|Yuri Volte Hyuga|
|Game||Shadow Hearts (SH)
Shadow Hearts: Covenant (SH:C)
|Romaji||Urumunafu "Uru" Borute Hyūga|
|Voice actor(s)||Hiroki Takahashi (SH, SH:C)|
|Voice actor(s)||Ted Lewis (SH)
Joey Capps (SH:C)
|Weapon(s)||Gloves, Claws, Fangs, Fists|
|“||Called "Godslayer" by the secret society, this anti-hero has the power of soul fusion. Defeated in Domremy and cursed by the Mistletoe, he has sworn revenge.||„|
|~ Shadow Hearts: Covenant|
|“||Rededicated to fighting for his beliefs and no longer affected by the curse of the Holy Mistletoe, Yuri stands triumphant with all his old enemies defeated.||„|
|~ Shadow Hearts: Covenant|
He is a Harmonixer, one who possesses the ability to fuse with the souls of monsters he has defeated. The first game finds him following the directions of a strange voice, which leads him to the train escorting Alice Elliot, whom he has been instructed to protect.
The second game yields a distraught Yuri after the death of Alice. He has taken up residence in Domremy, where some of his lover's family live. With World War I upon Europe, he has taken it upon himself to protect the town from the German military wanting to take it as a pawn. His adventure begins after an agent from the Vatican curses him using the Holy Mistletoe.
He had a happy childhood, loved his mother, and deeply admired his father, often playfighting with him.
When Yuri was ten, his father was ordered to go to Shanghai to fight a warlock, Dehuai. Yuri promised his father that he'd protect his mother till he came back. Not long after he left, on the night of a terrible storm, monsters sent by Dehuai attacked the homestead, intent on killing all inside.
Wearing the skins of their friends and neighbours, they sought to devour the pair. Tragically, Anne was killed by the monsters while attempting to shield Yuri from them. Seeing the life fade from her eyes distraught and enraged him, awakening his latent Harmonixer powers and transforming him into a beast.
When he regained consciousness, he found himself naked and covered in blood, surrounded by the bodies of the monsters he'd slain. He clung to his mother's corpse for a full night, sobbing and apologizing feeling that he'd broken his promise. Horrified, he eventually fled.
Yuri spent the following years wandering the land aimlessly, using his Harmonixer abilities to fight monsters. While he relished the opportunity to fight, he nursed a deep fear that one day the souls of the monsters he killed would overwhelm him. At some point, he defeated the souls that would later manifest themselves as the Four Masks.
He sought revenge for his mother's brutal murder, and information on the whereabouts of his father - whom he desperately wished to still be alive. Some unspecified time after that, he began hearing a mysterious voice which ordered him to go to various places, kill monsters, and help the people. Unable to ignore the voice and wishing to learn what happened to his father, he went as the voice directed him.
While in central Asia, it eventually led him to a certain train, which would change his life forever...
Aboard a separate carriage, and under heavy guard sat Alice Elliot - a woman with unusal mystical powers. A sinister Englishman, calling himself "Roger Bacon", attacked the train with his familiars in an attempt to capture her. Yuri intervened, and the pair managed to escape his clutches.
Coming into close contact with her, her spiritual powers inadvertently enhanced his ability to fuse, allowing him to fuse with other creatures. However, it also brought into being the embodiment of Yuri's greatest fear; the enigmatic Fox Face - the Grim Reaper in the form of his father and wearing a fox mask that Yuri wore in his childhood.
After fighting Fox Face, he awoke in the Graveyard only to be confronted by the Four Masks , who explained to him the nature of the Graveyard and malice. He awoke with a new fusion, and the now continuous burden of the malice meter.
He and Alice made their way across the plains, eventually coming to a small village, which had a somewhat sinister aura. Trapped in the village, they met the Li Zhuzhen, who helped them to exorcise the demons from the place, allowing them to leave.
