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The Original Game

  • Acting for Two: In an interview with Darryl Kurylo, Kiryu's English VA in the first game, he states that he also voiced some of the mooks that get beaten up regularly.
  • Actor Allusion: Two of them in the American release of the first game:
  • All-Star Cast: The English dub for the first game is comprised of many popular Hollywood actors before it became more common in triple-A games, including the talents of Mark Hamill (Majima), Michael Rosenbaum (Nishiki), Michael Madsen (Shimano), Eliza Dushku (Yumi) and Rachael Leigh Cook (Reina), and you can certainly bet Sega marketed their appearance when it was released state-side. Due to budgetary concerns following poor sales, however, the sequels were not dubbed in English, though two spinoff titles, Fist of the North Star: Lost Paradise, and Judgment, would feature English dubs alongside the original Japanese audio.
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  • The Danza: English dub actor Gary Anthony Williams shares the same first name as Gary Buster Holmes.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: The original PS2 release is out of print with no plans for a re-release on the PlayStation Network.
  • Troubled Production: Nagoshi had to overcome countless hurdles to get the first game made and fought hard to make it happen, and despite having games like Daytona USA and Super Monkey Ball under his belt, he was so determined in his vision that he promised Sega that he would quit from the industry forever if he didn't deliver the hit they needed. The concept of making a game geared towards an adult demographic didn't sit well with the higher-ups at Sega, who didn't want to alienate their younger audience and feared it wouldn't appeal to those overseas. When reaching out to companies for Product Placement and actors to play a part in it, many feared their involvement in a game about organized crime would hurt their image and declined. Crime novelist Hase Seishū was hired as a consultant for the script, who rejected it as suffering from Critical Research Failure. Fortunately, Sony was very supportive of Nagoshi's concept and it all paid off. It was a success in Japan and was the hit Sega needed, and has since become one of their flagship series.
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Yakuza Kiwami

  • The Original Darrin: Yukio Terada got darrin'd back to his original actor Kenji Nomura, who was originally darrin'd to Go Shinomiya in Yakuza 2. Nomura retains the role for Kiwami 2.
  • The Other Darrin: Although many of the series' main characters remain the same, many others have been replaced.
    • Yumi is voiced by Maaya Sakamoto, replacing Miyako Uesaka.
    • Reina is voiced by Atsuko Tanaka, who replaces Junko Mihara and the late Hiromi Tsuru, who voiced her in Yakuza 0.
    • Toru Okawa reprises his role as Masaru Sera again, who replaced Ryuji Mizuki in Yakuza 0.
    • Shinji Tanaka is now voiced by Tomokazu Sugita, replacing Takafumi Yamaguchi.
    • Koji Shindo is now voiced by Taichi Setogawa, replacing the late Tomoyuki Dan. The character would get darrin'd again to Takahiro Kageyama in Kiwami 2.
    • Junichi Sudo is now voiced by Masato Obara, replacing Mitsutake Tanaka.
    • Takashi is voiced by Satoshi Hino, who takes over from Kazuma Kudo.
    • Saya Date is voiced by Ryoko Shiraishi, replacing Akina Okada.
    • Lau Ka Long is voiced by Ryuta Morikawa, taking over from Shinichi Takizawa.
    • Yayoi Dojima is now voiced by Mio Koichi, who replaces Orine Fukushima.
  • Role Reprise: Hiroaki Yoshida reprises his role as Kyohei Jingu, whose sole appearance was in the original game.
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