Yakuza Series Producer Says Kiryu Might Be a Virgin

The Dragon of Dojima has yet to sire a brood.

News by Nadia Oxford, .

I haven't assembled a list of video game characters who'd be awesome dates (Yet. Here's hoping my pitch gets approved), but I think most of us agree Kiryu Kazuma of the Yakuza series would be a great date. The only problem—if you see it as a problem—is there's a chance your relationship will never be consummated. Yakuza writer, designer, and producer Masayoshi Yokoyama admitted in an interview he believes Kiryu is a virgin, and he currently doesn't seem to have any interest in making the beast with two backs.

The interview with Yokoyama was translated a couple of years ago in preparation for Yakuza 6, but Segabits brought the interview into the light earlier today, along with the tidbit about Kiryu's love life (which, Yokoyama stresses, is just his opinion and not solid canon).

"Kiryu held this pure love for Yumi Sawamura, but because of Nishikiyama he probably never made any strong advances on Yumi," Yokoyama says. "Neither Kiryu nor Nishikiyama laid a hand on Yumi until they were 27."

Then Kiryu winds up in jail for the murder of Sohei Dojima, which complicates things with Yumi further. "Though he [Kiryu] does enjoy himself with hostesses after being released, I'm sure he never actually lays a hand on them because he loves Yumi. And then Yumi passes away, and time just drags on."

Yakuza 5 contains a nod about Kiryu's possible abstinence, too. "Mayumi says something about this in Ryu ga Gotoku 5 [Yakuza 5] as well," Yokoyama says. "'We’ve been together for six months but haven’t done anything.' That means that Kiryu must still have no experience and keeps holding onto that pure love. Probably."

Note that "probably." Yokoyama uses more than one "probably" when suggesting Kiryu's a virgin. Contrary to popular belief, writers don't have every quirk of every cast member ticked off on a list; they tend to grow and spill over onto new pathways of their own accord. In other words, your fan theories still have validity. Myself, I believe Kiryu just needs time to realize he belongs with Majima. Though I will also accept "Kiryu has only one true love besides Yumi, and it's batting cages."

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  • Avatar for donkeyintheforest #1 donkeyintheforest 5 months ago
    i immediately thought of that scene at the Tamiya 4WD place and how he defended the guy in charge of the races from the little kids when i read this headline. such a pleasant difference from they way that is handled so many other places. that said, the way Kiryu handled it implied that he probably wasn't a virgin; of course you can impale a person with a sword and hit them with a baseball bat in head so hard they go flying but they never die so who knows what the rules are for virginity in that world haha
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  • Avatar for Wellman2nd #2 Wellman2nd 5 months ago
    Given the mini games, I can believe that.
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  • Avatar for VotesForCows #3 VotesForCows 5 months ago
    Kiryu's sex life is his own business, lets leave him alone!
    What I am interested in is Nadia's take on the best potential dates in games. I nominate the King of the Universe from Katamari, cos he has fancy clothes and such.
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  • Avatar for AceOfCakez #4 AceOfCakez 5 months ago
    I always felt like when he takes those girls to the hotel in some of those games that it's implied that he had hot sex with them. I could be wrong though. There's such a strong emphasis on not killing people but there's a blatant gameplay scene in Yakuza 0 where Kiryu pretty much uses a gun to murder lots of people.
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  • Avatar for Maxbeedo #5 Maxbeedo 5 months ago
    This would make those idol videos that Kiryu "experiences first-hand" in Kiwami a lot more awkward. The hostess he takes to a hotel rolls around in bed in a bikini, with Kiryu just sitting there, staring.
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  • Avatar for Damn_Skippy #6 Damn_Skippy 5 months ago
    So I guess he really was just 'spooning' the hostess girls he dates after work and takes to the hotel for a sleep-over cuddle and hand holding session? Bless his cotton socks.
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