DoDonPachi SaiDaiOuJou Arcade Game
This is one of the great bullet hell arcade games from the DonPachi series from Cave, “DoDonPachi SaiDaiOuJou (怒首領蜂 最大往生)”.
It came out in the Japanese arcades on April 20,2012 and was released on the XBox 360 a year later on May 30th 2013.
It was actually the first Cave game I found in an arcade and was (I’m ashamed to say) at that time not aware of the legacy of Cave and their shmups.
My attention was first drawn (not sure why *ahem*) to the cabinet artwork with the anime style girls which seemed at odds with the bullet hell going on on the screen below.
I’ve since discovered that this kind of characterization and “theme” is common amongst Japanese shmups.
I’ve since learnt more about Cave and seek out their games in any arcades I go in.
Very recently, last month in fact (Nov 2015), Cave just released their first game on Steam, the excellent Mushihimesama and it’s a great conversion for the PC.
More info on this game can be found here and the Steam link is here.