Yatsuhashi Daichi is a former student at Beacon Academy and a member of Team CFVY. His weapon of choice is Fulcrum, a greatsword with a hooked tip. He is first seen in the Volume 2 Opening, walking with his teammates and is later seen falling from the sky with other teams; he subsequently makes his first, albeit brief appearance in "Field Trip", before making a full-fledged appearance in "Breach".
Yatsuhashi is a tall and athletic-looking young man with shaved-short black hair and tanned skin, who wears mostly pale-green and brown attire.
He has a long short-sleeved robe, which he wears on one shoulder over a black muscle shirt. The robe is fastened at the waist by a leather armored belt with two pouches on it. He also wears brown pants and black-and-green boots. His left arm bears a 5-layer sode which extends up past his shoulder. In RWBY: Amity Arena, it is shown that the armor's layers are cable of sliding based on the movement of his arm, allowing for more movement and flexibility.
His weapon is affixed to his back with a padded brown strap slung over his shoulder. He also wears a pair of bracers as well as a pair of black gloves with green plates on the backs.
Yatsuhashi is very self-conscious due to his size, strength and Semblance. He demonstrates a protective nature. In the episode "Breach" when Fox Alistair blows up an Ursa and sends the Grimm's spikes flying, Yatsuhashi shields Velvet Scarlatina from the flying spikes. Velvet also mentions him protecting her during their earlier mission in "Field Trip". Also, in the episode "Lessons Learned", he pushed Coco Adel out of the way when Mercury Black ambushed on them and defended against his attack. When Coco was ensnared and pulled away by Emerald Sustrai, he also desperately called out her name and reached out his hand to her in a futile attempt to save her.
As a result of a fairly traumatizing childhood incident, Yatsuhashi does not like using his Semblance. He frequently meditates to keep his patience in check, having a temperamental nature at times, and opting to stay quiet in contrast to his teammates' hotshot attitudes. Before the match, he is seen meditating in the arena next to Coco. Later he rather bluntly tells Emerald that he can't promise that he won't hurt them during their match.
In "Round One", he can be seen briefly posing for two girls at the fairgrounds, flexing and showing off his muscles, indicating a more playful side to his personality.
Sometimes he unintentionally says phrases that may be considered derogatory against the Faunus, but these actions are never intentional, after which he is extremely apologetic. Yatsuhashi has asked Velvet to make sure he doesn't let idioms which could be taken the wrong way slip from his mouth.
Powers and Abilities
Yatsuhashi is shown to have enormous physical strength, demonstrated by the fact that he was able to stop an Atlesian Paladin's punch and hold his ground for a few seconds.
- Main article: Fulcrum
Yatsuhashi's weapon of choice is Fulcrum, an enormous sword. He has demonstrated the ability to create devastating ground-pounds with his sword, which can demolish pavement and rock. He demonstrated this ability in "Breach", sending many Grimm flying with a single attack. When utilizing this technique in the geyser biome in the Amity Colosseum, his strength devastated and cracked the ground, even triggering and forcing some of the geysers to activate.
However, this technique is ineffective against Mercury, who deflects and absorbs the force from the blow with Talaria, nullifying the attack. During the battle, although he demonstrates impressive speed and control of himself to the point he is able to temporarily dodge and parry some of Mercury's kicks with his large blade, he is eventually outmaneuvered by Mercury and defeated in close-combat.
- Main article: Memory Wiping
Yatsuhashi's Semblance, Memory Wiping, allows him to erase other people's memories. He doesn't need to be in physical contact to use it, but touching the target helps him focus. He can permanently wipe memories which are trivial in nature, such as forgetting the last few seconds and temporarily wipe important memories, which return in an equal amount of time as to how they were wiped. Yatsuhashi uses his Semblance sparingly, only wiping seconds at a time. Because of this, his Semblance is draining, and it takes incredible focus to use it carefully.
In RWBY: Before the Dawn, the height of Yatsuhashi' Semblance is seen. His Memory Wiping is shown to be able to slowly but passively cure mental disease, such as Edward Caspian's degenerating memory, which recovers almost fully. He is also shown to be able to break mind control effects with his Semblance. Yatsuhashi is capable entirely of lobotomizing people, as shown with Jax Asturias, who is left in a completely vegetative state after taking the full force of his Semblance. However, that was only after his Aura was drastically boosted by Gillian Asturias.
Yatsuhashi is stated by Coco to be overly reliant on Fulcrum in combat, which he compensates by training with hand to hand combat more frequently. Still, he's not as good at hand to hand as he is at swordplay.
- On July 7, 2014 at 11:47 AM, Monty Oum began tweeting a series of 23 images of yatsuhashi, much to the confusion of his followers. He followed these with an image of Yatsuhashi Kengyo along with the message, "You all will figure it out". After his candid reveals of two other names mere hours earlier, followers surmised Yatsuhashi to be the name of the final member of team "Coffee".
- "Yatsuhashi" are a Japanese treat, often colored a warm brown tone and possibly a nod towards the mocha colors of the team.
- Yatsuhashi's full name, if inverted, roughly translates to "Eight Bridges of the Earth".
- Yatsuhashi's last name, Daichi, means "large, great" combined with "earth, land" or "wisdom, intellect" in Japanese.
- EC Myers headcanons Yatsuhashi's birthday to be January 6th..
- Although this has not been confirmed, it is likely that Yatsuhashi is based on Quasimodo from The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo. Like Quasimodo, Yatsuhashi was feared by others due to his intimidating appearance and grew up sheltered as a result.