Yu Nanba (難波 悠, Nanba Yū) is a character in Yakuza: Like a Dragon.

He is a former nurse, and joins Ichiban's party in Chapter 3, later rejoining in Chapter 10.



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


Nanba wears clothing consisting of a pair of rubber boots, gray pants, green sweater and jacket, a pair of fingerless gloves and a 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

Nanba first comes across 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, and decides to follow him after discovering that a counterfeit bill was placed in his breast pocket.

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 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.

Namba goes to visit his brother alone, not rejoining the team until Chapter 10.

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".[1]



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