Manga, Manga Reviews, Reviews

Megaman X5 IF Review


It’s time to take a look at a quick one shot that came out recently. It’s extremely short, but still gives us a quick battle so that’s always good. I can’t say that I remember X5 in particular too well as they all start to blend together from X5-X8 for me, but the Nightmare Zero saga was always fun with the cool boss theme that we got. In this manga, Zero has been turned over to the dark side and is trying to destroy X. X has to fight back, but can he save the partner that he once had? It’s a pretty emotional 8 or so pages.

As this is an IF title you can probably imagine that it went in a different direction than what happened in the actual game. Here, X manages to defeat Zero, restoring him to normal. Unfortunately X seemed to die at this point so Zero used his own parts to rebuild X. Essentially they are now one and the same although then the ending rewinds time a bit and we see that they will both survive. I’m thinking that the latter part is what actually happened in the game with the first ending being the IF that this manga is named after. If that is the case, then I do think that the IF path would make for a reasonable spinoff although I think getting rid of Zero like that would be a dicey move. Having both X and Zero around is part of what makes the series so fun in the first place.

The art is definitely quite good. The character designs are on point and the action is pretty intense. You will find no problem with this part of the story. The pacing is also fairly good considering the length. I do think the one shot should have been longer, but maybe this will inspire the team to make a true Mega Man X manga at some point. We’ve had a few in the past, but having a nice ongoing series would definitely be a good way to revitalize some more interest in the series. Not to mention that it would just be a lot of fun.

Overall, IF is a nice little manga. It’s not one that will really be remembered though and I can’t blame readers for that because it will be over in the blink of an eye. The best way to think of this is to look at it as a little short story that can be placed at the end of a manga. If you haven’t checked it out yet then I’d recommend doing so. Particularly if you remember X5 a little more than I do, you’ll be able to appreciate this alternate route more. I do think it’s nice that the title addresses how Wily created Zero. That’s an angle that the X games never went into and I think it would be pretty interesting. Likewise with Light building X. Times must have been quite dire in those days and that would be the perfect plot for a big budget movie. Have it start out with Mega Man being defeated and the world falling into ruin until X shows up to save the day. Boom, that could be film of the year!

Overall 7/10

Battles, Ridley Battles, Zero Battles

Ridley vs Zero



Suggested by Sonic Ridley is a pretty powerful dragon who is also quite fast, but that doesn’t mean much against an S rank Maverick Hunter like Zero. Zero can easily outfight Ridley and he has the tools to do this very easily. He’s able to fight against aerial dynamic fighters as well as grounded ones with his Z Saber and Z Buster. Ridley will have a hard time dealing any damage to Zero in comparison and I think this will quickly become a blowout. Zero wins.

Animated Movie Reviews, Animated Movies, Reviews

Mega Man X The Day of Σ Review

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It’s time to quickly review a short Mega Man OVA that came out a while back. This one was pretty fun and it was definitely cool how it came with the Mega Man X remake. I’ve seen it a few times over the years and it certainly holds up well. This OVA reminds me why we need more specials like this one in the future. The possibilities with Mega Man are simply endless!

The special is a little under 30 minutes and it shows how Sigma became the leader of the Mavericks. It works as an origin story and explores a time period that we never got to see much of. Mega Man X and Zero are tasked with finding out who is manipulating the reploids and turning them against their allies. The mystery takes them through a few massacres until they arrive at the deadly truth. Zero handles the shock of Sigma being a traitor pretty well while Mega Man X is a little more shocked. The special is fast paced as you would expect and the ending is open ended since you need to play the games to see how the saga really ended.

The animation is quite good. Zero’s character model at times felt a little too tall, but I’m just used to him looking a little more hunched over. The design is quite good if you look at it without thinking about the others and likewise with Megaman X. The energy blasts and effects look great. This could have easily been turned into a TV show and I’m certain that fans would have been very pleased with the results. The soundtrack is all right. It doesn’t use as many video game themes as I would have liked, but it still does sound nice and futuristic. The theme when Mega Man X was getting the charge shot ready was solid and overall it worked pretty well here.

The power levels are a little wonky as I feel like Mega Man X and Zero should be portrayed as much stronger. One Mechaniloid (I doubt that is how it is spelled, but close enough) should not last so long against a combined assault. Zero should have taken out his sword unless he acquired it later on. That would have been very handy. Mega Man X’s fully powered charge shot looked very accurate though and it is good to see. His power level should really be off the charts since he was essentially built to be the ultimate reploid. Also, Zero knew about Sigma which is how he countered the Maverick’s stab, but he looked pretty bad in that fight anyway. He should have been thinking about how to land a hit of his own instead of bragging for so long. I like his overconfidence, but landing at least one hit would have certainly helped a lot as well. Sigma is strong so it should be a good fight, but Zero’s no slouch either.

