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Yakuza Devs Love Memes As Much As You Do

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When you make a long series as wacky and melodramatic as Sega’s Eclectic Yakuza / Like a dragon Games, it’s unclear what players will hold on to. A key example? YakuzaThe creators of were very surprised by the players’ discovery of Goro Majima, the faithful blindfolded gangster of the series, unfathomably attractive.

In a recent interview with Automation Media At the Tokyo Game Show, producers Masayoshi Yokoyama and Hiroyuki Sakamoto revealed that they tried not to be influenced by foreign fans when creating content for games like Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Cleared His Name. Still, the two couldn’t help but recognize three popular memes from the fandom. here are the Like a dragon favorite memes from overseas producers – in this case, that means us!

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Nugget’s popularity cannot be denied

DuringAutomation MediaIn the interview, the developers admitted that Yakuza 0 (the best Yakuza game, fight me) exceeded their expectations as one of the most popular games in the series on Steam. Chief among Yakuza 0The most popular character is a rooster named Nugget. Nugget is no ordinary rooster. Nugget is one of the most OP managers in the world Yakuza 0It is Real Estate Royale mini-game. It’s true, this bird is turning things around and accumulating a lot of money.

“I feel like animal types are unusually popular overseas. Other than that, for the human characters, it’s pretty much the same thing. I can see this from the sales of acrylic charms,” Yokoyama said. “Whenever we ask a foreign production company to ‘make an exciting video,’ they always include Nugget. And also this sheep-man from Like a dragon 7 (American title: Yakuza: like a dragon). It’s like it’s their weakness.

Nugget’s popularity eventually landed him a guest role in developer Ryu Ga Gotoku’s studio. Fist of the North Star: Paradise Lost game.

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Sayama, Kiryu’s old flame, has so many die-hard fans

One of the most surprising memes (at least for Yokoyama and Sakamoto) is the Yakuza the fandom’s undying love for protagonist Kiryu Kazuma’s former flame, Kaoru Sayama. Sayama is a police officer Yakuza 2 and its remake Yakuza Kiwami 2. Aside from being one of the only female characters to fight alongside Kiryu, Sayama was also one of Kiryu’s love interests. In between beating bad guys on the street, Kiryu and Sayama had a cute date and shared two very long and very passionate kisses. It is until the beginning of Yakuza 3when she moved to America and was never seen again.

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Sayama would eventually make his triumphant return to the series as Book Companion (assistant character) in a Like a dragon: infinite wealth trailer. During the interview, Sakamoto recalls being surprised by RGG Summit 2023 fans shouting Sayama’s name during a trailer cutscene in which Kiryu told fellow protagonist Ichiban Kasuga that he once proposed to someone. A lot Yakuza my peers, myself included, assumed that Kiryu was talking about Sayama and were completely normal at the idea of ​​our boy finally having some sort of development in his stagnant love life.

“To me, Sayama was just a ‘woman from a long time ago’ from a past title, but among foreign fans there were people wondering if she would make another appearance, so I “I was quite surprised,” Yokoyama said. “And now when she showed up among the Poundmates in the trailer, everyone was like ‘I knew it, she’s here!’ It’s a strange feeling for me, because I don’t remember Sayama talking to me much in Japan.

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Sayama x Kiryu shippers would be wise to not hope that Sayama makes a big appearance in LaD: infinite wealth. In a previous interview with One more game, Yokoyama revealed that Kiryu only mentioned that he had proposed to someone in the past to follow the progress of the conversation he had with Ichiban and comfort him after his proposal with the party member failed , Saeko Mukoda. Disappointment.

“Kiryu Never Killed Anyone” Meme Is Widespread in Both Countries

By far the most prolific meme in the world Yakuza The fandom is the cognitive dissonance over the fact that Kiryu definitely has non-living people throughout the series, even though the opposite is said. YakuzaThe producers of can’t help but acknowledge how funny it is.

“The ‘Kiryu never killed anyone’ meme is popular overseas, but I think it’s also quite funny for Japanese people,” Sakamoto said. “Rather than just one thing going viral, it feels like all kinds of scenes are used in all kinds of contexts online.”

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Off the top of my head, I can recount numerous times when Kiryu threw people out of windows of high-rise buildings, gutted someone with a katana, or smashed a bad guy’s face in with a metal bat. There is no way Kamurocho’s doctors can save someone from all this damage.

With each new Yakuza The game is a new highlight to add to the proverbial “Kiryu Never Killed Anybody” file, and I can only hope that the meme gets even more out of hand in Like a Dragon Gaiden And Like a dragon: infinite wealth.

Like a Dragon Gaiden: The Man Who Cleared His Name will arrive on PC, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X/S and Xbox One on November 9. Like a dragon: infinite wealth arrives on the same platforms on January 26.

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