Hey folks over the years I've had plenty of ideas of stories over the years. Plenty I have started (but only some I have remotely finished) but here is one of my latest ones. You folks might've recalled on how in my previous two journals I was talking about the idea of doing Visual Novel/Sprite Comic videos like my Crazy Plot Twist Theater Street Fighter
series. Well earlier this month/year I was watching the Pre & Post Battle Dialog vids from the Project X games in which you can find the ones for the 1st game here
. Then it got me thinking doing something like this would be perfect
for my VN-styled Video ideas. Seriously all I would need is a background (or maybe a few) and a bunch of character portraits and I would go from there. After all I have been often told that dialogue is mainly specialty so I don't have to really worry about how to handle certain scenes so it should make things easier on me in this regard.
Okay perhaps I'm getting a bit too ahead of myself. For those who are not familiar with the series you can read more about it at the series' wiki
. Anyways Project X Zone is a Strategy RPG series that is a mass crossover series for Namco-Bandai, Capcom & Sega. (And partially Nintendo in the 2nd game since the Project X Zone series is a Nintendo series since Nintendo owns Monolith Soft. But since Monolith Soft was originally owned by Namco-Bandai so Namco has been the main controlling force on the series for better or for worse so its kind of complicated.) In which many characters from many of these game series gather here as good guys & bad guys (and in some cases bad guys who join the good guys later. Though there are also a few characters who are NPCs that are usually shopkeepers and/or informants). As for the good guys many of them split into teams of 2 characters, these dual units can be...
- 2 characters from the same game (Ryu & Ken from Street Fighter, Dante & Vergil from Devil May Cry)
- 2 characters from 2 different series' but same company (Frank West from Dead Rising & Hsien-Ko from Darkstalkers, Chun-Li from Street Fighter & Morrigan Aensland from Darkstalkers [Capcom])
- 2 Characters from 2 different companies (Chun-Li [Capcom] & Xiaouyu [Namco], Strider Hiryu [Capcom] & Hotsuma [Sega])
And there are also plenty of character who are singular units from various different series who can be joined with any given duo unit and provide an additional attack in gameplay. (In which many of these single units are often either enemy units who join your party later, characters from game series' that have small casts or both.) However in the PxZ games certain characters have gone from Single Units to part of a Dual Unit and vice versa from the 1st game to the 2nd. While each of the dual units have their own Pre and Post Battle Banters during gameplay but if they have a Single Unit assigned to them then the Dual Unit can have a Pre and Post Battle Banter scenes with the Single Unit character. Basically every single possible Dual Unit & Single Unit combination will provide a Pre-Battle Banter Scene (however only a few combinations will provide a Post Battle Dialog though).
Okay I think I have done enough explanations here. Now I'm sure there is one question I'm sure you all are asking what is going to be my roster for this idea? Well I will admit that I'm not entirely sure yet (but I have a lot of ideas) on characters from...
Sega (Atlus, Marvelous)
SquareEnix (& Taito)
Konami (& Hudson)
Arc System Works (& Technos)
Now don't get me wrong I'm not going to cram in every single character from all the franchises from these companies (I do have some sense of reality here). While I do plan on having a roster that is considerably larger than the PxZ games in which more characters & franchises represented. While I admit I do intend on adding in Anime characters however I intend to do those that are more directly part of these companies for the most part like for example Bandai and cover franchises such as Gundam, Cowboy Bebop, Ghost in the Shell, Digimon and the like. I admit there are certain companies where I would only be able to cover about at least a couple of series such as for example VanillaWare (Muramasa & Dragon's Crown). As for Atlus I could potentially do Arcana Heart and maybe Disgaea but I wonder if I should expand my horizons and look into other franchises like Persona. (Though to be fair it can be a bit tricky to try to keep track of what Atlus has or not.) Anyways, I will show you all a few examples of what Pre-Post Battle Banter I'm thinking of doing here.
(Chris Redfield & Jill Valentine- Resident Evil)
Vashyron: So Chris, I'm curious, you seem to be with that gal Jill a lot. Now that gal Jill has some fine Bunker Busters so ever thought of showing her your magnum, if you know what I mean?
Chris: Uh... no comment.
Jill: Alright you two an enemy is approaching so lets go!
Jill: Oh by the way Mr. Vashyron, I've been informed about what your little term "Bunker Busters" means, so do tread lightly.
Vashyron: *gulp* Duly noted Ma'am.
Chris: For the record Vash this is why I said "no comment".
(Frank West & Jessica McCarney- Dead Rising)
Vashyron: Say Mr. West I hear you are quite a photographer. I'm a man who enjoys the finer things in life. Namely in some cases the "Bunker Buster" persuasion if you catch my drift.
Frank: I see, not too worry I think I have something that might be of your interest.
Jessie: Okay guys you can talk about Cameras later, we got an enemy incoming.
Vashyron: Ahh... Frank my man these shots of your gal pal Jessie and her enormous Bunker Busters in display are glorious.
Jessie: Gentlemen, I only have one question to ask. What the hell is a Bunker Buster?
Frank: Uh... to be honest I have no idea either. C'mon you two we still have monsters to face.