After Yuri and Alice had parted ways from the Quack Oracle, they headed to the city of Fengtian, where, following an escapade with the renowned superspy, Margarete Gertrude Zelle, the three "borrowed" an airplane to elude the Japanese Army, who were determined to recapture Alice.
After crash-landing in the port town of Dalian, they met up once again with Zhuzhen, and helped the town put an end to it's terrible curse. Stranded in Dalian, they were offered a trip to Shanghai via boat by a very suspicious smuggler and her first mate. Realizing that they had no alternative, they agreed, and set sail for Shanghai.
Drifting at sea and lost in an endless fog, the party took a brief moment to relax, with the exception of Yuri, who was ill because of his severe sea-sickness. Yuri wandered the deck in a befuddled daze, until the boat was attacked by monsters sent by the Warlock, Dehuai, in his bid to capture Alice for his own nefarious schemes. Managing to defeat the monsters, the fog vanished, and the party was once again on their way to Shanghai.
Here, it didn't take long for the agents of Dehuai to catch up with them. During their stay at the local hotel, Zhuzhen revealed to Yuri that, not only was he friends with his father, but he was forced to kill him after the events of their battle with Dehuai, fifteen years prior, when Dehuai attempted the Demon's Gate Invocation.
Although angry at first, he forgave Zhuzhen when it became apparent that Dehuai was planning to break the final seal that was halting his plan. Followed by Lt. Col Kawashima and her aide, Kato who previously disguise themselves as smuggler, Yuri and the others completed the trials and managed to make their way to Master Xifa, Zhuzhen's teacher and keeper of the seal. Dehuai, however possessed Xifa's familiar and managed to capture Alice, and break the final seal.
The temple crumbling around them, Master Xifa used the last of his power to teleport Yuri and the others to safety, where they were accosted by more of Dehuai's henchmen.
Desperate to get Alice back, and with the threat of Dehuai's plan looming, Yuri and the party decided to storm Dehuai's fortress.
With the aid of the Japanese military they managed to infiltrate the building and fight their way to the warlock, who waited at the top of his fortress. Freeing Alice, the party did battle with Dehuai, only to learn that it was not the "Demon's Gate Invocation" he was attempting, but the Reverse Demon's Gate Invocation - to incarnate a God from the Earth itself.
He was soundly defeated by Yuri and company, his plan seemingly foiled. However, "Roger Bacon" appeared and revealed that he had other plans. Drawing upon his own power, he completed the ritual and summoned the Seraphic Radiance. Yuri ran towards the monster and attempted to fuse with it, trying to stop it. Unfortunately, the beast's will was too strong, and Yuri vanished completely, leaving the Seraphic Radiance to destroy Shanghai in a blaze of fire.
Six Months LaterEdit
Surviving the fusion attempt physically, but not mentally, Yuri managed to make his way to the tallest tower in Blue Castle, Transylvania, having flown via one of his fusions. Now completely mindless and feral, he was a danger to everyone and everything that came near.
Alice and Zhuzhen, meanwhile, had been searching for him in the intervening months and, with the help of the castle's resident Vampire, came across him in the tower. Unable to recognize them, Yuri attacked - but both he and Alice blacked out.
Awakening in the graveyard, Alice met the Four Masks within Yuri's soul, and, learning of his struggle, struck a deal so that she would take on the burden of his soul, and the malice in his heart, to their mocking delight.
She soon found Yuri digging his own grave and being taunted by Fox Face, mocking him for his failures and weakness. Alice argued with Fox Face, that Yuri hadn't given up and wasn't weak, only to be struck by him. This act snapped Yuri out of his reverie.
Brought back to his senses, Yuri finally defeated Fox Face, whose mask fell to reveal Yuri's own face staring back at him; Fox Face was a personification of Yuri's own doubts and fears. Rather than reject them, he embraced them as a part of himself.
His mind now restored, Yuri and the others set off together again to deal with the still lingering threat of "Roger Bacon".
