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Takeshi Yamamoto, commonly referred to as Yamamoto, is a tritagonist in Katekyō Hitman Reborn!. He's generally warm and friendly and is rarely seen without a smile on his face. 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.
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 resturant, and he wields a katana.
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; and when Squalo asked him whether he would choose baseball or the sword, he chose the sword in order to protect those he cared about.
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. 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.
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.
He's the son of Tsuyoshi Yamamoto, who owns a sushi shop named TakeSushi. It is left unknown what happened to his mother who is never seen or mentioned throughout the series. Takeshi grew up in Namimori and at some point, developed an interest in baseball; his love for the sport extended to the fact that he wore a baseball uniform in many of his childhood pictures.
In the manga, Takeshi asked Tsuna for advice because he was worried about his baseball abilities getting worse, and ended up breaking his arm because he took it. He thought his career in baseball was the only thing he was good at, and planned to end his life. He was just about to jump from the roof top of Namimori Middle School when Tsuna came into the scene. Tsuna convinced him that he had much more potential, and then tried to run away, but Takeshi grabbed him, causing the two of them to fall off the roof. Their lives has been saved because Reborn shot Tsuna with the Dying Will Bullet, and he performed a "Mid-Air Reborn." In the anime, however the two became friends through a volleyball match.
During the Kokuyo Gang's attacks, Takeshi was ranked second strongest in Namimori Middle. When Chikusa Kakimoto attacked Gokudera, Tsuna and Takeshi came to his aid, leading to Chikusa's retreat. Later, Takeshi joined the group in the attack on the Kokuyo Gang and was ambushed by Ken, causing the two to end up trapped underground. Disadvantaged due to both his broken bat and Ken's ability to smell him, Takeshi was unwilling to be hurt because this was right before an important baseball match; however, once Tsuna was in danger, he sacrificed his arm to beat Ken. Later when Lanchia attacked the group, Takeshi was able to figure out the secret to his chain ball attack but was overpowered nonetheless and knocked unconscious.
A month later, Takeshi, along with Gokudera and Tsuna, were defeated by the Varia henchman Squalo, who was chasing the Vongola messenger Basil. Later, Takeshi was chosen as the Vongola Rain Guardian and was given a half Vongola Ring. He then asked for sword training from his father in preparation for the Varia's arrival. His father scorned him for treating it like a game but still taught him the eight forms of the deadly Shigure Soen Style. Later in the week, Ryohei, Takeshi, and Gokudera defended Lambo from the Levi Lightning Squad. In the Rain Ring Battle Takeshi was set to fight Squalo again. Before the fight, Takeshi was warned by Dino that Squalo may have already defeated the Shigure Soen Style, though Takeshi remained determined to use it. Squalo did indeed know the style and used it against Takeshi. In the end, however, Takeshi won by creating his own technique in the middle of the battle. A shark was then let loose as part of the match, and, although Takeshi tried to save him, Squalo was pulled into the water. During the Sky Ring Battle, Takeshi was cured of the poison by Hibari. Takeshi devised a cunning plan to rescue Chrome but it backfired when they were caught in Mammon's illusions and were ultimately saved by Ryohei. Later the Vongola Guardians forced the remaining Varia to surrender and Takeshi was relieved to hear that Squalo had been saved by Dino.
In the Future, Takeshi led Tsuna and Gokudera to the Vongola Base where they met with Reborn who revealed that Takeshi's dad was killed by the Millefiore. Later while searching for the other Guardian's Takeshi, Tsuna and Gokudera found adult I-Pin, Lambo and Haru Miura and Kyoko Sasagawa being attacked by Millefiore members, Nosaru and Tazaru, however before he could fight them Takeshi was swapped with his past self. After having the future situation explained, Takeshi (along with Tsuna and Gokudera) was taught how to use Box Weapon's by Lal Mirch. Takeshi later went to follow up a lead at Namimori Shrine with Gokudera. They then encountered Gamma who Gokudera initially took on alone refusing to cooperate with Takeshi and was easily overpowered. However even when they worked together, Gamma's experience far outmatched them both. The two were then saved by the adult Hibari. After he recovered, Takeshi began training with Reborn who also gave Takeshi a DVD made by Squalo, titled 'The Road to becoming the Swords Emperor' which included 100 battles that Squalo won. After developing new techniques from the video Takeshi was successfully able to slice Reborn's hat. Reborn then told Takeshi about the secret of the Arcobaleno, but asked him not to tell anyone else until after they defeated the Millefiore.
Takeshi joined the others for the invasion of the Merone Base. Takeshi, along with Lal (who had been knocked unconscious during a fight), were separated from the others. Takeshi then encountered Genkishi who he recognized from Squalo's video. Despite making him draw his sword, Takeshi was overpowered by Genkishi's Illusions. After he was knocked out he was once again saved by Hibari. Later Takeshi along with the other Guardians was given a Vongola Box.
