Video Game: Advanced Variable Geo
Advanced Variable Geo
(or Advanced V.G.
as officially shortened
) is a duology of console Fighting Games
by the company Technical Group Laboratory (TGL). The general premise, where in the future a grand championship tournament called Variable Geo is held annually to determine who is the strongest waitress in the world, derives from a series of H-Games
. This page is for the Bleached Underpants
console games only.
The first Advanced V.G.
was a quasi-remake of the original H-Game
, with the hentai content removed
. It was released for the PC Engine
(1994), Super Famicom
(1995, as Super Variable Geo
, with the story mode removed), PlayStation
(1996) and Sega Saturn
(1997; the H-scenes were restored to this last version in a Boldlerised
state). It also introduced the series' overarching plot in which the waitresses (Yuka and Reimi, in particular), were being manipulated from behind the scenes by Reimi's mother, Miranda, whose goal was to use them as test subjects in order to create the ultimate fighting machine.Advanced V.G. II
, which released for the PlayStation
in 1998, focused on a new character: Tamao Mitsurugi, a fan
of Yuka, who wanted to become just like her. She befriended
many of Yuka's old rivals, but eventually learned that her hero had lost the will to fight, since K-1 and K-2 were killed by Miranda for failing to defeat her in the previous tournament
. After re-igniting Yuka's fighting spirit and overcoming Miranda's Psycho for Hire
, Saki Shinjou, Tamao and Yuka were pitted against Miranda's latest Gattaca Babies
, the Material twins, after which Tamao defeated Miranda, herself. The saga concluded with the waitresses coming together to prevent Miranda's escape, by unleashing a Combined Energy Attack
which killed her.
The plot of these games was later loosely adapted for the Variable Geo
Now has a character sheet in progress.
These games provide examples of:
- Action Girl: Its about an all-womens MMA competition for combat waitresses, so the entire cast qualifies.
- Adaptation Induced Plothole: Advanced V.G. II's opening story mode cutscene suggests that it takes place sometime after the OVA (see the Continuity Nod entry), which creates two problems:
- First, Miranda's already dead in the OVA, which was the reason for the "Black Goddess" project. Whereas in the game, she's still alive.
- Tamao saw the televised match between Yuka and Jun, yet didn't know who Satomi was. Despite Satomi being present at ringside and was the reason Yuka wonnote .
- Almighty Janitor: In VG, the waitresses are the most powerful humans on the face of the planet and are competing for the title of "goddess". Which makes them the ideal test specimens for The Jahana Group.
- All There in the Manual: There's a few guidebooks and novels that expand the Advanced universe. Even throwing in the characters introduced in V.G. II: Bout of Cabalistic Goddess (the direct sequel to the original pre-Advanced game) for good measure.
- Alternate Company Equivalent: Like most fighting games, several of the cast are similar to characters from other fighting game series:
- Yuka and Satomi are the tomboy equivalents of Ryu and Ken respectively, due to the nature of their rivalry and their roles (see the Does This Remind You of Anything? entry).
- Though in terms of fighting style, Satomi is often considered to be the gender flipped equivalent of Kyo Kusanagi instead.
- Tamao is comparable to Sakura, in that she greatly admires Yuka and strives to become just like her, by emulating Yuka's fighting style.
- And Saki's character design is a mashup of Rugal Berstein, Iori Yagami, and Vice. Which is also reflected in her personality and fighting style, since she borrows attacks from each of them - including Rugal's "Genocide Cutter", Iori's claw swipes and his "Dark Plume" finisher, and Vice's "Negative Gain".
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Practically half the cast prior to their befriending, although Reimi was by far the most arrogant.
- Berserk Button: For Jun, it's her old nickname of "Bonecrusher"; although prior to Advanced V.G. 2, she also had an extreme distaste for Americans. For Erina, it's people who discriminate against her because she is American.
