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Serena (セレナ), known as New Serena (ニューセレナ nyū serena) from Yakuza 3 onwards, is a bar located on Tenkaichi Street in Kamurocho. It commonly serves as a safe haven for Kazuma Kiryu and his friends, with its back room acting as a hideout.

History[]

Serena was established or purchased by Reina sometime in or before 1988. Kazuma Kiryu and Akira Nishikiyama became regulars after joining the Tojo Clan and moving to Kamurocho.

Yakuza 0[]

Set in 1988, seven years before the first chapter of the first game, Yakuza 0 reveals that the one who introduced Kiryu to Serena was actually Jun Oda who recommended he go there. There, Kiryu met Nishiki there and discovered he was a regular. This is also where Kiryu first met Reina.

Later in the game, during Goro Majima's storyline, he fights Nishiki in Serena, with Reina providing Nishiki assistance in the battle.

Like a Dragon: Prologue[]

In Like a Dragon: Prologue in 1990, Kiryu's and Nishiki's childhood friend Yumi Sawamura becomes a hostess at Serena.

Yakuza/Yakuza Kiwami[]

Kiryu, Nishiki and Yumi continue to patronize Serena regularly. This all changes on the night of October 1, 1995, when Sohei Dojima is killed by Nishiki. This causes Yumi to lose her memory and Kiryu to take the fall and go to prison. While Kiryu was behind bars, Yumi returned to Serena and worked there under the identity of "Mizuki", until opening her own bar, Ares. After Kiryu's release in 2005, he comes back to Serena to look for Yumi, not knowing that Reina is secretly working with Nishiki to find and track Kiryu.

Yakuza 2[]

During the events of Yakuza 2/Yakuza Kiwami 2 Serena is shown to be abandoned. Kiryu uses it as a hideout, where he cares for an injured Kaoru Sayama.

Yakuza 3[]

The bar is bought and reopened under the name New Serena by an unnamed woman (given the name "Mariko" in the original English-language release on PlayStation 3).

Yakuza 4[]

Makoto Date lends a helping hand, as the owner was absent to attend to her family. A space two floors above in the same building serves as the office of Sky Finance, a credit company owned by Shun Akiyama.

Yakuza 5[]

New Serena briefly serves as the main protagonists' base of operations, similar to Yakuza 4. Just prior to the finale, as well as in Premium Adventure, the four inactive protagonists will be in the bar. Each one can be switched to by interacting with them.

Yakuza 6[]

New Serena is still shown to be under the mama's ownership.

Yakuza: Like a Dragon[]

New Serena is still in operation during the events of Yakuza: Like a Dragon, and is still attended by Makoto Date. He allows Ichiban's party to use it as home base while they are in Kamurocho.

Spin-offs[]

Yakuza: Dead Souls[]

During the zombie outbreak, Akiyama brings a feverish Hana here to rest. When he returns, the bar has been ransacked and Hana kidnapped.

Trivia[]

  • In a number of Yakuza games, Serena serves as the location that the game's finale is launched from.
  • From Yakuza 3 onwards, the staircase at the back of the building is flipped, causing a misalignment with the location of the back door on the interior compared to the exterior. The staircase is flipped back starting in Yakuza 6, as the Dragon Engine's transitions between exterior and interior made the misalignment obvious.
    • In Yakuza 0, Serena is located on the third floor despite being located on the second floor in every other game, correcting the misalignment but causing another consistency issue.
    • In the PlayStation 2 games, the elevator to the bar is located some distance into the building and is located on the left from the street entrance. In the Dragon Engine games, the elevator is closer to the street but is located on the right from the entrance. In every other game, it is facing the street and is almost at the front of the building.
  • When photos are taken from within Serena in Yakuza 6, there is a chance that an image of Nishikiyama as a ghost will appear in them.

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Yakuza Kiwami[]

Yakuza 6[]

Yakuza Kiwami 2[]

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