Yakuza series chief director carries a spreadsheet of the karaoke songs he’s sung—all 7,964 of them

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  • November 27, 2022

The Yakuza series, henceforth to be known as the Like a Dragon series, is developed by a studio that shares its new name: Ryu Ga Gotoku, Japanese for Like a Dragon. In a recent interview between members of Ryu Ga Gotoku and Game Informer (opens in new tab), the series’ current chief director Ryosuke Horii showed off the list of songs he sings at karaoke. As GI put it, the list is a spreadsheet of “meticulous details, spread across a staggering 7,964 songs.”

That helps explain why, as Rock Paper Shotgun (opens in new tab) highlighted, the series is so obsessed with karaoke. From Yakuza 3 onwards each mainline entry in the series has been blessed with a karaoke minigame—as was the prequel Yakuza 0, the remakes of the first two games, and several spin-offs. It’s now an essential part of a series that’s become known for the contrast between its serious and melodramatic plots and the whimsical side stuff around them that lets the main characters cut loose and show their softer sides.