- Bokukko: Yuka fits this trope in the masculine pronoun department, however Jun fits this trope in both the masculine pronoun, tomboyish appearance and personality departments.
- Brand X: Just about every restaurant featured in the games is a Shout-Out to one that exists/existed in Real Life Japan. Hanna Miller's is based on Anna Miller's, Bikkuri Monkey is based on Bikkuri Donkey, The Rival is based on The Royal, Skalark is based on Skylark, Fushiya is based on the Fujiya Confectionary, etc.
- But Not Too Foreign: Reimi, whose father Souichirou is Japanese, and mother Miranda is American.
- Cat Fight: While there's no actual Clothing Damage in-game, the loser of each match is always depicted with their uniform torn to varying degrees, their hair mussed, and their faces are usually covered in scratch marks.
- Combined Energy Attack: Miranda dies during her escape attempt at the conclusion of Advanced V.G. II, when Yuka and the other tournament entrants unleash their combined might to shoot down her plane.
- Continuity Nod: Advanced V.G. II's story mode opens with a flashback to Yuka's match with Jun, using the exact same footage from the OVA. Which is how Tamao first saw Yuka in action.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Miranda Jahana, until her husband and daughter decide to lock her out of the company forever.
- Defeat Means Friendship: Generally, the girls fighting in the tournaments become good friends with each other over the course of the story.
- Designer Babies: The Hybrids created by Miranda (K-1, K-2, and the twin Material units).
- As the heiress of The Jahana Corporation, Reimi serves as both the deuteragonist and as Yuka's primary rival. After being defeated by Yuka, she aids her putting an end to her mother, Miranda's, ambitions.
- Tamao takes over the role in the second game, relagating Reimi to the position of tritagonist. She helps rekindle Yuka's fighting spirit by making her see that she wasn't to blame for the deaths of K-1 and K-2, in the previous tournament. They have a friendly match afterward, which Tamao wins, before moving on to face Miranda.
- Disney Death / No One Could Survive That: In the ending to Advanced V.G. 2, Chiho is shot at point blank by Miranda, and then tells the rest of her True Companions to blow up the plane she and Miranda are in with a Spirit Bomb. Everyone thinks she bit the dust until she turns up at her own funeral.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: Satomi's story mode ending in Advanced V.G. II parallels Ken's from SF: Alpha 2. Her end boss battle is against Yuka, who's lost her fighting spirit due to the events of the previous game - just as Ken's boss battle is against Ryu, who'd lost his fighting spirit after his duel with Sagat.
- Dummied Out: Hidden beneath the datafiles of Advanced V.G. 2 are unused sprites◊ of Ayako, Satomi, Jun, Kaori, and Manami sporting and posing in swimsuit bikinis. It's unknown whether these were meant for some special winposes or extra fanservice.
- Dysfunction Junction: Just about everybody except Yuka, Manami, and Tamao have extremely dark or messed up pasts.
- Excuse Plot: As mentioned in the summary, the first two pre-Advanced games had virtually no story, as the entire point was to see the girls naked and raped, whenever they lost.
- Fanservice with a Smile: Pretty much everybody.
- Freudian Excuse: Reimi. Her mother put her through Training from Hell, never once acknowledged or praised her, and ultimately used her as a testbed for her Gattaca Babies.
- Friendly Rivalry: Yuka and her childhood friend, Satomi, trained together at the same dojo and have been competing against each other since childhood.
- Gag Boobs: Yuka's so stacked that she's embarrassed by her appearance, while Erina uses her melons to carry a lighter tucked between them.
- Get Ahold Of Yourself Man: Attempted by Jun, Erina, and Reimi, who all tried snapping Yuka out of her Heroic BSOD by challenging her. However...
- Gory Discretion Shot: Invoked during Saki's ending. She's shown silhouetted against a red background as she kills Reimi, by ripping out her throat.
