Weird punctuation in the title. This is gonna be a good post.
Anyway, have you heard about that game J-Stars Victory Vs.? I’m guessing that if you’re reading this blog, you have a faint idea of what that is; for the uninitiated, here’s a primer. Characters from the much-adored/ballyhooed Shonen Jump, a premiere Japanese comic collection, come together to fight it out in 3D arenas via 3-on-3 tag battles. So you can have famous heavy hitters like Goku, Naruto, and Luffy on one side going up against new blood and/or old friends like Joseph Joestar, Medaka, and Kenshin. I’m hoping that the game makes it over to the U.S. -- and, you know, is good -- because with the semi-recent announcement that MAH BOI Tsuna is in the game, my body is slowly but surely becoming ready.
But you know who I really want in the game? Ichiko from Binbougami Ga!. It makes perfect sense; people have complained that there’s a dearth of female characters in the game, so she could fill it easily. She’s got more than enough inspiration for some special moves, so she could translate into the combat space pretty easily. She’s got MORE than enough personality, so her moves could either be ridiculously over-the-top, or outright comedic (think Faust from Guilty Gear). Or if nothing else, putting her in the game would certainly put a smile on my face.
Why? Probably because for one reason or another, I really friggin’ like her anime of origin. And by extension, probably because I think she’s one of the best Jump characters to pop up in a while -- because there's a lot any given writer can learn from her.