|When you live among the stars, you lose sight of what is happening on the ground.|
|— Yasha to himself|
Yasha (ヤシャ, Yasha) is the deuteragonist and secondary playable character of Asura's Wrath. He is a Demigod member of the Seven Deities, brother of Durga, brother-in-law of Asura, and uncle of Mithra. He is the eternal rival of Asura. His Mantra Affinity is Melancholy. He was formerly one of the Eight Guardian Generals and former Guardian General of Melancholy, who served the Army of Shinkoku and the Emperor to fight against the Gohma.
Despite joining the Seven Deities, he turned against them and started helping Asura.
Yasha is a young man with hazel eyes, a black goatee, and shoulder-length black hair with a part of it wrapped in a bun. His age of appearance is stated to be 29. He has traditional markings and prints mottled around his body, a trait all male Demigods appear to share. He also wears crescent-shaped earrings. His clothing and attire consist of a decorated style commonly attributable to the deities of Japanese mythology, complete with dual white scarves trailing behind his shoulders (the Japanese wind god, Fujin, is also known to wear a long white mantlecloth around his shoulders). Yasha often wears a golden mask which makes it his most recognizable feature.
Yasha is a calm, kind and benevolent demigod who strives to protect Gaea and appeal to a morally correct standard. He was often seen as notably depressed by the plights of both demigods and humans and strived for a way to bring peace to the world.
Yasha is in a number of ways the antithesis of Asura. He is emotionally cool, level-headed, collected and melancholic; traits that oppose Asura's seething rage, hot-blooded passion and recklessness. He was willing to sacrifice his own life in the end for a chance to stop the destruction of the world. Due to Asura being his former best friend/rival and brother in law, Yasha tended to have many heated arguments with him about who was stronger and behaviors which flared into combat and ended in calm reconciliation. Yasha also had a close bond with his sister, Durga, and was devastated over her death as well as tormented by the fact he could not avenge her life. Although he joined the Seven Deities, he was still unsure whether or not he should help his former best friend Asura in his quest for vengeance or stay on the side of his fellow deities.
Due to the innumerable purifications and harvests of souls done by him and the Seven Deities, he became extremely distraught, reluctant and unsure of himself and Deus' grand plan to save the world at the cost of so many innocent lives. Due to the world's suffering, he always has a melancholy expression. During his time as one of the Seven Deities, Yasha also displayed self-loathing and conflict for his own atrocities, referring to himself as a "demon" for following the cause. He began wearing the golden mask to suppress and hide his emotions and feelings, but even that did not hide the sorrow and guilt he felt for his actions. In the end, his morality proved to overpower his loyalty to Deus' cause, with him defecting the Seven Deities and betraying Deus, as well as saving and joining Asura to stop him. Yasha also harbored a hidden temper which notably flared when dealing with those who refused to listen to reason or were committing actions he felt were deplorable (i.e. Asura's uncontrollable temper and Deus' orchestration of murders). It is further suggested that Yasha is the God of Melancholy.
Yasha was born in Shinkoku Trastrium to a middle class family and joined the Shinkoku Army as an apprentice under the Guardian General of Greed. He and his fellow apprentice and rival, Asura, were training under Augus until Deus took him under his wing.
Asura eventually became romantically involved with Yasha's sister, Durga, and bore a daughter by the name of Mithra, making a promise to Yasha that they would work together to create a safer world for her.
He eventually became one of the Eight Guardian Generals along with Asura, and together with the other Generals they fought the dark forces of the Gohma. However, after their latest battle against the Gohma and Vlitra, Durga was murdered, causing Yasha to become conflicted. After seeing all the suffering caused by the Gohma, Yasha pledges himself to Deus' "cause" in belief that it will lead to a better world, despite harboring doubts of Deus' methods and the pain caused upon the people.
12,000 Years later
After Wyzen's defeat, Yasha met Asura on the battleground, wearing his golden mask. Saying that Asura should let Mithra go, he made Asura even angrier. Asura shouted "I'll knock that mask off your arrogant face!" and attacked him, but Yasha proved to be more powerful due to Asura being forced to fight with only his head and feet (since he shattered his arms against Gongen Wyzen). Yet with all his rage, Asura attacked Yasha once more, hitting Yasha with a powerful headbutt, finally cracking the mask. The mask fell down to the ground, as well as the exhausted Asura. Yasha, now unmasked, used his mantra to cleave through Asura's body, killing him once more.
