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[[caption-width-right:294:[[WheresWaldo Can you find]] [[TheOneGuy the man in this cast?]]]]

Konami's combination of its own ''Parodius'' and ''Gradius'' series. A lighthearted SelfParody, ''Otomedius'' is a [[CuteEmUp Boob Shooter]] with its own standalone plot. It pulls elements from several of Konami's other properties, including ''GanbareGoemon'', ''Xexex'', ''VideoGame/TwinBee'', ''Parodius'' and, of course, ''Gradius'' itself.

Anoa Aoba, a second year high school student, is approached by a mysterious organization and offered a chance to pilot Vic Viper. While you might expect a CoolPlane, this one is less a plane and more a [[RuleOfCool flying motorcycle]]. She's also introduced to the other "Angels" who form up the FiveManBand.

What follows is adventure. [[HeyItsThatPlace Across the world]], [[InSpace across space]], [[AnotherDimension across dimensions]], [[BulletHell involving a lot of bullets]], [[MechaMooks a lot of enemy robots]], and ''a lot'' [[EverythingIsBetterWithPenguins of penguins]].

Compare ''VideoGame/{{Parodius}}'', which is Konami's older and much [[ThisIsYourPremiseOnDrugs weirder]] take on the CuteEmUp genre. Also compare {{Gradius}}, the flagship game that started it all.

If there isn't an Everything Is Better With Boobs trope, there should be, because this series ''lives in it''. How about Refuge in Cleavage?

The series saw two console releases, both for {{Xbox 360}}: ''Otomedius Gorgeous'', a port of the original arcade game, and ''Otomedius Excellent'', a console-only sequel. Konami announced a North American release of ''Otomedius Excellent'' for 19 July 2011, but it got delayed for quite a while until, ultimately, it came out at 3 November 2011.

