Manga-kas go Ga-Ga in Soulcalibur IV

Doa. Just begging to be in a fighting game.
If there was a game god, Doa here would be in Soulcalibur IV…

Every day brings us one step closer to the summer release of Soulcalibur IV. But you know, while I am hot for the game, I have to say I’m a bit perplexed. I mean, the recent CES revealed the presence of Jedi in the game. And now, in the past few days, we’re now seeing new characters apparently spawned from the pens of manga artists. Scheherazade, for example, was created by Yutaka Izubuchi, whose credits include RahXephon and Patlabor. Then there’s Angel Fear, from the pen of Sergeant Frog creator Mine Yoshizaki. Who’s next?

If we’re going to see more manga-ka creations for Soulcalibur IV, I would have to say that it would be sacrilegious if they didn’t ask Hiroaki Samura and tap his blade-rich world of Blade of the Immortal for a character or two- or three. I mean, that manga is just begging to become a fighting game- what with great characters like Manji and Rin and bad-ass villains like Kagehisa Anotsu and his Itto-Ryu. Or man, at least Giichi with his maniacal giant handcuff. Or Maki Kotono-Tachibana. Or Doa and Isaku. Man! That would be awesome.

Anyway it’s still a ways off, but probably it’s all academic now. The game is surely in the finishing stages or approaching that time, since it’s only shy of two months to release. Anything that’s in there, is in there, and anything not, is not. Whatever, I just want the game already. More on this as it happens.


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