Throw up those Gang Signs…Meet the “Boyz in the Hood” of Yakuza Black Panther

SEGA has released some hot-blooded information via Famitsu detailing the leaders of the gangs that Tatsuya will find himself butting heads with during the course of Yakuza: Black Panther.

Kamurocho is embroiled in a turf war and each of the four rival gangs are looking to expand their territory and take control of  the whole of the town. Each gang has their own emblem seperating them from the other crews of gangly teens.

Here are the rundowns of each gang and its leader via

Diablo – Shouta Akagi

The largest gang. They believe in the creed “Strength is Justice.” Every month, they hold a “fighting party” called “Matsuri” (Festival). Here, they determine the strongest member.

While the members of Diablo are all hot blooded, the group does have some strong rules in place. They forbid personal fights and crime (???). They also forbid desertion without a reason.

Team members have tight bonds, centered on their leader, Shouta Akagi, While Akagi is a charismatic leader, it seems he’s not good with the ladies.

DIS – Seiji Aono

It’s pronounced “De-Eye-Es.” This group consists of B-Boys who love rap and hip hop, and dress the part. They take part in a variety of activities outside of fighting, including parties and graphic art production.

The leader of DIS is Seiji Aono. Aono is the second generation leader of the group. In the transition between leaders, members split off into multiple warring factions.

Shiryou Heidan – Tougo Kuroda

The name translates to “Ghost Corps.” This particular group has no rules. Their leader Tougo Kuroda trusts no one and leads his members by force, punishing those who go against his orders. In combat, they make use of weapons like bats, chains, and brass knuckles. They’ve been quickly expanding their reach throughout Kamurocho.

Kingdom -Unknown

This is the most mysterious of the four groups. Kingdom is a small group, but it has been growing rapidly.

Members of this team are all fun-loving, like hosts. They’re popular amongst the ladies of Kamurocho.

The leader of Kingdom is unknown. He’s shown in Famitsu as just a silhouette. It seems that only a few people know his true form.

Tatsuya will be drawn into these conflicts during both sub-stories and the main story arc. I want to see how this gang dynamic connects with the ability to recruit back-up team members.

It seems like the gang leaders will be some decent bosses for Tatsuya to face over the course of the title.


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