The Neptunia The series has a long history of turning video game consoles and businesses into anime girls for their games. But the new spinoff game, Hyper Black Goddess Faith: Ultra Black Heart Goddess, takes it one step further and gives famous Japanese game franchises their own anime girl treatment.
[Note: As the names of these characters have no official English names as of yet, these are my own transliterations of the Japanese.]
Bio (ビ オ) – Resident Evil
Bio’s name comes from the Japanese title of the survival horror series, ie ” Biographyrisk. ”You have to love the little zombie who nibbles his shoulder and the little red and white umbrella he carries.
Moru (モ ル ー) – Monster Hunter
Moru’s name comes from the first syllable of the franchise she represents: Monster Hunter — and she really looks the part.
Lifai (リ ー フ ァ イ) – Street fighter
It’s easy for anyone who’s ever played a fighting game to see that Lifai is inspired by Chun Li from St.reet Fifighter. I also appreciate that his armbands have a forward punch written on them.
Lid (リ ッ ド) – Metal Gear
Her name is Lid, like in Metal Gear Solid. Its design is based on that of “Old Snake” in Metal Gear Solid 4.
Winning (ウ ィ ン) – Pro Evolution Soccer
Win is the embodiment of Pro Evolution Soccer series – or as it is called in Japan, To winning eleven.
Saori (さ お り) – Tokimeki Memorial
Tokimeki Memorial, during the PS1 era, was the first escape game for the dating sim genre. The main love interest in the game is Fujiherki Shior I.
Restore (レ ス ト ア) – War Record of Agarest
Restore personifies the AGeorgiarest War franchise. On the surface, she looks like Ellis and Fiona from the game series – and since they were both healers, that adds another layer to Restore’s pun.
Little Rain (リ ト ル ・ レ イ ン) – Never Land
Little Rain represents Idea Factory Imaginary country series of games. Its name and appearance are based on the Spectral force Little Snow character.
Generia G (ジ ェ ネ リ ア ・ G) – SD Gundam G Generation
Representing the Gundam G Genresgame series, Generia G takes its appearance from a number of captains of the Gundam franchise.
Lady Wakku (レ デ イ ・ ワ ッ ク) – Pac-Man
Fruits on her dress, a giant bow and sitting on a balloon, do I need to say more?
Ai Masujima (増 島 愛) – IDOLM @ STER
Ai Masujima represents the Idolmaster series (although this is not the first time Neptunia parodied this series). It is based on IDOLM @ STER 2It’s Mami Futami.
Estelle (エ ス テ ル) – Dragon Quest
Dress like the hero of Dragon Quis III, Estelle’s appearance is particularly iconic for Japanese players.
Ain Al (ア イ ン ア ル) – Final Fantasy
A crystal on his chest, a rabbit that looks like a moogle, and a character design that looks more than a little like FFXIII‘s Lightning, it’s obvious at a glance that Ain Al represents Final Fancy. I should also mention that his starting weapon in the actual game is a FFVIII– gunblade style.
Sango (サ ン ゴ) – The warriors of the dynasty
Dynasty warriors, called “Sangoku Musou “in Japanese, appears as a girl who closely resembles the main character Sun Shang Xiang.
Poona (プ ー ナ) – Opoona
From the original little Wii O gamepune, it is quite easy to guess the origin of the name of this character.
Brossa Aizen (ブ ロ ッ サ 愛 染) – Sakura Wars
A strange foreign sounding name and an 18th century European military uniform? It could only be Sakura Wars.
Ryuka (琉 歌) – Yakuza
With an outfit halfway between that of a club hostess and a white gangster costume, Ryuka is a clear embodiment of the Yakuza franchise — or “Ryû ga Gotoku “as it is called in Japanese.
Tsunemi (つ ね み) – Vocaloid / Project Diva
Tsunemi is based on the world’s most popular virtual singer, Hatsune Miku.
Hyper Black Goddess Faith: Ultra Black Heart Goddess was released for PlayStation Vita in Japan on May 29, 2014. There is currently no word on a Western release.
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