When returning to the past for the Arcobaleno Trials, Takeshi was chosen, along with Tsuna and Ryohei, to take part in Mammon's Test of Adaptability. Under the belief that Kyoko was being held hostage, the trio were forced to solve a series of riddles as well as fight a number of Box Weapons. Takeshi was able to see through most of the illusions thanks to his experience fighting Genkishi. After discovering that Kyoko was safe, they swiftly defeated Mammon and passed his trial. Later Takeshi and the other Guardians were assembled for Reborn's Trial of Leadership and were easily beaten by him. Shortly after, the Guardians joined forces with the other Arcobaleno, to defeat Verde and his army.Choice battle during which he encountered Saru, who quickly revealed himself to be Genkishi, who Takeshi was able to defeat using his new Vongola Box. While lying injured Genkishi was killed by Kikyo. Takeshi then went to attack the Millefiore target Daisy and defeated him at the same time as Kikyo defeated Irie. However because of Daisy's undying power, the Vongola lost.
After being sent back to the past for the Inheritance Succession Trials, Colonnello became Takeshi's tutor. During his test, Takeshi assumed it was a fight and began to attack Asari. During the fight, Takeshi noticed an opening in one of Asari's attacks and used it to strike him but Colonnello steps in to try to prevent Takeshi from attacking.
Asari then declared that Takeshi had failed his test, but agreed to give him a second chance, though he refused to give a reason for his decision. Back at the shrine the next day, Takeshi fought Asari again and used the same opening as before. However, he decided in the end not to attack, to which Asari declared that he had passed the test. Asari explained that he set up the attack to see if Takeshi would attack a defenseless man. Later, when the girls were captured by Daemon Spade, Takeshi attempted a rescue with the other Guardians. He was separated with the others and fought the doppelganger created by Spade. The illusion was then broken by Hibari's rampage.
Squalo remained at the Vongola Base to fight Zakuro but was caught in an explosion. Later, Takeshi went back to rescue him with Bianchi, Spanner and Giannini. During the final battle against the Real Six Funeral Wreaths, Takeshi arrived in time to defend Ryohei and Gokudera from Ghost. The Vongola eventually defeated Byakuran and after saying goodbye to Squalo, Takeshi and the others returned to the past.
At baseball practice, Takeshi became friendly with Kaoru Mizuno, one of the Simon Middle School transfer students. After the Simon revealed themselves as allies, Takeshi and Kaoru were assigned to protect Tsuna. When he discovered that Kaoru became nervous when people watched him play baseball, Takeshi made everyone watching wear vegetable costumes, so that Kaoru wouldn't feel self-conscious. Kaoru then impressed Takeshi by throwing the ball so fast that it seemed to have disappeared.
A day before the ceremony, in the changing room, Takeshi jokingly suggested that the Simon were trying to get rid of the Vongola after accidently seeing a paper with Vongola crest crossed. Kaoru responded by violently attacking Takeshi and leaving him in a critical state. However, Takeshi was able to write the word "Sin" using his own blood before falling unconscious, alerting the Vongola of the Simon's plans. Ryohei then found him and, after failing to heal him with Kangaryuu, took him to the hospital for operations. The doctor revealed that he would live, but the probability of him walking again was extremely low. In later chapters, after Lambo managed to defeat Ooyama Rauji, Takeshi is shown in the hospital still wired to machines. Byakuran is then seen standing before him, wings spread from his back.
He later reappears with back to full health to save Kaoru from being killed by Daemon Spade. When Kaoru asked why Takeshi saved him after he tried to kill him, Takeshi replies that he would always help Kaoru if he were in real trouble, because that's what friends are for. Daemon, quite confused, asked why he was here, knowing that Takeshi should be in a critical condition. Takeshi replied that an "acquaintance" of his helped him recover. Tsuna, looking worried, stated that he doesn't have his Vongola Gear. Upon hearing this, Takeshi revealed under his coat his Rain
Necklace Version X. He called out Jirou and Kojirou to merge to Cambio Forma, resulting in the "Two-sword style Vongola Gear". At the beginning of the battle, Daemon launched a surprise attack behind Takeshi. The attack was blocked by Kaoru, who said that he knew Takeshi could dodge it on his own, but wanted to pay his debt. After that, Kaoru was taken by the Vindice as he already lost his pride, and the Fifth "Key" was later revealed, but not before asking Takeshi to keep becoming his friend. Enraged at Daemon, Takeshi decided to fight him one on one, saying that Tsuna should take a break. Takeshi managed to pinpoint Daemon's location and strike him with his new technique, Udachi: Kirisame, and injured Daemon in the process. However, Chrome interfered and refused to move when Takeshi asked her to until Daemon ordered her to step down. Before they left, Takeshi handed Chrome the Ore of Mist Version X and said that they will always be waiting for her. Takeshi soon fell to his knees (since he was not fully recovered) and decided to take a rest for a night as he told Tsuna and the others that Byakuran was the one who healed him.
