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.
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!
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 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.