Super Terrific Japanese Thing: Tatsunoko Vs. Capcom

Sorry, no poop museums or blowfish semen power drinks this week; after the debacle of the Dragonball trailer, I thought we deserved something of Japanese origin that was mildly cool, and thus I’m cheating to bring the opening cinematic from Capcom’s ludicrous new fighting game Tatsunoko Vs. Capcom. If you don’t know, Tatsunoko is a Japanese anime studio that pretty much had all it’s hits in the ’60s and ’70s, when anime heroes where ridiculous in a more traditionally superhero way, so Capcom’s Street Fighter crew and Mega Man and Morrigan and the dregs are fighting folks like Ken from Gatchaman/Battle of the Planets, Casshern, and Yatterman (which I still have a morbid fascination with; in fact, I almost posted the trailer for the new live-action Yatterman movie until I realized that doing so after the DB trailer might actually be a hate crime).

It’s generally impossible to comprehend these fighting game intros, but I’m pretty sure that the Tatsunoko guys have sprung to life from actual televisions. I kind of this this is giving Capcom’s universe far too much credit–I was pretty willing to accept the Marvel Superheroes could head to Tokyo and beat up Ryu and Chun Li, so I really don’t need the Tatsunoko folks to spring to life from some magical lightning bolt that turns ancient anime “real.” But then Ryu does the little TV static thing too, so I don’t know what’s going on. Obviously, I’m overthinking it. I’d never play this game sober anyways.