I remember it like it was yesterday. My buddy and I were playing hours of Street Fighter 3: Third Strike when he suddenly turned to me and asked me if I wanted to try something new. I was struck with confusion, Third Strike was OUR thing, it’s what our friendship was built on and here he is wanting to try something new? Reluctantly I agreed and then asked what was it, he then replied, “Melty Blood”. I was stunned, but who wouldn’t be stunned with an awesome name like that? We then spent hours with this newly discovered anime fighter and branded ourselves rebels because we were playing this hot new Japanese exclusive outside of the country. However, the allure began to fade, my friend lost interest, and I didn’t have a powerful enough computer at the time to run it. I honestly thought that day would be the last time that I would ever talk about Melty Blood — that is until right now.