Now has its own [[Characters/{{Otomedius}} Character page]] (Under Construction)
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!!This game provides examples of:
* ActionGirl - The entire cast. Emon counts as an Action Guy.
* AdaptationExpansion - More of the world of Otomedius is revealed through the DLC. Also, the relationship between Earth and Gradius - Esmeralda complains about Earth's military in her intro.
* AllThereIntheManual - A lot of information about the characters and setting can only be found on Konami's website, in the game booklet, and in the manga. Hope you can read Japanese!
* AmazonBrigade - [[spoiler:with Emon gone, it really is an all-girl squad.]]
* AnotherDimension - A lot of missions send the Angels to alternate dimensions of Earth. One notable example is a WhatIf Ancient Egypt progressed into the Space Age, complete with floating sarcophagus gun platforms and mummified penguin robots.
** The manga series is also called ''Otomedius: Another Dimension''.
* ArtEvolution - The character designs have all changed in varying degrees between ''Gorgeous'' and ''Excellent''.
** Of particular note, the uniforms are now more like uniforms, with cuffs sporting the "G" Organization logo on each sleeve.
* BatmanCanBreatheInSpace - Fan theories abound, but there's no current official explanation for why the characters have no trouble breathing in space, or don't get cold in Antarctica.
* BoobsOfSteel - Every female character's rank within the squadron can be gauged by her breast size. Rank is equivalent to fighting ability in the Angels. The only exception is Poini, who is at Diol's level of Platonic power but certainly [[TokenMiniMoe not buxom at all]].
* BulletHell - In higher loops, there are enough bullets and enemies on the screen to cause slowdown on an ''Xbox 360''.
** Titi XIV's Scarab Core, on ''any'' difficulty, is this.
* CallingYourAttacks - Indirectly. Each time one of the girls activates a weapon on their powerup bar, there's a chance they'll call it out after Operetta announces it. Invokes RuleOfCute on more than one occasion.
-->'''Operetta:''' "Homing Missile!"
-->'''Poini Kune:''' "Misso~"
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-->'''Operetta:''' "Aqualaser, Level Two!"
-->'''Tita Nium:''' "Wa, wa, wa..Powa Up!"
** Also seen when a character performs her P-Burst or D-Burst attacks.
* CastOfSnowflakes - Despite having an ''immense'' cast for a ShootEmUp, they're quite well written and unique without being one-dimensional.
* ChildProdigy - The ''Otomedius Excellent'' trailer shows the entire cast in their school uniforms. Colored ribbons are used to differentiate between classes. Poini wears the same colors as Esmeralda and Diol, marking her as an upperclassmen to the rest of the cast despite her apparent age of 10.
** By contrast, Madoka is also a genius, but still a first-year student. Madoka's know-how seems to be limited to engineering while Poini is more versatile.
* CoolPlane - Well, cool flying bike based on a plane.
* CustomUniform - Most of the Angels wear some variation of the same outfit, usually color-coded to match their Ride Viper.
** Averted with Madoka, who wears her school uniform instead. A rare case where a short pleated skirt is the ''less'' revealing choice.
*** Madoka has changed her outfit. It's still not the default G look, but it's not her school outfit either.
** Even their school uniforms are somewhat customized, decorated with colored ribbons according to their class. Green ribbons are First-Year, Red ribbons are Second-Year, and Yellow ribbons are Third-Year.
* CuteEmUp
* DownloadableContent - The only way to get Stage 4, Esmeralda, and Poini Kune in the first game. All of the character-specific soundtracks are also DLC.
** In ''Excellent'', Kokoro Belmont and Strarf are DLC, as are the character soundtracks and a lot of extra stages and costumes.
* ExcusePlot: Yes, there ''is'' a plot. Yes, it ''can'' be interesting. But you don't need to know it to enjoy the [[{{Fanservice}} premise]]--I mean, [[CuteEmUp gameplay]].
* {{Fanservice}} - And how. ''Gorgeous'' and ''Excellent'' even include galleries of character art out of the box, which can be expanded even more through gameplay.
** That's nothing compared to the [[LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition "Special]] [[http://storage.siliconera.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2011/06/otomedius_collectors_editio_thumb1.jpg Edition"]] of Excellent. It comes with a special pillow case and an art book of ALL the main characters in [[{{Stripperific}} various outfits.]] All for the price of $49.99.
* FiveManBand
** TheHero - Diol Twee
** TheLancer - Erul Tron
** TheHeart - Anoa Aoba
** [[TheSmartGuy The Smart Girl]] - Madoka
** TheBigGuy - Emon Five
** {{Sixth Ranger}}s - Tita Nium, Poini Kune, and Esmeralda (The latter two [[DownloadableContent introduced late]])
* FiveBadBand
** BigBad - Dark Force (The Gofer Sisters L.B. and R.B. also fulfill this role)
** TheDragon - Meta Lium, pilot of Big Core DX
** EvilGenius - The Gofer Sisters
** TheBrute - Ryukotsuki
** DarkChick - [[TheSpy T.B. Rika]]
* FrickinLaserBeams - A common weapon in the game, always leads to BeamSpam.
* FunbagAirbag - Poini ''intentionally'' uses Esmeralda's chest this way in the ''Otomedius Excellent'' trailer. Doubles as a FreezeFrameBonus. Esmeralda's reaction is predictable.
* {{Gainaxing}} - Especially from Anoa and Gesshi, though Diol and Esmeralda do it on occasion.
* GratuitousEnglish - Poini Kune's voice actress is well-known in Japan for English dialogue. As a result, Poini has a lot of English dialogue as well as Japanese. It's also used to reflect her ChildProdigy status. It's also [[RuleOfCute freakin' adorable.]]
-->'''Operetta:''' "Homing Missile, level two!"
-->'''Poini Kune:''' "Level two~."
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-->'''Poini Kune:''' "Drive system switched to normal mode."
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-->'''Poini Kune:''' "Ryoukai! Select your route~!"
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-->'''Poini Kune:''' [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7TJpPCldc0I "Crush all of them!"]]
