among them.
  • Retired Badass: The Founder of the Devil Killers, and was the fastest of Fukuoka in his youth.


Voiced by: Nana Katase

A hostess at the Club Olivier in Nagasugai. She came to like Kiryu after he saved her from some local Yakuzas. After that, she visits his apartment occasionally and takes care of him like a housewife would, whether he likes it or not. It turns out she is the daughter of Yamagasa patriarch Madarame, and serves as a mole for him. She feels guilty for deceiving Kiryu, as her feelings for him were real. But she couldn't share this with him, as she knew he would someday leave her.

  • Advertised Extra: She's shown on the game's cover as one of its major characters, but despite being revealed as Madarame's daughter and his mole, she doesn't really play a major role in the game's overall story outside of Kiryu's chapter. Notably, she is also one of the few characters who doesn't come Back for the Finale.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: It's clear that she has feelings for Kiryu, but he doesn't reciprocate. He knew right from the beginning that she was a mole for someone, although her feelings for him are real.
  • Becoming the Mask: She's a mole for Madarame, who was simply sent to look after Kiryu and keep tabs on him. However, she genuinely fell for him.
  • Expy: Of Yumi Sawamura, Kiryu's former lover. Having a strikingly similar hairstyle from when they were younger and before Yumi gave birth to Haruka.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: She's modeled after her voice actress.
  • Lady in Red: She's first seen wearing a red dress at a hostess bar Kiryu and his boss visit, and she's revealed to be involved with Kiryu shortly afterward.
  • The Mole: For Madarame, her father. However, it was Daigo that requested they both look after Kiryu to protect him and his secret identity.

    Sosuke Komaki 

Voiced by: Hirasawa Shin'nosuke

A young martial artist Kiryu meets in Nagasugai. He's the grandson of Sotaro Komaki, having trained under him. He introduces himself by wanting to defeat Kiryu as part of his goal to surpass his grandfather. But seeing as Kiryu has lost his edge, he decides to help him get it back instead so he can fight him at his full strength.

  • Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: The kid's very much full of himself given his skill and good looks.
  • Berserk Button: Implying he's actually insecure over his abilities is bound to piss him off.
  • Bishounen: He looks like he should be a host instead of a martial artist.
  • Brilliant, but Lazy: He's a gifted martial artist, but would rather brawl and pick up girls than train seriously.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: When he meets his grandfather in Kamurocho, the first thing he does is call the Old Master out for abandoning his family and instead running a dojo as if it were a fitness class and teaching the Komaki arts to homeless people.
  • Dual Boss: In Kamurocho, he's fought alongside his grandfather.
  • Hidden Depths: He's a bundle of insecurities beneath that boisterous attitude of his.
  • Inferiority Superiority Complex: Despite acting like he's the greatest gift to mankind for his skill, youth and looks, he's really just frustrated over how his grandfather chastised him for getting revenge on some bullies from his youth, and that his fighting style is really more about violence than anything.
  • Insufferable Genius: He likes to brag about how great he is, which is frustrating considering that he is a very good fighter.
  • Leitmotif: "The COOL GUY SOSUKE."
  • No Social Skills: Aside from his rude demeanor, he's not as good with the ladies as he lets on.
  • Tragic Dropout: His parents were tricked into taking out a huge loan, causing him to drop out of high school and leave home. Although his parents were able to get the situation under control to some degree, they still couldn't afford to further his education.
  • Turns Red: As the one who teaches Kiryu how to use Red Heat, when he's taken enough of a beating he'll engulf himself in a red aura that practically makes him unstoppable, at least until he cools off.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Although he's trained in the Komaki fighting arts, his fighting style has become fueled by anger and violence, which is best demonstrated when he goes into Red Heat mode. While it makes him a powerful opponent, it's also the reason he won't be able to surpass his grandfather.
    Sotaro Komaki: His grudge against me is a powerful force that fuels his ambition.
    Kiryu: Maybe, but strength born of grudges and vengeance don't always turn out for the better.
    Sotaro Komaki: That goes without saying. That's why he cannot best me the way he is now, no matter how hard he tries.
  • "Well Done, Grandson!" Guy: Kiryu realizes that deep inside, Sosuke really just wants his grandfather's respect and approval as an exceptional fighter, as well as a man. However, he's also at the age where he needs to figure things out on his own.


    Kazuhiko Serizawa / The Osaka Detective 

Voiced by: Eiji Okuda

A detective with the organized crime unit of the Osaka Prefectural Police. He's trying to stop the impeding war between Omi and Tojo, without involving the Tokyo Metropolitan Police, and is following all of the events of the game very closely. He meets with Kiryu in Fukuoka and Saejima in Sapporo, and persuade both of them to go to Tokyo. He meets Akiyama in Osaka and warns him about Ousaka Enterprises' involvement, but tells him to stay out of it.

  • Bearer of Bad News: He's the one who report most of the bad news to the main characters when he meets them.
  • Catchphrase: "Don't underestimate the police."
  • Guile Hero: He's very manipulative for a police officer.
  • Mr. Exposition: He often gives the characters quick update on how the story unfolds in other chapters. He seems to know a lot more that he should be able to, and seems to arrive and leave at the worst times.
  • Walking Spoiler: To see his true identity and motives, see the last entry on this page.

Abashiri Prison

    Shigeki Baba 

Voiced by: Shunsuke Daitou

One of Saejima's roommates from Abashiri's Prison in Yakuza 5, Baba treats him like an older brother because they are both yakuza, and is in jail for killing people. Having been imprisoned for ten years, he claims he had been thrown out by his old yakuza family and is scared to what awaits him outside once he's free.

