Yakuza: Like a Dragon is heavily influenced by One Piece characters

It seems that the Yakuza saga has finally managed to carve out a niche for itself in the western market, a market that it didn’t seem to fit in at all and that always resisted it. Yakuza: Like a Dragon was presented as a turning point is the franchise that dared to change genres (it went from beat em up action to turn-based RPG), and yet, managed to convince a lot of people outside Japan.

The design of characters and missions is perhaps the greatest hallmark of the series, and to everyone’s surprise, it turns out that the protagonist of the seventh installment, Ichiban Kasuga, is inspired by Monkey D. Luffy, the main character of One Piece. How is this possible?

Yakuza: Like A Dragon is a One Piece game

  • Masayushi Yokoyamahead of Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio and writer and producer of Yakuza: Like a Dragon, was in charge of revealing this in an interview with the platform Crunchyroll
  • For Yakuza 7 I was very inspired by One Piece. To me, Ichiban Kasuga is basically Luffy. And around him are Zoro and Nami and basically the rest of the crew, you know?”stated the developer❗❗❗
  • In fact, one of the slogans of the play is “Life is an adventure”a phrase that clearly demonstrates the influence of Eiichiro Oda’s manga✅
  • Yokoyama even dared to declare that for him, Yakuza: Like A Dragon is his ideal version of what a Yakuza: One Piece could be.

Beyond this topic, studio leader Ryu Ga Gotoku also revealed that when writing the dialogues of Ishin! took as a reference to Bleach. Therefore we could almost confirm that Yokoyama is a man who loves manganime and that he does not hesitate to take it as a reference for his work. Do you see the resemblance between Yakuza: Like a Dragon and One Piece?