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Anime Ichiban – Our ‘Jump Force’ Hopes and Dreams

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In Anime Ichiban, we take a look at our writer’s totally personal, totally subjective, possibly biased, and possibly stupid opinions regarding anime associated affairs.

If you’re an anime and/or manga fan, chances are you’ve stumbled across Weekly Sh?nen Jump. Hordes of acclaimed Sh?nen manga, from Dragon Ball to One Piece, reach their vast audiences via the pages of this weekly manga magazine. The recently unveiled Jump Force, courtesy of Spike Chunsoft and Bandai Namco, sees our favourite Weekly Sh?nen Jump icons battling it out in visceral bouts of power.

Us anime nerds here at Goomba Stomp asked ourselves who we’d love to witness facing off against the likes of Goku and Luffy. From the predictable to the unexpected, here are our picks for the characters we hope to see stepping into the Jump Force ring next year.

 

Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo (Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo)

Every good fighting game needs a troll character. Super Smash Bros. has Mr. Game & Watch, Skullgirls has Peacock, and Jump Force can have Bobobo-bo Bo-bobo. The man famous for mastering the Fist of the Nose Hair, Bo-bobo has a wide variety of attacks the team at Spike Chunsoft could pull from. Long range nose hair whips? Check. Close range kicks and punches? Yep, those are found throughout the series too.

However, the thing that makes Bobobo-bo the perfect troll character is his complete disregard for logic. Bobobo-bo can literally change the rules of his universe at will. He’s done everything, from transforming into different objects, to turning into a Super Saiyan (yes, you read that correctly). He’s been known to fight traditional tough guys with silly, totally nonsensical things like incessantly ringing phones and confusing math equations. If Spike Chunsoft wanted to, there’s a chance that every fight with Bobobo-bo could feature different gags and moves from the manga and anime.

Of course, Bobobo-bo not relying on logic could easily make him overpowered. If we’re being realistic, he would need to have a distinct moveset that players could learn to counter. Nonetheless, seeing Bobobo-bo twirling around the screen and defeating Sasuke by beating him in a fishing contest would be the best thing ever.

Brent Middleton

 

Kurapika (Hunter x Hunter)

Hunter x Hunter carries many faults, from its speed of a snail pacing, to its underutilization of Leorio, Hisoka, Canary, and other such endearingly entertaining characters. One such neglected character is Kurapika, where beyond his prominent feature during the Yorknew City arc (the strongest arc of Hunter x Hunter’s 148 episode anime), is granted disappointingly little screen time.

Gon and Killua’s inclusion in Jump Force boasts a 99.9% probability, given they’re center stage faces of the super famous franchise. However, the inclusion of Hunter x Hunter’s non-primary cast members would serve as a pleasant surprise. With a compelling backstory, and some nifty whippy chain skills to boot, Kurapika is a reminder of the potential that Hunter x Hunter squandered, alongside a captivating selection for some potential Jump Force ass-kickery.

Harry Morris

 

Masashi Rando (Pretty Face)

Masashi Rando is one of the rowdiest guys out there. With a black-belt in karate, a mouth that would make even a sailor sick, and a “no bullshit” kind of personality, he’s about as confrontational as an anime or manga character can get. Yes, that is him featured in the picture above. No, he was not genderbent into a girl.

Pretty Face is a rather unique and unknown comedy manga series that, despite being one of my personal favorites, I had no idea was even a Sh?nen Jump title until I was looking through the list for this article. Poor Masashi finds himself in a bus accident that leaves him unrecognizably burned. Without any sort of identification on him at the time, a genius(?) plastic surgeon assumes the picture of Masashi’s crush that he carried with him must be his appearance and sets out to reconstruct his body to match (with the one exception that Masashi is still a male). Hilarity and misunderstandings ensue that eventually lead to Masashi assuming the identity of his crush’s long lost sister, Yuna. Thus, Masashi’s new life living as his crush’s sister begins.

