Aquapazza: Aquaplus Dream Match
(アクアパッツァ アクアプラスドリームマッチ) is a 2013 Fighting Game
released for the arcades and PlayStation 3
. The "Dream Match" refers to how all the entire cast hail from various Aquaplus titles. It's a Cross Over
, Tears to Tiara
, and To Heart
, along with a few characters from Kizuato
, Comic Party
, and White Album
. When a mysterious mind control potion is concocted in an attempt to Take Over the World
, everyone has to beat each other back to their senses and stop the Evil Plan
before it's too late.
This game provides examples of:
- Absent-Minded Professor: Serika. She's a graceful magical powerhouse, but she tends to space out.
- Action Girl: Karulau with her hard-hitting BFS. Octavia's sword is more conventional, but she also qualifies.
- Actor Allusion: A Shizuka Ito character (Tamaki) doing wrestling moves. Where have we seen this before?
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Chizuru, in contrast to the more cutesy female characters.
- Anachronism Stew: Despite Rina and Yuki coming from The Eighties, their concert hall stage has three jumbotrons, which didn't exist in the 1980s.
- Anti-Frustration Features: An endless amount of continues in Story Mode.
- An Ice Person: Yuki summons gigantic, damaging snowflakes during her performance. Llyr can summon mini-glaciers.
- Archer Archetype: Morgan, complete with Trick Arrow attacks.
- As Long As There Are People With Desires: What the Yata no Kagami spouts after Chizuru is beaten in Another Story.
- Assist Character: Thirteen of them, all with different abilities and attacks.
- Asskicking Equals Authority: Arawn and Hakuowlo.
- Backstory: Anyone familiar with the characters' respective series will understand their interactions much better.
- Badass Adorable: Konomi, Manaka, Multi, and Riannon.
- Badass Princess: Ulthury, even if she is only an assist character.
- Be Careful What You Wish For: Played straight in Manaka and Touka's Another Story endings. Subverted in Multi's in that she absolutely loves the end result.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Chizuru seems like a sweet, soft-spoken innkeeper. Then her eyes turn red.
- BFS: Karulau's sword is heavy enough to split the ground open whenever it connects.
- Black Magic: Serika and Camyu wield it.
- Blow You Away: Hakuowlo and Ulthury's specialty.
- Brainwashed and Crazy: Everyone under the effects of the Aquapazza.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: Karulau is strong enough to wield a sword that can shatter the ground.
- Combos: Present and accounted for, though some characters are easier to use than others.
- The Computer Is a Cheating Bastard: As a boss, Tamaki really abuses her ability to counter and grab you out of an attack. Hakuowlo's specials let him attack you from nearly every direction, which can be overwhelming when he's paired with Ma-ryan.
- Cool Big Sis: Ulthury is one for Camyu, Tamaki is one for the To Heart 2 cast and Karulau gives off this vibe as well.
- Cordon Bleugh Chef: Chizuru is implied to be one in her ending.
- Crash into Hello: Konomi's Splash Art with her dog, Genjimaru.
- Cute Bookworm: Manaka, whose book dropping-prone antics make her a Badass Bookworm as well.
- Cuteness Proximity: Touka thinks Multi is adorable.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Camyu, the Cute Witch assist character.
- Difficult but Awesome: Some of Touka's combos aren't exactly user-friendly. Tamaki also has abysmal range, but she has some ridiculously good grapple and throw combos.
- Difficulty Spike: Your encounter with Multi will probably the first time you'll have any trouble. You'll hit a much bigger spike when you reach Ma-ryan or Chizuru.
- Dream Match Game: It's even in the title.
- Drop the Hammer: Rathty's hammer assist is slow, but very powerful.
- Drunk on the Dark Side: Ma-ryan.
- Dual Wielding: Oboro.
- Easily Forgiven: Ma-ryan's punishment for trying to take over the world? Staying after school to clean classrooms. To be fair, she got hit with Easy Amnesia.