  • Anti-Villain: He may have worked with Kugihara so he can kill Saejima and is part of the mastermind's evil plan, but he is emotionally vulnerable and has trouble trying to reform.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Baba seems to have a dark past and clearly sees himself as an irredeemable person, and becomes conflicted when he's treated with the kindness and respect he doesn't think he deserves. Which is why he can't go through with killing Saejima, and after meeting Kiryu and Haruka, can't bring himself to kill the latter.
  • Becoming the Mask: He was planted as one of Saejima's prison mates to control his sentence and use him for someone else's purposes, but he has a change of heart after Saejima saves his life and has a massive Heroic BSoD due to the guilt of his betrayal when he's exposed, wishing Saejima would continue to see him as a true brother.
  • Big NO: When Saejima calls him brother, showing that he really cares for him, Baba shouts "STOOOOOOOP" as he starts crying.
  • Blood Brothers: Eventually becomes Saejima's.
  • Defeat Means Friendship: Becomes Saejima's ally after he defeats him.
  • Easily Forgiven: When he reveals the truth about himself and how he had been manipulating Saejima, Taiga still considers him a true brother in spite of everything and is determined to save him by words and fists.
  • Face-Heel Revolving Door: After shooting Kitakata, he reveals he was really sent to monitor Saejima to make sure he came to Tsukimino at the right time, using Kugihara to control the timing of his release. But he's clearly conflicted over his newfound respect for Saejima and refuses to kill him. He later arrives in Tokyo to attend the DREAM-LINE concert under orders to assassinate Haruka, but as the others saw something he didn't see in himself, he couldn't go through with it.
  • Final Boss: For Shinada in 5.
  • Interrupted Suicide: He can't bring himself to kill Saejima due to his newfound admiration for him, and seeing as he'll be killed if he doesn't comply, he pulls the gun on himself instead. Saejima punches him in the face before he can pull the trigger.
    • He tries this again in the finale after he's beaten by Shinada, believing he's irredeemable, but it's his old prison mates who interfere.
  • Leitmotif:
    • "I Believe in You"
    • "The Mutual Fists", for the final battle with Shinada.
  • Man Behind the Man: Kugihara was actually working under him the entire time, although he works for a man higher than him.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He was pretending to be a scared and helpless kid the entire time in order to pull Saejima's strings and was working behind the scenes to control his sentence on behalf of his boss.
  • The Mole: He was sent by the Omi Alliance to control Saejima's sentence in prison and lure him to Tokyo.
  • Mr. Exposition: When Kiryu arrives in Tokyo, he tells him what his boss had planned for him and the others in the Tojo Clan.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: He's far more competent than he seems. Even when Saejima challenges him, he doesn't back down at all and can put up a decent fight against him.
  • Recurring Boss: He fights Saejima at the end of his chapter, Kiryu in the beginning of the last, and is Shinada's Final Boss.
  • The Scapegoat: Accused of using a chisel to stab someone in prison, with the aim of getting at Saejima. Subverted in that actually he did it.
  • Sequential Boss: At the end, he's fought after Majima and followed by Kanai and Aizawa.
  • Shrinking Violet: He's shy, doesn't talk much, and always seems to be scared of something. It's an act.
  • Spanner in the Works: Kurosawa clearly never expected Baba to form a kinship with Saejima. When Baba decides not to shoot Haruka, any leverage Kurosawa has over the protagonists is gone.
  • Tender Tears: When Saejima calls him brother and still believes him to be one, and when he tries to kill himself the second time in the finale.
  • Trojan Prisoner: He wasn't in prison by accident.
  • Villainous Breakdown: When he's exposed, he says he wishes he had died on the mountain so Saejima wouldn't discover his betrayal. Saejima still considers him a brother in spite of it all, which shocks Baba to the point where he can't shoot Taiga and pulls the gun on himself instead.
    • He suffers from this again in the finale after he's defeated by Shinada, believing he's irredeemable and not worthy of becoming Saejima's sworn brother.
  • Walking Spoiler: He's far more important to the overall plot than it seems.


Voiced by: Yoshiyuki Kono

An inmate who shares a room with Saejima. He is an easygoing guy and has a knack for cheering up his cellmates by telling stories of his past experiences, though it seems he exaggerates the finer details. Though not affiliated with the yakuza, he calls Saejima "Boss". He used to be a homicide detective that was brought in on corruption charges, but he keeps his past a secret, fearing others prisoners would hold a grudge against him.

  • Big Damn Heroes: After Saejima fights Kugihara for the last time, the latter pulls a gun, but Himura shoots him instead. Turns out the stories about him being a badass weren't false. He also saves Baba in the finale.
  • Blasting It Out of Their Hands: When Baba tries to kill himself again in the finale, it's Himura who shoots the gun out of his hand.
  • Unreliable Narrator: His stories also emphasize that he was quite the badass and womanizer, which none of the others believe. It turns out at least some of it is true.

    Heihachiro Oshima 

Voiced by: Hirohiko Kakegawa

Another inmate who shares Saejima's room. He's the oldest of the group. Not a lot gets past him. He's a legendary thief with more than 15,000 thefts under his belt for thirty years without getting caught, and intended to retire when he turned 60. When he discovered his wife left him at the same time, he decided to turn himself in. He also worked as a doctor prior to that.

  • Armor-Piercing Slap: He delivers one to Baba in the finale after his Interrupted Suicide, believing that only fools throw their lives away.
  • Chekhov's Skill: He reveals that he has a bit of medical history, allowing him to help Saejima after Kugihara's torture sessions. When Kosaka is stabbed by Kugihara during the outbreak, Himura reveals that Oshima managed to save him. His skills as a legendary thief also come in handy throughout the game's prison segment.
  • Cool Old Guy: He helps out Saejima when Baba's parole is threatened, and is more reliable than he appears.
  • Gentleman Thief: Referred to as such in-game. Going by the name "Businessman Heihachiro", he only stole from crooks, shady politicians and Corrupt Bureaucrats.

    Seiji Kosaka 

Voiced by: Takuya Kirimoto

The Deputy Warden at Abashiri. A cold and strict disciplinarian who punishes any breach of the rules, he has been known to revoke parole and extend sentences for the most minor infractions. He had his eyes on Saejima as a potential troublemaker. He mellows a bit to Saejima after the latter is expelled from Tojo Clan, and smells trouble coming after the warden is killed, knowing it relates to Saejima and Baba somehow, and helps them escape to find the truth.

  • Disney Death: When Saejima and Baba try to escape, he's stabbed and taken out by Kugihara. After Saejima and Baba take on the prisoners, Himura reveals that Oshima saved him.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: He may have a hatred for the yakuza, but he's not unreasonable toward Saejima. Especially when he's expelled from the Tojo Clan. This is seen again when he pulls some strings, allowing Oshima and Himura to attend the concert in Tokyo in order to save Baba.
  • To Be Lawful or Good: When Saejima's parole is denied and the warden is killed, Kosaka helps him and Baba escape, fearing they will be killed if they stay in prison. It also helps that the two seem repentant of their actions that landed them in the prison designed to reform them. Or so it seems...

