Yashiro Nanakase (七枷 社, Nanakase Yashiro) is a video game character from The King of Fighters series as the leader of the New Faces Team in KOF '97. He is one of the Four Heavenly Kings of Orochi and serves as the darker counterpart to Goro Daimon. [1] His name means "Shrine of the Seven Shackles". He was modeled after a character in the anime, Combat Mecha Xabungle. In the character popularity poll on Neo Geo Freak's website, he was voted as the sixteenth favorite character with a total of 783 votes.

Both versions of him are voiced by Makoto Awane in the games and Hamaoka Keisuke for The King of Fighters World.


The true origins of the Orochi fighter known as Yashiro are shrouded in mystery. At one point, he formed a rock band with Chris and Shermie, with him playing the guitar. They were preparing to perform when the club they were scheduled at canceled them in favor of a jazz band featuring Iori Yagami. Upset at their loss and angered by "the man with red hair", Yashiro and his band steal the invitations from the American Sports Team and enter the KOF tournament.

During the tournament's duration, the Orochi blood within Yashiro awakens as he and his friends remember their duties as three of the Four Heavenly Kings of Orochi and work to resurrect their lord by gathering fighters' energy. They succeed but, after Orochi's defeat and subsequent concealment, the trio sacrifice themselves to ensure their lord's survival.

Verse's defeat released numerous souls and has caused many who have perished throughout the series to be brought back to life. Yashiro is apparently one of them who has been revived, along with comrades Shermie and Chris.[2]


While living his normal life, Yashiro has a very 'cool' personality. Even so, he shows a part of his Heavenly King persona while composing his songs, which often has themes like death and blood.

Due to being upstaged in one of their gigs during the events of The King of Fighters '97 by Iori, he has developed a deep hatred and grudge over him. This, on top of the fact that Iori's a natural enemy of his, which he either does not know nor care about.


  • Super Speed - He can deliver punches at high speed.

Fighting Style

Yashiro's fighting style is focused on offensive power. He is an all around fighter that balances out his great striking power with amazing speed and swift technique. His punches are extremely powerful and straight-forward, contrasting with his acrobatic kicks that sometimes resemble Capoeira.


  • Bloody - The King of Fighters '97, '98, R-1, R-2, and 2002
  • Re: Bloody - The King of Fighters 2002 Unlimited Match

Game Appearances

Mobile Appearances

Cameo Appearances

Similar Characters

See also


  • In Neo-Geo Freak 1998, the characters in KOF '98 have their own interviews. Here are Yashiro's response to the questions.[3]
    • What is your aspiration in this competition? - "Punch the redhead."
    • Who would you like to fight the most? - "Redhead."
    • Who would you like to team up with? / Who would you not like to team up with? - "Red hair. Because I stand out more. People who I don't want to team up with is also red hair."
    • What is "KOF" for you? - "A tournament where I can beat red hair."
    • Finally, please give a word to your fans. - "We win. It's decided. Please watch."


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  1. Official character page from KOF anniversary website.