Review: Legend of the Mystical Ninja (Ganbare Goemon) Complete Collection

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Legend of the Mystical Ninja (Ganbare Goemon) Complete Collection While I’ll stick with playing the video games, I found the complete collection of Legend of the Mystical Ninja (a.k.a., Ganbare Goemon) to be a decent series for kids. Tell me what you think about this game to anime conversion in the AoD forums.


Daniel Zelter on
I have played a number of Konami's Ganbare Goemon games and was curious to see how well it could transition to an anime series.

I'm a huge fan of the series. (At least based on the legal copies and roms I was able to get of it...But you can't play part 3 without knowing Japanese, so it'd be great if Konami tried porting these translated to the Wii. Unfortunately, we'll probably just get the SNES and N64 versions, because the series isn't as big here as it is in Japan. *sigh* )

A young boy named Tsukasa is entangled in these plots when Goemon pops out of his computer monitor.

When I heard about the anime adaptation, I was hoping it'd be set in the game world, not wind up being like a reverse Captain N. (I.E. the characters visit the "real world".)

Luis Cruz on


Yeah, it's a shame they don't try to translate more of the games, but I can understand why they don't take the chance. They probably think the cultural references, etc. wouldn't translate over well enough; I think the game play would stand on its own though.

As for the anime, I was expecting it to be like Captain N also, but I think it worked better this way. It may still been formulaic and predictable, but the stories would have been even worse if they were set in the Game World. It just worked better having Goemon and his friends try to adjust to the modern, real world rather than having the kids adjust to a fantasy world.