Announced in August 2012, Hyperdimension Neptunia the Animation, licensed as just Hyperdimension Neptunia, is a Pragmatic Adaptation of the Hyperdimension Neptunia video game series. The series is animated by David Production and is part of the Summer 2013 Anime lineup. FUNimation is simulcasting the series for people in the US and Canada for free here.note You need to register for a free account before it will let you watch due to age restrictions.Note that there are spoilers from the games and unavoidable spoilers on this page, so You Have Been Warned.
A-Cup Angst: Blanc/White Heart in episode 8, after Vert/Green Heart sees her chest with a look of disappointment on her face. Later, when asked by a customs official for the R-18 island if she and Plutia really are over the age of 18, they keep hitting yes, but the official just keeps asking them due to their lack of a bust. White Heart then slashes the screens, and smashes the alarm button when it goes off.
Adult Fear: Two little children playing with their friends wander off for just a moment only to be kidnapped by a Fat Bastard pedophile? Thank you, Trick, for reminding us why we can't send our little siblings/nephews/nieces/children out alone anymore.
That the people you entrust with your little sister are tricked to let her leave with someone who claims to have guardianship over her.
Alternate Universe: Episode 7 confirms the suspicion of the anime that it is yet another universe separate from the others, completely unrelated to the video games directly. The one who does this confirming? Mini-Histy.
Applied Phlebotinum: The Shares. It's the source of the Goddesses' power, and it's implied that in the past wars broke out over it. You know, just like oil. Shares can be extracted from the Goddesses' body, and it does look like oil.
Beware the Nice Ones: In episode 7, Neptune and especially Arfoire finds out that Plutia may not be the nice lady she appears to be when she turns into Iris Heart. Iris Heart delivers a Curb-Stomp Battle to Arfoire, and beats her so brutally that Neptune says she's going to try and limit her transforming as much as possible.
The other goddesses find out in the next episode, when Plutia transforms to punish Linda for having lied about being a reformed criminal after they found out she spiked the drink that made Neptune more embarrassed.
Big Breast Pride: In episode 2, Vert tries a hostage exchange with Rom and Ram. Trick, however, refuses, and when he looks at her breasts, he mentions that looking at those only makes him think about how they'll sag when she gets older. His remark hits a nerve, and Vert proceeds to beat him up.
No Fourth Wall: During the first episode, when Noire is trying to help Neptune act more like a goddess, they venture into a forest and everyone but Noire and Uni gets distracted by a random sign:
Neptune: Is this the famous "you can't read what it says from the back" sign?!
Nepgear: Sis...that's how most signs work...
Noire: (after realizing no one was listening to her advice) HEEEEY!!!
Big Sister Instinct: Laying a hand on Ram and Rom with the intent to harm is the last thing you want to do if you want to get away from Blanc alive.
Book Ends: Episode 6, relatively begins and ends with someone falling from the sky onto Noire.
Episode 3 begins and ends with the opening and closing themes of Mk2.
The first and last episodes mark the beginning and break of the friendship treaty.
In episode 8, begins and ends with Plutia, calling Neptune and her friends spoilsports.
Brilliant, but Lazy: Neptune is actually quite a competent politician and warrior in the 1% of the time she actually gives-a-damn enough to get off her butt and do something for a change.
Bullying a Dragon: Arfoire lures Neptune, Nepgear, and Plutia into a trap in episode 7 by kidnapping IF. At first she has the upper hand, as Neptune can't stand eggplants, Nepgear is having trouble fighting the minions alone, and Plutia just stands around while being poked/prodded by Arfoire's eggplant soldiers. After Plutia says she doesn't like what Arfoire is doing, the latter says she can do whatever she wants. This then causes her to transform into Iris Heart, and she likewise says the same thing to Arfoire, giving her a Curb-Stomp Battle.
Censor Steam: Parodied mercilessly, bordering Take That, Audience!. The Censor Lights are actual sentient entities found in R-18 Island (sic), and they are drawn to body parts that need censoring. Because they physically exist, they can be blown off by strong gusts of wind, at which point it become obvious that the girls are wearing swimsuits all the time. Except Nepgear.
Chekhov's Gunman: Arfoire comes in with Pirachu and takes down Rei Ryghts with the Anti-Crystal, something not seen since Episode 5, in the final episode.
Foregone Conclusion: Since the anime takes place duringnote it could be an awkward time thing, but we don't know the events of Victory, both Peashy and Plutia would have to leave this dimension and go back in order to be introduced over there as well. This would also mean that Peashy would have to know barely anything about Neptune once she arrives back. However, the anime ends up retroactively explaining why Peashy insists on calling her "Neptuna" and why Neptune's specific pudding is so awesome.
Funny Background Event: Blink or miss it, in episode 3, Uni as Kupokitty pulls Neptune, who constantly pinned Noire, where they both became Dogoo.
In episode 4, Abnes become a punching bag for the Sisters, while IF and Compa reading a VR manual books.