500 Years later
500 years later, Asura returned a second time, and manages to wipe out Kalrow's fleet and kill him. Olga ordered the attack on a village, killing everyone but Asura, who, in his rage and sorrow, became a demon of absolute and uncontrollable wrath. Wondering why Asura is still coming back, even after losing everything, Yasha discusses the matter with Olga. Enraged, Olga ordered to use the Brahmastra. Seeing that this would consume a massive amount of the gathered Mantra, Yasha yelled at Olga to stop, but she did not listen and continued with her attack. Confused and angry, Yasha went out to stop the Brahmastra, killing the Shinkoku soldiers that tried to stop him.
Although Yasha's speed was admirable, he came too late and Olga fired the Brahmastra. The transformed Asura tried to counter it, but he failed and was near death. Using his full power, Yasha smashed against the Karma Fortress with his foot to alter the Brahmastra's course. The Brahmastra was successfully moved and Asura's life saved. Yasha was then conflicted with the Cause's legitimacy. Knowing that his deed could be a sign of treason, Yasha went to Deus to reporting him the situation and his reason. Deus agreed with Yasha that the Mantra is more important than Asura's defeat, however, Olga arrives, saying that Yasha betrayed them.
Being aware of the current situation, Deus ordered Olga to leave, but she ignored Deus' order, which resulted in her being punished. Hurt, Olga retreated while Deus told Sergei to take Yasha with him to purify a village. A large army of Gohma were traversing towards the village. Sergei told Yasha to destroy the village but Yasha did not accept this and jumped down to fight the Gohma. During his fall he killed many Gohma forces and shot into the ground, which later resulted in the rest of the Gohma force's demise.
He later found Sergei ordering the attack, resulting in the destruction of the village and the annihilation of the Gohma. Sergei arrived at the scene to collect the souls of the dead. Yasha was slowly thinking if the Cause was nothing more than a lie, when suddenly Sergei's fleet was destroyed and the demon Asura showed up. Crying in fear, Sergei was struck down by Asura. Shocked by Asura's immense change, Yasha stood still while Asura was holding Sergei's body. Despite being fatally wounded, Sergei mocked Asura and Yasha, telling them that it was him who murdered Durga and took Mithra. Yasha answered that he knew, with Sergei
replying that Yasha took the Cause over his sister, which made Yasha angry. Screaming with rage, Asura smashed Sergei into the ground and crushed his head, killing him and avenging his wife. Then Asura and Yasha engaged in battle and fought with all their strength. During a huge attack, Yasha's mask broke completely. Saying that Asura was only an ignorant maniac with power which would destroy him, Yasha stomped on the mask's remains and engaged Asura.
After various hits, Yasha smashed Asura through a few hills. Finally his full powers awakened, Yasha made his choice, he wanted to rescue Asura. He defeated Asura which also returned the latter to normal, and went out to defeat Deus alone, claiming that he is no longer one of the Seven Deities. Yasha confronted Deus, saying that he found a solution of destroying Vlitra without harvesting souls. Deus asked him to demonstrate it, and they engaged in a fight. However, Deus was much stronger, and Yasha was defeated. Deus seemed to be the victor, but Asura joined Yasha and together they fought Deus. Seeing his nearby defeat, Deus merged with the Karma Fortress to kill his former subordinates. Asura and Yasha used their combined power to defeat Deus. The victory was short lived, Vlitra emerged from Gaia, more powerful than ever. Deus, before dying, claimed that he was the only one who could defeat Vlitra and now with his death Gaea was doomed. Mithra was freed and was happy to see her uncle, Yasha responds with saying that he is not worthy of being called her uncle.
For one last battle, Yasha and Asura went out to save Gaea. The power of Vlitra was too much for them to handle, but Mithra used her Enhanced Mantra Manipulation and Amplification powers to grant Asura immense power, which was able to defeat Vlitra, and revitalize Yasha as well. Vlitra was nearly destroyed but its core was still alive, so Asura and Yasha flew into Gaea's and Vlitra's core itself. Vlitra's core had great power, but the two demigods finally defeated Vlitra, killing it one last time and Yasha knew that his path was the right one. They returned to the Karma Fortress but Olga was threatening Mithra with a sword, saying that they took Deus from her and that she will never see him again. When Olga tried to cut Mithra, her sword was pulled away by golden strings. After hearing a voice, Olga was killed by the Golden Spider which turned out to be the true god of the Mantra. The Golden Spider took Mithra into a cocoon, emerging as a deity which shocked Yasha and Asura. They engaged Chakravartin in fight, but he was too strong for them.