    Hiroshi Kugihara 

Voiced by: Nobutoshi Canna

A prisoner of Abashiri. He came about 6 months prior to the events of the game, leads the woodworking crew and has many prisoners to his side. He's targeting Saejima, luring him to secluded storerooms and beating him to a pulp during exercise periods. His motive was to provoke Saejima info fighting him, so his sentence would be extended. The original plan, under Baba's orders, he was to start a riot so that Saejima could get away easier, but his hatred drove him to kill Saejima instead. Before he could do that, he was shot through the chest by Himura. He's revealed to be working for Baba all along.

  • Bald of Evil: Not a hair on his head, and a really nasty guy.
  • Body Horror: His face has one large scar from the forehead to the chin.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: He enjoys having his boys do this to Saejima to see if he'll fight back. Saejima returns the favor as he breaks out of prison, destroying his wrist so badly there's blood all over the snow.
  • Evil Laugh: A faint Joker-esque giggle.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: See above.
  • Hidden Badass: You might take him for a weakling, since he prefers to have his minions do the heavy lifting for him, but he's a fairly scrappy fighter.
  • King Mook: Leads the entire legion of prisoners after he literally took over the prison and tries to kill Saejima.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Accuses Baba of stabbing one of his roommates with a Chisel.
  • Obviously Evil: Bald, pale, ugly and creepy looking.
  • The Plan: He tries to force Saejima to commit violence acts in the prison so his sentence would be longer.
  • Trojan Prisoner: Clearly planted in the prison to cause trouble for Saejima.
  • Undeathly Pallor: Compared to the rest of the cast, his pale skin stands out.

Hunter Village


Voiced by: Hideyuki Hori

A man who saves Saejima and Baba when they get lost in the blizzard after they escape the Abashiri Prison. He's an old hunter who has a grudge against a giant bear living near his village. He isn't on good terms with the other hunters of the village, who blame him for a rampage caused by the same bear that occurred nine years before. Like Saejima, he escaped Abashiri some time ago and stayed to live in the village since.

  • The Atoner: He took the real Okudera's name and place in the village to atone for letting the real Okudera die.
  • The Chase: His goal is to hunt and kill the giant bear in the forest, Yama-oroshi.
  • Cruel to Be Kind: Tied in with The Reveal below, the villagers deliberately shunned Okudera to protect him because the police had come to the village asking about him after his escape from prison, and they figured that if they didn't know who he was, they wouldn't have to turn him in.
  • Foreshadowing: His story about breaking out of prison just to be saved by the very person he was sent to kill, who he came to look at as a friend and hesitated to kill, foreshadows what Baba becomes to Saejima.
  • The Reveal: The villagers were responsible for the rampage nine years ago, not him. Also, his true identity is the assassin Kiyoshi Sato, who also escaped from Abashiri to kill the real Okudera, who was expelled from a yakuza family and marked for death. Sato had a change of heart after Okudera saved his life, who was then killed by Yama-oroshi. His dying wish was for Sato to take his name and place.

Tsukimino Residents

    Taizo Kitakata 

Voiced by: Kōzō Shioya

Patriarch of the Kitakata Family, a yakuza group that controls Hokkaido's largest entertainment district, Tsukimino. He rules over the hawkers in the area, running events like the Snow Festival. He was approached about an alliance with the Tojo Clan by Goro Majima, but Majima's supposedly killed during the talks, making Kitakata the prime suspect. Before revealing the truth to Saejima, he's shot by Baba, going into coma.

  • He Knows Too Much: He's shot after he tells far too much to Saejima regarding Majima's death.
  • Mr. Exposition: His only screen time is to give Saejima exposition about Majima's whereabouts. Until he comes Back for the Finale.
  • Old Friend: The fact that he doesn't recognize Baba, a supposed former member of his family, is a dead indicator that maybe they don't know each other at all, foreshadowing Baba's betrayal.
    • Wham Line: When Saejima asks if Kitakata recognize Baba, Kitakata answers this:
    Kitakata: No, can't say I do.

Dyna Chair

    Mirei Park 

Voiced by: Romi Park

The president of Dyna Chair who has an exceptional knowledge about the world and the demands of the entertainment industry. She discovered Haruka at a bookstore sometime before the fifth game, and took her under her wing to raise her into a successful Pop Idol. She's a no-nonsense woman who is driven by results, and is largely the reason why Kiryu left the orphanage, believing Haruka's career would be ruined if her fans discovered her real past and his involvement in it, among other things. She's a big believer in passing one's dreams onto others, and is determined to turn Haruka into a big success.