(Forsyth & Python- Fire Emblem Echoes)
Forsyth: Excuse me Mr. Vashyron, but what does your term "Bunker Buster" mean?
Vashyron: Oh its a rather interesting story that I will tell you guys in a bit but first things first.
Python: Oh this ought to be good.
Vashyron: You see boys, "Bunker Buster" is my little term for fine ladies who has such vast tracts of land. Such as that fine lady Mathilda that is with you Deliverance fellas.
Python: Ah I see... and I must say I am intrigued my good man, I am very intrigued.
Forsyth: *sigh* Why do I have a feeling this will lead to nothing but trouble?
(BlazBlue- Arc System Works)
(Terry Bogard & Blue Mary- Fatal Fury)
Terry: Alright Ladies the Wild Wolf of Southtown is ready to rumble! *beat* Say uh Tao are you okay with dogs? I'm not one and its just a name but still.
Taokaka: Of course Red Hat Guy why wouldn't Tao be? C'mon Red Hat Guy & Red-Top Boobie Lady Tao is ready for action!
Mary: Red-Top Boobie Lady? Heh that is a new one... Well at least she probably wouldn't cause any trouble with Butch.
Taokaka: Alright! Hey Red-Top Boobie Lady do you let Red Hat guy play with your boobies?
Mary: Oh every now & then if he is being a good boy well he certainly knows how to have his fun when I do let him.
Terry: Indeed I do Mary, indeed I do.
(Frank West & Jessica McCarney- Dead Rising)
Taokaka: Hey Camera Guy you should take pictures of Tao's home, there is Kaka Village, Meat Buns oh and Boobie Lady's boobies.
Frank: Why yes a photo-shoot of your home does sound like a fine idea Tao.
Jessie: Oh gee Frank, I can only wonder why your interest is so piqued.
Taokaka: Hey Camera Guy ever played with Blonde Boobie Lady's great big boobies?
Jessie: Oh Tao sweetie not unless Camera Guy wants his Camera shoved right up his ass.
Frank: You know my dear Jessie a simple no would've sufficed.
(Dribble & Spitz- Warioware)
Spitz: Hey there Tao you sweet thing, you doing anything after this mission? Mreow.
Tao: Nya? Hmm... What is little Kitty Person talking about Big Doggy Person?
Dribble: Uh Spitz now is not the best time to try to get a date, we got bad guys to fight now c'mon.
Tao: Oh sorry Tao was confused, Tao thought that Little Kitty Person was a Kitten since he is as big as the Kaka-Kittens back in Kaka Village.
Tao: What?! Hey! I'm so not a kitten! I'm probably older than you Tao.
Dribble: AHAHAHA! Oh c'mon Spitz don't get too sore, can you really blame her for mistaking you for a little kitty?
Also remember on how while Phoenix Wright is a Single Unit in the PxZ games even though Maya is with him and they have taken turns in who will actually speak in the Pre/Post Banters? Well I'm thinking of taking this a slight step further. Namely have certain character duos that can be both a single unit and a duo unit. (But rest assured it has to be one or the other.) These characters would start as Single Units but you are given the option to turn them into dual units if you so wish to help boost your numbers of Dual Units in battle. I shall use Kite & Aura from .hack as an example...
(Blackrose & Orca- .hack)
Kite: Oh Aura I hope we can finish this mission soon, so we can go over our plans for tonight.
Aura: Oh yes Kite, I'm so looking forward to sleeping with you tonight.
Blackrose: He... HEY! You two are way too young to be even thinking of such a thing! Get back here!
Orca: *sigh* This is going to be such a hassle to mediate... okay you three settle down.
Kite: Blackrose why were you sounding so angry before the battle?
Aura: Yes, Kite and I were only talking about a sleepover what did you think we meant?
Blackrose: Well I... I... I... *sigh* nevermind.
Orca: Alright settle down you three, we are not quite done with this mission yet, alright?
(Frank West & Jessica McCarney- Dead Rising)
Kite: Say Mr. West can I see some of the pictures on your camera?
Aura: Oh yes Mr. West I would like to see some of your pictures too.
Frank: Sure thing kids, I'm sure I got some pictures to show you.
Jessie: Okay Frank you can show off your camera to the kids later we still have bad guys to fight.
Kite (slight blush): Say uh... Mr. West you do have some nice shots here... even if some of them are a bit naughty.
Aura: Yes uh Mr. West why does there seem to be so many close-up shots of Ms. McCarney's cleavage?
Jessie (eyes twitching): Yes Mr. West why do you have so many close-up shots of Ms. McCarney's cleavage?
Frank: Oh well uh... uh... look at the time, c'mon you three we still have many monsters to fight so lets go!
(Axl & Palette- Mega Man X)
Aura: Oh Kite I'm sure you will do a great job out there, after all your one of the best fighters I know.
Kite: Why thank you Aura, I do it all for you of course.
Palette: Aw how sweet, hey Axl maybe you should take some notes on how to treat a lady.
Axl: Maybe you should be more ladylike first, anyways we got enemies to battle.
Aura: Oh yes Kite & I are very close, are you two all that close?
