Kiryu And Majima Find Themselves In Trouble At An Early Age In Yakuza Zero

By Sato . August 28, 2014 . 2:22am


After Sega announced Yakuza Zero, we learned that the game takes place in 1988 with two fan-favorite characters in Kazuma Kiryu and Goro Majima as the protagonists. Famitsu shares a little about the trouble they get themselves into during the years of their early prime.


Before getting further details on the two protagonists, here’s a look and some descriptions of the game’s fictional districts of Kamurocho and Soutenburi.



Kamurocho, Tokyo, is all about its wining and dining, manners and customs, also known as the “sleepless city” that attracts greedy gamblers. On the other hand, it’s also houses the infamous Tojo Clan that has been fighting over territorial disputes on a daily basis.



Soutenburi of Osaka is part of the Kansai area that is filled with energy, but it is also known as the home turn of the powerful yakuza association known as the Omi Alliance. Both Kamurocho and Soutenburi have a beauty them, but they’re both just as dangerous…



Kazuma Kiryu is part of East Japan’s most notorious organization, the Tojo Clan. More specifically, he is a member of the Dojima Family, the Tojo Clan’s most powerful subsidiary.


Kiryu lost his parents when he was a child, and was raised at the Sunflower Orphanage that was founded by Shintaro Kazama, a young leader of the Dojima Family. Since then, Kiryu joined the Dojima Family, and is known as a member of one of their strongest forces.


One day in December of 1988, a certain dilemma occurred within the organization, surrounding a certain murder case that happened in the back alleys of Kamurocho… and it was pointed at Kiryu’s savior, Shintaro Kazama.


In order to protect someone important to him, Kiryu is determined to step out of the Dojima Family.



Goro Majima runs a cabaret club in Soutenburi, Osaka, called “Grand”. Contrary to his unreliable and dishonest looks, he is bold and polite when it comes to work. He is known as the “Emperor of the Night,” who helped the cabaret club Grand rise from the bottom to top.


However, he is actually a former yakuza member who was being chased by a certain organization. Up until several years prior, he was actively involved in organization work for the Tojo Clan in Tokyo, but one day he opposed plans for a surprise attack by the clan.


Afterwards, he lived a fierce life of confinement due to his opposition. He was then sent to Osaka to monitor the Omi Alliance, as his only condition for being “kept alive”.


While he dreams of returning to the Tojo Clan in order to reunite with his close friend, one day, he is told that if he ever wants to have his dream come true, he must meet the condition of killing a certain someone as part of an order…


Yakuza Zero is currently in development for PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4.

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  • Based Ignacio Puppo

    Kiryu looks so young. I wish Sega would localize it :(. Scratch that, I’d rather get Ryu Ga Gotoku 5 since it actually concludes the story, but alas…

    • Freakmasta

      I dunno. Kiryu doesn’t look young at all. In fact, he looks older.

      • Based Ignacio Puppo

        Look at his smaller frame, and his hair!
        (He is supposed to look younger since this game takes place before 1, but I was expecting them to reuse Yakuza 3 or 4;s model)

      • AkuLord3

        Its Jojo Young

  • 永次

    Ryuu Ga Gotoku Zero. I can’t wait.

    • Jey

      you “cant wait”? hahaha..

      prepare to wait till you crumble and rot. haha

      • 永次

        I don’t understand you, What do you mean?

  • Stephen Mc Devitt

    I have Ryu Ga Gotoku 5 but I didn’t play it any further than reaching the first save point because I couldn’t understand what anyone was saying despite researching the story on the internet. I felt depressed, knowing I can understand what could actually be a great story or at least entertaining.

    • harmonyworld

      which is mainly my reason for never importing japanese games.
      No matter how fun or interesting the game can be, if you can’t read the text, it’s ultimately depressing and you can’t progress.
      Or at least for me anyway~

      • Stephen Mc Devitt

        What’s worse is that there WAS a fan translated wiki guide but it was gone shortly after I got my cousin to order the game for me.

        There used to be a time when Sega put thought into localising Yakuza, mainly the first with an english dub with Michael Madsen and Mark Hamill but the spark sorta reignited with 4 and Dead Souls.

        Sega used to localise games into english before, so there’s no excuse to say they can’t do it now.

        • Meckagon

          Well there are 2 guides: the 1st one was a Wiki guide by Yimbocarimbo (he said he’ll get the guide back up online some time later and if he doesn’t, there are people who saved the guide and could upload it). The 2nd one is by QuelTipo, he translated already most of the main story (cutscenes, sub-cutscenes, even some sidequests) and is thinking about Another Drama after he’s finished with the main portion of the game. Also KHHsubs is translating the cutscenes.

          So I don’t really see a problem why you couldn’t play the 5th one right now.

          • Stephen Mc Devitt

            Thank you. I’ll keep your comment as a screenshot in case I forget.

  • Arz

    Give Kiryu his big dumb anime hair back!

    • AkuLord3

      says u Baldie~ but yeah it wasn’t that big, pretty normal stylish hair

  • TrueDefault

    Such a handsome man!!

    • colorblindnightmare

      Kiryu was always a good lookin dude but dayum.

  • Schiller

    I want Yakuza 5 :( And Ishin :( and Kenzan :( and a Yakuza game on the Vita… damn you Sega!

  • カルロ ランバルディ

    everytime we talk about yakuza i just get sad because we wont get it

  • Göran Isacson

    Ha ha, that Kiryu scowl. Looks like it’s been his look since day one. Or perhaps day zero, to be more apt.

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