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.