Axl: Uh h...no Palette and I keep things... professional, besides why would I want a little girl like her?
Palette: Little Girl? Hmph! What's the matter Axl, jealous that X & Zero make you the "little boy"?
Kite: Okay settle down you two after all we haven't clear this area yet, okay?
(Duck King- Fatal Fury)
Duck King: Hey there kiddos, when I'm not street fighting I'm also a freelance DJ. Maybe I can take you two to one of the Music Clubs I work at sometime? How does that sound?
Aura: That does sound really nice Mr. Duck King, what do you think Kite?
Kite: Well I dunno I'm not much of a dancer...
Duck King: You know kiddo, a dance club could be a great place to take your cute little lady friend here.
Aura: Aw yes Kite can we go please? You can dance with me there if you like.
Kite (blushing): Oh well when you put it that way I suppose we could do that Aura. Heh heh...
(Chizuru Urashima- Project X Zone 2)
Kite: Ms. Urashima, thank you so so much for saving Aura with the Dragonturtle.
Aura: Thank you very much Ms. Urashima.
Chizuru: My pleasure you two, but first things first lets take care of these bad guys.
Aura: Oh I do thank you Ms. Urashima, but I also want to thank Kite as he is the sweetest & kindest boy I've ever known. Thank you Kite.
Kite (really blushing) Aw... eh heh heh uh yo... your welcome Aura.
Chizuru: Oh wow you two can be just too adorable.
Aura: Greetings Balmung
Balmung: Hey there you two, say Kite I'm surprised your not with Orca now. What did you get him to babysit Blackrose just so you two can have some alone time?
Kite: Oh... well I... I wouldn't quite say that.
Aura: Oh yes Balmung, Kite has told me much about you. But there is something I'm curious about, what is a bomb-diggity?
Kite: Yeah and come to think of it whats a shindig?
Balmung: *sigh* People still remember that little remark I made? Well you two I'm not sure how to explain...
Oh yes and I will also have characters who are normally adversaries also be playable characters whether they be dual or singular units. (And like the games some will be originally enemy units while certain others will be playable from the start.) In which I can think of several characters to potentially use such as...
- Certain Psychopaths from the Dead Rising series
- Robot Masters from the Mega Man series (at least for Mega Man 1)
- Poison/Roxy (Final Fight and maybe more Mad Gear)
- Saya/Sheith (Project X Zone)
- Heihachi Mishima (Tekken)
- Marla/Hestia & Fernand (Fire Emblem Echoes)
And more, but as of now I'm thinking of one or two of these scenarios...
1. Do a full-fledged story here. Sure on one hand this would make things a lot bigger and more time-consuming. However it would make certain match-ups a bit more sense (especially if they involve characters who are normally antagonist). One recurring plot theme is that many of these worlds have been altered (some more than others) due to the massive amounts of crossover dimensions here.
2. Just simply do a bunch of vids of a Single Unit and their Pre/Post Battle Banter with every Dual Unit like what people have been doing with the games on Youtube. Sure it could also be seen as time consuming if I truly have my roster large but doing all the combinations at once is in certain ways a bit easier to do than pick & choose which ones to do.
Now I admit I have not figured out all the plot details yet (keep in mind this is still a WIP). But I do have some subplot ideas in mind, one of them for example is Frank West. Namely his goal is trying to find the alternate paths in his world since over the years he has a lot of fragmented memories of alternate paths he could take (basically a reference to the games multiple endings thanks to the New Game Plus feature). Namely on how despite all of his efforts against Phenotrans in the future (Dead Rising 4) he becomes a bitter lonely middle-aged recluse whose trying to survive in New Willamette and anyone he has ever cared about is dead. But thanks to the Multiple Fragmented Memories of Alternate Paths he believes that the timeline in a world can be malleable. Sure some of these Alternate Paths were not good at all but some of them were good such as how in a alternate path he was able to save Rebecca Chang (Dead Rising 2 Off the Record). While Frank was tempted to go partner up with Rebecca Chang but he did wanted to make sure that Jessie could be safe too (like in Ending B in Dead Rising) which is why he is partnering with Jessie. In which at one point Frank confides to Brad and admits this to him in which while he thinks Jessie can be saved but reluctantly tells Brad that he doesn't get saved at all in any of Frank's "Alternate Paths" but Brad is rather understanding. While as you can see from the Battle Banters I have shown above as for how Frank & Jessie are normally, their behavior is snarky banter at best to Jessie barely tolerating Frank at worst due to Frank's somewhat crude lecherous ways. However later on Jessie does learn the real reason why Frank is partnering with her and feels slightly guilt-stricken about how she acts with Frank in which Frank is quite understanding and jokes that he generally deserved it. In which it gets to the point where later on Frank appears in the Dead Rising 4 stage and he notices that he is by himself in which he tries to frantically find anyone else in which he gets frightened that all of his efforts to save anyone were for nothing and is back to being alone and gets depressed. Fortunately Frank does recover from this when the other party members find him and is immediately glad to see folks like Jessie & Rebecca safe & sound.
So what do you folks think? Like I said this is a WIP but this is what I have so far, what do you folks think?