Following a lead from Margarete, Yuri and co. headed off to Rouen, where they encountered the extremely paranoid Father Doyle, a friend and former associate of Alice's father. Breaking into his church, they managed to get him to reveal information on a "Cardinal Albert Simon" who could assist them, and that the man lived in London. Unfortunately, he was killed by Arcane Olga before he could reveal any more information. Yuri and the others set off to London to track down this "Albert Simon".
Arriving in London, they were assisted by a group of young street thieves, and their head-strong leader, Halley, who took them to Albert Simon's mansion, which had since been converted into a suspicious Orphanage, run by a man named Jack.
The group were unable to gain entrance, and returned to London. Upon arrival, however, the group learnt that the orphans had been taken to the Orphanage, prompting them to investigate.
They discovered that Jack had been attempting the Emigre Ritual - to raise his mother from the dead. After stopping both Jack's, and his monsterously reanimated dead mother, the voice in Yuri's head, which had been quiet for so long, spoke again and asked for aid.
Halley, recognised the voice as his mother's, directing Yuri to Calios Mental Hospital, where, after another encounter with Arcane Olga, they managed to free Halley's long-imprisoned mother, Koudelka Iasant.
Bacon once again appeared, and kidnapped Koudelka, though not before she told Yuri that the man called "Roger Bacon" was really "Cardinal Albert Simon" they had been looking for, and that he was to head to Nemeton Monastery in Wales, and search for the real Roger Bacon.
Travelling to the ruined abbey, they encountered a strange-looking and wizened old man who claimed that he was the great magician, Roger Bacon, and that Albert Simon was one of his disciples, who had long ago turned to dark arts.
Troubled by the machinations of his former pupil, Roger allowed Yuri access to the abbey depths, where the ruins from an ancient civilization lay. At the heart of the complex, Yuri found Albert, who revealed his true plan to summon a "God from beyond the stars", so that he may cleanse the world of all its hatred and wickedness, and create a new paradise; a "new Eden".
Initially using Koudelka as a energy source, she fought back, and would have killed him were it not for his Soul Pact with the God of Wrath, Amon. Even with this power, Albert looked as though he had been bested - Yuri even managed to acquire Amon's soul as a fusion.
However, using the energy released from their fight, Albert was successful in raising the Neameto Float which would act as a beacon to the god and guide it to Earth. Powerless to stop him, Yuri and the others watched as the Float rose up through the earth and ascend into space.
Fortunately, Roger had devised a teleportation device, which could take them all to the Float to stop Albert and try to prevent "God" from destroying the world. Alice, bearing the full burden of the Four Mask's curse, began to weaken drastically, as her soul was being devoured by Atman, the leader of the Four Masks. Though Yuri noticed, Alice refused to tell him, and confided in Margarete that she was slowly dying, begging her to not tell the others. Despite this, the party made their way through the "Mad God's Castle" where they came across Albert who awaited them in the "Generator room".
After a rather amiable exchange between the two, Yuri acknowledged the good behind Albert's intentions and Albert praised Yuri's determination, they fought, finally defeating Albert.
As he lay dying, Albert, confident that Yuri and the others might indeed be able to change their fates and save the world, used the last of his energy to send them into space, to do battle with "God" itself.
Hovering many, many miles above the Earth, with even the gigantic Float a mere blip in the distance, the Meta God arrived, having travelled over fifty thousand light years from a distant nebula. Using all their strength, Yuri and his friends managed to defeat the creature and save the world from complete destruction. As it died the Float began to crumble and sink back into the sea, though not before Yuri and the others were teleported back to Earth.
Returning to Earth triumphant, Yuri and Roger hid the Three Ancient Tomes inside the Neam Ruins, which had been unearthed by the rise of the Neam Float, so that people would not be able to find them and abuse their power.
