Meet the cast of Tatsunoko vs Capcom


First appeared: Space Knight Tekkaman

In the near-ish future, Earth is invaded by nasty aliens called the Waldaster, and only the space knight Tekkaman can defend the planet. Tekkaman’s other identity, Joji Mionami, is able to transform into earth’s savior using Tekset system technologies, and he has an ax – or a space lance, actually – to grind with the Waldaster, who killed his dad (along many other earthmen). On top of that, Joji and his spacefaring pals on the Tekkaman team are searching for a new home for the people of the quickly dying planet Earth. He’s got a lot on his plate.

Tekkaman Blade

First appeared: Tekkaman Blade

Like many popular series, Tekkaman got a ‘90s reboot in the form of Tekkaman Blade. This time around, Earth is threatened by the Radam alien race, which are led by the evil Tekkamen. Tasked with stopping them are the Space Knights, but they really don’t make a dent until a mysterious young man, D-boy, joins the group. He can transform into Tekkaman Blade and fights to protect earth from the evil Tekkamen. With his deadly twin lance and Voltekka armor, Blade is a very quick and skilled fighter, and maybe he and the Space Knights can one day free the Earth.

Viewtiful Joe

First appeared: Viewtiful Joe

It’s hard to think of someone from Capcom’s stable of characters that fits in better with Tatsunoko’s heroes than Viewtiful Joe, since he exists as a parody of the Henshin, or transforming, champions such as those Tatsunoko created. When Joe says, “Henshin a-go-go baby,” he transforms into the colorful hero Viewtiful Joe, star of serialized adventures. In his first game, he searched for his girlfriend Silvia after she’s kidnapped into the movie screen during a classic Captain Blue feature. Along with fighting and boomerang-throwing prowess, Joe’s powers focus on making his fights more cinematic by slowing down or speeding up the film, or zooming in to make things explode. That, merged with an array of vehicles and a giant robot, makes the loving homage more than ideal for TvC.


First appeared: Okami

Spoilers! As both the final villain in Okami and TvC, Yami is one evil sphere. Known as the source of all darkness, he’s responsible for most of the celestial problems that dog-god Amaterasu is trying to clean up. It takes all of Amaterasu’s skills to beat his five forms, break through the mechanical exterior and beat up his soft organic core. Fortunately, he only has three forms to beat in TvC, which are pictured above. Aside from being ancient, primal evil, there isn’t much more to say about Yami, so seriously: why no Amaterasu in this game?

Above: Yami’s spoilerific introduction in Okami


First appeared: Yatterman

Gan Takedo, or Gan-Chan to his friends, rides around inside a mobile tank/robo-dog (Yatter-Wan) with his girlfriend Ai and a robot/transformable six-sided die Omotchama. The 13-year old boy and his friends travel in Yatter-Wan to prevent Doronjo and her minions from getting hold of pieces of the powerful Skull Stone. In his Yatterman persona - technically he’s Yatterman no. 1 to Ai’s no. 2 – Gan fights using a kendama as both a grappling hook and as something to hit people upside the head with.

Yatterman 2

First appeared: Yatterman

Fighting alongside her boyfriend, Yatterman 1, Ai Kaminari works with her man Gan to stop Doronjo from getting her hands on the Skull Stone. The daughter of an electronics store owner, she’s usually tinkering with something, and operates as the mechanic for the team. Along with Gan’s help, she builds most of the contraptions the Yatterman team uses. A nimble fighter, her weapon of choice is an extending baton that zaps enemies with an electrical charge.

Above: The opening to the 2008 remake


First appeared: Mega Man X

A Maverick Hunter just like his friend X, Zero is Mega Man X’s equivalent to Proto Man, having red coloring and a friendly rivalry with the star, but with an added ponytail. More aggressive than X, Zero prefers to get in close with his lightsaber-ish weapon, and when he became a fully-playable option in Mega Man X4, he gave experienced players an even greater challenge during their second playthrough. Suffering from standard videogame amnesia - not to mention being destroyed and rebuilt more than once - he eventually learns that he was built by Dr. Wily a century earlier, but he rejects the evil purpose for which he was created, and fights for peace by destroying evil robots, despite the cold, anti-hero exterior he projects.

