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Those who wish to keep the status quo, and those who wish to break it down. In a not-so distant future, when global conflict and strife have brought the world to exhaustion...
Amidst the worsening wars, a passenger plane was shot down by accident. One after the other the passenger were confirmed dead, but one young girl returned uninjured. Before long she grew up to be beautiful, but as time passed, a mysterious ability began to awaken within her. At first she was brought to a private research institute, but once the government's attention came to her, the began to analyze her power for military purposes. Her power, capable of distorting even the laws of the cosmos, came to be called "Tactical Sorcery".
She showed remarkable combat skills, but the military sought for even greater power and she was subjected to cruel human experiments. And then, after a certain accident, her powers began to ran wild, and cause the "Astral Impact". The shockwave, tinged with powerful magic, reached over a wide area, and bestowed numerous girls with the blessing of "Tactical Sorcery". Before long, girls with magical powers became a common at the front lines. Because of their beautiful appearance in combat, they were called "Vanguard Princesses", and an inspiration to the soldiers.
One year had passed and the war was coming to an end, when she who had been thought missing was reborn as the "Enforcer of Reason" and began to plot the downfall of mankind. And as if something was leading them there, the Vanguard Princesses proceeds to the field of battle...
A freeware game
released on June 26th, 2009, Vanguard Princess
is an indie Fighting Game
created by former Capcom
employee Sugeno Tomoaki (a.k.a. Suge9) with Enterbrain's Fighter Maker 2nd. While the game's entire cast are female, it does not play like a button-masher like most all-girl fighting games, nor is its gameplay is derived from games such as the Guilty Gear
Gameplay-wise, the game is more akin to games such as Street Fighter II
. However, there is something that makes this fighting game stand out from the rest: It's a "2-on-2 fighting game
". Before each match, players can chose one of four support characters to help assist them in battle, and they key to this game is experiment with different support characters to utilize characters' abilities effectively. Alone, each of the main characters face chaining limitation; but with the aid of their partners, they can they can increase their chaining potential and perform effective combos.
More about the game (and how to run it on your computer) can be found here
. A complete wiki is available here
It was announced that an English localization
of the game has been licensed by eigoMANGA, a digital manga-publishing company, in 2011. The English version of the game was released in late 2012 via GamersGate and Amazon Downloads for $10. The Xbox Live Arcade
and PlayStation Network
release, and availability on other digital distribution services has still yet to be announced.
This game features trope examples of:
- 108: Yui is the 107th generation of her family.
- A-Cup Angst: Parodied with Yui feeling flat compared to Rikako in this 4koma by Suge9.
- Absolute Cleavage: Luna, Hilda and Juliet. A little disturbing with the latter, since she doesn't look older than twelve.
- Archer Archetype: Ayane.
- Ambidextrous Sprite: Ayane's eyepatch is naturally on the left side of her eyes, yet it can magically swap to the other.
- Ambiguously Brown: Juliet and Kaya.
- Amnesiac Heroine: Kaede.
- Ancestral Weapon, BFS: Yui's sword, Sakuya.
- Assist Character: The gameplay is built with them in mind.
- Ass Kicks You: Two of Natalia's attacks give the player quite a view given how little she wears down there.
- Barbie Doll Anatomy: During the Transformation Sequence of Kurumi's Union Art with her assist.
- Bare Your Midriff: Luna, Eri, Juliet, and Hilda.
- Beam Spam: Some of Kurumi's Union Arts qualify as this, depending on her assist.
- Haruka's Crimson line Liberty Art has you manually input buttons presses to spam her beam attack.
- BFG: Luna has a special move where she uses one.
- Bounty Hunter: Luna.
- Cool Sword: Saki's sword.
- Cute Bruiser: Lilith. She's a Glacier Waif too, seeing as she's the Zangief equivalent of the game. Kurumi, Eri, Eko, and Juliet also qualifies.
- Dark-Skinned Blonde: Juliet.
- Does Not Like Shoes: Loli-Hilda.
- Defeat Means Friendship: Kurumi's ending.
- Detached Sleeves: Kaede and Hilda.
- Dual Wielding:
- Epic Flail: Juliet's Weapon of Choice.
- Expy: Luna is Stripperiffic, has long, ponytailed red hair, and uses guns and even pulls out a giant rifle for one of her specials. Yep, the resemblance to Yoko is uncanny.
