Yakuza Character Popularity poll at TGS 2018 yields surprising result

SEGA’s TGS 2018 stage presentation for the Yakuza games ranked the most popular characters from the series. The Top 3 might surprise you.

The ‘Ryo ga Gotoku’ is currently working on Judge Eyes, a brand new thriller themed spin-off set in the same world as the main Yakuza games. In the game players take control of a new character, Takayuki Yagami, as he investigates a murder case in Kamurocho.

The character ranking took 20 of the most popular characters from all the the main Yakuza games, here’s the top 17:

Okay the Top 3 really surprised me as the series’ leading protagonist Kiryu Kazuma is not #1.

Shun Akiyama comes in third, mighty impressive considering he was introduced in the fourth game.

Kiryu is #2 in the ranking only to…


I always was a Majima fan but I didn’t really know that the fans over in Japan like the character more than Kiryu. If you’re new to the series, do play Yakuza 0, Majima will win you over.

The next major entry in the Yakuza world is the aforementioned Judge Eyes, which releases exclusively for the PS4 on December 13, 2018 in Japan. A Western release is planned for sometime in 2019.

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