While Asura tries to save Mithra in his Wrath form, she sends Asura falling down to Gaea to prevent along with Yasha to prevent their death in the hands of Chakravartin. Awakening on the surface, Yasha realizes that, because of his unending determination even against impossible odds, Asura is the only one who can save the planet. Yasha defends the unconscious Asura from surviving Gohma, then installs the Mantra Reactor from the Karma Fortress into Asura. The reactor will prevent Asura from destroying himself in the final battle, and can augment his powers to stand against Chakravartin. Yasha then removes his own Mantra core to revive Asura, and prepares to battle him as a catalyst for Asura's new potential.
Later Asura awakens to find Yasha eager to battle, a new mask on his face and bandages wrapped around his chest, telling him it was time to find out "who is strongest" of the two. The two clash in a flurry of devastating blows, during which Asura gains the upper hand as Yasha pushes him to unconsciously activating the reactor. The two have a brief flashback of an intense spar they had long ago where they resolved themselves to make the world a safe place for Mithra when she was born, showing a brief moment of friendship between the two.
After the flashback, the fight becomes more intense as Yasha now battles Asura in his awakened state, no longer holding back. As the battle reaches its climax, the two charge each other for one final attack. As the two throw their final punches, Asura manages to dodge Yasha's strike. However, before Asura can deliver the final blow to Yasha, he observes Yasha smiling underneath his mask. Asura halts his attack, however the bandages that covered Yasha's chest were blown away from the force of the onslaught, revealing Yasha's now heartless chest. Asura's chest plate opens, revealing the Mantra Reactor fused into his chest. As Yasha's mask shatters and falls to the ground, Asura realizes that it was Yasha who revived him. Now knowing that Asura is at his strongest and ready to face Chakravartin, Yasha tells him to save Mithra and dies with a smile upon his face.
As Yasha's body begins to fade away, Asura bumps his fist against Yasha's, finally acknowledging Yasha as the brother that he always considered him to be. Yasha dies with a smile on his face.
870 Million Years later
Millions of years later, Yasha along with all of the Seven Deities as well as Asura, Durga and Mithra have been reincarnated in the modern day. Yasha meets up with his sister and niece as well as his reincarnated brother-in-law. When a meteor strikes, he takes the two girls to safety as Asura stands his ground.
Powers and Abilities
As one of the elite warriors of the Seven Deities and the former Eight Guardian Generals, Yasha is an extremely powerful demigod. Yasha possesses many superhuman abilities and is Asura's rival, which further testifies his immense combat prowess and abilities. He is strong enough to decimate hordes of Gohma single-handedly, and fight against several extremely powerful foes such as Asura, in several of his forms, Deus and even Gohma Vlitra (together with Asura). Prior to becoming a Guardian General, Yasha was Augus' and later Deus' student.
As one of the Eight Guardian Generals and the Seven Deities, Yasha possesses one of the eight Mantra affinities; the Mantra Affinity of Melancholy.
Superhuman Strength: Albeit not as outstanding as his speed and agility, Yasha displayed amazing superhuman physical strength. Yasha was capable of dispatching and defeating large Gohma with ease, produce strong shockwaves from his fists and kicks, and most importantly stand toe-to-toe with the strongest demigods such as Asura and Deus, matching blow for blow with Asura during their sparring matches, and even overpowering the latter in their first fight after Wyzen's demise, striking his rival a considerable distance away. Yasha is strong enough to hold his own against Wrath Asura, and also defeat Gohma Vlitra in a joint-attack alongside Asura. He is also able to use his great superhuman strength to leap incredible heights and distances.
Superhuman Speed, Agility & Reflexes: In addition to his regular abilities, Yasha's greatest attribute is his immense superhuman speed and agility, which he especially emphasizes in combat. Yasha is fast enough to run and travel great distances within mere instants and move within the blink of eye. Yasha could easily defeat numerous Gohma within seconds, fight on par with Deus and Asura, and move through space with untraceable speed. Yasha's immensely fast and fluid movements and accurate coordination made him possibly the fastest and most agile demigod.
Like his speed, Yasha also possesses incredible reaction speed and reflexes, being able to react in less than a second to avoid being attacked by numerous Gohma and other demigods as fast as him. Yasha was also able to react, dodge and defend against an unrelenting barrage of enemy fire without slowing down or being overwhelmed, as well as being able to dodge a multitude of Gohma Vlitra's energy beams.
