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''Variable Geo'' is a three-episode OVA series produced in 1996 by Creator/{{KSS}}, which centers around a mixed martial arts tournament for combat waitresses, who're competing for the ultimate prize: 10 million yen, a piece of prime real estate, and a year's worth of free advertising for their establishment. Needless to say, that's a pretty sweet deal... but there's also a catch:

The loser of each match [[ShamefulStrip has to strip for the crowd]] and, at level-1, [[ADateWithRosiePalms they've gotta put on a show.]]

Unfortunately, the potential for public humiliation is the least of their concerns, as the [[UnwittingPawn unsuspecting vixens]] are about learn that [[NotJustATournament the competition isn't as friendly as it initially seems.]] A nefarious plot that involves kidnappings, unsanctioned matches, and inhumane experiments, unfolds behind the curtain of the tournament proceedings, and the ones behind it all are the very people sponsoring it: [[NebulousEvilOrganization The Jahana Group.]]

[[TheProtagonist Yuka Takeuichi]] gets drawn into the plot when her best friend and old sparring partner, [[{{Deuteragonist}} Satomi Yajima]], goes missing. And is eventually joined by Jun Kubota and Manami Kusunoki in trying to find her. At the same time, [[LadyOfWar Reimi Jahana]] is also made aware of these events and learns that her company is involved, prompting her to investigate the matter personally. How do these pieces fit together, and what is The Jahana Group's purpose?

[[TheAnimeOfTheGame Based on]] the HGame series of the same name, though it loosely adapts the plot of ''[[VideoGame/AdvancedVariableGeo Advanced V.G.]]'' instead. So while the "losing conditions" are still present, the hentai content isn't; making it more of an {{ecchi}} series.

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!!Tropes:

* ActionGirl: It's a series about a MMA competition for combat waitresses, 'nuff said.
** WorldOfActionGirls: The competition is open to women only, most of whom are [[SupernaturalMartialArts trained martial artists]] who possess [[KiManipulation high-levels of spirit energy.]]
* AdaptationInducedPlothole: The opening cutscene of ''Advanced V.G. II's'' story mode suggests that it takes place sometime after the OVA (see the ContinuityNod entry). However, this creates two problems:
** First, Miranda is dead in the OVA, whereas in the game series, she doesn't die until the conclusion of part II.
** Second, Tamao says she saw the match between Yuka and Jun on television, yet she didn't know who Satomi was. Despite her being present at ringside and was the one who [[ThePromise gave Yuka the impetus to win.]]
* ADateWithRosiePalms: The penalty for losing [[spoiler: at level-1]] mandates the loser strip and do this for the crowd.
* AgeLift: In the ''Advanced V.G.'' series, Yuka and Satomi's official ages are listed [[http://www.fightabase.com/charMain.aspx?id=4895 as 18]] and [[http://www.fightabase.com/charMain.aspx?id=3914 17 years old]] respectively. But their character bios in the ''"Complete Visual Collection"'' has them being 17 and 16 instead.
* AllThereInTheManual: The ''"Complete Visual Collection"'' provides additional details on the characters and the OVA's universe.
* AlmightyJanitor: The waitresses are individually ''and collectively'' the most powerful humans on the face of the planet. Which is why The Jahana Group conspires to find the strongest among them to use as [[spoiler: [[BigBad Miranda]]]]'s new vessel. Their target? A 16 year old girl with one of the highest latent fighting potentials on record: [[spoiler: Satomi]].
* TheAnimeOfTheGame: ''VG'' is one of the better examples. It fleshes out ''[[VideoGame/AdvancedVariableGeo Advanced V.G.s]]'' script, though the "losing conditions" return, which are either [[SceneryCensor censored]], or [[SexyDiscretionShot happen off-screen]].
* BackToBackBadasses: Yuka and Satomi are depicted this way on the cover of the ''[[http://gallery.minitokyo.net/view/download/251688 "Complete Visual Collection"]]'' artbook for the OVA.
* BattleAmongstTheFlames: The series concludes with the long awaited showdown between [[FriendlyRivalry Yuka and Satomi]], which takes place [[RooftopConfrontation atop the Jahana research facility]] as it burns down around them. The match starts after a brief dialog [[ChildhoodFriends between friends]], then immediately cuts to the closing credits.
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: {{Subverted}} when Satomi incinerates Yuuki, who's seen with faint singe marks afterward, and during Chiho's torture scene, where she's shown bruised and [[ATasteOfTheLash covered in welts.]]
* BigBad: [[spoiler: [[EvilMatriarch Miranda Jahana]]]].
* BoobsOfSteel: Yuka is the primary example, due to [[GagBoobs her bust size]] (DD) and because she's one of the tournament's strongest competitors overall. But the trope also applies to the cast, in general (excluding [[TokenMiniMoe Manami]]) as their bust sizes range from C to D-Cups.
