Gubayama was an unidentified individual who was mentioned by the Colonel during the Big Shell Incident.

After Arsenal Gear's AI, GW, became infected with a computer worm in 2009, the simulacrum that GW had fashioned to serve as Raiden's commanding officer began to make strange comments to Raiden via Codec. One of these utterances referred to the Colonel having seen "Gubayama the other day in Shibomnigee," and that he had said for the Colonel to give Raiden his best.[1] Having never heard of this person before, Raiden was left confused.

Warning: The following information is from outside Hideo Kojima's core "Metal Gear Saga." It has some level of canonicity within the continuity, but reader discretion is advised.[?]

Nine years later, Raiden took the opportunity to ask another AI, Blade Wolf, about Gubayama and Shibomnigee, still curious as to whether the Colonel had tried to relay some hidden message. Wolf was unable to help, though he commented that "yama" is Japanese for "mountain," and that many sumo wrestlers use the term "yama" as part of their ring name, speculating that "Gubayama" might have a similar profession. Raiden, however, was left unsatisfied.[2]

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Notes and references

  1. ^ Metal Gear Solid 2: Sons of Liberty, Konami Computer Entertainment Japan (2001).
    Colonel: That reminds me, I saw Gubayama the other day in Shibomnigee. He said to give you his best.
  2. ^ Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance, Kojima Productions/Platinum Games (2013).
    Raiden: Hey, Wolf, know anyone named Gubayama? // Wolf: Gubayama? No. Perhaps I have heard it before, but... // Raiden: Huh? Well, no big deal. Just thought it might ring a bell. // Wolf: I apologize that I am unable to help. // Raiden: Nah. Forget it. // Wolf: Unless I am mistaken, "yama" is Japanese for "mountain." // Raiden: Huh? // Wolf: Does that help? // Raiden: No... The Colonel told me he met Gubayama once. Probably someone's name. // Wolf: A significant number of sumo wrestlers use the term "yama" as part of their ring name. Perhaps this "Gubayama" is in the sumo business. // Raiden: Makes sense, sure. I just wish there was a way of knowing what that AI was trying to tell me... Don't suppose you know where Shibomnigee is either, huh? // Wolf: No, Raiden, I don't."