Welcome back to Superfight Saturday. Each month we will look at a different expansion for Skybound Games’ runaway hit party game, Superfight. If you have never played Superfight before, a good place to start would be my review of the Core Game. This month, we will be taking a look The Anime Deck and The Anime Deck 2.
So if you’ve been paying attention, you hopefully noticed the recent video we made for The Watch, which we filmed at Animethon in Edmonton, AB. Animethon, shockingly, is an anime convention so it was a natural choice to talk about the Superfight Anime Decks.
The makeup of each deck is very similar: about 40 Character Cards, 40 Attribute Cards, plus 10 Location and Scenario Cards.
The purple Scenario Cards in the first set aren’t particularly inspiring, also Surrounded by Tentacle Monsters could be fun. The Scenarios in the second set are a bit better with things like All Fighters Are Inside Giant Mecha _____s and Everyone Happens to be Naked. The blue Location Cards were a bit more enjoyable for both sets. An Anime Convention, a Maid Cafe, and Howl’s Moving Castle are just a few of the places you could find yourself in battle.
The black-backed Attribute Cards are very well chosen for such a theme-intensive deck. You don’t NEED to understand the reference to Can Defeat Opponent With One Punch or Armed With a Death Note, to effectively use those cards. It certainly helps if you do, but it’s not necessary.
The white Character Cards are a bit harder. They have some very fun general characters, like an Evil Version of Opponent’s Character Card or Everyone at an Anime Convention, and some older characters that cross generations and genres like Astro Boy and Speed Racer. The flipside to that is that if I got a hand with Tsundere, Lelouch, and Ichigo, I’d be screwed. Give me Akira, Kira, and Simon I could play but you’d be facing a filmmaker, a Bajoran on Deep Space 9, or a British talent critic. Somehow I don’t think any of those are what was intended.
So, in short, if you are an anime fan you will love these sets. The second deck is one of the few expansions that even admits it can be played alone and if you mix the two together you’ve got a decent sized small game happening, all without ever touching the Core Deck. While no theme deck is going to be great for people who aren’t in that fandom, this one is reasonable for the casual fan, especially the under 25 demographic that are simply more likely to have more casual exposure to modern anime.
The people I played with all loved it, all knew what they were talking about which made it even more fun for them.