Kotaku have a great piece up about how a Miss Yakuza 4 girl has become a Japanese sex symbol.
These days, it seems like you cannot turn on the TV in Japan without seeing her. Her name is Mitsu Dan. She’s currently Japan’s biggest sex symbol, appearing in racy TV shows and even racier movies and photo spreads. But before rocketing to fame last fall, she was just another pin-up model, and her biggest role was in a PS3 exclusive. But she wasn’t yet Mitsu Dan.
Also hot off the presses is the Ryu Ga Gotoku 5 television campaign! In case you were wondering what the Miss Ryu Ga Gotoku 5 winners were doing, wonder no more!
Name: Riku (I think)
Actress: Yuki Kaneko
Age: 20 years
Star sign: cancer
Height: 158 cm
Blood type: B
Place of birth: Fukuoka Prefecture
Favorite food: curry rice/potatoes
Favorite food: natto / tonkotsu hang frames
Profile: Loves rugged men and thinks men and women should be grouped apart whenever they can. Loves disarming by touching and will take other peoples advice willingly. Will often reply without thinking and can be a pain in the ass. She is attractive, energetic and flexible in her ways of thinking.
Location: Souten Osaka
Actress: Jun Shikano
Age: 21 years
Star sign: Virgo
Height: 155 cm
Blood type: AB
Place of birth: Osaka Prefecture
Favorite food: fried kushi katsu / bird
Favorite food: fish / fresh cream
Profile: Working to be a college teacher. Likes to talk, a lot with no filter. If she gets angry she can easily move to tears.
Town: Sakae-cho, Nagoya
Actress: Rena Mizuki
Age: 24 years
Star sign: Gemini
Height: 170 cm
Blood type: O
Place of birth: Aichi Prefecture
Favorite food: miso katsu
Hated food: none
Profile: Half french, curious, shows interest in about any topic. Likes to show off her world knowledge.
Name: Saki Sakura
Hostess Club: Kamurocho
Actress: Zhu Sato
Age: 23 years
Star sign: Aquarius
Height: 160 cm
Blood type: A
Place of birth: Saitama Prefecture
Favorite foods: broiled shellfish
Favorite food: tomatoes/peppers
Profile: Rookie just starting her career in Kamurocho she plans to become the number 1 hostess at the club! Does not like dirty jokes so choose your words carefully.
Hostess Bar: Tsukimino in Sapporo
Actress: Natsuki Yoshihara
Date of Birth: November 17, 1986
Star sign: Scorpio
Blood Type: Type A
Favorite Food: Chocolate urchin
Hated Food: Mushrooms
Profile: Sexiest girl at the bar she attracts the gaze of most men. She does not have any real goals and instead spends her days lounging with the money she earns.
In addition to the regular items you can order to drink there is also a new “Gacha Drink" mechanic that will randomly select a drink for a smaller price. You won’t know what you will get until you try! It could be a cheap drink or something your hostess does not like or it could be a champaign call or even other rare items!
After leaving on a date with a girl you can roam around the city freely arm in arm having a meal or hitting one of the cities play spots or bars. Play well against your girl in a mini-game and you might be rewarded with a kiss.
Form a deeper relationship with the girl and expect to have a deep and fulfilling story that will be unique to each character.
New high res’ screenshots for Yakuza 5’s hostess clubs and a little more info’ about them.
In past Yakuza games the hostess sections would normally follow a distinct pattern of questions and answers with the player choosing lines of dialogue as answers to questions. Yakuza 5 breaks this formula by allowing conversation happen more freely with the girl reacting to the players more realistically than before. Topics will be brought up from information learned around the city in free roam.
All hostess conversation is now fully voice acted using the full facial mapping to give the most life like performance. Instead of the old build up hearts system and have a sub story and a date you can now ask them out at any time depending on your hostesses mood. Asking out a hostess and completing a date activity might unlock more parts to a larger sub story for the girl.
How have hostess interactions been upgraded in Yakuza 5?
Now in order to make conversation you must be a wealth of knowledge. You can learn interesting things to talk about by listening to people talking around the city. There has also been added minigames to enjoy with the girls such as randomly chosen gacha drinks and chocolate stick eating minigame.
On top of that the facial structure of each hostess has been given an upgrade to make them more human and give you a greater sense of involvement when sweet talking them.
Final Miss Ryu Ga Gotoku special. Winners announced, tears shed.
Completely in Japanese but packed with emotion!
File this under weird but in the latest Ryu Ga Gotoku marketing tie-in the winning girls from the Miss Yakuza 5 contest are now linked up with Fanappli.
I for one now expect Fanappli billboards around Yakuza 5 as is customary.
Fanappli is basically a blog aggregate service for android phones. It pulls all of the girls blogs, twitter, facebook and youtube and places them in one hand stand alone app.
Click below to be taken to each girls Fanappli page.