  • Broken Bird: She was a former idol whose career ended when it was discovered she was secretly married and became pregnant at 18. She terminated the pregnancy without her husband's knowledge, which prompted him to leave her, all of which she viewed as necessary sacrifices for her career before it tanked and she realized she lost everything, including the ability to bear children again. It's evident that she wants to turn Haruka into the success she couldn't be, and achieve her own dream of creating an Idol success story.
  • Brutal Honesty: She doesn't sugarcoat any of her words, not even toward Haruka. But it's hard to argue against what she says.
  • Chekhov's Skill: After Ogita injures her right hand, she writes a memo using her left hand before going to Tokyo. She tells Haruka that she was originally left-handed, but her foster parents forced her to write using her right hand, which she notes is a once common but dying practice. When Akiyama and Haruka compare the handwriting on it to her suicide note, it's clear the note was forged based on the handwriting of her right hand, which she couldn't use, indicating she was murdered instead.
  • Determinator: Prior to the events of the game, she borrowed 300 million yen from Akiyama, which required she pass his Secret Test of Character. It's shown that he had her become a number one hostess at a club and had her "make money using her body" (ie. construction work) to prove herself, and Akiyama realizes it was all not just for her dream, but also for Haruka's sake.
  • Driven to Suicide: She dies in Haruka's chapter shortly after the two become closer and go shopping together. However, it's revealed to be a cover up for a murder.
  • Ice Queen: She's a very cold woman who doesn't sugarcoat things and refuses to accept failure of any kind, which has made her several enemies. Her aggressive nature is what drove T-Set to defect to Osaka Talents. Or so they thought.
  • Jerkass Has a Point:
    • Enough to convince Kiryu that he's unintentionally setting up the kids at the orphanage for failure. She also warns Haruka about the harsh consequences of failure and the hardships that come with being in the entertainment industry.
    • She's determined to keep the public from learning the truth behind Haruka's Dark and Troubled Past. Yakuza 6 shows that her fears were very well-founded.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: In spite of her harsh personality, she clearly has a soft spot for Haruka and genuinely believes in her potential. It becomes evident in her final moments that she sacrificed a lot for Haruka as well as her own dream.
  • Killed Offscreen: She's found dead near Dyna Chair's office by Horie in what appears to be suicide. When it's discovered she was actually murdered instead, Ogita reveals that he accidentally killed her by beating her head repeatedly against the floor, fueled out of revenge for screwing him over.
  • Leonine Contract: Pulls one on Ogita. See Moving the Goalposts.
  • Manipulative Bitch: A more benevolent example than most, but she's not afraid of using fairly underhanded means to get she wants.
  • Moving the Goalposts: She initially hired Ogita to turn Haruka into a star within a year, then made it into six months. When he's fired, she reveals that she made one change to his contract before he signed it, which meant he'd only get paid if he got the job done, and wouldn't get a cent otherwise. She justifies this by telling him that the person with the money is the one with power, and is how the industry works. This is the reason he went overboard in interrogating her for the letter, which killed her.
  • New Old Flame: She was never mentioned in the previous games, but she's Majima's ex-wife. Their marriage was happy until she had an abortion without telling him and he left her, believing he was holding her back from her dreams. It's clear she was looking forward to seeing him again even if she had resigned herself to the chances of it being slim due to putting her life in danger and the fact that she and Majima had lived in completely different worlds for years.
  • Not So Different: She sees herself as this to Haruka. Being an idol was once her dream as well, and she also grew up without the love of her biological parents, who abused her before she could walk and talk.
  • Plot Coupon: She received a letter from Majima with how to contact him. The Omi Alliance and Tojo Clan are looking for it everywhere.
  • Team Mom: Park slowly begins to develop motherly tendencies toward Haruka, helping her with makeup and promises to improve her image. After a humiliating encounter with T-Set, which Park breaks up, she takes Haruka out shopping and visits an arcade, where she starts treating Haruka like the daughter she never had. Sadly, she's found dead the next morning.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech:
    • When Kiryu refuses to leave the orphanage and give up Haruka, she delivers an absolutely brutal one toward him, telling him that by giving the kids (including Haruka) such happy lives, they've become afraid of losing that happiness and will do anything to cling onto it, even sacrifice their own individual aspirations and dreams for it. She convinces him that the only way for them to explore life for themselves is for him to leave.
    • She also gives one to T-Set later when they humiliate Haruka in public, telling them the only reason they're going out of their way to embarrass and humiliate her is because they're afraid of her superior talents or have doubts of their own.
  • The Reveal: First is the scandal involving her failed marriage, terminated pregnancy, and Korean roots. After her death, it's revealed that her ex-husband, the one who wrote the letter, was none other than Goro Majima. And lastly, she and Katsuya are actually old friends and their rivalry is nothing but a ruse for the public; they had been working together from the beginning.
  • Sacrificial Lion: Not only does her death have a huge impact on the story, but toward the end of the game, Akiyama deducts that Park and Katsuya were the ones who leaked Majima's letter in order to draw out their enemies, and that Park gave Haruka the pen for her safe knowing she could be killed, entrusting Haruka to finish what she started. And despite saying she was looking forward to seeing Majima again, Akiyama believes she had no intention to, seeing as they were living in two different worlds after all these years.

    Hiroshi Horie 

Voiced by: Masaya Takatsuka

Haruka's manager. A good-natured guy who treats young Haruka with genuine kindness, but he can be slack in his duties sometimes.

  • Extreme Doormat: You wouldn't believe the amount of crap he gets from his boss or Ogita.
  • Fan Boy: Of idols in general, and of course Haruka.
  • Kansai Regional Accent
  • Megane
  • Nice Guy: He's probably the nicest guy of Dyna Chair.
  • Put on a Bus: He's knocked off a roof by Kanai, who came for Majima's letter after Mirei Park's death. He survives, but spends the rest of the game at the hospital. But he is Back for the Finale after Haruka finishes off her last song as part of DREAM-LINE with Mai and Azusa.

    Misa Yamaura 

Voiced by: Yuko Nagashima

Haruka's vocal coach. She was a singer herself once, but now she works behind the scenes.

    Kan Ogita 

Voiced by: Ryota Takeuchi

A freelance dance instructor. He initially signed a contract with Park to get Haruka ready in a year, but after the schedule was moved forward, he frantically tried to prepare her in 6 months. When the task was proved too much for him, Park terminated his contract and he was left out in the cold. Kanai of Ousaka Enterprises then hires him to retrieve the letter from Park's ex-husband in order to settle his debts. However, she refuses to tell him and he ends up killing her by accident, forcing Kanai to stage it as a suicide. Kanai later kills him for his repeated failures.

  • An Arm and a Leg: He loses his left arm by having it crushed by a trash compactor operated by Kamon Kanai.
  • The Cameo: He appears in Yakuza 0 as a dance opponent who takes Kamurocho's disco scene by storm. He even mentions if Kiryu ever has kids, he'd gladly teach them how to dance, although Kiryu thinks he's getting a bit ahead of himself.
  • Dance Battler: He practices Capoeira.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: He's not the nicest dance instructor and is a bit of a jerk toward Haruka, but when he tells Park that she needs more time and training to polish her skills, his concerns are actually valid and reasonable.
  • Kansai Regional Accent
  • Read the Fine Print: His failure to do so it what screws him over when he's fired. Park made one adjustment to his contract right before he signed it, which he was made aware of. He didn't realize it meant he'd only get paid if he successfully fulfilled his obligations, and wouldn't receive a cent otherwise.
  • The Scapegoat: When he's caught after Horie is thrown from the roof, he claims he wasn't at fault for what happened to Horie or Park, and was only acting on someone else's orders. Later, he does admit that he beat Park when trying to find her ex-husband's letter, still furious from earlier, and killed her by accident. And it was actually Kanai who tossed Horie off the roof.
  • Sequential Boss: He's the first boss fought in Akiyama's chapter, and Kanai is fought immediately afterward with no break in-between.
  • Would Hit a Girl: When he's fired, he knocks Park down and injures her right hand. When he later returns to interrogate her for the letter, he overdoes it and beats her to death by slamming her head into the floor repeatedly.


