|“|| "My Son, I am proud of you."|
"Thank you, father."
"You have destroyed their Time Machine and restored the inevitability of our destiny."
- Yoshiro, proud of the Commander who eliminated the Soviets, in the aftermath of Operation: "Crumble Kremlin Crumble"
Crown Prince Tatsu is the only son of the Emperor Yoshiro and thus his second-in-command. The Western-educated Tatsu is the one responsible for the modernization reforms of the Imperial army, and the development of much of their new technologies, including nanotechnology and the Rocket Angels, as well as the Shogun Executioner.
A hotheaded and ruthless figure, Tatsu often clashes with his more stoic and conservative father, believing that victory against the Empire's enemies will not come from intimidating them into submission, but on the battlefield. Tatsu also places greater faith in the Empire's technology than his father does, and believes that destiny is not a blueprint to follow, but rather something that can be made through bold actions and force of will. Still, despite their disputes, Tatsu remains very loyal and dedicated to his father, and defers to his judgment in times of crisis.
Prince Tatsu masterminded the Imperial operations against the Soviet Union, including the construction and deployment of the Shogun Executioner in Odessa.
In the Imperial Campaign, his spies later uncovered an Allied plan for a surprise attack at the Imperial naval base at Pearl Harbor, giving time for the Empire to build defenses and dispatch reinforcements. Later, as Japan is being invaded by a joint-Allied-Soviet task force, the shaken Emperor Yoshiro granted Tatsu full command of the Imperial forces. Afterwards, a commander under his command destroyed Moscow and the Allied stronghold at Amsterdam, bringing victory to the Empire. He was rewarded by Tatsu and Yoshiro with the title of Supreme Shogun.
In the Soviet Campaign, following the Invasion of the Soviet Union Prince Tatsu constructed an elaborate palace for himself in Vladivostok, but this was leveled in the Soviet counter-attack despite the deployment of Shogun Battleships and King Onis. Later, Prince Tatsu was unable to save Emperor Yoshiro when a Soviet army killed him on Mt Fuji, calling the Soviets filthy savages with no honour. Presumably he was captured when Japan fell under communist rule.
In the Allied Campaign, Tatsu's personal fleet was deployed against the Allies in Tokyo Harbour. However, they were dispatched by the Allied forces. Presumably, the Prince was captured along with the rest of the Imperial leadership as Tokyo fell to the Allied invasion force.
In the Uprising timeline, Tatsu is alive and cooperated with the Allies in restoring peace to Japan as its new ruler, but is opposed by many of the dissenting shoguns, who are still loyal to the vision of his deceased father, Emperor Yoshiro. However, while he openly worked with the Allied occupation forces, the Empire still retained a large and organized military under his command, and in secrecy Tatsu plotted to restore the glory of the Empire of the Rising Sun.
In the Allied perspective, Prince Tatsu used the Allied commander to eliminate rival Shogunate leaders, including Shinzo, Kenji and Takara, before betraying him and declaring himself Emperor. Should the Allied perspective prevails, Tatsu's uprising in Japan is crushed and the country remained in the Allies' grip.
In the Imperial perspective, Tatsu working within the limitations of Allied occupation defended Japan from a series of Soviet incursions. The Soviets attempted to occupy former Empire territory in the Sakhalin islands, sparking a response from Tatsu. He sends one of the few remaining Imperial Commanders to aid in the defense of the island, and to relieve the island's besieged garrison under the command of Kenji Tenzai. Tatsu later sent the commander to defend Oki Island against another Soviet incursion which threatened the tomb of the late Emperor Yoshiro. Finally, in a show of independence from the Allies, Tatsu's forces attacked Vladivostok, and defeated both the Soviet and Allied forces sent to stop them, signaling the rebirth of the Empire of the Rising Sun.
- I want their hearts and souls commander but I also want Krukovs head on a stick.
- Thank you father!
- Commander this is our newest weapon. The Shogun Executioner.
- Soviets and Allies together?.... We should have decimated the Soviet threat! We should have killed every last Allied soldier!
- FATHER!!! What have you done, you filthy savages?!! Have you no honor??
- You primitive gaijin! How dare you attack Tokyo!
- Looks like your friends had deserted you. They can already see that you already lost.
Behind the Scenes
He is played by Ron Yuan.