The Street Fighter Legends series serves as side stories to the main story line being crafted by Udon based on the popular Capcom fighting games. Each character got four issues and a trade paper back. What I like about the Legends series is that its fun. There’s no world ending story or deep meaning behind each attack, just simple problems needing simple answers. Sakura is the star of the first Street Fighter Legends book so let’s see how it matches up to her last outing as a protagonist.
“the same way Capcom can still call it ‘Street Fighter’ when they fight inside”
And its true. For all the Street Fighting Street Fighter boasts, there’s not a lot of action on the streets. There’s jungles, shrines, temples, airfields, but rarely do brawls ever occur on the street. The same is true in Sakura Ganbaru! Volume 2 where we go on a jet setting adventure on the search for ‘that person’ a.k.a. Ryu.
Street Fighter is very accepting in terms of allowing people to participate in it’s world championship tournaments. Not to the extent of Tekken by allowing animals to compete but still, Street Fighter accepts fighters from all walks of life, fighting style, gender, and sexuality. But I would’ve thought they’d at least set an age bracket for this urban kumite. People can get seriously hurt before they can even learn how to drive! This was my mindset after reading Sakura Ganbaru vol. 1.
Recently I’ve been pondering on what to write about. Digging through my art book collection I discovered a handful of Udon books, all the Penny Arcade volumes including the 10th anniversary, and a couple of miscellaneous gems that I’ve picked up at trade shows. Thinking that you guys would get bored of me raving about Penny Arcade for the next few articles, I noticed that I have three books dedicated to Street Fighter’s fighting high schooler Sakura Kasugano. So I’m making this month September Sakura starting with why I love this character so much.
I’ve always been a fan of fighting games but more so the graphics. Pixel perfect key frames, fluid animation, and a large influence from manga and anime made it just as fun to look at, as it was to play. I consider Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes the pinnacle of fighting game sprite work. Not only collecting one of the largest fighting game casts to date but also turning western comic book heroes into video game sprites was absolutely darling. My latest purchase, Udon’s Marvel vs. Capcom Official Complete Work was inspired by my passion for these games and their art.
Seconds is the third graphic novel by Bryan Lee O’Malley and seems to be marketed after the widely successful Scott Pilgrim series, his second graphic novel. Keeping a lot of details in the dark and only revealing brief snapshots of the art, Seconds had me feeling cautious but curious. I’m a creature of habit and relish in known conventions. ‘If Seconds wasn’t similar enough to Scott Pilgrim’ I thought ‘Then I’d probably won’t like it’. That was my mindset going in.
This review is spoiler free. I will try to refrain from mentioning any major plot points aside from what is mentioned in the blurb.
Scott Pilgrim creator and Indie darling released his third graphic novel this summer entitled “Seconds”. While he has kept tight lipped concerning the plot of Seconds, you can see bits and bobs of the artwork all over his social media; Instagram, Tumblr, and Twitter. I was lucky enough to pick up a signed copy of the book at my local comic book store when he stopped by on his book tour. A review of the book will be coming shortly but in the mean time I noticed a lot of call backs to his previous work, Scott Pilgrim.
This is entirely spoiler free unless you still want to remain in the dark about everything to do with Seconds.
The Monogatari series was supposed to be my summer anime. Anime that has been on my backlog for sometime but requires a lot of free time to catch up on thus being perfect to watch in summer. Suffice to say that I accomplished that goal last month and more recently watched the whole of Berserk, Paranoia Agent, caught up with Attack on Titan (Dub), Space Dandy, Game of Thrones and The Legend of Korra. I usually write a Quick Thoughts straight after finishing a series so leaving this one after watching all of them may have affected memory.
The first ever post on this site was Quick Thoughts on Iron Man 3 and since then I haven’t written about any other movies. The reason being is that I dislike watching movies unless they really really interest me. I’d be hard pressed to spend $10 or even hour and a half on a movie when I could be doing something else. But at the start of this weekend in the shower of all places I decided I wanted to watch a British gangster movie like in The Getaway. One thing lead to another and now I had four movies under my belt after 72 hours.
The last member of team RWBY is now available for purchase at the Rooster Teeth store so now you can finally add Monty Oum’s ladies to your every growing collection of polyvinyl cherry figures. I’ve decided to cover both Blake and Yang together today, or as they are affectionately called ‘Bumblebee‘, because I don’t think I need to spend a large amount of time talking about Blake.