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120 cm (3'11"; Child)
167 (5'6"; Adult)
|Playable Debut:||Samurai Warriors: Sanada Maru|
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June 4, 1615
Role in GamesEdit
She is briefly mentioned by Hideyoshi during Nene's story in Samurai Warriors 2. In a letter, he doesn't want to burden his wife with the journey to the battlefield and requests her to send Chacha instead. Keeping an eye on him, Nene instead makes the trip and prevents the two from meeting. In the English script, she states that she fired all of his courtesans during her ending cinematic. This most likely includes Chacha as well. The Japanese version instead has Nene chide her husband to not cheat on her, making it clear that she disapproves of Hideyoshi and Chacha being together.
Chacha appears in one of Nagamasa's events in Samurai Warriors Chronicles. She, or one of her sisters, can accept Nagamasa's rosette after Oichi's death at Shizugatake. Upon receiving the heirloom, she weeps bitterly for her parents and swears to make her father's dream a reality.
In Samurai Warriors: Sanada Maru, she is first introduced as a child being escorted away from the burning Odani castle by Hideyoshi's men. With the castle on fire, and debris falling, she witnesses and waves goodbye to her father for the final time. Some time later, she meets Yukimura for the first time, and the two grow close, but are separated by the political obligations. Growing into an adult, she is perked when Hideyoshi mentions his interest over the Sanada clan. After Hideyoshi's death, Hideyori soon becomes more threatened once Ieyasu defeats the Western Army at Sekigahara. With very little options left, she calls upon Yukimura, who was exiled for supporting the Western army, to help Osaka Castle. Although they succeed in driving off the Tokugawa, Chacha witnesses the traumatizing site of Osaka in flames, and they agree to unfair terms of defense for a ceasefire. Touched by Yukimura's resolve and dedication, she defends the castle a second time during the summer siege. Around the same time as Yukimura's death, Chacha also perishes within Osaka Castle, signifying the end of the Toyotomi.
In the epilogue, she is still remembered by Kai and Gracia, who have since taken residence in Osaka after the final defeat.
Lady Yodo acts as the figurative head of the Toyotomi family in Kessen. In the Japanese version, she is officially named Yodo-gimi. Using her womanly charms, she pleads several warlords to defend her home. These men include Mitsunari, Josui, and Yukimura. An over-protective mother, she forbids her son from fighting at Osaka Castle. If the Tokugawa forces win the battle, both she and Hideyori will commit suicide. Should the Toyotomi remain in power and gain a valuable seat in the court, she will congratulate the army's leader (either Mitsunari or Yukimura) on a job well done.
Throughout the series her character is named Chacha Azai. Her crowning traits are her political and charismatic stats; the rest of her stats are below average. She is best used in assisting domestic affairs as a result. If need be she can act as a supporting general for the infantry. During earlier titles of the series, her character replicated a scheming Yodo-gimi persona with a maximized ambition stat. Her character quotes were sly and reproachable. Chacha's current portrayal in the series is far more positive.
When the live action film dedicated to her historical figure came out in Japan, it received a special tie-in collaboration campaign in the series's online adaptation.
Saihai no YukueEdit
In Saihai no Yukue, Lady Yodo and the infant Hideyori act as victims to the conflict at Sekigahara. She pleads with Mitsunari to protect the Toyotomi family and settle the score with Ieyasu in battle. Additionally, she was the one who also suggested to make Garasha Hosokawa a hostage to gain Tadaoki's loyalty. She acts as a weak yet gentle voice of reason.
After Mitsunari wins the battle at Sekigahara, he learns from Ieyasu that Lady Yodo also had an audience with him. She requested for Ieyasu to attack Mitsunari, deeming the loyal subject to be the land's greatest threat. Suspicious of the conflicting stories, Mitsunari confronts Lady Yodo at Osaka Castle. When he corners her, she shows her true colors as a wicked and uncaring woman. She is the one who was responsible for Garasha's death and staged the entire war. In actuality, she doesn't care for Hideyoshi since she blames him for causing her mother's death.
