Shigekiyo Yangu

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As long as y'all be with me, my little Harvests, I'll never run outta money...for my whole life!
—Shigekiyo Yangu, Chapter 335: Shigechi's Harvest, Part 1

Shigekiyo Yangu (矢安宮 重清, Yangū Shigekiyo), nicknamed Shigechi (重ちー, Shigechī), is a secondary ally featured in the fourth part of the JoJo's Bizarre Adventure series, Diamond is Unbreakable, specifically in the "'Shigechi's' Harvest" and "Yoshikage Kira Just Wants to Live Quietly" story arcs.

Shigechi is a kid using his Stand, Harvest, to collect money throughout the town, Shigechi befriends Josuke Higashikata and Okuyasu Nijimura. However, he accidentally discovers that Yoshikage Kira is a serial-killer and is killed, prompting Josuke Higashikata and his friend's search for the murderer.

Appearance

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Shigechi is a short and obese teenage boy with child-like features.

Although colored by Araki as having small patches of spiked hair, he appears bald in the digitally colored manga and anime, with his head textured by short spikes. He has thick drooping earlobes and small, high eyebrows. His teeth are misaligned, and he is missing his left maxillary central incisor.

He wears a modified, dark school uniform with studs outlining his chest in two "V"s, and in a line drawn downwards from each angle, touching high points on a serrated cut lining the bottom of his jacket.

Color Schemes

The series is known for alternating colors between media, the information presented below may or may not be canon.
Skin(Fair)
Hair (eyebrows)(Dark Brown)
Eyes(Blue)
Outfit
(Purple uniform, yellow trim and beads, brown shoes)
Skin(Fair)
Hair (eyebrows)(Black)
Eyes(Teal)
Outfit
(Green uniform, yellow trim and beads, blue shoes)
Skin(Fair)
Hair (eyebrows)(Black)
Eyes(Light Blue)
Outfit
(Indigo uniform and shoes, golden trim and beads)
Skin(Fair)
Hair (eyebrows)(Black)
Eyes(Light blue-gray)
Outfit
(Blue uniform and shoes, golden trim and beads)

Personality

Sure, he was super greedy and kind of annoying.. but he really grew on you.
Josuke about Shigechi, Chapter 347

Shigechi initially comes off as naive or unintelligent, with little thought for the creative use of his powers beyond gathering lost change. He notably mentioned licking stamps to see if the glue tastes different depending on the stamp, and he keeps a chewing-gum on the back of his mother's photograph to chew on later.

He also appears socially inept, being overjoyed at the thought of having friends in Josuke and Okuyasu and giving them, without a second thought, a share of the spoils he acquired through Harvest, if too much money isn't concerned Shigechi is always friendly. Shigechi also held strong familial loyalty, carrying a picture of his mother wherever he went and when facing Kira, he struggled to escape so he could protect his parents from such a menace. Shigechi tends to act quite politely in front of adults, notably deeply apologizing to Kira for almost colliding with him.

Shigechi loves money

On the other hand, Shigechi's greediness and possessiveness get the better of him. He couldn't bear the thought of sharing the five million yen he, Josuke and Okuyasu acquired through the lottery with them, and stole the check from them, threatening to kill both if they approached. After his eventual reconciliation, his possessiveness still extends to being unwilling to give money to his friends, but lending it; moreover, he was very possessive of his lunch, dropping his polite demeanor for a more confrontational one when he thought Kira was the one to have stolen it. He also had a habit of helping himself with the teachers' coffee and tea stash in order to have free drinks.

Finally, Shigechi has a misplaced pride. On one side, he has a tendency to let praise get to his head, as Josuke and Okuyasu's compliment about the smart way he uses Harvest made him believe he would have been smart enough to think about gathering store coupons or a winning lottery ticket to win more than he would with small change. On the other side, Shigechi takes insults badly and when Okuyasu begins to call him an idiot or fat, he violently retaliates against Okuyasu. He is also fairly arrogant about his abilities, and when squaring off with Josuke and Okuyasu he claimed his Stand was invincible. He made the same mistake with Kira and faced off against him despite not knowing at the time what Kira's deadly Stand powers were, which proved to be his ultimate downfall.

Abilities

Stand

Main article: Harvest

Shigechi is the user of the stand Harvest, a colony of small, bipedal insect-like creatures that scan the area for objects set for them to fight and retrieve. The main objective Shigechi uses Harvest for is usually gathering money.