- Everything's Better with Samurai: Touka's a powerful one.
- Five Rounds Rapid: One of Satsuki's assist attacks.
- Fixed Floor Fighting: But with a few different locations.
- Flash Step: Touka and Chizuru.
- Gainaxing: Any of the female characters who are capable of "bouncing" will at one point or another with Karulau being most prominent.
- Goomba Stomp: Konomi has a super that does this multiple times.
- Glass Cannon: Multi, who goes down pretty easily if you can deal with her ridiculously good offense.
- Guns Are Worthless: Despite having a handgun with better range than anyone else except Morgan, Satsuki is just an assist character.
- The Gunslinger: Satsuki, the only character armed with conventional modern weaponry.
- Hot-Blooded: Oboro, so much that his combos are flame-based.
- Hot Springs Ending: At least one on each Story mode.
- Iaijutsu Practitioner: Touka, complete with some unusual inputs but effective combos.
- Idol Singer: Yuki and Rina sing and dance while performing their assists. One of the stages is even a concert.
- Improbable Weapon User: Multi uses a mop. Yuma uses her bicycle.
- Ill Girl: Oboro's sister, Yuzuha. He gives her a wheelchair from the To Heart world to make it easier for her to get outside in his Story Mode ending.
- I Know You Are In There Somewhere Fight: Given what's causing the problem, pretty much every fight is like this.
- Jackass Genie: The Yata no Kagami
- Katanas Are Just Better: Touka certainly thinks so.
- Ki Attacks: One of Octavia's assist attacks has her fire a large and flashy energy sphere.
- Killer Rabbit: Ma-ryan and Multi.
- Lady of War: Octavia, the swordswoman assist character.
- Lethal Chef: Chizuru. She even claims that her wish in Another Story was to become a better cook.
- Konomi weaponizes food for one of her Super Arts.
- Lethal Joke Character: Manaka is a clumsy Book Worm, but those dropped books are deadly if used correctly.
- Life Meter: A 200% version.
- Light 'em Up: Riannon's spells, which can be devastating if placed correctly.
- Lightning Bruiser: Chizuru can rack up damage like nobody's business. One of her specials is even a textbook Speed Blitz. Sasara's shield dashing combos cover a lot of ground and can completely dominate a fight if used well. Hakuowlo's no slouch, either.
- Long-Range Fighter: Riannon, Morgan, and Satsuki, who rely on spell-casting, arrows, and bullets respectively. And, while not exclusively so, Sasara can play this way with her halberd's long reach and wide swing arc.
- Magic Knight: Arawn has this play style.
- Magic Staff: Riannon's Weapon of Choice. Llyr's is more of a magic trident.
- Marth Debuted in Smash Bros.: Most of the roster gets this. For Utawarerumono, To Heart, To Heart 2, White Album, Tears to Tiara, and Comic Party characters, you can only get to know them through their fan translations or Animes of the Games. Played unfortunately straight with Routes and Kizuato characters.
- Mighty Glacier: Arawn is the closet thing the game has to one. He's not very fast, but some of his sword combos hit like a truck.
- Mind Manipulation: The result from consuming the titular Aquapazza.
- Neck Snap: Tamaki has a few nasty variations of it, including an anti-air grab and the second half of a super attack.
- Older than They Look: Ma-ryan, who supposedly graduated from high school but looks like a child.
- Ordinary High-School Student: Pretty much every character from To Heart seems like one until they start fighting.
- Out-Gambitted: Ma-Ryan thinks Sasara isn't smart enough to trick her in Sasara's Another Story ending, leading her to get tied up and tickled mercilessly by Sasara after successfully tricking her.
- Panthera Awesome: One of Hakuowlo's specials summons a gigantic battle tiger.
- Paper Fan of Doom: Hakuowlo and Yu, who fan wind and fire respectively.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Konomi, Multi, and Rathty. Ma-ryan's Meteor Move is much stronger than it has any right to be. Riannon also qualifies, though she's a magic powerhouse instead of a physical one.
