The Yakuza series’ protagonist, Kazuma Kiryu, is a bit of a conundrum. His Yakuza ties clearly make him a criminal, and he is not going to let you slide for not paying your due. At the same time, he is the protector of a little girl, the provider for kids in an orphanage, and generally helps random strangers for free.
He has touched the lives of many people, and his reputation as a fierce fighter may almost be overshadowed by rumors of his kindness. He meets people in need as part of the substories in each of the games, and they are often deeper than the typical fetch quest for three units of generic item X.
With that in mind, Sega partnered with Liquid Advertising to create three shorts. These tell the stories of how Kazuma Kiryu impacted their lives, and it shows a little of what they are doing now. Filmed on location in Japan, they are an interesting look into the character and impact of Kiryu’s actions from the people he helped.
Each of the three people are from different places in society, and two are from the same game. “The Bouncer” and “Prodigal Son” are from Yakuza Kiwami (review), and “Another Haruka” is from Yakuza 5.
The videos are beautifully shot, and it is just one more thing to get you exited about the April 17th release date for Yakuza 6: The Song of Life. We know there is another small game coming on April 20th, but we think Yakuza 6: The Song of Life is amazing. You read and watch our review here.
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Jason became terminally addicted to videogames after receiving the NES at an early age. This addiction grew to include PC gaming and was cemented with the launch of the PS2. From then on, he was afflicted with epic RPGs, tense shooters, and deep strategy games, never becoming skillful, but never able to quit. He continues to play games (poorly) and share his passion for them to anyone willing to listen.