After the excellent Shadows of the Damned, sign me up for anything else Suda 51 and Akira Yamaoka collaborate on at Grasshopper Manufacture. I'm not sure a cheerleader flashing her panties and fighting zombies in something called Lollipop Chainsaw is what would come to mind, but after initially dismissing Shadows of the Damned, I'll bite my tongue.
The first screen shots, courtesy of Famitsu, do the best job of underscoring my initial response:
Masahiro Shidara, who previously worked at Tecmo, is the producer of Lollipop Chainsaw, with Suda 51 acting as creative director. Silent Hill and Shadows of the Damned composer Akira Yamaoka is working on this one, too.
Basically, so far so good. I mean, there's a head attached to the damn chainsaw.
Players are in control of Juliet Sterling in what appears to be a spiritual successor to No More Heroes, a franchise that's currently taking a rest after its second Wii outing, but one Suda 51's admitted he wants to return to eventually.
Not every Grasshopper Manufacture game comes to the US. After the sales performance of Shadows of the Damned, getting the studio's quirky experiences over here might be that much harder.
One hopes I'm wrong, though.