Voiced by: Masato Obara

A famous dance instructor. He rarely takes the stage himself, but he's famous around the world for his ability to extract talent from those he teaches. He doesn't seek money or power and only instructs those he see potential in. He becomes Haruka's instructor halfway in Haruka's chapter.

  • Brutal Honesty: He refuses to take in Haruka's friend Akari, telling her that like many people he rejects, her movements are robotic and aimed at pleasing a crowd, rather than a form of expression that comes from the heart. He does encourage her to discover it for herself and believes she can do it, but Akari's so hurt that she runs off instead.
  • Compassionate Critic: While he is direct and unflinching in his critiques, he does it because he wants to see artists truly express themselves instead of just doing what they think their audience wants.
  • Dark-Skinned Blonde: When Haruka sets out to find him, this is one of two things he's described by.
  • Doing It for the Art: In-universe. He can't be won over by money or fame, and only helps people whose heart and emotions can be reflected by dance. He decides to see his job through to the end even after Park dies.
  • Nice Guy: He's brusque in evaluating people, but he encourages talent and his praise is genuine.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: The second thing he's described as when Haruka looks for him.

Osaka Talents

    T-Set (Mai Sanada and Azusa Osawa) 

Voiced by: Ryoko Shiraishi (Mai Sanada), Ai Nonaka (Azusa Osawa)
Azusa on the left, Mai on the right.

A musical duo comprised of Mai Sanada and Azusa Osawa, who serve as Haruka's rivals during the Princess League. Talented and good looking on the outside, they're both proud but self-sufficient jerkasses on the inside who bully Haruka at every turn, jealous of the fast-rising and inexperienced underdog, and are determined to drive her out of the industry. They used to be part of Dyna Chair, but Park's aggressiveness made them defect to her rival talent agency.

  • Alpha Bitches: They are the most popular contenders for the Princess League, with both good looks and talent, and will stop at nothing to make sure Haruka doesn't surpass them.
  • Bitch Alert: The first thing they do when they see Haruka is trip her, causing her to spill coffee on a producer, which gives him a terrible first impression of her.
  • The Bully: See Kick the Dog. With some exceptions, both of them bully Haruka whenever they encounter each other.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: When Haruka is approached by a man who tries to convince her to sleep her way up the ladder with him, Asuza steps in and puts a stop to it, although she claims she did it because he made her and several other idols the same offer and wouldn't let him have his way.
  • Expy: When they and Haruka become DREAM-LINE, the red and white performing costume makes Asuza look a lot like Sun Shangxiang.
  • Jerkasses: They are highly antagonistic of Haruka and they don't waste any time in showing it. Even Nakai tells them they could use more of Haruka's attitude.
  • Kick the Dog: Frequently to Haruka. Not only do they bully her at every opportunity, Mai destroys Haruka's gift to Park, and both are quick to shove Horie's trip to the hospital to Haruka's face.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: Their performing costumes are black and red and they are Haruka's biggest bullies. However, when the climax rolls in and merge with Haruka as DREAM-LINE, their performing costumes' second colour changes to white, making them Red And White And Good All Over.
  • The Rival: To Haruka during the Princess League.
    • Rivals Team Up: Following the Princess League finals, Haruka, Mai, and Azusa team up to form DREAM-LINE.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: If the player chooses to forfeit the final round of the Princess League, leading T-Set to win by default, Mai goes out of her way to get into contact with Haruka to get some answers and becomes far more sympathetic to her after learning what was happening the whole time. Mai leaves a voicemail telling Haruka that Nakai didn't mean it when he made the deal with her to join them if she lost, but if she wanted to join Osaka Talents, they'd all gladly welcome her.
    • They're also much nicer and look out for her when they perform in Tokyo together.
  • Worthy Opponent: Regardless of whether Haruka wins or loses the Princess League finals, they'll admit either way that they were impressed with Haruka's performance and admire her dedication, and Haruka tells them she wouldn't have pushed herself so hard had her rivals been anyone else. If the player decides to forfeit the final round as mentioned above, Mai will tell Haruka in her voicemail that she didn't consider their win by default to be a true victory, and that they'll be waiting to challenge her again when she returns to Osaka. Regardless of the choices made, they team up together to form DREAM-LINE in the game's climax.
  • Villains with Good Publicity: To Yamaura's bewilderment, the audience can't see past their looks and talents to see them for who they really are, and are adored by the media and their fans.


Voiced by: Shinichi Yamada

A mean looking guy who acts as T-Set's manager and looks like a yakuza. As the new stars of Osaka Talent, he is already promoting them aggressively. Like T-Set, he resents Dyna Chair for its strong performance in the Princess League despite them being an underdog, but seems to respect Haruka and thinks T-Set could learn a few things from her.

  • Hidden Heart of Gold: If Haruka forfeits the final round of the Princess League, she'll receive a voicemail from Mai, who confirms that the deal was nothing more than a ruse to light up the competitive spirits in both teams. In the end, he's really just an aggressive manager.
  • Jerkass: At least at the beginning, but he also doesn't let up after Park's death, goading Haruka into making a deal that would make her defect to Osaka Talents if she loses the Princess League against T-Set.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: He's far more mellow when he's on your side after he discovers that Katsuya and Park were working together the whole time, and he's the one who proposes that Haruka and T-Set team up to form DREAM-LINE, which Park had planned along with Katsuya before her death.

    Naoki Katsuya 

Voiced by: Mitsuru Fukikoshi

He runs Osaka Talents, the leading talent agency in Kansai. He was a former action star that suffered an injury while filming in America, which put an end to his acting career. He's something of a business rival with Mirei Park of Dyna Chair. It turns out he's also a yakuza who holds the post of Omi Alliance chief of Headquarters and Chairman of Ousaka Enterprises, and is also one of the top contenders for the position of the next Chairman of the Omi Alliance.

