I'm rooting for Kashin. Keep it real and reprezent the Vanessa underground, brutha.
In other AM2-related news, video of the PS2 Fighting Vipers port is out. Seeing as how I love series to death, I went to check it out. It's very, very promising. I can't tell the quality of the resolution and textures so well from the small clip, but it looks OK so far. All the 3D backgrounds are in, all the armor crushing effects are in full display, the plane and helicopter are still flying... lookin' good.
Hey, it's still got all the Pepsi advertising, too! (O_O)
It's even harder to judge the gameplay, but it looks dead-on. Even if the graphics don't turn out exactly right, the fact that it both looks better than the Saturn version and plays like the original arcade version is worth a purchase. When you've spent enough time with the arcade original, the Saturn version feels like a different beast altogether.
Of course, if the gameplay isn't changed, we'll still have the major character tiering and heavy-damage exploits in there. (Bahn is too strong, and Jane is really overpowered) As much as I rag on SC2 for its bugs and exploits, I'll be the first to admit that both VF2 and FV had plenty of them. Supposedly Jane and Grace have an infinite combo, too, but I couldn't get any of the JP FV crew to divulge how to do it. It's so nasty it's forbidden knowledge, apparently.
In any case, April's going to be a gooooooooooood month.