|Relatives||Unnamed Father; Yuki Kamikaze|
|Affiliation||Freelance; formerly Forge Industries, Kamikaze Ninja Clan|
|Occupation||Cyborg Ninja for Hire (formerly Soldier)|
|Previous Occupation||Rouge Kamikaze Ninja, Ninja Slayer|
|Debut||Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z|
|Japanese Voice||Masato Obara |
|English Voice||Ian Gary|
Yaiba Kamikaze (神風 刃 Kamikaze Yaiba) is the protagonist of Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden Z. Described as a demon ninja, he is out for revenge against Ryu Hayabusa who killed him in an encounter. Yaiba is a ninja who has been transformed into a cyborg by Forge Industries.
Yaiba wears a ragged, blue, hooded shinobi shozoku that is open in the chest area. Under his hood, Yaiba wears a face mask and has short and messy black hair and black eyes. After becoming a cyborg he gained a mechanical left arm with the radical 風 (Kaze, or Wind), emblematic of the Kamikaze Ninja Clan, as a crest on the shoulder. The left side of his face also features a red, bionic eye.
Yaiba is dangerous, unpredictable, vulgar, and sadistic. Unlike other ninja who see death as honorable, Yaiba looks at such views with disdain especially after he killed his sister Yuki in a fit of rage and witnessed his father's refusal to revive her with their village's Ninpo. Despite being recruited to fight the zombies, he sees them only as practice for his vengeance against Ryu Hayabusa. Yaiba cares very little for his coworkers or the safety of the world, thinking only about Hayabusa and killing him. When fighting enemies, Yaiba shows a sadistic streak, exemplified by his ripping off zombies' arms and beating them up with them, sometimes laughing maniacally while doing so. At some point Yaiba had grown to dislike using Ninpo despite being adept in it, preferring to use pure might and skill. Yaiba is a heavy drinker, always carrying around a sake bottle with him, even in battle and in the arcade version of the game went out of his way to get it back.
Despite being ruthless when he was about to kill Ryu while he attempt to saved Momiji, Ryu states Yaiba that he has a good side left in him, leading Yaiba's life reformed after realizing he was being used by Del Gonzo to do his dirty work. Most of his good side shown his relationship with his partner, Monday.
Yaiba is a crazed shinobi who once belonged to the Kamikaze Ninja Clan. However unlike most shinobi in his group, despite his supposed superior talents, he was unappreciated and undervalued by his clan.
During training, after failing to concentrate, his sister, Yuki, teased him for his weak Ninpo abilities and Yaiba lost his temper. In his enraged state he critically injured her. Regretting the action immediately, he went to inform his father. As his father told him nothing could be done, Yaiba suggested using the village's Ninpo, known for being able to resurrect people, but his father rejected the idea as ninja were meant to die with honor. Disregarding his fathers disapproval Yaiba went to the village safe house, getting through the illusions and retrieving the scroll. But upon coming back he found Yuki was beheaded by his father to prevent Yaiba from reviving her. Enraged, Yaiba quickly killed his father and the Kamikaze elders while bringing them back with the ninpo to spite them.
He quickly saw his entire clan and its leaders as cowardly and spineless, and so he gleefully broke the chains of ninja tradition as he slaughtered his own fellow Kamikaze Ninja.
Years later, after killing many Ninja, Yaiba heard rumours of magic sword in Mount Osore, a volcano supposed to be the actual entrance to hell. Arriving at a demonic river of lava near the volcano, he found a woman being accosted by a group of ninja. Due to his hatred of other Ninja, he intervened, saving her.
She introduces herself as Keiko, while Yaiba collects the fallen ninjas' tsuba. She informs Yaiba that the ninja he killed were from the Kamaitachi Ninja Clan, keepers of the Storm Temple atop the mountain. She also tells Yaiba how the river represents the person's sins. Given that she sees a large bridge over it and Yaiba doesn't, Yaiba makes her carry him across.
While crossing she tells him that she seeks revenge for her brothers who were killed by a ninja who "bears the name of divine wind". Yaiba promises her it if she stuck with him.
Arriving at the base of the mountain, Yaiba takes her on his shoulders and climbs up, using the skills he learned living in his mountain village. Finally reaching the top they found a monk waiting to kill them. The monk guarding the temple was Gorou of the Kamaitachi Ninja Clan, and Yaiba assumed that he was alone, but Gorou used Ninpo to use the Ninja Replication Technique on Yaiba, slashing him and stitching the wound so Yaiba wouldn't know where the attack came from. Yaiba being used to illusions quickly deduced who the real Gorou was and mercilessly slaughtered him. He then went up to Keiko and kissed her before dropping to the ground with her (implying they may have had sex). When he awoke, Keiko saw the collection Dragon Tsuba Yaiba carried and realized he was the murderer of her brothers. Yaiba proudly admitted it and scoffed at her revenge. Seeing the katana she had on her, he quickly realized that Keiko was a Hayabusa-ryu Kunoichi. Taking the Tempest Blade, the sword he coveted, he left Keiko on the mountain alone and hears her curse him as he descends, and gives his new sword the name that Keiko called him; "Heartless" (「無精」Mu-Sei in Japanese).
