Metascore
56

Mixed or average reviews - based on 32 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 32
  2. Negative: 5 out of 32
  1. 70
    For anime fans, it's literally pulling together some of the brightest minds in the industry and allowing them to run free with a very creative format. Short stories are always less inhibited than full-length projects, and if nothing else, everything that we find in the Short Peace package is very creative indeed.
  2. Oct 7, 2014
    70
    The story is nonsense, but it's just a vector to dump the art down your throat. Longest Day alone isn't worth the $40 asking price though, so if you're buying it, pick it up for the entire Short Peace package.
  3. Jun 3, 2014
    70
    The animation and art direction of the entire Short Peace box is superb. [Issue#148, p.128]
  4. Apr 30, 2014
    70
    Tsukigime Ranko's Longest Day does not reach the sufficiency, but the package comes with four short movies that reach a real peak of excellence. However, given the quality and the quantity of the release, the launch price seems to be way too expensive.
  5. Apr 19, 2014
    67
    This collection of several short films and a game is quite irregular, and it seems to be aimed at a very particular audience. If you are part of that particular audience then you know what you're buying. If you're not, make sure you it find out before purchasing it.
  6. Oct 7, 2014
    65
    Short Peace: Ranko Tsukigime's Longest Day is an action game and short film collection in one. This PlayStation 3 oddity tells a baffling story that features a seventeen year old girl with an eye patch and a violin-themed sniper rifle on the hunt to kill her father.
  7. Apr 22, 2014
    65
    A very innovative and in many ways interesting mix of videogames and anime. A new way to unite both concepts.
  8. Jun 7, 2014
    64
    You'll finish Ranko in about an hour. [July 2014, p.79]
  9. Oct 16, 2014
    62
    On its own, Ranko Tsukigime's Longest Day is lightweight runner with scant traces of inspiration. As integral part of the dynamic, multimedia Short Peace project, its relative value becomes a bit more manageable. That it's all being packaged and sold as a videogame leaves it feeling heavy on good natured intent, but thin on actual content.
  10. Oct 14, 2014
    60
    Come to Short Peace for the variety of content, stay for the imaginative and masterful animation, but leave Ranko Tsukigime's Longest Day at the door unless you're in desperate need of something to pass the time.
  11. 60
    Short Peace leans towards its visually appealing aspects instead of its story and gameplay features. It’s a nice anime and video game hybrid to mindlessly keep you busy for about two hours, but if you’re looking for a serious game to invest your time in and explore this might not be what you’re looking for. Your eyes will be thanking you, but your brain might say otherwise.
  12. Oct 9, 2014
    60
    Lasting only around two and a half hours, Short Peace is not really much of a game. The game itself being maybe an hour and a half and the collection of movies lasting an hour, this entire thing can be seen in an evening’s time.
  13. Oct 8, 2014
    60
    It’s not Suda’s best, but it’s ambitious, and there’s a lot to be said for that. If you’re looking for your next unique and obscure experience, you’ve found it.
  14. May 5, 2014
    60
    Short Peace: Ranko Tsukigime’s Longest Day is a strange collection created for a very small audience. If you love good anime and crazy ideas, you'll like this interesting experiment. The Italian version of this game, sadly, is far too expensive.
  15. Apr 28, 2014
    60
    Four animes and one game "filled with japan's spirit", as Suda 51 said. A must-watch, but not a must-play, outside of Suda's fanbase.
  16. Apr 21, 2014
    60
    Whatever your preconceptions, Short Peace: Ranko Tsukigime's Longest Day will surprise you, and continue to surprise you even after the credits begin to roll. However, while often humorous and delightful, the game portion of this package is a very short experience, consisting of only nine stages and taking roughly just over an hour to complete.
  17. Apr 18, 2014
    60
    If you’re a real Japanophile, then you’ll no doubt enjoy everything on offer here. However, if you only have interest in the game itself, then you absolutely will be disappointed.
  18. Oct 13, 2014
    57
    A simple game that anyone can enjoy thanks to its straightforward controls and engaging mechanics, not to speak of its iconic representation of the Japanese culture. Sadly though, its brief duration, long cinematic pauses and poor replay value, make it feel unfinished, and it's pretty clear that the developers created it with one small and specific demographic in mind.
  19. May 21, 2014
    55
    Unfortunately, even the really good shorts film contained in the disc can't save a production dragged down by a mediocre side-scrolling platform game, probably one of the worst of this year.
  20. Oct 13, 2014
    50
    Longest Day is a vibrant, scatterbrained thing that seems far more intent on creating a spectacle than a compelling story or gameplay experience.
  21. Aug 25, 2014
    50
    Ranko is pure absurdity and represents the style of current Japanese pop culture very well. Unfortunately it’s also a rather weak game that you will be done with after 1,5 hours. It might look great and burst with crazy ideas but there is simply no reason to come back to it or honestly recommend it. [08/2014, p.62]
  22. It's an odd game, this. [June 2014, p.92]
  23. May 16, 2014
    50
    The best parts are the short films, the game ends up being a kind of bonus, although it has received much of the attention in the package.
  24. May 2, 2014
    50
    How hard it is to judge this cross-media experience. It's an unbalanced mix between four amazing short animation films, whom half have been made by Japanese masters, and one of the worst games of this year. Ranko Tsukigime’s Longest Day is a visual failure with a more than simple and unpleasant gameplay. Even with an hour of game, travel across ten levels without any satisfaction or any feeling that you're moving forward is a huge frustration. The short films save its fate.
  25. Apr 28, 2014
    50
    One of the worst games of the year combined with four excellent animated movies, Short Peace: Ranko Tsukigime's Longest Day is no doubt a mixed bag.
  26. Apr 23, 2014
    50
    The anime films may be critically acclaimed but their video game counterpart is nowhere near as interesting – although there is a couple of hours of mindless fun to be had.
  27. Apr 22, 2014
    50
    A poorly made, weird game. It's best asset is the creativity of the director, and the music of the playable part. A 35 minutes game can't ever be good at such an expensive price.
  28. 40
    Looks good with some decent boss battles, but lack of content and replay value disappoints.
  29. May 15, 2014
    40
    It targets the hardcore Japanese game fans and asks them how much. How much do they love Japan? How much are they willing to pay? The answer, inevitably, is not enough.
  30. Apr 29, 2014
    40
    The interesting and well-animated short films on the disc don't do enough to repair the damage the poor game has done or make this package as a whole a worthwhile investment.
  31. Apr 29, 2014
    40
    Stylistically Suda 51 proves with Short Peace once more that he is a visionary. But in terms of gameplay and technically this short runner leaves a lot to be desired.
  32. Apr 23, 2014
    30
    Short Peace: Ranko Tsukigime's Longest Day is a serviceable but uninspired sidescroller. It appears bizarre and distinctive, but in reality, is a dull game that offers appalling value for money.
User Score
5.6

