Thursday, July 17, 2014

Senran Kagura's producer thinks it'll look breast in augmented reality

First off, I haven't dropped off the face of the earth - nor have I forgotten about  Kawaiian Punch's new posting schedule.  Things got a bit wonky with Fourth of July festivities, then Germany had to go and win the World Cup and... well... here we are staring down the barrel of an amazing, breast-shaped augmented reality helmet.

Perhaps an explanation is in order....

What you're looking at is a still from a pitch-perfect parody video put together by the man behind the popular, boobacious beat 'em up Senran Kagura - Mr. Kenichiro Takaki himself.

For those unfamiliar with Senran Kagura, it's a fun - and completely fan servicey - take on the 'ol arcade style of brawler with rival schools of ninja girls fighting against one another. There's a surprisingly deep commentary on the problems with the traditional moral dichotomy of good and evil mixed into the games, but most people stop paying attention to any of that troublesome plot stuff once they realize the girls can literally knock each other's clothes off.

Anyway, in honor the release of Senran Kagura 2, Takaki-san and his team put together this amazing parody video that pokes fun at the Oculus Rift and PlayStation's Project Morpheus with a (fictional) piece of headgear dubbed the Pi Vision.

Pi, for those fortunate enough not to live on the parts of the internet that I do, is short for Oppai - which is basically the Japanese equivalent of "boobies".

What's really amazing about this video is the very fact that it exists in the first place.  Sure, it's a commercial for the upcoming 3DS brawler Senran Kagura 2: Deep Crimson - but it's fascinating to see how far Takaki's willing to go for a joke.

I had the honor of interviewing Kenichiro Takaki back at E3 and I was completely blown away at how incredibly grounded he was.  Sure, he worked about five Oppai-related puns into our interview (only one of which made it into the copy)... but that's just how dedicated he is to his life's purpose. He's like something of a modern day breast evangelist.

Legend has it that Takaki once tried making other games way back when, and he even found some modest success with them...but then something happened and he dedicated himself to the singular task of covering the world with boobs and nubile ninja girls.

No one's sure what exactly launched Takaki down this new path in life, but he emerged as a larger-than-life hero at the helm of the multi-million dollar Senran Kagura franchise with technology, dreams, and resources that the average man can only dream of.

He's kind of a Bruce Wayne in the first half of Batman Begins if you stop to think about it.... only, y'know, with boobs instead of bats.