Fubuki Sakuragasaki is a Japanese Jr. High school student and an avid player of arcade games, known far and wide for her skills. However, during the Japanese BAG tournament finals, an evil ...
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Fubuki Sakuragasaki is a Japanese Jr. High school student and an avid player of arcade games, known far and wide for her skills. However, during the Japanese BAG tournament finals, an evil organization rears its ugly head, and for some reason, it's targeted Fubuki as a threat! With the help of her friends, the stranger known only as Mr. Mystery, and special underwear that increases her gaming prowess, Fubuki takes on all challengers as she fights for gamers everywhere! Written by
This 4 episode miniseries is really good. It's about this girl named Fubuki who trains to become the greatest video game champion in the world, along the way she meets allies, foes and a powerful villain. I really love the first 3 episodes, they're fun and lighthearted with good characters like Mr. Mystery, loved the moment where he jumps through a window, glass sticking out all over his body making him a blood fountain and he tries to play it off like it's no big deal. The violence is played for laughs until episode 4 which I'll get to soon. The video games the characters play are not exactly overexposed, we only see them play briefly and when they play we see the character playing a lot more than the screen, at least one of the games are real, I think it was a Virtua Fighter game or something like that.
My favorite character would have to be US gamer Melody Honey with her ridiculously large, awesome breasts. Of course this is an anime series so there's a fair amount of perverted stuff in here, the aforementioned Melody Honey shoves her breasts into young girls faces, even when she's naked, there's a dozen, or two dozens of "panty shots" in each episode of young girls, it's a plot element though, two of the girls have so-called "passion panties" which enable them to play better in video games, well, I think it's just an excuse to show young girls underwear to get the attention of dirty old men, but anyway I expected stuff like this going in and frankly I have seen much, much worse and it didn't bother me.
One thing that did bother me was episode 4 where it completely shifts gears, not for the better, it still works but feels out of kilter with the rest of the series. I knew they were gonna go "serious" for the final episode with a threatening villain. The villain's back story seems to belong in a different anime series altogether, it is so dark, bleak and violent it doesn't mesh well with the tone of the previous episodes. For a show that promotes video games I was surprised, and rather glad that they were brave enough to show the downsides of gaming which is moronic losers becoming violent after playing a violent game, the back story is good as I said, but feels strange and out of left field.
The final battle between Fubuki and the villain who has a personal connection to Fubuki, won't spoil it here, is disappointing. But these are small quibbles, and while the final episode is certainly different and amps up the seriousness and violence and gets rid of the "fun" practically altogether, it still works in it's own way. The maker of Keroro Gunso worked on this series, look out for a Keroro cameo in one of the episodes and a character that looks like Kururu. Arcade Gamer Fubuki is a great anime series that sadly, is really underrated.
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