The Asura series is composed of two little-known 2D arcade fighting games (The first one, Asura Blade: Sword of Dynasty
, was released in 1998, and its' sequel, Asura Buster: Eternal Warriors
was released two years later in 2000) created by a small Japanese video game company named Fuuki. It mostly revolves around weapons fighting and sorcery, and it's stylized backgrounds are surprisingly detailed and eye-catching.
The storyline of Asura Blade: Sword of Dynasty
deals with a cruel and ruthless warlord named S. Geist
who supposedly wields the legendary Sword of Dynasty
and that he seeks to release an ancient sealed beast known only as the Earth Dragon
so that he can harness its destructive power and easily Take Over the World
. Eight warriors have set out upon their own personal journeys to find the Sword of Dynasty, not knowing that their paths will cross with each other and that their own battles would eventually determine the fate of the world itself.Asura Buster: Eternal Warriors
, which is set three years later
after Asura Blade: Sword of Dynasty
would center around a megalomaniacal king
who had sought to make himself into the absolute ruler of the entire world and that he would threaten and eliminate those who would dare to oppose him. Some of the fighters from the last game, along with a few new ones, set out to stop the tyrant before he's able to go through with his malevolent ambition.
Even though the Asura series didn't exactly catch on during the time of fighting game craze and that its own developing company, Fuuki went out of business a few years later, it has since gained a small Cult Classic
following, especially when it was discovered from within MAME
Not to be confused with Asura's Wrath
This game provides examples of:
- Dual Wielding: Lightning in the first, Leon in the second game.
- Expy: Several. Yashaou may remind you Crono, another sword-wielding, Red-Headed Hero, Rosemary's appearance is very similar to another Rose, and Goat can pass off as an evil Cloud Strife.
- Golem: Taros is supposed to be one of these, but his immense size makes him more of a Humongous Mecha.
- Jiggle Physics: Rosemary in the second game. Seriously, those things have a mind of their own.
- Katanas Are Just Better: Yashaou.
- Leotard of Power: Rosemary.
- Lightning Bruiser: Footee, to the point where she's a borderline Game Breaker.
- Ms. Fanservice: Rosemary, a busty, sword-wielding babe who wears a skintight leotard. Even more evident in the sequel, where her already generous bust increase several cup sizes and gains Jiggle Physics that would make Mai blush.
- Necromancer: Alice
- Ninja: Rokurouta in the 2nd game.
- Playing with Fire: Yashaou.
- Punny Name: The small, undead character appropriately named "Zam-B" (Zombie).
- Sexy Walk: Rosemary.
- Shock and Awe: Lightning.
- SNK Boss: Curfue. It has to be seen to be believed.
- S. Geist can be this as well for inexperienced players.
- Suspiciously Similar Substitute:
- Subverted. Leon was intended to be Lightning's replacement for the second game, but instead chose to give him an entirely different moveset and gameplay style.
- Token Mini-Moe: Alice
- Voluntary Shapeshifter: Nanami in the 2nd game.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Rosemary, Sittara, and Alice.