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Pocket Circuit Fighter (ポケサーファイター, Pokesā Faitā), also known by his real name Fujisawa, is a minor recurring character in the Yakuza series first introduced in Yakuza 0. He is a former commentator at Kamurocho's Pocket Circuit Stadium, and is a long-time friend of Kiryu.
Profile[edit | edit source]
He hails from Hiroshima. Sometime during the 1980s, he moved to Tokyo and landed a job at the Kamurocho Pocket Circuit indoor stadium.
Appearance[edit | edit source]
Pocket fighter has a parted hairstyle, which he does not appear to have changed in the 28 years from Yakuza 0 to Yakuza 6. During his time working at the Pocket Circuit Stadium, he wears a colorful blue, red, white, and yellow leather jumpsuit with a blue headband. After quitting this job and moving back to Onomichi, he changes his outfit to a white shirt with beige apron, although he still wears a headband. When he later appears in his Pocket Circuit Fighter outfit, it is the same as before, though it has noticeably faded colors. While managing the Dragon Kart minigame, he wears a navy blue jacket over his Pocket Circuit jumpsuit.
Personality[edit | edit source]
As a Pocket Circuit announcer, he is especially friendly with the local kids. He is notable for his fiery style of commentary. Due to the part-time nature of his occupation, however, he initially found it difficult to keep working and considered early retirement. Thanks to the support from Kiryu and the children of Pocket Circuit, his fire was rekindled and he was able to continue until 2005 when he got married.
As he grew older and fathered a son, Sakito, he lost confidence again and distanced himself from him, allowing his wife Misaki to raise him and put him through English lessons. With help from Kiryu once more, his old personality returned and he vows to be a real father for Sakito.
He works part-time as a commentator at Kamurocho's Pocket Circuit indoor stadium. Kiryu befriends him and soon become fond of the Pocket Circuit, and later gained fame for being the fastest Pocket Circuit racer in Kamurocho.
Substory: The Fighter's Successor[edit | edit source]
The Fighter met Kiryu in front of the stadium and both men quickly reminisce their younger days. Early on the encounter, he became depressed when he told Kiryu that he was granted the opportunity to work full-time but he failed the written exam making it imposible to acquire the full-time employee position. He also requested Kiryu that he needs a successor due to him getting married, so Kiryu helped him. When the Fighter gets a successor, he decided to retire and take over his family's long-established tofu business. Along the way, Kiryu met some of the fellow racers from back in the day: Hideki (who now works as a salaryman), Mika (who works at a local cafe), and Takuma (who works as a host in Stardust after failing to pursue a career as an F1 driver). The Fighter's marriage puts Kiryu and all the old-timers to a shock.
During the sub-story, The Fighter re-introduced Kiryu to the Pocket Circuit scene.
Substory: Pocket Circuit Fighter Returns[edit | edit source]
Eleven years after Kiwami takes place, the Fighter, now a married man and has a son, moves back to Hiroshima.
Kiryu first met him at a market during the substory "Pocket Circuit Fighter Returns", where the Fighter is promoting his tofu. There, both men reminisce the days when Kiryu was racing Pocket Circuit in Kamurocho. During the talk, Fighter's son arrived at the market and joined the conversation, where it was revealed that the Fighter sent his son to English Class everyday. Later, him and Kiryu find Sakito with two Yakuza guys, about to beat Sakito. Kiryu and the Fighter interfere, stopping the Yakuza from hitting Sakito, and two other Yakuza guys appear as backup for the two Yakuza. After Kiryu and Fighter save Sakito from the yakuza, Misaki, Fighter's wife, interrupts them and demands Sakito to go to his English class. Sakito refuses, expressing that he wants to know his father better. Fighter then realizes what a horrible father he has been, and tells Misaki to cancel the English Class. At first she refuses, but then Fighter releases his anger. Misaki agrees to cancel the English Class, so Fighter and Sakito can spend some quality time.
Trivia[edit | edit source]
- Pocket Circuit Fighter's real name and the name of his tofu shop, Fujisawa, is a reference to "Initial D", a popular street racing anime/manga series where the main character (whose surname is Fujiwara) also works in a tofu shop and has a passion for racing.
- Sakito, his son's name, is the phonetic spelling of "Circuit" in Japanese.
- A photo of Fighter and Kiryu, taken during the events of Yakuza 0, appears in the cutscene of the karaoke song Bakamitai -Sorrow- in Yakuza Kiwami. The same picture appears in Yakuza 6 when they finally recognize each other.
- It is possible that Pocket Circuit Fighter is bisexual, as when Kiryu tells Pocket Circuit Fighter that he needs him, he replies that he's not into guys but he could make an exception for him.
- Despite having reunited in Yakuza Kiwami, Fighter only remembers last seeing Kiryu in 1988 when encountered in Yakuza 6. This can be attributed to different development cycles for Fighter's substories.