July 14, 2011 9:00 AM | Danny Cowan
If, like me, you have a soft spot in your heart for '80s video game propaganda vehicles like The Wizard, this should be right up your alley. The first volume of "Famicom Rocky," a notoriously awful manga series chronicling the rise of fictional pro gamer Yuki Todoroki, has been translated by Giant Bomb forum member Pepsiman.
"Created by Motoyuki Asai, author of other such potentially riveting series as Skateboarding Rocky (I'm seriously not making this up), Famicom Rocky is basically Rocky the movie, but with old NES-era video games," the translator notes. "The series stars an ineloquent brute of a protagonist who has long, extensive training montages so that he can dramatically compete against vaguely imposing rivals who, for narrative purposes, are deluded into thinking they're better at video games than him."
The manga was featured in an episode of Game Center CX, wherein host Shinya Arino had a few laughs at its expense. It takes a few pages to really get going, but by the time you get to the ridiculous conclusion, you'll be glad you stuck with it. I want to read more of this!