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Embracing My True Self, originally titled Black Thunder in Yakuza 2, is the 1st Kanto mission in Yakuza 2 and the 3rd substory in Yakuza Kiwami 2.


When Kiryu talks to Yuya outside Stardust, Yuya offers him a drink on the house for helping with Kazuki. Yuya then says that Kazuki helped pick him up after his shady past, at which point a gang of bikers come in, demanding to see Yuya. Yuya tells them to leave, but the gang's leader Koji tells Yuya that they want someone called Okano, or 5 million yen, otherwise they will be back. After the gang leave, Kiryu exits the club to find Yuya's girlfriend Miyu standing outside. He asks her what all the fuss was about, and she explains that Yuya used to be the leader of the Black Thunder motorcycle gang. He had appointed Okano as the new leader but he ended up leaving, and Yuya owes ¥5,000,000 as a result. Kiryu asks her where Okano is now, but she is hesitant, as she does not want to cause trouble for him. Kiryu persuades her by making her consider what Yuya has to lose, and she says that Kiryu should ask at Earth Angel. Kiryu goes there automatically.

At Earth Angel, Kiryu asks the proprietress Ako about Okano, to which she appears upset and does not want to answer. Kiryu pushes the issue by explaining that Yuya is now in debt to the tune of 5 million yen, and she grudgingly says that she herself used to be Okano before she transitioned to female. As Kiryu goes to leave, he receives a phone call from a host at the club, saying that Black Thunder are back and tearing up the place.

Kiryu automatically returns to the club, to find the Black Thunder gang riding around the dancefloor on their kaizōsha modified bikes. Yuya threatens to beat them up, but Koji laughs him off saying that Yuya will not be able to do much harm on his own. At this point, Kiryu comes in, and they join forces to beat up the gang. When Koji's health is reduced to half, a cutscene starts. Yuya is flagging in the fight, when Ako comes in and throws him his old Black Thunder jacket. This starts the second phase of the fight, where the other members have recovered and now have weapons. After beating them, Yuya thanks Kiryu and he leaves the club. Ako then asks Yuya if he can set her up on a date with him.


  • The numerical value of the EXP earned as a reward for the original Yakuza 2 substory, 4649, can be read in Japanese as "yoroshiku" (よろしく, lit. "Pleased to meet you.") This is an example of a form of Japanese wordplay called goroawase.


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Yakuza 2 missions
1-9 Black ThunderBe My BabyThe Man Who Never LearnsThe Fake KiryuThe Exorcist
The Blackmailed AttackerThe Luxury CarThe Man With No MemoryTry and Hit Me
10-19 Pickpockets 1Pickpockets 2The Rare FigureThe Price of a ToothThe Ramen Shop Owner
The Kamurocho RipperThe Email JobIl Yu-Jin 1Il Yu-Jin 2Il Yu-Jin 3
20-29 Il Yu-Jin 4The Clerk at Ebisu Pawn KamurochoThe Gambling BossBeam's SecretThe Taxi Driver
American BaseballRyugujoHiroThe Shady VideoThe Ex-Boyfriend
30-39 The Enka LifeThis is for That 1 (Michael)This is for That 2This is for That 3This is for That 4
The ArsonistThe Secret PartyFemme FataleThe Manga ArtistPersonal Information
40-49 The FloristCommon Ground 1Common Ground 2Yuya's HelpArcade Showdown
The Owner of Earth AngelThe Barker on Showa St. East.Shigeru Kanamatsu: Kamurocho Reunion
Kazuya AmonJiro Amon
50-59 Sango AmonAmonHelping the Sunflower Orphanage 1The Kamurocho Hills Worker
Helping the Sunflower Orphanage 2Helping the Sunflower Orphanage 3
Helping the Sunflower Orphanage 4BowlingThe Slot AceShogi 2
60-69 MahjongThe Young Man by the TheaterThe Drunk at the ParkYuma from Jewel
Natsuki from JewelAnna from JewelKaren from ShineKaede from ShineMaiko from Shine
Managing the Marietta
1-9 The Billiken of TsukenkakuThe Watch DealerPregnancyDine-and-DashThe Troubled Comedy Duo
How to Never Lose at GamblingA Woman's TragedyA Present for a Girl 1A Present for a Girl 2
10-19 A Present for a Girl 3A Present for a Girl, EpilogueCouncilor Saeki: The Encounter
Councilor Saeki: InspirationCouncilor Saeki: Yoshida's BattleTatsuAlbatross Akagi's Club
Buy Me a DrinkYukiko's TastesThe Bloody Nose
20-29 The Mod God 1The Mod God 2The Mod God 3Revenge by Proxy 1Revenge by Proxy 2
Revenge by Proxy 3Revenge by Proxy 4
Shigeru Kanamatsu: The EncounterShigeru Kanamatsu: The GamerShigeru Kanamatsu: The Collector
30-39 Shogi 1The Maguttako EmployeeThe Sotenbori BarkerThe Sotenbori GuitaristJun from Prime
Madoka from PrimeAyano from PrimeNana, the Legendary Cabaret GirlWhite Lotus's Request 1
White Lotus's Request 2
40-41 White Lotus's Request 3The Martial Arts Youth

Yakuza Kiwami 2 substories
Be My BabyThe Legendary DragonEmbracing My True SelfRooftop RevengeSupporting Sunflower
Renovating SunflowerSunflower in BloomMr. Try and Hit MeAn Eccentric Errand
Smart FuturesKamurocho Forestry AssociationThe Cabaret KillerRags to Riches
A Whirlwind Dirt TourRising from the ShadowsSecret StashBeam's Backroom Cache
Welcome to the Modern AgeWe're All in This Together
Living the American DreamAgainst All OddsTo the Dragon PalaceGranny in PerilA Pervy Peddler
An Eye for WorkAn Eye for MeatAn Eye for PowerFeel the Heat!Komaki Fist Reversal
Komaki Firearm FlipDuel with the MentorBefriending the BarkerMama Under AttackA Soupy Sidekick
Exhausted on the JobKnee Deep in TroubleA High Energy WorkerKazuya AmonJiro Amon
Sango AmonThe Ultimate AssassinKiryu the BouncerLend a ClawOverwhelming Affluence
The Charming CouncilorThat's No JokeStolenThe Hunt for TatsuThe Obatarian Strikes Again
The Man Who Can't SingThe Woman Who Can't PlayCrazy for CathyThe Elusive Model 12
Clearing the FogYakuza SunsetIn the Name of ArtKazuma Kiryu, Professional Voice Actor
Albatross Akagi's ChallengeA Nose for Music
Helping the BarkerAn Ancient RivalryGranny's Request, Part 1Granny's Request, Part 2Granny's Request, Part 3
No Means NoA Mother's LoveThe Sharpest BladeOvercoming Your FearsOperation Panty Bait
What Was Passed DownAika, the Party QueenSomething ImportantBig Scoop: Yua in Love!?
Foil the Wedding Fraud!Treat Me Right