Tag Archives: Anime

Choujikuu Yousai Macross

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Macross (Arcadia) - Title Screen
Arcadia
05/1983 (Japan)
超時空要塞マクロス
Super Dimensional Fortress Macross
The very first Macross home console game appeared on the short-lived Bandai Arcadia, the Japanese variant of Emerson's Arcadia 2001 console that was released in the Japanese market by Bandai. This game is believed to have been released in May 1983 at a retail price of 3800 yen, though no official data seems to exist to support this. This was likely released around the same time as the Arcadia Gundam game, and while Gundam had been popular for a longer period of time (the TV series had begun airing in 1979), this was probably the ideal time for a Macross game since the first TV series was just about to wrap up. And though neither title was a particular impressive one, this Macross title may have come out on top. Continue Reading

Kidou Senshi Gundam

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Gundam (Arcadia) - Title Screen
Arcadia
05/1983 (Japan)
機動戦士ガンダム
Mobile Suit Gundam
The very first Gundam home console game was released in the height of Gundam-mania: A few years after the original TV series had wrapped up, approximately one year after the third and final compilation movie had hit theaters, but still a few years before Zeta Gundam (the second major TV series in the franchise) had begun. It debuted on a very unconventional piece of hardware for a Japanese game: The Bandai Arcadia. This was the variant of Emerson's Arcadia 2001 console that was manufactured by Bandai for the Japanese market (each country had its own version of the hardware, manufactured by a different company). The release date is believed to have been sometime in May 1983, and the retail price 3800 yen, though no official data seems to exist on either of these points. This was still a pre-Famicom market in Japan, and release dates weren't as carefully tracked. Continue Reading

Bastard!! -ankoku no hakaishin-

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Super Famicom/SNES
Released: 01/28/1994 (Japan)
BASTARD!! -暗黒の破壊神-
Bastard!! -The Dark God of Destruction-
Though it may not seem like it to some, Bastard!! is one of Shounen Jump's best selling manga series of all time. Having debuted in 1988 and still running today (no matter how infrequent), this dark fantasy gained popularity over the years despite itself. Manga featured in Jump publications are typically crated to appeal to either a young or extremely broad audience. Bastard!! broke the Jump mold its copious amounts of sex and violence, but was not punished for it whatsoever in terms of sales., While all of this may be unusual for a Jump published work, it is somehow appropriate for a dystopian and highly heavy metal influenced work. And when I say it's heavy metal influenced, I mean that in every possible way. The main character, Dark Schneider, is named for German heavy metal vocalist Udo Dirkschneider (of Accept and U.D.O.). The world itself is named Metallicana (obviously a play on Metallica), and more characters and spells than you can count have names that are references to well known heavy metal and rock musicians: Lars (Lars Ulrich of Metallica), Bon Jovina (Bon Jovi), Guns N' Roses, Whitesnake, Anthrax and more. We even get into the more obscure with the character Dai-amon (a reference in both name and appearance to heavy metal vocalist King Diamond, of both Mercyful Fate and his own solo work) and Abigail (most likely a reference to one of King Diamond's most well known albums of the same name). Continue Reading

Sakura Taisen: Hana Gumi Taisen Columns

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Saturn
03/28/1997 (Japan)
Sakura Wars: Flower Division Battle Columns
A mere 6 months after the release of the original Sakura Taisen on the Sega Saturn comes the Sakura Taisen series' second piece of spin-off software. Whereas the first piece was a somewhat odd digital newsletter, making the second piece a Columns game made all the sense in the world since Columns is also a Sega property. A gut reaction may be that this is going to be a lazily put together game, crossing the two franchises in the most basic ways possible. I would urge anyone who feels this way to suppress this opinion and actually give the game a try though, as it ended up being quite surprisingly good. Continue Reading

Sakura Taisen

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Saturn
09/27/1996 (Japan)
サクラ大戦
Sakura Wars
It's often the case that popular anime or manga franchises become games, but not as often do you see a game franchise turn into popular anime and manga. Sakura Taisen is one of the best examples of this phenomenon, and given the pedigree of its creators it was probably destined to become a media franchise from the beginning. The creator of the series was Hiroi Ouji, a manga creator who is probably best known for the creation of Sakura Taisen. The scenario writer was Akahori Satoru, a scriptwriter, manga author and novelist best known for such 90s staples as Saber Marionette and Bakuretsu Hunter (Sorcerer Hunters). The character design was done by Fujishima Kousuke (he is certainly best known as being the creator of Ah! My Goddess!, as well as his involvement as a character designer in the Tales series of games) and Matsubara Hidenori (he did the character design for Fujishima's original designs in the various Ah! My Goddess! anime adaptations, and has also been involved as a key animator in many other big animated features). Last but not least, the music was composed by Tanaka Kouhei (a composer of more game, anime and tokusatsu theme songs than I can count). Continue Reading