Having saved the planet, Alice and Yuri boarded a train to Zurich to visit Alice's mother and to start living the rest of their lives with one another. Tragically though, on the way to Zurich, the curse of the Four Masks became too much for Alice to bear and she died, resting against Yuri.
With tears in his eyes, Yuri cradled her in his arms until the train arrived at Zurich. Once there, he met up with Alice's uncle Gepetto, and then he dug her grave with his own hands and buried her in his overcoat. As a final gift, he left Anne's Cross, a memento from his mother, on her gravestone.
As if to match his turmoil and grief, World War One began. Travelling to the sleepy village of Domremy with his new companion, Yuri befriended the locals, including a young girl, Jeanne, and her pet wolf Blanca. He protected it from invading forces taking on the form of Amon. Without direction or purpose in his life, Yuri had become apathetic and considered spending his remaining days in Domremy, until he passed on peacefully or was killed trying to defend the village.
Shadow Hearts: CovenantEdit
The Demon of DomremyEdit
Having settled in the town of Domremy, Yuri uses his Fusion powers to scare away the invading German soldiers and protect the villagers from the ever-advancing German army in World War I. A squad lead by lieutenant Karin Koenig, attempting to capture the village, encounter Yuri (in the guise of Amon) in the village Church, and a firefight breaks out. During the confusion, he manages to save her from an errant grenade, leaving her the only survivor of her squad.Karin, intrigued by her experience with the "Demon of Domremy", returns to the village with Cardinal Nicolas Conrad - an emissary from the Vatican, having first procured the Holy Mistletoe, a holy artifact with the purpose of "combating evil". After engaging in a fight with Nicolas, Yuri is stabbed with the mistletoe, which curses him and seals away his fusion powers before making him pass out. Nicolas reveals himself to be actually Nicolai, and a member of "Sapientes Gladio", a secret society bent on establishing a new world order; Nicolai in particular resents Yuri for defeating the society's enemy, Albert.
Awakening in the Graveyard, he discovers a large "tree" with his form embedded in the trunk, has mysteriously taken root. The shade of Jeanne, who was killed by Nicolai's henchmen, also appears, and promises that she'll attempt to find a way to halt the curse of the mistletoe. Yuri confirms with Gepetto that the curse has sealed his Fusion powers, forcing him to begin anew. The group eventually decides to consult Roger Bacon on Sapientes Gladio and the Holy Mistletoe.
All Across EuropeEdit
On his travels to Wales, Yuri encounters both Joachim Valentine - the older brother of Keith - and Kawashima's former aide, Masaji Kato, who has since been promoted to being a ambassador, and is in England for diplomatic reasons. He confides with Kato about the deaths of their loved ones; during their earlier adventures in Europe, Kawashima was assassinated by her father's political rivals. Arriving at Wales, he finds out that Roger has been kidnapped by "Sapientes Gladio" and brought to their Italian HQ.
During Yuri's investigations in Italy, he encounters the fortune-teller Lucia, whose mistress Carla was an ex-member of the secret society and left due to its brutal methods. They find that Roger has already been moved; Nicolai demands the Emigre Manuscript in exchange for Roger. Yuri came across the Manuscript when Jack attempted to use it to resurrect his mother; both he and Roger subsequently sealed it in the Nemeton ruins after the events of the first game. With no alternative, Yuri retrieves the forbidden tome from the monster-infested ruins and goes to Sapiente Gladio's prison island where Roger is being held. Although the group is successful in rescuing Roger, the Emigre Manuscript ends up in the hands of Nicolai, who passes it on to Kato for then unknown reasons.
Roger brings the group to Russia where Sapiente Gladio's leader, Rasputin, is based. Rasputin seeks to use the society to overthrow the ruling Romanov dynasty.
Three Months LaterEdit
All Across AsiaEdit
The Emigre ManuscriptEdit
Faith or FateEdit
At the end of the game the player is allowed to choose what Yuri values most: the desire for a peaceful life, or the desire to retain his memories and identity.
