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Yakuza 4: Meet Your Hostesses

Sega's hostess contest comes full circle. See how those girls look in Yakuza 4.

 
The Yakuza 4 hostesses pose with director Toshihiro Nagoshi at TGS.

Check the Yakuza 4 article archive, and you'll find this story as the first entry. Back when all we knew about Yakuza 4 was that it would take place in modern times and feature a more vertical component to the Kamurocho city, Sega kicked off a contest to find seven girls who would appear in the game as hostesses.

The winners of that contest were announced long ago, and the seven girls started a series of series of promotional activities that included appearances at major events and a few bizarre videos.

But it all comes down to this: how do the girls look in digitized form? Sega has shown a few screenshots here and there, but now one day after Yakuza 4's release, it has provided us with a close up look at each girl, complete with setting details.

Those who want to expand their in-game relationship beyond the club and out onto a date should study these descriptions.

RIO

23-years-old, Scorpius, blood type A, "half" (I think this means ethnically). Likes chocolate, has an interest in music, and will soon start a column in a Kamurocho "information" magazine.

ELENA AIHARA

24-years-old, Aries, blood type O, from the Kansai area. Her favorite food is liver. She also likes perfume. While she's good at high tension conversation, she also has a girly side.

CHIHIRO IKKI

20-years-old, Aries, blood type B, current college student. She has a simplicity about her, but many customers are watching for when she becomes an adult. It appears that she has some sort of super skill. She's weak with alcohol.

HIMEKA KAWASAKI

24-years-old, Leo, blood type O, originates from Kansai. She feels being a hostess is her calling. She likes liver and fried foods. Her interests include collecting perfumes and visiting onsens.

MAYA MORI

24-years-old, Sagittarius, blood type A. She has both flashiness and also a calm adult feel about her. She loves the night life and has many episodes to tell, but she's recently calmed down. She loves chocolate.

NOA MIZUTANI

21-years-old, Aquarius, blood type B. She's cheerful and friendly, and enjoys chatting as friends. She loves fried foods and hates bitter vegetables.

SHIZUKA SAITO

29-years-old, Sagittarius, blood type O. She's a Japanese beauty who looks good with black hair. She has a gentle demeanor. It seems that she started working as a hostess due to certain circumstances. She loves sweet stuff but isn't fond of spicy stuff.

REAL VS GOTOKU

So how do the in-game versions compare with the real thing? See for yourself through these pics I took of the ladies at the Tokyo Game Show. The guy they're surrounding is Yakuza series director Toshihiro Nagoshi.

You can also see some earlier comparison shots in this article.

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