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Short Peace: Ranko Tsukigimes Longest Day Review

Short Peace: Ranko Tsukigimes Longest Day is collaboration between some of the most influential names in anime and gaming, with this new PS3 release presenting a host of short films and a game all on one disc.

Jumping straight into the game on disc (not realising the movies are under the DVD section) Ranko Tsukigimes Longest Day is the newest title from Suda 51 and things certainly start off well with us being introduced to the games main character Ranko Tsukigimes by way of a beautiful anime. Ranko appears to be a regular schoolgirl by day however at night she steps into another world full of hitmen, demonic monsters and dragons, her goal, to kill her father. With an engrossing anime introducing us to this strange world a warning soon pops up notifying to grab the controller as the action is about to begin.

The computer game aspect of longest day is a very fast paced running platformer, with Ranko sprinting across the screen, jumping, floating and wall jumping across numerous platforms and dodging hazards whilst using a basic attack to take on any enemy that gets in her way. To keep the action moving along at a frantic pace you are also being chased by a terrifying collection of demonic hands, reaching out to grab you if it ever catches up. With plenty to get in her way, this demon will inevitably catch up and this is where the combo system pops up as with every chain of enemies dealt with they will supply little slithers of ammo that slowly builds up Rankos limited ammo gauge at the bottom of the screen and as the demon gets too close a quick shot behind will temporarily slow it down, granting a few seconds to get ahead again.

Though extremely fast-paced and a heavy reliance on split second jumps and attacks the controls do feel like they fail you too often, with jumps not being as precise as a game of this nature requires. It is not just the controls that let the game down but the overall direction as even with the often beautiful anime cut scenes by various directors offering some semblance of a story I felt totally lost, so when a truly nightmare cut scene forever scars my dreams occurs or when you get chased by a giant demonic Pomeranian dog called Pom Pom you just roll with it and enjoy the ride, even though it makes no sense. With only a handful of levels the game does try and add some twists to the running platform formula like an interesting 8-bit version of Smash Bros but with an ending that just left the game totally open I feel like I have missed something, is this a "demo" a la the recent Metal Gear title or is it just a brief glimpse into the mind of a madman with no direction? Either way this short game (approx. 40 minutes start to finish) offers little in the way of replay other than watching the cut scenes again and locating hidden artwork.

Scratching my head a little after that pure insane barrage on my eyes and mind I was hoping that the Short Peace compilation would offer some explanation, sadly it did not, leaving Ranko Tsukigimes Longest Day as an interesting concept but overall a bit of a let-down.

The main pull for this disc will be the collection of short films, with Short Peace opening the compilation project curated by Katsuhiro Otomo (Akira, Steamboy). These short films are not linked in any way other than the sheer quality of each project, with Possessions starting things off with a tale of a lost handyman confronting crazed spirits which then leads to Combustable telling a tale of love and fire fighting in ancient Japan. Gambo offers a very bloody battle between a samurai, a godly bear and a demon from space and A Farewell to Arms is an action packed finale with a group of soldiers taking on a rogue GONK battle droid. Each film has been beautifully created and directed by a who's who of the anime world with projects backed by the likes of Yuauke Kozaki, Shuhei Morita and Kamakaze Douga studio.

Short Peace: Ranko Tsukigimes Longest Day sits in a rather awkward place when it comes to recommendations, as a movie and anime fan this is a great compilation but as a gamer there is very little on offer. Taken as a short film compilation, Short Peace: Ranko Tsukigimes Longest Day is a great package but as a game, there will be little to gain from a full price purchase and so this should really be seen as a short film compilation with an additional game as Ranko Tsukigimes Longest Day feels more like a game found on a DVD extras menu.

Words by Ash Buchanan.

(Version Tested: PS3)


+ Fast paced platform action
+ It is really all about the wonderful short films and cut scenes


- Ranko Tsukigimes Longest Day is a little disappointing

Edited On 22 Apr, 2014

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Loli-Nox-Tan 3 years ago
To me the highlight of the Anthology was Possessions and Gambo & Longest Day is worth it in the weird factor alone as well
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Isome 3 years ago
Well the article kind of became irrelevant once I saw Suda 51 involved as that is an automatic purchase
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Loli-Nox-Tan 3 years ago
Be prepared that the game is weird as *Insert witty remark here*

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