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Yu Nanba (難波 悠, Nanba Yū) is a supporting character and one of the seven playable characters in Yakuza: Like a Dragon. He is a former nurse.



Nanba has a scruffy appearance, with thick hair and stubble.


Nanba wears clothing consisting of a pair of black rubber boots, gray sweatpants, green zip-up hoodie, cyan denim jacket, a pair of black fingerless gloves and a blue scarf, as well as a pair of black horn rimmed glasses.


Nanba is an intelligent and rational individual with a viewpoint that often falls somewhere between realism and pessimism. Though he usually finds himself following the lead of others, Nanba doesn’t hesitate to voice his doubts regarding the plans that the rest of the party compose, even if his warnings tend to go unheeded. Nanba has moments where he might come to conclusions too quickly or seem a bit clueless when he isn’t totally engaged, but he has proven himself to be very capable of figuring out confusing situations and solving problems when he cares to.

In addition to Nanba’s submissive nature, preferring to fall in and work with whoever most appeals to his goals rather than doing things his own way, he isn’t very keen on opening up about himself or his more personal problems. His typically negative outlook on things leads him to expect that everyone thinks the worst of him, especially after some of his true intentions are revealed, so he always finds himself taken by surprise whenever his fellow party members express their care for him. Still, Nanba remains very critical of himself and does not hold himself very highly in comparison to others, consequently seeing himself as unworthy of friendship.

Despite not being the most positive person at times, Nanba still enjoys joking around with his friends, and clearly doesn’t like having to be too serious at all when the situation doesn’t call for it. He encourages Kasuga’s ambitions to become a hero more than anyone else, and he regularly chimes in during Party Chats, where he is sometimes subject to some lighthearted teasing at the hand of the other party members. Through it all, he continues to worry for the safety of his friends, and does what he can to support them.


A former nurse, Nanba lost his license after he covered for a former colleague of his who was selling medicine on the black market.


Yakuza: Like a Dragon: 2000-2019[]

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Nanba first comes across Ichiban Kasuga after he has been left for dead in the trash, near the homeless camp that Nanba resides at. A former nurse, Nanba is able to stitch up Kasuga's gunshot wound. He teaches him how to survive as a homeless person and during a meal are interrupted by Zheng of the Yokohama Liumang. After the two drive Zheng away, Nanba explains the Ijin Three to Kasuga and decides to follow him after discovering that a counterfeit bill was placed in his breast pocket, but not before reprimanding him for thinking the homeless people were lazy for not seeking employment.

At Hello Work, they are given a job by Kanbe which leads them to Hamako. Hamako invites them for another job and they see their job is to clean out her brothel that operates as a restaurant. Bleach Japan arrives to protest the existence of the gray zone establishment, but Kasuga makes them flee. They return and try to shut down Hamako's brother by force, but the pair defeats them. Hamako given them a room to sleep in and the two are delighted. They reflect on their circumstances and old dreams before going to sleep.

The next morning, they are joined by Koichi Adachi, who lost his job for the way he helped Kasuga. He reveals he wants to have Juro Horinouchi arrested for abusing his power to remain commissioner. The three head out and are led to work at Otohime Land under Nonomiya. Initially wanting to leave due to Nonomiya's comments to his workers, Nanba and Adachi decide to follow through after the soapland-raised Kasuga accepts. They drive off Bleach Japan once more and are requested to investigate Nanoha Mukoda's suspicious behavior.

They eavesdrop on a conversation between her and Yamato Totsuka, learning she needs to pay a large sum of money to him for her father's sake. They seek Kanbe to enter Sunlight Castle, where Tatsuro Mukoda resides. Kanbe has Sunlight Castle hire them as contractors, Nanba's experience as a nurse coming in handy. Nanba is exhausted by the work he had to do but a detail regarding a resident's death lead them to learn it is a pension scheme. They accept Nonomiya's plea for help resolving the situation and Adachi takes them to Survive Bar for some rest. They steal a keycard, allowing them to save Tatsuro from euthanasia, and confront Totsuka. Then, they fight through Seiryu Clan headquarters to inform its chairman Ryuhei Hoshino of Totsuka's activities. Seiryu captain Mamoru Takabe handles the situation with Nanoha and they return to Otohime Land only to see Nonomiya had been hanged.

