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The 28 characters of Tatsunoko vs Capcom

Gold Lightan

First appeared: Golden Warrior Gold Lightan

Giant robots are a dime a dozen in anime, even if they can transform. But what about a giant robot who somehow shrinks down to the size of a cigarette lighter? That’s how Gold Lightan normally gets around as he hides in the pocket of school boy Hiro, though once danger strikes he leaps out and becomes over 30 meters tall. He and his team of Lightan warriors fight the monster of the week, and Gold Lightan usually finishes them off by stabbing their chests with his freaking hand and crushing their heart. In the below opening theme, watch as he jabs his hand through some robot’s head. That is one hardcore gold motherf***er.


Hakushon Daimaou

First appeared: Hakushon Daimaou

Thanks to legal issues, this is the only character from the original that US and European players won’t enjoy. But seriously, who’ll miss him? Hakushon Daimaou is one of the silliest of the joke characters. An ancient genie, or jinn, he grants wishes in some comical way to whoever is nearby that sneezes. The big goofball pops out, some situational comedy ensues, we laugh and he moves on to the next lucky chump. This is the equivalent of Garfield or Yogi Bear being in the game, and if we have to lose him to get the game in foreign markets with amazing new content, we won’t be crying (or sneezing).


Ippatsuman

First appeared: Gyakuten! Ippatsuman

Taking place in the futuristic 1990s, the Ippatsuman series is about two rival leasing companies, Time Lease and Skull Lease (guess which one is the bad guy), fighting over the sales of many goods and services, including robots. However, Skull Lease secretly plans to control the world and is led by a trio of baddies who look remarkably similar to Doronjo, Boyacky and Tonzru. Ippatsuman works for Time Lease and is out to stop them, and does, no matter what their wacky plan. Your standard costumed fighter for justice, Ippatsuman sometimes employs a giant robot with a transforming, multi-use weapon whenever the need arises for a giant ass kicking.


Jun the Swan

First appeared: Gatchaman (aka G-Force, aka Battle of the Planets, aka Eagle Riders)

As part of the Science Ninja Team Gatchaman, Jun is one of the few Tatsunoko fighters recognizable to international fans – but thanks to many overlapping and contrasting license agreements, she’s also known by several names and characterizations. But this isn’t Agatha or Princess or Kelly we have, this is Jun as she was intended. The electronics and demolition expert of the Gatchman squad, she fights to protect people, though she is often left on the sidelines while the boys (mostly Joe and Ken) have all the fun. Still, she’s a stronger and more able character than most women in ‘70s anime. Also, she has a not-so-secret crush on her teammate Ken the Eagle.


Kaijin no Soki

First appeared: Onimusha: Dawn of Dreams

Loosely based on Japanese historical figure Hideyasu Yuki, Soki has other nicknames: Oni of the Ash, Blue Demon and God of Darkness. The dual-sword wielding, Oni-powered badass is out to stop Japan's secretly evil leader of the late 1500s, Hideyoshi. He has several allies in his travels and is helped continually by Minokichi, a small creature who teleports him around and gives information and witty insight along the way. Dawn of Dreams was the most recent entry in the dormant series, so here's hoping Soki's involvement here means Capcom hasn't forgotten about the once-blockbuster franchise.


Karas

First appeared: Karas

The most recent Tatsunoko creation in the game, Karas is part of the company’s pantheon of transforming super-dudes, only much hipper, and with way less comic relief. Operating out of a slightly altered version of Tokyo's Shinjuku area, Karas protects people from the demons and other frights that lurk beneath the gaze of the mundane world. At the same time, he needs to stop his now-evil predecessor Eko's plan for world domination. Despite his darker, emo looks, Karas shares many traits with his Tatsunoko brothers, such as transforming into a car or a plane and being a great swordsman. This is one of the very few Tatsunoko series readily available in the US, so those with Netflix Watch Now on their 360s should check it out.