- Eyepatch of Power: Ayane.
- Gainaxing: Every girl that's a bust size higher than a A-cup.
- Girlish Pigtails: Yui, Eri, Eko, and Juliet.
- Going Commando: Luna, though she wears a patch to cover her unmentionables.
- Gun Kata: Luna.
- Hair Decorations: Almost everyone in the game falls under this trope.
- Highly Visible Ninja: Kaede.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: Just how is Ayane able to launch a volley at that close a range anyway? Also, juggling with arrows.
- Improbably Female Cast
- Joshikousei: Saki, Yui, and Rikako.
- Lethal Joke Character: At the first glance, Kurumi seems to be a Joke Character. Her normal attacks don't do a lot of damage and her health is low. However, she is the only one in the game who can cancel, and her normals can be chained. But her biggest advantage is that her support gauge fills very, very quickly, enabling her to do more stuff with the support characters. It doesn't hurt that her first super move, Unison Arts, does ridiculous amounts of damage AND restores some of her life. However, it requires both a full super gauge and a full support gauge.
- Limit Break: The Liberty Arts.
- Little Miss Badass: Lilith.
- Magic Skirt: Juliet, Shiera, and Kanae.
- Magic Staff: Haruka's staff.
- Meganekko: Kaede.
- Miko: One of the stages have a bunch of them in the background.
- Ms. Fanservice: While it's true that every woman in the game is one, Luna◊ is Ms. Fanservice among Ms. Fanservices (NSFW).
- Muscles Are Meaningless: All over the place.
- Multiple Endings: Depending on which character you use.
- Mysterious Past: Kurumi. According to Lilith, she was once a demon queen who was reborn into a human. Depending on how it went, it may be a Darkand Troubled Past.
- Named Weapons: Yui's sword, Sakuya.
- Ninja Maid: Juliet.
- No Arc in Archery: Possibly justified because Ayane isn't really shooting from far away but at that distance, why bother to use a bow anyway?
- Panty Fighter: Almost every girl has an attack that flashes their knickers (the exception to this rule is Yui, if you don't count her cut-in animation). Some of them don't even have to do that much.
- Panty Shot: Practically the only girls who don't do this are the ones who either don't wear skirts or don't wear ''panties''.
- Promoted To Playable: Loli-Hilda in the English version is playable in the Story Mode. Unfortunately, she can't perform a Union Art with Kurumi.
- Proper Tights with a Skirt: Yui.
- Rapunzel Hair: Several of the characters have very long hair.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Kaya and Maya respectively.
- School Swimsuit: The pool stage has several women and girls wearing these.
- Scarf of Asskicking: Ayane wears one.
- Sempai Kohai: Newcomer Rikako is apparently Saki's sempai.
- She's Got Legs: Oh lordy, does Luna got legs.
- SNK Boss: Averted with Hilda Rize. While she may have the tools to be so, but her A.I. is generally stupid and won't give you much trouble.
- Stance System: The core of Luna's gameplay.
- Statuesque Stunner: Hilda is considerably taller than some of the other characters when she's not floating.
- Stripperiffic: Luna, Kaede, Natalia, Hilda and Kaya, and Juliet.
- Super-Deformed: The characters in the Characters Select menu.
- Super Move Portrait Attack: Added in v1.08 for more eye-candy.
- Token Mini Moe: The assist characters. A loli-fied Hilda can also be one too as an assist character.
- Tomboy and Girly Girl: Eri and Kurumi, respectively, can arguably be this.
- Traffic Sign Polearm: Newcomer Rikako's weapon of choice happens to be a metal traffic sign that has a symbol for "no tanks".
- Vaporware: The next big update to the game, called Vanguard Princess Prime. It's been years since Sugeno announced it.
- White-Haired Pretty Girl: Kaede, Kanae, and Kaya.
- Wrestler in All of Us: Lilith can perform Suplex Finishers and piledrivers, given that's she's this game's equivalent to Zangief.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Played straight with Saki and Hilda's support character, Maya. Yui has green hair, Haruka and Lilith have teal hair, Kurumi and Hilda have beige hair, and Sierra has purple.
- Zettai Ryouiki: Kaede and Juliet wears thigh-highs. Natalia wears Thigh-High Boots.