When I say “essential,” I don’t mean that I think you’ll be lost if you play the sequel before you watch it. I mean that the shorts are good enough that they’re essential if you want a great feel for the characters.

Kat, Raven and Syd all make an appearance here, though Syd looks much cooler than he did in the first game. Kat’s cat and Raven’s crow are present, too. The anime essentially bridges the gap between Gravity Rush and its sequel, offering a quick take on Kat as a person between the two games before diving into what could be story-intensive stuff.

Now, there’s some good and bad here that’s worth noting. The story moves quickly with vague, obscure notes. I’m not even sure how much of the actual stuff that happens here is important, including the ending of the second of two episodes that seems ominous but might be nothing at all. That’s the bad.

The good is that the character work on Kat is fantastic. Much like Luffy from One Piece (a show I love), Kat is a goofball with an adoration of food. She jokes and eats until things get serious, and then she goes absolutely nuts with power.

Sure, it’s an old anime trope that borders on cliche, but I like it with Kat. Especially since I don’t remember the food love from the original game at all. Like, not even a little bit. Thought I totally admit that my brain might be playing tricks on me here.

I digress.

There’s a Gravity Rush 2 demo on the PlayStation 4 right now. You should get it. The two-episode anime will debut on Dec. 26 on the PlayStation YouTube channel. You should watch those.

Then on Jan. 18, 2017, Gravity Rush 2 hits the PS4. Boy, this game is turning up big over the next few weeks, isn’t it?