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: Siritahi uses mind control serum to enslave Chiho, during the last episode, and [[spoiler: Miranda]] takes control of [[spoiler: Satomi]] to fight Kaori and Reimi back-to-back.
* TheCakeIsALie: {{Averted}}. The prize money and real estate are legit, The Jahana Group simply uses it to their advantage since it's such an effective way to get [[UnwittingPawn unsuspecting entrants]] to sign up for the tournament.
* CanonForeigner: Damian, Siritahi, Washio, the unnamed [[BadassGrandpa Old Master]] and the mute girl with him, were all exclusive to the OVA.
* CharacterDepth[=/=]HiddenDepths: Surprising amounts considering it's only a three part budget OVA. Each of the characters' backgrounds and motivations for entering the tournament are explored to varying degrees (covered on the character sheet).
* ChasteTeens: As hot as the VG warriors are, you'd think they'd have guys lining up around the block for the chance to be with them. Yet, none of them have boyfriends, nor do they seem to have any interest in dating. The subject never even comes up.
** The lone aversion to this trope is Reimi, as she is shown to be in a relationship with her assistant, [[HollywoodNerd Washio.]]
* ChildhoodFriends: Yuka and Satomi's friendship is the cornerstone of the OVA's plot and is what sets it in motion. They've known each other since they were kids[[note]]see the RyuAndKen entry[[/note]], but by the start of the series, they've begun drifting apart and have mostly kept in contact through work.
* ClothingDamage: It isn't as prevalent as it is in other series [[PantyFighter of its nature]], but it crops up now and then.
* CodeName: Damian is in charge of the "Black Goddess" project, the means by which to [[spoiler: bring Miranda Jahana back to life, by finding a suitably powerful host for [[TheDisembodied her disembodied spirit]] to inhabit]].
* ContinuityNod:
** When Yuka finally confronts Satomi, near the end of the final episode, she senses another presence inside her and asks who they are. "Satomi" replies that there was no need to answer that, since [[VideoGame/AdvancedVariableGeo they'd already met.]] Yuka recognizes the voice immediately: [[spoiler: [[ArchEnemy Miranda Jahana]]]].
** ''Advanced V.G. II'' begins with a flashback to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EybYE3jQPDY Yuka's match with Jun]], using the exact same footage from the OVA; making it a recursive example.
* [[TrailersAlwaysSpoil Covers Always Spoil]]: If you look at the cover art, you'll notice Yuka's [[spoiler: powering up]] [[ChekhovsGun as hair ribbon comes undone.]] There's a reason for that: it's because her ribbon: [[spoiler: is a PowerLimiter]].
* DarkAndTroubledPast: This applies to all but a few of the characters. Most notably: Reimi and, to a lesser extent, [[spoiler: Erina Goldsmith]].
* DefeatEqualsFriendship: Jun buddies up with Yuka, following her defeat. Erina and her team warm up to Yuka as well.
* {{Deuteragonist}}: Satomi, who's Yuka's [[ChildhoodFriend best friend]] and [[FriendlyRivalry rival.]]
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: While hardly a carbon copy, ''Variable Geo'' does share several key plot elements in common with ''Anime/StreetFighterIITheAnimatedMovie''.
** Both center around the rivalry between the protagonist and dueteragonist, who happen to be old sparring partners who made a vow [[FriendlyRivalry to settle their rivalry]] one day with one last decisive match.
** TheRival is soon noticed by the NebulousEvilOrganization, who learns of their competition with the protagonist and kidnaps them/manipulates them into becoming a test subject. Whereas ''SF II'' uses the Psycho Drive for this purpose, to enslave Ken, ''VG'' has the cyber drive project, by which to enslave Satomi.
** Both culminate with a confrontation between the friend/rival pair, with Ryu [[FightingYourFriend trying to get through to Ken]] and Yuka [[IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight doing the same for Satomi.]] And both end with the rival coming back to their senses in time to [[CombinedEnergyAttack unleash their combined might]] to defeat the BigBad.
* {{Ecchi}}: There's plenty of D-cups, {{gainaxing}}, and long beautiful legs to see. Plus, the loser of each match has to strip, [[SceneryCensor though all naughty bits are covered.]]
* FanserviceWithASmile: Did we mention this is about a tournament for a bunch of combat waitresses? However, special mention goes to Erina and her team of [[PlayboyBunny bunnies.]]
* FightingYourFriend[=/=]IKnowYoureInThereSomewhereFight: This happens briefly between Yuka and Satomi near the climax of the final episode (covered in the related entry on the character sheet in Yuka's section).