  • Brains and Brawn: The Brain to Kanai and Watase's Brawn.
  • Card-Carrying Villain: He doesn't hide the fact that he's determined to do whatever it takes to put an end to Haruka's career as an Idol Singer so T-Set can take the spotlight, and even after Akiyama suspects that's he's not the antagonist he makes himself out to be, Katsuya nonchalantly claims his actions prove otherwise. Subverted. See Good All Along.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He's really not pleased that Kanai kidnapped the star idol of his rival agency, and even strikes a deal with Haruka to come alone for the letter, which could've gone along smoothly if Kanai didn't inferfere. He makes his underling pay for both.
  • Fan Disservice: For some reason there's a scene of him doing one-thumb push-ups butt naked.
  • Foreshadowing: When Akiyama meets him, he tells Katsuya repeatedly that he's a far better actor than he gives himself credit for, clearly voicing his suspicion of him and that he's hiding his true motives, not to mention his genuine disappointment after Park was killed. Indeed, but what Akiyama didn't realize is that he was hiding the fact that he was Good All Along.
  • Good All Along: Rescuing Haruka was not only a genuine act, but it's revealed toward the end that he and Park were really working together the entire time to discover the truth behind who was behind everything, and both planned to have both Haruka and T-Set join forces and perform at the Japan Dome as DREAM-LINE.
  • Leitmotif: "Collision of Our Souls". Shared with Watase.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The blue to Watase's red.
  • The Reveal: The rivalry between Osaka Talents and Dyna Chair (and by extension, him and Park) was nothing more than a ruse to create interest from the public, as he and Park were not only working together the entire time, but both of them and Majima go way back. He also planned with Park for Haruka and T-Set to team up and create DREAM-LINE, and tried to postpone the concert to draw out the mastermind while protecting her.
  • Sequential Boss: He's fought after Watase, followed by Kiryu or Saejima.
  • Taking the Bullet: At the game's climax, he takes a bullet for Watase after Kurosawa reveals himself, believing if anyone should become the next chairman, it's Watase. Thankfully he survives but ends up in a coma.
  • Tattooed Crook: A red-crowned crane.
  • Tranquil Fury: He always maintains a low, calm tone of voice, even while choking out and angrily dressing down Kanai for letting Akiyama get Haruka and the letter away from him or learning that his boss was the mastermind behind the numerous deaths and tragedies of the game.

Kineicho Locals

    Koichi Takasugi 

Voiced by: Show Aikawa

A Loan Shark in Kineicho who has been involved with Shinada ever since he arrived a year before the game's events, and he's rumored to have ties to the yakuza and the Nagoya Family. He's introduced as something of an antagonist to Shinada, as he's relentlessly following him and hounding him for the large amount of money he owes him, and uses threats and trickery to make sure he gets his hands on anything Shinada earns. But once Shinada's approached by a mysterious man who offers him a large sum of money for discovering the truth behind the incident 15 years ago, Takasugi takes it upon himself to see it through together with Shinada, and for more personal reasons beyond money. He actually has no yakuza ties and just uses rumors and intimidation to scare people into paying him back.

  • Berserk Button: When he reveals he has no ties to the actual yakuza, Uno calls him out for his bluffing and calls him a con-man, which makes him explode in anger.
  • Big Damn Heroes: When Shinada's tied up and about to be executed by the Nagoya family, Takasugi bursts in on a forklift and hoses everyone down with a fire extinguisher to save him, with a hilarious yell the whole time.
  • Broken Pedestal: Downplayed. He actually knew Shinada from the day he hit his famed home run and was one of his biggest fans 15 years ago, and is clearly not pleased how he turned out. When Shinada goes through a Heroic BSoD and believes the home run brought nothing but misery, Takasugi clearly voices his disappointment in him and angrily tells him that his home run meant something to some people, clearly referring to himself.
  • Cool Shades: Like the picture above.
  • Doting Parent: He tends to put down Shinada by bragging about his own children, and how they can easily figure out things at their age that Shinada can't. And it turns out he's not even married.
  • Honey Trap: A hilarious male variation of sorts. In order to get a certain Dirty Old Man back to his office, Takasugi (poorly) disguises his voice as a young woman over the phone to set up an appointment with him. It actually works.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Looks similar to his actor, up to the mole above his lip.
  • The Lancer: To Shinada, during his investigation of the baseball gambling scandal 15 years ago.
  • Large Ham: Especially when he's introduced. When he's hounding Shinada about his loan, his default tone of voice seems stuck on "screaming," and he's so over-the-top with his threats and coercion that it's more amusing and humorous than it is scary.
  • Leitmotif: "Bad news is coming", which plays during cutscenes that feature him.
  • Loan Shark: A sneaky one who's constantly hounding on Shinada to pay him back every cent he owes him. Just when it looks like Shinada catches a break and earns something he can buy food with, Takasugi's right there next to him and takes everything he can out of his hand.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Which lead many people to believe he's involved with the yakuza.


Voiced by: Tetsuo Sakaguchi

An acupuncturist in Kineicho, and an old friend with Shinada. He was the masseuse for the Wyverns 15 years ago but was fired when he got too close to the truth, and spends his free time trying to find new girls at hostess and masseuse clubs.

  • Dirty Old Man: He's obsessed with younger girls and will go to clubs just to ogle at the pictures. Takasugi takes advantage of this with hilarious results.


Voiced by: Maiko Toda

An erotic masseuse at the Futo Momo Club in Kineicho, who Shinada frequents and is head-over-heels for. Like many of Shinada's acquaintances from Kineicho, she is a member of the Nagoya family and lured Shinada into a trap when he got closer to the truth.

