"The most important part about giving a good speech is believing in yourself... ...Perhaps one day... I will believe in myself... again. Very well. If learning how to give a great speech is what you seek, then I'd be happy to instruct you. In exchange, I would like for you to continue assisting me."
Toranosuke Yoshida is a character from Persona 5. He is attempting to seriously enter Japan's political system in order to start changing the country, but is having difficulties doing so.
- Persona 5 / Royal: Supporting Character; Sun Confidant
- Persona 5 The Animation: Supporting Character
- Persona 5: Dancing in Starlight: Mentioned
Yoshida has slicked-back black hair, dark brown eyes and thick eyebrows. Yoshida wears his black business suit, white dotted red tie, white gloves and a green sash that reads "friendly society, bright future" (やさしい社会 あかるい未来, yasashii shakai akarui mirai)?.
As a politician, Yoshida demonstrates impressive speech-giving skills, though due to his past, he naturally suffers from self-esteem issues, especially when someone calls him by his dreaded nickname "No-Good Tora." However, rather than be angry by such slanders, he remains calm and level-headed, even when he is faced against naysayers. This becomes bolstered through the protagonist's encouragements, eventually able to overcome his self-esteem issues.
As the Confidant progresses, Yoshida becomes more charismatic, eventually developing a sizable fanbase. He also holds no hostility towards Kuromoto, who was responsible for him being framed for embezzling funds, which surprises his old friends.
Yoshida also holds a high opinion of the Phantom Thieves of Hearts, showcasing an open mind and incredible insight: he correctly deduced that the Phantom Thieves were individuals who felt wronged by society in some way and seek to change it, even implying that they could be children. At the end of his Confidant, Yoshida reveals that he knows that the protagonist is a Phantom Thief himself, having discovered this through his mannerisms and responses.
Yoshida is an unpopular man who gives soapbox speeches outside of Shibuya Station. In the 20 years since he started, he’s lost seven consecutive elections due to his tempestuous personality and political scandals. In what was eventually known as "No-Good Tora's three strikes," Yoshida made a series of political blunders that tarnished his reputation: missing a legislative meeting to take a personal vacation, being accused of embezzling party funds, and finally calling a voter an idiot in an open forum.
Given certain circumstances, considerably few people stop and listen to Yoshida’s words, but his speeches are actually good, and is confronting the country's future with seriousness. The protagonist first meets Yoshida during the former's part-time job in the beef bowl restaurant. The protagonist can volunteer to aid in his public speech to build up the Confidant with him, during which it was revealed that the embezzlement scandal that destroyed his credibility was not his fault: his old mentor misappropriated funds for his own purposes and put the blame on Yoshida. By the end of the Confidant, Yoshida has managed to win a sizable base for his upcoming campaign and the real culprit behind the scandals is revealed, allowing him to confront problems head-on.
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"Staging your crimes with calling cards... It's hard to believe that a student could manage this alone. An adult—for example, someone talented enough to move people with words—perhaps they coached you. ...Isn't that right!?"
The protagonist can find Yoshida on May 6th in the Shibuya Station square, but he won't spend time with an inexperienced teenager. The protagonist will then have to prove his worth by working at the Beef Bowl shop, which requires the protagonist's Proficiency stat to be Rank 2 (Decent) to apply. After the second night spent working at the shop, Yoshida is sufficiently impressed with the protagonist, and his Confidant becomes unlocked after the second time the protagonist spends time with him.
Yoshida's Confidant is one of the easiest to complete, as it always ranks up each time the protagonist goes to see him, even if the protagonist doesn't have a Sun Arcana Persona in his possession. Unlike other Confidants, Yoshida also doesn't have a Mementos Request associated with him, reducing the time required to max it out. In addition to this, certain ranks of his Confidant also increase the protagonist's Charm by 3 points. However, there is a deadline to the Confidant: on November 17, election campaigning commences, and Yoshida will no longer be able to spend time with the protagonist afterwards. He does, however, warn him about this via text well over a week before the deadline.
Yoshida's farewell gift to the protagonist on the last day for maxing his Confidant is a Fountain Pen, which he apparently had used at the beginning of his political career. This item allows the protagonist access to all Negotiation skills once Yoshida's Confidant has been established in New Game+.
In Other Languages
|Japanese||吉田 寅之助 (Yoshida Toranosuke)|
|Korean||요시다 토라노스케 (Yosida Toranoseuke)|
|Traditional Chinese||吉田 寅之助 (Jítián yínzhīzhù)|
- Like all Confidants, Toranosuke's name is an homage to a Japanese historical figure. In his case, he is named after Torajirō Yoshida (吉田 寅次郎), a short-lived but influential intellectual and careerist who nurtured many major activists of the Meiji Restoration.
- Another possible reference is Shigeru Yoshida (吉田 茂*)?. Like Toranosuke, Shigeru was a member of the Liberal Democratic Party but forced to dissolute the congress and subsequently resign his post of prime minister for yelling "moron" at a Dietman of the opposite party during the conference of national budget.
- Yoshida is the only non-plot related Confidant to learn that the protagonist is a member of the Phantom Thieve without having to be helped via a Mementos Request. Rather, he discovers this through the protagonist's mannerisms.
- From the looks of his beta design, he was possibly originally supposed to be an NPC, known as Daiyamada Taro (大山田 たろう*)?.
- Files in the game indicate that it was possible to Reverse (Doubt) or Break a Confidant. If his Confidant were to be Reversed or Broken, the protagonist would not get the extra benefits when negotiating with Shadows.