I was 5 years old in 1980. When Pac-Man came out in the arcades, it was a BIG DEAL. I loved Pac-Man. I had the Pac-Man board game, a Pac-Man read along book and tape, Pac-Man sheets and a Pac-Man doll. I even ate Pac-Man cereal! Pac-Man Fever was a real thing and I had a bad, bad case.
So hey, you got your Pac-Man in my Kamen Rider! Well, this is technically the second time as Dr. Pac-Man was the villain of the yearly crossover movie between this year’s Rider and last year’s. So, he’s apparently back for Kamen Rider Genm episode 2 and he’s brought with him three new Gashats.
One is the top down shooting game Xevious, one is Famicom (NES) baseball title Family Stadium and the third is Pac-Man. Ex-Aid gets Pac-Man. That’s awesome!
I like the description of the game from the special as well and how in Japan the Power Pellet is described as a Power Cookie. Good stuff.
When he’s playing the game, Ex-Aid is running from a video game version of Kamen Rider W through a maze collecting the dots.
Then he finds the Power Cookie and, well, it’s awesome that a version of Pac-Man surrounds him and eats it!
And then W’s head turns into a Blue Ghost! Uh-Oh!
LOVE THAT FONT
And that finisher, Poor W, eaten by Kamen Rider Ex-Aid Pac-Man!
Sure, Ex-Aid Pac-Man is just a recolor of his Gekitotsu Robots form but it’s PAC-MAN for crying out loud! I just think it’s cool! This one bit (and hopefully the Dr. Pac-Man movie I have yet to see) makes the whole Bandai Namco merger totally worth it.
Actually it translates into games perfectly: geralt can be the cold motherfucker (games love killing things and not displaying emotions) but also be special (most people i know cannot roleplay rude people in games)