Winning Yakuza Hostesses Announced
And the winning girls are... hello girl in short skirt!
Sega announced the final results of its second Yakuza hostess audition today, revealing the seven girls who will appear as hostesses in the next PS3 Yakuza game.
Similar to Yakuza 4, Sega is selecting real girls to act as models for the new game's hostesses. Initial applications were accepted back in June, before the new Yakuza game was even announced (prompting some to believe the competition was actually for the upcoming PSP Yakuza game). Last month, Sega narrowed the over 1,000 applicants down to 16 finalists and began a public web-based vote.
The winning seven, announced today at a press event in Tokyo, are:
Top row left to right: Yuria Hayashida, Satomi Tateishi, Hina Sakuragi, Ai Sakura.
Bottom row left to right: Erika Mizuhi, Yuna, Saaya Kawai.
You can see pics and short profiles of these girls and the nine who didn't advance in this story.
Although Sega allowed for web voting, this did not wholly determine the final results. Instead, Sega brought in a panel of judges that included series director Toshihiro Nagoshi, producer Masayoshi Kikuchi and Kazuma Kiryu voice actor Kuroda Takaya. Keeping the web results under consideration, these three selected the final seven.
As with last year's models, the new girls will be digitized for an appearance in the new Yakuza game and will also take part in various promotional activities. Sega has not detailed those promotional activities just yet. Last year's girls kicked off their work immediately at the Tokyo Game Show.
Here's a look at some of last year's activities.
- Last year's hostess lineup
- In-game versions of last year's girls
- Sega TGS 2009 booth gallery
- Toshihiro Nagoshi mobbed by Yakuza 4 hostesses at TGS
- Nagoshi flanked by hostesses at awards show
- Rio's Mystery Job
- Yakuza 4 hostesses appear at dart bar event
- Yakuza 4 hostesses appear in Beauty Clock app
- Yakuza hostess candidate performs Yakuza 4 theme song
- A look at Yakuza 4's hostess component