Takeshi Yamamoto, commonly referred to as Yamamoto, is one of the main characters in Katekyo Hitman Reborn!. He is generally warm and friendly, and is rarely seen without a smile on his face. At first he is rather naive to the point of believing that the Mafia is nothing more than a game and that his life isn't in any real danger, but as the series progresses he slowly comes to understand his position in the Vongola.
Takeshi is portrayed as a stereotypical Japanese teenager; his appearance is quite ordinary, he's a big fan of baseball, his father owns a sushi restaurant, and he wields a katana. Additionally, his family name, Yamamoto, is one of the most commonly found surnames in Japan.
Takeshi is a fairly-tall teenager with short, spiky black hair and large brown eyes. He bears a strong resemblance to his father. In the future, he has a scar on his chin.
His most prominent outfit is his Namimori Junior High uniform. He wears a black sweater, with a white formal shirt underneath, and gray pants. Unlike most of his other allies, Takeshi hardly ever wears a tie with his uniform.
Takeshi is the type of character that can make friends with everyone, and if not friendship, then at least respect. Characters like Hibari, have been shown to have interest in Takeshi's battles, and Squalo has also shown to have interest in his development to the point of willingly tutoring him. However, Takeshi can become angry when his friends are hurt or injured. He is also willing to sacrifice things important to him to save his friends from danger, as shown in the Kokuyo Arc where he sacrificed an arm (right before an important baseball game) to defeat Ken Joshima; and when Superbia Squalo asked him whether he would choose baseball or the sword, he chose the sword in order to protect those he cared about.
While maybe not as much as baseball, Takeshi also loves swordsmanship. His trainings and battles gradually developed Takeshi's pride as a swordsman. Once he set his sight on the way of the sword, Takeshi become engrossed in his training, as shown when he watched the DVD sent by Future Squalo that shows all of his matches. And when facing an opponent who uses sword, Takeshi wishes to fight them as a swordsman, which is evident when he confronts Genkishi and even got excited at the prospect of duelling him.
In school, his grades are around the same as Tsuna's because of his focus on baseball. However, it is shown that once he sits down and actually learns the theory, he can do any problem easily. When it comes to the sport he loves, Takeshi is very focused to the point he can't restrain his strength. Despite not being smart academically wise, he has shown an inner wisdom and tact belying his age. This was shown when he scolded Gokudera on being a proper right-hand man. He has the tendency to believe that everything is a game, including the Vongola which he believes to be some sort of 'mafia role-playing game'. His future self, however, seems to have finally acknowledged the reality of the situation, and by the time of the Future Arc, present Takeshi has also gotten a better grasp on his position as a guardian.
Future Takeshi still shows a bit of his easy-going self but has become more mature and serious. In terms of personality, Takeshi resembles the First Vongola Rain Guardian Ugetsu Asari, something the latter acknowledges.
Weapons and Abilities
Takeshi is a very skilled fighter. Despite his easy-going personality, Takeshi has shown that he has hidden talent as a hitman. In fact, Reborn clearly sees Takeshi's potential and often mentions to Tsuna that Takeshi is a natural born hitman, mentioning as well that he is the best athlete in the entire Vongola Famiglia. His fast reflexes and athletically conditioned-body give him a natural advantage and he is shown to be able to dodge cannon fire, wayward fireworks, and even attacks from Hibari. Takeshi is also a quick learner, remembering all 8 forms of the Shigure Soen Ryu despite only being shown once. He also manages to develop a new form of the style, the 9th form, in a life-or-death situation, earning him respect and acknowledgement from Superbia Squalo. During the Kokuyo Arc, Takeshi is ranked in second place for the strongest students at Namimori Middle School by Futa, indicating that he is even stronger than Hayato.
During his brief fight against an injured Chikusa Kakimoto, Takeshi is shown to be fast enough to dodge his opponent's yo-yos and cut the strings simultaneously. Chikusa chose to retreat and let Ken fight Takeshi later, rather than fight him. During his battle against Ken Joshima, Takeshi was overwhelmed by his opponent's various Animal Channels and couldn't fight back because of the dark environment and having his sword broken. With no other options, Takeshi allows Ken to bite his arm and uses the opportunity to defeat his opponent with a strike to the head from his broken sword handle. When he faces Lancia, Takeshi is rather easily beaten by the possessed man with two attacks from his Steel Serpent Ball. Lancia claims that he didn't even use a third of his strength against Takeshi.
At the beginning of the Varia Arc, Takeshi was easily bested by Superbia Squalo in a sword fight. Squalo noted that Yamamoto lacked the knowledge of a sword fighting style, which made it easy to defeat him. However, once Takeshi received proper sword training, he's able to overpower the more experienced Squalo. Even so, Takeshi still has yet to achieve his full potential in his swordsmanship due to lack of dedication since he's devoted to baseball. When Takeshi finally fully focused on his swordsmanship, he becomes a full-fledged swordsman.
