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October 23, 2020

The Darius series was a staple of the shoot 'em up genre. When G-Darius came along it was a nice upgrade with polygonal graphics and a cool enemy capture system.

October 2, 2020

Through the 1970s, Locke the Superman got a decent following as a manga about humans with ESP, and eventually got a movie based on it here.

September 22, 2020

Capcom hasn't made a huge number of RPGs over the years, but when Breath of Fire came along it turned a lot of heads for trying new things and having some nice character design.

September 18, 2020

Occasionally, anime covers on the events of World War II, but it is rare that one mentions that Japan may have done bad things during that time. Rail of the Star is one that  briefly touches upon the subject.

August 21, 2020

Vic Tokai had their fair share of hidden gems back in the 80s. Clash at Demonhead was one of them, making for a fun action platformer on the NES.

August 14, 2020

Often an OVA based on a manga series is meant draw more people in, but Joker: Marginal City is more for existing fans of the manga because they're the only ones who will understand what's going on because of all the gaps in the story for this video.

August 6, 2020

Japan had a lot of dungeon crawlers coming out in the 1990s. While most of them stayed on that side of the Pacific, Chocobo's Dungeon 2 on the PlayStation managed an international release, and was a cute, casual, enjoyable experience.

July 31, 2020

While much of Akira Toriyama's work in the 1990s revolved around Dr. Slump and Dragon Ball, he did have time for the occasional side project, like Pink: Water Thieves Rain Thieves.

June 26, 2020

Before Jojo's Bizarre Adventure, Hirohiko Araki created several other short works. Baoh was one of them. The story wasn't at all original, but wow was the thing gory.

May 15, 2020

There are plenty of space pirate-themed anime out there, one such example being The Enemy's the Pirates!. However, it's extremely unremarkable, with far better shows more worth one's time to watch.

May 8, 2020

While Microsoft's more recent series gets most of the attention, Sega made its own game called Crackdown in the late 1980s (no relation).

May 1, 2020

Sometimes criminals make the best crime fighters. This is certainly the case in the three episode anime OVA Cyber City Uedo 808.

April 17, 2020

There are some quite enjoyable but sadly overlooked games in the PC Engine library. Veigues Tactical Gladiator, an action shooter featuring giant robots, is one of them.

January 3, 2020

It's not often that a super hero spoof anime comes along; however, Moldiver is very disappointing with its lackluster story. Even its action scenes can't save this OVA series.

December 30, 2019

Of the many imports on the GBA to never release outside Japan, Nintendo's platformer Densetsu no Stafy was one that people really wished had gotten a Western release.

December 28, 2019

While it may have been a decent manga in the early 80s, when Cosmo Police Justy was adapted into an anime OVA, it was an incoherent mess.

December 26, 2019

The Xanadu series has been going for a very long time, but for many Faxanadu on the NES was their first exposure to the action RPGs, especially in the West.

December 20, 2019

Some people refer to Crusher Joe as a predecessor to Cowboy Bebop given the overlap in character archetypes in both. However, they are very different with Joe's team having nowhere near the character development, as the emphasis was put on action instead for these OVAs.

December 12, 2019

There has been discussion happening for years about whether developers should simplify controls in fighting games to make the genre more appealing to newcomers. Evil Zone on the Playstation was an example of a game attempting this 20 years ago.

December 8, 2019

A lot of science fiction anime of the 80s centered around alien invasions, civil wars, or some other form of conflict. What made Space Fantasia 2001 Nights so special was that it eschewed this in favor of a story of humanity's first attempts at space colonization.

December 6, 2019

When the Saturn came out, Sega had to work hard to get people's attention as a new generation of consoles began to come out. Panzer Dragoon was one of the best games to come to the system, turning a lot of heads.

December 3, 2019

Amidst the deluge of anime coming out during the mid 80s, it was easy for shows to slip between the cracks. Take Tobira wo Akete for example. It was somewhere between okay-ish and terrible, but this combination worked to its favor, creating a charming show that was surprisingly entertaining.

November 30, 2019

During the later years of the Super Famicom's life, developers had a very good understanding of the hardware. So, when Gundam Wing: Endless Duel came along, it turned a lot of heads with its amazing graphics, and solid gameplay becoming one of the best fighting games on the console.

November 28, 2019

Early installments of the Fire Emblem series were fairly light on story compared to modern entries. So, when this anime OVA came along shedding more light on the characters of the original game, it was a nice little treat for fans of the series.

November 25, 2019

Not every game need re-invent the wheel. Arrow Flash is a simple, fun shoot 'em up for the Mega Drive.