  • The Atoner: After Shinada's rescue, she and Ushijima convinced the others to turn themselves in along with themselves. They were eventually freed.
  • Becoming the Mask: As part of the Nagoya family, she's supposed to keep an eye on Shinada and make sure he doesn't learn or investigate things he shouldn't. When she's ordered to kill Shinada because He Knows Too Much, she can't do it.
  • Christmas Cake: She's in her 40's and is very sensitive about her age, but Shinada doesn't care and it's very easy to see why.
  • Decoy Damsel: She gets kidnapped by the Nagoya Family when Shinada learns too much. It's not just a trap, but one she helped set up.
  • Hooker with a Heart of Gold: Well, erotic masseuse, but she's still in the adult entertainment industry.
  • Love Interest: For Shinada.
    • Love-Interest Traitor: She's actually part of the Nagoya family and lures Shinada into a trap when he gets too deep into their affairs. But she can't bring herself to kill him and and tries to atone for her actions by turning herself in. Although she's freed shortly after, she attempts to reconcile with him.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Wears very flattering outfits.
  • Older Than She Looks: She's in her forties, but actually looks younger than Shinada who is 37.
  • The Reveal: She's part of the Nagoya family and works for Fujita, Shinada's old baseball coach.

    Fumiya Ushijima 

Voiced by: Hideyuki Umezu

Owner of a dining bar in Kineicho. Like other Nagoya establishments, he provides breakfast for the price of a cup of coffee, so the cash-strapped Shinada is a frequent customer. He's the head of the Kineicho Merchant Association.

  • The Atoner: After Shinada's rescue, he and Milky convinced the others to turn themselves in, along with themselves. They were eventually freed.
  • The Reveal: He's also a member of the Nagoya family. He tried warning Shinada and tried to silence him when he didn't listen, but Takasugi saved the day.

Baseball Players

    Yuki Sawada 

Voiced by: Keiji Hirai

Ace pitcher for the Tokyo Giants, with 197 wins to his name. The Rival to Shinada in baseball, he faced off with him 15 years ago during his last baseball match.

  • The Ace: The golden boy of the Japanese leagues...
    • Broken Ace: ...whose entire career has been rigged in his favor since high school.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: The climax of Shinada's chapter has him and Sawada take on members of the Kuroha Family together. They strike the pose right before the fight.
  • Worthy Opponent: Regards Shinada as one. They settle their rivalry with one last at-bat, with Shinada scoring a home run off his curve ball unlike fifteen years ago when it was a fast ball.


Voiced by: Junpei Morita

Manager of the Nagoya Wyverns when Shinada got caught up in the gambling scandal 15 years, and was forced to retire his position. He suddenly re-appears as the new manager of the Gigants, the opposing team at the time. He actually planned the gambling incident with the Kuroha Family to expel both Tojo Clan and Omi Alliance from Nagoya. He later formed formed the Nagoya family with locals who wanted to protect the peace in Nagoya. When Shinada started to investigate the truth behind the scandal, he ordered his men to silence him, but they were too attached to him and couldn't do it.

  • The Atoner: At the end of Shinada's chapter, he decides to come clean about the scandal fifteen years before in a memo. But then..
  • Boom, Headshot!: Before he can come out with the truth, he's shot dead by his boss. It's staged to look like a suicide, and the note is burned.
  • The Chessmaster: He's pretty much the cause of everything that happens in Shinada's chapter, past and present.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He planned the gambling scandal and made sure Shinada would took the fall for it so the Omi and Tojo clans would get out of the city. He's the current boss of the Nagoya family, made of non-yakuzas only.

    Atsushi Sakai 

Voiced by: Kunihiko Yasui

A former baseball player who played for the Wyverns, he mysteriously appears at the scene of a deadly accident, which Shinada suspects he caused. He attempts to kill Shinada when he starts going after the Nagoya Family, and later tells him that the team sacrificed him for the good of Nagoya.

  • Apologetic Attacker: He's fought as a boss and tells Shinada to forgive him. It's clear Sakai doesn't want to attack the man he looks up to.
  • Cool Hat: Wears a construction hat.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Literally. He's crushed by a balloon light tower meant for Shinada.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He pushes Shinada out of the way from getting crushed by a balloon light tower and gets crushed by it instead.
  • He Knows Too Much: He kills the shifty man before he can reveal anything to Shinada. He gets killed for the same reason.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: He feels guilty for playing a part in setting up Shinada 15 years ago, but doesn't regret it, believing it was for the good of Nagoya.
  • Irony: He kills the shifty man by dropping several steel beams on him from the top of a building, and is later killed by a small vehicle that was dropped from the top of another building.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Aside from his boss fight, he has barely any screen time.

    Kanji Manabe 

Voiced by: Yutaka Aoyama

He batted fourth for the Wyverns when the gambling scandal took place 15 years ago. After retiring, he opened a successful barbecue restaurant in town. He knew of the backroom dealings at the time, but he did what he was told to prolong his career. He warned Shinada that digging too deep into the past could cost him his life. He fights Shinada after Ushijima fails to silence him, but loses on purpose so Shinada could learn the truth. He turned himself in at Ushijima's behest but was released soon after that.

  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Shown to have this in a flashback. Justified since he could've been exposed for his involvement in the scandal.
  • Jerkass: He gives off this vibe when he meets Shinada again.
  • I Let You Win: He lets himself gets beaten by Shinada so he could learn the truth about the gambling scandal.

Omi Alliance

    Masaru Watase 

Voiced by: Rintarou Nishi

Known as the most militant in the Omi Alliance now that Ryuji Goda, the Dragon of Kansai, is gone. Kiryu meets him in Fukuoka, believing he was responsible for Daigo's disappearance, where Watase reveals he wanted to bring him out of hiding and wants him to rejoin the Tojo Clan to make it stronger, so it would be a Worthy Opponent worth going to war with once more. A charismatic leader who draws in several followers, he's a top contender to be the next Chairman of the Omi Alliance.