Mixed or average reviews- based on 11 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 0 out of 2
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 2
  3. Negative: 2 out of 2
  1. May 11, 2014
    4
    Difficult to judge a game like Short Peace... because it isn't one! Composed with 4 anime and a little game made by no one else than Suda 51. After finishing the PS3 Blu-ray, I'm kinda crestfallen.

    Rather than a game wih animated sequences, I see Ranko Tsukigime Longest Day (it's the name of the game) more like an anime with gameplay parts. The biggest point of the game is its bizarre atmosphere, its weird design and its continuous gags. Suda let his imagination run wild and gave birth to a psychedelic experience that rivals late Satoshi Kon's movies. The story as about Ranko, a not-so-ordinary high school girl leaving at night equipped with a violin in the purpose of killing her own father. Here, I just described you th part of the story that can actually be expressed with words, because the rest is absolutely absurd in the mix of unexpected and unthinkable things that happen.

    Artistically speaking, it remains very interesting. Cut-scenes vary between different styles (classical anime, watercolor, comic, manga) in incredible and spicy events. The game itself is kinda stylish with its paint effects, old-school shooting and a ludicrous final battle in 8-bit. The gameplay is pretty much limited though : it's merely about racing through the few stages as fast as possible while striking monsters with the right timing, so as to shake off the dark forces behind you. The whole thing lasts about 3 hours and trophies aren't exactly exciting.

    I expected better of the various anime. They're certainly worthwhile from a stylistic point of view, but the stories lack substance. The first three are tales related to the Japanese folklore with Youkais and Onis, while the fourth is an SF anime that takes place in an alternative future after world's end. All are definitely too short and the SF one, by far the most interesting, should have really been developed a lot more to present its background and expand its universe. The action and the atmosphere are really cool and it has the potential to be a major SF reference a bit like Pale Cocoon (which was short too but also more meaningful)

    Whatever you may think about those (I'm not here to decide which kind of anime is good or not), one thing is sure : a 2-hour long anime being around 20€ and Ranko Tsukigime looking like a 8-10€ downloadable game, the 50€ that BandaiNamco asks you for this disc are way too much.
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  2. May 8, 2014
    2
    I've bought Ranko Tsukigime and i regret the purchase actually only for the game part. I completed the game on the first playthrough within 43 minutes +25 minutes cutscenes. The cutscenes were fun and the boss fights were interesting but paying 40€ for the game is way too expensive.
    The animes were awesome. I enjoyed the 65 minutes from start to finish. So if you find the game for a 10er, buy it for the animes, not the game. Turned the game in for something else on the next day.
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