Being a martial artist, it’s not too difficult to imagine how Masashi could fight in Jump Force. Despite his new form he still retains all the skills and force he had prior, meaning he can still pulverize anyone in his path. The catch is that Masashi is always worried about blowing his cover. He may let his emotions get the better of him and introduce someone’s face to the ground, but he always tries to backtrack and play it off as something any normal high school girl could do. It’s this dichotomy between his male instincts and female facade that creates some truly hilarious situations.

Translate this to Jump Force, and you get a character of great comedic potential in addition to just being fun to play as. Having him pummel opponents, get carried away, then realize what he just did and immediately turn around an apologize in an overly cutesy, almost cringe-inducing way is a recipe for awesome fun, especially with the potential of amping that dissonance up to eleven with his special finishers.

Matthew Ponthier

 

Master Roshi (Dragon Ball)

Jump Force is gonna have all the big warriors from Shonen Jump’s extensive manga history. Of course, this means Son Goku and his most iconic foe, Frieza, from Dragon Ball. I imagine Goku’ll be front and center on the box, next to Luffy and Naruto. Still, there’d be no better way to honour their most iconic franchise than including the one true OG: Master Roshi.

Master Roshi was one of the first characters to be introduced in Dragon Ball. Initially introduced as comic relief, Master Roshi would go on to become Goku’s first teacher (unless you count Grandpa Gohan, offscreen). Roshi is the creator of the iconic Kamehameha, which took the old man decades of work; much to his chagrin, Goku copied the technique in a few minutes.

Master Roshi’s inclusion in Jump Force would show that the game’s developers respect the roots of one of Shonen Jump’s most internationally popular series, and his humorous nature might serve as a much-needed foil to some of the darker characters in the game.

George Cheese

 

Saitama (One Punch Man)

How would Spike Chunsoft effectively and fairly implement Saitama into Jump Force, taking into account that the fundamental staple of his existence is he’s infinitely, jaw-droppingly, unbeatably powerful? Simple: make him infinitely, jaw-droppingly, unbeatably powerful! Saitama, true to form, should be overwhelmingly stronger than every other character on display, with a moveset bolstered by near flawless defence, speed, and strength.

An intentionally overpowered joke fighter, and a perfect pick for fighting game newbies looking for an easy ride (just ban the bombastic baldy from tournaments).

Harry Morris

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  1. Ricky D Fernandes

    August 6, 2018 at 6:20 pm

    I played Jump Force at E3 and there is something wrong with the game. I won every match in less than 30 seconds. I wasn’t impressed. But it looks great!

    • Harry Morris

      August 6, 2018 at 6:29 pm

      Hopefully they balance the gameplay further down the line. I agree, I adore the graphical style!

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Anime Ichiban 33: Coming into Maturity

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Anime Ichiban welcomes our anime waifu overlords, old and new. Join Matt and Kyle this episode as they discuss the return of the Goddess of Anime, Haruhi Suzumiya herself, then hop on over to the new virutal sensation that’s finally sweeping English-speaking nations: Hololive Vtubers!

For this episode of Anime Ichiban, the SHITSUMON! topic will have the duo diving into recently released Aggretsuko Season 3 and The Great Pretender and explore how the two shows work with mature themes.

TIMESTAMPS

0:00 – Introductions and what we’ve been up to
23:33 – The Return of Haruhi Suzumiya(‘s light novels)
37:23 – The Debut of Generation 1 of Hololive English Vtubers
53:07 – Minor news roundup: (Shenmue anime announced; Fate/Stay Night Heaven’s Feel Part 3 movie debuts to huge success; KyoAni fire updates)
58:35 – SHITSUMON! How does anime portray mature themes in its storytelling?

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Anime Ichiban 32: The Art of Following a Formula

Corporate shakeups and Galapagos Syndrome spell omens of a changing global landscape for the anime industry.

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diary of our days at breakwater

Corporate shakeups and Galapagos Syndrome spell omens of a changing global landscape for the anime industry and that the crew digs into along with how a series can effectively perform within its genre conventions.

