His closest advisor is Tomoe Ame, a female feline samurai with extraordinary skill which she demonstrated when she saved his and his mother's lives from a ninja assassination attempt. For that spectacular display of skill, Noriyuki's mother appointed Tomoe as her son's personal bodyguard, a position she still holds today.
His personal appeal has also been a factor in reducing internal schisms in his clan such as when he inadvertently met the hiding rebel, General Ikeda, and reconciled with him for his role in an earlier insurrection. This extended to Ikeda protecting the lord from assassins and Noriyuki offered to reinstate him to his former rank. Ikeda declined and offered the compromise of his son, Motokazu, joining Noriyuki's court when he came of age after his father trained him. Although Ikeda later died in battle, Noriyuki was better than his word in bringing Motokazu into his household early to eventually become his personal page and later promoted the valiant cub to samurai.
Unfortunately, Noriyuki has proven as gullible about mistreating Tomoe as his father. A villainous advisor, wishing to get the female warrior (who learned of his treacherous nature in a dream) out of the way, has advised that she be married. The young panda accepted that advice without asking Tomoe if she desired it, making the marriage an unwanted imposition. Whether or not Noriyuki will realize that he is being unfair to her and release her is unknown for now.
Appearances in other media Edit
- Lord Noriyuki appears in the last level and the ending of the Usagi Yojimbo computer game.
- Lord Noriyuki appears in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2003 series episode "The Real World".
- Roku Toys Statue series 2.