November 21, 2019

From time to time, an anime comes along with an art style so gorgeous, it outshines every other aspect of the show. Dragon's Heaven did this with its Jean Giraud-inspired art direction.

November 18, 2019

Before they created the Final Fantasy series, Squaresoft tried their hand at a number of different games in various genres. Rad Racer on the NES was one such title.

November 15, 2019

While Mamoru Oshii is most well-known for working on series such as Ghost in the Shell and Patlabor, he's also delved into much more experimental projects. Gosenzo-sama Banbanzai! is one such example of this and is actually quite a good watch.

November 11, 2019

During the latter half of the 1990s, several popular fighting game series got ported to the original Gameboy. Even Battle Arena Toshinden made the move, and managed to still be fun.

November 7, 2019

A number of OVAs to come out in the 80s and 90s were pretty bad, but at least one could usually find some sort of redeeming quality in them. Phantom Yuusha Densetsu has no such thing, it's just unabashedly boring.

November 3, 2019

Record of Lodoss War was an excellent anime series of the 1990s that simply begged to be adapted into a video game. When Advent of Cardice was released on the Dreamcast, it didn't disappoint.

November 1, 2019

From time to time, an anime OVA would come along that never saw completion. For whatever reason, there wasn't much interest in it and producers pulled the plug. Sol Bianca is a tale of space pirates that suffered such a fate.

October 28, 2019

There was a time long ago when consoles came with pack-in games. When the TurboGrafx-16 came along, Keith Courage in Alpha Zones came bundled with it. While it's not remembered nearly as well as what came with competing systems, the game still had its charms.

October 25, 2019

There are a lot of very good ultra violent anime OVA series that came out in the 80s and 90s. Maryuu Senki isn't one of them and is only worth watching if all other options have been exhausted.

October 22, 2019

While games like Super R-Type and Gradius III tend to get a lot of the attention when it comes to shoot 'tm ups on the SNES, there were a lot of other quality titles as well. Super Aleste (aka Space Megaforce) was one such example.

October 20, 2019

There are plenty of anime that have come along and made bold predictions of the future, but many have been off the mark. Ex-Drivers, on the other hand, has been surprisingly accurate.

October 17, 2019

There were a surprising number of games that took chances on the original PlayStation. No One Can Stop Mr. Domino! was one such example featuring an anthropomorphic domino running through each stage knocking down other dominoes.

October 15, 2019

With the deluge of mecha anime coming out in the 80s, there was a lot to choose from. Metal Skin Panic MADOX-01 was one of countless OVAs in the genre to be released at that time. While it does have a cool design for its battle armor, the story is a bit lacking.

October 13, 2019

Wolf Team put out a lot of interesting games that didn't necessarily get the attention they deserved. Arcus Odyssey was an arcade-y action adventure of theirs that certainly falls under this category.

October 11, 2019

Rumiko Takahashi has put out a number of works that have become extremely popular over the years. Maris the Chojo is an OVA based on one of her earliest manga. It's nowhere as good as things she would do later, but an interesting look at one of her early creations nonetheless.

October 9, 2019

It's time for another anime with a gimmick to draw people in. This time it's Luna Varga which combines a warrior princess and a giant lizard that looks an awful lot like Godzilla.

October 7, 2019

Beat 'em ups were constantly getting licensed tie ins, so it was only a matter of time before Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon became a thing. It wasn't the most exciting game in the genre but it sure did look good.

October 5, 2019

Some anime OVAs have everything but the kitchen sink thrown into them. Battle Royal High School is one such example, and it's actually pretty entertaining. Come for the convoluted story, stay for the gory action scenes.

October 3, 2019

Riding a tightrope between predictable and ridiculous, Dream Dimension Hunter Fandora is an interesting, if somewhat forgotten OVA series of the mid 80s.

September 29, 2019

There have been a number of kart racers to come along chock full of mascots. Even Konami got in on the trend with Konami Krazy Racers on the GBA.

September 21, 2019

It's not often one finds fantasy and science fiction fused together in an anime, but Genesis Survivor Gaiarth does a decent job of it.

September 6, 2019

In the mood for a 2D action adventure set in ancient Greece? If so, The Battle of Olympus on the NES may be for you.

August 30, 2019

Sometimes, all one wants in an anime is a comfy, familiar story. Gude Crest: The Emblem of Gude does this quite well with the classic fantasy adventure that it presents.

August 22, 2019

While Polyphony Digital has made a name for itself with the Gran Turismo series, there was one time when they made something else. That game was Omega Boost, a giant robot rail shooter for the original PlayStation.

August 18, 2019

While Masaki Kajishima is mostly known for Tenchi Muyo!, he's also put out some other worthwhile OVA. Photon: The Idiot Adventures is one such example full of gags and fan service.

