The year is 21XX. Reploids are commonplace now, after Dr. Cain rediscovered Dr. Light's old lab and based several designs off of Dr.Light's original, called "Megaman X." X, meanwhile, has joined the Maverick Hunters, and works with unit leader Zero under the command of General Sigma. It is their job to terminate rogue reploids, those who have become violent.
There are plenty of awful cliches and trends in the anime industry to complain about, but at least one seems to have ended. The trend of making anime adaptations of old video games that didn't really have a very complex or good plot and simply had no business being adapted into anime. In the old days we got horrible anime adaptations of Sonic, King of Fighters, Voltage Fighter GoKaizer, Darkstalkers, Megaman, Kirby, etc. Now besides Pokemon it finally seems to be over. This is Megaman, which falls between the best and the worst adaptations of old videogames and is just stuck in mediocrity. Why would anyone watch this shit? MARK...FUCKING...GATHA!
At some point in the early 2000s, the anime dub studio ADR Canada decided to take a huge gamble and hire a complete unknown, who had never done anything else before, to voice the main freaking character in their surprise hit G-Gundam. Actually it wasn't that much of a gamble because G-Gundam had bombed hard in Japan and everyone thought it would perform poorly in the US, so the producers simply didn't give a FUCK about it and just hired whoever wanted the parts. A man...NO...a LEGEND from the University of Alberta drama team took the roll of Domon Kashu and turned in the single hammiest, most gloriously cheesy performance in anime dub history! On a ham scale of 1-10, if the smooth voice of Stephen J Blum is a 1 and Crispin Freeman going full ham like he did for Alucard or Albedo is about a 7, then Mark Gatha would be an 11. Not much is known about this under-appreciated hero of dubbing. He was born in Calgary, Canada to a pair of Iranian immigrants. His parents wanted him to become a Doctor, but he decided to put off going to medical school and take 1 year to absolutely ROCK the world of anime voice acting before becoming a successful orthopedic surgeon. He voiced Domon in G-Gundam and Megaman in this adaptation of Megaman. Then he hung up his holster and rode off into the sunset presumably screaming like a complete lunatic. Today he removes tumors with the help of KYYYOOOOOJIIIII!!!!! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qqAq-VzRDo0
TLDR: This anime sucks balls, but isn't as bad as some other video game adaptations of its time. It is also HUGELY bolstered by being 1 of only 2 roles performed by one of the greatest dub actors in history!
Megaman X was first released in 1993. The series was the first of many spin-offs of Capcom's Megaman franchise and has been highly successful, receiving eight sequels (one being the Command Mission RPG), and a prequel OVA. That's right, back in 2005 Capcom and Xebec combined efforts and came up with an OVA prequel for the Megaman X franchise. Let's take a look at Maverick Hunter X: The Day of Sigma.
The story is pretty simple. It's about how Sigma went from being a maverick hunter, to the head maverick. For those of you who aren't familiar with the games, reploids are robots with the power of self determination. Occasionally some of them go "maverick" and try to harm others or just go berserk. If you're a fan of the X franchise it's an interesting look at the way things were before Sigma's treachery, even if you already know how things are going to end.
The Day of Sigma does do a decent job of fleshing out some of the characters a bit more than what you see of them in the games, especially Sigma and Vile. It avoids throwing in a bunch of characters from the games in order to keep things fairly clean and focused. Which does work to its benefit.
The art is deliberately reminiscent of the games. The characters look good and the battle scenes, though short, are nice and intense. Unfortunately, the backgrounds are kind of dull.
The voice acting is pretty well done. Sakurai Takahiro, Okiayu Ryotaro and Mugihito especially give strong performances. X is Cloud Strife, I just had to point that out. The music is pretty weak and forgettable. It could have benefited from doing more with the background music.
The yuri factor is a 1/10. There's only one female character and she has a small role.
