Goddesses, descend on the field of battle!Variable Geo
is a three-episode OVA series produced in 1996 by 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, they've gotta put on a show.
Unfortunately, the potential for public humiliation is the least of their concerns, as the unsuspecting vixens
are about learn that 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: The Jahana Group.Yuka Takeuichi
gets drawn into the plot when her best friend and old sparring partner, Satomi Yajima
, goes missing. And is eventually joined by Jun Kubota and Manami Kusunoki in trying to find her. At the same time, 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?Based on
series of the same name, though it loosely adapts the plot of Advanced V.G.
instead. So while the "losing conditions" are still present, the hentai content isn't; making it more of an ecchi
Now has a character sheet in progress.
Variable Geo provides examples of:
- Action Girl: It's a series about a MMA competition for combat waitresses, 'nuff said.
- Adapted Out: Tamao isn't featured in the OVA, despite her significance to the plot of Advanced V.G. II and being one of its most popular characters. Neither does Saki, who was another key figure, due to her obsession with Reimi. Miranda's Hybrids are also missing due to Miranda's goals being changed for the OVA's plot.
- A Date with Rosie Palms: The penalty for losing at level-1 mandates the loser strip and do this for the crowd.
- Age Lift: In the Advanced V.G. series, Yuka and Satomi's official ages are listed as 18 and 17 years old respectively. But their character bios in the "Complete Visual Collection" has them being 17 and 16 instead.
- All There in the Manual: The "Complete Visual Collection" provides additional details on the characters and the OVA's universe.
- Almighty Janitor: 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 Miranda's new vessel. Their target? A 16 year old girl with one of the highest latent fighting potentials on record: Satomi.
- The Anime of the Game: VG is one of the better examples, especially considering the type of game it's based on. The series takes Advanced V.G.s script and fleshes it out a bit, though the "losing conditions" return; which are either censored, or happen off-screen.
- Back-to-Back Badasses: Yuka and Satomi are depicted this way on the cover of the "Complete Visual Collection" artbook for the OVA.
- Big Bad: Miranda Jahana.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Siritahi uses mind control serum to enslave Chiho, during the last episode, and Miranda takes control of Satomi to fight Kaori and Reimi back-to-back.
- The Cake Is a Lie: 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 unsuspecting entrants to sign up for the tournament.
- Canon Foreigner: Damian, Siritahi, Washio, the unnamed Old Master and the mute girl with him, were all exclusive to the OVA.
- Character Depth/Hidden Depths: 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).
- Chaste Teens: 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, Washio.
- Clothing Damage: It isn't as prevalent as it is in other series of its nature, but it crops up now and then.
- Covers Always Spoil: If you look at the cover art, you'll notice Yuka's powering up as hair ribbon comes undone. There's a reason for that: it's because her ribbon: is a Power Limiter.
- Dark and Troubled Past: This applies to all but a few of the characters. Most notably: Reimi and, to a lesser extent, Erina Goldsmith.
- Defeat Equals Friendship: Jun buddies up with Yuka, following her defeat. Erina and her team warm up to Yuka as well.
- Deuteragonist: Satomi, who's Yuka's best friend and rival.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: While it isn't a carbon copy, Variable Geo does share several key plot elements in common with Street Fighter II: The Animated Movie.
- Both center around the rivalry between the protagonist and dueteragonist, who happen to be old sparring partners who made a vow to settle their rivalry one day with one last decisive match.
- The Rival is soon noticed by the Nebulous Evil Organization, 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 trying to get through to Ken and Yuka doing the same for Satomi. And both end with the rival coming back to their senses in time to unleash their combined might to defeat the Big Bad.
- Ecchi: There's plenty of D-cups, gainaxing, and long beautiful legs to see. Plus, the loser of each match has to strip, though all naughty bits are covered.
- Fanservice with a Smile: Did we mention this is about a tournament for a bunch of combat waitresses? However, special mention goes to Erina and her team of bunnies.
- Fighting Your Friend/"I Know You're in There Somewhere" Fight: 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).
- Grand Theft Me: This is the true purpose behind the VG tournament, as Miranda's deceased spirit is looking to take over a suitably powerful body.
- Haunted Technology: The cyber drive contains Miranda's disembodied spirit, which allows her to gradually superimpose her consciousness over Satomi's. But, once freed from her control, Miranda's spirit remains trapped within the cyber drive; leaving her utterly defenseless.
- The Heroine/The Protagonist: Yuka, of course.
- Improbably Female Cast: To be expected, since the tournament is open to women only.
- Incredibly Obvious Bug: 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.
- Ki Attacks: Just about everyone has an attack of this nature, excluding Minami, who uses rocket-powered gloves instead.
- Left Hanging: We never find out who actually wins the tournament, as the series ends on the first exchange of blows in the deciding battle.
- Lighter and Softer: Compared to the original H-Game 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 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 abovenote . While matches at level-1 mandates that the loser strip and masturbate for the crowd.
- Male Gaze: Everywhere you look. It's pretty much a given, considering what it's based on.
- Mundane Made Awesome: This series makes waitressing look cool and exciting, by having gorgeous vixens duke it out with Full-Contact Magic and Supernatural Martial Arts. How's that for fanservice?
- Mythology Gag: The way Miranda is killed off here is a variation of how she was defeated in Advanced V.G. II with a Combined Energy Attack.
- Nebulous Evil Organization: The Jahana Groupnote steers the events of the VG tournament from behind-the-scenes, by luring in unsuspecting entrants to be unwitting test subjects. They also poisoned Satomi's brother, Daisuke and had Damian 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 - all so they could create the ideal host body for Miranda.
- Not Just a Tournament: The 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 find the ideal host body for Miranda.
- Offscreen Villainy: In the second episode, Yuka returns to her dojo and finds all her students have been beaten to death by Damian's alter ego, while he was waiting for her to show up.
- The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: 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.
- The Promise: Noted in the preceding entry.
- Promotion to Parent: Satomi's been left to look after her ill brother, Daisuke, since their parents died.
- Reality Ensues: After being incinerated by Satomi's Hisatsu Kyokushin Kennote Ayako is left covered in second degree burns and just barely alive, and spends the rest of the series hospitalized.
- Repeat Cut: Invoked when Kaori 1-shots her unnamed opponent. You get to see it from three different angles.
- Risk/Reward Gambit: Nearly all the contestants are in it for the prize money and real estate. But for some, 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 public humiliation is meager, compared to the potential payoff.
- Ryu and Ken: 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 in the VG Tournament.
- Scenery Censor: 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.
- Serious Business: 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 exactly what it says: Serious. Business.
- Sex Sells: Used in-series, as this is the main draw of the VG tournament and the reason for it's overwhelming popularity. 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 a live sex show, since the loser has to strip and masturbate in the ring.
- Shameful Strip: 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 no place for mediocrity in VG.
- Slow Motion Pass By: Happens on the highway, when Reimi passes Yuka and Jun, on their motorcycle, while in her car.
- Supernatural Martial Arts: 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 Elemental Powers.
- This Cannot Be!: Sums up the reaction of Kaori's unnamed opponent when she realizes she has to strip and pay the cost for losing a level-1 match. She tries to run away, but doesn't get far....
- 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 will make the ideal vessel for Miranda's disembodied spirit.