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Mega Man/Rockman Gigamix vol 1 review.
« on: June 05, 2011, 09:10:04 AM »
I was recently contacted by Matt Moylan from Udon, he wrote asking me if Rockman Pm would care to write a review for Gigamix. I graciously accepted and the resulting review is my take on Gigamix. I hope you enjoy it!




Mega Man Gigamix Vol 1 is the most recent translation by Udon of the Rockman Gigamix series by Hitoshi Ariga. This mange represents Ariga's more mature take on Rockman, and it features excellent artwork to boot! The book opens up with a nice recap of what happened in Megamix to bring you up to speed, however if you haven't read Megamix your missing out on a lot of goodness, so go get it already!

The art in this book is phenomenal; Ariga has without a doubt improved on his technique in every way since Megamix was released years ago. Not only that, but the touches added to the book such as cameos from Rockman Dash characters and Rockman.exe, are a joy to read and add to the artwork enriching the experience.  

Ariga's action scenes are well laid out and easy to follow. The robot masters use their weapons in very clever ways and are a joy to follow. Ariga even takes a cue from the ruby spears cartoon and has Mega Man steal a robot master's weapon with a simple tough of his hand. I love these kinds of nods, and they really go a long way into the charm factor.  




Asteroid Blues was my favorite story in this book as it introduces Breakman, who looks amazing, and retells the story from Rockman 3 with startling detail, while remaining fresh at the same time. Without giving too much of the story away I want to say that I was left wondering about Wily’s methods of success until near the end of the story.  At first, I thought maybe he was a robot, but the actual truth explains a couple of things about the Ariga version of the Rockman universe.



While I did not enjoy Burning Wheel as much as Asteroid Blues, I will say that the story kept my attention all the way through. Some of the plot was silly, yet that is the kind of silliness that is makes Ariga's work charming.  The rush bike from Mega man 8 makes an appearance here, and as a fan of that mode, I appreciate it! Also it's shown that Dr.Wily is not a total bad guy, as he lets Roll live.

Both stories lay out a great take on the Mega Man universe and I cannot wait for Vol. 2 to hit stands!

I would recommend Mega Man Gigamix Vol.1 to any Mega Man/Rockman fans that haven’t read the original Japanese Manga because of a lack of the Japanese language. This translation is superb and offers a great telling of Ariga's story.

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Re: Mega Man/Rockman Gigamix vol 1 review.
« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2011, 01:36:57 PM »
Compared this to the original Japanese version, and there was one thing I noticed in the Udon translated that had to be changed, and hence lost its entire impact.
Not sure if it's spoiler-y but hey I'll put it in tags anyway.

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EDIT: Now with moonrunes in the Jp ver~

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I just found the similarities very interesting \o/

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Re: Mega Man/Rockman Gigamix vol 1 review.
« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2011, 02:24:14 PM »
Funny how Archie's Megaman kept the name Blues

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Re: Mega Man/Rockman Gigamix vol 1 review.
« Reply #3 on: June 13, 2011, 02:54:34 PM »
I was surprised too, I'm gonna guess that he'll go from Blues -> Break Man -> Proto Man in that comic. Can't imagine them leaving out the name localisation for the entire thing >_>a
But if you can keep the name Rock for a 'civilian name' (not that anyone names their kids Rock, but hey!), then it only makes sense that Light will name his first robot with a 'civilian name' as well.

Ariga's manga doesn't allow for stuffs like that though, since there were no name changes in the jp ver :V

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Re: Mega Man/Rockman Gigamix vol 1 review.
« Reply #4 on: June 13, 2011, 07:30:01 PM »
I always went by the fact that Blues is ProtoMan's civilian name.

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Re: Mega Man/Rockman Gigamix vol 1 review.
« Reply #5 on: June 14, 2011, 03:34:57 AM »
Like Rock is Mega Man's. I like the idea myself honestly.
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Re: Mega Man/Rockman Gigamix vol 1 review.
« Reply #6 on: June 14, 2011, 11:10:06 AM »
IMO, with both "Blues" and "Proto Man" at the same time, "Break Man" is in jeopardy as his combat model name.

The "Proto Man" name shouldn't exist. >_> Also, the name is "Right."

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Re: Mega Man/Rockman Gigamix vol 1 review.
« Reply #7 on: June 14, 2011, 11:49:22 AM »
Break Man could pass as an evil alias :D

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Re: Mega Man/Rockman Gigamix vol 1 review.
« Reply #8 on: June 14, 2011, 03:13:59 PM »
If it really is doctor 'right', then why is the surname equivalent in the BN universe 'hikari'?

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Re: Mega Man/Rockman Gigamix vol 1 review.
« Reply #9 on: June 14, 2011, 04:13:13 PM »
Apparently, I've read that Tadashi Hikari means 'Right Light'?

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Re: Mega Man/Rockman Gigamix vol 1 review.
« Reply #10 on: June 14, 2011, 04:23:01 PM »
Oh yeeah I forgot about that...Still, Ariga ends up using the 'light' meaning in Gigamix