A Closer Look at the Anime Content Included with Short Peace: Ranko Tsukigime’s Longest Day
28/03/2014 3 Comments
It’s not often we cover games on this site, but seeing as Namco Bandai Games upcoming PS3 release of Short Peace: Ranko Tsukigime’s Longest Day contains a combination of anime movies and games we have decided to share what we know currently know about the title, namely the basic synopsis for the four included movies and a quick overview of the gameplay.
As you may already be aware Short Peace: Ranko Tsukigime’s Longest Day is collection of four animated short films and a 2.5D platforming shooter, with all five titles combining together to create an ultimate (and natural) blend of anime and gaming. The game is the main selling point, as it sees Ranko in a fast-paced platforming shooter killing demons using her violin and bow, whereby different attacks can be performed and chained together for combos and higher scores. Speed and kill count is crucial in this game, especially if you are wanting to top the leader boards.
Those who attended the MCM Comic Con in Birmingham last weekend may be familiar with the fast gameplay of Short Peace, as it was available to play on the show floor, however the game is only one part of the story, and as such is considered the fifth and final part of the Short Peace storyline. The four included short movies, each animated and directed differently, offer the complete Short Peace experience to the viewer and it’s these movies which gain attention from the anime community (and us).
Over the past few months Namco Bandai Games have been revealed details of the films included, and for the first time all of the synopsis for films (and the game) are listed below:
A Farewell To Weapons – The first movie is directed by Hajime Katoki and takes place in Tokyo, in the near future. A five-person platoon visits the ruined city, in the middle of the desert; this leads them to fall into a battle with a single unmanned tank! One by one, all routes of escape are blocked.
Combustible – the second movie is directed by Katsuhiro Otomo (the creator of Steamboy & Akira) – takes place in the city of Edo in the 18th century. Where Owaka, a merchant’s daughter, and her childhood sweetheart Matsukichi, find their differing social standings render their love impossible. In her mad desperation, Owaka does something that engulfs the entire city in a deadly inferno…
Gambo – this third movie is directed by Hiroaki Ando and takes place at the end of the 16th century, as the Sengoku era draws to a close… A fortress in the northern region of Japan, Tohoku, is sacked by a giant, solitary demon. When Kao, a young girl from the village, meets a mystical polar bear who understands what she says, she turns to it for help!
Possessions – this fourth movie is direct by Shuhei Morita and was nominated for an Academy Award in 2014 – During the 18th century. A man lost deep in the mountains in the middle of a violent storm stumbles across a small shrine. Entering it, he suddenly finds himself in a room from another world, where discarded umbrellas and unused kimonos come alive, possessed by spirits…
Ranko Tsukigime’s Longest Day – This final piece of the Short Peace collection has been directed by Goichi Suda (Suda51) of Grasshopper Manufacture and developed by Crispy’s Inc. By day, Ranko Tsukigime is a slightly arrogant high school girl who lives alone, but at night she is a deadly hitman who coldly assassinates her targets. One fateful night as Ranko heads out to eliminate her next target, a demonic enemy organization creeps up and threatens the lives of Ranko and her friends. Players will put their skills and quick judgment to the test in an electrifying platforming gameplay that will have them blazing through dangerous, obstacle-ridden environments to run from an ominous enemy looming close behind.
As you already assume the full title of this PS3 exclusive is Short Peace: Ranko Tsukigime’s Longest Day, which can lead to some confusion as the fifth part of the collection has the same title, either way this game will be released on the 18th April 2014 within Europe.