Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Play Arts Kai Jeanne Part 1

Red means fierce

A look at Play Arts Kai Jeanne after the introduction on Bayonetta from this action figure series in the previous posting.

Jeanne is a somewhat cliche-ish character in "Bayonetta" in my opinion. She started off as the title character's main rival, with development in the story pointing to her as the main villain until the two characters have a huge climatic battle, when she was mortally wounded and it was discovered that she is supposed to be Bayonetta's comrade from the past, who was been twisted and manipulated by an even great evil. As a matter of fact, the entire story of "Bayonetta" uses a lot of cliches featured in many other stories, which is something I didn't mention in the previous posting. Then again, as long as the characters are interesting and the game play is awesome (especially), the predictability of the story isn't an issue at all. ^^;

As compared to Bayonetta, who's portrayed as being more sarcastic but playful, Jeanne seems a lot more serious and aggressive in nature. Started off as a non-playable character in the game, she is quite the exposition of the story as well, explaining Bayonetta's background and history almost every time the two meet, ^^; since Bayonetta is shown to be suffering from amnesia throughout the game (another cliche there XD).

A video clip of such exposition moment with Jeanne: XD

Video clip is from Youtube. Follow this link to the website if you can't see anything.

After one completes the entire journey with Bayonetta, or maybe it's one of unlockable achievements featured in the game, Jeanne becomes a playable character, and her journey goes all the way too I think. ^^ It's very funny seeing her goes through all the chapters just like Bayonetta, where the main dialogue is the same, and you get to hear Bayonetta's voice coming out of Jeanne. It's pretty crazy. ^^; Since she wields four guns (called "All 4 One") as well, I guess the there's not much difference after all. XD However, Jeanne's aggressiveness can be experienced in full during game play.

A video clip showing Jeanne fighting against the first major boss - Fortitudo, the Cardinal Virtue of Fortitude can be seen below. (Note: mind the language XD)

Video clip is from Youtube. Follow this link to the website if you can't see anything.

And another one:

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And of course, when Jeanne becomes a playable character, you can get the crazy feature of her fighting against herself XD

Video clip is from Youtube. Follow this link to the website if you can't see anything.

As mentioned in the previous posting, I got Jeanne together with Bayonetta as a pair. There wasn't any intention to just get the latter to begin with, even though I like the witch with her glasses on more XD. Just like Bayonetta, Jeanne's design is just as complicated and detailed. She might look simple with her short hair and red suit at first, but the texture and details are pretty amazing in closer look. I'm sure there's plenty of time for that in the next turn of review. ^^

The figure itself can be seen clearly through the front window.

(Left) top view of the box.

Very simple design for all sides of the box.

Introduction of the figure on the back of the box.

Box open.

Box content (front).

Box content (back).

With the top cover off.

A huge red moon as the backdrop of the box, as compared to the blue one for Bayonetta.

A small piece of instruction on how to change the hand units and how to attach the guns to the figure's heels.

Straight out of box display of Jeanne.

Very similar in the way the review is written and how the images are captioned as compared to Bayonetta, as with the time this posting is published too. ^^ This is how I design my double-feature review series really, ^^ and to highlight the connection between Bayonetta and Jeanne at the same time. ^^

Going back to Bayonetta next, featuring her accessories and more images.

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