Video Game: Fighting Angels
(The Catfight: Joneko Densetsu
in Japan) is a relatively obscure, all-female 2005 Fighting Game
released for the PS2
. The game is mostly known for having incredibly cheap-looking graphics, no plot to speak of and very questionable Jiggle Physics
, though it apparently centers around some kind of battle tournament where all competitors are female
and wear swimsuits
for some reason
. The characters are...
Truly one of the more memorable fighters of recent years.
- Kaori Hirose, a high school student who enjoys cosplaying and intends to spend the prize money on new costumes.
- Misuzu Niiyama, another high school student who is apparently very shy. Her reasons for fighting are unknown.
- Mei Ling Miao, a Chinese Girl who dreams of starting her own line of designer eyeglasses.
- Lisa Blanchett, an American girl who is fighting just for the hell of it.
- Riho Futaba, a famous-ish model who joined the tournament in order to lose weight.
- Mona, a nurse robot who is very emotional and apparently clumsy and shy. Why she's fighting is anybody's guess.
- Reiko Mizusaki, a mathematics teacher. She started fighting and cosplaying to become more popular among her students.
- Serina Kanzaki, a manager of a "small place in the city center". What kind of "place" it is is left up to the player's imagination.
- Eriko Shiratori, a well known advertising model. She's in it for the publicity.
- Moe Mk-II, the final boss and a robot designed for gymnastics, whatever that means. She's there to examine the other fighters for some unexplained reason.
This interactive art experience provides examples of:
- All There in the Manual: The, er, "plot" is completely confined to the (itself very brief) manual of the game.
- And Your Reward Is Clothes: Beating the story mode will unlock more costumes. So, yeah.
- Battle Intro: Reduced to scrolling text in the PAL version.
- Beauty Is Never Tarnished: No one shows any signs of injuries. Even after getting repeatedly shot at with a machine gun.
- Big Bad: Moe Mk-II, supposedly.
- Bloodless Carnage: The characters can use a variety of weapons, including spiked bats, katanas and machine guns. The results should be obvious.
- Cosplay Otaku Girl: Kaori and Reiko.
- Cut-and-Paste Environments: Three of the four stages in the game are the beach stage at different times of day. The fourth is the beach stage with a city backdrop.
- Excuse Plot: The manual gives some characters a vague explanation as to why they're participating in the tournament. Like being able to afford a cosplay outfit. Or to lose weight. Yeah.
- Fighting Game: May be putting it a little generously.
- Flat Character: Everyone.
- Flawless Victory: Excellent!!
- Gainaxing: Taken to horrifying levels. See for yourself.
- Gratuitous English: Lound wan! Leady, go!
- Weapon on fight to the death!!
- Everything Lisa says.
- Life Meter: Called "hurt points" in the manual.
- Jiggle Physics: May be more horrific than titillating for some.
- Meganekko: Mei Ling and Reiko.
- No Ending: After you beat Moe Mk-II, the game just... ends. You win, credits roll, the end.
- No Export for You: The game got no American release.
- Only Six Faces: Everyone looks pretty much exactly the same, save for hairstyles and eye colour.
- Ridiculously Human Robots: Mona and Moe Mk-II are robots, but you wouldn't be able to tell by looking at them.
- Stripperiffic: The default outfits (bikinis) and most of the unlockable costumes.
- Victory Pose: Often recycled between characters.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: The two robots. Mona has green hair and Moe Mk-II has purple hair. The human characters all have realistic hair colours, with the exception of Misuzu, who has pink hair.
Impossible! None of my students ever behaved like this.