Superhuman Durability & Endurance: Yasha has an amazing degree of superhuman durability and endurance, as he was able to remain active in various arduous situations, even after battles with powerful opponents such as Deus, in which he managed to survive an unrestrained lightning strike from the Deities' leader at point blank, survived a devastating energy wave from Gohma Vlitra, and even fought Chakravartin for a brief moment. Yasha was also able to compete with Asura in a final duel to the death, even after sacrificing his core and having a gaping hole in his chest, before his death.
Superhuman Stamina: As a demigod, Yasha likely had near-limitless stamina, as he was able to fight Deus and Gohma Vlitra for an extended period of time without rest. Even after defeating Gohma Vlitra in an arduous battle, Yasha still had enough strength to defeat multiple Gohma, and most importantly fight Asura even after removing his core.
Master Hand-to-Hand Combatant: Due to his extensive training as a soldier, a martial artist and a member of the Eight Guardian Generals, Yasha is an excellent warrior and has mastered many areas of fighting including hand-to-hand combat and most prominently martial arts. Yasha, along with Asura, was Augus' student, and later became Deus' de facto student and protegé, making him an incredibly proficient combatant due to being mentored by both Augus and Deus. Yasha possesses extraordinary dexterity and coordination, surpassing most of the other Deities and making him a match against Asura's brute strength in most of their duels. Through his masterful combat and martial arts skills, Yasha is not only able to fight and overpower numerous opponents at once (effortlessly sweeping enemies off their feet), but he is also able to carefully read his opponents' moves, allowing him to counterattack with ease and efficiency. His extraordinary combat prowess makes him one of the finest combatants in the Demigod Fleet and the Seven Deities, on par with Asura and Deus in terms of physical combat skills. Even before Asura's supposed betrayal, Yasha was his equal, which was not only the reason for their rivalry, but also for their close friendship.
Immortality: As a demigod and like all other demigods, Yasha possessed immortality and was unable to age. He is 29 in body and mind, but would not age and his lifespan was eternal thanks to Mantra and his demigod physiology. He also could not be killed by conventional methods and could only be destroyed by other deities and the Gohma.
Vacuum Adaptation: As a demigod, Yasha is able to survive in outer space unaided and without any form of discomfort. He is not affected by the lack of atmosphere and increased level of cosmic radiation.
Heat Resistance: Yasha is resistant against extreme heat, as shown when he fought Vlitra's Core in Gaea's core along with Asura.
Mantra of Melancholy: Yasha's Mantra Affinity is Melancholy. In his battle with Wrath Asura, Yasha realizes the Eight Mantras' emotions empower their Mantra to unprecedented levels. This is amplified throughout his battles as he questions his purpose and loyalty to the cause, growing stronger throughout his battles against Asura by subconsciously drawing power from the emotion that composes his Mantra of Melancholy; sadness and internal conflict.
Like the other deities, Yasha could harness the power of the Mantra to increase his physical attributes and destructive power. Like the other demigods, Yasha is also able to manifest his halo to achieve greater power. Yasha uses a Mantra-enhanced kick which has the raw power to smash through every known material, and even tilt the Karma Fortress' colossal head. In addition, Yasha is able to perform various Mantra-based attacks, such as blades and slashes, and powerful shockwaves.
In Episode 15.5: Defiance, Yasha displayed his Mantra's full power to Deus to show the Deities' leader an alternative way to defeat Gohma Vlitra. Using his full power and his Mantra of Melancholy's emotion of internal conflict and sadness to magnify his power, just like Asura does with his own Mantra of Wrath, Yasha strikes Deus with the power he claims can "save the world without bloodshed", and even though it devastated the entire area around them, it inflicted absolutely no damage on Deus. During the battle between Deus, Yasha displayed the ability to fire a thin shockwave of Mantra that passed harmlessly through Asura and hit Deus in the head so hard it knocked him back; he used the same attack on a previous instance when fighting the Gohma. When he was protecting an unconscious Asura from the remaining Gohma, he formed a massive dome of Mantra that destroyed and knocked them all away.
- Crescent-Shaped Blades: Similar to Asura, Yasha is able to produce blue crescent-shaped blades of Mantra with his hands. The blades possess great slashing power and speed, and he is also able to fire the blades in rapid succession. The blades also possess homing properties. By sending numerous blades at once, Yasha can slaughter the opponent with an extremely powerful barrage of slashes.
- Mantra Blades/Slashes: Yasha possesses a unique ability where he can unleash blue Mantra blades and slashes through hand-chop motions, that can slice through anything with great ease, even the hardened body of the Gohma. The blades and slashes can vary in power, from being able to cut lesser enemies to immensely powerful and deadly slashes and waves that travel along the ground capable of slaughtering and shredding into pieces the largest of Gohma and even Septentrion ships, as well as extremely strong opponents such as Asura in one slice.
