Short Peace: Ranko Tsukigime's Longest Day
A companion to Katsuhiro Otomo's short film anime collection Short Peace, Ranko Tsukigime's Longest Day is a fast-paced 2D side-scrolling platformer game directed by Goichi Suda (Suda51) of Grasshopper Manufacture and developed by Crispy’s Inc. Ranko Tsukigime’s Longest Day introduces a whole new storyline featuring stunning animation, thrilling gameplay, and psychedelic visuals that will draw players into Ranko Tsukigime’s story.
By day, Ranko Tsukigime is an average high school girl who lives alone, but at night she is a deadly hitman who deftly assassinates her targets. One fateful night as Ranko heads out to eliminate her next target, a demonic enemy organization creeps up and threatens the lives of Ranko and her friends. Players will put their reflexes and quick judgment to the test in the fast-paced platforming gameplay that will have them blazing through dangerous, obstacle-ridden environments to flee from an ominous enemy looming close behind.
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Even during gameplay do enemies explode in particle effects, chain their explosions into each other and fill your entire screen with graffiti-esque sticker designs.
Ranko Tsukigime's Longest Day is unstoppable, has the perfect length at about 50 minutes and still captivates me hours after completion. Play this, if you manage to grab a copy. Not even mad I payed as much as I did to get one honestly and it's also a blue-ray with the other 4 short peace films? I got my money worth for SURE!
The storytelling is on par with 2013's Killer is dead although personally some moments came bit flat voice acting wise and needed perhaps another take.
This segment is more concerning with localization but I wished there was option to adjust subtitles to remove black boxes or lower the transparency, and often the subtitles aren't timed correctly with the voices unfortunately.