Masaru Sera (世良 勝, Sera Masaru) is a recurring supporting character in the Yakuza series. Chronologically, he is first introduced as a major character in Yakuza 0; in this game, he is the President of the Tojo Clan's Nikkyo Consortium, a black ops group responsible for handling the clan's dirty work. He acts as an ally in the stories of both Kazuma Kiryu and Goro Majima. After the events of Yakuza 0, he is promoted to being the Tojo Clan's Third Chairman. He is also featured in Yakuza/Yakuza Kiwami as a supporting character. He also appears as the protagonist of the Sera and Kazama: Tojo Clan Classified event in Ryu ga Gotoku Online.
In Yakuza 0, Sera wears an off-white suit over a white dress shirt and a dark yellow tie, a pair of off-white dress pants and a pair of tan dress shoes. In his chairmanship days, he's usually seen wearing a set of off-white kimono with socks and a pair of sandals.
Sera appears as a calm, composed, yet assertive individual, all of which are commonly regarded qualities of a good leader. He also described himself as a cautious person, not entirely trusting on a certain result until he can verify it himself, to a point where in Yakuza 0 he challenges Majima into a fight just to prove how committed Majima is to protect Makoto Makimura.
He also appears to have a strong moral standard, shown in both of his appearances. In Yakuza 0, he's trying to protect Makoto Makimura from the ongoing tension, while in the first game and Kiwami, he engineered the 10 billion yen theft just to bring Jingu down after he realized that Jingu uses the clan to launder money.
Sera was an infamous student activist leader during the 1970s and was just 21 when he was arrested for protesting the government in 1977. Shortly after his prison sentence for his involvement in the riots, Shintaro Kazama scouted him as an aspiring member of Tojo Clan. Accepting the position, Sera joined the clan and created the Nikkyo Consortium.
Yakuza 0: 1988
As the conflict over the Empty Lot drags all three families into a state of war, Sera goes to Sotenbori after learning from Tachibana that Makoto Makimura, his sister, is the heir of the land after learning her grandfather entrusted it to one of their grandchildren. When Sagawa learned of Majima's attempt to save Makoto and get her out the city and uses a car bomb to kill Lee and finish off both Makoto and Majima, he denies Sagawa his bounty by shooting him and knock Majima unconscious then takes Makoto to Kamurocho as Tachibana wanted to see his sister again.
After handing Makoto over to Kiryu and Oda as well giving Makoto a cane with a hidden blade, he challenges Majima to a fight in exchange for telling who was keeping Makoto where Majima emerges victorious. He was then shot by Sagawa who wanted the death of a person in exchange for Majima's freedom and allows him to return to Kamurocho to kill Makoto together.
Sera meets Majima again shortly after Makoto was shot, he offers to save her on one condition: as Majima was given the right to hand the land over to anybody he wants, he gives it to Sera to save her. After Kiryu and Majima defeats the last two lieutenants of Dojima, Majima prepares to kill Lao Gui for his attempt on Makoto's life only to be stopped by Sera, who tells him if he kills Lao Gui, he is going to be no better than Dojima or Lao Gui and instead tells him to leave them for the authorities to put them in a cell. With the land secured, he secures the position of Tojo Clan Captain, eventually becoming the third chairman in 1993, bringing the clan to a long and stable reign with strong political alliance.
Yakuza/Yakuza Kiwami: 1995-2005
Akira Nishikiyama called an emergency meeting of all the captains of the Tojo Clan where he revealed that the 10 billion yen that the Clan had gained over the years had been stolen. Sera went to investigate what had happened to the money only to be assassinated when he found out what happened. The chairmanship was left open as a result, and the top captains; Kazama, Shimano, and Nishikiyama all vied for the position.
It is revealed in Kiwami the reason that Sera sent the assassin in prison to kill Kiryu (through his subordinate and new leader of the Nikkyo Consortium, Kunieda) after his arrest for the murder of Sohei Dojima was actually to save him. Sera intended for Kiryu to return to the clan as soon as he was able to, proven by Kiryu's expulsion from the clan, rather than complete banishment. However, because of Kiryu's crime, the other families would likely try to kill him; thus, Sera ordered the hit as a way of sending a message to the rest of the Tojo clan that Kazuma Kiryu is off limits, as well as testing Kiryu to see if he was worth saving. After the failed hit, Kiryu lived a quiet 10 years in prison, free from any other attempts at his life.
Suspecting his end to be near and that once he died all the lieutenants would claim his vacant seat, Sera also left the choice to Kazama to decide who would succeed him as the Fourth chairman of the Tojo Clan.
Kazama reveals that Sera was instrumental in stealing the 10 billion yen to obstruct the plans of Kyohei Jingu.
Despite his calm manners, Sera is a capable fighter. His moves mostly consist of slow, but otherwise precise combos and perfectly-timed counterattacks. His fighting style also emphasizes balance, with his combos and attacks almost never breaking his upright stance and posture, making him difficult to knock down. He emits a purple aura when in Heat mode.
- Masaru Sera bears a huge resemblance to Masaru Watase. In addition to having the same first name, they also have similar hairstyles, goatees and clothes. Their forename is shared with Masaru Ihara.
- Sera's first name was originally shortened to "Masa" in the English version of Yakuza 1.
Countdown image for the release of Yakuza's story chapter
- Found in Yakuza (2005) Booklet Character Bios