At the day of the Simon Rings' awakening, Takeshi watches the fight between Tsuna and Enma and after that goes with the group to encounter Mukuro after he was supposed to have defeated Daemon. When Daemon reappears by possessing Mukuro's body. He gets trapped in an illusionary world like the others thanks to Daemon but he manages to save Chrome from being trapped. After Tsuna and Enma's final showdown with Daemon, he is released and receives the final 'key' like the others. A week later, he is seen playing baseball with Kaoru at Namimori Middle's baseball field.
Takeshi appears with Tsuna at Chrome's welcoming party because Chrome was kicked out of Kokuyo Land. In the miming competition, he isn't seen performing, but laughs at the people's performances.
Later, Takeshi appears the day before Tsuna's father Iemitsu arrives in Namimori, commenting to Tsuna that he was excited to be fighting for Reborn to allow him to revert to his adult form, though he couldn't imagine what it was like.
1st Day of Representative Battle of the Rainbow
Later, on the first day of the Representative Battle of the Rainbow, Takeshi happily heads to school with Tsuna. However, when the battle suddenly starts, he, Gokudera, and Ryohei group up and try to find Tsuna. When an explosion occurs because of Tsuna being punched through the ceiling by Iemitsu (though they don't know the cause), they run towards the explosion; however, they are barred by Hibari and Fon, the former appearing to be Fon's representative, who states that he would bite all three of them to death. Ryohei charges towards Hibari but his battle watch is quickly broken. Takeshi and Gokudera attack Hibari together and use a smoke bomb to get past him. They soon re-group at Namimori Diner where they find out Dino made a deal with Iemitsu stating they would become allies and in return he wouldn't destroy Tsuna's Boss watch.
2nd Day of Representative Battle of the Rainbow
After discussing the situation during the first day battle with Team Yuni, their watches announced the start of the second battle and they were ambushed by Team Verde. During this time, Team Collonnelo broke the alliance with Team Reborn due to Tsuna's refusal to leave Team Yuni. As the result, Byakuran's boss watch was destroyed while protecting Tsuna, and Tsuna immediately went to where Iemitsu is. With Byakuran defeated and Tsuna left the scene, Mukuro and Flan decides to retreat. Takeshi and Gokudera tried to stop him, but Mukuro was able to escape. Takeshi then suggested for them to go to Tsuna and Iemitsu by riding a nearby bicycle that was boosted by Gokudera's dynamites to increase the speed. Unfortunately, the time limit already over by the time they arrived.
While the Arcobaleno are having a meeting regarding Team Bermuda's participance, they were ambushed by a Vindice outside the battle time and struggle against him. They able to hold up until Reborn arrives, making the Vindice retreat. When they were about to sleep after exhausted from the battle, their watches announces the start of the third battle, not giving them any time to rest.
3rd Day of Representative Battle of the Rainbow
He, Tsuna, Gokudera, and Reborn went to nearby park and encounter Mukuro who later followed by his subordinates. With the three Vindice's arrival, they reluctantly form a temporary alliance with Team Verde in order to defeat the Vindice, knowing they cannot be defeated alone. With their teamwork, they able to rip off the Vindice's robes and witness their true forms along with stone pacifier hanging around their neck. When they restarted the battle, Takeshi was easily defeated by Jaque, as well as Gokudera, Ken, and Chikusa, leaving only Mukuro and Tsuna to fight. After the third day battle is over, he and Gokudera were taken to hospital.
4th Day of Representative Battle of the Rainbow
Takeshi, Gokudera, Chrome, and Flan are fighting against Small Gia and Big Pino who were originally after Team Verde that revealed to be decoy puppets. Small Gia and Big Pino able to find out their hiding place and destroy the illusions along with Takeshi's Shigure Kintoki and Gokudera's Sistema C.A.I. They were about to be killed until Enma saved them with his technique. Tsuna, Enma, and Basill arrives and fought Small Gia and Big Pino. Basil's battler watch was destroyed, enraging Tsuna who attacks, but then his vision was blinded by Small Gia's flash, causing him to hit the flash and momentarily blinded his vision. Before Small Gia could proceed, Takeshi restrains him from behind while Gokudera distracts Big Pino as each of them is holding dynamites. With Enma, Chrome, and Flan's help, they are able to destroy the two Vindice's battler watches without harming both Takeshi and Gokudera.
