Fairy Tail's Hiro Mashima Praises Yakuza: Like a Dragon

Rave, Fairy Tail mangaka Hiro Mashima really liked Yakuza: Like a Dragon and called it the best game in the series storywise.

February 3, 2020

Hiro Mashima, the mangaka behind Rave, Fairy Tail, and Edens Zero, also enjoys games, like most human beings on the planet. In particular, he likes the Yakuza series, and he especially liked Yakuza: Like a Dragon.

Hiro Mashima wrote on Twitter: “I cleared Ryu Ga Gotoku 7! The story is really intense, and it’s probably my favorite story in the series so far. And I loved every single character. It’s a masterpiece!”

By now, some of our readers might be wondering why this article exists. I mean, this isn’t the first time a mangaka mentioned they liked something on Twitter. This happens all the time. I could run a whole site about what popular mangaka said on social media. I could intentionally exaggerate their words in my translations and purposefully misquote them too, creating some buzz and making way more dollars than on DualShockers. This is what Pinky and The Brain should have done to conquer the world.


Jokes aside, this is pretty interesting for a bunch of reasons. Hiro Mashima is really into the Yakuza series, so the words of an old-time fan like himself claiming Yakuza: Like a Dragon is awesome has a lot of weight for players waiting for the localization.

Next, there’s how he particularly praised the story and the characters. Yakuza: Like a Dragon‘s staff mentioned multiple times in the past that making the switch from action to RPG allowed them to flesh out the story and characters even more than usual. Seems like that’s a job well done for Ryu Ga Gotoku Studio.

While both games are completely different, it’ll also be interesting to see how the upcoming Fairy Tail RPG by Gust and Koei Tecmo will compare to Yakuza: Like a Dragon. It’ll be fun to see what Hiro Mashima will say about it after release as well. Then again, mangaka and the like never say anything bad about an adaptation, even if it turns out disappointing. Moreover, Hiro Mashima is actively giving out feedback during the game’s development, so this scenario is quite unlikely. In any case, we’ll see what happens when Fairy Tail launches in March.

Sega’s Toshihiro Nagoshi recently spoke about how Yakuza: Like a Dragon is doing sales-wise in Japan since it’s launch on January 17. The game will launch sometime in 2020 in the west, on PlayStation 4.

Fairy Tail will be available worldwide on March 19, 2020, on PC, PS4, and Switch. You can pre-order the game on Amazon to support us.

Iyane Agossah

Living near Paris, Iyane (He/Him) is the head of Japanese content at DualShockers. He speaks Japanese, has been loving anime and Japanese games for over 25 years and plays Genshin Impact for its story and exploration. You can reach him on Twitter at @A_iyane07.

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