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Yakuza: Why the Game's TV Series Adaptation Is Great News ?

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After Fallout, Amazon Prime Video continues to ride the wave of adaptations of the great sagas of the video game industry. The streaming service has just formalized the broadcast of Like a Dragon, a six-episode series based on the Sega Yakuza Like a Dragon game franchise. It will be broadcast in two bursts of three episodes on the platform on October 25 and November 1.

What's it going to be about ?

According to Variety, this production will take place over two periods, 1995 and 2005, and follow the lives of two childhood friends and the consequences of the decisions of a formidable and peerless Yakuza warrior, endowed with a keen sense of justice, duty and humanity. If it is faithful to the original games, the series will take place in the fictional district of Kamurochō which is largely inspired by the notoriously violent Kabukichō area in Tokyo.

Amazon Prime Video announces that his fiction “presents modern Japan and the dramatic stories of these intense characters, such as the legendary Kazuma Kiryu, that the games of the past were not able to explore”. We will find Takeuchi Ryoma (Kamen Rider Drive) in the role of the hero.

Masaharu Take (100 Yen Love) directs. Quoted by the specialized media, he expresses his pride: “I put my heart, soul, and all the experience I've accumulated over 35 years into Like a Dragon: Yakuza”.

James Farrell, Head of Global Originals, Amazon MGM Studios, echoed the same sentiment:

As Prime Video Japan continues to offer a wide variety of content across genres, adapting an internationally popular game franchise that has such deep resonance and complex characters has a unique charm and makes extremely captivating viewing.

Why this is good news ?

In many ways, this adaptation of the Yakuza franchise should be worth a look. It is particularly known for its burlesque and WTF passages that represent a satire of Japanese society and its underworld.

The saga can also count on its hero, Kazuma Kiryu, who has marked a whole generation of gamers. Much feared, the latter nevertheless has his own ethics and knows how to be extremely generous.

Do you share our optimism about this new Prime Video series ? Don't hesitate to share your point of view in the comments.

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Teilor Stone

By Teilor Stone

Teilor Stone has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining Thesaxon , Teilor Stone worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my teilor@nizhtimes.com 1-800-268-7116