At Nonomiya's funeral, they meet Saeko Mukoda, Nanoha's twin sister who works at another of Nonomiya's establishments. She tells them she was talking to Nonomiya on the phone, learning of Nanoha and Tatsuro's situations in the process, when the call was interrupted by Chinese men yelling "Lao Ma". Frustrated that the police would not look into the matter, she asks for the trio's help, which they accept. They head to Chinatown for leads but are met with resistance. Seeing Zheng walk into a cabaret club, Saeko offers to work there to allow the men in, as it was a members-only club. They see Saeko flee the VIP room after Zheng tries to lick her armpit and come to her aid. They defeat Zheng and he says Mabuchi owns several businesses, the largest of which is the Yokohama Trading Company. They decide to head back and see Kanbe the next day, bringing Saeko along with them.

During the raid on Geomijul's headquarters, it is revealed by Seong-Hui that Nanba's reason for tagging along had been to try and learn the whereabouts of his brother, Shoichi Nanba, a reporter who was intent on uncovering the truth behind the counterfeit money printing in Ijincho. Having been recently fired from his job at the hospital, Nanba decided to lay low in Isezaki Ijincho, keeping an eye on the Geomijul from the homeless camp.

With the help of Kasuga and his party, Nanba successfully escapes from the Geomijul's headquarters, running straight to Bleach Japan's Ijincho branch for refuge. There, he tells Hajime Ogasawara and Sota Kume everything about the money laundering scheme. When Kasuga shows up to warn Nanba of the assassins sent for him, he instead follows Ogasawara and Kume through the back door, leaving Kasuga and the others to fight off Mabuchi.

He is seen again after Seong-hui and Joon-gi Han decide to torch the Geomijul headquarters and destroy all of the evidence of their counterfeit operation. Enraged by what he believes is Kasuga's betrayal, he fights alongside Reiji Ishioda in a desperate attempt to push past Kasuga before the evidence is fully destroyed.

After the fight, Nanba apologizes for his actions, though still refuses to rejoin the party. Seong-hui informs him that his brother has been living on the outskirts of the residential district under Geomijul watch since he went missing; happy to help, as he has fallen in love with one of the women and plans to marry her.

Nanba goes to visit his brother alone, not rejoining the team until later.


Fighting Style[]

Nanba is able to heal himself and his party members with medicinal herbs he has foraged for around Ijincho, as well as sleeping to regain his strength. He has several unique attacks exclusive to his "Homeless Guy" Job, such as Pigeon Raid and Pyro Belch/Breath. The developers described the latter attack as being the embodiment of the term "Like a Dragon".[2] With the aforementioned Pyro Belch/Breath and Essence of Pyro Prison, Nanba utilizes an alcoholic beverage and a matchstick in order to spew alcoholic flames. His default weapon of an umbrella is held in a low stance with both hands held onto it. He swings with the handle of the umbrella and his default attack swings it to the left diagonally downward, then once again to the right diagonally upwards and his Opportune Strike has him jump up in the air and land with a strike of his weapon. He can also scatter beans to cause a swarm of pigeons to attack his enemies, take a power nap in order to restore health, use healing powder to heal himself or an ally, and use odorous breath in order to revive an ally or lower the attack, defense, or both attack and defense of enemies.


  1. The given height of 180 cm (5′ 11″) is based on the character model's scaling factor within the game's data. For Dragon Engine games, this method is believed to be very accurate (±1 cm). However, this is intended as an estimate, not a substitute for an official statistic.
    • Yakuza: Like a Dragon (Ryu ga Gotoku Studio, PC, November 2020) - .JSON File - "character_model_model_data.json"
  2. 「龍が如く7 光と闇の行方」発表会レポート。シリーズで培ったアクションをコマンド入力式のバトルへと昇華。仲間との絆を描く物語にも注目 - 4Gamer.net (in Japanese). 4Gamer.net. 29 Aug 2019. Retrieved 17 Sep 2019.


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