SSB vs. Valvrave:The Liberator

 

It’s been about 11 years or so since Gundam Seed first hit us with its “space drama giant robots destroying colonies” schtick, and Sunrise decided that we were lacking in that department, so they sent us Valvrave.  They realized early on that teenagers go with giant robots, just like Evangelion (we all know how well that turned out, right).

No, not that.

No, not that.

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My first impressions after watching the first 4 episodes?

They threw Gundam Seed (NOT DESTINY), Code Geass, Vampires, Metal Gear Solid 4’s nanomachines, and TM Revolution into a blender, and this is the result.  A visual feast of stuff blowing up, teenagers making peace signs, and EL ERUFU.  I’m impressed by it.  Maybe it’s the fact that I’m older now, but I’m finding it harder and harder to get an anime to gel with me if it’s not Initial D.  I blame TM Revolution.

SSB’s “TM Revolution Rule of Cool” – If TM Revolution is involved with an Anime/Manga/Game franchise of any sort, it’s automatically cool, or at least tolerable.

So yes, I will be following Valvrave: The Liberator.

Remember the Dynasty/Samurai Warriors franchise? Sengoku Basara nobbed its mum.

Doesn’t matter had eye lasers.

Ah, Dynasty Warriors.  You took the formula of “1 dude versus a zillion peons + Lu Bu” and ran with it for a long time.  You then mixed it up a bit by throwing in katanas.

Then your Japanese sister came out and showed us how the Japanese get down with your formula.

Samurai Warriors changed up the Chinese backdrop that DW had for Feudal Japan, and for the most part, it was “somewhat” historically accurate.  Well, as accurate as a “Warriors” game can get.

And all was good until Capcom came along and said, “I’m going to rub my bum in your face and smoke some crack while I masturbate to an Andy Warhol gallery”.

They released Sengoku Basara for the PS2.  The formula?  “Samurai Warriors + Crack + Meth + Devil May Cry”.  And the result is what you saw.  Pure, unbridled raw glory and lolis with hammers.  And TM Revolution.

They didn’t stop there.  When they released Sengoku Basara 2….

Yeah.  Crazy.  But it doesn’t stop there.  Check out this video of Sengoku Basara: Battle Heroes.

A couple bottles of Absinthe, perhaps.  FUCKING EYE LASERS AND GIANT SAMURAI THAT DESCEND FROM THE SKY AND DESTROY TOWERS.

Maybe that’s why I prefer Sengoku Basara over the Warriors franchise.  Because they’re not afraid to go all out and bum people in the face.  With eye lasers.  And they actually got an anime series for it.  Go Capcom!