TIMESTAMPS

0:00 – Introductions
12:28 – Legacy piracy site KissAnime shuts down
28:45 – AT&T reportedly looking to sell Crunchyroll
43:27 – Galapagos Syndrome: Is anime in danger of losing its global identity?
58:41 – News Reel
1:02:20 – SHITSUMON! How do shows perform effectively and still entertain in genres whose formulae are already well known and expected?

TRACKS

Intro – “Cagayake! GIRLS” by Houkago Tea Time (K-ON! opening theme)
Outro – “Tsuri no sekai e” by Umino High School Breakwater Club (Our Diary at the Breakwater ending theme)

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‘One Piece: Stampede’ is an All-Star Behemoth Buckling Under Predictability

Does One Piece: Stampede sail all the way to Laugh Tale, or remain anchored in an East Blue of mediocrity?

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As the fourteenth film in Eiichiro Oda’s One Piece saga, One Piece: Stampede was released in 2019 to critical and financial success. As a big-budget commemoration of the anime’s 20th anniversary, Stampede has lots to live up to, from successfully stamping a momentous two decades, to satiating the hype of a passionate global fanbase. Does it sail all the way to Laugh Tale, or remain anchored in an East Blue of mediocrity?

It’s party time at the Pirate Fest!

The Pirate Fest, a grand gathering of the sea’s most infamous individuals, is underway! At the festival, the Straw Hats compete with their Worst Generation rivals to retrieve a treasure of Gol D. Roger. But behind the scenes, festival organiser Buena Festa and legendary pirate Douglas Bullet are scheming something sinister.

Cutting to the chase, One Piece: Stampede soon kicks into an all-out battle against said Douglas Bullet, with Luffy working with friend and foe alike to fell his opponent.

Much like Dragon Ball Super: Broly, also animated by Toei Animation, each frame of One Piece: Stampede is a treasure to behold. Fluid animation and colors spell eye-candy magic, and the odd bit of 3D animation isn’t (too) visually jarring.

One Piece: Stampede nails its mission statement of lightning-paced popcorn entertainment to a tee. Goofy shonen films don’t have to transcend ‘awesome action and silly superpowers’. Rather than shooting for the moon and coming up short, Stampede settles for smashing the sky. With white-knuckle fights and satisfying character moments conveyed with a zippy pace, One Piece: Stampede assuredly brings what fans want. And whilst not as developed or memorable as other film baddies (One Piece: Strong World’s Shiki or One Piece: Z’s titular Z), Douglas Bullet is terrifyingly tough enough to tick the boxes.

Playing It Safe

Whilst the ‘playing it safe’ ethos of One Piece: Stampede succeeds on the surface, the imaginative innovation of One Piece: Baron Omatsuri and the Secret Island is missing, and the excess of characters prevents the possibility of channeling the simplicity of One Piece: Dead End Adventure. Stampede works as anniversary celebratory bombast but isn’t the series’ smartest, and with the core of the film occurring in a single spot and under dull skies, location fatigue rears its head.

For some, the draw of One Piece: Stampede is its constant character cameos. From the instantly recognizable to the deep cuts, it’s a fun gimmick for fans, although the absence of big names like Kuzan and Jinbei are noticeable. Some cameos fall on the side of groan inducing-ly forced, shoehorning a requisite Zoro fight, or overtly shouting to audiences “Remember them?!” Having no effect on the story, these cameos are clunky and break narrative immersion.

Far from the worst of One Piece’s wildly varied films, Stampede is what it needs to be. It lacks the creative spirit of One Piece’s heights and is dampened by its inconsistent cameo execution, but it’s a fine anniversary celebration for one of manga and anime’s, if not the world’s, best works of fiction. For the uninitiated, it’ll be like an avant-garde acid trip, but for those clued-into Luffy’s antics, it’s a barrage of ballistic glee!

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