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Otomo & Suda51's Short Peace Tie-In Game Ad Streamed

posted on by Lynzee Loveridge
Game to ship with Short Peace anime film on 1/16; Buki yo Saraba reprinted on 12/25

Bandai Namco Games began streaming a commercial on Monday for Tsukigime Ranko no Ichiban Nagai Hi (Ranko Tsukigime's Longest Day), the PlayStation 3 game that will ship in Japan on January 16. The game is a 2D scrolling action game that will serve as the "fifth part" of Katsuhiro Ōtomo's Short Peace compilation anime film project; the game's disc will contain the full anime film as well.

Gōichi Suda or "Suda 51" (No More Heroes, Lollipop Chainsaw, Liberation Maiden, Killer is Dead) and Yōhei Kataoka (Tokyo Jungle) are overseeing the development of the game. Suda 51 is handling the game's scenario, and Kataoka is directing the game and handling the game design and artwork. Daisuke Uchiyama is serving as chief producer, and Makoto Asanuma is serving as executive producer.

The game's story centers on a woman named Ranko Tsukigime, the only daughter of the head of the "Tsukigime Enterprise" underground conglomerate that controls the rented parking lot business. Ranko is a normal, brazen high school girl who spends time with her best friends Moeko and Kirara during the day, and at night she works as an assassin. One day Ranko stakes out her target as normal, but a "demon" from an opposing organization sneaks up on her. Players control Ranko as she escapes from the opposing organization, and as she kills her enemies with "effects."

The game features character designs by Yuusuke Kozaki, Akihiko Yoshida, Tadayuki Nomaru, Daisuke Sajiki, and Rie Suzuki. Akira Yamaoka is the sound director, while Tetsuya Yoshinaga and Hiroyuki Nakatsuka are serving as the main designer and programmer, respectively.

Short Peace is an compilation of four short films: Otomo's Combustible, Shuhei Morita's Tsukumo, Hiroaki Ando's Gambo, and Hajime Katoki's Buki yo Saraba (A Farewell to Arms) with an opening by Kōji Morimoto. The anthology film opened in 25 theaters across Japan on July 20, and a home video release will ship on the same day as the game.

Bandai Visual is also reprinting Otomo's original Buki yo Saraba manga in a larger edition (to match the size of Otomo's actual drawings) on December 25. The limited and regular editions will each have the manga itself, a gallery for the manga, the film's production designs, script and storyboards for the film, a discussion between Otomo and Katoki, storyboards and a gallery for Combustible, and an English version of Buki yo Saraba. The limited "complete" edition will add a Blu-ray disc containing the 20-minute short.

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