Yakuza 5: the ‘Supporting Cast’ Edition

Yakuza 5 is now just a few days away and to get prepared for what’s been called the best title in the series, Sega has divvied out information on the game’s supporting cast. Today, like we did with our “Where Are They Now” piece, we will be detailing Yakuza 5’s less known, but still important cast of secondary and tertiary characters.

Masaru Watase

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Masaru is an imposing, ambitious lieutenant for the Omi Alliance who wants to be the next chairman. Wearing a permanent scowl of sorts, he has a reputation of not being the one to mess with. Watase wants the Tokyo-based yakuza — the Tojo Clan — to be at their strongest, because he would love nothing more than to have a good ol’ fashioned gang war.

Osaka Detective

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The stoic Osaka Detective is a mysterious figure that shows up in most of the protagonists’ storylines. He often drops important clues and “helps” steer the main characters towards a specific goal. Are these manipulations based on a personal vendetta or is there a larger picture that our protagonists can’t see?

Goro Majima

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This familiar face is the Mad Dog of the Shimano Family, Goro Majima — one of our favorite Yakuza characters (mostly because he’s bat-shit insane). He has a quick temper and a violent streak, but is loyal to his friends, in his own twisted way. Majima is up to his old tricks in Yakuza 5, but nothing important happens with him. Nope, nothing at all.

Hiroshi Kugihara

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This ghoulish looking dude here is Hiroshi Kugihara, a sadistic inmate doing hard time alongside Saejima. Although Saejima simply wants to carry out his prison sentence in peace, Kugihara and his accomplices attempt to make Saejima’s stretch a living hell by constantly beating him up. Saejima has been able to keep his cool and not retaliate, but this is Saejima we’re talking about and he can only hold off for so long…

Sosuke Komaki

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As you can see, Sosuke Komaki is all about fighting and rocking the 90s grunge look. Although Sosuke may seem like a bad guy for wanting to beat up Kiryu, he’s actually a trainer who helps Kiryu get back into shape. Long-time Yakuza fans may recognize the lineage of Sosuke’s fighting style…