In episode 6, Neptune chasing Peashy while IF, Compa, and Histoire discussing her guardian.
Gainaxing: Applies this to Neptune and Noire while in goddess form. Vert has this both in normal form and goddess form.
Used a lot in Episode 9 between Vert and Yellow Heart, especially after Vert gets upset about Yellow Heart's chest being bigger than hers. Blanc/White Heart takes the opportunity to tease Vert about it, having suffered from A-Cup Angst in earlier episodes from the latter.
Male Gaze: A segment when walking towards the town has the camera focused on Noire's.
Gamer Chick: Virtually all four main CPU girls, with Vert and Neptune being shown playing games the most in the show. In the second opening, all four of them play a game well into the night and into the next day, with Histoire getting mad at them for it.
At the end of episode 9, Rei Ryghts reads something. When Anonydeath tells her he can't hear her, she blurts something erotic. He then asks who told her to read erotic lines out loud.
Episode 10 has Plutia give Nepgear a weird looking doll, and when the latter complains that it looks different, Plutia then has a scary aura as well as a Death Glare, and asks her to take good care of it. Nepgear timidly complies.
Hypocrite: Despite claiming to be the savior of little girls, Abnes doesn't help Ram and Rom when they are kidnapped by CFW Trick, even though she stumbles upon his hideout! (Granted that was a Hilarious Outtake but still...)Goddammit, Abnes.
Despite Gamindustri having the arrival of Rei's CPU's form and it wrecking a good portion of Planeptune, all Abnes can think about is saving the girls in a powered-down ferris wheel.
Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: The X (Y) of Z. For example, episode 2 is named "The Terrorist (Lickorrist) of Lowee" and episode 4's titled "The Resolve (Turn) of the Younger Sisters". The exception so far is episode 3, but it uses a similar structure regardless.
I Lied: The goddesses run into Linda again in episode 8, whom they haven't seen since episode 2 after she helped Trick kidnap Ram and Rom. At first they seem ready to give her a beatdown, but Linda promises that she's a changed person. Shortly afterwards however, she is caught spiking the drinks she was serving to them, and when Plutia calmly asks why she did that, Linda explains that she's a villain and won't change so easily. This causes Plutia to transform into Iris Heart, who then beats her so badly that Linda seems to have reformed for real, although she suffered from Dull Eyes of Unhappiness along with speaking like a robot.
"The Paradise (Island) Forbidden" "...on which people will DO THINGS to other people and forget wardrobe malfunction because there might even be some tonguing and it'll be like 'Oh no, Neptune is so embarrassed~~'!"
The real title for episode 8, according to the same preview's voice track, is "The Stirrings (Prelude) of the Nightmare"... but the aforementioned long title was the one actually used.
Improbably Female Cast: Virtually all of the important characters are females, and also the leaders of their various countries. In fact, the only males seen are villains, as even the civilians and soldiers shown are women.
When Noire complains about Neptune in the first episode, the latter comments that her constant uptightness is why she doesn't have any friends. She then tries to claim she has friends, but Neptune comments that little sisters don't really count, in Noire's case, her sister Uni.
This comes into play again in episode 12, after Neptune realizes that Rei's attempts to destroy their world was due to the fact that she was a huge control freak, and therefore no one liked or believed in her after a while, causing her civilization to eventually collapse.
Vert does this to Nepgear at the beginning of episode 6 in an attempt to deepen their bond. Neptune gets a bit jealous when she sees them doing it too, along with Vert telling Nepgear to call her "onee-chan", or big sister.
Mega Ton Punch: Neptune is on the receiving end of one from Peashy in episode 6. Peashy delivers a couple more in episode 9 and 10.
Mood Whiplash: Episode 3 begins as a lighthearted dinner at Leanbox where the goddesses try to get it going thanks to Vert's online addiction, along with them having goofy VR fights. By the end of the episode, the goddess have all been captured, and are being tortured by Arfoire, as Nepgear can only watch.
Episode 8 closes with Peashy being brainwashed and kidnapped by Rei Ryghts, before being ominously brought to Anonydeath. This is followed immediately by the peppy and happy ED sequence.
Episode 9 follows suit. Several of the main character are surrounded by soldiers, a possible war being declared, and Nepgear wondering if they're going to have to fight Peashy/Yellow Heart. The regular ending then starts playing.
Recursive Adaptation: Vert ends up playing Four Goddesses Online, an MMO. A pause screen shows that it is Victory's.
Red Herring: Several of the goddesses travel to R-18 island due to hearing about a gun battery being placed there. Said gun's only purpose seems to be to shoot bubbles however. Meanwhile Rei Ryghts claims to be Peashy's mom, and takes her away before any of the other girls are aware of what's going on.However, this entire ruse ends up being a Red Herring as well, since the gun battery is holding the share amplifier for Peashy.
Schizo Tech: They have contemporary technology (computers, the internet, and image boards) and science-fiction tech (the floating platforms IF and Compa travel on), but they don't have any efficient means of transportation to go fight monsters, and have to walk through the forest.
