If I were to say the word “anime,” what’s the first thing that comes to mind? In all likelihood, the popular Japanese cartoons that have made the voyage to the US over the past several decades would come to mind. While the focus of an anime series will vary from title to title, some of the biggest international hits have been shonen fighting series like Dragon Ball Z and Fullmetal Alchemist. Bulletproof Babes, the latest title from NetEnt, seeks to channel the heart-pumping excitement of that genre into an action-packed video slot.
As soon as Bulletproof Babes loads up, you’ll immediately notice that it looks like NetEnt put in the extra effort to make custom graphics and sounds for this title. Those aesthetic qualities really set the scene and allow you to really immerse yourself in this title’s underlying storyline while you rack up successive wins. Those wins won’t be too hard to come by either if you leverage this slot’s scatters and progressive jackpot with precision.
Even if you’ve never watched a second of anime in your life, you’ll find yourself intrinsically drawn to play Bulletproof Babes for a dozen rounds or more. Whether you’re in it for the manga-style artwork or the lucrative gameplay elements, you’re sure to find Bulletproof Babes at the top of your “most played” list in no time flat.
Understanding the Connections to Anime and Traditional Asian Imagery
While anime has become a mainstay in North American pop culture over the past several decades, some folks still may not recognize it when they see it (on TV, let alone in a video slot game like Bulletproof Babes). As a quick primer, “anime” can broadly be defined as any type of stylized Japanese animation, many of which are targeted at adults as well as children.
Bulletproof Babes draws heavily on this genre for its aesthetic core, which includes a cast of athletic young women who are posed to carry out a consequential battle between good and evil as your reels roll.
Speaking of those young heroines, Bulletproof Babes may be the first video slot title to actually incorporate a variable cast of characters into its gameplay. At certain points during your play on this title, you’ll even be asked to select one of the characters and lead them into battle as you try your luck on the reels.
Also, there’s no denying that Bulletproof Babes also draws heavily from traditional Asian cultural imagery. As such, you should expect to see yin and yang symbols, bonsai trees, and crashing wave symbols on a regular basis.