Season 1 Episode 5: Yakuza vs Mafia

Bob Hubbard

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Episode 5: Yakuza vs Mafia

Yakuza Team: Zero Kazama (Actor, Karatedoka), David Kono (Yakuza Descendant/Historian)
Mafia Team: Joe Ferrante (Mafia Weapons Expert), Thomas Bonanno (Mafia Descendant (Joe Bonanno's cousin)/Historian)
Yakuza Weapons: Sten (Sten Mk. II), Ceramic Grenade, Nunchaku, Walther P38, Sai
Mafia Weapons: Tommy Gun (M1921 Thompson), Molotov Cocktail, Baseball Bat, Sawed-off Shotgun, Ice Pick

Yakuza Mafia Advantage Close Range: Nunchaku Baseball Bat Baseball Bat Mid Range: Walther P38 Sawed-off Shotgun Sawed-off Shotgun Long Range: Sten Tommy Gun Tommy Gun Special Weapons: Sai Ice Pick Sai Explosive Weapons: Ceramic Grenade Molotov Cocktail Ceramic Grenade -The Nunchaku was tested against the Baseball Bat. The bat broke a pig's spine at over 100 mph. The Nunchaku was tested on a gel head and managed to crack its skull in three hits. Ferrante tested the bat on the same torso and caused more damage in one swing. This gave the bat the advantage.
-The Walther P38 was tested against the Sawed-off Shotgun. The P38 proved deadly accurate and was tested on a synthetic skull filled with brains. It managed to hit it through the left eye socket. The Sawed-off Shotgun was tested on a dummy. It managed to hit it in the torso and cheek. The shotgun got the advantage due to its better killing power.
-The Tommy Gun was tested against the Sten. They both were tested against single and multiple targets. The Tommy Gun got the advantage due to its stronger caliber, faster rate of fire, and larger magazine.
-The Ice Pick was tested against the Sai. The ice pick was able to stab a gel torso in the neck and through its head. The Sai was tested on a blood-filled foam torso. It was able to put multiple stab wounds in it. The Sai got the advantage due to its versatility. The Ice Pick was a weapon only because it could be found commonplace, and the Sai was actually designed for attack.
-The Ceramic Grenade was tested against the Molotov Cocktail. The ceramic grenade was able to take out three targets: one was confused, one was disoriented and the other was dead. The Molotov cocktail was tested on two dummies in a car. When thrown, it put the car in a mini-firestorm and slowly burned the dummies. The ceramic grenade got the advantage due to its ability to put its victims in a completely defenseless state whereas the Molotov's victims could squeeze off one more round.
-It should be noted that in the simulation, the Mafia used M1911s and switchblades and the Yakuza wielded katanas but they got no kills. None of these were seen being tested. Also, the Sawed-off Shotgun was replaced with a full-length double-barreled shotgun in the simulation.
Simulation 5

This battle is the first to feature modern guns, a completely different environment and a 5-vs-5 style.
The simulation begins as both enter what appears to be a hotel. Five Mafia gangsters and five Yakuza gangsters come face to face with each other in the lobby. Two of the Mafia begin to light a Molotov cocktail, but a Yakuza member quickly spots this, and opens fire with his Sten, killing the Mafia member holding the Molotov before it can be lit. The Mafia boss responds by firing two shots from his shotgun, and manages to kill the katana-wielding Yakuza. The Yakuza boss pulls a bystander and uses him as a human shield while firing his Walther P38, while another Yakuza lights a ceramic grenade and throws it, killing a Mafia member behind a counter. During the confusion, another Yakuza member is killed by the retreating Mafia. The Yakuza boss pursues a Mafia member with an M1911 who is trying to escape via elevator. He easily injures him with his sai, and kills him with the P38. Meanwhile the camera cuts back to the two Yakuza pursuing the Mafia. A Yakuza carrying a Sten is killed by a Mafia member using a Tommy Gun, but he is shot by a Yakuza with a Walther P38. The Mafia boss, having used both of his shells, tries to reload his shotgun, but but he drops the shells,in fear the Yakuza will find him, pulls out his baseball bat and engages the Yakuza who pulls out his nunchaku. The two engage, and the Mafia boss beats the Yakuza to death with the baseball bat. The Mafia boss enters the boiler room, only to be almost shot by the Yakuza boss's Walther P38. He fires both shells in his shotgun and heads to the ground floor, only to have the Yakuza point his Walther at his head. The Mafia boss is at this point afraid for his life as the Yakuza boss pulls the trigger, but the barrel clicks, indicating he ran out of bullets. The Mafia boss smiles and hits the Yakuza in the stomach with his shotgun. The two different enemy leaders then engage in close-quarters combat.[11][12] The Yakuza boss displays superior technique and gains the upper hand against the Mafia boss, who misses his strike and punctures one of the boilers with his switchblade, which he drops to the ground after his hand is hit by the steam. The Yakuza boss forces the Mafia boss up against the punctured boiler, but before he can make the final blow, the Mafia boss jabs his ice pick into his arm, which causes him to drop his sai. He then shoves his head into the punctured boiler, followed up by a stab to the neck. The Mafia boss gently lowers the dead Yakuza boss to the ground, pulls out a cigar, lights it, takes a long draught, and walks away, pleased with his victory.
Overall Winner: Mafia
In a battle of near-equals with very different philosophies, the easy-to-use, hard-hitting weapons of the Mafia gave them the edge even though the Yakuza had better training. The Tommy Gun is notable for having the second-most kills of any weapon in the series and the most kills for a modern ranged firearm on the show. The battle was also notable for being in a 5-on-5 format instead of the conventional 1-on-1 match.

Yakuza Mafia Overall Kills: 414 586 Close Range: Nunchaku: 9 Baseball Bat: 23 Mid Range: Walther P38: 10 Sawed-off Shotgun: 38 Long Range: Sten: 359 Tommy Gun: 499 Special Weapons: Sai: 10 Ice Pick: 24 Explosive Weapons: Ceramic Grenade: 26 Molotov Cocktail: 2