Four new fighters have recently been announced for the upcoming 2019 fighter Jump Force, with one swordsman in this particular four that I am extremely excited to see! The arrival Kenshin Himura, Makoto Shishio from the popular Rurouni Kenshin manga and anime series, alongside Cell and Piccolo from the Dragon Ball series is super exciting news. Seeing as how the roster for Jump Force just keeps growing and growing, it’s fairly likely that they’re close to reaching the end of their fighter tally – not that I’ll complain if they keep adding more fighters, however.
For those who are unfamiliar to the Rurouni Kenshin series, it tells the tale of a wandering samurai, Kenshin Himura. Once a great swordsman assassin, he has vowed never again to take a human life, instead using his reverse blade sword to protect, atoning for his past sins. His counterpart, Makoto Shishio, is also an expert swordsmen who lives by the sword, but has a completely different philosophy regarding the ways of the world. He believes the weak serve as sustenance for the strong. Throughout the series Kenshin’s way of life is tested time and time again, with the penultimate showdown between himself and Shishio being his greatest challenge in the show’s run.
For those who’ve been living under a rock the last for the last 15 years, Cell and Piccolo are both fighters who come from the Dragon Ball series and are both fan favourites. Piccolo is a battle trained Namekian whose calm exterior hides the raging beast within. He is a martial artist expert who has fought both on the side of evil and good, and is a fiercely loyal companion. Cell on the other had is a bio-organic android with the cells of many strong fighters throughout the universe, including Goku, Vegeta, and Frieza to name a few. His only goal is to prove that he is the single most perfect being in the universe, but if you’ve seen the series you’ll see his rain of terror doesn’t last long.
Jump Force is slated for release on February 15, 2019 on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC and will most certainly be one game many Shonen Jump fans will be getting their hands on. While the roster is certainly filling out nicely, I really do hope we get to see a few more female fighters join the tally, since I know for a fact there are some really powerful female fighters from several Shonen series, and only having one in the line-up so far is a bit disheartening.