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"We can't very well stay here by ourselves, can we? Let's just follow him for now but remain suspicious of his tricks."
—Yuu, on deciding what to do
"I am honored that you helped me. Please accept my humble gratitude."
—Yuu, upon reaching the Security Room

Yuu Tanaka is a survivor appearing in Dead Rising and Dead Rising: Chop Till You Drop.

He is found in Sir Book-a-lot during the scoop Japanese Tourists with Shinji Kitano. As the name of the scoop suggests, he is a Japanese tourist who does not speak any English.

Japanese Tourists[]

Main article: Japanese Tourists

Yuu is found in Sir Book-a-lot in Wonderland Plaza with fellow tourist Shinji. As they speak no English and Frank West speaks no Japanese, they are unable to understand each other at first.

Using a Japanese book, Frank is able to communicate with them in ungrammatical language. He offers to bring them to a safe place, and after some arguing Yuu and Shinji agree to follow him.

Infinity Mode[]

Main article: Infinity Mode

Yuu appears at the Meat Processing Area from 4:07:00 to 5:00:00 armed with a 2x4. He also carries a Cabbage, a Bowling Ball, a Bass Guitar, a Tool Box and a Lead Pipe.


  • Tanaka is an anagram of "katana", a Japanese weapon. However, Tanaka is a fairly common Japanese surname and the connection is likely a coincidence.
  • Although Yuu is only able to speak Japanese, he calls for help in English due to a limit in game mechanics.
  • In Dead Rising: Chop Till You Drop, Yuu is found in Lovely Fashion House instead of Sir Book-a-Lot.
  • Yuu and Shinji both have a photo op worth up to 5,000 PP each. Before joining, they will bow, prompting Frank to take a photo.
  • Yuu is one of the three best gunners in the game (along with Shinji and Bill Brenton).


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