He is last seen standing outside of Tsuna's house, waiting for Tsuna with the others after being invited by Reborn to celebrate Tsuna's tutelage.
Takeshi thinks Tsuna is amazing and treats him as a very close friend after the latter saved his life. Although he is rather naive towards what is really happening during the series, Takeshi is very devoted and loyal to Tsuna. He fights for him, protecting him above all else. His protective sense to Tsuna was first hinted in the manga when Takeshi declared that he will be Tsuna's Right Hand Man while Gokudera will just be the ear lobe. In the Future Arc, Takeshi showed great distress at not being able to beat Daisy in the Choice battle, thinking that he had somehow disappointed Tsuna and the Guardians. He was also upset about losing to Ugetsu Asari during the Inheritance Succession Arc, and silently apologized for making Tsuna worry. However, thanks to Tsuna, he managed to let go of this distress during the second trial of the Guardian Inheritance Test.
Takeshi thinks of Gokudera as a friend and although Gokudera does not seem to admit this fact, he also thinks of Takeshi as a trusted ally. However, there seems to be somewhat of a one-sided rivalry going on. Gokudera believes Takeshi is trying to become Tsuna's right hand man, when in reality, he is simply being his clueless self and enjoying their competitions. They therefore push each other to do their best and become stronger because of each other. Gokudera also enjoys calling Takeshi a "baseball freak" whenever he is acting laid-back in a tough situation, when he references something to baseball, or when he does not know something.
In the future, the present Takeshi scolds Gokudera for his coldness towards him. He says that he has no right to be Tsuna's right hand man right now, as the right hand man's job is to gather and unite the Guardians, not turn away from them. He goes back to being happy once Gokudera chooses to accept him.
Reborn is the one who "found" Takeshi and consequently made him join the Vongola. He has very high expectations of Takeshi's talents and eventually becomes his tutor in the Future Arc. Reborn says that Takeshi is a natural-born hitman. Takeshi, on the other hand, thinks that Reborn is an infant who likes to play with very advanced toys such as guns and bombs. After training with Reborn, he has acknowledged him as being powerful and is interested in hearing his secrets, which Reborn revealed to him after their training. Reborn seems to like sitting on Takeshi's shoulder.
Squalo is the first opponent Takeshi faced who uses a sword. After a humiliating defeat at Squalo's hands Takeshi trained extremely hard to learn the Shigure Souen Style in hopes of beating Squalo. Squalo can be seen as the oil that strengthened Takeshi's desire to become stronger and his rival at swordsmanship. After defeating Squalo in the Rain battle Squalo says that Takeshi has what it takes to become a great Swordsman, acknowledging him. He, like Reborn, also has high hopes for Takeshi. In the Future Arc, Squalo sends Reborn and Takeshi a video of the 101 battles he won in order to become the Sword Emperor, helping Takeshi and refiring his determination. In the Future Arc, it is also mentioned that Vongola has two Swords masters; one of which is Takeshi, the other Squalo. Squalo seems to get irritated at Takeshi as he chooses baseball over swordsmanship. Squalo is one of the few who notice that Takeshi is not at the inheritance ceremony and that he is an illusion, signifying that Squalo has gotten to know Takeshi behavior wise along with his capabilities as a swordsman. Squalo calls Takeshi a naive brat and yells at him quite frequently, but Takeshi doesn't seem to mind and they otherwise get along well.
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 and wayward fireworks. 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.
- 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 Vongola Box Weapon: Takeshi has a unique Box Weapon as it in fact two different Animals, one being Jirou the Rain Akita (Akita di Pioggia ver. Vongola) and the other Kojirou the Rain Swallow (Rondine di Pioggia ver. Vongola). Jirou helps Takeshi wield the three Rain Blades that use Rain Flames to propel Takeshi in different directions. Kojirou 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 (Change Form: Morning Benefit Moon Obscured by Rain): Kojirou fuses with Takeshi's Shigure Kintoki to create the ornately decorated long sword with the roman numeral "I", and Jirou 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/Airbike: 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 Jirou.
- 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 (Attack of the Shark): 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, Kojirou.
- 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 most recent poll, Takeshi ranked 7th in popularity and 10th in strength.
- In Haru Haru's 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 One Day Activities, it's revealed that one of Takeshi's dreams is to play baseball with Tsuna and the other Guardians, though this ends up being hectic because Hibari and Mukuro started fighting for real, followed by Gokudera and Lambo. However, Takeshi still thinks that everyone is having a fun game together, although it's no longer a baseball game.
- According to Fuuta's ranking databook in volume 36, Takeshi ranked 3rd as "the most wanted mafia member."