Anime Animusha is okay and great, but I really like the reboot at this point

Netflix makes the anime Onimusha. I know I don’t care about the best of times, but this surprised me. Aside from remasters of inferior games in the series, we haven’t seen a new Capcom entry in over a decade. Like Dino Crisis, Haunting Ground, and most franchises that aren’t Resident Evil or Monster Hunter, they have been left to rot. Onimusha deserves this mod, but it deserves a new game more than that. In a new age filled with samurai games, the King deserves a place at the table.

The show has an amazing level of talent behind it, and seems to use polarizing 3D animation in ways that aren’t particularly conflicting. If anything, it will likely make the epic cuts and bloody shows of violence more appealing. With only four screenshots available at the moment and no sign of a release date, it’s impossible to know what kind of story you plan to tell and how true it is to the games. It seems to be more in line with Castlevania than the direct translation, which means that the characters, stories, and settings will be completely reimagined. That’s for the best, but I’m going to miss what could easily have been. Imagine if this was a game, or a love letter to a time-forgotten PS2 classic.

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Onimusha: Warlords came to PS2 in 2001, and the birth of a series was that Capcom would invest heavily in over the course of the sixth generation. We’ve seen many sequels and spin-offs and a serious approach to this property got me thinking it would be something more. I was that’s wrong, And the Remaster of Warlords is the only peep we’ve heard from the shogun apart from the upcoming anime in years. I was late to the party, as my first game was the amazing Onimusha 3, and it’s still very cool starring only Jean Reno. For those who don’t know him, he was the cute French guy from 1998’s Godzilla.

Ditching the more traditional samurai environment, Threequel opts for a time travel adventure that saw protagonist Hidemitsu Samanosuke Akechi rush into the modern era along with an onslaught of seemingly unstoppable monsters. On the other hand, Jean Reno was immersed in the past and did his best to navigate a scene he didn’t understand anything about. This fish out of water scenario allowed for a larger-than-life approach to combat and level design that few games at the time were able to match, not to mention how much you feel like playing all these years later. TheGamer’s Features Editor Andy Kelly wrote about Onimusha 3’s brilliance a few months ago, and all of his points still stand. This is a forgotten classic from the PS2 era that hasn’t been remastered, remastered, or even mentioned by Capcom since, and thus the series as a whole has been unfairly left out despite its success.

That is, until she saw the potential in a Netflix adaptation that could appeal to an audience that had never played the original games, but would understand the allure of a stylish samurai adventure that could stand on its own. But it really shouldn’t be, and refusing to mention the games that inspired them seems like a dark betrayal of fans who have spent nearly two decades defending them. Dragon’s Dogma also has a (fairly terrible) adaptation, and only now has a sequel been put into full production. Streaming giants are always on the lookout for fresh original content, and publishers are happy to sell idle IPs for a few pennies even though we’ve been begging for any form of revival for years.

Onimusha was one example, and seeing a show appear before a new game or even another remaster feels like a kick in the teeth. I’m sure the show is going to be great, because it has more than the potential to blow our socks off, but it just makes me wish a new game would arrive at its side or a more generous one who understands the respect many of us have for that. You could argue that Castlevania made the same mistake, and we all adore the show, but he’s continued to honor his legacy and have been blessed with new titles despite his success, while Onimusha is just flopping around and hoping for the best. At least give us a mod of Demon Siege or throw it in on PlayStation Plus Premium. Anything would be better than nothing, because that’s exactly what we’re getting right now.

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