Ken the Eagle

First appeared: Gatchaman (aka G-Force, aka Battle of the Planets, aka Eagle Riders)

As head of the Gatchman team, Ken Washio is your usual boy scout of a team leader. He’s skilled in hand-to-hand combat and can throw a mean, eagle-shaped boomerang named Bird Run. Also he’s an awesome pilot, spy, and all-around great guy, fulfilling his part of the standard team dynamic flawlessly. When not saving the world from evil, he’s out searching for answers about his missing father’s whereabouts, and is out to save his dad/trainer from possible doom. He’s also is very bad at picking up the obvious signals teammate Jun puts out that she’s into him.


Above: The second Gatchaman opening theme

39 comments

  • IIIIIACEIIIII - February 18, 2010 12:44 a.m.

    This game is so good I just bought it today, finally a reason to get the wii out again. I had no idea the final boss was from Okami, I stopped playing that game after like two hours it was so boring.
  • Kytl - November 2, 2009 2:13 a.m.

    wasn't there also Zero?
  • TwistedTinkerToy - October 19, 2009 2:17 a.m.

    No Zack and Wiki? :-(
  • coolbeans - October 17, 2009 3:56 p.m.

    i am still pretty confused...
  • lippuck79 - October 17, 2009 1:48 p.m.

    Woooo.....frank west....thats great..:0
  • dreamgor - October 17, 2009 8:42 a.m.

    SWEEEEEEEEEET! rly a musthave for me i can hear my money groan from above... srsly YAMI! that is awesome... lucky me XD recaptcha: some monaco ... w8 WHUT?
  • linkganon - October 16, 2009 1:57 a.m.

    everybody thought that viewtiful joe would dissapear for good like over 75% of all characters in games, well we were wrong, he's back.
  • Cyberninja - October 15, 2009 9:56 p.m.

    and now there two new characters zero and joe the condor
  • w1nD89 - October 14, 2009 5:36 p.m.

    the last 2 unannounced characters are zero from mega man and Joe Asakura from Gatchaman http://www.joystiq.com/2009/09/10/rumor-frank-west-zero-to-be-in-tatsunoko-vs-capcom/
  • Smeggs - October 14, 2009 2:16 a.m.

    Maybe they decided since they had Viewtiful Joe in the game they didn't need to put in Ameterasu, the games were made by the same people right?
  • AaronTheGamingGeek - October 11, 2009 11:49 p.m.

    awesome i should get a new wii soon my tag team would be Veiwtiful Joe and Frank West
  • Embolado - October 11, 2009 6:42 p.m.

    Its offical, fighting games are making a comeback. Now sega this is your where you can redeem yourself and bring back some of your back catalog fighting games.
  • aktirak - October 11, 2009 2:59 p.m.

    Now we need Capcom Vs Bandai. imagine Ryu vs Devilman or the robots from Tech Romancer and all the bad guys from mega man against the likes of Mazinger Z,Gundam or Noen Genesis Evangelion.
  • FETALJUICE - October 11, 2009 12:25 a.m.

    lol Frank West. I'd play this game just to control him.
  • CatrParrot - October 10, 2009 7:25 p.m.

    Great article, I can't wait for this game to come out! And who wants to bet the Xbots and PS3 fanboys will absolutely destroy it's Metacritic user score?
  • Tomsta666 - October 10, 2009 1:54 p.m.

    Don't mess with Frank West. He's covered wars you know.
  • Conman93 - October 10, 2009 9:20 a.m.

    I loved fighting yami. It was freaking epic!!!!!!
  • TheHalfanese - October 10, 2009 5:14 a.m.

    Karas is in this!?!?! Oh, HELL YEAH.
  • Ransom - October 10, 2009 2:02 a.m.

    OMG Frank West!
  • Cyberninja - October 10, 2009 1:54 a.m.

    if they dont put in trone bone ill be sad i just played thought her game ealier this year

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