Imagawa Yoshimoto
4-Kanji Description: 虚張声勢
4-Kanji Translation: Urging Imaginary Voice
Weapon: Giant Fan
Element: Fire (Pre-SB2H)
Faction: Imagawa
Series Debut: Sengoku BASARA
Playable Debut: Sengoku BASARA 2 Heroes
Games: Sengoku BASARA (NPC)
Sengoku BASARA 2 (NPC)
Sengoku BASARA 2 Heroes
Sengoku BASARA Battle Heroes
Sengoku BASARA Chronicle Heroes
Anime: Sengoku BASARA Samurai Kings
Seiyuu: Kōzō Shioya
Voice Actor: Brian Drummond (Devil Kings)
Barry Yandell (Samurai Kings)
Television Actor: -
Stage Actor: Takuya Tsukamoto


"Is my face so overwhelmingly refined?"

Imagawa Yoshimoto is a character that first became playable in Sengoku BASARA 2 Heroes.

Description[edit | edit source]

Daimyo of Suruga; childish and cowardly but will fight when ultimately cornered. He was a brother-in-law to Takeda Shingen due to an alliance via marriage proposal. He can be sometimes very cruel; He appeared suddenly in Anegawa to disrupt the marriage between Oda and Azai due to the fact he wasn't invited at all. In Sengoku Basara 1 and 2 as an NPC, he shares a modified moveset to Kenshin.

In Sengoku BASARA, his lack of resolve costs his soldiers to lose heart multiple times while still in battle (i.e. his soldiers fall to the ground and can be killed in one single hit), though his occasional bursts of courage would enable them to get back on their feet - until the next time he panics again, that is.

In Sengoku BASARA 2, he confuses his enemies by promoting his head archers to his rank, thus confusing the player to where he really is. Wields a folding fan. He is playable in Sengoku BASARA 2 Heroes; his Basara involves him disco dancing with dance lights shown, and him getting his head smashed by the disco ball and tripping in the end.

As of Sengoku BASARA 3, he is confirmed to be dead.

Skills[edit | edit source]

Nanairoharebutai[edit | edit source]

  • なないろ舞晴台 (Rainbow Stage)
  • First Appearance: Sengoku BASARA 2/Sengoku BASARA 2 Heroes
  • Description: Yoshimoto does a disco step, strikes multiple enemies in a time, and blows them away at the end (In Sengoku Basara 2, the attack lasts longer but lacks the final blow).

Kimakure Ukiouki[edit | edit source]

  • きまぐれ浮扇  (Floating Mystery Whim)
  • First Appearance: Sengoku BASARA 2 Heroes
  • Description: Yoshimoto launches up to five fans which sweep out enemies and throw them away.

Historical information[edit | edit source]

Imagawa Yoshimoto

Imagawa Yoshimoto (今川義元?, 1519-June 12, 1560) was one of the leading daimyo (feudal lords) in early Sengoku period Japan. Based in Suruga Province,[1] he was one of the three daimyo that dominated the Tōkaidō region. He was one of the dominant daimyo in Japan for a time, until his death in 1560.

Early Life and Succession[edit | edit source]

Yoshimoto was born in 1519, the third son of Imagawa Ujichika. As he was not the eldest son, he was ineligible to inherit the family headship directly from his father. As a result, the young boy was sent to a temple where his name was changed to Baigaku Shōhō (梅岳承芳?). Unrest broke out when his older brother Ujiteru died suddenly in 1536. His elder half-brother, Genkō Etan (玄広恵探), tried to seize the heirship but the clan split into two factions. Yoshimoto's faction demanded that since Yoshimoto's mother was the consort of Ujichika, he was the rightful heir. Genkō Etan's faction demanded that since he was older, he was the rightful heir. Genkō Etan's mother was a concubine and a member of the Kushima family, but they were defeated and killed in the Hanagura Disturbance (花倉の乱, Hanagura-no-ran?). Baigaku Shōhō changed his name to Yoshimoto at this point and succeeded the clan.

Campaigns[edit | edit source]

After Yoshimoto succeeded to family headship, he married the sister of Takeda Shingen of Kai. This allowed him to cement an alliance with the Takeda. Soon after, Yoshimoto fought against the Hōjō of Sagami. Starting in 1542, Yoshimoto began his advance into Mikawa Province, in an effort to fight the growing influence of Oda Nobuhide in that region. In campaigns over the course of the ensuing decades, Yoshimoto wrested control of a wide area including Suruga, Totomi, and Mikawa provinces.

In 1552, Shingen's son, Takeda Yoshinobu, married Yoshimoto's daughter. Yoshimoto and the Hōjō clan reached a peace agreement in 1554 with the marriage of Yoshimoto's son Ujizane to the daughter of Hōjō Ujitsuna. In 1558, Yoshimoto left the clan's political affairs in Ujizane's hands, in order to focus on dealing with the advance westward into Mikawa.

Battle of Okehazama and Death[edit | edit source]

In the summer of 1560, after forming a three-way alliance with the Takeda and the Hōjō, Yoshimoto headed out to the capital with Tokugawa Ieyasu (then known as Matsudaira Motoyasu) of Mikawa in the vanguard. Despite having a strong force of 25,000, Yoshimoto deliberately announced that he had 40,000 troops. While this statement put fear in many factions, Oda Nobunaga of Owari Province saw through it. (Some historical sources support the claim of 40,000.)

With many victories, Yoshimoto's army was letting its guard down, celebrating with song and sake. A surprise attack by the Oda army of 3,000 following a downpour left Yoshimoto's army in complete disorder. Two Oda samurai (Mōri Shinsuke and Hattori Koheita) ambushed the Imagawa army and killed Yoshimoto, in the village of Dengakuhazama.

Imagawa Ujizane succeeded to family headship after Yoshimoto's death, but the Imagawa clan fell from power. Ujizane was later summoned by Tokugawa Ieyasu and became a kōke in the administration of the Tokugawa clan.

Yoshimoto has several graves; his body itself is buried at Daisei-ji, a temple in the city of Toyokawa in modern Aichi Prefecture. Imagawa Yoshimoto was 41 years old when he died.

Gallery[edit | edit source]

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Image Gallery

How to Unlock[edit | edit source]

Game How to Unlock Notes
Sengoku BASARA Unplayable -
Sengoku BASARA 2 Unplayable -
Sengoku BASARA 2 Heroes Unlocked by Default -
Sengoku BASARA Battle Heroes Clear the game with Ujimasa -
Sengoku BASARA Chronicle Heroes Clear the game with Ujimasa Unlocked by Default with Battle Heroes Save Data
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Sengoku BASARA
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Sengoku BASARA 2
Maeda KeijiChōsokabe MotochikaMōri MotonariToyotomi HideyoshiTakenaka HanbeiMiyamoto Musashi
Sengoku BASARA 2 Heroes
Katakura KojūrōAzai NagamasaOichiFūma KotarōHōjō UjimasaTokugawa IeyasuHonganji KennyoImagawa Yoshimoto
Sengoku BASARA 3
Ishida MitsunariŌtani YoshitsuguSaika MagoichiKuroda KanbeiTsuruhime
Sengoku BASARA 3 Utage
Matsunaga HisahideKobayakawa HideakiTenkaiMogami YoshiakiTachibana MuneshigeŌtomo Sōrin
Sengoku BASARA 4
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Sengoku BASARA 4 Sumeragi
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Sanada MasayukiSanada Nobuyuki
Area Warlords
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