Reviews of yesteryear: Maverick Hunter X: Day of Sigma

Megaman X was first released in 1993. The series was the first of many spin-offs of Capcom’s Megaman franchise and has been highly successful, receiving eight sequels (one being the Command Mission RPG), and a prequel OVA. That’s right, back in 2005 Capcom and Xebec combined efforts and came up with an OVA prequel for the Megaman X franchise. Let’s take a look at Maverick Hunter X: The Day of Sigma.

The story is pretty simple. It’s about how Sigma went from being a maverick hunter, to the head maverick. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the games, reploids are robots with the power of self determination. Occasionally some of them go “maverick” and try to harm others or just go berserk. If you’re a fan of the X franchise it’s an interesting look at the way things were before Sigma’s treachery, even if you already know how things are going to end.

The Day of Sigma does do a decent job of fleshing out some of the characters a bit more than what you see of them in the games, especially Sigma and Vile. It avoids throwing in a bunch of characters from the games in order to keep things fairly clean and focused. Which does work to its benefit.

The art is deliberately reminiscent of the games. The characters look good and the battle scenes, though short, are nice and intense. Unfortunately, the backgrounds are kind of dull.

The voice acting is pretty well done. Sakurai Takahiro, Okiayu Ryotaro and Mugihito especially give strong performances. X is Cloud Strife, I just had to point that out. The fighting robot has the same actor as the former SOLDIER with a giant sword. The music is pretty weak and forgettable. It could have benefited from doing more with the background music.

The yuri factor is a 1/10. There’s only one female character and she has a small role.

My final rating for Maverick Hunter X: The Day of Sigma is an 8/10. If you’re a fan of the Megaman X franchise you should definitely see it. If you aren’t you should probably skip it since there’s really nothing to appeal to non-fans.

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