My final rating for Maverick Hunter X: The Day of Sigma is an 8/10. If you're a fan of the Megaman X franchise you should definitely see it. If you aren't you should probably skip it since there's really nothing to appeal to non-fans. read more
This one-off Mega Man X anime was included as unlockable content in the PlayStation Portable's Mega Man Maverick Hunter X, a remake of the first game in the series. I beat the game, which was the prerequisite to gaining the video, but for some reason I never watched it. It was a little unfortunate, as this bears the distinction of being the best Mega Man anime ever made. That's not saying much considering their generally average quality and the fact the games themselves were never strong on story, but if you've gained an attraction to the world and characters simply through constant exposure among the huge franchise, then possibly nothing is better than scratching that curiosity for world expansion than this OVA. It's a prequel to the first game and details Sigma's turn from Maverick Hunter to Maverick, and X's evolution as a new Hunter. The writing is surprisingly okay, avoiding the contradictions of lore within its own storyline like many X plots do. The plot itself is as uncomplicated as you'd expect. X, Zero, and Sigma investigate the attacks of several unmanned robots, with some nice cameo appearances by Chill Penguin, Storm Eagle, and Vile while they're still allies. Music is complete background noise, but the animation is very solid with some subtle use of CG to give the machines some curvature depth and actual weight when combined with the mechanical sound design straight from the games. All in all, it's a solid OVA that brings a niche attribute of Mega Man (the story) to a level it hasn't really been at before, and while that's not a high water mark relative to general anime or video games, it means it carves a particular use and interest for Mega Man fans.read more
Irregular Hunter X: Day of Sigma, or if you are familiar with the english localization of Megaman X, Maverick Hunter X:Day of Sigma. This OVA is well worth the watch, especially if you are/were a fan of the orginal Megaman/Rockmam X franchise. Although to those who frankly couldn't get into the franchise/never heard of it,this will be your one badass starting point. Most anime companies have tried to adapt retro video games,and have failed the majority of times, which gives OVA's like this one a bad name. This anime serves as a turning point that will eventually set a present for future game adapted animes, were it adapts its original source properly without lacking in quality for your average anime watcher.
As the synopsis says, Irregular Hunter X: Day if Sigma, is the opening to the Megaman/Rockman X franchise, before the events if the first game. It starts off with a maverick mech rampaging throughout the city, leaving our protagonist X, Zero, sigma, and several soilders to stop it. For the fans of the original source, the momment the momment it starts your heart is racing, but for those who aren't familiar with the orginal source are soon greated with pure amounts of badass momments after the OVA starts up. After the battle with the rampaging maverick starts, a soilder gets caught by it, and it leaves X with no choice but to shoot. X trying to get a shot on the mavrick without damaging the captured soilder then hesitates shooting due to him not getting a proper aim that will only damage the maverick. While X hesitates a blade cuts the maverick releasing the soilder, with the soilder's arm being severly damaged and detached from his body. We then learn that the blade who ended the mavericks rampage and released the soilder was im fact Sigma, the commander of X,Zero, and the several other soilders(No, it was not Zero. He didn't have his saber at the time so pull up your pants, put away the toilet paper, and pay attention to the anime).
I'll rely on the synopsis given by the website to summerize the story for you because if I go on it will spoil most of the OVA.
Story(8/10): The story is surprisingly very good, and will even make fans of the orginal franchise shed a tear. The only flaws I see is that much more could have been added to give anime watchers a better understanding without having to look into the game and its story.
Art(6/10): The art is okay, not bad. It looks like an updated version of the games art style. The animation is well done, but obviously it is not the best.
Sound(7/10): The soundtrack for this is pretty average for an anime, but low quality to the games fast passed, bass and syth soundtrack. The voice actors I felt did an amazing job. They put emotion into the voice acting and into the characters, which is something I admire out of this OVA's and games Japanese cast. But for the dub...need I say more? Every badass and adult male character sounds like a cracked up pubescent 12 year old who won't stop screaming in the COD: BO3 lobbies....to sum it up in a way none video game playing anime fans will understand, they all sound like Johnny Test.
Character(9/10): This adaptation ripped the characters directly from the game, which is a good thing. Even though X was always 'typical virgin protagonist'(This time it is a sausage party, not a harem. There is one girl though. She can become your waifu. Or you can just make the ball of badass, Zero become your husbando regardless if you're a guy or not) his character doesn't ruin much,if anything at all in the whole story. The other 2 characters that are of extreme inportance in this OVA are actually good characters even though one(Sigma) is the biggest douche in the universe. The other character, Zero is like I said,a ball of badass who is better than the original protagonist,and only filthy casuals can hate him and his arousing Japanese dubbed voice.
Enjoyment(9/10): I frankly enjoyed watching this,and re-watching it each time. For those just looking for a quick add to their anime list, your overall enjoyment might be less than someone who is familiar with the franchise, but it is still a piece regardless of your position in thw fadom, that will sertantly not watse your time.read more