Jump Force video game is based on manga magazine called Weekly Shonen Jump. The magazine features big name manga series like Dragon Ball, One Piece and Naruto. This game is celebrating their 50th anniversary of the magazine. The IP is developed by Spike Chunsoft who brought you J Stars Victory Vs. There are more Shonen Jump crossover games out right now. The main plot or story of the game is. There is a rift between real world and Jump universe. Unknown beings called Venoms want to take over both worlds. Director Clover and Trunks from Dragon Ball put together a team to save them. Jump heroes and villains are at war with controlling both worlds. The game is a 3 vs 3 tag battle with share life bars. Unlike J Stars, all six characters are not on-screen at once.
Each characters have four attacks and awakening (some). There are 40+ characters in the game with their abilities. Different mechanics are included in the game such as pursuits. Pursuits take up your stamina and chain combos. There is two attack buttons for different combinations. More offense techniques such as awakening moves, charged attacks and more. Defense techniques like high counters, evading and blocking. Note: there is only one assist button and tag. Jump Force main hub is Umbra Base with your created avatar. When first start of the game, player have a choice to create a character. Later on you have to buy items, skills and many more.
Dragon Ball Fighter Z season 2 was just announced at World Tour last week. It was Top 8 regionals with SonicFox, Kazunoko, Kindedv and Feniritti. These players gave it their all and pull off impossible comebacks. Dragon Ball Fighter Z World Tour was amazing event for 3 day weekend. Now it makes me want to get better. I only saw it yesterday and was heart-pumping. There were only two American players and all Japanese. We get see them in action and take the glory. Special guest appeared in this World Tour. Christopher Sabat and Sean Schemmel were apart of this event. Sabat and Schemmel did voice acting for Dragon Ball Z going 20 years. Christopher mention Dragon Ball Z Budokai 3 behind the scenes dvd. I remember that went I got the special edition. That was nostalgia growing up in the early 200s.
The producer of Dragon Ball Fighter Z Tomoko Hiroki appeared in this event We get a sneak peek at new Dragon Ball Z action role-playing game. Hiroki announced season 2 trailer and a new world tour tournament next year. Dragon Ball still grow strong with the fans and gamers. Shenron trophy look amazing and each top 8 got medals. I have to give a shout out to Tasty Steve. He is the best commentator in Esports history. Dragon Ball Fighter Z is a competitive anime fighting game that everyone should play. I can’t stress this enough, if you have not played this. Recommend you get on that game for real. I am happy Toei is sponsored this event. There were some controversy about DBFZ cancelling tournaments. You can’t stop the fandom that’s Fighter Z. Enough rambling let’s talk about season 2.
Super Smash Jump Force two of the biggest manga magazine and video game company crossover ever. These two games are developed and published by Bandai Namco Entertainment. Super Smash Bros is a video game that features Nintendo characters along with third-party. The game has been relevant since Nintendo 64 days. Concept of Super Smash Bros is knock characters off stages and damage them. Smash Bros gameplay changes throughout the development of the franchise. All of your favorite Nintendo characters joins the slugfest. Popular Nintendo IPs that appear in Smash is Mario, Legend of Zelda, Kirby and many more. Each character have their signature moves and traits. For example, Yoshi eats and turn people into eggs. Kirby has a copy ability and Inkings travel through their ink.
Super Smash Bros Ultimate has a larger than its predecessor. Making it one of the robust selective in Smash history. There is over 90 stages in ultimate from the past series. Super Smash Bros Ultimate has a ton of replay value and content. Player’s can go local or online to dominate the competition. Single player mode is similar to past games. All you have to do is fight your way to the final boss. Afterwards fight a new character and unlock them. World of Light is a new adventure mode just like Subspace Emissary. Miis can join in the fight. Ultimate has a lot of mini-games and tournament style game mode. People debate whether Smash Bros is a fighting game or not. In my opinion, It’s a party game not a competitive fighting game.
Weekly Shonen Jump is a Japanese manga magazine which features different franchise from Mangaka. It targets ages 12- up based on different genres of manga. An anime called Bakuman is based on Shonen Jump. The manga artist of Bakuman also created Death Note, one of the popular Shonen Jump series to date. I would highly recommended watching Bakuman and see how hard to get into Shonen Jump. This blog post is not about history of Weekly Shonen Jump in general but their video games. Shonen Jump just had their 50th Anniversary. I want to congrats to Shonen Jump going into 50th years of manga. We all known popular series like Naruto, Dragon Ball Z, One Piece and My Hero Academia. These are big four that are most-read manga in Shonen Jump.
There are Shonen manga, which consist of a main character battles villains and transformations. Young male protagonists overcome obstacles and have a goal. Monkey D. Luffy wants become “King of the Pirates” and find One Piece. Naruto‘s goal is becoming Hokage in Hidden Leaf Village. Goku just want to save the universe. Izuku joins U.A. High school to become the greatest superhero like his IdoI All Might. It’s a bit cliché’ but that what drives these characters to move on. There is something for the ladies, which is called Shoji manga. Shojo is a love romance story about male and female having a relationship. Battle and Shojo manga are not only ones Seinen, Children and Josei types. If you want to find out more research them and check them out.
Why is Japanese anime and manga video games not popular?
Japanese anime and manga video games are not mainstream like AAA titles out right now. Video gaming is apart of otaku culture in Japan. Mostly, anime and manga video games are made in Japan. These games produce sales and stocks in Japanese marketplace. For example, anime JRPGs such as Persona and Final Fantasy is highly popular in Japan. Later on, brought these franchises to stateside and doesn’t draw many sales. Phil Spencer stated “Xbox doesn’t sale well and poorly receive in Japan”. Although Microsoft Xbox is American-based company and doesn’t support Japanese Role-Playing Games. Therefor Sony PlayStation cater to JRPG companies and its Japan owned business. PlayStation video games sells miraculously in Japan and stateside. Anime games often get mediocre review and reviewers have no knowledge of the source material.
If I would put anime games in a category from A to C title. It would be C title because there is not a lot of value in them. Well known anime properties One Piece, Attack on Titan, Naruto and Dragon Ball Z sometimes get abysmal reactions or reviews. These games will not top Fortnite, God of War, Overwatch and many other AAA games. On the right side, there is some popular anime-like games like Nier Automata and Persona 5 that’s highly acclaim games. Dragon Ball Fighter Z is another game which changes anime culture. We made some progress with comes to anime and manga. Some games look like the source material with cel-shaded graphics and drastic storytelling. Nowadays, anime games uses cutscences from the animation company themselves. Manga artist also got involve in the development of the game.