August 16, 2019

There are plenty of little hidden gems in the world of 80s anime OVAs and Nayuta is one of them with its story of an alien invasion that is actually quite similar to the movie They Live.

August 13, 2019

Treasure put out a number of interesting games in the 90s. Bangai-O was one of them, being a fast-paced shoot 'em up for the Dreamcast.

August 11, 2019

Usually when an anime comes along that is based on a video game series, it's pretty series in how it portrays its world and heroes. Xanadu Dragonslayer Densetsu goes in the opposite direction, instead focusing on gags, gore, and nudity.

August 8, 2019

There were quite a few quality action adventures to come out on the SNES in the 90s. Quite a few have become timeless classics still talked about today. The Twisted Tales of Spike McFang doesn't get mentioned so much, though, which is a shame because it's pretty darn good.

August 5, 2019

It's time for another anime that most people have never heard of or forgot existed because it's uninspired mecha-themed schlock. The show is called Relic Armor Legaciam and it's not very good.

August 1, 2019

Shoot 'em ups were one of the most popular genres of the late 80s / early 90s. Most featured spaceships that players controlled, but Elemental Master was a little different with folks controlling a sorcerer instead.

July 29, 2019

While the more modern anime series based on Arslan Senki gets the majority of fans attention, there was also an OVA series released during the 1990s worth watching.

July 25, 2019

It can be sad to think how few people remember SunSoft these days, but remember them we must because they made adorable platformers like Trip World on the original GameBoy once upon a time.

July 22, 2019

Clamp has put out a number of amazing manga over the years, and occasionally they get adapted into anime. Tokyo Babylon is an early example of this.

July 16, 2019

Beat 'em ups were more or less dead in the 2000s, but that didn't stop Namco with their own addition to the genre, Urban Reign, which had a lot of depth to it.

July 12, 2019

Shady corporations and ancient aliens are the order of the day in Bounty Dog, a relatively obscure pair of anime OVAs from the 90s.

July 5, 2019

Conquest of the Crystal Palace was quite the hidden gem on the NES. It was a fun action game with some neat weapons and a sense of humor.

June 29, 2019

Sometimes a very simple premise is all one needs to enjoy an anime OVA. Black Magic M-66 does this quite well with its killer robot and the women trying to escape it.

June 27, 2019

The Firemen is an interesting action game for the SNES where, instead of fighting monsters, players are fighting fires.

June 24, 2019

Sometimes anime OVAs of the 80s and 90s had unusual mixes of themes in them. Idol Defense Force Hummingbird was one such example of this, combining pop idols and fighter planes.

June 21, 2019

The original PlayStation got quite a few shoot 'em ups for its library, but one that many have forgotten is Philosoma which combined a lot of features from other games in the genre.

June 20, 2019

There isn't a whole lot of anime out there that is focused on the world of professional wrestling, but Wanna Be's is a rare example of this from the mid 1980s.

June 18, 2019

Sometimes ultra violence rears it head in the most unexpected places. Dream Hunter Rem is one such example of this beneath its cutesy exterior.

June 14, 2019

It's always fun to see what seeing what Game Freak does when they're not making a new Pokemon game. Drill Dozer was one such outing released on the GBA.

June 7, 2019

What happens when felons are gathered to create an elite police force given carte blanche in how they deal with criminals? Well, Wild 7 happens.

May 23, 2019

Very early Japanese history was an interesting, mysterious time. Izumo is one of the few anime to visit this era.

May 16, 2019

Taito is a company people don't often think about when it comes to spectacle fighters. However, Bujingai: The Forsaken City was a very good effort in the genre by this publisher.

May 14, 2019

While a lot of anime OVAs to come out in the 90s were intended for a male audience, there was the occasional release directed toward girls. Pops is one such example, presenting a whirlwind high school romance.

May 9, 2019

While GameArts carved a name for itself with a number of quality RPGs, they also put out some interesting games in other genres. Alisia Dragoon was a well put together platformer / shooter for the Genesis / Mega Drive.

May 7, 2019

Sometimes when criminals start becoming heavily armed the best thing for the police to do is get bigger guns themselves. At least that's the Newport Police Department's logic in Dominion Tank Police.

May 3, 2019

During the 16-bit era of JRPGs, a lot of these games never came to the West. Cosmic Fantasy was one such series where almost none of the games got translated into English, yet being quite popular in Japan. Cosmic Fantasy: Ginga Mehyou no Wana is an anime OVA based on the series.

May 1, 2019

Data East released a lot of interesting games in the 80s and 90s, some of them being fairly experimental. One such example was Silent Debuggers for the PC Engine, a very early attempt at a first person shooter.
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