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.
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.
This movie is basically the prequel of Megaman X. The first Megaman X immediately before the first Maverick Outbreak. This game series was my personal favorite of all times and I played all 8 games to completion and I grew up off of this series.
With that being said my only disappointment is the lack of a sequel and further coverage of the Megaman X timeline. There are dozens of un-answered about the crossover between the original Megaman and Megaman X. And even the Megaman Zero and Megaman.exe worlds.
I had hoped that this would be the point of starting to fill those holes in
and I feel like this did an ok job of explaining the world leading into the first Megaman X game and covered the state of the world very well.
If you are a megaman fan and love the franchise then watch this movie.
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.
This small bonus unlockable 24 minute OVA from the PSP game Maverick Hunter X was pretty good for what it was. This OVA takes place before the first MegaMan X game and shows how X and Zero's commander Sigma turned from being the lovable Commander of the Maverick Hunters to the cruel Maverick Emperor seen throughout the X series of games.
The art is very accurate to the character design from the X games. X himself looks very adorable yet badass which is kinda the point as X is a really kind robot boy at heart. Sigma doesn't have his Iconic
cape until the last minutes of the OVA, but that is to show when he went from respected Commander to Evil Dictator. Chill Penguin looks really cool (pun intended) and very sharp and Storm Eagle looks kinda weird. The generic soldiers look generic. Zero's design is a bit of a mix between his classic appearance from the X series and his more round redesign from the Megaman Zero series. The CG is noticeable, but it looks better on PSP. And it actually provides a good contrast for some moral scenes for X.
The voice acting in the Sub and Dub are both very good. The actors seem to really understand their characters and Sigma's voice slightly changes during the reveal when he becomes evil. Penguin has a very cute and high pitched voice in the sub which is exactly what i imagined him sounding like. The music surprisingly was mediocre. I wish they used tracks from the game like maybe the Zero theme, Sigma's theme, and when Dr Light appeared maybe even the MEGAMAN 2 opening theme could have played. Hey at least the acting isn't bad like in Megaman 8 or X4. BASS WHY MUST I FIGHT YOU. DOCTA WAHWEE. WHADDYOUTHINKYADOING. PREPAREURSELF. NO THIS ISNT HAPPENING WHAT AM I FIGHTING FOOOOOOOR. Sorry I had to
The characters are just the characters really. X is shown exactly like in the games. He prefers to not hurt others, but will fightto protect others. Zero is the smart and friendly badass he was in the games, and a big friendly companion to X. Chill Penguin and Storm Eagle don't really do much but they are apparently high up captains in the Maverick Hunters before they become Maverick themselves. Sigma is shown as the respected commander that was mentioned in the previous games, but this OVA let us see it. We also see how he planned his domination and his cunning attitude unleash. Vile is shown as becoming Maverick which as we know does happen as he is the first boss in thd X series with the iconic scene of Zero coming in and saving X before Vile could kill him. I am however disappointed that we only saw 2 of the 8 Robot Master Mavericks from the game. It would have been cool to see Spark Mandrill,Sting Chameleon, Launch Octopus, Armored Armadillo, Flame Mammoth, and Boomerang Kuwanger in action before they became evil.
The story shows how Sigma became evil. Thats about it. There is a conspiracy and everything. There are continuity errors though. X was sealed for a different reason, Cain found X earlier than the original game, and Cain dies.