Who is your favourite love-interest of the series?

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Who is your favourite love-interest for Ryo? (Total votes: 39)

Nozomi
10
26%
Fangmei
3
8%
Shenhua
7
18%
Joy
3
8%
Xiuying
9
23%
Chunyan
0
No votes
Izumi
2
5%
Eileen
0
No votes
Mayumi Mishima (wears the beanie hat in S1)
0
No votes
Minako (Tomato mart girl 'especially since you bought merchandise' S1)
0
No votes
Miki (daughter of Maeda barbers S1)
0
No votes
Akemi (hostess at Bar Yokosuka S1)
0
No votes
Ailian He (fortune teller with blue dress S2)
2
5%
Lianfei Yang (girl in leather who runs the box moving job in Kowloon)
0
No votes
Ming Ming (S3)
0
No votes
Niao Sun (S3)
0
No votes
Other (specify below)
3
8%

Who is your favourite love-interest of the series?

Postby johnvivant » Fri Feb 17, 2017 6:27 pm

If at the end of Ryo's journey you have the option to choose which love interest Ryo returns to, who would it be?

I love all the Shenmue girls, but Xiuying is my favourite. :heart:
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Re: Who is your favourite love-interest of the series?

Postby Shenmue_Music » Fri Feb 17, 2017 6:31 pm

It's either Nozomi or Joy. I believe Ryo would return to Nozomi though, that I'm sure of.
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Re: Who is your favourite love-interest of the series?

Postby Spaghetti » Fri Feb 17, 2017 6:42 pm

Ryo only loves martial arts.

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Re: Who is your favourite love-interest of the series?

Postby Kiske » Fri Feb 17, 2017 6:49 pm

Spaghetti wrote: Ryo only loves martial arts.


And Jet-Cola.
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Re: Who is your favourite love-interest of the series?

Postby punkmanced » Fri Feb 17, 2017 7:43 pm

And revenge.

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Re: Who is your favourite love-interest of the series?

Postby ShenGCH » Fri Feb 17, 2017 10:08 pm

Can Xiuying, Chunyan, Eileen, Minako, Miki, Akemi, Ailian He, and Lianfei Yang really be counted as 'love interests'? For a character to qualify as a love interest, surely there must be an obvious fondness from one side or the other, whereas the aforementioned show no such feelings towards Ryo outside of the fact they're women he encounters during his adventure. The others, however, are definite love interests (barring the Shenmue III characters as we've yet to encounter them); I'm going with Nozomi :)
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Re: Who is your favourite love-interest of the series?

Postby SMDzero » Fri Feb 17, 2017 10:22 pm

Shenmue_Music wrote: It's either Nozomi or Joy. I believe Ryo would return to Nozomi though, that I'm sure of.



Joy isn't really Ryo's type.

The best match is Nozomi
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Re: Who is your favourite love-interest of the series?

Postby Anonymous81 » Sat Feb 18, 2017 12:08 am

Is it weird I never really thought much about that angle of the game? I always felt like Ryo cared about people, but ultimately was very focused on his "mission" if you will. Anytime any sort of intimated or subtly implied romance arose, he seemed to be trying not to hurt their feelings, but also to be unwilling to engage with it really.

It seemed more implied or like a suggested possibility rather than something actually happening for the character on a real emotional level. So I just never really got into the notion of romance in Shenmue.
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Re: Who is your favourite love-interest of the series?

Postby delvec19 » Sat Feb 18, 2017 1:04 am

Voted for Izumi, she is something.
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Re: Who is your favourite love-interest of the series?

Postby Jesse » Sat Feb 18, 2017 1:22 am

I voted for nozomi I think she's the person that would wait however long for Ryo to complete his journey. Ryo could run the dojo while married to her. I've always thought that a dark horse candidate is shenhua with the whole predetermined since ancient times have their paths been intertwined. She's a close second I can see him staying in China with her.

It would be a nice touch if you get to pick who to marry when the saga ends.
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Re: Who is your favourite love-interest of the series?

Postby KidMarine » Sat Feb 18, 2017 5:09 am

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Re: Who is your favourite love-interest of the series?

Postby John Doom » Sat Feb 18, 2017 6:13 am

I voted for Xiuying, but I think she only thinks of Ryo as her brother. In this case, I'd choose Joy.
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Re: Who is your favourite love-interest of the series?

Postby NewDog » Sat Feb 18, 2017 2:07 pm

A little off-topic, but given that this concerns Ryo and women, I felt it best to ask here: Where is it mentioned Ryo isn't up to pursuing romance due to getting into a fight with someone who mocked him contemplating the idea back when he was a child?
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Re: Who is your favourite love-interest of the series?

Postby johnvivant » Sat Feb 18, 2017 2:43 pm

NewDog wrote: A little off-topic, but given that this concerns Ryo and women, I felt it best to ask here: Where is it mentioned Ryo isn't up to pursuing romance due to getting into a fight with someone who mocked him contemplating the idea back when he was a child?


its in the official bio for little Ryo:

http://shenmuedojo.net/new/games/s1characters.html
At age 7, Ryo began to seriously study the martial arts under his father’s tutelage. Around this time, he was dubbed Suedeheaded Ryobo by Setsu Abe, a shopkeeper, and was often scolded for being bratty. He experienced his first feelings of love for a girl during this time, but when a friend of his teased him about it, Ryo started a fight with him. Since then, he has shied away from any involvement with girls.
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Re: Who is your favourite love-interest of the series?

Postby Himuro » Sat Feb 18, 2017 3:57 pm

Nozomi but I'm of the opinion that she's the one that got away and will live the rest of her life in Vancouver. I think there should be long term ramifications for how Ryo behaved towards her after his father's death. Not everything needs a happy ending.
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