Acting for Two: As well as voicing Mafuyu, Cherami Leigh voices an early NPC that Yagami questions, the receptionist at the ADDC, and Miku the hostess, Todd Haberkorn voices the Charles Shop Clerk and Ishimatsu, and Ray Chase voices both Izumida and Koga of the Keihin Gang.
The protagonist Takayuki Yagami is portrayed by Japanese entertainment icon Takuya Kimura, nicknamed Kimutaku. He was a member of SMAP, Japan's best-selling boyband, for 28 years until they broke up in 2016. Since his first lead acting gig in 1996, he has received high audience ratings for multiple TV series—earning him the title of "The King of Ratings"—as well as a ton of accolades. Judgment is his first time working on a video game, though not his first time voice acting in general; he was Howl in Studio Ghibli's Howl's Moving Castle.
Yakuza lieutenant Kyohei Hamura was originally portrayed by Pierre Taki, the frontman of the electronic music duo Denki Groove who wrote the hit songs "Shangri-La", "N.O.", "Niji" and the DEVILMAN crybaby opening theme "MAN HUMAN". He later became a distinguished multitalent working as a radio-TV personality and an actor starring in various dramatic or comedic roles. His most famous role is as the Japanese dub voice of Olaf in the blockbusting Disney film Frozen (2013).
Except for Kimura, all the actors whose likenesses are/were used as their character models have starred on the big screen in one or more of the Godzilla films. This includes Taki, Shosuke Tanihara (Mitsuru Kuroiwa), Kenichi Takito (Kazuya Ayabe), and Akira Nakao (Ryuzo Genda).
Kimura has spent more than 100 hours in total to help in mocap and voice acting sessions for Yagami.
The fact that the English localization team was able to convince the higher-ups at Sega to let them localize the game's story twice: once for the Japanese voice acting, then again for the English voice acting. The Japanese dub is accompanied by a subtitle track that is much more faithful to the original material, while the English dub had been rewritten to maximize the performances of the dub cast by making easier to deliver dialogue.
Greg actually dressed up as Yagami with his leather jacket, jeans, white shirt and sneakers in interviews and promotional events.note He shaved his goatee for this.
No Dub for You: Subverted for the third time for Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio, first being Yakuza on PS2 and the second being Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise, and the second time one of their games has dual audio. This actually doesn't fully apply all the way, though; unlike FotNS: Lost Paradise, minor characters and NPCs in Judgment still speak in undubbed Japanese.
No Port For You: Takuya Kimura's agency, Johnny & Associates, refuses to let Sega produce PC versions of the games because they are extremely protective of their clients' images and likenesses and are a strong believer in New Media Are Evilnote At one point, they point-blank refused to allow images of their stars to appear on the internet, and all pictures featuring them had to have them replaced by a silhouette. Therefore, they do not want the games to be on an open platform like PC, where the game's files are readily accessible, copy-able and modifiable. They did ultimately allow a Stadia port, which does allow one to play the game on a PC through the closed means of Cloud Gaming, but unfortunately Stadia is No Export for You in many countries.
The Other Marty: After Pierre Taki's cocaine bust, his character was re-dubbed by Miou Tanaka in addition to being replaced with an original model. While the change was early enough before the Western release that it wouldn't hamper its release, Sega said that they would be re-releasing the game at a discount with the changes in place on July 18 and original run copies wouldn't be getting an update to replace Taki's voice work and model.
Matsugane (JB Blanc) is Zinyak and Phillipe Loren.
Role-Ending Misdemeanor: On March 13, 2019, Pierre Taki was arrested for illegal possession and use of cocaine. Despite being three months past release, Sega halted game sales, deleted all previous tweets related to the game, and removed the title from the Japanese Sega website with the Judge Eyes page redirecting to an official press release. The Western release was still on schedule, but Taki's likeness was replaced with an original character model and another voice actor, Miou Tanaka, in all versions of the game. Sales for the game in Japan resumed on July 18, 2019, with these changes in place and at a discounted price.
Likewise, Shintani's first name was supposed to be Seidou, not Masamichi.
Working Title: While the Western release was confirmed at the same time the game was announced in Japan, its localized title was not, with Project Judge serving as a placeholder. It was later confirmed as Judgment.