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Yakuza: Black Panther teaches children love and honor. Tie-in booze teaches shame

According to Yakuza series head honcho, Toshihiro Nagoshi, the newly released (in Japan) Yakuza New Chapter: Black Panther for PSP is targeted squarely at Japanese youth and aims to teach them about honor, love, and various other kinds of virtues. Apparently, temperance isn’t one of those virtues.

Sega teamed up with Okinawa-based Seifuku Distillery to produce “Yakuza New Chapter: Black Panther Seifuku Ryukyu Style Coffee” (Ryukyu is the name for the islands surrounding and including Okinawa). Despite the coffee name, the drink is actually booze, a blend of an Okinawan liquor called Yaima and pickled coffee beans.

Whether that sounds appetizing or not is a matter of taste, but the distillery recommends a cocktail for those who don’t want to drink simply neat or on the rocks. “It’s great to cut (the “coffee”) with fresh milk and lemon juice.” The distillery also claims the 6% alcohol concoction (about equal to a strong beer) can be used as an ice cream topping.

The drink is branded with the name of the game on the bottle at sells for 1,880 yen (about $18) despite its limited production of only 300 bottles.

Source: Rakuten

Oct 6, 2010

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