** If some of Poini's quotes sound familiar, that's because she [[MythologyGag loves to quote]] [[ShoutOut Gradius Gaiden's announcer]].
*** And sometimes, the actual names of stages. When entering Easter Island, Poini occasionally declares "Ruins of Silence~!" She also does this in the jungle ruins stage of ''Excellent''.
* HitboxDissonance - The player characters all have hitboxes smaller than their graphics. Without this, you would die a ''lot'' more often. BulletHell and all.
* HumanAliens - Esmeralda, Erul Tron, and Poini Kune are all Gradians, but look exactly like humans. Madoka is also an alien, from planet Mel. Emon Five is from Ebisuboshi. R.B. and L.B. Gofer, Meta Lium, Tita Nium, T.B. Rika, and Dark Force are all Bacterians and are also very human-like in appearance. In Dark Force's case, she actually transforms from humanoid to monster and back, filling in a plot hole: every other Bacterian before them has been a giant, pulsating brain and [[EyeScream destroyable free-floating eyes]], so it can be assumed now that the others may be able to transform as well (even if they prefer to pilot robots).
* KaizoTrap - [[FinalBoss Odin Core]] features a nostalgic attack pattern where it shoots out huge laser beams, then reflects small lasers off them. If Odin Core is defeated during this phase, it will continue to fire the huge laser beams while it collapses inward in its death animation, sweeping the screen and guaranteeing player death.
* LetsPlay - Tons, usually by shows that focus on bargain-bin games, such as LetsPlay/SuperPlayify.
* LevelInBossClothing - The final stages in ''Excellent'' and ''Gorgeous'' are both extremely hard. In true Gradius tradition, ''Excellent's'' ends with an AntiClimaxBoss, though ''Gorgeous'' follows its LevelInBossClothing with a BossRush and then the TrueFinalBoss.
* LoadsAndLoadsOfCharacters - 11 playable characters are featured in Excellent, and then there's the ''villains''...
* MoreDakka - As with most shooters. Scarab Core approaches ''enough dakka'' in higher loops.
* NewPowersAsThePlotDemands - In ''Otomedius'', it was suggested that Platonic power is why the characters can breathe in space. In ''Excellent'', if this is the case, Platonic power's purview expands to include protection against atmospheric re-entry.
* NiceHat - Madoka and Emon are the only ones ''without'' nice hats.
* NoExportForYou - For the first game, probably due to its dependence on a special arcade stick with a touchpad. The console-only sequel, ''Otomedius Excellent'', released in North America in November, 2011 following some severe release date jumbling due to ExecutiveMeddling from Microsoft.
* NonuniformUniform: All the Angels have slight variations on their uniforms. Madoka and Arnval wear outright completely different outfits because they're existing characters ported from different series.
* NorseMythology - R.B. and L.B. pilot paired fighters named ''Hugin'' and ''Mugin''. They also team up to fly ''Odin'' Core. Their moonbase is called ''Valhalla''.
* {{Portmanteau}} - Otomedius is a combination of Otome (meaning Maiden) and ''Gradius''.
* ReflectingLaser - Happens all over the place in the Antarctic stage and versus Snowflake Core. Also one of several attack combinations performed by R.B. and L.B. Gofers' tandem fighters, Hugin and Munin.
** ''Excellent's'' Red Hot Mine stage includes a branch filled with laser-refracting crystals, and there's an enemy type which reflects lasers back at the player as their only form of attack.
* ReplacementGoldfish - [[spoiler:Gesshi and Kokoro join the team to [[PutOnABus replace Emon]]. His sister finds it callous, despite it being necessary.]]
* RuleThirtyFour - It didn't take long for artists to notice that Diol Twee has tentacles.
* SchizoTech - The game is set in what appears to be 21st-century, modern Earth. But then you have flying motorbikes with lasers and missiles.
** Somewhat justified, the Riding Vipers were built by "G", an alien organization from a far more advanced civilization.
* SequelFirst - ''Otomedius''/''Otomedius Gorgeous'' remain Japan-only, while the sequel ''Otomedius Excellent'' migrated across the pond to America and Europe.
* ShootEmUp - While also a Cute Em Up, ''Otomedius'' has enough of a plot to stand on its own rather than hiding in audacity and cultural in-jokes.
* ShoutOut - The series is built on Konami references.
* SpellMyNameWithAnS - The English release of ''Excellent'' changes the spellings for some of the character names. ''Belmondo'' to ''Belmont'' has a [[Franchise/{{Castlevania}} precedent]], but ''Gofer'' to ''Gofa'' and ''Emon'' to ''Eamon'', not so much.
* SuperMovePortraitAttack - The playable characters can initiate special moves termed P-Burst and D-Burst. After [[CallingYourAttacks Shouting it out]] over their portrait, the character burns a P-Burst charge to clear the screen. A D-Burst, by contrast, is a character-specific super attack with a charge time, and is generally a GameBreaker when used on bosses.
-->'''Poini Kune:''' "Blast Orb..!"
** In ''Excellent'', the portraits only cut in during the Bomb-type ''Platonic Burst'', which clears the screen of enemies and bullets. The super attack styled ''Platonic Break'' has no portraits, but also doesn't consume a Burst Capsule and can be spammed (cooldown permitting).
* SuperpowerLottery - According to official art, Poini can generate gravity wells ''on her own''. The graphic is identical to her Ride Viper's [[GameBreaker Gravity Bullet]] weapon, balanced on her fingertip.
** Similarly, official art shows Esmeralda mimicking Jade Knight's Ring Laser weapon with only her hands. Gradians have a terrible power, it seems. [[spoiler: In Excellent's art gallery, Esmeralda is shown using a Ring Laser shot like a ]]''[[spoiler:hula hoop.]]''
** [[HumanAliens So where's Erul's]] [[FridgeLogic special laser power?]]
* TheOneGuy - Emon Five. {{Lampshaded}}, as the other Angels don't seem to like him or even know why he's on the team. In the cast photo at the top, he's in the very back and center, holding the long pipe.
-->'''Diol Twee:''' "'Big Sis'...? What a rude guy he is!"
-->'''Emon Five:''' "This is ''bullshit''! I'm just doin' my job and I'm ''already'' in bad air!"
-->'''Madoka:''' "Why is there a man among us, ''any''way?"
* TokyoIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse - The first mission that takes place on Anoa's version of Earth takes place in Tokyo.
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-->O to me di oo su ... Go--orjasu~