So You Think Yakuza Can Dance? Let’s See Haruka’s Dance Battle System

By Spencer . September 14, 2012 . 1:05am

Haruka Sawamura isn’t a little girl anymore. She moved to Osaka in Yakuza 5 and is training to become an idol. Haruka has battles too – dance battles.


Jazz, hip hop, house, rock, and idol style dancers are waiting in town for you to challenge them. Talk to a dancer to initiate a battle.


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Dance battles are like a rhythm game where you hit notes. If you’re on beat Haruka will do a flashy move, which gives Dance Battles a feeling like an action game. Haruka also has a Dance Heat move that can reverse a battle. Just like other characters you need to fill up a gauge to use a Dance Heat… which hits judges with Haruka’s cuteness.


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Win a dance battle and you can train Haruka in idol ability or her power of expression. Improving her idol ability is key if you want Haruka to become a member of Princess League.


Yakuza 5 is slated for release this December as a PlayStation 3 title.

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  • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

    Lol, this is certainly Idolmaster to the fullest lol.^_^

  • Kai2591

    Haha nice~
    Though I suck at rythm games so i’ll fail this part bad lol

  • Muffum

    *read the title, expecting her to beat the crap out of street thugs with peppy dance moves*

    *read article*…Well. That’s fine, too, I guess.

  • She’s legal now right?

  • Nicolas Vasquez

     well i suppose showing a girl getting punched by thugs would be a sensitive affair, i quess the haruka part will feel like a musical, wich can fit with the quirky side of this series, though the danceoffs would be more fitting if this was in the early 90’s.

  • That’s how she fights in the game? 

  • Guys just wait, In a few years she WILL beat up thugs I just KNOW IT!

    this is also good though xDDD

  • Dancing is a SRS BUSINESS. /lol

  • oh and, 


    Keep at it!



    • Speedo Redempteur

       i think they’ll finally let that millenium tower go ..

      • yeah, i think all 5 characters are to faaaar away to unite in one place at finale, in Yakuza 4 all 4 characters are only at kamurucho or okinawa…

  • Marco Tinè

    Will we have Saejima doing this, too? :D

  • XiaomuArisu

    Now Im expecting a epic dance battle in the finale!

  • Göran Isacson

    While playing a little girl capoeira-style kicking thugs into submission WOULD be cool, I guess this can suffice as a minor mini-game, the Yakuza series are, as I’ve come to understand, good with those.

    Still totally hoping she can become a super bad-ass Yakuza idol of course, but hey: you can’t have everything.

    • Mrgrgr and Unacceptable World

      Yakuza idol…….. that sounds really wrong on almost all front but, consider it sold if Sega is able to come out Idolkuza.^_^

      • Göran Isacson

        Teach your gal to sing, dance, perform, honor, how to get blood out of her skirt, and beat up those fools from the rival idol company trying to muscle in on their turf. I don’t know if PEOPLE would line up to buy that game… but I sure know I would!

    • Luis Camargo

      Yakuza idol ? This reminded me of Seto no Hanayome.
      In the anime, Seto is a daughter of a Yakuza fish boss and is considered an idol inside the group. Watch the anime, is about 24 episodes lonk (20-30 minutes each) and is funny

      • Göran Isacson

        I have in fact been interested in Seto no Hanayome! I saw a clip with her terminator dad sinking into a garbage dump, and wanted to see it ever since… just never took the time.

  • $733987

    Er… hasn’t she been living in the orphanage at Osaka since Yakuza 3?

  • ThePsychoGamer

    Can’t wait for the Amon Jill dance off.

    • kupomogli

      Amon would dance perfect and hit every heat gauge at the perfect moment except for one.  The dance would also last 30 minutes long.  So the only way to win would be to dance perfect.  I can see most people not platinuming this if that happened :P.

  • Nameless App 1989

    2 days until a decision on the TPP is made! Google it!

  • Heavenly_King

    LMAO!! XD

  • GibbRS

    2012 GOTY.

  • Learii

    yakua 5 sure have alot of min-games

  • Sperium3000

    Wait, wait, wait! Look at the game, it’s about to… Whoa, it’s going, going..! Annnnnnnd…. YEAH, IT DID IT~! IT JUMPED THE SHAAAARK~! 8D 

    • XiaomuArisu

       Its already jumped the shark…more then once…AND ITS AWESOME!

    • SeventhEvening

      The second game had a giant mechanized version of Osaka castle underneath the real Osaka castle and featured an aging gangster punching tigers in the face. Despite the gritty gangster story, the game series has always been completely balls to the wall crazy.

       Dance battle are one of the tamest and most normal additions that could be added.

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