Cheerleaders, chainsaws and glitter-spewing zombies: Yes, Lollipop Chainsaw is a Suda51 game

As far as entries on the List Of Awesome Stuff That Makes Video Games Awesomer goes, Grasshopper Manufacture's new one is missing very few. Pirates, ninjas and flamethrowers. Those are pretty much all that's missing. Though to be fair, given that this is coming from the studio behind No More Heroes and Shadows of the Damned (neither of which you bought, but both of which you should) I'm not ruling any of them out yet.

We know that Lollipop Chainsaw (possibly the best combined band name, film title, record label moniker and practical joke confectionary concept in history) has brutal melee violence. We know that said violence occurs against legions of zombies. We know that it utilises a combat chainsaw. We know that the perpetrator is a cheerleader. We know that the zombies spew pink glitter when butchered. Want to know what else we know? Of course you do.

LP's protagonist is Juliet, a cheerleader at San Romero High School (Yes Suda, I do indeed most certainly see what you did there). Why she has a chainsaw, we do not know. Perhaps she's part of some apocalyptic new wave of Extreme Cheerleading, which uses bladed power-tools instead of batons. Or maybe the image of a skimpily-clad cheerleader 'sawing the throbbing undead hordes into piles of well-past-its-best steak was just too perfect a grindhouse image for Suda-san to ignore. Why I say "maybe" to both of those possibilities, when I know that latter option is almost definitely the truth, I am frankly unsure.

But either way, she'll be hacking her way through school, leaving torrents of sparkling zombie innards wherever she goes. Suda says that Lollipop Chainsaw is "a poppy zombie game unlike anything people have ever seen". Considering that this statement comes from the man who has previously facilitated us seeing wank-charged lightsabers and a gimp-batting, beer-slugging Lolita dominatrix, I'd say that the bar is set high. Exciting-high of course, but certainly high.

However Grasshopper pull this off though, I love the concept. These days, zombies are more over-exposed than a man wearing rice-paper pants in a typhoon, but if anything is going to shake them up it's going to be the combination of extreme dismemberment and girlie day-glow-nonsense. But what do you reckon? Is this potentially the more anarchic, giddier, girlier No More Heroes I hope it is, or is Suda just being too self-conciously weird for his own good?

Source: Famitsu via Kotaku 

July 20, 2011


  • Kapwan - July 21, 2011 11:37 p.m.

    I wonder if Suda 51 is a fan of High School of the Dead because I can see some influence. This a game is a day one purchase for me because I can't get enough of Suda 51's games.
  • Crypto140 - July 21, 2011 1:12 p.m.

    Waity, there arn't flamethrowers in it? Nor ninjas or pirates? Pass. Jk this game seems like it will make my head explode.
  • WinkedUp Lozza - July 21, 2011 4:46 a.m.

    I'm guessing none of the above negative commentors are australian find the stupidity of the jokes funny, not the jokes themselves
  • SunnyvaleTrash - July 21, 2011 4:27 a.m.

    I bought SotD and enjoyed it! This new game has my attention.
  • FauxFurry - July 21, 2011 4:11 a.m.

    If Juliet can strap-on a pair of chainsaw skates at some point and can butcher emaciated zombie fashion models on the runway(or rather shuffleway), that'll make Lollipop Chainsaw instantly one of the best things ever.
  • KingDjango - July 21, 2011 1:57 a.m.

    I spooged my whole skeleton out!I need this frakkin' game!!!
  • MoChilla - July 20, 2011 11:31 p.m.

    Didn't I hear that Akira Yamaoka would be returning too? my recaptcha "not likely." WTF
  • NotSteve - July 20, 2011 11:06 p.m.

    Once again, Suda, you prove that you deserve ALL of my money. This game can't come out fast enough.
  • bigwill1221 - July 20, 2011 9 p.m.

    Eh article is tough read...
  • peon36 - July 20, 2011 8:51 p.m.

    Want this one to sell? Put it out on the 360/PS3. I'm still waiting for a NMH port.
  • BoobleDrop - July 20, 2011 7:28 p.m.

    alright, as a pre-requisite i have to say that killer7 is my favorite game ever, and that i also own both no more heroes, shadows of the damned, and even flower, sun, and rain. soooooooooooo, this made my heart fill with joy and stop beating. that said, i respect that suda51 is going more and more accessible, and nothing but good has come of it, but i still miss the more complex plot of killer7, or flower,sun, and rain. i love it when he goes full on tongue in cheek as well, but nothing would blow my mind like a fully realized crazy-ass story. and he has all those trademarks about him,but whatever happened to the really weird shit? remember the boss fights in killer7? more of that would be fantastic. i understand he is getting more polished, and that is a totally logical evolution for him, but i guess i just hope this one gets a little bit crazier than shadows of the damned did. not that i'm finding fault with that game. it is my hero
  • jackthemenace - July 20, 2011 6:17 p.m.

    This is my new favourite thing in existence. And it's not even out yet. Oh, and I REALLY need to get myself a hold of a copy of No More Heroes... When's the PS3 Port release date again?
  • waitingforCharlietosnap - July 20, 2011 6:12 p.m.

    Cannot wait. Cannot.
  • AwesomeGuitarSoloMan - July 20, 2011 5:55 p.m.

    Suda you crazy,crazy bastard Will you ever stop being awesome?
  • etherealshadow - July 20, 2011 5:38 p.m.

    Where the hell does this man get the drugs that he almost certainly has to be on to come up with this shit? I really want to know, 'cause that has to be some REALLY good shit. Every time I hear the name Suda-51 the first thing that pops into my head is "Oh lord, what the hell did he come up with now?"
  • n00b - July 20, 2011 5:22 p.m.

    i rarely curse but FUCK YES I WANT THIS GAME NOW!! and how dare you dave i have bought no more heroes 1 and 2 shadows of the damned and killer7. plus im currently seeking out a copy of Michigan report from hell beat that Houghton
  • rockbottom - July 20, 2011 4:37 p.m.

    He's not the Messiah, he's a very naughty boy,
  • eliguy83 - July 20, 2011 4:22 p.m.

    i agree that zombies are starting to become really cliché, but this concept sounds awesome. i'll be following it!
  • IHateMakingUserIDs - July 20, 2011 4:18 p.m.

    This seems similar thought to "Onechanbara: Bikini Samarai Squad" So I would Imagine sales would be only slightly better. But Who knows, maybe it will sell more than wii sports did!
  • EnragedTortoise1 - July 20, 2011 4:13 p.m.

    See, this is the same problem I had with Hyperdimension Neptunia. if anyone, especially my parents, walked in on me playing it... yeeeeeaaaaaaaaah.

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