Watch The Classic Schmup R-Type Brought To Life In Anime Form

Watch The Classic Schmup R-Type Brought To Life In Anime Form


The Classic 1987 2D shooter, R-Type, receives an anime upgrade in this awesome short animation

In 2015, I reported on animator Paul Johnson’s brilliant short film, Tie Fighter. Running just short of ten minutes, this film in the style of Japanese anime told the story of a classic Star Wars space battle from the perspective of the Empire and its pilots.

A year later, Paul revealed a new piece of animation based on the classic arcade 2D shooter R-Type. Again using the anime style, this short film told the story of a young man who is sucked into an R-Type arcade at his local arcade and has to fight for his life.

Paul has released a new version which in his words,

“New scenes, updated animations, more explosions!”

RETRO ARCADE ANIME: R-TYPE now contains approximately an extra minute of footage. If you stay for the credits, you’ll see a comparison between the games first level and the animation that Paul has created.

A quick look at Paul’s Youtube channel reveals that he is currently working on a Street Fighter II animation. Paul’s standard is very high and I can’t wait to see how that turns out.



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@UKFilmNerd | John loves the movies and he used to write for his own website, The Tydirium Hangar Bay, in the late 1990's. Whilst the web page idea became lost in the passages of time, John's love of film did not. Now he's back, writing for The Unheard Nerd.

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