SEGA is currently holding an audition for to decide on a new female character to appear on is upcoming game, Yakuza 5. From last November to this January, Sega received over a thousand applications. It's been narrowed down to 200 applicants from across the country.
On the 18th, four judges oversaw the audition in Tokyo (it will go on to Sapporo, Fukuoka, Osaka, and finally Nagoya). The Executive Director and Chief Producer of the Yakuza series, Toshihiro Nagoshi and Masayosh Kikuchi, the Producer of Yakuza 5, Masayoshi Yokoyama, and the Project Manager of the series, Koji Uemura. Aside from the normal Q&A in the interviews, each applicants were given time show their best stuff to the judges. With about 50 applicants ranging from models to pro wrestlers, each had something unique to offer.
Below is an excerpt from a Famitsu interview with the Executive Director, Toshihiro Nagoshi.
Interviewer: This is the third audition done for the Yakuza series. How do you feel?
Nagoshi: I can feel the excitement from the applicants. As I'm in the process of making a new game myself, I'd like to incorporate that feeling to the game.
Interviewer: What are your expectations in the following four auditions that will be held?
Nagoshi: It may make you nervous, but I'm looking for someone that'll hit me with all she's got.
Interviewer: Were there any appeals that left a deep impression?
Nagoshi: I can't specifically pick one, but they were all so unique. Many of them have a strong dedication to entertain others, while enjoying their own life. I've got to say it's admirable. They say that young people these days are so dull, but boy are the women filled with energy.
Interviewer: Finally, how will the person selected from the audition be part of the game?
Nagoshi: We have some ideas flying around, but there will be a need to change according to the chosen applicant. As for the details, please look forward to our announcements.
More photos in the link below.