We got a cameo from Doctor Light and Doctor Cain as well. This helped to tie into the classic universe and I’m still waiting for the game where we see the events between them. I know that a popular theory is that Zero destroyed Bass and supposedly he may have destroyed Mega Man as well, but most of that is speculation. Others believe that Mega Man X was built from Mega Man’s parts. Personally, I’m hoping that this theory isn’t true since I want them to be completely separate. The special ends in a very sad way for Doctor Cain since he really underestimated the Mavericks. It seems like this was all just a game to Cain though so he may not be too distraught about his fate.

There were also cameos from other Mavericks and the legendary Vile. It would have been great to have seen Vile more since he is such an awesome character, but I suppose that I’ll have to wait a while. Maybe if the Mega Man show does well they’ll eventually introduce the X characters. It may be more of a comedy than anything, but hopefully they’re portrayed right. At least we have the Mega Man X episode from the 90’s cartoon. Mega Man X was nice and heroic here unlike his extreme cartoon version (to an extent) so that was nice to see. He definitely was not going to put the hostage at risk although he should have at least tried going for a leg or something. It was also interesting to note that Zero did hit the hostage in the training simulation, which basically proved that Mega Man X made the right call here. The hostage was grateful as well, which was a nice touch since they can be silent or condeming at times. The reploids here seemed very reasonable. The universe built around the characters definitely has a lot of room for growth and there is still a lot to explore.

Overall, Day of Sigma is a must watch for all Mega Man fans. It finally shows the story of how the Maverick war started in the first place. This war would basically not end for quite a few games so this trigger is very important. Unfortunately, it does go against canon events so it is considered to be more of an AU/non canon adventure than anything, but it still gives you a lot of context. The original version would likely be very similar as well. With solid animation and a good soundtrack, this OVA has all of the tools necessary to succeed. Mega Man X is a great main character as well and Zero is as cool as always. One day, maybe I’ll be saying the same thing about Mighty No 9, but it is unlikely.

Overall 8/10

Battles, Man Bat Battles, Tribute Battles, Zero Battles

Man Bat vs Zero


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This is a tribute to Justice League Gods and Monsters. Man Bat thought that he could take up the mantle of Batman, but he was mistaken. It was simply too much for him. Zero once stated that he never claimed to be a hero as he does tend to destroy all of his opponents. I appreciate the honesty there unlike “Batman” thinking that he is one of the good guys. Zero is easily more heroic anyway and a quick blast from his arm cannon will put an end to this fight. Zero wins.

Battles, Kaguro Battles, Zero Battles

Zero vs Kaguro


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Zero is one of the strongest Megaman characters and he has dozens of abilities at his disposal. It is hard to see him being defeated by anyone at Kaguro’s level. Kaguro is skilled, but Zero easily outclasses him in speed as well as raw power. Essentially, anything that Kaguro can do, Zero can do better. The Maverick Hunter is still going strong! Zero wins.

Battles, Mukuro Battles, Zero Battles

Zero vs Mukuro


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Mukuro has a lot of strong illusions and his ability to make them real is very potent. That being said, that is nowhere near enough to take out a foe of Zero’s caliber. Zero would be able to land multiple hits before Mukuro could really do anything. Mukuro will also have a very tough time dealing any meaningful damage here while Zero only needs 1-2 hits to win the match. Zero wins.

Battles, Cornelius Battles, Zero Battles

Cornelius vs Zero


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Cornelius may talk a good game, but he won’t be able to beat Zero. Zero is pretty well defended thanks to his armor and no bullet stands a chance of hurting him. Zero has many abilities at his disposal and they are more than enough for this match. Cornelius may have lost this battle, but maybe he shall be back someday. Zero wins.

Battles, George Taylor Battles, Zero Battles

George Taylor vs Zero


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George Taylor tried his best to show us why he could be a good character, but I can’t say that I was a fan of him. He lacked the character development needed to be a real threat and he has a pretty weak resistance to telepathic abilities. Zero is much faster than George Taylor and a single sword strike should be enough to take him down for the count. Zero wins.

Battles, Tribute Battles, Zero Battles, Zira Battles

Zira vs Zero


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This is a tribute to Escape From The Planet of The Apes! Zira may be the smart Ape of the group, but she’s really no match against someone like Zero. Zero’s an S Rank Maverick Hunter and he has many abilities. A simple flame slash would be enough to defeat Zira and earn Zero a nice spot on the rankings. Zero wins.

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John Brent vs Zero


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This is a tribute to Beneath The Planet of The Apes! John Brent may be a survivor, but he’s no match for Zero. Zero has his Z Saber and a whole lot of experience at his side. John Brent’s gun wouldn’t be able to pierce Zero’s armor and Zero’s speed would just be too much for him. John Brent is just going to need to take a loss. Zero wins.