Being based on a vaguely popular anime and manga doesn't help save Bandai Namco Games' new PSP fighting game from being rather average. The game follows a similar formula to that of the Bleach: Heat the Soul PSP fighting games, where the main characters from the anime are turned into 3D avatars in a somewhat simple 2D arena. In the single-player setting, you have the choice of playing the game in arcade, single, team or adventure mode. Arcade is a straightforward best of three fights; single lets you choose both your character and opponent, team mode is a triple tag team match where you choose three characters, and another three to be your punch bags. Adventure mode is a rather lengthy story mode that requires you to finish 50 assignments, which range from fighting doppelgangers of yourself to going after bad guys and fighting comrades. Game play is simple. There are three attack buttons; weak, medium and strong. Each character has a 'soul resonance gauge' that, once filled, will allow your character to launch special attacks. The gauge is made up of the meister gauge and the weapon gauge. These fill up as you use either a meister or weapon attack on an opponent. To unleash an insanely mega-super-powerful move, you have to expand and fill the soul resonance gauge to level three and then press both the shoulder buttons at the same time while standing very close to your opponent. Just watch a chunk of that life bar go down! The graphics are OK, while the sound effects, background music and voice dialogue are all imported from the anime and do little to help the game. In conclusion, this game is hard to recommend, with only 13 playable characters when other PSP games like Samurai Shodown Anthology and King of Fighters: The Orochi Saga offer more than three times as many. Buyer beware!