- Gratuitous English: Reimi's ("Burning Love!" "Rose Stinger!" "Gryphon Nail!"), Kaori's ("Data Pulse!" "Flat Scan!"), Jun's ("Kubota Buster/Shuttle!" "Earth Shaker!"), and Ayako's ("Mach Spin!" "Rave Storm!") attack names.
- Hair Colors: About half the cast has plausible shades of brown, black, and in Erina Goldsmith's case, blonde. The other half results in things like Manami's pink pigtails, Kaori and Ayako's shades of purple, and Reimi's silver hair.
- Kame Hame Hadoken: Yuka's "Kyuukyoku Kikou Dan" and Tamao's "Lightning Crash" supers.
- Kick the Dog: Miranda's specialty.
- Lighter and Softer: Compared to the original set of H-games. The Advanced V.G. series did away with the hentai content, making it more of a mainstream fighting game series.
- Meaningful Name:
- Reimi and Miranda's surname, "Jahana" literally means "evil flower".
- The initials "V.G." are assumed to be an abbreviation of "Variable Geo". However, the tournament entrants are referred to as "VG warriors", because they're competing for the title of Virgin Goddess. Which implies that they're all Chaste Teens.
- Moveset Clone: Tamao is essentially "Sakura" to Yuka's "Ryu". And, in a unusual twist on the trope, Chiho was originally a Shoto Clone as well, but was given a different moveset once Tamao's character was introduced.
- Mundane Made Awesome: Advanced V.G. makes waitressing look cool and exciting, by having them duke it out in an MMA competition for the title of "Goddess". Except they uncover a nefarious scheme by the tournament sponsors, involving genetic hybrids. They may as well call it "The Queen of Fighters".
- Ninja: Chiho Masuda overtly, her cousin Kyoko Kirishima is also technically one.
- Multiple Endings: In Advanced V.G., each character (with the exception of Reimi) has a second ending that can be unlocked when Normal Mode is beaten on one of the higher difficulties.
- The One Guy: K-1, who is the only male to ever be seen in a combat role.
- Parental Abandonment: Yuka's parents died when she was younger (she was raised by her grandfather however). Satomi's parents died in a car accident. The whereabouts of most other characters' are never elaborated upon, although in Erina's case, her desperate longing to bring her grandmother to Japan might be a good indicator that her parents are gone as well.
- Playing with Fire: Satomi might as well be a Gender Flip of Kyo Kusanagi. Erina uses Ki Attacks to supercharge a cigarette lighter to create a makeshift flamethrower.
- The Rival: Yuka has several in the game continuity:
- Reimi becomes a rival to Yuka, following her defeat at the end of the first VG game. Though she still remains aloof towards Yuka, regarding her more as a Worthy Opponent, than a friend.
- Tamao is a straighter example, being a fangirl of Yuka, much like Sakura towards Ryu. As such, she emulates Yuka's fighting style in order to become more like her hero and tests herself by competing with her.
- Jun develops a decent amount of respect for her too, though she seems to have more of a rivalry with Erina Goldsmith that borders on them being Vitriolic Best Buds.
- Ryu and Ken: Yuka and Satomi's friendship/rivalry is portrayed in similar fashion (noted in the Alternate Company Equivalent and Does This Remind You of Anything? entries).
- Shock and Awe: All Hybrids have some unexplained power over electricity.
- Shortlived Aerial Escape: Noted near the end of the summary and in the Combined Energy Attack entry.
- Something About a Rose: Reimi's red roses are her trademark.
- The Stinger: After the credits of part 2, Tamao, Yuka, and the others are shown visiting Chiho's grave... When a hand suddenly touches Tamao's shoulder and she has a big smile on her face and she turns back to see who it really is.
- We Will Meet Again: Miranda tries to pull this in the climax of Advanced V.G. 2, but doesn't make it very far.
- You Have Failed Me: Miranda disposes of K-1 and K-2 for failing to defeat Yuka, at the end of Advanced V.G..