- Playing with Fire: Arawn, Oboro, and Karulau have flame-based specials. Rina, Camyu, and Yu's assist moves are fiery as well.
- Plucky Girl: Konomi and Yuma.
- Power Copying: Serika's assist move involved copying and using your opponent's attacks.
- Power Glows: With pretty much any spell or special, but Riannon's are the flashiest.
- Prongs of Poseidon: Llyr's Weapon of Choice, which has a surprisingly long range and an ice-based summon.
- The Quiet One: Ulthury. Serika is even quieter.
- The Red Mage: Riannon qualifies as one with her rounded spell list.
- Robot Girl: Multi.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: Arawn and Hakuowlo.
- Sequel Hook: Subverted, in that, although The Stinger has Ma-ryan planning another Take Over the World plan, it never comes into fruition due to Another Story happening after Ma-ryan's plans got foiled.
- She's Got Legs: Llyr.
- Shield Bash: A key component of Sasara's playing style.
- Shock and Awe: Ulthury's powers are a combination of this and Blow You Away.
- Shout-Out: Tamaki's Iron Claw Of Fear is a modified version of Rugal's Gigantic Pressure with a Neck Snap at the end.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: Ulthury is calm, serene, can use lighting and wind, and has a white motif. Camyu is more energetic, can use fire and darkness, and has a black motif.
- Single-Stroke Battle: Octavia mimics it in one of her assists. She'll dash forward and slash the target...which leaves only minimal damage.
- SNK Boss: Chizuru. If you're lucky, you might get in a hit the first time you fight her.
- Some Dexterity Required: Just try getting Touka's Splash Art down on the first try.
- Squishy Wizard: Riannon is much slower than most characters and relies on long-distance zoning.
- The Stinger: Ma-ryan finds another recipe for something called Raging Water and decides to use it for nefarious purposes. Here We Go Again.
- Stonewall: Hakuoro was described on the wiki as a defensive character.
- Stripperiffic: Morgan, the bikini-clad archer. It's lampshaded a few times. Sasara's Valkyrie-style costume isn't terribly practical.
- Then there's the cosplay outfit (read: skimpy bikini) Sasara is forced to wear at the school festival in her Story ending.
- Student Council President: Sasara. Amusingly, she's the only schoolgirl not in uniform; she's cosplaying as a valkyrie.
- Super Move Portrait Attack: One for every playable character.
- Superpowered Evil Side: Chizuru in Another Story.
- Super Strength: Karulau and Tamaki are much stronger than they look.
- Supreme Chef: Konomi. One of her Super Arts is even food-themed.
- Three Round Deathmatch: As usual.
- Through His Stomach: Tamaki tries this with her romantic interest in her ending... by adding Aquapazza to the dish.
- Token Mini-Moe: There are a lot of Moe gals in the roster, but Multi stands out the most for this trope.
- Unsportsmanlike Gloating: Ma-ryan, complete with an annoying Noblewoman's Laugh.
- Versus Character Splash: For the characters and their assists.
- Victory Pose: Multiple ones for each character, with varying degrees of Fanservice.
- Wardrobe Malfunction: Sasara magically dismisses her halberd and shield as part of some of her victory poses. Only she sometimes also dismisses her armor, leaving her in a strapless leotard that she finds quite embarrassing.
- Why Did It Have To Be Dogs?: One of Tamaki's victory poses involves her running away from Konomi's dog at a full sprint and yelling at him to leave her alone.
- With Great Power Comes Great Insanity: Ma-ryan and Chizuru. Both recover.
- Wrestler in All of Us: Tamaki's moveset is a combination of devastating grapples, chokes, and throws. Her primary special attack is a German Suplex. Half of her Splash Art is something right out of Alex's playbook.
- Zerg Rush: Multi and Ma-ryan have specials that summon a rush of robot maids and schoolgirls respectively.
- Zettai Ryouiki: At least 1/3 of the female cast, especially the playables.