* FootFocus: There's several close-ups of Yuka's and Satomi's, since they're the only two who fight barefoot, minus the footpads they wear. Along with [[MaleGaze a gratuitous close-up of the soles of Kaori's feet]] immediately after she kicks her unnamed opponent across the ring [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Bj_k9WLc-I (seen at 0:53-0:57).]]
* GrandTheftMe: This is the true purpose behind the VG tournament, as [[spoiler: Miranda's deceased spirit is looking to take over a suitably powerful body]].
* HauntedTechnology: The cyber drive [[SoulJar contains]] [[spoiler: Miranda]]'s disembodied spirit, which allows her to gradually superimpose her consciousness over Satomi's. But, once freed from her control, [[spoiler: Miranda]]'s spirit remains trapped within the cyber drive; leaving her utterly defenseless.
* [[TheHero The Heroine]][=/=]TheProtagonist: Yuka, of course.
* ImprobablyFemaleCast: To be expected, since the tournament is open to women only.
* IncrediblyObviousBug: A listening device the size of a yoyo with a huge green light on it is affixed to the seat of the woman in charge of the corporation behind the tournament that is the center of the series. This powerful, hypercompetent woman never notices.
* KiAttacks: Just about everyone has an attack of this nature, excluding Minami, who uses [[RocketPunch rocket-powered gloves]] instead.
** KameHameHadoken: As seen at the conclusion of [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_z3YxPQ20s Yuka's match with Jun]], who's attack is eerily reminiscent of [[VideoGame/FatalFury Terry Bogard's]] "Power Geyser".
* LeftHanging: We never find out who actually wins the tournament, as the series ends on the first exchange of blows in the deciding battle.
* LighterAndSofter: Compared to the original HGame series:
** In the original series, there was only one penalty for losing, which applied to all matches: the victor had to leave the ring, while the loser [[spoiler: was publicly raped by members of the audience]].
** The OVA adaptation nixes that aspect altogether. Instead, the loser simply has to strip, which only applies to matches at level-3 and above[[note]]Jun's match with Yuka was only level-4, which is a preliminary fight. Therefore, she didn't ''have to'' strip, which Yuka points out, but Jun said she was doing of [[HonorBeforeReason her own volition, as not doing so "would be weak"]][[/note]]. While matches at level-1 mandates that the loser strip and [[spoiler: masturbate for the crowd]].
* MaleGaze: Everywhere you look. It's pretty much a given, considering [[HGame what it's based on.]]
* MundaneMadeAwesome: This series makes waitressing [[RuleOfCool look cool and exciting]], by having gorgeous vixens duke it out with FullContactMagic and SupernaturalMartialArts. How's that for [[FanserviceWithASmile fanservice?]]
* MythologyGag: The OVA makes several references to the ''Advanced V.G.'' series:
** Such as when Manami uses her [[RocketPunch Neko Rocket Punch]] against Erina's [[PlayboyBunny team of bunnies.]] The line snaps taut causing it to hit her too, on the return trip, which is a nod to the fact that [[CastFromHitPoints she takes damage from it herself]], in the game.
** Satomi is Yuuki's first (and only) opponent in the anime, and sexually harasses her during the match. Yuuki's [[IncompatibleOrientation infatuation with her]] was carried over to ''Advanced V.G. II'', where she [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KhvfmrWWbg tries hitting on her]] before the match begins.
** {{Inverted}} by ''[[VideoGame/AdvancedVariableGeo Advanced V.G. II]]'', which concludes with [[spoiler: Miranda]] being killed by the waitresses' [[CombinedEnergyAttack combined energy]]. Which a variation of the way Yuka and Satomi finish her at the end of the OVA.
* NebulousEvilOrganization: The Jahana Group[[note]]the faction lead by [[EvilMatriarch Miranda]], which isn't to be confused with The Jahana Corporation, which is lead by her daughter, Reimi[[/note]] steers the events of the VG tournament from behind-the-scenes, by luring in unsuspecting entrants to be unwitting test subjects. They were also [[spoiler: responsible for [[IllGirl Daisuke's relapse]]]] and had Damian [[AnOfferYouCantRefuse offer to cover the costs of his treatment, on the condition that Satomi enter the tournament]]. During which, they use her for the "Black Goddess" project and field test her abilities in unsanctioned matches [[spoiler: - all so they could create the ideal host body for [[BigBad Miranda]]]].
* NotJustATournament: The [[SchmuckBait prize money and real estate]] are simply a means of luring in unsuspecting entrants. The purpose of the tournament itself is to gauge the combants in order to [[spoiler: find the ideal host body for [[BigBad Miranda]]]].
* OffscreenVillainy: In the second episode, Yuka returns to her dojo and finds [[RedShirt all her students]] have been beaten to death by [[spoiler: Damian]]'s [[SuperpoweredEvilSide alter ego]], while he was waiting for her to show up.
* TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou: A flashback of Yuka and Satomi's younger days showed Yuka made an oath to Satomi, that she wouldn't allow herself to lose to anyone until they had the chance to face each other in the tournament. Which gives Yuka the impetus she needed to defeat Jun.
* ThePromise: Noted in the preceding entry.
* [[PromotedToParent Promotion to Parent]]: Satomi's been left to look after her ill brother, Daisuke, since their parents died.
* RealityEnsues: After being incinerated by Satomi's [[FinishingMove ultimate attack]][[note]]which is essentially her version of [[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters Kyo Kusanagi's]] "Ura 121 Ama no Murakumo"[[/note]] Ayako is left covered in second degree burns and just barely alive, and spends the rest of the series hospitalized.
* RepeatCut: Invoked when Kaori [[OneHitKO 1-shots]] her unnamed opponent. You get to see it from three different angles.
* [[AllOrNothing Risk/Reward Gambit]]: Nearly all the contestants are in it for the prize money and real estate. But for some, [[PerpetualPoverty like Satomi]] and Erina, it represents the possibility for a better life for themselves and their loved ones. And it's enough that the risk of [[ShamefulStrip public humiliation]] is meager, compared to the potential payoff.
* RooftopConfrontation: Noted in the BattleAmongstTheFlames entry.
* RyuAndKen: Yuka and Satomi's rivalry is portrayed in similar fashion:
** They've been sparring partners since their training days and promised each other that [[TheOnlyOneAllowedToDefeatYou they wouldn't allow themselves to lose to anyone, 'til they had the chance to fight each other]] in the VG Tournament.
** Likewise, once The Jahana Group learns of their rivalry and Satomi's latent potential, [[AnOfferYouCantRefuse they manipulate her into joining the tournament]] and subject her to the "Black Goddess" project [[SympatheticSentientWeapon to turn her against Yuka.]] Similar to how Bison used Ken to get to Ryu in ''[[Anime/StreetFighterIITheAnimatedMovie Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie.]]''
* SceneryCensor: Invoked during the scene where Jun strips, after being defeated by Yuka. While the crowd gets to see everything and enjoy the show, the ropes cover the appropriate areas of Jun's body; preventing what would otherwise be a full frontal nude scene.
* SeriousBusiness: Taken to literal extremes.
** In addition to the prize money and real estate, the winner also earns a year's worth of free advertising for their establishment.
** It's also shown that some of the participants have corporate sponsors, while multi-national conglomerates have market shares in the tournament, and even the Prime Minister puts his schedule on hold to watch VG matches. In ''Variable Geo'', combat waitressing is [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin exactly what it says:]] '''[[MoneyDearBoy Serious. Business.]]'''
* SexSells: Used in-series, as this is [[{{Fanservice}} the main draw]] of the VG tournament and the reason for it's overwhelming popularity. [[ComeForTheXStayForTheY The audience gets to watch hot waitresses duke it out in the ring, then gets a free strip show afterward.]] And, at level-1, they get [[spoiler: a live sex show, since the loser has to strip and masturbate in the ring]].
* SexyDiscretionShot: Invoked when Kaori's opponent is forced to carry out the penalty for losing at level-1. Kaori's face is in the foreground of the shot, [[SceneryCensor to prevent the viewer from seeing it.]] The scene changes just as she steps out of the way.
* ShamefulStrip: This is the penalty for losing any match at level-3 and above, though it's first seen at the end of Jun's preliminary bout with Yuka, which was only set at level-4. Meaning, she didn't have to strip, but did so anyway, as she felt there was [[AllOrNothing no place for mediocrity in VG.]]
* SlowMotionPassBy: Happens on the highway, when Reimi passes Yuka and Jun, on their motorcycle, while in her car.
* SupernaturalMartialArts: Since it's based on a fighting game, nearly all the characters are capable of using some form of ki blasts, ki enhanced attacks, and ElementalPowers.
* ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill: Yuka and Satomi are noted as two of the most skilled ''and powerful'' combatants competing in the VG Tournament for a reason. It's because both of their ultimate attacks are capable of [[OneHitKill outright killing their opponents.]]
* ThisCannotBe: Sums up the reaction of Kaori's unnamed opponent when she realizes she has to strip and [[ADateWithRosiePalms pay the cost]] for losing a level-1 match. She tries to run away, [[YouCantFightFate but doesn't get far....]]
* [[UnwittingPawn Unwitting Pawns]]: None of the combatants in the tournament are aware of the competition's true purpose, nor do they realize that they're being used as test subjects to determine which of them [[spoiler: will make the ideal vessel for Miranda's disembodied spirit]].
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