  • Blood Knight: He's very eager to go to war with the Tojo Clan, but only when it becomes strong again. Like Ryuji Goda, he's also out to show the world who is the strongest among them, and takes the first chance he has to fight Kiryu.
  • Brains and Brawn: The Brawn to Aoyama and Katsuya's Brain.
  • Chewing the Scenery: He's described as a man who wears his heart on his sleeve at all times. He's shown shouting wildly in almost every scene he appears in.
  • The Don: He ends up becoming the Chairman of the Omi Alliance in Like a Dragon… Only for him and Daigo to disband their organizations by the end.
  • Friendly Enemy: To Kiryu. He makes it clear to the Dragon of Dojima that he wants to go to war with the Tojo Clan with him at the helm, and even sets a couple of tough punks on him, but has nothing but genuine respect for the legendary taxi driver. He really wanted to have that drink...
  • Good Old Ways: Like Saejima, he's rather old fashioned about the yakuza.
  • Kansai Regional Accent
  • Leitmotif: "Collision of Our Souls". Shared with Katsuya. It makes a return in Like a Dragon when Ichiban calls for Watase's help.
  • Noble Demon: Despite his eagerness to crush the Tojo Clan, he treats the Fourth Chairman with nothing but respect and has nothing personal against him. He's clearly heartbroken in the climax when he and Katsuya are betrayed by their boss, and especially when Katsuya takes the bullet for him. In the end, he's more than willing to get down on his knees out of gratitude for Akiyama saving Kamurocho, who the latter notes that not many men would do.
  • Non-Standard Character Design: Compared to everyone else's completely realistic facial features, he looks almost cartoonish. This is much more apparent whenever he opens his mouth.
  • Sequential Boss: He's the first that's fought on the roof of Kamurocho Hills, followed by Katsuya and either Kiryu or Saejima.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: The red to Katsuya's blue.
  • Tattooed Crook: Watase's tattoo is based on the Asura King.
  • Unwitting Pawn: He and Katsuya were used by the Omi Chairman to draw out Kiryu and Saejima and have all four of them face off against each other, in which the Chairman would step in and kill all four of them afterwards. Unlike Katsuya, he had no idea what was going on.
  • Worthy Opponent: His desire for one of these is why he wants Kiryu to lead the Tojo Clan again. From his viewpoint, the current clan is so weak from infighting and scandals that it's not even worth crushing, so he wants Kiryu, a living legend among yakuza, back on top to make it something worth going to war with again.

    Kamon Kanai 

Voiced by: Hideo Ishikawa

Lieutenant of Ousaka Enterprises and works for Katsuya. He's as strong and tough as his massive frame suggests, to the point where little fazes him.

  • Cowardly Boss: The first time he's fought in the finale, he runs off before he's beaten.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: He crushes Ogita's arm with a trash compactor for failing to find Park's letter.
  • The Dragon: Supposedly Katsuya's, but he ultimately serves as Kurosawa's.
  • Final Boss: For Akiyama in 5.
  • Flunky Boss: He fights along with his underlings most of the time.
  • Gonk: To the point where his boss says it's bad for the yakuza to have people with his face in it.
  • Leitmotif:
    • "Dynamic & Magnificent"
    • "End of Rematch", for the final battle against Akiyama.
  • Made of Iron: Can take a shitload of punishment, even by the series' standards.
  • Recurring Boss: The first time you fight him, it won't be the last.
  • Sequential Boss: He's first fought immediately after Ogita. In the finale, he's fought after Majima and Baba, but before Aizawa.
  • Would Hit a Girl: He has Haruka kidnapped to get her to reveal where Park's letter is, and threatens to beat it out of her if she doesn't spill. Thank goodness Katsuya interferes.

    Tsubasa Kurosawa 

Voiced by: Eiji Okuda

The Seventh and current Chairman of the Omi Alliance who has been diagnosed with lung cancer, whose death would not only create a power struggle for the position of Chairman, but would mean the end of a truce that would lead to inevitable war between the Omi Alliance and the Tojo Clan. His goals are unclear, but he's clearly an enemy of the Tojo Clan, or at least his strongest members: Kazuma, Majima, Daigo and Saejima. He is later revealed to be once part of the Kuroha clan in Nagoya before joining the the Omi by becoming a fourth rate family doing the dirty work that Omi wouldn't touch.

  • Arch-Enemy: He is always hot on Akiyama's trail every time he catches him.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: Even with his defeat, he was able to do enough damage to the Tojo Clan that in 6, most of the former Tojo clan was jailed and replaced with the kind of people Kurosawa wanted in the Tojo, namely people who didn't believe in the Good Old Ways, and ultimately paved the way for the Tojo's explusion from Kamurocho.
  • Batman Gambit: Most of his plan rests on his enemies acting like they normally do.
  • Big Bad: He's the one plotting in the shadows and the real mastermind behind the game.
  • The Chessmaster: He's the one behind everything in the game. Everything.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: Being a fourth rate Yakuza family member who had to do all the dirty work and ascending to power by killing his boss and brother to become the head of his family has made Kurosawa a bitter and ruthless man at the core. He admits all his work in getting to the top has only gotten him authority but nothing in the way of respect or appreciation
  • Dark Is Evil: His choice of colours really show that he is definitely hiding something, foreshadowing his reveal.
  • Dirty Cop: A extreme example, being the Omi Alliance's Seventh Chairman while in the eyes of practically everyone but the Omi appearing to be a simple Osaka detective.
  • Incurable Cough of Death: He's terminally ill with cancer and is on his last legs.
  • Irony: He smokes when he's incognito as the Detective/Serizawa. He's terminally ill with lung cancer.
  • Lack of Empathy: Not only does he hate the Good Old Ways that Watase and Katsuya believe, thinking that strong men with dreams only draw in followers who are weak, but he says that since he took over as Chairman, he stopped looking at his underlings as people. Which is why he's more than willing to sacrifice many of them.
  • Luke, I Am Your Father: Turns out he's Masato Aizawa's father. Everything he does in the game is to give him a giant Yakuza empire as a legacy.
  • The Man Behind the Man: For Katsuya, Watase, Baba, Morinaga, Aoyama and Aizawa.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Plays most of the heroes and villains like puppets for most of the game.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: This man drives the plot, but is never properly fought due to his advanced illness.
  • Smug Snake: Even when he's forced to surrender, he thinks he's still won as long as Aizawa is given both Omi and Tojo clans on a platter.
  • Walking Spoiler: His identity his only revealed during the last chapter of the game. He's masquerading as the Osaka Detective, Kazuhiko Serizawa.
  • Would Hurt a Child: When he fails to have Kiryu, Saejima, Watase and Katsuya killed, he threatens to have Haruka shot and killed during the DREAM-LINE concert. He also uses this as leverage to have Saejima and Majima fight to the death.


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