Since the internet is a wonderful place we now have some high-res screens of Lollipop Chainsaw, the new game from Grasshopper Manufacture. A piss-poor scan of the Famitsu issue featuring Lollipop Chainsaw was making the rounds this morning but that doesn’t do the game any justice at all or fully show how off the walls Suda 51 is going with the game.
As was expected, Lollipop Chainsaw protagonist Juliet is a somewhat buxom young blonde who just so happens to adore the color pink. Grasshopper Manufacture may be going over the edge for some people with how skimpy Juliet’s costume is, but this is a GhM game so what would you expect? One thing worth noting though is that Lollipop Chainsaw won’t be going into a strange pedobear area with Juliet being a High School student since she’s 18 years-old, which makes the abundant amount of upskirt shots and other such things completely “acceptable”, even amongst the standards of certain otakus.
Looking at the screens of Lollipop Chainsaw not only am I intrigued by the design of Juliet and her accompanying companion which happens to be a decapitated head, but I’m also digging the style Grasshopper has taken with the game. Slightly reminiscent of the look found in No More Heroes, Lollipop Chainsaw features a stylized look that’s similar to a manga, while still having a realistic style to it.
Suda 51 has revealed that Lollipop Chainsaw will be devoid of immediate gore and blood and will instead feature colorful visuals ranging from red mist being replaced by pink light, which is a huge change up compared to past GhM games. It may sound weird that a game involving a girl wielding a chainsaw won’t be overly violent but I have complete faith in Suda 51 and the rest of the Grasshopper Manufacture team.
Not too much else has been revealed about Lollipop Chainsaw outside of confirming that Akira Yamaoka will be doing the music for the project. In an interview with 1up Kadokawa Games President Yoshimi Yasuda did reveal that Lollipop Chainsaw does have a North American publisher already so we should all erupt into epic high-five time due to that news.
Lollipop Chainsaw may seem like Suda 51 has gone over the edge by creating a game with a zombie killer heroine wearing next to nothing, but that’s just the stuff the man digs doing. Suda may have strayed a bit far from giving us games with a completely serious tone in favor of those with a more over-the-top vibe that’s reminiscent of various aspects of pop culture combined to form a beast that’s to be reckoned with. There may be a few obvious shades of Buffy the Vampire Slayer in Lollipop Chainsaw, but how often do we see a video game starring a female character that kills supernatural beasts?
Check out more Lollipop Chainsaw screens over at Famitsu:
http://www.famitsu.com/news/201107/21047067.html (copy and paste url into your browser)