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17:00 - 29th December 2014, by Matthew Edwards

Bayonetta: Bloody Fate

How often do you a play a game and think, “damn, this could be made into an awesome anime?” If you’re like us, it’s unlikely to be a regular occurrence. Most games build a story around the central gameplay, and if you view the narrative away from the controller, you may spot enough clichés and plot holes to fill a bargain bin. There are, however, a few games that buck the trend. This includes Persona 4’s intriguing blend of digital demons and secondary school antics in addition to the ever popular world of Pokémon. But while both these examples take the form of a full-blown series, some games work better as a feature length film.

This is true of Bayonetta: Bloody Fate, an anime film that’s based on the 2009 game of the same name. This was the title that cemented Platinum Games – the mastermind behind Vanquish and Metal Gear Rising: Revengeance – as one of the shining stars in Japanese games development. Its combat system was a thing of beauty, and when placed in the hands of a skilled player, the ensuing carnage was a sight to behold. The game also gave birth to a new breed of heroine in the form of Bayonetta, a sassy witch who wears a cat-suit made out of her own jet-black hair, and in the place of a broomstick, this modern mystic carries a pistol in each hand and at the base of each heel.

By adapting the events of the first game’s story, Bloody Fate doesn’t tell Bayonetta fans anything they don’t already know. This isn’t a side-story or a prequel that looks into Bayonetta’s past, this is a succinct retelling of her debut performance. As such, the story is framed on the backdrop of two once powerful clans. The Umbra Witches made pacts with powerful demons and dedicated themselves to darkness, while the Lumen Sages surrounded themselves in light and angels. This yin and yang dynamic could’ve made them enemies, but in trying to maintain a balance between the light and the dark, both clans worked tirelessly together.

Unfortunately, this mutual respect took a turn for the worse when an Umbra Witch and Lumen Sage conceived a child together. This broke all the rules about interoffice relations, and sent both clans on a path of destruction. Skip to 500 years later, and the modern world has all but forgotten about the two clans. In fact, it seems that Bayonetta may be the only Umbra Witch still left among the living, and considering she can’t remember anything about her past, it’s no surprise that she begins the film searching for answers. She doesn’t know where she came from or what happened to her clan. She just has a passion for beating angels to a bloody pulp before sacrificing their battered remains to her demonic pets. Find out more about her and uncover the secrets of her past in Bayonetta: Bloody Fate: out now from Manga Entertainment.

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