- Teleportation: Yasha often uses his Mantra as a form of teleportation, teleporting from one place to another instantaneously.
- Flight: Yasha possesses the ability to fly at incredibly high speeds by releasing Mantra from his body.
- Halo: As all demigods who possess one of the eight Mantra affinities, Yasha is able to activate his halo to unleash his full power. This was first shown when Yasha attempted to divert the Brahmastra's beam from hitting a Berserker Asura, by redirecting the Karma Fortress' head with a massively powerful kick. It was also shown when battling Asura in his Wrath form to make the demigod come to his senses.
Skilled Pilot: Yasha was very skilled in piloting his "Lone Wolf" corvette, maneuvering through barrages of enemy fire in space and through tight quarters.
Mask: Yasha has a golden mask resembling a bird's beak that he often wears on his face. With the mask, Yasha hides his expressions and emotions after pledging himself to Deus' cause. With the mask on, he unconsciously suppresses his emotions and is able to cast off his emotions to do whatever is necessary for Deus' cause. The mask is cracked in his first fight with Asura after twelve millennia, and in his battle with Wrath Asura 500 years later, the mask is destroyed.
In his final battle with Asura, Yasha wears a second mask, which is also destroyed when he passes away.
Lone Wolf Corvette: Yasha owns a hover bike/corvette named "Lone Wolf". It was capable of flying and travelling at extremely high speed, and could also be used for travelling in outer space. Despite its size, it has the firepower equivalent to one of the Septentrion ships.
Vajra Yasha: Yasha can enter a state similar to Asura's Unlimited Mode, which vastly augments his speed and agility, and he gains virtually unlimited stamina which prevents him from overheating. However, unlike Asura, he does not become invulnerable to damage during the mode's duration.
- Yasha is the second playable character in Asura's Wrath, with his first playable appearance being in Episode 13: Cause and Effect.
- Melancholy or Melancholia is a feeling of deep and pensive sadness, sometimes with no real obvious cause. It is a very severe type of depression, where the risk of suicide is even higher than the ones with clinical depression. It can be caused by tragic events, such as loss of family members or in Yasha's case, his sister.
- Yasha wears a mask to hide his feelings and emotions after pledging himself to Deus' cause. With it, he unconsciously suppresses his emotions. Aside from representing his suppression of his feelings, the mask serves no other purpose.
- According to the Guardian Bios of Asura's Wrath, Yasha's hobbies and habits mainly include mediation, but he used to spend his time visiting the elderly. He also despises the smell of tobacco.
- Despite their rivalry, he was Asura's closest friend and brother-in-law before Asura's fall.
- Yasha's name is derived from the term "Yaksha". In Hinduism and Buddhism, Yaksha are nature-spirits often portrayed as benevolent, caring and powerful warriors. The Yaksha of mythology are also known to have a dual personality, similar to Yasha's behavior with and without his mask on.
- Yasha's fighting style is very similar to Nanto Seiken from the anime/manga Hokuto no Ken. Both styles involve slicing into foes merely with the practitioner's body.
- Yasha has some few similar traits with Vergil from the Devil May Cry series. One example is that he shares his cold personality with Vergil. Also, they have a rivalry with the main characters who are close to them (Yasha with his brother-in-law Asura, and Vergil with his younger twin brother, Dante).
- Yasha and Wyzen are the only ones of the Eight Guardian Generals whose Mantra Affinity is not one of the Seven Deadly Sins. Melancholy is, however, considered a minor sin.
- The blue Mantra blades that Yasha can utilize in combat are similar in nature to the punch-like blast that Asura can unleash.
- Yasha is the only deity who feels any form of guilt for his actions. He later becomes a straight up hero after switching sides.
- Yasha, along with Asura, appeared in the 2013 card game Street Fighter × All Capcom.
|Demigods & Gods|
|Main||Asura • Yasha • Deus • Augus • Wyzen • Sergei • Olga • Kalrow • Mithra • Durga • Chakravartin|
|Others||Emperor Strada • Kanazuki Spring Attendants|
|Shinkoku Army||Doji • Rasho • Taison • Kagebosh|
|The Eight Guardian Generals|
|Guardian Generals||Asura • Yasha • Augus • Wyzen • Sergei • Olga • Kalrow|
|The Seven Deities|
|Deities||Yasha • Augus • Wyzen • Sergei • Olga • Kalrow|