Y’know in Yakuza 4 when Kiryu and Saejima said these lines before their fight?
We know Saejima was referring to Majima when he said reminds him of his kyodai, but was it ever confirmed who the person that Saejima reminded Kiryu of was?
The default guess would most likely be Nishiki. After all, Kiryu mentioned to Ryuji that before their fight that Ryuji reminded Kiryu of Nishiki, the similarity being how they desperately wanted to prove themselves.
But I was not 100% sure and wonder if he was talking about someone else. The other best guess would have to be Majima. After all, Majima and Saejima are kyodai.
But I was not too sure if that’s the case also. Saejima has shown himself to be very determined and serious to Kiryu; and Kiryu has really only known Majima when he was putting on his “Mad Dog of Shimano” persona and constantly mentions how he can’t get a good read on the guy, which I think means Kiryu hasn’t seen that Majima has a serious and kind side to him beneath his more goofy blood knight side. So that left me unsure also.
So, I was wondering what other character Kiryu knew that he could be referring to...and I thought “What about Rikiya?”
The way Saejima bowed his head and begged for Kiryu’s help in getting to Kamurocho was similar to how Rikiya begged Kiryu to let him tag along to Kamurocho in Yakuza 3.
And Rikiya and Saejima’s motivations at both times were similar, wherein they wanted get revenge for their Patriarchs (plus Saejima wanted to find out the truth of the Ueno Seiwa Hit and get back at the people who set him up).
But my guess probably doesn’t hold up. After all, the big thing about Rikiya’s character was that he was emotionally raw and untested while Saejima was experienced and weathered (while still determined), which paints the two of them as opposites rather than similar.
Still, I want Rikiya to at least be mentioned in some way after Yakuza 3 rather than be completely forgotten after the only game he appears in.
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