Shonen Jump’s tactical RPG is a great manga crossover

Shonen Jump+ characters and pose next to Captain Velvet Meteor in a mysterious space-like environment.

Gabimaru, Kafka and the Forgers in the same game? Excellent.
Image: Shueisha Games / Shonen Jump+ / Momo-Pi

If you haven’t noticed, 2022 has by far turned out to be the year of media conglomerates taking advantage of ownership of disparate properties. You can see it clearly in the realm of video games like MultiVersus and the boss of crazy crossovers, Fortnite. Not to mention, popular manga publisher Shonen Jump has also plunged into the video game pool with its own crossover game.

Captain Velvet Meteor: The Jump+ Dimensions is a 2D isometric tactical video game developed by Momo-Pi, the people behind the turn-based puzzle game persephone. You play as Damien, a meek boy struggling with his family’s recent move from France to Japan. Unfortunately, Damien doesn’t have the opportunity to voice his grievances to his parents because they left him home alone with a list of chores. Fortunately for Damien, he has a vivid imagination to help him progress faster and fight his nagging fears of loneliness. Whenever Damien becomes overwhelmed, such as chatting with a noisy neighbor or calming his nervous dog, he recontextualizes the scenarios as if he were in a manga. Through this lens, he transforms into the fearless protagonist of the manga, Captain Velvet Meteor.

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Captain Velvet Meteor‘s fight is similar to live alive‘s tile-centric combat system, albeit much simpler. You control Captain Meteor and a Shonen Jump character as they battle their way through puzzles and turn-based combat. Since characters share a health bar, their positioning plays a big part in how battles go. Successfully defeating hordes of enemies will reward you with both a replenished health bar and more movement points. While the beginning levels play like a light-hearted game of anime checkers, the later levels make it more exciting by transforming into a challenging game of chess. The climax of the boss fights, which often feature dope designs like a giant kaiju dog, are a blitzkrieg of frenetic combat intertwined with traps and waves of enemies.

Damien and Kafka battle a horde of monsters and a giant Kaiju dog.

Damien has the power of friendship and anime on his side.
Image: Shueisha Games / Shonen Jump+ / Momo-Pi

Where Captain Velvet Meteor What shines is that it’s not going to be the easy way of pairing Damien’s machinations with heroic team-ups with established Shonen Jump protagonists like Goku from Dragon Ball Zor Naruto Uzumaki from Naruto (they are probably too busy to cause chaos Fortnite). Instead, Damien teams up with newer and fairly lesser-known Shonen protagonists:

  • Loid Forger from Spy x Family
  • Kafka Hibino out Kaiju No. 8
  • Gabimaru out Hell’s Paradise
  • Ushio Kofune out Daylight Saving Time Display
  • ChloĆ© Love and Kai Iod off Ghost Reaper Girl
  • Chrome from Heart Gear
  • Princess and Ex from ‘It’s time for ‘torture’, princess
  • Slime from Slime Life

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Shonen Jump stars in Captain Velvet Meteor: The Jump+ Dimensions' commemorative manga on Manga Plus.

Mangaverse, assembling.
Screenshot: Shonen Jump+ / Kotaku

Before playing Captain Velvet MeteorI would only read Spy x Family, Kaiju No. 8and Hell’s Paradise and was at a loss when the other about 62.5 percent of Damian’s manga favorites appeared on screen. While most crossover games ignore the premise of its contrasting features for the novelty of its nonsensical crossovers, Captain Velvet Meteor avoids this trap by writing a compelling story that respects the source material of his manga with fights that capture their energy and tell its own story.

To my surprise, not only did the game successfully achieve its not-so-subtle marketing goal of piqued my interest in reading other manga properties by providing a rough summary of their stories, it also weaved a compelling narrative in which each character was heartwarming. life advice to Damien. If that’s not the definition of being a hero, then I don’t know what is.

It’s not often a video game crafts a thoughtful story as the basis for its blatant fanservice crossover, but Captain Velvet Meteor has his cake and eats it too. And it’s damn delicious.

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