Man, I have just got to get back on with... it's as if the Character Battle suffers the most whenever I fall off schedule. In any case, 'tis the bewitching, so let's get down to business...
I'm very aware that October bears the responsibility of being that special time of year for a lot of people. Now, I myself don't revel in the macabre majesty of this month, I'm not necessarily tone deaf to its significance. That being said, I had something apropos in mind. If you're anything like me, you enjoy a well made monster movie. One such monster that I feel doesn't always get a fair shake in cinema is the werewolf. Sure you got your "Underworld" & (mother, forgive me) "Twilight" types of wolves. (Personally, I'm a fan of the "Ginger Snaps" movies.) However, for the sake of today's contest, I'm more interested in focusing on the classic archetype. More importantly, I'm looking to rectify 2010's "the Wolfman". That's why this month's Battle will seek to determine who has the best shot at being the next cinematic wolfman!
A more fitting clash of opposites couldn't be hoped for. On one side, you have the brash young pup, Yugo Ogami from the Bloody Roar series. His opponent today is none other than the Sagacious Gray Wolf of the legendary Six Heroes, Valkenhayn R. Hellsing! The pedigrees (sorry, couldn't help it) these two bring to the table speak volumes about their character. Yugo helped to found & currently leads the World of Co-Existence, while Valk serves as the ever present butler to the esteemed Alucard family. What serves as their most unique distinction is that, even though both fighters have a lupine form, their designations are different. Valkenhayn is a traditional lycanthrope; Yugo, however, is what's known as a Zoanthrope. The former's transformative ability is innate, but the latter's can be also attested to scientific experimentation. Furthermore, to coincide with the similarities, both methods have varying levels of hereditary procurement.
Even though that's not what we do here, I'll be totally honest... this would be an amazing fight. However, I have a curiosity that needs to be satisfied, so we'll leave the combat to the professionals. What I'm looking to determine is which one of these beastkin would be the better movie sensation. Given the climate of movies today, most people are trying to bank on the concept of "world building" like Marvel did leading up to the first "Avengers" movie. While that's not a bad idea, it isn't one that should be emulated so soon after its application. Just understand the hang ups & pitfalls that can come with trying to match such a feat. On the other hand, there's something to be said for the unexpectedly amazing standalone entries. If the product has merit & inherent quality, there's nothing wrong with wanting to revisit the idea. I can think of a few examples that, while may not have always worked, definitely proved that going back to the well can be awesome for everyone involved.
Which leads us back to my question. On the subject of current day cinema, I think the audience is reaching its breaking point when it comes to cinematic universes & long-running series. (That same fatigue is why I pray no one tries to repeat any of the visual tricks from "Hardcore Henry" until I'm well into my 40s.) That being said, I'd rather take my chances on a well written, sharply directed standalone and find myself pleasantly surprised by an unexpected sequel later than to have to commit to -- at bare minimum -- a trilogy that tries to cover WAAYYY too much information with each installment. Because of this, I'd rather see Yugo on the silver screen over Valkenhayn. Don't get me wrong, Valk is hands down one of my all time favorite characters from the genre, but the sheer weight of his story wouldn't translate all that well without being dissected & expanded upon since it's greater than the sum of its parts. Yugo, on the other hand, could have any chapter in his life as a Zoanthrope fighter adapted to a summer blockbuster. Even better, the title from his respective series would most likely look amazing on a billboard.
WINNER: YUGO OGAMI
(P.S.: I'm sure a lot, if not most of you are curious as to why I chose not to make this a Fatal 4-way by excluding Jon Talbain & Sabrewulf from the proceedings. Reason being is that -- in the context of this month's contest -- those two wouldn't really work. One's the literal first lycan in a fighting game and has a fairly by-the-numbers story to him. The other has no control over his transformation. Both characters are awesome, but in the opinion of yours truly, neither would make for an engrossing film.)