In Yakuza 5, Goro Majima Is “Dead”

By Sato . December 5, 2012 . 4:10pm

Saejima cover

Trouble seems to follow the hardboiled Taiga Saejima wherever he goes. In Yakuza 5, he finds himself back in prison to start his journey.




During a yakiniku dinner (Korean BBQ) with his close friend, Goro Majima, Saejima spoke of his promise with Kazuma Kiryu. He promised him that he would strengthen the Tojo clan, but to do so, it would require returning to prison for another year or two, to serve his sentence and cleanse his mind. However, Goro’s concern was that he might have lost a step and was no longer fit to live the harsh prison lifestyle.


In order to help his old friend, Goro got his gang to “test” out Saejima, to see if he still had it in him. Their worst fears came true, as it was evident that Saejima has indeed lost his fierce touch over the years. Regardless of the result, as a man true to his words, Saejima turned himself in to keep his promise.


Saejima turns self in  Gang Test


Several new characters are introduced to the Saejima saga. He befriends his two cellmates Heihachiro Oshima and Himura. A dangerous man by the name of Hiroshi Hara is on a constant prawl after Saejima, and the shady prison warden, Kitakata Taizo.


Saejima and cellmates Prison Escape


After enduring two years in prison, Saejima receives devastating news. Reported in the daily paper, he sees “Goro Majima, dead”. The event changes his original intention to serve his sentence, as he decides to make a run for it. However, the prison warden, Kitakata Taizo, who also knows the truth surrounding Majima’s death, isn’t about to let him off easy. And thus begins Saejima’s journey of Yakuza 5.


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… and somehow Saejima’s story ends up with him chasing a giant bear.


Saejima vs Bear

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  • lordroto

    Majima dead? It’s going to be a cruel wait for 5 to be localized, I beg you to please don’t post stories like this. If anything title it a little more vague, at least for yakuza fans here.

  • AkuLord3

    oh so that’s why Saejima is back in Jail…ok that makes sense… but i really hope the Majima “dead” thing isn’t true…you know like the usually Majima Trolling he likes to do…because if not i’ll be very sad ;w; and many others

  • FitzpatrickPhillips

    Everyone knows thats bullshit. Majima can’t die. He’s Majima.

    • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

      He versus Zombie and survived……. i don’t think there are any way he can even Dead lol.

  • No offense, but can you avoid putting story spoilers in the headings of news articles?

    • Watahashi

      I wouldn’t really call it a spoiler. It happens near the beginning of the game, and it’s been in almost all of the story trailers.

  • pho_Enix

    Majima is hardly a villain any more. In the first game he was for sure, but from 2 onwards he’s more of an anti-hero.

  • sibarraz

    After the 50 swerves that we got in the ending of yakuza 4, is obvious that majima isn’t dead

    Also, since when goro is a villain?

  • Voltech44

    “Goro Majima is dead”

    Nope. I remember when Tekken 5 came out and it announced Heihachi Mishima is dead — but his “death” only helped prove how awesome he really was. No doubt Majima’s going to have the same thing happen, and he’ll be back to fighting shirtless atop a skyscraper within the month.

    This game is gonna be amazing.

  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    Goro Majima is dead…………. so thats why he end up in Yakuza Dead Souls lol.^_^
    And how the hell Maejima end up V.S Bear from running away from prison? He think he is Zangief?

    • AkuLord3

      you mean Saejima lol and well it is Yakuza…Kazuma punched out two Tigers once, i don’t think Saejima would have a problem with a bear (sadly though we won’t fight it like that >.>)

  • Neckbear

    Wonderful, the only thing Yakuza really needed: fist fights with bears.

  • Goro Majima is as dead, as Kiryu Kazama is weak

    • Göran Isacson

      This is the best sentence in this post. Nothing else needs to be said.

  • heartless141

    Thanks a lot for the massive spoiler on the first day.

  • Valtiel Ikari

    Majima can’t be dead!
    He’s Majima for gods sake!
    This must be top tier trolling, Majima can’t die, he’s a fan favorite (for what I know)

  • Joshua ‘Near’ River’z

    Ohh hell no… i’m going to Silliconera and got Story Spoilers, please consider to add spoiler in the headings :D

  • drexxia

    they can’t kill the best character in the series! :C

  • Gestriden

    Wow I know the game just came out but seriously this was pretty spoilery.

  • “Death is but a door. Time is but a window. I’ll be back.”

  • Göran Isacson

    What I’m wondering is if this whole “Goro Majima ‘dies’ ” thing is something that’s dropped in, say the first hour of gameplay or so, or if it’s more midway into the campaign. First hour, then it’s just set-up and honestly not a big deal. If it is dropped in the middle of the game, THEN it’s a spoiler.

    BUt for the record, I think this is both a bluff AND part of this campaigns set-up, so I wouldn’t go crying “SPOILERS!!1” just yet.

  • James Keeton

    I just need to interject with the point that Yakiniku is amazing :D

  • venomryu

    yakuza 5 takes place before dead souls so he did’t

  • Developer’s don’t have the guts to permanently kill off Majima because they know we (the fans) love him.

    SPOILERS, if they couldn’t kill Majima in Dead Souls, a non-canon game, then I doubt we’ll see the last of him in 5, just made absent for a good while.

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