Harvest (ハーヴェスト)Link to this section
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Ability
Strength in Numbers & Hypodermic Needle
PWR
E
SPD
B
RNG
A
STA
A
PRC
E
DEV
C

History

Background

Shigekiyo Yangu was born around 1985-1986 and seemingly lived a normal childhood. His parents gave him the nickname Shigechi and he got a pet turtle named Gonta at some point.[3]

Diamond is Unbreakable (1999)

In February 1999, Shigechi is shot by Keicho Nijimura's Bow and Arrow, causing him to gain a Stand named Harvest. He eventually begins exploiting its nature to collect lost money in the town of Morioh. He claims to have gathered 120,000 yen by the time he first meets Josuke and Okuyasu.[3]

Shigechi's Harvest

Shigechi, Josuke & Okuyasu create an invincible trio to get money

Shigechi first appears when Josuke Higashikata and Okuyasu Nijimura separately discover Harvest gathering coins. Following the colony of small Stands, the two arrive at a park where Shigechi collects the found coins. At first, Josuke and Okuyasu are unsure whether Shigechi is a malevolent Stand user. However, Shigechi surprises the pair and greets them. The situation is cleared and Shigechi starts presenting who he is to his to fellow Stand Users. Somewhat impressed, Josuke compliments Shigechi on retrieving small change and an overjoyed Shigechi offers half of his money to his new friends. While Okuyasu is more than happy to take free money Josuke insists on not taking advantage of his naivete, but instead work together with Shigechi and then equally share the spoils.

Josuke instructs Shigechi to retrieve lost or cast away store stamps and voucher in order to collect any bonus associated with them, that wat, Shigechi will get half of the money while Josuke and Okuyasu take the rest. The "invincible trio" merrily watches as Harvest accumulates the coupons, allowing Josuke to collect 61,000 yen in bonus. However, Shigechi gets greedy in presence of so much money and decides to only give 10,000 yen as he argues Harvest did all the work. This angers Okuyasu but Josuke reins him in, saying that they must be the adults and have more to gain staying friends with Shigechi.

Shigechi lets his greed take over

Josuke throws away a batch of lottery tickets, but Okuyasu stops him as he believes a winning lottery ticket could be there. Both Josuke and Shigechi scoff at the idea and Shigechi even promises Okuyasu half of whatever prize he gets. Soon enough, Okuyasu finds a winning lottery ticket with a prize of 5,000,000 yen. Josuke and Okuyasu are overjoyed, but unbeknownst to them, Shigechi's greed resurfaces.

At the bank, Shigechi, Josuke and Okuyasu try to receive their prize. The banker, suspicious about the trio, interrogates them about the ticket and reveals that the real buyer had written his name and phone number on the back. Thankfully, Josuke uses Crazy Diamond to modify the writings, stopping the banker from confirming that the ticker has been bought by someone else. Thus, the banker is forced to relinquish the money order that will be used to withdraw the prize money at a later date. After they exit the bank, Shigechi claims the money order for himself, repeating that Harvest was the one to find the ticket. This time, even Josuke loses patience. Shigechi arrogantly hands Josuke and Okuyasu two 10,000 yen notes as an "act of sympathy" but Okuyasu punches him, takes the paycheck and insults him. In anger, Shigechi retaliates. He summons Harvest who snatches the money order and attack Okuyasu's legs. Although Crazy Diamond is powerful enough to easily destroy one Harvest, this does no damage to Shigechi who runs away, threatening to kill the duo if they follow him.

Josuke has to beat some sense in Shigechi

Josuke and Okuyasu pursue Shigechi, whose fatness prevents him from running for long. However, he uses Harvest as a makeshift tank tread, allowing to be carried rapidly over the street and even carried to the roofs of the town. Using teamwork, Josuke and Okuyasu somehow manage to follow him and corner him on a roof. However, Shigechi has Harvest inject alcohol directly in their bloodstream, making them dizzy. Weakened, Josuke and Okuyasu cannot properly defend themselves and are cornered. Okuyasu begs for mercy and shows his money as a payment in exchange for forgiveness. Enticed, Shigechi approaches to take the bills and although he sees through the trick, he's already entered The Hand's range which teleport the ticket back into the duo's hands. Josuke then proceeds to tear the money order into tiny pieces and throw all but one piece away. Panicking, Shigechi sends Harvest away from him, allowing Josuke and Okuyasu to beat him.

Josuke and Okuyasu finally manage to talk sense into Shigechi and convince him to split the prize into thirds. The three receive their prize and become firm friends, although Shigechi's greed still annoys his two comrades.

Yoshikage Kira Just Wants to Live Quietly

One day, Shigechi buys a sandwich from St. Gentleman's. It is stolen from under his nose by a dog and when Shigechi notices that his sandwich is gone, he mistakes Kira's bag for his and takes it, not knowing that Kira's "girlfriend" is inside of it. Kira notices this right away and follows the kid to prevent him from seeing the hand, as he fears that the police could easily trace the ring on it and Kira's fingerprints back to him. Having not left a single clue during his 15-year career as a serial killer, Kira is determined to reclaim his "girlfriend."