Sdrawkcab Name: Zeige's syllables reversed is the transliteration of "Gates". The fansubs follow suit by calling her Setag.
7th Episode Twist: The majority of the endgame from Victory are compressed into Episodes 6 through 8. They also have a much higher meaning when you know why Peashy wants Neptune's pudding and why Plutia loves making dolls.
She Cleans Up Nicely: The CPUs, their sisters, and their oracles clean up real well in the first episode.
In episode 3, when Neptune and her friends looking up for Vert, one of her collection figures surprisingly resembles Gintoki.
In Episode 3, the aerobatic display team at 5ob's concert is called Green Impulse, clearly a shoutout to Blue Impulse, the JASDF's aerobatic display team, down to their color patterns and aircraft. (Minus the Vert ita-trainer.)
Still in episode 6, Neptunia poking fun at Noire's proud assertation that her systems were the best in the world is an obvious nod to Rudol Von Stroheim's catchphrase from the second part of JoJo's Bizarre Adventure, which David Production animated prior to Neptunia. Just to make it more obvious, they added in visual onomatopoeia, a hallmark of Jojo.
In episode 7, Pirachu takes the infamous Lupin Dive. From the same episode, Neptune can be seen playing Mugen Souls Z.
In episode 8, when Nepgear unintentionally become a nudist, Vert pulls the "Just as planned" expression.
In episode 11, Iffy is shown running down the stairs of the Basilicom with Histoire in a scene very reminiscent of the climactic scene from Puella Magi Madoka Magica. Bonus points for (spoilers for both series!) Tari looking and acting a lot like how Walpurgisnacht did in the anime proper.
Taking You with Me: After Rei's attempt to destroy the world is thwarted repeatedly by the heroines, she attempts one last explosion with the little bit of energy she has left to kill them all while they're weakened. However, Arfoire rescues them by stealing Rei's last crystal and destroys it using the same anti-crystal technique she tried on them earlier on.
Shortly after it seems the Dogoos are taken care of in the first episode, Neptune comments that victory is guaranteed. Before she can finish that sentence however, a large swarm of them suddenly pop up into the scene.
When Black Heart comments that she's cleared out the cave of monsters a short while later, an ancient dragon shows up.
Tickle Torture: Employed by the Dogoos in the first episode after they overwhelm Neptune and her friends.
Title Theme Drop: Not the opening of the anime itself, but the first game's opening theme, "Ryuusei no Bifrost", is used as background music in episode 1. 5pb. also performs the second game's opening, "Kirihirake! Glazy☆Star", at the start of episode 3.
Took a Level in Kindness: Compared to Victory, the anime focuses more on Plutia's compassion, and has Iris Heart's victims almost always be bad guys.
Transformation Sequence: Each Goddess has one, just like in the games, and who the Goddess is determines exactly how nude they get. Noire and Vert have very fanservicey transformations that strip them down to underwear. Blanc and Nep on the other hand, have their entire body glowing. Then again, they would have to animate Neptune's rather drastic change in body type, which could look quite unnerving depending on how they did it, though it is anyone's guess their reasoning for doing it in Blanc's case.
Troll: While Anonydeath is labeled as this, it came to Rei who was able to out-troll him. Rei was the actual contractor for Anonydeath, but he mentioned in Episode 11 that she would have to be really good to do something like this. Add this to how Rei actually acts when first confronting Neptune in the anime, and remember that she does this for much longer in Victory, and she acts as an even crazier Magnificent Bastard.
True Companions: It takes the efforts of all of the goddesses in episode 12 to stop Rei from destroying their world. They are able to do it because Rei's brutal oppression of her people caused them to stop believing in her, thereby causing the collapse of her civilization Tari. Neptune/Purple Heart calls her out on this as well.
In episode 9, the goddesses discover a new goddess, Yellow Heart. They're also shocked to find out its Peashy, and what's worse, she has no memory of them, especially Neptune.
Wham Line: Neptune voids the friendship treaty at the end of episode 12, stating that it was no longer needed as they had become True Companions during all of the stuff they did and went through during the show.
What the Hell, Hero?: In episode 11, Blanc/White Heart attacks Neptune/Purple Heart after finding out that the latter's share of Share energy was skyrocketing at the cost of all of the other cities of the other goddesses going down. She accuses the latter of stealing their Share energy. However, by episode 12, she realizes after calming down that it wasn't Neptune stealing it, but rather Rei using old Tari technology.
Why Did It Have To Be Eggplants: In episode 7, Neptune says she hates eggplants because of their smell and taste. So naturally Arfoire uses it against her later on, by kidnapping IF and Compa, and forcing Neptune to fight in an eggplant farm. Both Arfoire and Pirachu get soundly beaten, IF gets afraid of eggplants as a result, and Arfoire takes care of the farm with the help of Pirachu.
Wolverine Publicity: The three Oracles that replace the Goddesses when they were kidnapped in mk2 show up in the roll call of the ending credits, but not in the anime proper.