Once he reads her mind, Mitsunari learns that she is merely running away from her sadness and, though she claims to have been suffering the entire time, she is truly happy with Hideyori's birth. Her spirit defeated by Mitsunari's perception, she is abandoned by everyone but her comforting son. In the game's epilogue, she presumably dies when Ieyasu conquers the land three years later and burns Osaka Castle to the ground.
She appears under the name Chacha in Pokémon Conquest as a subordinate to Oichi in Aurora during some character's stories, when Oichi serves as Aurora's Warlord in the protagonist's absence. Chacha's initial Pokémon partner is a Bidoof.
The director remarked that Chacha was one of the female characters he considered adding in future Samurai Warriors titles.
Proud and dignified, Chacha led an unhappy life after the loss of her parents. Content to seclude herself from others, she gradually opens up after meeting Yukimura.
- Jayne Patterson - Kessen (English)
- Mami Koyama - Kessen (Japanese)
- Marika Kouno - Sengoku Musou ~Sanadamaru~
- Yui Kano - CR Sengoku no Arashi ~Nobunaga no Shou~
Live Action PerformersEdit
- "I have received my father's dreams and vision for the world. I will continue the proud traditions of my Azai and Oda blood, and never let them die. I will do everything I can to make father's dream a reality."
- ~~Chacha; Samurai Warriors Chronicles
- "For a land without sorrow, we must uphold Lord Hideyoshi's dream at any cost."
- "To create a land in which everyone smiles, order must be erected."
- "But... The battles needed for these dreams will only cause more grief."
- "It can't be helped if we want to take the land. That's proof of these turbulent times..."
- ~~Chacha and Mitsunari; Hyakuman-nin no Sengoku Musou
- "But, Mother! It is my responsibility as commander! I must be there to inspire the hearts of my people!"
- "Leave the fight to Lord Yukimura and his men. Even if you were to go now, you would be of no help to them in battle."
- "But, Mother! Please!"
- "Quiet, my son! The lord of the Toyotomis must not be seen like this."
- ~~Hideyori and Lady Yodo; Kessen
Lady Yodo (speculated to have been born on 1569) was Azai Nagamasa's eldest daughter. Her mother was Oichi no Kata, one of Oda Nobunaga's sisters. Her childhood name was Kikuko (菊子) and her given name was Chacha or O-Cha (お茶). She was also known as Yodo no Kata, Ni no Maru-dono and Nishi no Maru-dono. Her other name, Yodo-gimi (淀君), isn't found in historical records and is likely a derogatory alias conceived during the Edo Period. Yodo-gimi was used to describe her as a "wicked and wanton" woman who plotted the death of the Toyotomis.
After her parents' deaths, Chacha was sent to live with Oda Nagamasu at Azuchi Castle. It is believed that she was later transferred to Jurakudai Jurakudai and relied on Kyogoku Maria (Nagamasa's older sister) and Kyogoku Tatsuko (Maria's daughter) for her upbringing. It is said that as she grew older, Chacha bore a striking resemblance to her mother. She was skilled with Waka poetry and was regarded as the highest ranked princess of the Azai family. She treated her sisters and other relatives well though it is said that she was also a passionate speaker regarding the Toyotomi's future.
In 1588, she became Hideyoshi's noble concubine. When she was announced pregnant a year later at Yodoko Castle, Hideyoshi was pleased and officially named her Yodo no Kata. Two years after Hideyoshi's death, she commissioned a shrine to be built to honor her father's kin and her mother's remains. During the Sekigahara Campaign, Lady Yodo didn't take an active part during these events and remained within Osaka Castle. When the castle fell, many accounts assume that she committed suicide with her son. However, there are few personal records regarding her demise, and a few theories state that she fled from the castle with her maids to either Satsuma or Kozuke Province.
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