Shigechi's "lunch"

Kira follows Shigechi across town until the latter runs into Josuke & Okuyasu again. Shigechi offers to let them into his school's prep room to have the coffee and tea that the gym teacher regularly smuggles into the school, but Josuke & Okuyasu turn him down. Thinking that he can reclaim his "girlfriend" without much trouble, Kira follows Shigechi into his school's prep room and tries to grab the St. Gentleman's bag while Shigechi is busy brewing himself some coffee, but is forced to hide in the gymnastics equipment when Josuke & Okuyasu suddenly join Shigechi, having changed their minds about his offer. While the trio is busy eating lunch, Kira attempts to grab the bag with a straightened-out coat hanger, but drops it, piquing Josuke's curiosity. Just when he is about to investigate the bag, however, Shigechi stops him and accuses him of trying to steal his sandwich. He then leaves again to prepare tea for Josuke & Okuyasu, during which Kira successfully reclaims the bag. Upon noticing that his bag is gone, however, Shigechi sends out Harvest to look for it but is cut short when the gym teacher enters the prep room, driving the three boys out and giving Kira an opportunity to escape without a trace.

Shigechi is attacked by Kira

Shigechi, however, notices Kira carrying the bag from the same bakery that his sandwich came from, and suspects Kira of having stolen his sandwich. Shigechi tries to take it back with Harvest, but the bag rips open, exposing Kira's "girlfriend." Kira, knowing that he'll probably be exposed, gives Shigechi a monologue on how he wishes to live a quiet life before summoning his own Stand, Killer Queen, aiming to kill Shigechi before the boy can expose him. Kira then sends out his Stand, Killer Queen, to eliminate him before word gets out. However, Shigechi summons his own Stand, Harvest, to try and incapacitate him. Kira deduces from his incident in the school that Josuke and Okuyasu are also Stand users while revealing a 100 yen coin.

Shigechi dies from one of Kira's bombs
Shigechi orders Harvest to take the coin, right before Kira reveals Killer Queen's ability to turn anything it touches into a bomb. The coin explodes, maiming Shigechi but not killing him. After revealing his knowledge of Reimi, Shigechi uses Harvest to distract Kira and hide. He then hobbles to the high school section of the school, aiming to warn Josuke & Okuyasu, but the moment he touches Josuke's classroom's doorknob, Kira detonates the bomb he planted on it, causing Shigechi to explode from the inside-out without leaving a trace. Having managed to leave the group a button from Kira's suit coat, Shigechi's soul is seen ascending by Reimi Sugimoto, and she warns the allied Stand users of his fate.

Chapters / Episodes

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Chapters in order of appearance
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Quotes

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  • I found itǃ (ミツケタゾ!)
    —Harvest
  • As long as y'all be with me, my little Harvests, I'll never run outta money...for my whole life!
    —Shigekiyo Yangu, Chapter 335: Shigechi's Harvest, Part 1
  • Yeah! We are the invincible trio!
    —Shigekiyo Yangu, Chapter 336: Shigechi's Harvest, Part 2
  • You won't get nothin'! Not a single yen! Yer Stands are poo! Worth less than a stinky fart! We only got the 5 million because of Harvest!
    —Shigekiyo Yangu, Chapter 339: Shigechi's Harvest, Part 5
  • Y'all can't do anything against Harvest... Want proof? Absolute proof? I'll give you proof!
    —Shigekiyo Yangu, Chapter 339: Shigechi's Harvest, Part 5
  • I hate bein' made fun of! "Fatass, stupid pig", all these names... I'll make y'all regret mocking me!
    —Shigekiyo Yangu, Chapter 340: Shigechi's Harvest, Part 6
  • Josuke! (仗助!)
    —Shigekiyo Yangu's last words, Chapter 346: Yoshikage Kira Just Wants to Live Quietly, Part 5

Eyes of Heaven


The information below derives from Eyes of Heaven which was not written and only supervised by Araki. As such, it may not be considered canon.

When Heaven-Attained DIO starts to overwrite reality, Shigechi is among the few people who are ressurected and turned to DIO's side.

Thus, Shigechi attacks the heroes alongside a similarly brainwashed Akira Otoishi at Boyoyoing Cape. They are defeated but both escape. Some time later, as the heroes regather the pieces of the Saint's Corpse, they cross path with Shigechi and Otoishi again who still attack them both. Josuke and Okuyasu team up to defeat them and restore their minds. DIO springs his trap and Shigechi is among the 36 souls whom DIO absorbs to attain even greater power. Fortunately, Jotaro defeats DIO once and for all, altering reality for the better.

Shigechi is shown during the ending credits to have survived and is enjoying tea time with Josuke, Okuyasu and Koichi although Kira still has impersonated Kosaku Kawajiri.

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Trivia

Araki's #1-10 Favorite Characters
  • In Araki's top Ten Favorite Characters in 2000, Shigechi was ranked ninth, listed just above DIO at #10 and being one of three Diamond is Unbreakable characters featured in the list.
    • At the 2019 Lucca Comics festival, Araki mentioned Shigechi as his favorite character.[7]
    • Araki mentions that Shigekiyo's death is the death that saddened him the most.[8]
  • Shigechi's voice actor in the games and in the anime, Kappei Yamaguchi, also voiced Forever in the Part 3 TV Anime. Later, he would voice Yo-Yo Ma in the Part 6 ONA Anime.
  • Shigechi's name appears as a quest NPC in the Japanese version of Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate. However, when the game was localized into English, he was renamed to a "Talkative Gal."[9]


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