Weird Video Wednesday: Cho Aniki: Kyuukyoku Muteki Ginga Saikyou Otoko

Cho Aniki: Kyuukyoku Muteki Ginga Saikyou Otoko (literal translation: “Super Big Brother: The Ultimate, Most Powerful Man in the Milky Way”) is an awkward and bizarre addition to the PSN’s “PS1 classics” selection that breaks with just about every conceivable interpretation of the word “classic”. And yet while Cho Aniki may not have been everyone’s first PS3 digital purchase, it was mine. Was it worth it? Well, frankly, yes, as besides being incredibly strange, it’s a – how do I put this – not-terrible game in its own right.

What’s special about this game then? Well, every Cho Aniki game is weird, but this PS1 and Saturn game raises the weirdness to new highs thanks to the inclusion of live actors. Yes, real people dressed up and posed in front of a green screen to make this game!

For the video, the entire game deserves to be here but I’d better save that – don’t want to blow my load now, do I? Instead I want to spotlight the delightful intro to the game as it doesn’t get enough attention. So brace yourself for what looks and feels like an internet meme, before memes existed.

If that doesn’t do it for you, I don’t know what will. There’s only one proper response to an introduction like this, surely: my body is ready.

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4 comments

  1. Red Metal

    That’s a pretty wordy title, isn’t it? Though considering how weird the rest of the game is, it’s oddly fitting. The intro is one of those things I can’t believe hasn’t achieved memetic status.

    • veryverygaming

      Oh definitely. I’ve actually been surprised though that the developers of Cho Aniki actually made some serious action games, some of them very well regarded too! The Cho Aniki series is a chance for them to let out their wild side. And boy did they do just that!

  2. moresleepneeded

    I have not heard of this game. This intro to the game seems very strange. The blue character looks like something from a kids show designed to be joyful, but he has a very fearsome expression. The grey face in the background looks extremely sad and the grainy quality of it gives a strange atmosphere. The pictures of the happy men passing by the screen are also strange, they seem low budget and why are they all nearly undressed? Does the game ever explain this sequence? Does this intro have any meaning?

    • veryverygaming

      The undressed men are Samson and Adon, basically the mascots of the entire Cho Aniki series. To quote Wikipedia: “These series mascots are the personification of phallic imagery. For example, they shoot white energy beams from the holes in their heads called the “Men’s Beam,” which is charged up with every firing by both of them rapidly pelvic thrusting into the air.” The intro is only the start of the weirdness that is this game… the game’s story is entirely in Japanese though so it could be relevant, but I doubt it.

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