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Soul Calibur 4 Bonus Anime Characters!

The Soul still burns! Recent news has gotten me much more excited about this new installment of Soul Calibur. I haven’t been this excited about a video game since Soul Calibur 3. Yes, even more excited than Final Fantasy XII. That’s saying a lot considering I am a big FF fan.

An additional interest that got me even more excited than the already cool Star Wars bonus characters are the new all-female bonus characters created by famous manga-ka. Namco did a similar thing with Soul Calibur II when they added Spawn and Necrid designed by McFarlane. Though it appealed to the North American market, they weren’t a very welcome addition in Japan, or for most Soul Calibur fans anyway.

So let’s introduce the four new characters designed by Mine Yoshizaki, Oh! Great, Yutaka Izubuchi, and Hiroya Oku!

First up is Angol Fear, a staff wielding girl that has some resemblance to Chinese fabled Monkey King. Designed by Mine Yoshizaki, famous for Sgt. Frog. Angol Fear is based on his creation Angol Mois from Sgt. Frog.

From the character design, you can tell she’s very much in style with the Sgt Frog series, so while not a perfect fit in the look and style of the Soul Calibur universe, it’s nice to see some manga-ka designs in there.

Next up is probably one of my favorite looking designs, Ashlotte. Designed by Oh! Great famous for series like Tenjho Tenge, Air Gear and Burn Up W. He also helped in designing outfits for Tekken 5, so his designs for Soul Calibur seemed like a natural fit.

With the Goth-Style look, she’s a much needed addition to the Soul Calibur world, in my opinion. I really liked Amy from Soul Calibur 3 as a character alternate to Raphael. Oh! Great brings a very interesting design to the table with this clockwork princess. Interestingly, she’s probably one of Oh! Great’s most reserved looking character designs in terms of fan-service.

Another character I have a keen interest in is Scheherazade, a Light Elf. Designed by Yutaka Izubuchi, who’s a mech designer for RahXephon, Gundam, and Patlabor.

Now, I don’t know what a mech designer is doing, creating a Light Elf in Soul Calibur, but I quite like. Though she is somewhat generic looking, I’ve always been a sucker for Light Elves, as you know. From her weapon, she looks to be a Raphael clone. I welcome that. I kind of like Raphael’s techniques and overall cheapness, but was never fond of his character or his style. Amy was a good substitute, but she didn’t have nearly as advanced a move-set as Raphael did. Hopefully, Scheherazade will fill that gap.

The last new character by a manga-ka is Shura, a dual-katana wielding female. Designed by Hiroya Oku of Gantz and Hen fame, Shura reminds me of Taki and Shiki (from Samurai Spirits).

I’m not sure how well she’ll play with my expectations on what I love about Taki. The dark look of Shura is kind of cool. Perhaps she’ll play more like Mitsurugi or Setsuka than Taki (there can only be one Taki). The character design on her seems a little generic too – like a toned-down Taki, which is rather unfortunate. Overall, she’s the least interesting design out of all four of these new characters.

Back when Soul Calibur II came out, I managed to get a friend who normally hates fighting games, into playing a bit of SC. With a bit of training, he soon got hooked on it and became an even better player than me! I think that with SC4’s addition of characters from famous manga-ka really adds appeal to it, and may interest those that have been hesitant so far.

The character creator makes another appearance, and I’m sure many gamers will be creating popular anime and video game characters with them. And with the added online fighting, I can’t wait to show off my custom creations, and see what others have come up with!

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  1. May 29, 2008 at 5:11 pm

    must have fighting game for this year! 😀 (and also blaz blue for the 2d fighting fix :p)

    All these bonus characters design are good (especially angol fear)

  2. May 29, 2008 at 11:27 pm

    Angol Fear and Ashlotte are defintely the most unique looking designs. I wish that Shura had a bit more character to her though. A giant scar across her chest would have made a great character addition to her more dark and rugged style. Heck, just some tattoos would have been more interesting!

    I can’t wait to play against you, Ron! Let me know when you get your copy – and don’t forget, EB and Gamestop preorders are offering an exclusive limited edition version! (just like FFXII!)

  3. William Hart
    June 16, 2008 at 9:31 pm

    I wonder why they don’t seem to be doing any new male characters, unless there are more to see and we already have about 30 confirmed fighters. Granted it is refreshing to see a large selection of female fighters but at least a few new guys would balance it out some.

  4. June 17, 2008 at 9:58 am

    You make a good point. I think that the face of gaming is changing, and that female gamers and female characters alike are taking on a much more prominent role in video games. Games are in a way a reflection of our society and culture. Back in the 90’s, Chun-Li became popular because she was one of the first female characters in a video game to take on the significant role of being more than just some damsel in distress. Being the “Queen of Video Games” was definitely a title worthy of her merit.

    In terms of “balance” you do have to consider the ratio – there are still more male characters than there are female characters in most fighting games. The thing that I like about female characters is the flexibility of their style. They can be virtually any type of fighter, from agile to slow, and their character designs are usually interesting to show it. Male character designs don’t seem to allow that type of versatility. Look at Raphael for example. He’s a nimble character, but because he is male, the style they have forced him into doesn’t fit the male persona very well. Meanwhile, his counterpart, Amy, fits the same style much better.

    So I welcome more females into the game. Just as long as they’re not too Moe, then it’s all good.

    • Vincent V.
      September 19, 2009 at 7:57 pm

      There is also Samus. She was also one of the first of video games to be more than just a side character or damsel in distress. We also learned that Princess Peach from the Mario series wasn’t what we first thought she was from Donkey Kong.

      • September 19, 2009 at 8:28 pm

        The thing with Samus was that the majority of gamers thought she was a guy until she reveals herself in the ending. People were definitely shocked, but it didn’t stick as heavily as Chun-Li. She was ALWAYS kicking ass, and leveling with the other male fighters.

        Princess Peach was a damsel in distress. And she wasn’t in Donkey Kong. That girl was a different girl.

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