Was originally going to press the start button on my overdue rundown of 2014 New York Comic Con today, but am gonna hold off for just a tad bit more. Why? Because it happens to be the 26th birthday of the Mega Drive, better known as the Sega Genesis, aka my fave console of all time!

And to mark the occasion, here’s a birthday cake, courtesy of the official Sega Hard Gals Twitter account!

So you might be asking: Sega Hard Gals? Yup. Sega Hard Gals. Remember way back in early 2013, when it was announced that Sega consoles in the form of animu babes were set to appear in some free to play Vita game? Well, those same girls are starring in a brand new animated series that’s recently made its debut on Japanese television, called Hi-sCool! Seha Girls.

The official homepage is where you can find all the info you need… provided you understand Japanese. There are 17 girls in total (all the ones from the aforementioned DLC, along with a few extra) who collectively represent a wide range of Sega hardware.

Naturally there’s ones based upon consoles we all know and love, along with those that never made it Stateside. Yet you also have one based upon the super obscure Mega Drive/PC combo, the Tera Drive, another that’s the personification of the Dreamcast VMU, plus something that seemingly has nothing to do with video games but instead shoots baseballs, I guess for kids wanting to practice their baseball swing.

Though at the moment, there are only three principles: the Mega Drive, Saturn, and Dreamcast. The premise goes something like this: all three are brand new students at Sehagaga (not be confused with Segagaga) Academy. Their instructor is some mystery (and pixelated) bunny who teaches the girls lessons by sending them into various Sega games.

As one might expect, before stepping inside whatever Mega Drive/Saturn/Dreamcast title, the three are super deformed looking. And as they enter the other side, there’s a transformation similar to Sailor Moon, meaning they’re naked before becoming “normal” sized girls. The characters designs, btw, is by the same person responsible for Hatsune Miku’s look, Kei Garou.

Also as expected, the shows bursting at the seams with Sega references. Heck, less than three minutes into the first episode, one of the girls busts out a Sega Aiwa, which was a combination Mega Drive/radio cassette player. Not long after is a discuss as to identity of the driver from OutRun (the original arcade version; the dude’s face is clearly visible in OutRun 2 as you all know).

The first lesson has them in the original Virtua Fighter, and each girl has access to only one move; they have to work together to rack up 100 K.O.s by defeating the entire VF roster plus a host of special guests, including Alex Kidd, the Werebear from Altered Beast, Bruno Delinger from Dynamite Cop (aka Bruce Willis from Die Hard Arcade, a bunch of color palette swapped dudes from Golden Axe, and even Sakura Shinguji from Sakura Wars.

There are three episodes thus far, and Crunchyroll has them all. And… it’s okay I guess? Am only watching it for the Sega references, hence why I found episode three to be boring, since the bulk of it is character development, which is not only needless but also poorly executed. The formula appears to be: spend an episode to set up a dilemma or personality quirk, then dive into a game in the following installment to see if said problem/quirk can be overcome. So in episode four, let’s see if Mega Drive-tan can learn how to dance.

In the end, Sega Hard Gals/em>Hi-sCool! Seha Girls is what it is: a love letter to Sega, for their most dedicated fans, one that celebrates both the company’s successes and failures (it’s definitely not afraid to make fun of the Sega legacy when appropriate). At the same time, the show itself is both hits the mark and also misses it, something Sega has become the experts at. It’s also an excuse to sell figures, and I mostly definitely want one of Sega Saturn-tan…

… You can see more here. BTW, back to the Sega Hard Gals Twitter; it also posts other bits of Sega randomness. Like this guy…

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10/17/2014

Hey, That’s Me In The New York Times

by Matthew Hawkins

Sorry, no 2014 New York Comic Con report yet. Though believe it or not, the complimentary pop culture festival, Super Week, is actually still going on. It all wraps up this weekend with Hatsune Miku’s New York City debut… which I happening to be attending, later tonight!

But till then, real quick: here I am, alongside Peter Berkman, Dave Mauro, and the rest of Team A (or was it A Team?) at the Killer Queen tournament a few weeks back, which took place at Waka Waka, NYC’s brand new co-working space for indie game makers (it’s essentially the Big Apple equivalent of Bento Miso)…

… The New York Times wrote about the entire shindig, which you can check out here. And those will long memories know already that this marks my SECOND appearance in the Times! Whoever can name the first time gets a cookie. Actually, a random Xbox 360 or PS3 download code that I have lying around.

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10/15/2014

Finally, Adam Bomb’s Story Is About To Be Told

by Matthew Hawkins

For starters, no 2014 New York Comic Con report as of yet, sorry. I’ve managed to finally catch up rest, but all those emails from last week? Nope!

Though I did finally file my interview with Michiteru Okabe, the producer of Resident Evil: Revelations 2, which should be going up on Siliconera any day now (yes, even though I’ve officially retired from full-time games reporting, I’m still do things here and there).

Also, I’ve finally gotten the chance to crack open my first pack of Stupid Heroes, the latest trading card sensation from Joe Simko and company

… Am so stoked that I got a Mr. Baby Man! Would have been even better if Nick Furry was also included, but next pack I guess. BTW, here’s the original painting that was part of my ultra exclusive behind the scenes look earlier this summer…

Anyways, now that Stupid Heroes are finally out in the wild, what’s next for Wax Eye? Why, spearheading a lovingly detailed look at the bubble gum cards that all children of the 80s have a soft spot in their hearts for, and which was also a cornerstone of Americana back in the day as well, yet has also been largely dismissed or unappreciated by op culture historians.

Until now…

30 Years of Garbage: The Garbage Pail Kids promises to present a cinematic treasure trove of the best bits of your childhood. Back when an innocent little sticker card, featuring a beautifully rendered illustration of a girl eating her boogers like it was a meal served by some five star Michelin chef, caused at least one parental authority in your life to seriously question your mental well being.

But something like an examination of the three-decade long history of Garbage Pail Kids doesn’t happen out of thin air. My pals, and yours, need some financial support to help make it all come together, which is why everyone should head on over to the documentary’s Indiegogo page and consider donating a few bones (especially since there are some killer incentives up for grabs).

I know I’m biased since I’m pals with the producers, Joe & June, but I’ve actually gotten a sneak peak at some of the interview footage, and trust me when I say that anyone who give’s a rats ass about the kids counterculture of the 80s, plus anti-establishment art as a whole, should seriously give 30 Years Of Garbage a look.

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