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  • gojiguyar - January 17, 2011 3:37 p.m.

    Man, this guy didn't give Tatsunoko a break. Karas, Casshern, Gatchaman, and Tekkaman Blade all enjoyed a thorough popularity here in the states. Karas was one of the best selling anime OAV DVDs ever iirc.
  • thochaos - February 7, 2010 4:26 a.m.

    I used to watch both Teknoman and Bob in the Bottle but most of the rest are unknown to me.
  • micahnell - February 4, 2010 4:41 a.m.

    This game is just way 2 awesome!
  • kaaos - February 2, 2010 3:59 p.m.

    this game is 1 of the flyest vs fightin' games i ever played besides MK vs DC.playing as meagaman volnut makes me wanna get the game he waz from,but they could have had more unlockabble characters like axl or megaman zx
  • linkganon - February 2, 2010 1:22 a.m.

    Henshin a-go-go baby, viewtiful joe's catchphrase he says to transform, technically if he just said henshin, he'd still transform, as that's a japanese word for transformation (or something like that) and he just varied it to create a catchphrase. seriously, the japanese version of his catchphrase is not good. hahaha, played the game and frank west has an attack called real mega buster, he even wears the mega man suit when he does it. also, didn't i hear that yatterman is starting to get popular in north america?
  • robotechandnarutosucks - January 29, 2010 1:09 a.m.

    @Vagrant Pheonix was never in the game. He was removed because he had a special objection attack that would've been way too cheap.
  • GR_HenryGilbert - January 27, 2010 5:33 p.m.

    @Ravenborn True he was playable for a limited time in X3, but not I write "fully-playable" meaning you can play as him for the entire game. So that's what I meant.
  • Conman93 - January 27, 2010 4:47 p.m.

    Struggling to decide between this and no more heroes 2. Will get one of the 2 soon I agree GR, WHY THE HELL IS THERE NO AMMY!!!!!
  • Ravenbom - January 27, 2010 10:54 a.m.

    Love the article Hank as well as the game! I played a Japanese import last year and I'm glad (and surprised) that the American version improved upon the original. But as to the article, I'm pretty sure that Zero was first playable in Mega Man X3, not X4.
  • Vagrant - January 27, 2010 7:49 a.m.

    Only really care about Frank West (and maybe Viewtiful Joe). Sucks that they took Phoenix Wright out. And that they didn't use a cool Onimusha character. Is it just me or do all of the weird masked superhero-y guys we've never heard of have a white and red colour scheme?
  • Kenzo - January 27, 2010 2:44 a.m.

    Hakushon Daimaou has an eerie "tingle-like" quality to him, definitely not going to miss him also I love paperback versions of things
  • AyJay - January 27, 2010 12:43 a.m.

    Just bought this game super cheap online and am awaiting it in the mail. My friend has the Japanese version, which is awesome, can't wait. :)
  • NeoKef - January 27, 2010 12:24 a.m.

    Thank you for going back and adding Zero in this. I was sorted ticked off when I saw Zero in the in the Hyper Moves video and realize he wasn't mention in the 28 characters of TvC. Again, thanks.
  • Cyberninja - January 27, 2010 12:24 a.m.

    cant wait to play it still need 20 dollars tho
  • GR_HenryGilbert - January 26, 2010 11:41 p.m.

    Ok then, the new guys exclusive to All-Stars are Zero, Frank West, Joe the Condor, Tekkaman Blade, and Yatterman 2. The only character Japan got that we didn't was Hakushan. Hope that clears things up for you
  • dante1924 - January 26, 2010 11:14 p.m.

    Now I finally know what the tatsunoko characters are! Now I will get even more enjoyment! Although the article's really good, I would have liked it if you said what the state exclusive characters are. 'Cause I'm not sure exactly who's new.
  • robotechandnarutosucks - January 26, 2010 11:07 p.m.

    First, and these almost all the new characters suck!

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