If you need any indication of how deep my love for Mega Man runs, bear in mind that one of the first posts on this blog was about Mega Man X.
I’ll just wait here while you look that up…
While I don’t think I’m ready to do a protracted mega-post on the subject of the Blue Bomber, much like the one I did on Ultraman, I think it’s about time I made an attempt to scratch the surface a little.
That being said, today I’m kicking off a new post topic, specifically one that deals with the colorful roster of bosses in the Mega Man universe.
Basically, I’m gonna’ run through each of the Mega Man games in the linear series, (fuck that Gameboy and Genesis bullshit. Wily Wars my ass…) naming the one boss, or MAN, that stands out as the coolest, most bad-ass, or otherwise, most interesting.
I call this new post topic, The Best MAN!
With that, let’s get this party started with Mega Man 1.
To be honest, Mega Man 1 isn’t really my favorite game in the series.
True, it was the first in the series.
True, it was an impressive technical feat for the time.
Unfortunately, as the first game in the series, it lacks some of the polish of later games in the series.
It’s interesting to note that I never got a chance to play Mega Man 1 until much later in life.
In the original Mega Man, there were only 6 bosses instead of the now traditional 8, a hokey score keeping system that never made it past the first game, and in general, the game just needed a little bit more of a push to be considered a true classic in my book.
Honestly, if you look up “greatest leap in quality from one game to the next,” most likely you’ll find a picture of Mega Man 2.
Anyway, that’s enough shitting on Mega Man 1, let’s get down to who’s The Best MAN!
For my money, The Best MAN of the original Mega Man would have to be Cut Man.
Cut Man’s design has a lot of character to it.
His color scheme is simple but iconic.
His head has a strange and distinctive shape and form to it, looking almost like a marionette or something.
Oh yeah, did I mention he’s got fuckin’ scissors comin’ out of his head?
On top of that, his level is very well designed for the time, with the background music being one of the best pieces of music in the game.
True he was a complete pussy by the time you actually got around to fighting him, but even so, the character has a very long and distinguished legacy.
Don’t ask me why, but Mega Man’s eyebrows and pecs really pissed me off in that show.
Man, he really was in EVERYTHING in the 90’s…
While I didn’t really watch the cartoon all that much, (fuckin’ goddamn Phantom 2040 kept popping up in it’s early-ass time slot whenever I’d try to tape it) I have to admit that seeing Cut Man, alive and well, in every episode, served to add bias to my positive opinion of him.
Besides the cartoon though, Cut Man also made appearances in wide variety of other Mega Man spin-offs.
I loved cutting the goalie in half with his super-shot in Mega Man Soccer.
His redesign in Mega Man EXE was pretty good.
While you’d fight him, he’d jump around, throw blades at you, and then jump into the background and cut holes in the scenery to teleport around.
Most notable about his appearance in the arcade games, was that they gave him a voice in it.
Like Mega Man, he had a female voice actor, but unlike his voice in the cartoon, that had him sounding sort of like a cross between Frankenstein’s Igor and Ren Höek from Ren and Stimpy, it fit surprisingly well.
Cut Man’s character is slight of stature, and, when animated and rendered properly as he was in arcade games, very “cute.”
I feel silly admitting it, but whenever I’d hear Cut Man start chopping up the scenery while yelling out “Choki! Choki! Choki!,” I couldn’t help but smile a little.
“Choki,” by the way, is the Japanese onomatopoeia for “Slice” or “Cut.”
Anyway, Cut Man is The Best MAN of Mega Man 1.
If you don’t agree, tough shit.