"Dojima Family Lieutenant Awano. Maybe you've seen me around?"
-Awano to MajimaHiroki Awano was one of the Lieutenants of the Dojima Family, he was a Tojo Clan Subsidiary and the Patriarch of the Taihei Association.
Voiced by: Riki Takeuchi
Awano is a man of leisure who often finds himself going with the flow rather than fighting against the rising tide. However, beneath his laconic exterior is a cunning man, skilled in gathering information and making good on the Dojima Family's threats.
Yakuza 0 Edit
He is one of the final bosses of Majima gameplay. After being defeated by Majima, Lao Gui appears and tries to shoot Majima but Awano blocks and he is shot multiple times, finally he is killed by needles.
Awano is likely in his 40s.
His attire is a purple designer jacket with a black turtleneck and a small gold chain. He wears basic black suit pants and a pair of black patent leather shoes.
His irezumi is Momotaro, the main character from a popular Japanese folk tale where Momotaro travels to an island of demons that are threatening his village and slays them.
Unlike Kuze or Shibusawa, who both take the yakuza seriously, Awano reveals that he revels in living the high life of the 1980's (golfing, women, fine liquor, etc.) and primarily became a yakuza to live luxuriously. However, he states that he first joined the yakuza because he liked hitting people. He fought because he liked the feeling of beating on a guy's face.
Despite this he is quite cunning and ruthless underneath the laidback and carefree air he presents.
Fighting Style Edit
Awano's fighting style revolves around brawling. His attacks are mainly jabs, wide swings, and a flip kick.
He proves to be quite a powerful individual as one of his QTEs show him punching a stone wall hard enough to majorly crack it without even injuring his own hand.
He is not a difficult boss for the majority of the fight, with most of his attacks being easily telegraphed and his guard easily broken. This changes with the passing of the above QTE, where he regains his old fighting prowess, now striking extremely quickly and can potentially half a players health on higher difficulties. In heat mode, he has the ability to shake off a strike to get in close for one of his combos.
- Awano's tattoo may possibly be a nod to Takeuchi's role as Seiji in the movie Kikoku since he has a similar Momotaro tattoo.
- Awano's signature purple suit jacket was originally meant to be yellow, but was later changed to purple based on his voice actor's suggestion since he believed that the previous color "didn't properly mirror the atmosphere of the bubble era".
- His face has been modeled after his voice actor, Riki Takeuchi.