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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 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 {{H-Game}} series of the same name, though like [[VideoGame/AdvancedVariableGeo the games in the continuity it loosely adapted]], it lacks actual hentai content.

Now has a character sheet in progress.
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!!''Variable Geo'' provides examples of:
* ActionGirl: It's a series about a MMA competition for combat waitresses, 'nuff said.
** WorldOfActionGirls: No surprise, given that the competition is open to women only.
* ADateWithRosiePalms: The penalty for losing [[spoiler: at level-1]] mandates the loser strip and do this for the crowd.
* TheAnimeOfTheGame: ''VG'' is one of the better examples, especially considering [[HGame the type of game]] it's based on. The series takes ''[[VideoGame/AdvancedVariableGeo Advanced V.G.s]]'' script and fleshes it out a bit, though the "losing conditions" return; which are either [[SceneryCensor censored]], or [[SexyDiscretionShot happen off-screen.]]
* BigBad: [[spoiler: [[EvilMatriarch Miranda Jahana.]]]]
* BrainwashedAndCrazy: Chiho Masuda during the last episode.
* 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.
* 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).
* ClothingDamage: It isn't as prevalent as it is in other series [[PantyFighter of its nature]], but it crops up now and then.
* 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 it isn't 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 [[KameHameHadoken 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).
* 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 [[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, where 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?]]
* 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 also [[spoiler: poisoned Satomi's brother, Daisuke]] and had Damian [[DealWithTheDevil offer to cover the medical expenses for his treatment to manipulate Satomi into joining the tournament]]. During which, they subject her to the cyber drive 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.]]]]
* ThePromise: See the RyuAndKen entry below.
* [[PromotedToParent Promotion to Parent]]: Satomi's been left to look after her ill brother, Daisuke, since their parents died.
* RealityEnsues: Satomi unleashes her ultimate attack (which is essentially [[VideoGame/TheKingOfFighters Kyo Kusanagi's]] "Ura 108 Shiki Orochinagi") on Ayako, [[ThereIsNoKillLikeOverkill incinerating the ring and the monitoring equipment along with it.]] When the flames subside, Ayako is covered in second degree burns and just barely clinging to life. She 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 [[TakeOffYourClothes public humiliation]] is meager, compared to the potential payoff.
* RyuAndKen: Yuka's rivalry with Satomi is portrayed this way, having been sparring partners during their training days. They even promised each other that they wouldn't allow themselves to lose to anyone 'til they had the chance to fight each other one day, in the VG Tournament.
** It goes further than that, because after The Jahana Group learns of their rivalry and Satomi's latent potential, [[DealWithTheDevil they manipulate her into joining the tournament]] and subject her to the Cyber Drive project 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.
** The plot revolves around an official tournament for combat waitresses competing for the ultimate prize: 10 million yen, a choice piece of prime real estate, and 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]].
* SlowMotionPassBy: Happens on the highway, when Reimi passes Yuka and Jun, on their motorcycle, while in her car.
* SupernaturalMartialArts: The same as most any other fighting game based anime series. Nearly all the characters are capable of using some form of ki blasts, or ki enhanced kicks, punches, and so on.
* 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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