Kiryu Kazuma is the Strongest Man Alive.

Listening to: Ne-Yo - When You're Mad

It's probably because he listens to Nickelback. There's nothing more invigorating than hearing Chad Kroeger sing that song Hero from that Man Spider movie. Stop crying and moping around, Peter Parker.

Anyhow. Kiryu Kazuma is the main character from the Playstation 2 game Yakuza 2. It's basically a very well written Japanese mafia story that mixes a considerable amount of movie scenes/dialogue (see: Metal Gear Solid 4 cut scenes), Japananese city wandering and thug thrashing. It's a little bit like Grand Theft Auto 4, without the "Grand Theft Auto" part. I dunno, I suppose I just like a good Japanese mafia storyline. I really enjoyed the first one and was terribly excited for the sequel.

One of the most entertaining things is when random thugs in the city challenge you to a fight. It usually breaks down to the following dialogue:

Thug: Hey, you ran past me! That means you showed me no respect! I'm going to kick your [swear words] [body part] to teach you a lesson!
[You enter a fighting segment where you easily wail on an enemy with giant traffic cones.]
Thug: Oh, I'm sorry! Stop beatin' me! Take this as an apology.
[You have received 10,000 yen.]

I know it can get tedious to some folk, but I find the fight segments fun. It probably has something to do with how much I wish there was a fighting system half as good in the Grand Theft Auto series. I suppose that's what happens when you're given the ability to drive cars and shoot guns--you forget how to dropkick someone in the face and settle things like your parents did when they argued about the bills.

Anyhow, I'm about a quarter of the way through it right now and really liking it. It's definitely for those who enjoy this type of movie/storyline. You know, the different clans destroying each other, trying to gain control over all of Japan and using any underhanded schemes they can come up with, regardless of "tradition" and "the old way". It's always those darned young ones that think they can change things. They also always learn, at the hand of the main character of the movie, that they were wrong and end up getting blown up in sort of freak accident like a car bomb or force feeding them Mentos and Diet Coke.

Hmm... I wonder if that's how this one ends...