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What is Viewtiful Joe about?

 

Based on Capcom’s side scrolling beat’s em up video game. Viewtiful Joe anime is one of the most faithful adaptation in video games. The plot is based first Viewtiful Joe video game. Joe and his girlfriend Silvia go on a date to the movies. Joe is ecstatic to see his favorite superhero Captain Blue. After an alternate ending, the main antagonist King Blue captures Silvia and bring into moveland. Captain Blue’s Machine 6 comes out of the movie screen and helps Joe. Captain Blue chooses Joe to become a new hero. Blue teaches Joe how to use his VFX powers and acquired the V-Watch. V-Watch transforms Joe into hero chanting “Henshin Go-Go Baby”. Joe is on a quest to defeat Jadow and save Silvia.  Viewtiful Joe anime is animated by Group TAC.

 

Viewtiful Joe game
Image by Capcom

 

 

Group TAC is responsible for another video game franchise Street Fighter II and Alpha.  This series got elements from the source material. It retains art style, character design and effects from the video games. All of your favorite characters are back Joe, Slivia, Captain Blue and Jadow. There are some new character such as Sprocket and Captain Blue Jr. Some of the character personalities are changed from the video game. Alastor doesn’t read scripts but act as Joe’s rival. In episode 3, while Alastor and Joe was fighting. Alastor called Joe moves Viewtiful, which inspired Joe to use “Viewtiful Joe”. Episode 2 doesn’t come up with a name yet in battling Hulk Davidson. Jadow goal is changed in the anime, they seek world domination but in the video games.  They want DNA of Silvia because she is Captain Blue’s daughter.

 

 

Viewtiful Joe anime vs video game

 

After getting Silvia’s DNA, Jadow wants to rule both Movieland and real world.  Gran Bruce, Hulk Davidson, Fire Leo and Charlie The 3rd are recurring villains.  Almighty Leader is first major villain in season 1. There is some filler episodes of Joe and Junior meeting other characters. Towards end of season 1 went Silvia get the V-Watch, the place was change in the anime. In the video games, Silvia get the V-Watch after Joe defeat Captain Blue. Anime version, Captain Blue, Joe and Silvia escape from Jadow and get the V-Watch.  The director wants to add additional content for 24 min runtime. Group TAC uses same animation for padding and cost for production.

 

 

Viewtiful Joe and Captain Blue Jr
Image by Group TAC

 

Overall, Viewtiful Joe anime is a must-watch for fans of the series. I highly recommended playing or watching a playthough of Viewtful Joe on YouTube.  Second season is subbed and hard to find on the internet. It adapts Viewtiful Joe 2 storyline about Gedow obtains Rainbow Oscars to rule both Moveland and real world. The game debuts Joe father Jet and black film (element to the game’s plot).  I had great memories watching this on Kids WB along with MegaMan NT Warrior TV show. Strap on your V-watches and transform.  Viewtiful Joe anime is available on DVD at Amazon. Along with buying Viewtiful Joe 1 on Gamecube and PS2. Along with sequel on Gamecube and PS2 as well.

 

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