Preview: Short Peace: Ranko Tsukigime’s Longest Day
Short Peace is a compilation of four short animated features ( helmed by legendaryAkira creator Katsuhiro Otomo ) and an accompanying game; Ranko Tsukigime’s Longest Day.
All of the components of Short Peace aim to in some loose way reflect Japan from the past right the way into the future, so that’s what it’s all about.
Really, Ranko is all I can preview seeing as I’m not a film reviewer and this is a gaming site. Still, there’s enough about this mini rail runner to catch the eye.
The Grasshopper Manufacture game comes to us from producer Suda 51 (No More Heroes, Killer 7, Killer is Dead) with art direction by Yosuke Kozaki (Fire Emblem:Awakening as well as Liberation Maiden and the No more Heroes series with Suda).
Starting deep in the subterranean car parks of contemporary Tokyo, Ranko is guided left to right at lightning pace along runways and platforms slashing enemies and crashing through floors and walls. Swishing her violin blade at these bright abstract enemies explodes them into cascading shards of street art inspired glyphs.
Hitting the right one at the right time will send them into each other and chaining kills like this is satisfying enough before acknowledging the affirming combo counter.
Check out the full preview at GGSgamer.com