- Yamamoto's Bat: It was given to him by Reborn shortly before the Kokuyo Arc. Before receiving the Shigure Kintoki or learning the Shigure Soen Ryu, Takeshi used a bat that, when swung at 300 km per hour, transforms into a katana.
- Shigure Kintoki: A Katana inherited by his father, before his battle for the Rain ring. It is a shinai that transforms into a Katana when the Shigure Soen Style is used.
- Vongola Rain Ring: Won during the Rain Ring Battle. As part of the Tri-Ni-Set it is classed as S-rank. In the Future, the Vongola Rings were destroyed by Tsuna. However they were later brought back from the Past with the Ten Year Bazooka. Takeshi is capable of bringing out Rain Dying Will Flames from his Ring and use its Tranquility Ability to diffuse other Dying Will Flames. He can also use the heat from the Ring to detect incoming attacks. The Vongola Guardians were later accepted by the First Vongola Boss as the rightful owners of the Vongola Rings and were granted their true Forms.
- Rain-attribute Vongola Box Weapon: Takeshi has a unique Box Weapon as it in fact two different Animals, one being Ziro the Cane di Pioggia ver. Vongola, and the other Koziro the Rondine di Pioggia ver. Vongola. Ziro helps Takeshi wield the three Rain Blades that use Rain Flames to propel Takeshi in different directions. Koziro has the power to make Rain infused with the Tranquility Attribute and shower it down on opponents.
- Cambio Forma: Ugetsu Asari's Four Irregular Swords: Koziro fuses with Takeshi's Shigure Kintoki to create the ornately decorated long sword with the roman numeral "I", and Ziro provides three short swords. It is said the First Rain Guardian used this sword style. In its Version X form Takeshi gain's only two swords, along with Armor around his wrists.
- Water: A Box Weapon used by Future Takeshi Yamamoto used for defensive water wall able to withstand Flames and protect from incoming attacks.
- Motorcycle: Used to travel great distances during Choice, using a Dying Will Flame powered engine, completely covered by material used to make Mammon Chains and Mammon Covers to keep the bikes from being detected.
- Necklace of the Rain Version X: The upgrade version of the Vongola Rain Ring took form of a Necklace with a Sword and Cane di Pioggia ver. Vongola.
- Shigure Soen Ryu: Takeshi inherited this deadly Sword Style from his father who taught him eight Forms, four Defensive and four Offensive. Takeshi has since developed three new Forms and, thanks to his training with Squalo, has also developed Aggregate Art, a move that combines all the Shigure Souen Forms together.
- Attacco di Squalo: A shockwave attack which turns a powerful blow into an oscillating wave that stuns the opponent's muscles. He improved Attaco di Squalo by adding Rain Flames in his Shigure Kintoki
- Rain Flame Radar: An ability to see through invisible attacks by using his Ring's Flames as a radar to detect vibrations in the air, Takeshi learns what the radar reads through his Box Weapon, Koziro.
- Takeshi's favorite food is sushi, and his favorite drink is milk. Both his favourite food and favourite drink are exactly the same as Belphegor's.
- Takeshi's favorite sushi dish is toro, hamachi and shrimp.
- Takeshi's favorite musical instrument is the taiko (a Japanese drum).
- Takeshi's favorite baseball position is batting; but he wishes to be a well-rounded player.
- In the future, Takeshi was aiming to enter the major league before he returned full-time to the Vongola. Squalo sent him the videos of his battles in order to draw him back to the path of the sword.
- Takeshi is the only character to have one Box Weapon that is made up of two different animals.
- In the Reborn! Anniversary Polls he ranked:
- 3rd in popularity in the first poll.
- 6th in popularity in the second poll.
- 5th in popularity of the males in the third poll.
- 8th in popularity and 20th in "Most Wanted Future Version" in the fourth poll.
- 9th in popularity in the fifth poll. And in "Dream Matches" ranked 6th for vs. Gokudera.
- 5th in popularity in the sixth poll.
- 7th in popularity and 9th in strength in the seventh and final anniversary poll.
- In Haru's Haru Haru Interview: Dangerous, it is revealed that while Takeshi's dad runs a sushi bar, Takeshi himself is yelled at whenever he touches anything in the restaurant.
- In Ciao Ciao interview, it is stated that the person he thinks invincible is his father, and he said that he probably can never beat him.
- His family owns a dojo named "Asarigumi" (Asari Clan) which used to be where Takeshi's father trained his Shigure Soen style when he was young, which is coincidentally similar to Asari's family name. Currently, the dojo is usually used by Takeshi whenever he trains his swordsmanship.
- As seen in Haru Haru's Interview Dangerous, Takeshi loves milk and even once told Gokudera to drink some because he thinks Gokudera's constant frustration was due to lack of calcium (oblivious that his easy-going attitude was actually the cause of it).
- In volume 42's Everyone's Daily Life, it's revealed that one of Takeshi's dreams is to play baseball with Tsuna and the other Guardians.
- Takeshi Yamamoto on Wikipedia