Yakuza is first and foremost a homecoming story. It’s a gangster story too, as well as a weird comedy, and a manga-infused action epic. The series is filled with posturing, lantern-jawed dudes that pick street fights with random pedestrians. These dudes can also deftly remove a suit jacket and shirt in a single swipe without tearing a thing. These shenanigans, though, are framed around Kazuma Kiryu, the “Dragon of Dojima,” and his complicated relationship with Kamurocho, a lovingly rendered fictional mirror of Tokyo’s Kabukicho red-light district.
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