The magazine coverage has been constant for a few weeks now, and it is about time we caught up on some character reveals for the March 2014 Jump-franchise crossover fighting game extravaganza, J-Stars Victory Vs, on the PlayStation 3 and Vita.
Since our last check-in, Pegasus Seiya from Saint Seiya and Allen Walker from D. Grayman were announced as playable and support characters, respectively, in the double-sized 2014 #6/7 issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump in Japan. Seiya will have his signature Ryūsei-ken (Shooting Star Fist) technique as a finishing move, while Allen supports the battle by slashing an opponent with his giant claws, giving them no opening to attack.
Additional rival characters have been revealed for the game, as well, in the 2014 #8 issue of Weekly Shōnen Jump in Japan. Dragon Ball‘s own Freeza makes his entrance alongside Madara Uchiha (Naruto), Makoto Shishio (Rurouni Kenshin), and Fleet Admiral “Akainu” (“Red Dog”) Sakazuki (One Piece). Of these, Madara has his “Susano’o” as a finishing move.
Yet another batch of characters were revealed in the March 2014 issue of V-Jump which hit Japanese shelves 21 January 2014. These include Aizen Sōsuke from Bleach and Toguro the Younger from Yū Yū Hakusho as playable characters, as well as Hisoka from Hunter x Hunter in a support role.
This issue of V-Jump issue also promotes the game’s opening sequence, which will feature a new song entitled “Fighting☆Stars” performed by Hironobu Kageyama (Dragon Ball Z), Hiroshi Kitadani (One Piece), and Akira Kushida (Kinnikuman/Toriko). The opening, composed by Toshiyuki Kishi with lyrics by Yuriko Mori, is very much in the shōnen vein, with lines about rivals, training, fighting, and victory, all over a hard-rock beat.
J-Stars Victory Vs is due out exclusively in Japan on the PlayStation 3 and Vita 19 March 2014 in both regular and “Limited Edition / Anison” versions. Pre-orders are available on sites such as CDJapan and Play-Asia, though some retailers are already sold out of their “Limited Edition” allocations.