Yaiba: Ninja Gaiden ZEditFifteen dead Ninja later, he would go head-to-head with Ryu Hayabusa, the famed Dragon Ninja of the famous Hayabusa Ninja Clan. At first it seemed like the two were evenly matched, but Ryu's superior intellect and self-control enabled him to best Yaiba, and with one deft stroke of the Dragon Sword, Yaiba was brought down, losing his left eye and arm as well as his life in the process.
After waking up from his death, Yaiba discovers parts of him replaced with cybernetic implants. Escaping from the flying vehicle where he woke up, he falls in Russia in the midst of a Zombie outbreak. He is quickly being reprimanded for destroying his transport by Miss Monday, who introduces herself as the person who brought him back to life, thanks to her boss, Alarico del Gonzo, the head of Forge Industries. While fighting against the encroaching zombies, Yaiba gets attacked by a Russian military helicopter, sending him deeper into the nearly destroyed building.
Encountering zobified military personnel, Yaiba proceeds trough the ruined building encountering a Gunship, which he quickly takes down with its own rockets. Using the helicopter as a stepping stone, Yaiba heads trough more destroyed buildings and gets attacked by more zombies and Gunships until the building he's on collapsed from air raids perpetrated by the military. It was at this point, after reaching the streets that Yaiba met Alarico del Gonzo, who threatened him with a killswitch installed into his power core if he were to not follow his orders. Yaiba attempts to kill Del Gonzo, but realises he was only a hologram.
Del Gonzo informs Yaiba, that Ryu Hayabusa in the vicinity, trying to contain the outbreak and that he brought Yaiba back to life to have him kill Hayabusa. Yaiba immediately sets off to find him and kill him. Miss Monday informs him that Forge Industries had a Listening Station underneath a lingerie shop, where should have had information on Hayabusa's location. Yaiba heads trough the streets towards Kataev. Heading trough a church, Yaiba encounters a Zombified bride with electrical implants. Miss Monday disclaims having anything to do with her modifications.
Encountering no communication from the Listening Team, Miss Monday questions if they barricaded themselves after the infection hit. Arriving at the lingerie shop, Yaiba finds the place in lockdown, forcing him to destroy shop to get inside. Yaiba finds the place deserted except for zombies that had taken over. Finding all the equipment intact, Monday deduces that they didn't evacuate since they had orders to destroy everything if they did. Heading further into the facility Yaiba encounters an RDU, which he promptly deactivates. He enters the command centre, where he finds the Listening Team cut into pieces. He deduces that these men were killed by Hayabusa.
Monday said that the sewers adjacent lead to a research facility at the edge of town, the Lazarev Institute, where they had something called Compound 72, which probably started the outbreak. Yaiba heads out, hoping to intercept Hayabusa.
Upon having defeating Ryu Hayabusa in round three, but Momiji was caught in the fall out, and Ryu swept in to save her, Yaiba is ready to kill Ryu however, he didn't care what Yaiba did to him. Before Ryu is about to die at the hands on Yaiba, he is given by Ryu the notebook he found and give it to the right people, imploring Yaiba to find whatever good was left in him. Once Yaiba finds out that his revival to get revenge on Ryu was used by Del Gonzo in order to create the formula used to create the zombies was coming from a long dead alien lifeform, which is sourced inside the cave where they are currently in, Yaiba through the book down into the abyss, and ripped out his core, severing Del Gonzo's control over him, spared Ryu saved Momiji from death and lend his task over to Yaiba to put an end of Del Gonzo's scheme. Upon his programming being revived by Miss Monday, she also defect Forge Industries, in order to stop Del Gonzo from becoming an ultimate lifeform.
After he's subsequent defeat of Del Gonzo, Yaiba and Monday conspired to use the cure as a money making tool before returning from alternate dimension.
Abilities and EquipmentEdit
Prior to becoming a cyborg, Yaiba was feared by others for his skills, enough to be called a demon ninja. His speed, agility, reflexes, and combat abilities were above the average ninja; enough to fight near equally with Ryu. Yaiba holds his katana, Heartless, in a reverse grip and continues to use it to great effect even after it was broken in half in the fight against Ryu. After becoming a cyborg, Yaiba's physical strength increased significantly. His bionic left arm alone is able to lift, hit, and crush with great force. The arm has the ability to shoot out his hand while attached to a chain in order to attack enemies from afar, reach higher areas, and discharge electricity. It also has customizable weapons such as hidden blades and chainsaws.
Yaiba was also able to grab pieces of certain Zombies to use as improvized weapons, such as flamethrowers, nunchaku or electric flails.
- Kamikaze means "Divine Wind" in Japanese.
- The was the name for a plane unit of the Japanese Empire during World War 2, and their purpose is to run their plane into the designated target and die with them.
- Because of this, the term Kamikaze now normally refers to destroying oneself to damage another.
- According to Keiji Inafune and Yosuke Hayashi, Yaiba was conceptualized to be a character who is the polar opposite of Ryu.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 "The Japanese voice is Masato Obara. The English voice is Ian Gary. These voice actors have given life to the new character named Yaiba; you won’t be disappointed!"- Yaiba, Dev Q&Ahttp://www.yaibangz.com/index.php/blog/2014/03/03/yaiba-developer-qa/