In the good ending, Yuri chooses to beat the Mistletoe's curse by ending his life before the curse destroys his soul. Yuri's is impaled by the upheaval phenomena in Takamagahara, killing him but preserving his memories. His soul is raised from the Mistletoe tree in his mind by Alice, and the two embrace.
Unexpectedly, this also sends him back to the time and place he remembers most fondly; the Manchurian railway in 1913, the fateful day before he met Alice. It is suggested that he retains his memories of what happened in Shadow Hearts: Covenant. In a developer's interview within the Japanese Shadow Hearts: Covenant guidebook that this is the 'canon' conclusion to the game, and Yuri would go on to relive the events of the first game and save Alice's soul in the process, thus making both endings of Shadow Hearts canon.
In the bad ending, Yuri opts to sacrifice his soul in exchange for a peaceful, untroubled life. He fades away in Takamagahara, as does the soul in his mind. Yuri ends up in 1918, the year when World War I finished, and found by Roger Bacon who had been searching for him ever since. Deeply saddened that Yuri has lost his soul and memories, Roger refers to Yuri as his "son" and brings him home where Yuri lives out the rest of his days.
When first seen in Shadow Hearts, he seems rather stand-offish, facetious, cold and perverted. However, despite his gruff demeanor, he proves to be very loyal to those that do put up with him. Eventually during the course of the adventure and finally dealing with the problems that being a Harmonixer has brought on him instead of running away, Yuri falls in love with Alice.
In the original Shadow Hearts, Yuri wears a long brown trenchcoat with a red shirt and brown leather pants. He wears a waist satchel tied around his waist with a series of intricately tied buckles.
In Shadow Hearts: Covenant, his personality changes a bit, probably because of his beloved Alice's death at the conclusion of the first game. Yuri retains his wittiness, but his willingness to show it isn't as persistent.
Skill & AbilityEdit
Yuri fights with his hands, utilizing various gauntlets made from a variety of metals. He has martial arts training probably taught to him by his father Ben Hyuga, as both of their stances and attacks are the same. Although he is unable to use magic normally, his fusion forms allow him to use elemental magic based on what he fuses with.
In Shadow Hearts: Covenant, Yuri is one of the characters able to have up to five Hit Areas, alongside with Joachim and Kurando. He is capable of becoming the second strongest damage dealer in the whole game, after Joachim.
Yuri also has the highest Sanity Points in the party in both games, so as to allow him to stay in a fusion form for a reasonable amount of time.
Shadow Hearts: CovenantEdit
- Main article: Yuri Hyuga/Fusions
|Fusion||Allows Yuri to become one of many fusion beasts.|
Appearances outside of Shadow HeartsEdit
Outside of the Shadow Hearts continuity, Yuri (called by his Japanese name Uru) has also appeared in Chaos Wars, alongside his fellow shadow hearts characters, Alice, Karen, Anastasia, Joachim, Kurando, Gepetto (with Cornelia) and Nicolai, who serves as the antagonist. His special is his ability to fuse into the Dark Seraphim and use his "For the Child..." attack.
Yuri has two voice actors in this game, one English, one Japanese.
Ahhhhhhhhh!!!!!! (Beginning when fusing)
"Bite Me!"(Throughout SH:C)
"That was a pretty good warm-up." (Victory: SH:C)
"Where's my apology?" (Victory: SH:C)
"That wasn't even a work out." (Victory: SH:C)
"If that's all they've got, no problem." (Victory: SH:C)
"Stay out of my way." (Victory: SH:C)
"I wish you'd shove it. You know where." (In SH:C)
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- Despite being so gruff and rude, Yuri has shown that he is not only afraid of ghosts in the second game, but proves to be easily susceptible to sea-sickness in the first after leaving Dalian.
- Out of all the characters in the series with Fusion abilities it is notable that Yuri has the most forms.