Cane and Rinse Vol. 10

Yakuza Kiwami 2 – Cane and Rinse No.479

“Comedy? There’s no place for comedy in a Yakuza story…”

Our third Yakuza series podcast brings us up to the second title in the original series, as well as its ‘extreme’ 2017 remake. Leon, Brian, Leah, Michiel and community contributors unpick and unpack this third-person crime fiction melodrama absurdist romance/bromance soap opera RPG brawler – with minigames – sequel, Yakuza 2, and Yakuza Kiwami 2.

 

Music featured in this podcast:

1. Roar of the Twin Dragons (Title) by Hidenori Shoji

2. Mad Dog by Hidenori Shoji

Cane and Rinse 479 edited by Jay Taylor

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One Comment

  1. Great work as always guys!

    Just a quick note on Majima – you’re right in saying he’s not completely mad. The Mad Dog is just a persona he puts on after the events of Yakuza 0. After being manipulated in that game, he vowed to never let that happen again and to have more fun than anyone else.

    The inspiration for his Mad Dog persona comes from 3 characters in Y0 – Nishitani, who prioritised thrills and pleasure above all else, Lee who used his strength and skills to protect those he cared about, and Sagawa who Majima described as damn near immortal (and he was also quite fearless).

    Beneath that persona is the sharp, intelligent and capable man we met in Yakuza 0. He acts as if he’s fuelled by pure chaos, but in reality he’s probably the smartest guy in the room at any given time. So yeah, Leah’s right, he’s kinda terrifying

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