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 Variable Geo
was a quasi-remake of the original Variable Geo H-Game
, with the H-scenes 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 introduced the series' overarching plot in which the waitresses, especially Yuka and Reimi, are being manipulated from behind the scenes by Reimi's mother Miranda, who is using them all as test subjects in order to grow herself the ultimate fighting machine.Advanced Variable Geo 2
, released for the PlayStation
in 1998, focuses on the new character Tamao Mitsurugi, a Hero-Worshipper
who wants to be just like Yuka, her idol. She winds up befriending
many of Yuka's old rivals, and finds out that Yuka has been suffering from extreme self doubt after watching K-1 and K-2 getting offed by their boss due to their failure 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 are pitted against Miranda's latest Gattaca Babies
, the Material twins, after which Tamao beats Miranda herself and the Advanced V.G.
saga climaxes with everybody coming together to create a Spirit Bomb
that finishes off Miranda for good.
The plot of these games was loosely adapted for the Variable Geo
These games provide examples of:
- Action Girl: Everybody.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Practically half the cast prior to their befriending, although Reimi was by far the most arrogant.
- Awesome by Analysis: Kaori Yanase uses data gathered from her fights in order to develop her training regimen.
- 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.
- Bratty Half-Pint: Manami Kusunoki, who despite being 16 years old, still throws tantrums like a child half her age.
- But Not Too Foreign: Reimi, whose father Souichirou is Japanese, and mother Miranda is American.
- Cat Fight: The series is about a tournament for combat waitresses. 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.
- Chivalrous Pervert: Ayako. She appears to be nothing more than a party girl who likes to get close to the ladies, until it's revealed she devotes a lot of her time to charity work, and she makes a hobby of drawing out would-be rapists and stalkers and then beating them up.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: Miranda Jahana, until her husband and daughter decide to lock her out of the company forever.
- Dance Battler: Ayako Yuuki, whose movements became more and more dance-like as the series went.
- Defeat Means Friendship: Generally, the girls fighting in the tournaments become good friends with each other over the course of the story.
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Ultimately, Reimi Jahana. She started out as a Rich Bitch Ojou Rival, but eventually warmed up to to Yuka and company.
- 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.
- Ditto Fighter: Tamao Mitsurugi, who based her whole fighting style on moves copied from Yuka.
- 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.
- Eagleland: In an unusual case, Erina Goldsmith is a pureblooded American raised in Japan.
- Evil Matriarch: Miranda, natch.
- Excuse Plot: The first two games.
- Extremity Extremist: Kaori, who as a practitioner of Tae Kwon Do, only ever uses kicks.
- 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.
- Gag Boobs: Yuka is so ridiculously busty she's actually embarrassed by her appearance.
- Genius Bruiser: Jun Kubota, the series's hard drinkin', hard fightin' Biker Babe is a major in astrophysics and fluid mechanics among others. One of her Advanced V.G. endings has her becoming an astronaut.
- 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.
- Jack of All Stats: Yuka.
- Kame Hame Hadoken: Yuka's "Kyuukyoku Kikou Dan" and Tamao's "Lightning Crash" supers.
- Kick the Dog: Miranda's specialty.
- Lipstick Lesbian / Straight Gay: Ayako.
- Meaningful Name: Reimi and Miranda's surname, "Jahana" literally means "evil flower".
- Mighty Glacier: Jun Kubota.
- Minor Major Character: Satomi (see the Ryu and Ken entry).
- Mouthy Kid: Manami.
- Moveset Clone: Yuka and in a twist on this trope, Chiho.
- 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.
- Oh, Crap: Miranda has a short moment of this when she finds out that she's been locked out of the Jahana Group in Advanced V.G. 2.
- The One Guy: K-1, who is the only male to ever be seen in a combat role.
- Parental Abandonment: 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.
- Princess Curls: Reimi. All part of The Ojou image.
- Promotion to Parent: Satomi towards her younger brother Daisuke. Keeping the bills paid isn't easy for her.
- Psycho for Hire: Saki Shinjou in Advanced V.G. 2.
- The Rival: Reimi becomes this to Yuka. Erina's restaurant is actually called The Rival.
- Ryu and Ken: While Yuka ("Ryu") and Satomi ("Ken") are Childhood Friends and sparring partners, Satomi has almost no relevance to the events of the games, themselves. The OVA changed this by making her the deuteragonist and expanding on her rivalry with Yuka.
- Shock and Awe: All Hybrids have some unexplained power over electricity.
- Something about a Rose: Reimi's red roses are her trademark.
- Spirited Competitor: Yuka would make Ryu proud. The tournament's cash prize and recognition mean little to her. Instead, she lives for the fight and the strives to learn more about herself and others through combat. Her second Normal Mode ending in the first game and her Normal Mode ending in the second even have her Walking the Earth.
- 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.
- Stone Wall: Kyoko Kirishima in Advanced V.G. 2. Her own offense is rather weak, but her defense is high, as is the damage output from her counter throws.
- Super Prototype: Technically, Reimi in regards to her mother's Gattaca Babies.
- Token Mini-Moe: Manami, and in Advanced V.G. 2, Tamao.
- Victoria's Secret Compartment: Elena keeps her above mentioned lighter snugly between her breasts.
- We Will Meet Again: Miranda tries to pull this in the climax of Advanced V.G. 2. She doesn't make it very far.
- You Have Failed Me: Miranda disposes of K-1 and K-2 for this reason at the end of Advanced V.G..