Back in April, Sega held an audition for the then-unrevealed Yakuza: Like a Dragon, with five women getting prizes, and earning the chance to appear in the game as characters who work together with Ichiban Kasuga. Earlier this week, Sega revealed the character roles they will play in Ijincho. [Thanks, PR Times!]
Check out their characters below:
Eri Kamataki (CV: Eri Kamataki; Winner)
The president of the small wagashi sweets company Ichiban Seika. The company was near shutdown, and she was planning to give up on the company when Kasuga encouraged her to continue, and they will work together to turn around the company’s fortunes. She relinquishes the presidential position to Kasuga, and focuses on secretarial work to support Kasuga. Usually, she’s quite cool-headed, but also has a funny side where she’ll faint when certain things occur…
Eri Kamataki was the winner of the audition proper, and thus will also be a party member Kasuga can bring into battle.
Iroha Yanagi (CV: Iroha Yanagi; Special Prize Winner)
The show girl at Survivor, a bar that Kasuga and his friends hang out at. She’s known for being a good listener, and will always hear Kasuga’s woes out with a smile. While she’s usually on listening side, you’ll be able to see an assertive side to her as well.
Iroha Yanagi is one of the special prize winners, so she appears in the game, but won’t be playable.
Sumire Sawa (CV: Sumire Sawa; Special Prize Winner)
The female factory manager, and sole member, of the ‘Romance Factory’ in Ijincho. Her skills at repairing things are unparalleled, but due to certain events, she’s worrying over the lack of equipment at the factory. Perhaps it’s because she’s a former delinquent, but she gets fired up when she goes to work.
Sumire Sawa is one of the special prize winners, so she appears in the game, but won’t be playable.
Manae Miyakoshi (CV: Manae Miyakoshi; Special Prize Winner)
The receptionist of the Ounabara Vocational School, who will sincerely support anyone wishing to progress and grow via taking qualification tests. She’s well-mannered, and has stolen the hearts of many students. There are rumors that some students even enroll at the school in order to meet with her.
Manae Miyakoshi is one of the special prize winners, so she appears in the game, but won’t be playable.
Ririka (CV: Ririka; Special Prize Winner)
An mature office lady working the counter at Hello Work. She’s the one who recommends new jobs to Kasuga and his friends. She’s someone who’s straightforward and willing to say what she thinks, even to her superiors. However, sometimes she’s frustrated by Kasuga, who can sometimes have his head in the clouds.
Ririka is one of the special prize winners, so she appears in the game, but won’t be playable.
Yakuza: Like a Dragon releases for PlayStation 4 in Japan on January 16, 2020. We recently translated some comments from director Nagoshi regarding returning characters, which you can read about here.